controversy

Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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Japanese government gives examples of what qualifies as “hate speech” in anti-discrimination law

Critics still likely to find problems with legislation.

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Sapporo Snow Festival to once again feature art installations containing frozen fish

Recent animal rights complaints had some thinking plans would be scrapped, but the eve mainstay will be part of this year’s event after all.

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The true story behind the giant coffee mug/Starbucks’ refugee plan Internet meme

RocketNews24’s Mr. Sato went out for coffee, and somehow came back at the center of a political debate.

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Japanese film “Behind THE COVE” defends whaling and dolphin-hunting, screens in the U.S.【Video】

New Japanese film asks, “Who decides which animals are okay to eat and which animals aren’t?”

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Japanese train company slammed for ad branding women “undignified” for applying makeup on board

The new ad campaign addresses a variety of behaviours that should be avoided while travelling on trains, but so far, this is the only act that they’re calling indecent.

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Tokyo Comic-Con reverses policy, will allow male cosplayers to dress as female characters

Gender-based, color-coded badges to be introduced as part of new regulations.

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Tokyo junior high school demands students wear white underwear as part of dress code

Apparently kids just can’t learn properly if they’re wearing any other shade.

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Tokyo Comic-Con explicitly prohibits men from cosplaying as female characters

Event lists restriction on official website.

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Universal Studios Japan receives letter of protest over haunted house using Shinto shrine’s dolls

Trade association upset over Halloween attraction with hundreds of authentic figures.

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Japanese conductor apologizes for “inconvenience of many foreign passengers being on the train”

Famed Japanese politeness wraps so far back around that it ends up being pretty rude on Osaka train.

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AIDS research fundraiser to be held next month in Tokyo.

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Women-only restaurant in Tokyo suddenly reverses policy, allows male diners 【Update】

Looks like this Shinjuku eatery is a boys’ night out option after all.

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Tokyo restaurant refuses service to all-male groups of customers

Feel like having pizza for your boys’ night out? Better find somewhere else to eat it.

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Nationwide Pokémon GO ban sought by Indian lawsuit that claims title is religiously offensive

Pokémon GO’s eggs apparently contain not only baby Pokémon, but seeds of controversy too.

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Samurai sword in new Japan Self-Defense Force emblem causing controversy

Critics say that adding a katana to the insignia is offensively evocative of Japan’s World War II military aggression.

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French Olympic announcer in hot water for calling Japanese gymnasts “little Pikachus”

Broadcasting Standards Association, I choose you!!!

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Former Ghibli producer has (somewhat) harsh words about the Ghibli working environment

Former Ghibli producer Hirokatsu Kihara gave an interview with Dazed magazine, and some of his insights paint the famous studio in a negative light.

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Korean voice actress loses job after tweeting picture of herself wearing feminist T-shirt

South Korea acting a little like its neighbor to the north.

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Is Pokémon Go just a fad?

Pokémon Go has dominated the news cycle since its release, and surely has many, many development houses scrambling to come up with something similar. But will the wildly popular game fade into obscurity before we know it?

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