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Japan considering relaxing guest number caps for large events, provided guests don’t shout

Government considering ending previous limitations on guests for large events like concerts.

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All Tokyo public high schools abolish rules forcing students to dye non-black hair, underwear color regs

Popular boys’ hairstyle also removed from banned list.

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Japan increases entry limits, offers extra financial aid for foreign students

Plan could allow all foreign students waiting for entry to be in Japan by mid-summer.

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Family Mart convenience stores will stop offering plastic forks, recommends chopsticks instead

Family Mart sticks a fork in forks.

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Former Uniqlo employee starts clothing alterations service for people with disabilities

No more settling for whatever clothes you can put on…now you can wear whatever clothes you like!

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Flip phone graduation ceremony — A surprisingly emotional look back at life in 3G-era Japan【Vid】

With the first phase of Japan’s 3G network shutdown starting this month, phone provider takes a moment to remember how it changed communication culture.

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Sayonara, crossbows – Police ask owners to turn in their crossbows as new ban goes into effect

Possession of crossbow without a license to become illegal this month.

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Bandai is raising all full-time employees’ salaries by roughly 30 percent

Giant robot toymaker gives workers giant raises to boost motivation, with one possible catch.

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Japanese expat remembers the words that changed his life when he started working in Australia

Having never left Japan before, he was worried his English wasn’t good enough, but a coworker knew just what to say.

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American’s Japanese calligraphy gets called “cultural appropriation,” Japanese Twitter disagrees

Messages of thanks and support come flooding in for shodo beginner.

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Japanese pro gamer kicked off e-sports team after saying short men shouldn’t have human rights

Tekken pro asks guys under 170 centimeters (67 inches) tall to “please live your life with the idea ‘I have no human rights’ in your mind.”

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Is Japan’s “Hai, Cheese!” photo culture becoming obsolete?

More and more young Japanese women are saying “peace out” to old photo-taking customs.

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Which jobs in Japan have the most and least overtime? Survey investigates

Results also show wide gap in amount of overtime done by men and women.

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Tokyo hot spring allows guests with tattoos to bathe… with some very odd restrictions

Progress! …kind of?

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Japanese lingerie saleswoman gives Internet a lesson in what bust sizes look like in real life

“There is a tendency to misunderstand breast sizes.”

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The first driving test a few more times

Third time isn’t such a charm after all.

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How much Valentine’s Day chocolate do Japanese schoolgirls give, and to who?【Survey】

Survey breaks down amounts of honmei, tomo, and kazoku chocolate.

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Is the ideal spouse someone who’s your best friend or your war buddy? Japanese singles sound off

Survey ranks the top five married couple archetypes.

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Is anime making otaku eat less rice? Government launches Girl Running Late with Rice Ball Project

Japan’s top rice-growing prefecture designs character, releases two videos in hope of changing anime breakfast trope.

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How to cancel a floor on a Japanese elevator

Cool hack will save you time and keep you in everyone’s good books.

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