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It’s now legal to buy beer and cigarettes at self-checkout registers in Japan

New rule for convenience stores goes into effect on day of announcement, but there’s some equipment shops and shoppers need first.

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Manga artist wants Japanese teachers to feel, for two seconds, how dumb their girls’ dress code is

Masayuki Ishikawa is fed up with a rule that keeps schoolgirls cold all winter long.

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Japanese TV network makes multiple apologies for reporter chewing gum on air【Video】

Station president vows to “restore viewers’ trust.”

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Japanese government to once again allow loud cheering, full attendance at concerts, sports events

Report says latest removal of pandemic protocols will bring the noise back, but one precaution is staying in place.

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Masks should still be worn indoors, majority of Japanese people in poll say

Even with government plans to downgrade the coronavirus to the same danger level as seasonal flu, many plan to stay masked up.

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Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says

No bath, no problem?

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Japanese salted plum industry in dire straits, according to umeboshi company’s tweet

The average Japanese household is eating fewer pickled plums than ever.

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Kyoto town changes names for burnable, landfill trash so people will think about what they’re doing

As always, words have a second meaning behind them in Kyoto.

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Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight

What’s the appeal of the more rural southwestern prefecture over a centralized urban lifestyle?

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Japanese high school adds culottes to uniforms to better accommodate gender diversity

Changes also coming to blazer buttons at Hyogo school.

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Japanese passport ranks yet again as the most mobile in the world in 2023

You can go almost anywhere with a Japanese passport!

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Does everyone dress crazy at Japan’s craziest Coming of Age Day ceremony?【Photos】

Every year all eyes are on the flashiest fashions at Kitakyushu, but there’s another side to the story.

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Say hello to Japan’s new generation of adults, fresh from Kitakyushu’s 2023 seijinshiki ceremony

These new adults say sayonara to their youth with colourful hair and gangsta costumes.

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Japan’s Christmas plans are pretty chill this year, survey shows

Christmas Eve is considered the biggest date night of the year, but most respondents are planning to spend it a different way.

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Do Japanese superfans really want to marry their favorite idol?【Survey】

Responses show fans have some complicated feelings about their oshi.

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Is it OK to play with Pokémon card on the Shinkansen? A bullet train manners debate

Japanese comedian calls out “bad manners” of Pokémon-playing friends, but not everyone thinks his take is the very best.

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Japan’s Kanji of the Year revealed, reflects both the good and the bad of 2022

Single character with multiple meanings chosen as the kanji that best sums up 2022.

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Japanese men and woman both have the same top requirement for a spouse in konkatsu poll

Communication skills and thoughtfulness make men’s and women’s lists, but don’t come out on top.

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Japanese government wants to give people an extra 80,000 yen to have babies, but will it work?

Increase to Childbirth and Childcare Lump-Sum Grant is latest proposed plan to boost birth rate.

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Japanese police in Oita no longer banned from shopping at convenience stores while in uniform

Uniformed cops being able to make combini runs is meant to be a win-win for police and the communities they serve.

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