Japan

Hooters opening gaming bar in Tokyo in partnership with video game company Namco

Companies collaborating to earn all of the disposable income from 20 and 30-something males in Japan.

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Anime Isn’t Like Reality: Bath time fun edition

Turns out a lot of those sexy bath time scenes in anime aren’t realistic, and not just because of the censor steam.

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New Mos Burger restaurant serves alcohol, gourmet meals and a burger made from a whole tomato

Popular Japanese fast food chain Mos Burger has opened a new restaurant that serves gourmet meals, alcohol and a special vegetarian burger made from a whole tomato.

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Justin Bieber kisses two of Japan’s most popular idols, breaks the hearts and minds of their fans

Two pecks on the cheek, far, far more angry idol otaku.

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Soon-to-be-released: Special collection book of anime-style beautiful boys

Can’t get enough of bishonen (beautiful boy) manga characters? Look out for the new book, Boy Meets…Graph, featuring work from famous illustrators.

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Final Fantasy VII gets new combat engine, oh and it’s now a multi-part series, too 【Video】

Cloud and company are coming back…multiple times?!?

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Is your girlfriend a cat, dog, gorilla or penguin type? Take this Twitter comic test to find out!

According to Twitter in Japan, there are four main “personality types” when it comes to girlfriends: cat, dog, gorilla or penguin. Say what?!

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Presenting funazushi — Could fermented sushi be the next big Japanese export to Southeast Asia?

Have you heard of funazushi? It’s a kind of fermented sushi, and despite its strong smell and flavor, some people think it could be a hit in Southeast Asia!

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Gifu police chase shoplifter with 20 patrol cars and helicopter, fail to catch him

He must have really wanted that make-up…

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A new tool for cosplayers – a business card with tons of photos “on it”

Can’t choose just one picture for your cosplayer card? Now you can have as many as you want with a new app aimed at reinventing the business card!

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We visit one of Japan’s stunning secret destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film from Studio Ghibli, “The Road to Laputa” in Kyushu is one place you won’t want to miss.

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom announced for PS4

Level-5 head Akihiro Hino, designer Yoshiyuki Momose, Miyazaki’s composer Joe Hisaishi return.

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This limited-edition Pikachu doll from Steiff will zap you with its sheer cuteness!

Still traumatized by Teddytaur, the teddy bear centaur from Steiff? They’re making up for it with something far more huggable — a stuffed Pikachu!

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Fairy Tail to make its stage debut in spring 2016; actor portraying Natsu announced!

You know a manga is really successful and popular when producers want to make a stage version of it.

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Yuki teaches us how to make our very own Domo-kun Christmas pudding!【Recipe】

Why have a boring old round Christmas pudding when you could have a delicious fruit-cake version of Japan’s national broadcaster’s mascot on your table?

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Acquittal of attacker who was “stabbed by smartphone rays” draws anger online

A 41-year-old man was found not guilty of assault after claiming electromagnetic waves from a smartphone were stabbing his body.

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Calbee will have you clawing (literally) for their new cola-flavored chips

Both foreigners and Japanese folks agree, Calbee’s new cola-flavored chips are a big win. But you’ll have to be pretty lucky to get some for yourself!

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We visited the gold Star Wars calendar and Darth Vader helmet in Ginza!【Photos】

A giant, solid gold Star Wars calendar? Yep, and it’s just as insane as you’re imagining!

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Mr. Sato decides to go out for a cup of coffee…with a giant 20-pound Starbucks mug!

This week, Starbucks Japan released a giant US$700 ceramic mug, and naturally, we had to order one and get Mr. Sato to do something crazy with it!

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Japanese hostess club women share the top five unattractive things guys do all the time

Let’s break out the pencils, boys. It’s time to take some notes!

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