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Osaka elementary school becomes first in Japan to have a police box established on campus

Will this police box be an outlier or set a new precedent for community policing?

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Has Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant closed permanently?

Photos show iconic exterior being torn down, putting a giant question mark over the future of the popular tourist site.

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Tokyo goes dark as Governor asks for lights out in the city to help fight pandemic 【Pics, Videos】

Japan’s capital struggles to contain its fourth wave of infections, but are people heeding warnings to avoid street drinking after dark?

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Japanese high school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money

Typically, students are encouraged to report bullying to the adults, but what do you do when the adult is the bully?

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Prince Harry’s new “chimpo” job title makes people in Japan giggle

In Japan, a chimpo has a whole other meaning. 

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Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Japan

Students driving you to drink is no excuse to open a cold one in the classroom.

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Arsonist at idol concert says he was imitating the Kyoto Animation arson attack

Japanese laws may need to be strengthened to stop more copycat attacks from occurring.

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Anti-Asian Racism Social Experiment restores our faith in humanity【Video】

A reminder that for all the people who hate, there are many more willing to love and protect.

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Original Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony plans leaked, with Akira and Mario taking centre stage

An opening ceremony so good it gave Naomi Watanabe goosebumps.

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Valentino sparks outrage with insincere apology for disrespecting Japanese culture in photo shoot

Model daughter of former SMAP member gets caught up in controversy involving shoes and kimono. 

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Family Mart recalls “skin-coloured” women’s underwear

Inappropriate branding sees Convenience Wear products pulled from shelves nationwide. 

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Naomi Watanabe responds to “Olympig” remark from Tokyo Olympics ceremony chief

Derogatory comment gets a boss response.

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Tokyo Olympics ceremony chief quits after suggesting Naomi Watanabe dress as an “Olympig”

Another day, another scandal for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Is Japan about to be rocked by a big earthquake?

People are checking their emergency bags in fear that a big quake will arrive in the coming days.

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Women speak out about sexual violence after Great East Japan Earthquake

“Buried voices” get the attention they deserve, and bring about positive change. 

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Deer killed by man with axe in Nara

Police say the man lost his temper when the animal hit his car. 

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Strong earthquake hits Japan as anniversary of Fukushima disaster approaches【Photos, Videos】

Footage shows the strength of the tremor as it hit and the aftermath it left behind.

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Foreign Reuters journalist in Tokyo spreads mutant strain of coronavirus

People like this are giving foreigners in Japan a bad name.

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Japanese train driver falls asleep while operating train

Approximately 700 passengers were on board at the time of the incident. 

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Japan searches for the Yamazaki pan girl, who lived in Tokyo when she was three years old

Do you know where Suzy is? 

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