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Manga author isn’t so sure about stereotypical image of the timid girl who loves reading books

Bookworms are also warriors, he says.

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Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense

Kyoto’s mandate seems to be one of the most burdensome on families in light of national directives for equipping students with electronic devices.

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New traffic safety collaboration with Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days sends mixed messages

Fans of the viral hit comic will notice a subtle and worrying detail in this well-intentioned project.

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Line up in the hall, open your shirts, show your bras – Real instructions from one Japanese school

Dress code check has people in Japan upset.

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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Japanese government mulling over potential four-day working week

Three-day weekend every week? Yes please!!

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

Inappropriate branding sees Convenience Wear products pulled from shelves nationwide. 

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Petition to allow students to choose what they wear to school gathers almost 19,000 signatures

A coalition of students, teachers, and lawyers submitted the petition to the Japanese Ministry of Education on March 26.

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Labor ministry employee power harassed by his own power harassment counselor

Sounds like a sick joke, but really just sick.

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From April onward all price tags and ads in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included

Retailers and stores rush to implement new rule.

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Public schools in Japan’s Saga Prefecture will no longer regulate/check students’ underwear color

“Male” and “female” uniform designations, character strap prohibitions also removed.

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Why is the Japanese wig industry flourishing in the pandemic when other businesses struggle?

Sales not of party wigs or cosplay wigs, but everyday wigs–especially for men–are booming right now!

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Foreign citizen arrested in Japan for throwing his bento trash in a mailbox

U.K. citizen claims he thought it was a trashcan.

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Tokyo Tama schools distributing free feminine hygiene products to students

West Tokyo program is the first of its kind in Japan.

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Survey asks Japanese teens which school club they want to join, and “kitaku” club is top choice

Sure, tennis and band are fun, but it’s hard to beat the appeal of kitaku.

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Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says

Current age limit is well above the cutoff line for embarrassment, survey says.

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Judge rules Japanese government rejecting same-sex marriage applications is unconstitutional

Decision could affect outcomes of other ongoing lawsuits.

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Japanese company allows workers to take vacation to grieve if favorite idol singer gets married

Policy also allows for bereavement leave when idols retire, leaving office early for surprise concerts.

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Japan’s biggest family restaurant chain now lets you take your leftovers home with you

Order with gusto at Gusto, because whatever you don’t finish is yours to keep.

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