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Japan once again closes borders to foreign travelers with new entry restrictions

Business travel relaxation undone in less than two months.

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Photos show otaku district’s iconic Kitchen Jiro restaurant has been replaced by something very different.

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Japanese school renames boys, girls uniforms as “Type I” and “Type II” in gender identity reform

New dress code allows choice of bottoms for female students only.

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Dumb Japanese school dress codes — Coronavirus winter edition

In a year like no other, school insists on enforcing same old dress code even while temperature in classrooms is anything but normal.

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Bluetooth tombstones are here to help you mourn loved ones without breaking the bank

Just when we thought Japan had run out of things to make high-tech.

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Japanese “New Word of the Year” announced, sums up 2020 perfectly

We couldn’t think of a better word than this one.

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Japanese government’s new birth rate plan: Use AI to tell people who’d be a good spouse for them

Wants to help people find spouses who don’t meet their preferences for age, income, or education.

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Is it gross to eat sushi that the chef pressed with his bare hands?【Survey】

One group of Japanese people is surprisingly squeamish about eating sushi made the traditional way.

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Japanese city changes “burnable trash” bags to “the only option is to burn this trash” bags

The Internet rejoices at this new, potent meme fodder: trash bags that declare its contents have no other recourse than to be burnt to a crisp.

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Samurai’s severed head moved in Tokyo, earthquake occurs at his body in Ibaraki

“More care than a nuclear weapon” required to restore the burial mound dedicated to Japan’s most vengeful spirit.

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Does a guy lose all chance with a Japanese woman if he doesn’t pay for the first date?【Survey】

Survey finds large gap between women of different ages.

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Final Fantasy developer Square Enix makes working from home a permanent option for employees

Because if your home is your castle, doesn’t that mean it’s the perfect place to create a fantasy RPG?

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The Five Smalls – Tokyo asks citizens to follow five guidelines as coronavirus infections spike

Officials are worried situation could get even worse as Japan approaches its busiest socializing season.

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The five least stressful jobs, as ranked by Japanese working people

Does your job make the list?

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Should people in Japan be allowed to keep their surnames after getting married, survey asks

Right now, getting married in Japan means someone is changing their name.

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Japanese business wear brand creates helpful graph to tell you what to wear at work

How formal is too formal? you ask. Yofuku no Aoyama has the answers.

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Tokyo is the best city in the world to live in, study says

Japan’s capital gets a boost in this year’s global rankings for a very 2020 reason.

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What’s the best way to close the gender gap in Japan? Japanese women weigh in

The top answer will not surprise you at all.

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No mask, no ride – Japanese government allows taxis to refuse to pick up maskless passengers

Don’t want to wear a mask? Then you better feel like walking.

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Japanese clothing chain offers an answer to job-hunting suit conundrum

Yofuku no Aoyama suggests a new suit service to suit job-seeking students.

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