Japanese elementary school teacher under fire after selling students’ personal info online

“I want to know how much they offered him.”

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Tokyo middle school leaflet asks students to write down, turn in their social media passwords

The board of education’s excuse doesn’t really hold up.

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“Hey, how’d you get our personal information?” we ask a Japanese telemarketer

They asked Seiji if he wanted to get into the real estate game, but Seiji wanted to know how they got his number.

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Free yourself from noodle grime on your screen with the new Noodle Wall

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for — a way to watch our phone screen without clogging it up with noodle grease!

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Work from home in peace and quiet with Otegaroom, a tiny soundproof room for your apartment

Kid chatter interrupting your Zoom call? Struggling with work/life separation? Never fear, the Otegaroom is here!

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Fujifilm removes promotional video after it causes outrage【Video】

One commenter even said “How did this get approved?”

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Neighbors berate Japanese homeowner for hanging up camo clothes where kids can see

This survival game hobbyist is wondering where else he’s supposed to hang his clothes to dry.

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Love hotel search engine hacked, user info possibly stolen in attack against romancers

If you’ve used Happy Hotel to book a love hotel recently, you may want to change your password!

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Japanese woman shares horrifying experience of having her phone number exposed on the Internet

Having your phone ringing incessantly for six months will drive most people crazy, but not this woman.

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Locked and blocked! Japanese people don’t trust others on social media, survey finds

Japanese social media users are more wary about opening their hearts online compared to other countries — but why?

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How you can make a monitor that only you can see with your own special polarized glasses

With this neat little trick you can watch all the filth and depravity you want, even in public!

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The real-world library inspiration for anime film “Your Name.” offers a message to eager fans

The public library in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture is thrilled by the influx of visitors lately, but the staff have posted a few rules to follow.

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5 cultural tips for taking photos in Japan

Believe it or not, there’s a Japanese Way of taking photos. We’ve compiled some cultural guidelines as well as language tips to help you take happy snappies on your next trip to Japan!

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Thieving made easy! Japanese smartphone service lets you order duplicate keys by taking a photo

Breaking into people’s houses is a snap with this new app!

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Google’s Street View takes privacy to a whole new level in Japan【Photos】

Since 2001, the Google Street View truck has been rolling through neighborhoods all over the world, taking photos of our towns and city streets in order add to its parent company’s enormous library of 3D street-level images. In the search for the perfect panoramic image, however, Google doesn’t always have time to wait around for the streets they’re mapping to clear, leading to the occasional unintentional photobomber.

Luckily, Google also has a pretty advanced facial technology recognition system, used to blur out the faces of those caught on camera as a way of protecting their privacy. The only caveat is that sometimes it works a little too well, and to hilarious results.

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Japanese net users react to online survey results about how men store their naughty files

Wait, what’s that? Men have naughty files saved on their computers?!

The MyNavi Woman web surveys have touched upon pretty much every topic imaginable, and this time around is no exception. During two weeks in April, the site surveyed male readers aged 22 to 39 about how they hide their scandalous pictures and videos from prying eyes, receiving 104 responses within the specified time frame. So just what kinds of schemes do they use to conceal adult content? Believe it or not, some of the men surveyed actually dished their actual techniques!

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Japanese netizens proud to see Tokyo named safest city in the world, Osaka number three

Japan had plenty to boast last week when Tokyo was named as the safest city in the world by The Economist, with Osaka coming in a respectable third. Netizens were proud that even with Tokyo’s famously terrible (and sometimes dangerous) commutes and Osaka’s penchant for strange crimes, the two cities stood out to claim top spots among some of the largest cities in the world.

Click below to find out what made the two Japanese cities rank so high and which other cities made the list!

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Don’t miss these painfully cute photos of lawless cats invading your privacy【Photos】

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s a place where you can relax and just be yourself without any distractions from the outside world. So, it should be a place that feels secure and private. But, when you own a pet, you quickly come to understand that the privacy you seek completely disappears. Even the most isolated room in the house, the bathroom, isn’t safe from your furry compatriot.

This is especially the case if you are a cat owner. As much as cats are independent animals and do things as they wish, they become really needy when their owners disappear to answer the call of nature. Find out how cats pierce the veil of privacy when their owners go to the bathroom after the jump.

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Save space in a spaceship: KAKUREYA “cosy room” pod on sale now!

When life gives you lemons and you just need to escape for a bit, it can be hard to find somewhere to be alone if you’re constantly surrounded by people. But you’ll never find yourself in that situation again, thanks to a cool furniture-on-steroids invention on the market now.

Introducing the KAKUREYA, your very own private space that resembles the fusion between an internet cafe and a futuristic space pod. In fact, based on these pictures we’d have to say that the sensation of being inside it must be similar to what it feels like inside of a Gundam cockpit.

Lots of exciting photos after the jump!

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New “Privacy Glasses” protect your identity and your image

Protecting your privacy can be a difficult task in today’s world of information technology. With surveillance cameras on every corner and a recording device on every smartphone, there’s a good chance your image has been captured somewhere without you even knowing it. Safeguarding your mug in the future is set to become even more difficult with advancements in facial recognition technologies and wearable computers like Google Glass.

So what can you do to ensure your identity remains intact? In Western countries the answer would be simple: put on a pair of sunglasses. In Japan, however, sunglasses are a much less common sight, and many consider them to be worn only by those trying a little too hard to look cool, and in more extreme cases associate them with the yakuza lifestyle. Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo have addressed this issue by designing a non-threatening pair of white shades to protect both your identity and your public image, dubbing them the “Privacy Visor”.

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