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Man shoots fireworks through crowd at Shibuya Scramble Crossing 【Video】

It’s amazing no one was hurt during the unexpected fireworks display.

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Sports-playing Japanese junior high students at an all-time low, survey finds

Expert says it’s high time to revise the system.

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Hayao Miyazaki appears at Ghibli Park…or does he?

Hilarious sighting of legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder sets the Internet abuzz.

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Tourists warned about fake volunteer guide near Kinkakuji in Kyoto

“Guide” continues to pester travellers despite the city’s requests for him to stop. 

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Man arrested for trying to kill a convenience store owner over a cup of coffee

Latte triggers a series of events that results in attempted murder.

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Foreign tourists react to mask-wearing in Japan, and Japanese people react to foreign non-maskers

If you’re asking yourself the question “Do I have to wear a mask in Japan?” you might want to read this first.

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Travelling to Japan soon? Beware the “Three Small Hells” awaiting tourists upon arrival

Japan may have opened its borders, but there are still some requirements that might trip you up when visiting.

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Ghibli Park benches spark debate in Japan

One person’s cute anime flourish is another person’s hostile design.

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Japan ends travel ban on individual tourists, waives visa requirements for certain countries

Travel restrictions finally set to be lifted as country returns to pre-pandemic entry procedures. 

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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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