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Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before, surprise country at top of list

Neither Chinese nor American tourists spent the most per person in Japan last year.

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Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country

There’s one place in particular where Japanese people aren’t just not polite, they’re downright rude.

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Mayor of Osaka wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home

55-year-old politician thinks kids are ditching school because they’re spending too much time on their phones.

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Does Comiket need to revise its booth code system for foreigners who don’t understand Japanese?

Fan thinks Japanese linguistic stubbornness is limiting the potential audience of Japan’s artists and creators.

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Survey says more than 70 percent of Japanese people think gender inequality exists in Japan

But it’s not just women who feel that way; a majority of men think so, too.

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Fewer people committed suicide in Japan last year than in any other year on record

Suicide rate drops to historic low.

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Trending hashtag reveals some interesting quirks that guests have come across during their short-term stays.

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Nishinari, the slum of Osaka, now at risk of gentrification after becoming a tourist hotspot

The “Harlem of Japan” may be losing the very thing that made it so popular in the first place.

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Why do Japanese stairs have red-and-yellow marks on them?

Even people in Japan are surprised to learn what they’re for.

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Japanese politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games

Proposal also bans playing games after certain times at night depending on gamer’s age.

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Less than one in four surveyed Japanese men has a girlfriend, over one in three women has a beau

Survey paints a different picture of dating for young men and women.

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Survey says Japan is deeply dissatisfied in bedroom, prefers eating to getting it on

Is Japanese food truly better than sex, which was ranked as less pleasurable than four other things?

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Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020

A lot of Japanese people said hello to the new year by saying goodbye to their old job, with a team of lawyers ready to handle the awkward situation for them.

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When is it OK to take a naked hot spring bath with your Japanese girlfriend/boyfriend?

The onsen trip: as beloved a relationship milestone as Christmas Eve and Valentine’s Day, but how long do you have to date before you bathe together?

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Is work more important to Japanese salarymen than their girlfriends? Survey investigates

”Which is more important, your job, or me?”

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Residents don’t want Kyoto Animation to build monument, memorial park to victims at arson site

Kyoto neighborhood organization says it would “destroy the peaceful lifestyle” of local residents.

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Japanese users of one of the Internet’s largest adult portals are OK breaking up the silence of the holy night with passionate panting.

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How to respond to Japanese people saying “I don’t speak English” when you’re speaking Japanese?

A cutting comeback from a Japanese-proficient foreigner leaves one man with a permanent emotional scar, but there are softer ways to make your point too.

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How much money do you need to raise a family with a “normal life” in Kyoto? Study investigates

Living with your spouse and two kids in Japan’s former capital sounds nice, but is it affordable?

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Overworked Japan loses last public holiday of the year, even though it’s still on the calendar

No Country for Old Holidays.

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