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Reformers in Japan Push for Change to Outdated Surname Law

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  July 12, 2019 • Tagged with marriage, relationships, law

In Japan, married couples must share the same surname. A growing chorus of voices says it's time for that to change.

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Nagoya City Suggests the Disabled Use Drones to Scale a Castle

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 10, 2019 • Tagged with equality, technology, disabled, history, politics

When the city of Nagoya announced the renovated Nagoya Castle would lack an elevator for disabled access, the response was...less than uplifting.

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How Much for Great Sake? A New Tokyo Restaurant Lets You Decide

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 03, 2019 • Tagged with food, dining, restaurants, sake, drinking

A new sake bar is using a radical model to bring in customers - but there are a few catches.

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Dud from Space: Why "Japan's Star Wars" Almost Failed to Launch

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  July 02, 2019 • Tagged with movies, entertainment

In 1978, the Toei Company rushed a Star Wars knock-off into theaters. It nearly blew up on the launchpad. Here's why (and why you should watch it anyway).

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#KimOhNo: Anger in Japan Over Kim Kardashian's "Kimono" Clothing Project

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  July 01, 2019 • Tagged with clothing, culture, cultural appropriation

"Cultural appropriation" usually hasn't made waves in Japan. Then Kim Kardashian came along. Learn why even the city of Kyoto is objecting to the celebrity's latest business project.

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The Weight of Love: Why A Popular "Love Lock" Fence in Japan is Doomed

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 28, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, public safety

An expression of love and devotion in Japan has turned into a public menace. Learn why a popular "love lock" fence in the country is being torn down.

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Japan Tackles Its Plastic Problem

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 25, 2019 • Tagged with environmentalism, lifestyle, economy, business

From Cup Noodles to onigiri wrappers, some major Japanese businesses are taking steps to reduce plastic waste. But many experts say these companies aren't addressing the real problem.

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Japan's Predicted Pension Gap Puts Government on the Defensive

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  June 20, 2019 • Tagged with pension, economy, society, aging population

A government report telling citizens they'll need to save big to make it to 95 has Japan anxious - and Prime Minister Abe is scrambling to contain the fallout.