politics

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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Retired Member of Parliament arrested pretending to be active MP for first-class train tickets

And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for that meddling JR and its clerical errors.

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Ukraine’s message of thanks and friendship gets really awkward with Japan

All’s embarrassing in love and war.

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New Zealand prime minster welcomed to Japan by kiwi mascot characters, surreally somber dance

Following reception by the Japanese government, it was the Kiwi Brothers’ turn to say hello.

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Manga creator/politician Ken Akamatsu opens political office/art gallery in Akihabara【Photos】

Creator of Love Hina is gearing up for a run at Japan’s upper parliament house to protect freedom of expression.

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Uniqlo reverses position, will close all stores in Russia

Decision follows multimillion-dollar humanitarian donation and international criticism.

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New president of Chile receives Pokémon from Japanese diplomat【Videos】

And no, it wasn’t Pikachu on the goodwill mission.

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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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Former Prime Minister Abe tickles the ivories on his latest YouTube video【Video】

He’s really settling into his new YouTuber gig.

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Government announces it will throw away useless “Abenomasks,” triggers surge in demand

One person’s trash mask is another’s treasure mask.

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Prime Minister calls on Japan to drink more milk

Ask not what your country can drink for you, but what you can drink for your country.

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Popular harem comedy manga artist is running for parliament to protect freedom of expression

Creator of Love Hina transitions from otaku arts to national politics.

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Post-election goat scandal rocks Japanese lawmaker

Don’t mess with goats online and expect to get away with it.

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Japanese government to give all 18-and-under residents 100,000 yen… here’s why that’s bad news

Big bucks for The Children of Men.

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Japanese governmental employees in frantic pencil-shaving spree to meet city election day

COVID-19 pandemic measures mean a sharpened pencil must be prepared for each of thousands of potential voters.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes YouTuber

Hopefully he’ll do some game streams too.

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Japanese politician apologizes to prime minister for calling wife’s cooking “Hiroshima-yaki”

Hiroshima foodies find it an unsavory name for their savory pancakes.

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Disgraced YouTuber Hezumaryu to run in next Japanese national election

First, take a moment to consider what it must take to become a “disgraced YouTuber.”

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Russian man who swam to Japan was reportedly kicked out of Japan in 2011 for visa violation

The authorities probably know who he is, but now the question becomes what to do with him.

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Kim Jong-un summoned to appear in Tokyo District Court

It doesn’t hurt to ask.

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