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Snappy as they look, Japanese school uniforms can be an extremely expensive hassle for parents

The annual hit to the family’s finances has certain households dreading the start of each new school year.

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Are anime and idol songs the musical choice of poor people? Income survey has some otaku worried

Anime has plenty of rousing anthems, but some are calling this data downright depressing.

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Energy drinks for elementary school kids? Japanese Twitter users upset over product’s marketing

Being tired is no excuse to stop studying, packaging implies.

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Pro illustrators earn shockingly little in Japan, according to Kyoto manga design professor

Low incomes possibly to blame for huge drop-off in number of working artists as they get older.

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Inside the mind of a Japanese manager accused of “power harassment”

Power harassment is a relatively newly defined but widespread form of workplace harassment in Japan where people abuse their rank by demeaning their subordinates. But why do people do it?

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Japan’s lazy, free-wheeling youth can’t even be bothered to join biker gangs anymore

Seriously, kids these days, right?

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Idol singer dating bans are unnecessary, say majority of Japanese college men in survey

”Idols are people too,” says one man in favor of freeing idols’ love lives.

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Survey asks Japanese women if they could marry a man who’s rich but ugly

Poll finds a huge gap in attitudes of women in different age groups.

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10 ways in which Japanese men want to outperform their girlfriends【Survey】

Sex, money, and cars all make the list.

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Overweight, bald, or cheap? Japanese women pick the man they’d least want to marry in survey

One choice tops the list by a wide margin.

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Japanese men share what they can put up with in a girlfriend, but would be marriage deal-breakers

Looks, personality, and hobbies all show up in the top 10.

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Japanese guys way more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says

Living together before marriage is becoming more common in Japan, but this poll suggests there’s still a big gap between how men and women feel about it.

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Japanese Twitter user’s sad memory of when school literally refused to look at bullying problem

Pain of heartbreakingly clueless ethics lesson continues years later.

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Window in life when Japanese people can act like individuals is depressingly short, tweet asserts

Appreciate it while it lasts, because it won’t last long, say those who agree.

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Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

Infographic argues that today’s youth really isn’t so different from the pre-smartphone generation.

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Japan’s train conductors would like to remind everyone not to attack them

Apparently people in Japan are finding it harder and harder not to assault their friendly neighborhood train station staff as incidents of assault are on the rise.

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What’s the point? Young Japanese professionals list five business manners they find unnecessary

With rules regarding everything from tea to elevators, some new employees think it’s all too much.

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What do Japanese people think of Black- and Asian-Americans?【Video】

 Interviews on the street in Japan get some very interesting results.

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Increasing number of Japanese ditching traditional attitudes about weddings and funerals

Less income means less desire and less money to spend on major life events.

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New interview series with China’s unmarried women shows, shrinks attitude gap between generations

Follow-up interviews to the dramatic Marriage Market Takeover documentary shed light on the beliefs of China’s “Leftover Women” and their parents’ eroding difficulties in accepting them

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