Japan

Kyoto police set up system to predict when and where crimes will happen

New tool allows Kyoto police to be at the scene of the crime before the crime even occurs.

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Ninja shortage! Nagoya company’s HR crunch may be your gain as it looks to hire full-time shinobi

Ninja team in one of Japan’s largest cities needs new members, and neither Japanese fluency nor citizenship is required.

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All-night, all-free cosplay event to be held at Tokyo bookstore, applications now being accepted

Love of anime, light novels, and/or costuming essential, desire to actually sleep optional.

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In both one and two-piece bathing suits, One Piece anime figures continue to be ocean-boiling hot

Two more of the anime and manga franchise’s characters get the “bathing beauty” treatment.

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World Order’s “Singularity” has single-handedly raised the profile of a singular girls group【Video】

Who is that hiding behind the dance group in their newest music video shot all over Nagoya?

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The next evolution in pillows is here: a giant scrub brush

You might think a scrub brush would be a terrible thing to rest your sleepy head on, but think again.

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A sexy penguin, Studio Ghibli cats, and other cosplayers take over Osaka for Street Festa【Pics】

Now in its 13th year, the Den Den Town event is one of the biggest otaku gatherings in central Japan.

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Japan’s Twitterers summarize fear in short phrases, prove some things are universally frightening

“Do you know what day it was yesterday? It was our wedding anniversary.”

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Japanese college women pick between men who’re short and handsome or tall and plain in survey

When they can’t have it all, where do their priorities lie?

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Sushi chain celebrates the release of Disney’s Moana with delicious limited-time menu

From spicy garlic shrimp and ahi poke, to coconut berry pancakes!

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New Sailor Moon fashion lineup is stylish, cute, and, shockingly, actually affordable!【Photos】

One of Japan’s most popular casual clothing retailers finally brings Sailor Moon clothing and accessory options to everyday anime fans.

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J-rocker Gackt further proves his coolness with surprise performance at middle school graduation

In what’s become an annual tradition, the star musician gave a group of teens the surprise of their young lives.

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Hyogo man robs taxi driver, driver buys man dinner, man turns self in to police

When threatened to hand over his cash, this driver gave some advice instead.

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Japanese college students discuss whether kids should be allowed to watch anime, play video games

Both sides of the debate express concerns about children’s mental and emotional development.

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Popular Japanese YouTuber is virtual schoolgirl who plays games, has existential crises【Videos】

“I’m all alone in this virtual space every day. And the best way to kill time? Games, of course!”

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New restaurant sightseeing bus offers gourmet meals on wheels

The party bus gets a little more grown up.

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Anime pro father and sons’ collaborative artwork series has somehow become even more awesome

Two young boys’ imaginations and one loving father’s artistic skills continue to combine with amazing results.

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Sakura season officially starts in Tokyo as cherry blossoms begin blooming in the capital

Japan Meteorological Agency makes the call one day earlier than anticipated.

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Onsen Musume: Japanese hot springs turn into cute anime schoolgirl idols【Video】

Find out what the country’s most well-known onsen look like as a cute idol group in their very first video.

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Tiny house in Japanese woods is the getaway we’d love to escape to【Video】

getaway home becomes a family home, with a young father who says his ties to family are stronger thanks to downsized living.

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