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Stories about Japan

1 June 2015

From Media to Manga, How Japan's Pop Culture Changed After Fukushima

Global Voices interviews Dr. BA Wakefield, a lecturer at Leiden University who is organizing a the Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima workshop on June 5.

Stunning Images of Volcanic Eruption on Japan's Kuchinoerabu-jima Island

A boy manages to capture video shortly after a volcano suddenly erupts on an island in southwestern Japan. For residents of nearby Kagoshima, volcanoes have become a way of life.

31 May 2015

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

21 May 2015

Japan's ‘Employment Ice Age’ Is Over for New Grads

The April 2015 employment rate of 96.7 percent for new post-secondary graduates has surpassed the 2008 employment rate, just prior to the start of the long global economic downturn.

20 May 2015

Amateur Cartoonist Lands Radioactive Drone on Japanese Prime Minister's House

Yasuo Yamamoto's drone carried a small amount of radioactive soil from Fukushima. Japanese netizens quickly discovered that he maintained a blog and published original manga of an unsettling nature.

15 May 2015

In Japan, a Social Network Dedicated Entirely to Weather News

Like weather? Interested in citizen journalism? A Japan-fan to boot? SoLive24 may be the social network for you.

14 May 2015

A Japanese Town Wants UNESCO Recognition for Kamikaze Memorabilia

Before the young pilots flew to their deaths in WWII, many left behind letters and other artifacts. The town of Chiran wants them given UNESCO's "Memory of the World" status.

8 May 2015

More and More, LGBT Japanese Are Coming Out of the Closet

An Internet survey conducted by international PR and advertising giant Dentsu has found that 1 in 13 Japanese people (7.7%) between the ages of 20 and 59 identify as LGBT.

What Happens When Japan Goes on a Week-Long Vacation?

There are mixed emotions as Japan's extended holiday ends. Some are sad to return to work, while others welcome life's return to normal.

24 April 2015

Japanese University Turns a Blind Eye to the Plight of Campus Cats

Professor Charles Januzzi has worked for nearly 25 years to care and control the population of a stray cat colony on campus, but University of Fukui now says no more.

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