controversy

Indonesian polygamy smartphone app lets men look for multiple wives online

Faces backlash even in a country where it’s technically legal to have more than one wife.

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Japanese cosmetics ad has women recoiling in horror as ugly man tries to help one of them【Video】

Their reactions are very different in alternate version with handsomer guy, though.

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Netflix’s Death Note director deletes Twitter account, has had it with the fan complaints

Did someone write “Adam Wingard’s Twitter account” in Light’s Death Note?

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Japanese finance minister is in hot water after statement allegedly condoning Hitler

Taro Aso later retracts statement which seemed to suggest Hitler’s motives were right.

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Is using a photo as a reference “copying?” Japanese illustrator squares off with angry critic

Not quite constructive criticism.

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Sexy Japanese actress strokes turtle head in tourism promotion video drawing complaints【Video】

Controversial video expected to be taken down shortly.

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Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist

“The only people who think culture shouldn’t be shared are racists like you.”

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Nara, Japanese city famous for its streets of tame deer, begins culling program within city

The animals, revered as messengers of the Shinto gods, have been damaging Nara farmers’ crops.

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Wonder Woman promoted in Japan with idol song “A Woman Can’t Sleep Alone,” angering some fans

Detractors call the title and lyrics of Nogizaka46 song, the video for which has just been released, a poor fit for the independent DC Comics star.

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Video accuses Your Name of copying two of its animation sequences from other anime【Video】

Side-by-side comparison points finger at pivotal moment in director Makoto Shinkai’s smash-hit anime film.

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ESPN tells pro gamer to change Street Fighter character’s costume to meet “broadcast standards”

The bodysuit Cammy has been wearing for 24 years apparently doesn’t comply with the network’s standards and practices.

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Spanish pro footballer outrages Japanese Twitter with dangerous Tokyo soccer stunt video

Gerard Piqué seems to have enjoyed his time in Japan, but Japanese Internet users aren’t so thrilled.

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McDonald’s in Yokohama accused of “male discrimination” for only letting women use restroom

Men told to move to the back of the shopping complex rather than use a perfectly good toilet inside the restaurant.

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Persona 5 video game character’s shoes cause controversy in Korea【Videos】

Persona 5’s opening animation has style to spare, but gamers in Korea took issue with one character’s fashion sense.

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The woman on the “I’m glad I’m Japanese” posters spotted in Kyoto? She’s actually Chinese

Turns out the controversial posters aren’t quite as nationalistic as their creators likely intended them to be.

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“I’m glad I’m Japanese” posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users

Mysterious posters draw concerned comments about the insensitive mentality of their anonymous creators.

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German linguist living in Japan says kanji characters used for Germany are discriminatory

Though the kanji can translate as “lonely country,” his complaint lies elsewhere.

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Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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Japanese government gives examples of what qualifies as “hate speech” in anti-discrimination law

Critics still likely to find problems with legislation.

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Sapporo Snow Festival to once again feature art installations containing frozen fish

Recent animal rights complaints had some thinking plans would be scrapped, but the eve mainstay will be part of this year’s event after all.

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