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Man selling ring intended for girlfriend who dumped him gets no sympathy from potential buyer

Japanese man dumped just before Christmas hopes for a sympathetic ear, gets emotionally punched twice more in the gut instead.

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Man in Osaka lures housecat into street with food before shooting at it with BB gun【Video】

Owner asks for Internet’s help in tracking down man behind drive-by attack.

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Money-less Japanese diner offered chance to pay later, phones police himself

When store manager refuses to call the cops, man who can’t pay for his meal does it for him.

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Over 1,000 fish and other marine creatures die at Tokyo aquarium after failed medical treatment

Heartbreaking loss of life occurs at one of the city’s most popular aquariums.

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Heart-breaking plea from kids looking for their mama convinces Tokyo subway station to bend rules

Unauthorized notices beg woman who left girls behind to “Please call home.”

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Japan’s anime-loving penguin turned to comfort of a 2-D girl after being scorned by his 3-D wife

Lost his real-life penguin wife, gained an anime waifu.

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Golden retriever watches his human until he falls asleep for the most heart-wrenching reason

Chinese owner had to dig up the dog’s past to find the reason for the strange behavior.

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Sorrowful swan can’t get over losing helpful human buddy

Meet the new winged Hachiko of the field. You could probably stage a ballet out of this story somehow.

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Japanese Twitter user gets surprise, heartfelt message from beloved cat that passed away

A final thank you from a cat that led a love-filled life.

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Pokémon GO preserves the memory of building lost in Japan’s 2011 tsunami by making it a PokéStop

The Okada Theater was swept away in 2011, but Pokémon GO players are still visiting its location, and learning a little about this tsunami-ravaged city in the process.

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Poké-feels: Sibling visits grave of younger brother who loved Pikachu, gets tear-jerking surprise

Japanese Twitter users react to this bittersweet Pokémon GO discovery.

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“My dad is less useful than our Roomba”—Japanese 5th-grader’s brutal honesty on family in Japan

If your child has a better relationship with the robotic vacuum cleaner than with you, then you might have a problem.

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Short story from online forum gets rendered as a manga, has netizens in tears…

Some of the best short stories from Japanese online hangout 2Channel were recently turned into a manga by a very talented artist, with one tale in particular hitting netizens right in the heart.

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This Thai ad is making the internet cry with its “Hachiko-like” story【Video】

People seriously need to stop chopping onions in here…

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Cow herd gathers and mourns after fellow bull hit by a car in Hong Kong

With much of the world’s population being separated from the farming process these days, it’s easy for us to forget that the hamburger we just ate came from a living, breathing, thinking, and possibly even emotionally engaged cow.

Pictures and videos emerged in Hong Kong last week after a motorist struck a bull. While that is sad in itself, what gained media attention is that the rest of the bull’s herd gathered around to push him to safety and then mourn the tragedy. 

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Tear-jerking Thai commercial is about stabbing of a homeless man – Can you guess what it’s for?

Making the viewer feel good is a time-tested method of crafting an effective commercial. Gather a bunch of attractive people, have them frolic in beautiful surroundings for 30 seconds, and at the end subtly slip in the product, implying “You too could be having this much fun with this brand of car/beer/athlete’s foot medication!”

Thai advertisers, though, sometimes decide to take a different tack, with emotionally devastating commercials that seem designed to reduce all who watch them to blubbering piles of streaming tears and seeping sympathy. Case in point: this new ad with man’s inhumanity to man as its central theme features dialogue such as “What the f*** are you smiling at?”, terrible violence, and a completely unexpected final purpose.

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Beautiful, tear-jerking tributes to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Nintendo’s president and CEO Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11 at the age of 55. He was much beloved by the public, both for his warm, friendly personality, as well as always being a gamer first and businessman second.

Since Iwata’s death, there has been an outpouring of support from those who have been touched by the games he personally worked on and the projects he oversaw during his lifetime. Many fans have created stunning – and in some cases downright heartbreaking – tributes to Mr. Iwata, and tweeted them to share with others affected by his passing.

Here we have a compilation of some of the tributes we’ve seen, so you can get the same gut-wrenching smiles of sadness from looking at them that we did.

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Luhu – the little cat who always looks sad 【Photos】

Luhu is an adorable kitty from Beijing. But this pet has a problem. Even when he’s having a great time, Luhu looks like he’s having the worst day ever.

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Rest in peace, Tama – Japan’s stationmaster cat passes away at 16, company funeral to be held

It wasn’t long ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to Tama, the adorable feline that was given the title of Ultra Stationmaster by Wakayama Electric Railway. Having just turned 16 in April, Tama, who lived at Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture and delighted travelers on a daily basis, was incredibly young for a stationmaster.

16 is a fairly advanced age for a cat, though, and the sad news has just come that Stationmaster Tama has passed away.

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China’s “Human Punching Bag” teaches us all what true pain is

Xia Jun fell under the media spotlight recently for his unique offer of one punch for 10 yuan. Setting up shop in front of train stations around Beijing he laid out a cardboard box and wore a white shirt with “Human Punching Bag: 1 Punch, 10 Yuan [US$1.60] scrawled down it.

Far from a Jackass-type stunt that we might have seen before, it’s hard to believe that anyone after hearing Xia’s story actually would have taken him up on his offer. In fact, it’d be hard to resist giving him at least 100 yuan and a hug instead.

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