society

How is Japan coping with telecommuting? Survey asks for the good and bad of working from home

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up how Japan works, but is the shaking too hard?

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Japanese Twitter user offers explanation for why Japan’s coronavirus outbreak has been so small

Despite not being on lockdown, why has Japan been able to keep coronavirus infection and fatality numbers so low?

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Tokyo could be put on coronavirus lockdown, governor says

Life has stayed remarkably normal in Japan’s capital during the coronavirus outbreak, but that could be changing soon.

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Suicide rates for Japanese women/overall population reach historic low, with troubling exception

A decade of mental health improvement for almost everybody, but the “almost” part shows there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Japanese prefectural government passes video game ban limiting kids’ daily play, smartphone time

Oh, but of course they’re allowed to continue studying until any time of night.

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Four things our new-mother reporter felt riding the Tokyo subway with her baby

Our reporter worried she and her baby would be harassed on the trains, but what she experienced was quite unexpected.

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No gender, photo, or first name – Japanese company makes major shakeup to job application forms

In Japan, looking for a job usually means snapping a photo, but not at this company.

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What are the worst things about the first year working in a Japanese company? Survey investigates

New members of the Japanese workforce share their thoughts.

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Could Coronavirus be helping prevent the spread of influenza? Japanese Twitter speculates

Maybe the measures people are taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are helping protect against the flu, too!

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Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of “child abuse”

“They contain depictions of wide-eyed children, usually in school uniforms, engaged in explicit sexual activities and poses, and often being sexually abused.”

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Japanese woman’s heartwarming train encounter reminds us all not to judge too quickly

Japanese woman’s uncomfortable experience on train actually turns out to be something much more positive.

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There’s a surprising potential risk that’s making more Japanese youth turn to dating apps

Many Japanese youths see dating apps as a way to protect the interpersonal relationships they already have.

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Majority of surveyed Japanese workers have dated a coworker, over 20 percent their boss or senpai

Office romance most likely to bloom for younger workers in survey.

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Manga artist makes rare move of taking paternity break, some wonder if he was actually a woman

Come for the heartwarming story of a famous artist actually getting time off to spend with family, stay for the weird Japanese linguistics lesson!

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Does anime need to start being more politically correct for overseas audiences? Twitter debates

Japanese animation has long had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable, but is it pushing too far these days?

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Tokyo ramen shop owner sets “Japanese only” rule as countermeasure against coronavirus

Japanese netizens were more than ready to dunk on his logic. 

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Wage hell — Japanese office worker reveals soul-crushing past paycheck for 171 hours of overtime

No matter the era, it never feels like you can make enough.

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Can a curry shop legally ban you if you don’t finish your rice? A Japanese lawyer chimes in

We find out if being wasteful is grounds for banishment.

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In Japan, women give “obligation chocolate” on Valentine’s Day, but do guys even want it?

Is it worth feeling obligated if the gesture isn’t much obliged?

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After eight years as a NEET, our reporter shares the one thing that helped him escape that life

How to turn that blank in your resume into the inspiring story of your life so far.

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