society

Nearly one in three Japanese men in survey prefer to sit down when taking a pee

Why stand when you can sit?

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Is it OK to put other food on top of your white rice when eating in Japan?

Rice is part of almost every traditional Japanese meal, but should the rest of the meal be part of the rice?

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What’s Japan’s least appealing big city, and why did it get stuck with that title?【Survey】

Town ranks in last place for second survey in a row, but there actually are some things to love about the place.

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Five important manners to remember when buying something at a Japanese convenience store

Frustrated clerk lists what shoppers should do in the land of stellar customer service.

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Five reasons there’s no tipping at restaurants in Japan

Guidebooks love to say it’s because Japanese people think tipping is rude, but that’s not even close to the whole story.

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Japanese man complains about foreign languages on Tokyo train, Twitter drowns him in kindness

”This is Japan, you know?” he asks, but others want to show him the ways of the modern world.

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Japanese genius finds a clever way to remind himself how awesome coming home is【Video】

When you open the door, you’re not just coming home, but stepping into a world of awesome bargains and services that we sometimes overlook.

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Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores

Majority say they can see some sort of logic behind university systematically reducing women’s entrance exam scores by up to 20 percent.

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Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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Transgender Japanese YouTuber criticizes LGBT demonstration held in downtown Tokyo

Voices concern that disruptive gatherings will hurt public perception of LGBT community.

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Tokyo’s riot cops finally win right to carry drinks on duty during Japan’s hottest summer ever

Because the mission is to serve and protect, not to get dehydrated and collapse.

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Depressed Japanese gamer brightens his days by giving himself a log-in bonus for his real life

Rather than run away to a virtual world, he figured out a way to take something fun about video games and use it to fight off daily drudgery.

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Japanese government proposes driver’s license change to make them easier for foreigners to read

Japanese imperial era targeted as potential source of confusion.

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Tokyo Medical University accused of dropping women’s entrance exam scores 10-20 percent each year

Source says score-rigging was born out of concern that many “female doctors quit their jobs after having children.”

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Japanese government’s newest plan to fight overwork: Give employees Monday morning off

Shining Monday initiative sounds great for anyone who likes to party on Sunday night, or just would rather not be working on Monday morning.

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Psychology professor says Japanese people show mood with their eyes, Westerners with their mouths

Educator ties theory into why Japanese people wear surgical masks, but not sunglasses, but how solid is his logic?

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Japan Railway doing away with train departure chimes in plan to stop dangerous mad dashes

Company is tired of people thinking the chime means “Feel free to knock people over if they’re standing between you and your train.”

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Man crosses Japanese drinking culture line by taking mug of draft beer onto train

Japan is usually willing to look the other way about booze on the rails, but not this time.

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Gay Japanese Twitter user comes out to family, mother’s response moves Twitter to tears

Amazingly open-minded mother wows son and Internet with words of wisdom.

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Japanese child’s sad story of learning that “goodwill” is sometimes just “self-satisfaction”

It’s a hard truth they learned early on in life.

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