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Japan’s suicide number drops for eighth straight year, rises among teens

Annual study also shows historically low suicide rate for women in Japan.

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Starbucks Japan’s new Chocoholic Frappuccino gets what Japanese Valentine’s Day is really about

Chocoholic Cocoa and stylish Valentine’s drinkware are also ready to receive your love.

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Tokyo’s new sleep-inducing “time machine” head massage parlor looks like steampunk/sci-fi day spa

If you need some time to unwind, you’ll want to make an appointment A.S.A.P.

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Starbucks opens its second Roastery, the biggest Starbucks coffee shop yet, in Shanghai

Shanghai, already home to more than 600 Starbucks, is now only the second place to get an extra-special Starbucks Reserve Roastery.

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Japan now has potato chip-covered chocolate, and it’s amazing!【Taste test】

Nope, that’s not backwards. The chips really are on the outside in this awesomely clever idea.

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Sushiro celebrates a traditional Japanese holiday with this…sushi thing

As odd as it looks, it actually makes a lot of sense for Setsubun.

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Ramen restaurant in Kyoto offers all-you-can-eat toppings and side dishes for free

A great deal for ramen connoisseurs and beginners looking for a way to try all the staples.

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Awesome, free Final Fantasy travel brochures treat series’ locations like real tourism hot spots

Who wouldn’t want to go on a romantic Midgar Mako Reactor night view tour?

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Japan’s first kaiten-sweets shop brings the fun of conveyor-belt sushi to Valentine’s chocolate

Get your chocolate fix on with a twist for a limited time at SWEETY LOFT in Ginza.

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Japan’s French fry sundaes are here, but which one should you try? We find out【Taste test】

”What’s the best flavor for a French fry sundae?” is a question we never had to answer…until now!

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“The one and only way to make people in Japan take more vacation time”

Our veteran salaryman-turned-reporter gives his idea for the one thing that has to change before Japan will stop working itself to death.

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Tokyo’s Ranma 1/2 cafe is open, and we just stuffed ourselves with awesome anime nostalgia

Food, art, and exclusive merch are part of love letter to one of the most popular anime of all time, and totally worth a six-hour wait for a table.

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Fewer Japanese people got married last year than any time since the end of World War II

Bad news for the country’s declining birth rate is accompanied by rosier development about divorce.

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“Scholar” tops list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, “restauranteur” for girls

Boy’s sporting ambitions slide in survey as girls stick with the same favorite for the 21st year running.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Yodobashi Camera offers up a tablet box of techie dreams

Popular retail chain Yodobashi Camera sets the bar high with their “Tablet Computer Dreams i” New Year’s gift box. 

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Why right now is one of the best times of the year to shop for dojinshi manga and merch in Japan

Lucky bags always make January a great time to go shopping in Japan, but it’s the prime dojinshi-buying time for a very different reason.

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Japanese Twitter reacts to Logan Paul’s “Japanese Suicide Forest” video

Video showing body of man who committed suicide in Aokigahara forest was only up for a day, but the backlash is likely to last much longer.

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The five best anime of 2017【Seiji’s World of Anime】

The biggest otaku in the SoraNews24 office runs down his picks for the five series you need to see to feel like you “watched anime” in 2017.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Animate’s awesome set has over 70 anime goodies for under 30 bucks

A near-unbeatable equation for anime otaku to start the new year with.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】McDonald’s Japan brings out exclusive goodies for customers this New Year

These are some of the cutest McDonald’s items we’ve ever seen!

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