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Woman sues Tokyo company after having to work 48 days in a row with limited bathroom breaks

Labor Standards Office recognizes treatment as workplace psychological injury.

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Japan’s public broadcaster renames “correct way” to hold chopsticks, gets nods of approval

Those who struggle with the orthodox grip are happy for a bit of validation.

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Three main reasons why fewer and fewer Japanese people are having funerals

Costs and other societal changes have made ceremonies smaller, and certain practices are approaching obsoleteness.

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Japanese government promises reduced teacher responsibilities, right to refuse club supervision

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology says that in three years teachers might get their holidays to themselves.

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Can you tell if a Japanese neighborhood is dangerous by looking at its convenience store?

Do the magazine rack, trash cans, and restroom rules act as a preemptive crime report?

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Yahoo! Japan bans ads that “create inferiority complexes” about weight, physical characteristics

Internet portal says such ads “preserve and promote discrimination.”

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Nearly half of survey respondents in Japan feel healthier since before COVID-19

A widespread health crisis served as a wake-up call to many people’s own personal health crises.

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Tokyo trains set to become less convenient with new last train schedule

The biggest pain in the butt about trains in Tokyo is going to get more painful.

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Akihabara store praised for “God-like” customer service

A store that trusts customers so much they literally leave money out for them.

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Old teahouse home in the heart of Tokyo goes to auction

A hidden treasure opposite the Imperial Palace looks set to go under the hammer for a high price.

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Immigration Bureau relaxes work restrictions for foreigners trapped in Japan during pandemic

Revised visa regulations aim to help interns unable to return home and who need a job in Japan.

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Akihabara loses another landmark as iconic electronics shop steps outside station gate shuts down

“I saw this place every time I went to Akihabara, and it was like an old friend.”

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Japan’s intense heat wave has killed 79 people in Tokyo

Public health agency pleads with one group to take simple but critical precaution against heatstroke.

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Japanese police ask drunk people to please stop sleeping in the middle of the street

Liquored up naps, sometimes in car lanes, are so common in one part of Japan that there’s a new vocabulary word for it.

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Hooters closing original location in Japan as large-chested chain’s downsizing continues

In a country that loves breasts as much as Japan, how is Hooters failing?

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Japanese man gets fired for lying on resume by saying he had less education than he really does

Anonymous tip ends 24-year career with city of Kobe.

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What’s the minimum amount of money Japanese women want their husbands to earn? Survey investigates

Three brackets make up the majority of financial expectations, but some women require a lot more.

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Online survey sheds light on prefectural personality rankings of Japanese people

Ranking reveals Japanese impressions of which prefectures seem to boast residents with the best personalities.

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Japanese couples who want to try living together can now rent apartments for as little as one week

Service with apartments in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Okinawa says all genders and nationalities are welcome.

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Japanese mom’s husband trash talks her for using frozen dumplings, maker fires back on Twitter

”It’s not about being lazy” says one of Japan’s most popular frozen gyoza brands.

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