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Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar bar in Tokyo, giving us a reason to leave our homes

Human and virtual sommeliers help customers pick out the perfect beer, wine, or sake in “bar with no menu.”

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Our Japanese writers try to figure out how to use itching powder

The boys learn a valuable lesson in pranking after importing two tablespoons of loose coarse fibers from South America for US$30.

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Crummy Japanese dish dryer still gets five-star reviews on Amazon for unexpected reason

Many are calling this a “high-performance” product even though it’s apparently terrible at drying dishes.

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RocketNews24: The Album release date set!

Witness history in the making as the first ever musical album composed by a news-oriented website (we assume) hits iTunes and Amazon this July!

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We order a “Mystery Lucky Bag of Imperfect Goods” through Amazon, end up with a pile of crab

You can’t go wrong buying a random assortment of flawed seafood through the mail.

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Japan’s extremely harsh video game reviews may be the reason it gets some new releases last

Bad reviews from Japan may have lead to developers prioritizing other countries first.

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Amazon releases new Kindle model specifically designed for manga readers

Beefed-up specs and functions address the needs of Japanese comic fans.

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Kodansha: Amazon Japan’s Kindle Subscription Service Removes Over 1,000 Titles

Kindle Unlimited service offers titles for monthly fee; Kobunsha also claims removal of 550 titles

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Keeping your kitty cool this summer might be a little easier with this cat dish!

This popular product on Amazon could help you protect your precious pet from the summer heat.

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Papercraft kit allows you to recreate mysterious village from Spirited Away in incredible detail

The village joins a line of beautifully detailed paper art kits that allow you to put together scenes and settings from your favorite Ghibli films!

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Japanese gamer finds lost copy of Pokémon Green after 18 years, comes so close to a happy ending

Easy come, easy go, again and again.

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RocketNews24’s debut single “RocketMan” now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more!

Under the direction of fashion-turned-musical expert Seiji Nakazawa, the RocketNews24 Japan staff have just produced and released their own theme song available now at several major online retailers around the world!

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In Japan, the customer is always king, even if he’s a horny one.

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Amazon Japan suddenly begins shipping video games overseas

The world’s largest online retailer is now ready to give import gamers their fix.

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Danbo goes to war with these cute/intimidating “Zero” fighter plane-inspired designs

Toy maker Kaiyodo, famous for their ultra-detailed figures, recently released two new designs of their popular Danbo character which recall the WWII-era “Zero” Japanese fighter plane.

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Chiba City to become Amazon drone delivery test zone

Japanese government designates Chiba as a special “deregulated zone,” at least partially so the city can move forward with test flights for drone-based delivery services alongside retail giant Amazon.

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Exclusive Amazon beer coming to Lawson convenience stores in limited quantities

You can get practically anything via online retail giant Amazon, and there are even some products that you can only get via the website. Ordinarily one such product is a special beer from popular Japanese craft brewery Yoho Brewing, but beer drinkers will soon be able to pick up a can at their local Lawson convenience store. You’ll have to hurry, though, because the number available is limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Japanese expat turns frustration with ordering from Amazon UK into a comic

Moving to a different country can be fun and exciting, but it can also be tough. Most expats go through a period of culture shock where they realize that some of the stereotypes they were led to believe about a certain country may not be true, and that the way things work in their new home may not always be an improvement on the way things were done back in their old one.

We’ve presented some things Japan doesn’t get right from a Westerner’s point of view in the past, but this time we’d like to show you a comic drawn by a Japanese illustrator living overseas, detailing some of the not-so-pleasant points of living in the UK and how some in particular made her quit shopping at Amazon.

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Top-selling guide for picking up women in Hong Kong becomes the target of Change.org petition

Women of Hong Kong are none too happy about a bafflingly best-selling book that purports to teach men tips and tricks for picking up and having promiscuous sex with women in the Chinese autonomous territory. Get Laid in Hong Kong (at least the title is to the point) is a “sex tourism guide” of sorts for visiting western males that the pseudonymous author says is “guaranteed to get you laid.”

The book, perhaps in a sad reflection of the state of humankind, apparently hit No. 1 for Amazon sales in the “Asian Travel” category before it was briefly taken off virtual shelves due to backlash from Hong Kong women and an ongoing change.org petition.

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Japan’s Amazon Prime Day sale offering huge discounts on million-dollar artwork and more

Around the world, 15 July is Prime Day over at the online retailer Amazon. This is the day when members of their subscription service Amazon Prime get in on one big sale that they claim is as big as it gets.

And it certainly is looking big, according to a sneak peak of four items that will be on sale come Prime Day. One of them is a set of 12 original works by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano valued at 260,000,000 yen (US$2,150,000) on every day except Prime Day!

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