society

Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side

Unless you read all the way to the bottom, the poster might look like it’s sending the wrong message.

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Survey shows more Japanese married men, single Japanese women cheating on their romantic partners

Single men in their 30s least likely to be fooling around, but it’s a very different story for the older guys.

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Japanese company trips – Workers “absolutely hate” them, so why do they still happen?

Your company is paying for you to take a pleasure trip! Awesome! You’ll be spending all weekend with your boss and coworkers! Not so awesome.

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An illustrated guide to the proper way to give and receive business cards in Japan

If you want to look suave and polite, these are the four steps.

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Are fairy tale books in Japan using too much “moe” anime-style art? Publisher defends its covers

Critics are calling the modern anime aesthetics “inappropriate,” but publisher says they’re missing the point.

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Japanese government to outlaw carrying unbound knives on trains starting next year

No-more-knives rule comes after bullet train slashing in which passenger lost his life.

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Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test

The tests were confiscated and the teachers forced to apologize to students.

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49-year-old Japanese shut-in spends weeks living with corpse of mother who died at home

”I couldn’t do anything,” says hikikomori in written statement.

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New train ad in Japan advocates for leaving texts a while without a response, sparks debate

These new train safety ads tell travelers that any friends who’d drop you for a late response aren’t friends at all.

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“I am actually a homosexual”: Memories of when a Japanese boss came out to his subordinate

P.K. Sanjun thinks back to his first full-time job, and the boss who told him everything.

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Spend a shift working in a terrible, soul-crushing Japanese company at this “special” Tokyo event

And for extra authenticity, they’ll even make you work on a national holiday!

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The morning after: Volunteers clean up the litter from Tokyo’s Halloween street party

Mr. Sato heads back to Shibuya, and is startled by what he sees.

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The reason why the best spouse for an otaku might not be another otaku

It might sound like a match made in heaven (or at least a lovey-dovey romance anime), but two otaku don’t always make the right combination.

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Should you dip your egg sushi in soy sauce before you eat it? Survey asks Japanese diners

Pretty much everyone agrees that soy sauce for fish is a must, but what about the most popular kind of non-seafood sushi?

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Shibuya mayor fed up with lawless Tokyo Halloween street party, promises stronger police response

“These people have no love or respect for the Shibuya neighborhood.”

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Japan now has only two TV anime series that air in prime time during the week

Pokémon loses its prime time slot as only a pair of veterans cling to theirs.

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Japanese YouTubers cause uproar for stopping women in the street and calling them ugly

Video went viral for all the wrong reasons.

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The must-have item to avoid being a jerk at Tokyo’s biggest Halloween street party

Bring a bag, and no, not to put candy in.

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The Japanese language has a special honorific suffix just for talking to athletes

Soccer star wants more fans to mind their manners and remember to use it.

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10 signs you might not be an otaku anymore

The fire of hard-core anime fans’ passions burn bright, but that doesn’t mean they always last forever.

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