The upcoming election on July 10th for the House of Councillors will be the first time that 18- and 19-year-olds will be able to vote in Japan. This means there are 2.4 million new youth votes up ...
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Monocle has declared Tokyo the world's "most liveable city" for the second year running. The magazine says: This city of 13 million nurtures a balance of hi-tech efficiency and traditional ...
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Everything seems to be about tourism these days -- and how to cash in on the boom. This has led to foreign-language-speaking staff and tax-free counters at major stores in Tokyo. We reported ...
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After already breaking records for inbound tourism last year, the government hopes to double the number to 40 million by 2020. So far this year, more than 10 million non-Japanese visitors have ...
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Bandai is targeting women in their twenties and thirties with its latest venture. Otona Joshi Biyori (literally, Adult Girls Beautiful Weather) will open on June 24th in Tokyo Character Street, a ...
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One of Tokyo's most iconic railway stations is set to lose its beloved exterior and poky atmosphere. JR East plans to overhaul JR Harajuku Station with a new, larger station building and major ...
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The latest bizarre marketing campaign by a Japanese beer brand purports to turn you into a voyeur spying on a beautiful girl's life. Can Shiten shows the world from the perspective ("shiten" in ...
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This summer there will be an Upper House election in Japan and for the first time, those aged 18 and 19 can vote. To raise awareness of this new enfranchisement, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ...
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Stress relief inspired by traditional Japanese sports
On May 19th, Katsuya Okada unveiled the new logo of the newly formed political party, the Minshinto. The Democratic Party, as it is called in English, was formed out of the merger of two other ...
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a political song and dance out of his apparent efforts to create a "a society in which women shine". However, it seems not everyone got the memo that female ...
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The return to Japanese TV screens last week of the 32-year-old unmarried TV "talent" Becky was a major event for the entertainment industry. Her homecoming after weeks of exile attracted 24% of the ...
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Japan has a troubled relationship with feminism to put it mildly. Remember Bijin Uketsuke, the "beautiful receptionist" app? Or the jeers Ayaka Shiomura had to endure in the Tokyo Assembly from ...
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Dogged by problems since preparations began, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now face another potential scandal. The Guardian has revealed a mysterious payment made to a Singaporean bank account linked to a ...
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Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima in May, it was officially confirmed by the White House. This will make Obama the first sitting president to visit the city where the first nuclear weapon was ...
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Buddhism is making a comeback (if it ever went away), in unusual places. From Buddhist bars -- the most famous of which is Vowz in Yotsuya -- to the "monk delivery service" available on Amazon ...
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