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The top 10 famous men that Japanese women wish would make love to them【Survey】

Manga-adaptation actors and musicians abound in the list of desired fandom consummations.

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Is overtime work in Tokyo going to get worse thanks to the Olympics’ new last train schedules?

Tokyo’s last trains are too early for many travelers and partiers, but they’re a God-send for overworked office employees.

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Otaku nearing death can have anime collections appraised by Japanese company before they pass on

Living Appraisal service helps family decide what to do with all the Blu-rays, figures, and plushies that departed otaku can’t take with them.

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Rich and bald or handsome and poor? Survey asks Japanese women who’d they’d rather marry

Does a thick wad of bills make up for a thin head of hair?

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Barely half of Japanese men in survey will give thank-you gift to women for Valentine’s chocolate

Richer men in study found to spend less per-gift than their poorer counterparts.

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Japanese exchange student sparks culture debate on Twitter with comment about American clothing

How much can the way a country’s citizens dress say about that country?

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Japanese teen wins right to change name from “His Lordship the Prince” to something less flowery

After years of embarrassment, Oji-sama Akaike finally has a new name.

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Japanese high school requires teens to kneel and bow for teaches, receives harsh online backlash

Assembly rules at commercial high school called cult-like, disrespectful to students.

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Japanese travelers are avoiding Kyoto as the city’s number of foreign visitors continues to grow

Hotel operators say the ancient capital’s beautiful temples have a newfound image as congested and inconvenient.

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Japanese schoolgirl points out an especially dumb part of her school’s “no tights” dress code

The rule is supposed to be for everybody, but it’s really only the girls who have to follow it.

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Man in Kobe reported to police after saying hello to schoolgirl who said hi to him first

Baffled commenters don’t see why basic politeness is being treated like a crime, but police say the exchange was suspicious.

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Korea beats Disneyland as most desirable graduation trip for Japanese girls in survey

Mickey Mouse may not be the king of Japanese girls’ hearts any longer.

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Hyogo Police on the lookout for man complimenting babies

A seemingly benign incident highlights a dilemma many parents face.

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The one thing otaku never take photos of on vacation, according to Japanese Twitter

Hardcore anime fans like to travel and snap pics like anyone else, but there’s something that’s always just out of frame.

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Japanese cheating survey finds high infidelity rate in Kyoto and one of Tokyo’s neighbors

The least-faithful prefecture in the survey is often laughed at for being uncool, but responding residents seem to be plenty popular.

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Five reasons why Queer Eye is such a big hit on Netflix in Japan

How the loud-and-proud Fab Five were able to find success in a country that lags behind others when it comes to LGBTQ issues.

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Japanese breast size study shows rapid growth in previously smallest-busted region of county

Meanwhile, Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, experiences dramatic downsizing.

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Japanese company will ask your crush out on a date for you if you’re too shy to do it yourself

Deluxe plan costs over 140,000 yen (US$1,260).

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President of Japan’s obligation chocolate king sends personal letter to giri choco-hater Godiva

Things get personal, and sweet, in the latest chapter of the ongoing difference of opinions about a Japanese cultural tradition.

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What’s the secret to Marie Kondo’s popularity in America? Our Japanese-language reporter wonders

With a new Netflix series streaming on both sides of the Pacific, our reporter ponders what America sees in Japan’s tidying-up master.

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