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Japanese commercial explaining how to greet a foreigner accused of racism

A Kirin “Rich Green Tea” ad teaching Japanese people the appropriate way to greet foreigners attracted some criticism online, with some calling it racist.

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Japanese baseball mascot kicks and punches another mascot lying defenceless on the ground【Video】

Over the weekend, a fight broke out between two mascots who have a well-documented history of bad blood.

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New laws could inadvertently ban Pokémon GO in some areas of Japan

Soon it may become illegal to take any photos from “hidden cameras” in Shiga Prefecture, which may mean a ban on catching Pokémon with your smart phones – Nooooo!!!

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Hanshin Rail Line gives hilariously cute reason for train delay

This has to be the cutest excuse for a train delay we’ve ever seen involving a train driver, a dog, and a cookie.

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Roomba relishes freedom while zipping at ridiculous speeds across a park

This family decided to take their Roomba for a walk — but this Roomba doesn’t do walking!

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Free Wi-Fi announced for Tokyo Monorail

Good news! Tokyo Monorail has announced this week that it will be providing free Wi-Fi on the Haneda Airport Line later this year.

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This is a pen: These “disposable chopsticks” are all you need to write a letter!

Fool your friends with these must have mega-realistic “waribashi” disposable chopstick pens!

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McDonald’s launches epic Japan vs America burger battle

Batten down the hatches – there’s a war on between Japan and America. Which side will you take in the great burger battle?

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Top 10 most irritating Japanese borrowed words

Here are some Japanese words that can drive English-speakers crazy when learning Japanese!

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These Game of Thrones/Pokémon hybrid designs make us want to catch ’em all!

Everybody loves Game of Thrones and everyone loves Pokémon, so why not combine the two to make awesome Pokémon characters out of the Game of Thrones house sigils?

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A hoodie with a pouch for holding cats (summer edition): Shut up and take my money!

Keep your kitty close, cool, and comfy with this cat-pouch hoodie that makes room for ice packs!

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Join NERV’s Godzilla Division with bags, keychains. and storage bins

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Resident Evil Umbrella Corps gets collaboration PS4 models

Two designs feature Resident Evil Umbrella Corps, series’ 20th anniversary.

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Japan’s top 10 mobile games account for roughly half of the entire market’s revenue

Survey reveals unique traits of the Japanese mobile gaming market.

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This map predicted how Japan would attack the US during World War II

On November 7, 1937, the Los Angeles Examiner published a prescient map predicting how Imperial Japan could attack the US during World War II.

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10 things you didn’t know about geisha

We’ve talked before about geisha as one of Japan’s distinctly female professions, so this time we’re going to share with you a few fun facts about the geisha and their floating world.

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Sadako & Kayako want your vote for the ghost with the most

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Kyoto counter-terrorism unit called in after senior citizen “reserves” parking space

Some in the media are calling this incident yet another indication that Japan’s entering an unprecedented era of geriatric delinquency.

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More adventures in localization: Icelandic film’s poster gets unusual makeover in Japan

It’s time for more misadventures in the land of cinematic localization as the movie Virgin Mountain gets promoted in Japan.

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Controversial artist Rokudenashiko found guilty on obscenity charge

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