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Flexible teachers DO exist in Japan: First-grader gets full credit for “wrong” math test answers

There are no wrong answers, as long as you’ve got the right question.

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Sanrio’s President reveals why Hello Kitty teams up with so many different brands

And it’s not just to boost Hello Kitty’s sales.

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Mr. Sato travels five hours to the Oki Islands to make amends for a 17-year grievance【Photos】

SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato did something unthinkable in the past, but now he’s going to travel by air and sea to make it right again.

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Tough-as-nails bullied Japanese schoolgirl stays home from school, but not because she was sad

After standing up for classmate and becoming bully’s target herself, elementary schooler decided to send a message that took years to be heard.

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Japanese newlyweds can order a special wedding service that won’t leave a dry eye in the house

The MemoReplay is an extraordinary custom wedding performance that guarantees no guest will forget this special day. Bring a handkerchief!

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Love blooms after loss: Japanese netizen commemorates grandparents’ romance, gardening skills

Twitter user is taking the gorgeous blossom that bloomed after her grandmother’s passing as a token of her grandfather’s deep and abiding love.

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Kyoto family’s cat, missing for half a year, returns home after Osaka earthquake

Recent quake ends more happily than expected for one Kansai resident.

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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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Amazing anime-style artist mom transforms daughter’s character designs into gorgeous illustration

When Mom is a professional-level illustrator, mother/daughter art projects can be truly incredible.

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Hayao Miyazaki eulogizes Isao Takahata, remembers purposely subjecting him to second-hand smoke

One anime legend looks back on 50 years of friendship with another in memorial service held at Studio Ghibli museum.

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Japanese company is so kind it mails out condolence gifts if it can’t give applicants a job

Getting turned down for a job hurts, but one company wants to do what it can to help job-hunters bounce back from a rejection.

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Japanese dad reimburses wife for six months’ worth of breast milk, moves her to tears

New father makes mental note of the economic upside of breastfeeding, passes those savings on to his beloved wife.

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Elderly Japanese man goes Pokémon Go hunting at wife’s grave, offers sweet tribute to lost love

Some say the Pokémon GO craze is over, but the bond between true lovers is eternal (and in this case kind of weird).

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81-year-old Japanese man leaps into river to save drowning 86-year-old woman

Because you’re never too old to be a hero.

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Japanese advertising agency breaks tradition by recruiting people who got held back in school

When a company ensures that everyone deserves a second chance, it’s a company worth working for.

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McDonald’s reminds Japan’s young adults that length isn’t everything, and being soft is OK too

Message of encouragement to young adults provides adult inspiration and immature giggles.

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The dramatic conclusion to the Find Seiji a Girlfriend Project【Video】

This is it. Two years after the start of the project, SoraNews24’s most consistent bachelor takes one last shot at romance as he meets Mimi.

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Japanese idol singer holds memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral

A final farewell after a decade of devoted support.

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On the 7th anniversary of 3.11, Japanese netizens reflect on the story of the tsunami motorcycle

The story of the Harley Davidson that traveled across the Pacific Ocean is warming hearts again.

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NHK slips touching hidden message into TV listings on March 11

A subtle way to let certain people know they’re still on your mind.

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