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Japanese boy tries to wipe away the tears of assaulted idol singer he sees crying on TV

A heartbreaking gesture of kindness for a woman in an industry that often doesn’t treat its performers like people.

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Tokyo train company makes sweet addition to stations so that birds can keep their nests in them

Keio cares about feathered life and its customers, and has a way to keep them both happy.

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Young Splatoon 2 fan writes encouraging letter to Nintendo, stunned to get a personalized reply

Nintendo proves once again that it really values its fans. 

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Japanese mom finds dead dad’s Amazon cart has one last message of love for his grandchildren

Present he never got to give breaks and warms daughter’s heart.

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Workaholic Japan forgives Tokyo noodle joint owner who closed early for the best reason of all

There was someone, or, actually, two people he had to see.

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Our lovestruck reporter tries to make a batch of cookies for his girlfriend for Japan’s White Day

After getting love-dovey Valentine’s Day chocolate for the first time in his life, Seiji steps into the SoraKitchen to make cookies that require no butter or liquid.

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“Divine” Japanese wife gives husband special thank-you surprise for being such a hard-working dad

Father of baby girl gets a day off, plus a budget to enjoy it with.

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Japanese man’s job is too busy for strawberry-picking date, super-sweet girlfriend saves the day

Boyfriend cancels date when he can’t get time off from work, but his awesome girlfriend figures out how to bring the strawberry patch to him.

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Documentary about man with no limbs discusses what it’s like to be disabled in Japan

Hirotada Otatake was born with no arms or legs, but it didn’t keep him from trying to do good things in this world.

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Kyoto train station thanks commuters for saving life of passenger who fell on the train tracks

Japanese commuters stepped up to help when a fellow passenger faced considerable danger.

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Chinese boy tries to gift mother $1,200 diamond ring, bursts into tears when he gets rejected

Boy’s innocent deed speaks volumes about his filial love for his mom.

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J-pop star Utada Hikaru’s childhood drawing reminds us that dreams can come true

Kingdom Hearts III singer shares drawing, message of what she wanted to be when she grew up.

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Loving husky dog gives her owner the most enthusiastic greeting, and also the loudest

When this owner returned to her hometown for a few days, her family dog’s reaction was priceless.

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Workers’ mental health more important than 2 million yen as ramen chain closes for New Year’s

500-restaurant chain closes all branches to give employees’ time to spend with families at New Year’s.

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Japanese museum that’s kept child’s lost stuffed animal for 30 years gets adorable new resident

One of the year’s most touching stories gets a very special Christmas episode.

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We visited Tokyo’s samurai-period style cat cafe, and here’s why you should too【Photos】

The Edo Neko Chaya has a beautiful interior, charming kitties, and a heartwarming mission.

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Japanese museum holds on to child’s lost stuffed animal for 30 years, gives it bath, new clothes

Beyond-kind lost and found corner still hopes it can find original owner.

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Following the Find Seiji a Girlfriend Project, our reporter now has to meet his girlfriend’s mom

Seiji’s greatest fear: Having his girlfriend’s mom ask “What do you do for a living?” when the answer is “I work for SoraNews24.”

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Quick-thinking Tokyo Disney Sea staff helps boyfriend propose with assist from a surprising cupid

Quite possibly the last Disney character we’d expect to be a love guru has the perfect answer to one young man’s dilemma.

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Japan’s Uncle Fist loses money every week selling takoyaki to kids for just 10 yen, doesn’t care

Actually, he does care, but about kids from impoverished homes, not about making money from his octopus dumpling business.

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