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Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train adds Japanese subtitles for its Japanese dialogue, makes Japan happy

It might sound redundant, but sound really is the issue here.

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Japan’s biggest K-pop fans might just be senior citizens, survey shows

Fandom knows no age!

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Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains

Debate divides Japan when storms hit and stomachs rumble.

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Rate of young Japanese people who want to get married someday drops to lowest ever in survey

Number of children Japanese women want also drops to lowest ever in latest iteration of government study.

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Japanese prime minster wants to increase the number of foreigners studying in Japan

Calls on Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to go beyond even already successful plan.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The End

All bad things must come to an end.

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Yahoo! Japan finds most alphabetic and katakana words Japanese people want to find out about

GJ on YJ for TCOB.

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Japanese street fashion magazine Men’s Knuckle throws last punch, ends crazy photo caption legacy

So long, Men’s Knuckle!

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Giant wearable baby head, huge randoseru backpack part of empathy-boosting art exhibit in Japan

Would you appreciate being told “Go outside and play!” after carrying an 18.9-kilogram (41,7-pound) backpack on your commute?

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Why does Japan actually like the super loud, constantly buzzing sound of cicadas?

For many people in Japan, there’s no more welcome sound than the incredibly loud whining buzz of the seasonal insects.

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Majority of younger Japanese people in survey respect less than 30 percent of their old coworkers

Over 50 percent of respondents say old coworkers contribute “nothing in particular” to the workplace.

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Nintendo Japan officially provides spousal benefits to same-sex partnerships

Equality gets the Nintendo Seal of Quality.

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Japanese bookstore dares to be different with common-sense fix to weird industry hassle

At most bookstores, knowing the author’s name isn’t enough to let you find what you’re looking for, but Seiwado is an exception.

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Japanese company uses video game-style hit point badges to help employees know who needs a hand

Tokyo-based firm understands it can be hard for some people to speak up when they’re feeling run down.

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Why is Osaka “the most livable city in Japan” according to a recent survey?

It’s a great place to live, but I wouldn’t want to visit there.

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Japanese city makes list of world’s top 10 most livable cities, but not one most people expected

If it’s not Tokyo, can you guess which city made the list?

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Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave, hopes to change attitudes

Governor of Tokyo wants people to stop saying the old term because paternal leave is not a vacation.

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Medical bills to be free in all Tokyo wards for high school students, younger kids from next year

System has no family income restrictions and will address low birth rate, politicians hope.

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People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos

Serious-faced samurai from Japan’s past are helping spread the word/smiles.

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Government study finds seniors active online more likely to feel life is worth living

Are they using the same Internet as me?

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