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Eye-opening shots of compliments served up at Homeru Bar, a much needed service in Japan

Sometimes a compliment can be the first step to changing someone’s life.

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Why do Japanese recycle bins have two openings but dump everything into the same compartment?

One says cans, one says bottles, but they end up in the same place.

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Japan second-least attractive country for expats to work, survey says, but is it really that bad?

Japan gets average marks in one category, abysmal ones in two others.

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15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan【Survey】

In a country famous for its manners and famous for its trains, of course there are plenty of train manners to keep in mind.

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New black light train groper stamps sell out in Japan on their first day on the market

Nagoya stationery company caught by surprise at overwhelming demand for anti-chikan item.

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In Kyoto, “Hey, you’ve got a really nice watch” is NOT a compliment, Japanese businessman says

That Kyoto resident might want you to notice something other than the fine craftsmanship.

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Foreigner disappointed by Japan’s hazy concept of “work ending times,” so are Japanese people

Japanese coworker has “nothing I could say to dispute that.”

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How should a guy say “I” in Japanese? Japanese women give their opinions【Survey】

Women have some strong opinions on which of the many Japanese words for “I” a guy should use when talking about himself.

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What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? For 30 percent of boys, YouTubers, survey says

Professional e-sports player also skyrockets in popularity for boys, while girls’ career dreams remain steady.

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Food, sleep, or sex? Survey asks Japanese people which they can’t live without

One wins in a landslide, while another gets hardly any votes at all.

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Japanese Twitter in roaring dispute over father who refuses to meet daughter’s tattooed boyfriend

“This is the regret that comes from getting tattooed,” says the father.

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Four frustrating attitudes women in Japan run into when interviewing for jobs, grouped by age

Exasperated job-hunter lays out 13 years of catch-22s.

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It’s time to look at breasts (statistically).

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Do Japanese people hate Americans? Hiroshima teen has touching answer on atomic bomb anniversary

Ground zero volunteer guide says there is hatred, but not for what everyone expects.

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Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students with non-black hair to dye it, official promises

Pledge comes in the wake of 2.2 million-yen lawsuit from naturally brown-haired schoolgirl in Osaka.

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Parting is sweet, sticky sorrow for loyal fans of Soft On Demand as commemorative edition marks the end of an era.

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Japan’s 10 favorite emoji for Twitter, and how they compare to the rest of the world

Only three emoji make both lists.

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Japanese service will lock your social media accounts and boost your productivity

Can’t put down your phone? This service is here to help.

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All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!?

Ramen chef has had it with rude customers from his own country, so he’s cast them out of his noodle paradise.

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“Male, female…other?” Japan form-makers consider possible LGBT discrimination in their terminology

For gay, transgender and nonbinary individuals in Japan, filling in forms can be daunting. But how to handle it?

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