society

Japanese idol supergroup AKB48 said to phasing out swimsuit modeling for younger teen members

Rumors cite possible overseas criticism as reason for new policy.

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Japanese dictionary’s definition of “LGBT” draws criticism for inaccuracy on the “T” part

Critics call for revision to brand-new edition of one of Japan’s most trusted and influential language resources.

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Teacher says Japanese schools’ mandatory extracurricular activity rules don’t benefit students

Exasperated educator takes workplace survey and is depressed by rationale for forcing students to join after-school programs.

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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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Roughly one in eight of Tokyo’s new adults is foreign-born, study shows

“The truth is that without foreigners, Japanese society cannot function,” says researcher.

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Japanese middle school promotes long pants to full-uniform status for girls, equal with skirts

Principal emphasizes that skirt is no longer to be considered the “main” or “standard” uniform.

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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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Temple bell tolling on Japanese New Year’s Eve gets rid of evil desires, but not complaints

No matter how much good it brings, the sound of a humongous bell struck 108 times might be too much for some people.

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Chopstick anxiety: Painfully shy Japanese diners struggle with communal restaurant containers

At inexpensive Japanese restaurants, the chopstick container might be in front of another customer, which is a tension-filled dilemma for some.

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New rules allow Japanese adult film actresses to stop the sale of their videos after five years

Industry group wants to make it easier for women to leave their past behind them as they transition to life after porn.

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New study ranks the most notorious Japanese train stations for perverts

Voyeurs, flashers and “chikangropers are more likely to be found at these stations.

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The kind of boss Japanese millennials wish they had, shown in touching workplace manga

Managers in Japan often use the phrase “Imadoki no wakai mono ha…” to gripe about young people, but this time there’s a twist.

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Live with parents or burn through your savings? Survey of young anime workers draws bleak picture

Majority of participants who don’t live with Mom and Dad are losing money while they work in the anime industry.

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Japanese women tell how they like to be hugged in survey of girls’ manga readers

Survey showcases squeeze strategies and scenarios.

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What kind of lingerie do Japan’s herbivore men like? Survey investigates

Japanese intimate apparel maker investigates the tastes of Japanese men both hot-blooded and not, offers suggestions to capture their hearts.

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Used tissues and odors: The five most disgusting types of customer at a Japanese Internet cafe

Somehow, “customers who have sex in the booths” doesn’t top this industry veteran’s list.

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Japanese masturbation survey reveals self-pleasure habits around the country

The nationwide survey yielded some interesting results.

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Travel tip: 100 yen shop solves the “What do I do with my trash?” problem visitors face in Japan

A clever solution to one of the biggest annoyances about traveling in Japan.

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Japanese company prohibits employees from smoking on their commute to the office

Ban even forbids smoking in the surrounding neighborhood on weekends and holidays.

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