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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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Japan has a new professional basketball league exclusively for anime voice actresses

Three-on-three league for young ladies sounds like the plot of an anime series itself, but it’s a real-life sports organization.

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Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida smashes Guinness World Record by bursting balloons with her butt

The speed and accuracy of her bottom was truly astounding.

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Coca-Cola gears up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with crazy tall vending machine in Japan

Want a bottle of coke? You’ll have to jump for it!

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Kicking for maximum swimming speed? You might be doing it wrong, Japanese researchers say

Scientists from Tokyo and Ibaraki discover there’s a cutoff point where kicking actually starts to slow you down.

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ASICS challenges public to beat two Japanese professional soccer players at their own game

Take on this 2 on 2 dribble battle with the pros and earn some cash while you’re at it.

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Japan’s World Cup match-predicting octopus gutted after loss to Poland… literally

That’s probably one result he didn’t see coming.

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Osaka reminds everyone not to go jump off a bridge during World Cup, don’t jump on it either

Yes, even during the World Cup.

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Senegalese soccer team’s dance moves go perfectly with Japanese idol music, fan discovers【Videos】

As Senegal’s players shine on the field, famous anime anthem asks if their hearts are shining too.

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Anime at the World Cup — Fans bond after Japan-Senegal match by singing One Piece theme【Video】

”You wanna be my friend?” the songs asks, and the answer seems to be “Yes!”

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Now even countries that aren’t playing against Japan are cleaning their stadiums at the World Cup

Movement started by Japanese soccer fans spreads beyond Japanese team’s opponents and group, could be changing the face of sports fandom.

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Foreign student who punched Japanese basketball referee returns to home country, coach suspended

School adding new staff member to provide psychological care for remaining exchange students from Africa.

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Bitter Colombian soccer fan tries to insult Japan, Japanese fans respond with kindness, and memes

You can’t faze these Japanese netizens.

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Japanese soccer fans’ awesome manners are spreading to another country at World Cup

Following victory by Japan, Colombian fans take part in a Japanese tradition.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya goes crazy as soccer fans celebrate Japan’s historic World Cup victory【Videos】

Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing never misses a chance to party, but the massive seas of humanity had an extra-special reason this time.

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Foreign exchange student punches Japanese basketball referee, victim won’t press charges【Video】

Vicious attack that required 10 stitches is followed by startlingly kind gesture of forgiveness.

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Anime sports star Captain Tsubasa tells world betting on horses is as much fun as playing soccer

Japan’s most popular symbol of the beautiful game continues with his newfound love of gambling.

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Shohei Ohtani amazes Major League Baseball with his impeccable Japanese manners

After making jaws drop both on the mound and at the plate, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star is winning fans with his performance in the dugout.

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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony preliminary ticket prices announced, wallets cry across Japan

The real Olympic challenge might be scraping up enough cash to attend its start.

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Iranian female soccer fans cross-dress to get into soccer stadium, netizens cheer

In Iran, women are forbidden from stadiums, but for fans of soccer, drastic times call for drastic measures.

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