controversy

Kobe set to light up “World’s Number-One Christmas Tree” in all its confusing glory

It’s soon to be official, Kobe will win Christmas this year, and with it, all of Santa’s gold.

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Japanese city councilwoman stirs controversy by bringing baby with her to assembly hall【Video】

American-educated councilwoman says she want to be “a spokesperson for other people of my generation who are in similar situations.”

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Nagoya Castle reconstruction plan draws disabled citizens group complaint over lack of elevator

Desire for historically faithful reconstruction clashes with accessibility for wheelchair users.

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No more porn–Japanese convenience store chain to phase out adult magazine sales by end of year

New policy follows increased complaints from female shoppers.

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Osaka mayor won’t back away from ending San Francisco sister city status over comfort women statue

Move would end 60-year-old program between Japanese and American cities.

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Anime fans object to plan to plant cherry blossom trees at movie’s real-life location in Japan

Fans of handsome swimming boys anime Free! don’t think gardeners should be free to plant sakura wherever they want.

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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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