society

Do-it-yourself funeral kits go on sale in Japan

If funeral hall prices are killing you, this Nagano-based company wants to help make your final purchase an affordable one.

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Japan’s bonenkai parties are the worst thing about the end of the year. Here’s how to fix them

The most hated forced social activity of the year in Japan could be changed to make everyone happier, Twitter user says.

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Do Japanese people like Dr. Pepper? Online poll seeks the truth, gets 28,000 responses

The results are surprising..but make sense if you think about it.

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish a hot topic on Japanese Twitter with frank reply to fan’s request

It seemed the fan’s suggestion for what the baseball star should do with his money was not well-received.

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High schooler “forced” to quit school sues Kumamoto prefecture for a single yen

The boy’s case details intense, unpleasant customs at the school that made him too depressed to attend class.

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Rethinking of gender roles is a “prerequisite” for raising Japan’s birth rate, experts say

Panel says a reevaluation of how much housework and childcare Japanese men should do is necessary for reversing the country’s aging, shrinking population trend.

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11 cheapest Tokyo neighborhoods to rent an apartment in show living here’s not an impossible dream

Think every apartment in Japan’s capital is expensive? Think again.

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Not everyone hates school uniforms: Japanese Twitter shows us why

Some people may want to abolish school uniforms, but others are strongly in favor of them.

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Hate speech may soon be punishable by a 500,000-yen fine in one of Japan’s largest cities

One of Tokyo’s neighbors may become the first place in Japan to enact punishment for hate speech.

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Distressed moms and dads on Japanese trains getting help from child assistance volunteer badges

In a country where asking for, and even offering, help can be culturally difficult, these kindhearted badges aim to make a difference.

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Overworked Japan celebrated Labor Day on a Saturday this year

Enjoy your day off…which you would have had anyway!

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KFC Japan is heart-warming and finger-licking good with new food donation program for poor kids

Becomes first major restaurant chain in Japan to provide cooked food to “children’s cafeteria” facilities.

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Young Japanese men say paying for dates is the hardest part of life as a guy【Survey】

But a different mental burden takes over the top spot as they get older.

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Trouble with stalkers? Japanese moving company offers discount to musicians trying to escape fans

Multiple music-related scenarios earn band members cheaper bills.

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Is it OK to bite through your ramen noodles while slurping them in Japan? Internet debates

Slurping is the norm in a Japanese noodle house, but is it OK to bite off your ramen if it’s more than you can chew?

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How many hours a month do anime artists work in Japan? Survey finds crazy number, unhappy workers

“Just what was it that I ever liked about anime?” wonders unsatisfied female artist.

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Is Japan’s biggest “boys” manga magazine really being read by little boys?

Weekly Shonen Jump’s name might not be entirely accurate, so our in-house fan offers an alternative.

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Is 150,000 yen (US$1,389) a month enough to live on in Tokyo? Depends what kind of life you want

That’s plenty for life in Japan’s capital, claims twenty-something woman, but you might not want to live like her.

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Weightlifting is Japanese salarymen’s newest hobby, report says, since “Muscles won’t betray you”

Lead researcher says pumping iron gives salarymen a joy “that they can’t get from work.”

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Japanese model home provides model wife and model daughter so you can feel the joy of family life

Tokyo model lets you share a beer with your sudden wife of eight years and play with your seven year-old daughter.

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