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Ikeda City mayor pledges to pay about six bucks in restitution for installing sauna in his office

It’s not about the principle. It’s the money.

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Disappearing anime studio resurfaces, still owes 8 million yen to unpaid workers

And sadly, there’s a chance they may never get paid.

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Even anime industry insiders say they’re unable to contact execs from vanished anime studio

Production committee for Fragtime, studio’s most recent anime that’s playing in theaters right now, say their repeated attempts to communicate have yielded no response.

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An entire Tokyo anime company has apparently disappeared, leaving artists unpaid for their work

Tear-jerking reports from multiple artists as studio, which produced a theatrical anime this year, erases its online presence.

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Disney stops selling, producing Frozen Blu-rays in Japan as drug arrest fallout continues

Voice actor’s white powder activities put his snowman Olaf performance on ice.

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Idol singer mega-group AKB48 cancels annual General Election following string of scandals

Event will be skipped for the first time in 10 years, leaving fans to find some other way to throw money at their favorite idol units.

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Sega suspends sales of yakuza video game after actor/musician is arrested on cocaine charges

It’s one thing to play a crime boss in a game, but when the real life actor starts breaking the law, Sega is ready to pull the plug.

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Japanese middle school teacher kisses her student at Tokyo Disneyland during date, gets fired

A real-world ending follows their Magic Kingdom kiss.

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Tokyo governor criticized for “unbelievable” rudeness of putting hands in pockets during ceremony

With midwinter-level cold and rain at the outdoor Tokyo Marathon awards ceremony, Yuriko Koike wanted to warm her hands, but started a firestorm.

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Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile

As NGT48 announces new concerts, Maho Yamaguchi and three others seem to be distancing themselves from the unit.

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Japanese teacher punches high school boy in the face, social media is still on his side【Video】

“Well, yeah, of course you’re gonna get punched if you talk to someone that way.”

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Idol manager resigns after attack on singer, company claims no group members broke law

Management company explains slow response, maintains no members of NGT48 illegally supplied attackers with victim’s home address.

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Japanese company sells love potion, recommends secretly mixing it into your target’s food

Lingerie company’s attempt at coy sexiness backfires with public backlash and “date rape drug” accusations.

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There’s no need to care about our staff, because they’re foreigners, says Japanese maid service

Vague phrasing and fuzzy logic leads to swift backlash.

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“It doesn’t feel like I’m alive” – Idol breaks silence after two male fans attack her at home

After men are released and management fails to address problem to her satisfaction, she says “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”

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Japanese airline pilot fails alcohol breath test one hour before he was scheduled to fly

ANA Wings employee grounded as his breath keeps him from taking to the skies.

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Japan Airlines concludes cabin attendant drank bottle of champagne during flight

Tipsy at 30,000 feet.

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Japanese man in trouble for taking 11-second nap on train…that he was a conductor for

Taking a nap on the train in Japan is A-OK if you’re a passenger. Otherwise, not so much.

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Citizens group protests Japanese city council that kicked woman out for using cough drop

Suspiciously, councilwoman was removed from meeting just before introducing governmental reform proposal.

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Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores

Majority say they can see some sort of logic behind university systematically reducing women’s entrance exam scores by up to 20 percent.

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