society

Too-good-to-be-true fantasy scenario demotivates Japanese commuters who hate their jobs

Supposedly less-than-perfect jobs both sound a lot better than the ones many people actually have.

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Setting of Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart is More Tragedy Than Fantasy

Studio Ghibli released the Whisper of the Heart anime film in 1995, a story of youth following their dreams.

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Japanese celebrity influencer spreads vegan eco message, but does anyone care?

Japanese-Bangladeshi personality Rola promotes veganism on social media

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#kutoo movement continues its fight to free women from company-enforced foot pain.

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Pokémon Company loosens copyright grip, starts free-to-use-art program for schools, day care

Over 100 illustrations allow kids, teachers, and children’s hospital staff to create smiles and curiosity with the beloved anime/video game characters.

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How much do you need to earn every month for a “normal” life in Kyoto? Here’s a sample budget

Fantasizing about relocating to Japan’s ancient capital? Here’s what it’ll cost you per month, and no, a minimum-wage job isn’t going to cut it.

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Japanese politician’s birthrate plan: Have parents nag their kids to have “at least three babies”

Wants Grandma and Grandpa to get in on the pro-procreation propaganda too.

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The Japanese government made an idol anime, and it literally wants your blood【Video】

The girls of KKT21 want you to bleed for the good of society.

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What do Japanese kids spend their allowance on? Survey finds out

Surprisingly, prunes and nicotine patches didn’t crack the top 10.

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You can now buy bully insurance for your kids in Japan

As more and more parents worry about the effects of bullying, one Tokyo insurance company offers a solution.

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Australian mother reflects on “lunchbox shame” she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher

Preschool teacher says the Australian-style lunch she made was “not appropriate.”

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A love of anime can protect you from religious solicitors in Japan, otaku discovers

”But do you accept Hayao Miyazaki as anime’s lord and savior?”

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Japanese manners: Majority say “Loud laughing during a movie is rude” in survey

Survey finds a big, and surprising, gap between what young and old people think is acceptable behavior.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood likely to ban public drinking due to Halloween mayhem

Shibuya’s world-famous Halloween street parties may not be going away, but it looks like they’ll be going non-alcoholic.

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Japanese cities warned not to run out of beer for foreign visitors during Rugby World Cup

Beer shortages could damage host cities reputation on international social media, organizers worry.

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Renting a Girlfriend in Japan: Relationship goals or just plain awkward? 【Video】

Japanese rental girlfriend spills all the details on what it’s like to date a complete stranger.

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Christian groups in Japan criticize emperor’s ascension ceremony as violation of constitution

Spokesmen say this week’s ceremony, and another scheduled for October, violate the principal of separation of church and state.

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Japanese women’s magazine’s list of traits for an ideal man is both understandable and baffling

Do you have a part-time job at a cafe but are somehow also rich? Then you just might be the perfect guy.

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How do you say “Happy New Era” in Japanese?

With the imperial Heisei era over and the Reiwa period just beginning, this is the phrase to use.

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Japan’s new emperor ascends to throne, makes first speech with wish for peace, happiness

Emperor Naruhito looks back on emperors of the past before turning his eyes to the nation’s future.

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