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Stories about Japan

12 April 2015

Japan’s ‘Compassionate Pugilist’ Gives Training and Hope to Poor Filipino Boxers

There are thousands of amateur Filipino boxers who wanted to be like world champion Manny Pacquiao but many of them remain poor and lack proper training.

9 April 2015

Meet One of the Few American Women Married to a Japanese Man

Among "international marriages" in Japan, US husbands outnumber US wives 6 to 1. Tracy Slater, who left Boston to marry a Japanese man, is one of those wives.

8 April 2015

Do Japanese People Really Have a Low Opinion of Americans?

USA Today found the one nugget of negativity in a new Pew survey comparing Japanese and American attitudes about each other and made that the headline.

3 April 2015

Should We Pity the Poor Western Man ‘Trapped’ in Japan?

Social media users have not been kind to an article in Japan Times titled "Spare a thought for the Western men trapped in Japan" explaining the difficulties Western men face.

Is Blackface in Japan a Form of Racism or Respect?

Japanese bands RATS & STAR and Momoiro Clover Z recently appeared in blackface on TV. Removed from its American context, some argue blackface in Japan isn't intended to be racist.

1 April 2015

Cherry Blossoms Help Japanese Town Shake Off Tsunami Sorrow

Cherry blossom season means more than just pretty photos published on social media. It's a time for Japanese people to reflect, hope, dream, and come to terms with loss.

25 March 2015

Recycled Cooking Oil Fuels LED Cherry Blossoms in Energy-Conscious Japan

Special wintertime lights clash with Japan's efforts to reduce power consumption following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The seasonal tradition could use alternative fuels, like the Meguro River's "cherry blossoms" do.

24 March 2015

Protesters in Taiwan Rally Against Nuclear Power

As many as 45,000 people in Taiwan protested plans to extend the service lives of the country's two oldest nuclear power stations.

23 March 2015

Confessions of Former Japanese ‘Netto-Uyoku’ Internet Racists

Japanese online commenters who engaged in hate speech say they were attracted to the world of far-right Internet commenting in order to stop feeling lonely.

22 March 2015

How One Fukushima Family Is Moving on Four Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Four years on, Japanese blogger Takayoshi Saito recounts how his youngest sister and her family fared in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

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