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Japan’s All-Alone Tents see skyrocketing demand during coronavirus pandemic

Bocchi Tent provides psychological benefits for Japan’s thousands of new telecommuters.

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Tokyo plan to give 100,000 yen to residents who get infected with coronavirus sparks backlash

“So is this the start of the Coronavirus Challenge Lottery?” asks opponent of Shinjuku program.

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Japanese women show overwhelming resistance to unisex bathrooms in survey

Over 60-percent gap between most and least accepting demographics.

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Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? Twitter debates

Teacher says book reports just make kids hate books, but some say they’re vital to developing important lifelong skills.

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Amending Japanese crime law: names of 18 and 19-year-old criminals to no longer be concealed

Discussions currently underway within the administration for this special amendment.

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Survey shows that Japanese couples are trying to conceive earlier

Childbirth rates in Japan may be low, but couples are getting started earlier than before.

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Five surprises and one disappointment about life in Japan from our expat friend

We talk with our pal from Nepal about moving to Japan.

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eSports facility for senior citizens set to open in Kobe

Must be over 60 to apply for a membership.

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Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race

Japanese people ask the same old questions but this card causes them to have very different reactions.

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Find a red envelope on the ground? Here’s why you should never pick it up

Especially for men, snatching an unassuming red envelope from the ground can lead to a shocking proposition.

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Japanese prison offers manga background work program, artwork offered online【Pics】

Rehabilitation center’s program is run by professional manga artist.

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Two incredibly important phrases to remember when shopping in Japan

Japan is known for its excellent customer service, but being an excellent customer is important too.

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Crossdressing support subscription service launches in Japan with clothing delivery, tutorials

Girls Closet is latest initiative from Tokyo-based josou services company.

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Japanese store stops talking to customers because of coronavirus, some hope change is permanent

Is silence golden, or is chitchat a necessary part of running a store?

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The odd phenomenon of some Japanese husbands making their wives put their socks on for them

If you’re old enough to get married, shouldn’t you be old enough to dress yourself?

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Japanese politicians want to make walking while looking at your smartphone illegal

New law would require that you be immobile when looking at your mobile phone.

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Lawyers say Japanese video game ban for kids violates constitution, call for abolition

Game over for Kagawa Prefecture’s anti-video game ordinance?

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A shocking discovery in Sapporo as 238 cats are found living under one roof in dismal conditions

Officials were quick to move once the property owner noticed something was amiss.

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Japanese government to limit foreign students’ coronavirus financial aid to top 30 academic percent

Those who haven’t been hitting the books hard might need to severely pinch their pennies.

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Ideal vs. reality: Japanese Twitter nods in agreement at diagram of harsh truth of freelance work

Freelancing doesn’t equal free time.

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