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The Emperor's Residence at night
Mariko Kai and Sally Field.
Book being tossed in garbage

Japanese Magazine That Published Anti-LGBT Screed Did It for the Money, Says Writers

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 28, 2018 • Tagged with news, LGBT, politics, government

The magazine that published a politician's piece calling LGBT people "unproductive" halts publication as some Japanese experts decry the publishing industry's drift to the far right.

A man praying at a home before cleaning it.

Dying Alone in Japan: Why "Kodokushi" (孤独死) Is On The Rise

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 24, 2018 • Tagged with aging population, news, society

"A congealed, black pool of blood spread out from the body in the bathtub." As Japan's population ages, more people are dying alone. Can anything be done?

Two old people getting the respect they deserve.

What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)?

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 14, 2018 • Tagged with news, holidays, culture

What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)? And why do those lucky suckers in Japan get a day off for it?! Emma Ford provides an overview of next week's holiday, including its origins and related cultural myths.

Retiring Amuro Namie to Japanese Press: Back Off My Family

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 13, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, music

The retirement of Amuro Namie has given us proof that, no matter how "polite" your culture is, the press are pretty much a-holes everywhere.

Manhole cover of Chibi Maruko-chan.

Remembering Sakura Momoko: The Very Japanese Life of the Creator of "Chibi Maruko-chan"

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 12, 2018 • Tagged with news, people, manga, entertainment

The life of the legendary cartoonist and essayist Sakura Momoko was one of juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan. A look back at the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan.

頑張れ、日本!(Ganbare, Nippon!)

Let's Hail the Calm and Collected Sportsmanship of Osaka Naomi (大坂なおみ)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 09, 2018 • Tagged with news, sports, culture

In the controversy surrounding the US Open match, let's focus on the positive and laud Osaka Naomi's talent, tact, and sportsmanship.

A torii battered by a storm.

After the Storm: Japanese Social Media Captures Pictures from Typhoon 21 ("Jebi")

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 05, 2018 • Tagged with news, weather, disasters

From toppled trucks to dumpsters and vending machines "driving" down streets, Japanese social media users captured some amazing footage of "Jebi", a.k.a. Typhoon 21.

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Zero-Second Chicken Ramen?! How Instant Ramen's Creator is Bringing Sexy Back to Its Products

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 05, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, food

How do you boost sales of an instant noodle product that's been around for 60 years? Nissin found a way.