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Japan spending survey shows one region really likes to drink

Beer? Sake? One part of Japan has a strong fondness for both, as well as a few other alcoholic beverages.

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Japanese study finds link between taking frequent baths and happiness, may not tell whole story

Which came first, the frequent soaks or the day-to-day happiness?

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Japanese university globalizes with fall start date, governor wants English as official language

Says Japan will “continue to decline” without greater globalization.

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Why do Japan’s noisy-gulp drink commercials exist, and are they gross?【SN24 reader survey】

We asked your opinions about this long-standing, big-gulping tradition.

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Universal Studios Japan looks to expand, diversify its workforce with new employee incentives

Amid a backdrop of recently expanding its workforce by 2,000 crew members, USJ raises the hourly wage and more for part-time workers.

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Is Japan’s custom of slurping noodles irritating, and why do they do it?【SN24 reader survey】

Foreign traveler’s comment about soba slurping sparks some slurping soul searching, and the SoraNews24 reader community weighs in.

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Japan has a set phrase for the crazy busy feeling we all get at the start of the year

If you’re shocked that January is almost over, Japanese has a phrase for that.

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Number of foreigners working in Japan hits all-time high, 25 percent come from same country

Study shows often overlooked prefecture has second-highest number of working foreign residents in Japan.

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Charges dropped against alleged group that broke into vending machine after Noto earthquake

Conflicting reports were made regarding incident after powerful quake on New Year’s Day. 

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Japanese travelers more stressed than other countries sitting next to strangers on planes【Survey】

But they’ve got far less travel stress from another common source.

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Japanese model’s revealing outfit prompts debate about appropriate Coming of Age Ceremony attire

Kimono and suits are the standard clothing choice for this annual event, but this model chose something much skimpier.

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Kitakyushu’s Seijinshiki Coming-of-Age Ceremony: Where new adults go wild with outlandish kimono

Japanese style usually errs on the conservative side, but not at this ceremony. 

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Japan’s National Police Agency plans to introduce fines for bike traffic violations in 2026

The proposal would leave bikers who ignore police warnings about reckless riding with a ticket and fine instead of a criminal charge.

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Japan bad train manners survey reminds us of three things to watch out for while riding the rails

Participants pick the most unpleasant parts of public transportation.

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Akutai Matsuri: Japan’s Verbal Abuse Festival, where insults and bad behaviour are encouraged

People in Japan are known for being polite, but not at this weird winter festival.

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Japan’s Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular People holds anti-Christmas protest in Tokyo【Pics】 

Annual Shibuya gathering brings together dateless demonstrators.

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Nearly half of young Japanese men in survey have never had a girlfriend, zero-boyfriend women rise too

Number of women with boyfriend holds steady as one femle demographic shrinks across all age groups.

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Japan’s Kanji of the Year for 2023 reveals the worries of Japanese society

A single character says a thousand words.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration

Just like Halloween, the New Year’s party is over in Shibuya.

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Tokyo makes high school free for all families, even the rich ones

Even public high schools charge tuition in Japan, but that’s going to be ending soon in the nation’s largest city.

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