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Former schoolgirl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule

No love in school leads to fight in court.

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Head of Tokyo Olympics doesn’t want women in leadership roles because he thinks they talk too much

”Women, they have a very competitive nature.”

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Nagasaki teens find missing elderly woman by simply striking up a conversation on the bus

In this case, chatting up a stranger was for a good cause

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How much do Japanese men and women pay on dates? Survey finds large gap

Big spenders bump up one gender’s average.

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Online manga piracy surging by users in Japan as people are stuck at home during the pandemic

Industry group gives staggering figure for cost of pirated manga in just one month.

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Woman in Japan disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker

City hall worker denies man’s physical handicap was part of her motivation.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of half-price stickers at Japanese supermarkets

One person’s bargain is another’s burden.

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The end of the pay phone? Japanese government considering getting rid of phone boxes

Let’s be real though — when was the last time you used one anyway?

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Two men charged for having sex at a public bathhouse in Tokyo

Manager has had enough of people using the sento for casual hookups.

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Japan’s legal age of adulthood dropping by two years, but do teens understand what that means?

Survey sees if high school students know what they can and can’t do under the accelerated end of childhood.

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Japanese politicians want workers across country to have option for three-day weekends every week

Shorter workweek would help fight coronavirus, allow more time for family and education, proponents say.

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NHK announces “substantial” fee reduction, Japanese Internet reacts with jeering

Most people wonder why they still bother charging any fee at all.

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Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to

Critics are already calling the idea shortsighted.

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Parents of bullied teenage girl who committed suicide commission portrait to “attend” Seijinshiki

Move sparked controversy among Japanese netizens. 

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“The hell with sound judgement” says Red Bull in ad, but Japanese people don’t seem to agree

Energy drink maker gets edgy in Coming of Age Day message, but some people think they need to grow up.

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Japanese high school students arrested for robbing pachinko parlour at knife-point

Surely there’s a better way to start 2021 than this.

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Eight things people realized were pointless about Japanese work culture during 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s disrupted some of the bad parts too.

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

Does your dream have to be a job?

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Japanese shrine may have created the most Kyoto-like “wear a mask” reminder ever

Fushimi Inari-taisha did all sorts of things to keep visitors safe this New Year’s, and one may be steeped in the local culture’s velvety harshness.

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Lack of otaku blood from cancelled Comiket contributing to donation shortage in Japan

In a normal year, right now anime fans wouldn’t just be emptying their wallets, they’d be filling up blood vials too.

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