social media

New train ad in Japan advocates for leaving texts a while without a response, sparks debate

These new train safety ads tell travelers that any friends who’d drop you for a late response aren’t friends at all.

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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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Industry, Artists Reach Out to Support Japan Flooding Victims

Large evacuations have made their way along the western coast of Japan as heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides throughout the area.

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Osaka theme park to provide fake insta-friends for your Instagram photos

Extras will be on-hand to provide the image of a social life for your image-based social network.

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B’z guitar lost for 20 years found in 10 days using social media

They really should have thought of this sooner.

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Japanese rock band B’z re-open search for guitar lost 20 years ago

The long-running duo are hoping to harness the power of the Information Age to solve a decades-old mystery.

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“YouTuber” slides way down list of top professions Japanese kids aspire to

Japanese kids are unsubscribing from a future in content creation in favour of old-school aspirations.

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It’s selfie time! Mr. Sato wins our hearts with Instagram poses popular among Japanese women

Our crack reporter gained a handful of fans for his efforts, might have driven away more.

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Japanese invention lets you share your baby’s bowel movements online with the push of a button

The country that created the book Everybody Poops now gives you a way to let everybody know.

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“Nugget Thieves all over again.” Twitter Japan gets criticism for new anti-suicide feature

Attempt to reach out to desperate people is equated to a spammy McDonald’s campaign.

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Japanese artist reveals the truth behind all those happy photos on social media

Because sometimes people need a reminder that what you see on social media isn’t always real.

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Japanese artist shows darkness that can sit just outside of a “like”-worthy photo on social media

Oftentimes, it’s what we don’t see that tells the real story of the people smiling at the world online.

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New Japanese “friendfunding” app lets you ask your pals for money crowdfunding-style

Platform allows you to set up projects that only your friends can contribute funds to.

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“Watermelon dress” trend sweeps Japan 【Photos】

Babies, animals and popular Japanese idols get in on the hottest trend this summer.

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Japanese company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media

Great for those looking for online admiration or a way to stick it to an ex, company says.

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Fan support makes fictitious Cup Noodle shopping bags a reality, sell out in days

Cup Noodle continues its reign as the most democratic instant ramen brand around.

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Meet the Korean dog (or cotton candy?) with more Instagram followers than you

Let this perky pup with the perfectly groomed spherical head in South Korea lift your spirits mid-week.

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Japanese government releases SUPER weird promo ad to attract young voters【Video】

After watching this, we’re not sure if they’re actually trying to encourage young people to go the ballot box, or give them a seizure.

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What are Facebook’s five new “reactions” called in Japan?

In Japan, you don’t “like” something on Facebook, you “ii ne” it. But what about the five other “reactions” that Facebook has just added?

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Musician claims game publisher EA tried to buy his endorsement of Star Wars: Battlefront

At least one minor celebrity has posted an angry rant on social media alleging video game publisher Electronic Arts tried to buy his endorsement of the upcoming Star Wars-themed game.

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