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Easier anime work visa requirements for foreign students being considered by Japanese government

New system could start as early as next year, making it easier for foreigners with anime aspirations to get their foot in the door.

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North Korea fires new missile over Japan, residents woken by government warning systems

Broadcasts warned residents not to touch parts of missile if found.

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Prefectural capital building in Japan has a moat, ready for mobs of invaders or zombies

Awesomely-defensible Fukui Prefectural headquarters is built on castle grounds.

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Permanent Japanese residency to be possible for foreigners with anime-related jobs after one year

Japanese government to start fast-tracking select foreigner workers in “Cool Japan” professions.

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Tokyo Governor joins Piko Taro for new version of PPAP 【Video】

The surprising collaboration aims to draw attention to a new environmental initiative.

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South Korean president’s hot bodyguard responds to worldwide attention, comments on viral fame

With his chiselled jaw, steely gaze, and model good looks, this bodyguard has been stealing the spotlight wherever he goes.

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Odawara welfare officials in trouble for calling cheats “Dregs,” calling selves “SHAT”

It’s unclear if this rogue group of city workers were fully aware of the acronym they made for themselves or not.

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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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Permanent residency in Japan now possible after just one year

The Justice Ministry’s new rules could cut your wait by years.

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Sailor Moon fights against the spread of STIs on behalf of Japan’s health ministry

The animated high school heroine will now appear on posters and condom packages in a bid to thwart the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Japan.

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Expecting Trump defeat, Twitter artist draws president-elect as slain Attack on Titan monster

Hillary Clinton shows off 3-D maneuver gear prowess.

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Japanese politician pushing to double price of cigarettes in Japan by start of 2020 Olympics

Proposed tax hike aims to reduce the number of people lighting up before the Olympic flame comes to Tokyo.

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Japanese government mulling indoor smoking ban to be introduced as early as next year

The pallor of smoke that covers so many restaurants and bars in Japan may become a thing of the past.

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Japanese government relaxes “no dancing” regulations, but is it actually an improvement?

The Japanese government has passed a bill relaxing its decades old prohibition on dancing, but the new law may not be much better than the old one.

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Japanese government hires official pirate hunter to search Internet for illegal anime uploads

Avast, otaku, for the Japanese government is stepping up its piracy countermeasures.

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Japan reports fewer children and more elderly people for 35th year in a row

New data confirms the number of children in Japan is only continuing to decline.

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Hospital bulldozed in China by local government—with doctors and patients still inside

Demolishing a hospital is a complex operation with many potential hazards. So you can imagine how hard it was for Huiji District to try to take one down while it still had all the doctors and patients inside.

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Japanese ministry finds correlation between level of income and diet, number of teeth

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare found that lower-income families consumed fewer vegetables and had fewer teeth.

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Japan releases results of its first national same-sex marriage survey

On November 28, the results of Japan’s first national survey about attitudes toward gay marriage were revealed. What kind of image did they paint of the people of Japan?

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Maybe 13 percent of Japanese schoolgirls aren’t really selling their services as escorts

The Japanese government has asked the UN to retract its recent statement that claims 13 percent of girls in Japan are involved in compensated dating.

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