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Stories about Japan

22 November 2014

Japan's Snap Elections Overshadow a Faltering Economy

While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.

Waited All Year for That Christmas Cake? If You're in Japan, Welcome to the Butter Shortage.

The shortage in the lead-up to Christmas has coined a new Internet meme in Japan: butter refugees.

18 November 2014

Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.

15 November 2014

Chinese Fishermen Are Poaching Coral From Japanese Waters

"Beautiful coral that has taken years for nature to create are being uprooted. The maritime ecosystem of the sea around the Bonin Islands is being destroyed."

14 November 2014

Japanese Police in Full Riot Gear Raid Kyoto University Dormitory

"The police look just like the stormtroopers from Star Wars. It's disgusting that we're living in a police state like this."

8 November 2014

Chinese Web Users Are Skeptical as China and Japan Resume Official Dialogue

The two nations are at odds over a set of islands in the East China Sea. Beijing is also angry about Tokyo’s unwillingness to fully recognise its WWII atrocities.

5 November 2014

Are Employee Transportation Allowances the Cause of Japan's Commuter Hell?

Many employers in Japan's affluent and densely populated Pacific Seaboard axis stretching between Tokyo and Osaka subsidize the substantial cost of train and bus tickets for regular, full-time employees.

4 November 2014

Popular Video Game Has Japanese Kids Seeing Ghosts

A popular Japanese meme blames Koma-san, a character on the show, for any minor problem or inconvenience experienced, while another character is a popping up on carved Halloween pumpkins.

27 October 2014

Japan’s Cabinet Members Are ‘Falling Like Dominoes’ to Corruption Scandals

The month of October has seen a tidal wave of allegations against members of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. Has Abe lost control of the narrative?

15 October 2014

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong Kills 2, Injures More Than 70 in Japan

About two million people were evacuated, and damage, while limited, was still significant in isolated and rural prefectures such as Okinawa.

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