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State of the sento — Tokyo’s public baths are disappearing, but statistics show a sliver of hope

It was a rough year for Japan’s non-onsen bathhouses, but a comeback might be on the way.

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Japan’s perception of skateboarding could change thanks to Olympic wins, pro skater says

Skaters in Japan hope that they’ll be able to skate in public without fear of stigma. 

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Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for “Japan” at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)?

Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

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Time for Japan to start tipping taxi drivers? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo

In no-tipping Japan, most people just pay whatever the meter says, but this company is now letting passengers pay more.

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The only woman managing a high school baseball team in Osaka does things a little differently

And she’s making a big difference for her players.

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The 10 best places for young, single people to live in and around Tokyo【Survey】

The city–and the others that made the list–was picked for its convenience, style, and location!

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Japanese town will give you two million yen for having your third kid there in birth-boosting plan

And if you have another kid after that? Another two million yen.

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Pork or beef? A peek into how Japan’s curry preferences change from place to place

What’s the default meat for Japanese curry? Turns out, it depends where you are!

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What are Japanese teens wishing for at this year’s Tanabata Star Festival?

The list includes some traditional favorites, but the number-one wish is for something very timely.

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Checking in on randoseru school bags and the changing tastes of Japanese kids

The standard of plain backpacks, red for girls and black for boys, is starting to evolve.

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Japan Supreme Court rules it’s constitutional to require married men and women have same surname

For the second time in less than a decade, Supreme Court says Mr. and Mrs. must match.

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“Conbini warp” an increasing traffic problem for businesses and authorities across Japan

Warping is best left to the Mario Bros.

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Tokyo Olympics to allow spectators, provided they “cheer quietly”

Expect a very muted crowd at the Olympics this year.

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Woman says she’s a foreign student struggling in the pandemic, asks us to buy her homemade chocolate

Sweets we bought on the street turn out to be suspiciously delicious.

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Anti-selfie tech? Japanese government pleads with cellphone carriers to curb inappropriate photos

Officials are eager to stop young people from sending salacious images.

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Japanese high schools abolish old rules, provide freedom with underwear, hair and dating

Pressured to review outdated prohibitions, an entire prefecture says goodbye to “relics of the past”.

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Japan creates its first law requiring permits for crossbow possession

Until now it was easier to get your hands on a crossbow than an air rifle.

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What event did you hate most in elementary school? Survey asks Japanese adults

Those less sportingly inclined had a hard time.

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COVID-19 turnabout—pandemic in Japan unexpectedly revives, instead of exterminates, a dying art

Amidst the number of closed businesses and beleaguered industries, one has made a surprise comeback.

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Japanese government plans removal of around 2,485 miles’ worth of overhead power lines

The move is intended to minimize damage during natural disasters, but is it too little too late?

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