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Amateur filmmaker’s videos are a time capsule of Tokyo in the year 1990 【Video】


Take a trip back to the metropolis at the peak of the Bubble Era with this fascinating series of candid video montages.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 crazy awesome features of Japanese restaurants 【Weird Top Five】

Five reasons why dining in Japan may be the best in the world.

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Doraemon gives solid advice for how to survive the holidays with people you don’t like

And you don’t even have to build a giant Doraemon tree to do it.

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Survey finds more than half of Japanese women’s nieces don’t call them “aunt”

Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.

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Squat toilets’ popularity fading as parents call for them to be abolished in Japanese schools

The existence of the Japanese-style toilet in places of education may be circling the drain.

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Bathroom in Japan has ladies vote for the boyfriend they prefer by the toilet paper roll they use

Why vote at the polls when you can vote with rolls… toilet paper rolls!

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Japanese mom’s plan to stop daughter from becoming an anime otaku draws criticism online

Popular light novel author shares his skepticism about the ploy.

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Japanese parents afraid of stranger danger ban saying hello in their condominium complex

”We teach our children to run away.”

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Majority of polled Japanese workers feel compelled to answer calls, emails from office on day off

Does it count as a day off if you’re still working?

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What part of the male body does Japan find most attractive? Survey ranks eyes, butts, and more

RocketNews24’s male staff, including Mr. Sato, models the top pick.

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Are Japan’s love hotels secretly filming their guests? We ask a former employee

Consenting adults generally go to love hotels for the express purpose of getting naked, but how much privacy do they really have?

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Why do so many Japanese love hotels refuse service to gay male couples?

We spoke to an industry veteran about the rationale behind the common practice, and got an answer we definitely weren’t expecting.

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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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Tokyo advertising company institutes mandatory lights-out time following employee suicide

You don’t gotta go home, but you can’t stay here.

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To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan

While the widespread presence of public toilets in convenience stores is great, it is also fraught with ambiguous customs and could, technically, even lead to criminal charges.

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Jack-‘o-lantern trash bags being handed out to fight litter during Tokyo Halloween parties

Celebration’s image tarnished in recent years as partiers leave huge amounts of trash on the streets.

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Survey asks Japanese women if they could date a man who earns less money than they do

Money can’t buy love, but does that mean romance is free?

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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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10 scary situations Japanese men psych themselves up for with alcohol 【Survey】

Bosses and girls appear in list of times that call for liquid courage.

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Tubes, Sieves, and Boxes: Three ways of dealing with stress, according to Japanese Twitter artist

One variety proves to be particularly common among online commenters.

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