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Stories about Japan

3 July 2015

You Can Now Legally Dance the Night Away in Japan

Late-night club-goers are celebrating the end of a police crackdown that shut dancing just when the party was getting started.

30 June 2015

Japan's ‘Too Handsome’ Gorilla Is a Social Media Sensation

Some outside Japan wrote the story off as another “Weird Japan” piece, but that didn't sit well with everyone.

27 June 2015

Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution

A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

24 June 2015

What Sailor Moon Means to Women All Over the World

Sailor Moon may seem like a cutesy cartoon intended just for anime maniacs, but a closer looks shows that the program includes themes of women's empowerment and independence.

20 June 2015

Toyota Exec's Arrest Highlights Japan's Hard Line on Narcotics

An American executive's arrest has highlighted Japan's zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drugs, including those legal in other countries.

17 June 2015

Bicyclists, Hang Up That Phone. Japan’s Traffic Laws Just Got Tougher

The newly revised laws are meant to curb dangerous behaviour, such as riding through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and riding while drunk or holding an umbrella.

15 June 2015

Hope for a Nuclear-Free Taiwan

The Bridge

Many Taiwanese wish to reduce the risks of nuclear power, but if President Ma's administration represses their voices instead of listening, the problems of nuclear waste could be deadlocked.

13 June 2015

Japan Expecting a Summer of Weird, Wild Weather

The return of El Nino in 2015 is causing wild weather in Japan, including heavy rains that have so far driven more than 30,000 people from their homes.

12 June 2015

Bad Luck Injury a Blemish on ‘Nadeshiko Japan's’ FIFA Women's World Cup Start

Before a star player was injured in the opening game, Japan was the overwhelming favorite to win this year's FIFA Women's World Cup. Can Nadeshiko Japan still pull it off?

7 June 2015

Parents Experience Nostalgia as Nintendo Console Enters Textbooks

"For elementary school kids, Famicom is not a toy, but something they have to study in school. What amazing times we live in."

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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