North Korea claims successful hydrogen bomb test, world very skeptical

North Korea is beginning the New Year by announcing it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

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One-man anime creator Makoto Shinkai’s She and Her Cat becoming an animated TV series this spring

The first hit by the creator of Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second is getting an animated TV adaptation.

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Creepy promo video for wearable translation device has foreign man trying to kiss Tokyo women

Finally! You no longer have to let language barriers keep you from lying to random girls you meet on the street of a foreign land.

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Subway lucky bag doesn’t disappoint with food vouchers and even a blanket【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

Even the world’s biggest sandwich chain is getting in on Japan’s lucky bag retail tradition.

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Convenience store clerk hospitalized by customer dissatisfied with “smile-less” service

When you work in a customer-facing role, you can expect to deal with some difficult people from time to time. Being hospitalized by one of them, however, should never be a concern…

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We break out the toys with the Toys “R” Us lucky bags【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

What did we find in our 2016 Toys “R” Us lucky bags? Join us as we open both a “boys’ version” and a “girls’ version” bag!

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The 5 weirdest niche interest comics we picked up at Comiket 89

Comiket isn’t just about anime—it caters to hardcore otaku of all varieties, as we quickly discovered during our most recent visit.

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Researchers use uniformity of Japanese language to read people’s minds

A research group from the Kyushu Institute of Technology have announced that they have successfully read certain words and letters from people’s minds without them saying anything.

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Hello Kitty x Mazinger Z die-cast crossover toys unveiled with anime short

Specially painted Mazinger ZHello Kitty Chogokin toys slated for May, June.

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Japanese university says your girlfriend might dump you, other harsh truths in recruiting ad

Some universities try to recruit students by telling them about all the fun they’ll have there, but not this Tokyo institute of higher learning.

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Giant golden statue of Chairman Mao Zedong erected in the middle of nowhere in China

China, did you really think this one through?

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Dog trips runner at New Year’s relay race in Japan, may have cost victim’s team the win【Video】

If we were this dog’s owner, we would be sure to keep our pet pooch securely on a leash during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics…

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Net users in Japan decide their country shouldn’t try to remake horror film covers anymore

This botched horror movie DVD cover reminds Japan once again of the importance of good localization.
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Friezas continue their yearly tradition of cheering on runners in Japan’s New Year’s relay race

It seems we just can’t ring in the new year anymore without this cheering squad of Friezas! Is the Dragon Ball Z overlord actually…benevolent!?

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Final Fantasy’s last heroine is Louis Vuitton’s next model 【Photos】

Like a star athlete who just won a championship, video game heroine Lightning has followed up on saving the world of Final Fantasy XIII by landing an endorsement deal.

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Adorable Japanese kitty cosplays as a primate to kick off the Year of the Cat-Monkey! 【Video】

Since there’s no spot for the cat in the Chinese zodiac, this Japanese kitty turned to some cute cosplay to get in on the Year of the Monkey fun.

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It’s time to vote for Japan’s most beautiful butt! 【Photos】

Because it’s not like it can choose itself, is it?

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New sakura-flavoured Red Bull to be released in Japan in time for cherry blossom season

Say hello to the world’s first sakura-flavoured energy drink from Red Bull.

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Fans of busty volleyball video game claim victory over Zelda in promo video view-count comparison

Admirers of the virtual female form are claiming victory as they point to the growing discrepancy in the view-count between promotional videos starring the bikini-clad vixens of Dead or Alive Xtreme and the battle-ready Princess Zelda of Hyrule Warriors Legends.

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Five life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan

Beyond silly mistakes like wearing toilet slippers on tatami or forgetting to add “san” to someone’s name, what other things do foreigners unknowingly do to reduce their chances of living happily in Japan?

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