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What to do if you want to lower your apartment rent or avoid paying key money in Japan

And even if the owner won’t budge on the rent, you can still negotiate for some concessions that could save you a ton of cash.

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Japan’s passport is the strongest in the world, study shows

No other travel document opens as many doors around the world as Japan’s passport just edges the number-tow nation.

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How often do Japanese people rip silent farts? Survey investigates

Investigation shows generation gap in emissions’ audio levels.

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Purify the hate of Internet jeers with Japanese temple’s first online ceremonial fire

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to your local temple! Now you can collect up all the online roasts you’ve received and cast them into this cyberfire.

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Survey picks “thin” as second-least-attractive body type for Japanese women

Heavier body type picked as cutest for second year in a row.

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Japanese company will tell your boss you’re quitting for you, sees high demand for its services

In work-till-you-drop Japan, company is coming to the aid of distraught employees who say “I want to die.”

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Nagoya City Council debates: Is toilet paper really needed in public restrooms?

This is why it’s important to vote in city council elections.

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Tokyo Olympics organizers offer to pay volunteers 125 yen 【US$1.13】 an hour, critics unimpressed

Will the equivalent of one vending machine drink an hour be enough to gather the 80,000 volunteers the event is seeking?

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Are Japan’s sexy anime illustration light novel covers going too far?

Twitter debate shows that one person’s eye candy is another’s visual garbage.

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Japanese Twitter users are jealous of Christopher Robin’s soul-suckingly busy work schedule

The life of the stressed-out main character in the live-action Winnie the Pooh film is one of leisure compared to many Japanese adults’.

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U.S. soldier’s failed attempt to give Japanese policemen some cool drinks melts Internet’s heart

 ”This is what I hate about Japan” remarks commenter as regulations prevent kindhearted gift.

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Young Japanese adults in survey don’t even want to live to Japan’s average life expectancy

Most would call Japan’s famously long life expectancy a good thing, but for these Japanese women it’s more than a decade more than they want to stick around.

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Five tips to stay stress-free and comfortable as you walk through Tokyo’s crazy-crowded streets

Being in the biggest city in Japan means you’re probably sharing the walkway with more people than you’d like, but here’s how to make things easier.

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Japanese ad showing Mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at Dad【Video】

Father is shown doing so little to help around the house some people wonder if he’s even alive.

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Japanese media watchdog group publishes complaint about people who complain about anime

Maybe they should stop worrying about what’s on TV, and start worrying about why their kids aren’t asleep, says critic of critics.

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Our Korean-Japanese reporter’s thoughts on people asking “Is Naomi Osaka really Japanese?”

P.K. Sanjun takes a look at some of the common criteria used to define what makes a person “Japanese,” and whether they’ll still be used in the future.

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Japanese politicians want to make it easier for foreigners to get anime assistant work visas

Ministry of Justice proposal aims to let foreign students stay in Japan after they finish school and work their way up the professional ladder.

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Japanese schools are losing their pools due to rising maintenance costs and aging facilities

Sadly, quintessential anime scenes of rooftop swimming classes may be coming to an end soon.

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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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