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Astro Boy by street artist Invader disappears from Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward

Iconic work of anime art mysteriously vanishes overnight.

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Anna Miller’s announces closure, immediately becomes Tokyo’s top must-visit cafe

Mr Sato gets in line for a taste of pie, but as always, things don’t go as planned.

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Tokyo prison restaurant The Lockup closes its doors for good

Throwing away the key after 23 years of terrifying tourists. 

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The smallest Family Mart in Japan closes down

Customers say sayonara to a convenience store icon at a very unusual location.

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U.S. Ambassador wins fans in Japan with his love of local trains…and puns

Japanese train otaku recognise Ambassador Emanuel as a fellow railway geek during his “weekend of firsts”.

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Japan Rail apologises for discrimination “misunderstanding” with Russian sign

Railway company’s dedication to customer service backfires, landing it in hot water instead. 

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan criticises Uniqlo for continuing to trade in Russia

Ambassador takes aim at Japan’s richest man, questioning the decision to value pants and T-shirts over Ukrainian lives. 

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Russian Shop in Tokyo becomes target of vandalism after owner’s controversial remarks

Workers at the store send out a plea to the public. 

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Japanese ambassador stayed in Ukraine to fight in his grandfather’s samurai armour? No, not true

Fake news story goes viral around the world, but the real story behind it is just as compelling.

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How to use the new floating hologram registers at 7-Eleven

Japanese convenience store chain lets us shop like we’re in a futuristic sci-fi movie.

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan dresses as samurai in show of strength against Russia

In the words of one Twitter user, “WTF IS GOING ON”?

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Floating hologram registers coming to Japanese convenience stores【Video】

Contactless self-checkouts make Japan’s konbini even more konbinient.

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Ghibli Park: Opening date, first photos, and a new promo video produced by Studio Ghibli!

This is the news we’ve all been waiting for!

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Attempted murder at a Japanese train station

Suspect says stranger “was in my way”.

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Osaka residents find mysterious cash gifts in their letterboxes

Strange occurrence has residents and officials baffled.

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Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men protest against Christmas on streets of Tokyo

“Building a brighter future for those who aren’t popular”.

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Final Fantasy scene plays out on 3-D billboard in Tokyo

Shinra goes on the hunt for Red XIII, who winds up taking a nap and falling into a box of toys.

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Nara deer stampede into marathon, hit runner in their path

It’s like they’d been training all year for this moment.

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Miss Universe 2021 Japan entry slammed for wearing “dead person’s kimono”

“Cool Japan” take on national costume criticised as an “insult” to Japanese culture. 

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Is Ariana Grande “Asian Fishing”? Japanese netizens weigh in on the drama

What do people in Japan think of the star’s controversial new look? 

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