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Ukraine’s message of thanks and friendship gets really awkward with Japan

All’s embarrassing in love and war.

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan criticises Uniqlo for continuing to trade in Russia

Ambassador takes aim at Japan’s richest man, questioning the decision to value pants and T-shirts over Ukrainian lives. 

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Studio Ghibli anime artist to sell artwork to support Ukraine

One of Japan’s leading art directors leads the way in raising funds for an issue that’s close to his heart.

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Japanese ambassador stayed in Ukraine to fight in his grandfather’s samurai armour? No, not true

Fake news story goes viral around the world, but the real story behind it is just as compelling.

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Ukraine chapters from manga “If There Is Conflict, Call Hatta” released for free online

The geopolitical series hopes to educate people on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Okonomiyaki sauce producer on damage control following heightened Iran-US tensions

Company assures us a famous Japanese dish is not in danger of becoming collateral damage.

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Japanese Twitter user reminisces about the tobacco box that led to her being born

A tiny twist of fate can have big repercussions – this woman owes her life to her grandfather’s metal cigarette box.

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Nagasaki Starbucks marks anniversary of World War II’s end with powerful message of peace

Coffeehouse chalkboard encourages customers to think about situations in coffee-growing regions of the world.

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North Korea-U.S. tensions spark interest in Japanese government’s J-Alert warning system

People around Japan are spreading news of the J-Alert System and the manual that explains what to do in the event of an armed attack.

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Musician Ian McCulloch flees Japan amid US-North Korea tensions, show cancelled without warning

You know things are getting serious when the lead singer of Echo & the Bunnymen throws in the towel.

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Pokémon GO turns into Pokémon GO TO WAR in super-intense, high-quality fan video 【Video】

Pikachu used a Gatling gun… it’s super effective!

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Lest we forget 1936: The year fake Mickey Mouse attacked Japan

Japan may have forgiven the rip-off Disney star, but they have not forgotten what he did 80 years ago on that blood soaked Pacific island beach.

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New school in Iraq to provide a Japanese-style education

Impressed with Japan’s ability to quickly rebuild after the Second World War, some educators in Iraq are looking to instill similar values in their own youth.

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Only 11% of Japanese people “willing to fight for their country”

WIN Gallup International recently announced the results of their international survey on people’s willingness to fight for their country. Despite recent changes to the constitution, it turns out Japanese Johnnies are least likely to get their guns among all nations surveyed.

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World War II ended 70 years ago — here’s the planned US invasion of Japan that never happened

On August 14, 1945, US President Harry Truman announced the unconditional surrender of Japanese Emperor Hirohito, thereby ending World War II.

The surrender came after months of bombing raids across the Japanese countryside, two atomic bombs, and the Soviet Union’s declaration of war on the island nation.

The iron resolve of the Japanese was a major factor the US anticipated while planning the invasion of mainland Japan. The culture known for literally putting death before dishonor with practices such as hara-kiri would not, by any stretch of the imagination, go softly into surrender.

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Sanrio mascots promote pacifism on 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender

On August 14, 1945, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Forces it would come to be known as V-J Day before signing the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender but the anniversary is also in the midst of debate over constitutional revisions with criticism honed in on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Sanrio has seemingly voiced its option, albeit through the mouths of its popular mascots, in the latest issue of the company’s Ichigo Shimbun magazine. The magazine includes an article reflecting on the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender and is titled “Let’s think about what we can do for peace” with a sub-headline reading “No more war!” It calls for readers to research war through popular media and the memories of those who lived during that time.

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Travel back in time to the Sengoku Era at Sekigahara War Land

On October 21, 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu won the famous Battle of Sekigahara which secured his way to rule the shogunate of Japan.

Today, the battlefield where more than 200,000 people perished is but a remnant of ancient history. It is an ordinary town, and only the most maniacal of history buffs would show up to trace the roots of Sekigahara. However, in the center of that town, there is actually a ‘theme park’ where you can learn about history and the famous battle right where it took place, known as the somewhat awkwardly named “Learn! Play! The Immersive War Museum – Sekigahara War Land”.

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Metal Gear Solid V’s child soldiers make an accidental news cameo

Good stock photos can be hard to come by sometimes, especially if they’re of niche matters like child soldiers. So when a bustling newsroom intern tracks down a perfect photo of children wielding rifles and sitting on tanks, it’s too good to pass up. Even if the photo looks a little off.

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Japanese gamers debate Red Cross’s call for virtual crimes to be punished

The International Red Cross has recently been pushing for so-called “hyper realistic” video games to follow international humanitarian laws and penalize players for their in-game crimes, such as gunning down civilians. Last month, the organization on its Japanese site posted an explanation about why it decided to press for this. As expected, gamers had mixed reactions to the announcement with some decrying the “over-regulation” of their hobby, while many thought it was a much-needed change to the industry.

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“Good luck with the exam!” US comic depicting Japanese WWII pilot met with chuckles in Japan

Although they are sometimes considered to be the pastime of kids and teenagers, modern comics and graphic novels often deal with some incredibly heavy and moving content. Craig Thompson’s Blankets, for example, is a spellbinding journey that will melt any adult’s heart, and despite using mice as protagonists, Art Spiegelman’s retelling of his Holocaust survivor father’s experiences in Maus was so moving that it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

The following American comic deals with equally heavy content: the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The comic lost a little credibility amongst Japanese readers earlier today, however, when one netizen noticed that it shows one of the pilots preparing for the attack by donning what appears to be a headband much more likely to be worn by school kids studying for a big exam than someone going on a mission from which they may not return.

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