There is opportunism and then there is plain misunderstanding. A politician from the newly christened Democratic Party have seized on an overseas cartoon to support their belief that the other G7 ...
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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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The governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe, is currently caught up in an expenses scandal that has been unfolding for the past few weeks in the pages of the press. Masuzoe -- a former scholar and the ...
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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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Japan's most famous movie monster will steal your money!
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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The ludic Japanese Twittersphere strikes again. Japanese Twitter users like to play tag games where they post a picture of someone (typically someone famous or currently in the news spotlight) and ...
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A new film has been released in Japan challenging the anti-whaling and dolphin-hunting attitudes of foreign activists and filmmakers. Directed by Keiko Yagi, Behind the Cove purports to show the ...
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A lot happened in 2015, not least for Japan Trends, as we relaunched the website. We hope you like the new design. What were the big trends of the year? Political Renaissance During the ...
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The umbrella that might just get you arrested!
It is sad to feature this kind of news at this time of year, but Reporters Without Borders have highlighted the fate of Japanese journalist Junpei (also Jumpei) Yasuda, missing in Syria. He is ...
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A public toilet near the entrance of Yasukuni Shrine was damaged on November 23rd in what appears to be an attempted terrorist attack. The wall and ceiling of the toilet was damaged by the blast ...
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Japanese citizens are responding to the introduction of the controversial My Number system by publishing their personal codes. People have turned to blogs and social media to willingly disclose ...
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Who says Japanese politics is boring? With the recent passing of the controversial security bills, there has plenty to get excited about. Protesters have demonstrated in their tens of thousands ...
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Japanese pet products like to do things differently! These fun and flexible boxes allow you to build a maze for your cat to explore.
As now know, freelance journalist Kenji Goto was murdered by members of the Islamic State last week, following the similar beheading of his acquaintance Haruna Yukawa, the wannabe military ...
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If we're honest, Japanese television is not acclaimed for its sophistication or journalistic integrity. And the coverage of the recent Lower House election last weekend did little to boost that ...
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Google has shared shared the top search terms in Japan for 2014. Here are the top search terms, which were of course originally in Japanese and so vary slightly from the translation or English ...
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