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A century’s worth of Japanese beauty trends, from silver screen chic to puffy-eyed catharsis

Shiseido tracks Japanese makeup movements through the decades.

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34 things that happen when just guys drink together in Japan, according to our eternal bachelor

Pointless competitiveness, unbridled perversion, and mysterious sadness are all on the menu, says our experienced expert.

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Japan reminded of the importance of making yourself happy right now by elderly couple’s story

In Japan, deferring your happiness in order to work hard is a common choice, but seniors show that it can backfire.

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Japanese employees show almost unanimous support for in-office romances in survey

Idea of finding love at the office receives especially strong support from older workers.

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Four factors frustrating foreigners fighting for jobs in Japan

Hand cramps and style cramps are both part of job-hunting in Japan.

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Is it OK to take your girlfriend to Yoshinoya on a date?

Japanese Internet users discuss the possibility of love amongst the beef bowls.

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How to spot scam artist bar barkers in Japan

The lure of cheap booze is hard to resist, but before you follow that discount-promising tout, take a moment to check what clothes he’s wearing.

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Young Japanese women pick least favorite ways they feel pressured to socialize with coworkers

Drinking with the boss is only the second-biggest complaint in survey.

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Majority of Japanese women in poll support idea of men-only train cars

Concept receives stronger support from female commuters in the Tokyo area than males, with those in favor giving two primary reasons.

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Woman robs own convenience store, becomes the greatest “bakkura” of all

Let’s take this rare sighting of an S-Class bakkura to learn a little about what being a bakkura is all about.

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Why is Japanese customer service so amazing? Because in Japan it’s one strike and you’re out

Warmhearted hospitality plus unforgiving customers equals the world’s highest service standards.

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Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign?

Japanese citizens feel the symbolism-rich coin, which lacks something, can make travel in Japan difficult for foreign guests.

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Over 40 percent of Japanese high school girls say their dads smell bad in survey

Daughters also displeased with messy hair, flabby physiques of fathers.

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Japanese women’s breasts continue to grow, reach historic tipping point in lingerie maker’s study

Intimate apparel manufacturer releases newest volume of Lingerie White Paper.

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“Why Japan has so many vending machines” video makes some good points, but misses key factors

Some of the reasons Japan loves vending machines have nothing to do with an aging society of love of robots.

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Twitter manga is a declaration of Japan’s singles’ and childless couples’ right to be happy

Illustrator spreads the word about a happiness that comes from choosing not to get married or have kids.

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Is Japan’s custom of folding the toilet paper into a triangle for the next user unsanitary?

Sure, it looks nice, but at least one hospital thinks it’s hiding a gross, unhealthy secret.

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Grooming industry experts say an increasing number of Japanese men are shaving their pubic hair

The butt is getting more attention too, they claim.

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Japanese women sound off on the line separating a male friend and a boyfriend

Physical and emotional criteria make the list of top survey responses.

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Princesses, fruits, and blacksmiths: Study reveals the 30 most unusual family names in Japan

Some people didn’t have to win a beauty pageant to be called “Miss Kyoto.”

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