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Japanese music and vocaloid content disappears as YouTube rolls out new paid service

Japanese and overseas communities react to YouTube disabling U.S. access to content, as Google pressures Japanese labels and rights-holders to sign up for paid service YouTube Red.

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Five ways college life is different in Japan and the United States

From fashion to extracurricular activities, the lives of an American colleges students are an ocean apart from their counterparts in Japan.

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Expats take note: California burger chain Carl’s Jr.’s first Japan location to open early next year

The legendary California burger joint says it will open its first Japan location in March 2016, to the delight of Tokyo expats and Japanese alike.

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Halo artist unveils a more mature take on The Legend of Zelda’s Link

A 343 Industries render artist shows us what Link might have looked like if The Legend of Zelda had been in a western developer’s hands.

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Out for revenge? Shop in Guam apparently wants to help you spike someone’s drink

Looking to buy the gift that doesn’t keep on giving? Souvenir shop in Guam offers stir-in stimulants at a bargain.

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Boob-bounteous volleyball game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 may not be dead in the West after all

Like the boobs of its busty characters, the chances of a western release for video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 seem to be swaying back and forth.

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Boob-centric Dead or Alive volleyball video game not coming to U.S. or Europe due to “issues”

You want the boobs? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOBS!

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Musician claims game publisher EA tried to buy his endorsement of Star Wars: Battlefront

At least one minor celebrity has posted an angry rant on social media alleging video game publisher Electronic Arts tried to buy his endorsement of the upcoming Star Wars-themed game.

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Adorkably stylish cosplay cats remind us to adopt pets instead of buy them 【Photos】

Humans aren’t the only animals that benefit from a little professional styling and photography. Cats, cute as they already are, can up their game too!

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Man brandishes samurai sword in New York Apple store, allegedly attempts to commit seppuku

Someone took the phrase “cutting in line” way too literally…

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The Big Maki? Crazy/genius Japanese chef rebuilds a McDonald’s Big Mac as bitesize ‘sushi’【Video】

If you’ve ever looked at a McDonald’s Big Mac and thought it would be more delicious in rolled sushi form, you might be a little crazy. One master sushi chef, however, was willing to give that exact look a try!

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See America through the eyes of Chiura Obata, a Japanese artist from the early 1900s

Chances are you’ve never heard of Chiura Obata. Well, all that changes now.

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Dreamworks’ Ghost in the Shell film casts Sam Riley as villain

Riley joins Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk

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Test the depths of your knowledge of Japan with this snack pack

Transplanting yourself into another country can help you learn the language, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll absorb every bit of the culture. This image is a perfect example of that: Your understanding will depend entirely on how familiar you are with Japanese culture and history. So, we’ve broken this package down into five degrees of cultural awareness! And don’t feel bad if you don’t “get it,” because quite a few Japanese people were lost as well.

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If you’re not Tekken this martial artist seriously, you’ll get kicked in the face【Video】

Some people dream about being a superhero and other people just dream about being a video game character. But why dream it, when you can be it, like this stuntman who demonstrates his skills which exactly mimic a certain Tekken character’s repertoire?

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Virtual idol Hatsune Miku announces seven-city U.S., Canadian concert tour

The world’s biggest virtual idol is returning to the U.S. on a new concert tour, and also making her Canadian performance debut.

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Living in Japan: 10 “normal” things you won’t find here

Living abroad is fun and exciting; hardly a day goes by when something doesn’t surprise, humor, or baffle you. Living in another country also gives you a chance to understand your own native nation and evaluate the good and the bad from an outsider’s perspective.

So today we want to share with you some things that we miss from our own countries—that is to say mainly the US and UK—that we never realized we’d miss! Because, you know, they just seemed so normal, we thought Japan would have them too.

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From Totoro to Sailor Moon: Macarons get delicious anime makeovers

When you’re looking for cute inspiration, you don’t have to look much further than Japan. As the birthplace of the world’s beloved wide-eyed, chubby-faced anime characters, the nation is full to overflowing with commercials, posters, sweets and goods that are so adorable even self-respecting adults can’t help but squeal like delighted children when they catch sight of them.

Now Japan’s cast of cute characters have found a home for themselves across the seas in a gorgeous little Airstream trailer in California, where they continue to pop up in limited numbers in the best way ever: as deliciously sweet macarons. Come with us as we take a look at some of the cute critters and adorable edibles in the collection after the break.

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Dragon Ball Z English voice actors dish about their early days dubbing at Funimation【Video】

Love it or hate, there’s no doubt that many Dragon Ball Z fans growing up in the United States and other English-speaking countries got their start by watching Funimation’s English dub of the series. Once a staple of Cartoon Network’s weekday Toonami programming lineup back in the early 2000s, hearing the English voices of Goku and Vegeta, played by Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat respectively, is sure to induce a wave of nostalgia for many present-day “kids” now approaching their 30s.

In fact, the two veteran voice actors were recently featured in reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of video interviews. Join us after the jump to hear the duo’s candid thoughts about a variety of topics, including being asked to sign babies’ diapers, texting in Vegeta’s persona, playing pranks with kazoos, and female Super Saiyans!

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Axent Wear, those cat-ear headphones with LEDs and external speakers, are finally going on sale!

Think cat ears are only appropriate for cosplay and on Halloween? Think again!

Thanks to a highly successful crowd funding campaign, these amazingly awesome cat ear headphones are now, after what feels like an age since we first discovered them, hitting the market, and just begging to be worn just about anywhere.
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