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Alerts don’t spoil story for surprise-averse Generation Z 

Generation Z, or Gen Z for short, refers to people born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. They followed Generation Y, better known as the millennials, who were born between the early 1980s and around 1995 and are expected to make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025. Since a lot has already been said and written about the millennials, there is now growing international interest in the generation that succeeds them. Gen Zers tend to be naturally tech-savvy and accustomed to….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Business Insider Japan
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EDUCATION

As Kyodai’s signboards vanish, so does its tradition of dissent and liberty

Kyoto University (Kyodai) is renowned for luring the nation’s best and brightest. As the second oldest college in Japan after the University of Tokyo, it has long been known as a bastion of scientific thinking.   Up until a few years ago, the Kyodai campus was plastered with eye-catching signs for events and club activities. At first glance, some of….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Manga spins ultimate fantasy, a Japanese government led by women

Amid the slow progress of Japan’s efforts to achieve gender equality, Japanese manga artist Yoshinaga Fumi imagined what Japanese society might have been like if women had filled traditionally male roles in the Edo Period (1603–1868). The idea inspired her to create the award-winning manga series Ooku: The Inner Chambers. The term ooku (great interior) refers to the women’s quarters….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Mainichi
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Japan’s “young carers” finally getting the attention they need 

Children under 18 who need to take care of disabled, ill, or addicted family members are known as “young carers” in Japan. Many of them don’t seek help outside the family and feel stressed and isolated. The Japanese media has begun to report on “young carers,” and there is a growing awareness of the issue in Japan.   NHK (2/5)….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
  • , NHK
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Gender bias pigeonholes women, harms men

The World Economic Forum recently ranked Japan 120th among 156 countries in its Global Gender Gap Report 2021. In response, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato commented that Japan is lagging behind other countries in its efforts to achieve gender equality. A recent example of gender bias in Japan is former Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee president Mori’s controversial remark about….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri
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SOCIETY > Youth

Gone before the intermission, “digital natives” no time for the likes of “Seven Samurai”

As a self-proclaimed movie buff, Miharu Takagi was shocked to discover that she couldn’t concentrate long enough to watch the La La Land at a premier in 2016 even though she’d been looking forward to seeing it for many months. The 27-year-old Tokyoite began to feel the 128-minute-long musical romantic comedy was “way too long” even before it was half….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
  • , AERA, Shukan Gendai
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Claims of  “Trump victory” echo in Ginza and Japanese social media  

More than a month has passed since former Vice President Biden became the projected winner of the U.S. presidential election, but President Trump has yet to concede defeat. Asahi (12/10) reported on a group of fervent supporters of President Trump in Japan. They took to the streets of Ginza on Nov. 29, shouting, “Trump won the U.S. presidential election, not Biden!” and “The media in Japan and the U.S. must report the truth!” But their motives did not appear to be purely related to the U.S. presidential election. In….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Buzzwords of 2020 reflect social impact of COVID-19

A year ago “One Team,” the slogan of Japan’s national rugby team, was selected as the top buzzword of the year, reflecting the excitement generated by the success of the Rugby World Cup and the team’s excellent performance in the tournament. This year, however, things couldn’t be more different. With the coronavirus pandemic dominating people’s everyday lives, most of the….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY

More middle-aged men live in the never-never land of the boyhood room

The room looks like it belongs to a primary or middle schoolboy, with a desk surrounded by shelves full of comic books, videogame cartridges, fishing rods, Gundam figures, and plastic models. The occupant is a 42-year-old bank teller in Kanagawa, who’s as passionate as a fidgety teenager when he speaks on TV about his childhood hobbies. “I love my room,”….Read more

  • December 16, 2020
  • , Nikkei Business, Toyo Keizai , TV Asahi
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There are no minimalists in the time of coronavirus

Friends of lifestyle blogger Memiko Nagaoka were shocked to discover that the cupboards in her Saitama apartment were chock full of food, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and toilet paper. They found out when the 34-year-old housewife posted on her blog photos of all her emergency supplies. Since Memiko used to only hold onto specially selected items and get rid of….Read more

  • August 6, 2020
  • , Shukan Bunshun digital , Yahoo!News Japan
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