society

“No seeds, please.” Pigeons in Japanese anti-birdfeed posters show startling self-awareness

The Internet has a great time with the “Please don’t feed the pigeons!” campaign, in which pigeons tell passers-by where they can stick their birdseed.

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Hokkaido and Osaka team up to send NEETs to agricultural sectors to do some productive work

It’s time for Japan’s recluses to step out of their comfort zone and change the world.

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Japan passes law requiring efforts for equal number of male and female candidates in elections

Back-to-back unanimous votes draw praise from Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment, but will anything really change?

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Japan sees huge growth in jobs in the “cleaning up the homes of old people who die alone” field

Demand grows more than 10 times in size in just five years as Japanese family dynamics change.

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Train company asks parents with baby strollers to be polite to other passengers, sparks backlash

Loudest critic cays it’s not moms travelling with kids who need to step up their manners.

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Cynics and romantics in Japan debate list of promises for lovers in five-year relationships

Some see a road map to lasting romance, others see a direct course to a pain in the butt.

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Japanese train company issues official apology for “inexcusable” 25-second early departure

Because 25 seconds early is not the same as right on time.

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Japanese women show continuing decline in how much they expect a husband to earn in survey

This year’s top answer is one to two million yen less than a year ago.

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The proper response when your wife says “I can’t make dinner tonight?” Japanese Twitter debates

Exasperated wife says “OK. Should I pick something up for us instead?” is the wrong answer.

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Man complains about pregnant women on Japanese train, creatively gets told to shut up

Tactless choice of words reveals embarrassing detail about his personal life.

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When do Japanese women have their first kiss? Survey finds gap between different parts of Japan

One rural prefecture starts kissing long before any of its neighbors.

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Japanese Twitter user embarrassed to learn why American friend is studying Japanese, not Chinese

Reason goes beyond just “Because I like Japan.”

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“HOW much?!” Professor estimates appropriate salary for housewives, housewife actresses gasp

In a special press event, a Tokyo professor puts a price to the blood, sweat, and tears of Japanese wives and mothers.

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Twitter manga diagrams difference between Japanese and foreign men, captivates and confuses

Illustrator says one group loves Uniqlo, asks women to split the bill on dates.

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Japanese bar hostess’ secret memo reveals how she really sees her customers

Cynics won’t be surprised, but unintended inside look at hostess bar shorthand still stings.

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Less than half of Japanese women wear a bra at home, survey finds

Surprisingly large number also say they relax at home in the nude.

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Japanese company is so kind it mails out condolence gifts if it can’t give applicants a job

Getting turned down for a job hurts, but one company wants to do what it can to help job-hunters bounce back from a rejection.

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Almost half of Japanese grade-school girls say they’ve never heard of “programming” in survey

Troubling statistic is coupled with an additional one-in-four saying they’ve heard the word, but don’t know what it means.

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Japan’s steamy ‘10,000 Kisses’ ad has viewers blushing from cuteness, intense embarrassment【Vid】

Marriage agency Zexy thrills Japanese viewers with a makeout montage both moving and mortifying.

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Even Japanese people are frightened by the concealed anger in Kyoto compliment foreigner received

African-born president of Kyoto Seika University was told his parties sounded fun, but there was a hidden meaning.

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