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For car sharing service customers, a rental is a home away from home

Car sharing services in Japan have grown exponentially since their humble beginnings in 1999 as a project by an auxiliary organization of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry to promote the sharing of environmentally friendly electric vehicles. It reportedly took five years for the organization to recruit 1,000 members for the scheme. According to statistics compiled by the Foundation….Read more

  • July 25, 2019
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY > Youth

Young people turn to paper dictionaries for the right word…and find serendipity

Several Japanese media outlets have recently reported (Nikkei – 4/9, Mainichi – 6/1 &6/27, and NHK – 6/26) on local youths’ growing interest in paper dictionaries. More than 150 young people attended a “Japanese Dictionary Night” event (left) held last month at which lexicographers, proofreaders, and freelance writers discussed their work. The participants were apparently impressed by the panelists’ passion….Read more

  • July 25, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei , NHK
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SOCIETY > Youth

Japan’s rolling stones gather no moss but lots of new friends

Recent advances in information technology and changes in work styles may be prompting some young Japanese to opt for a new nomadic lifestyle known as “address hopping.” They move from place to place at their own pace and work where they choose. Developments in information technology have made it unnecessary to possess such physical products as newspapers, magazines, books, a….Read more

  • July 25, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei
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“Man who does nothing” does much for many

A unique rental service provided by a graduate of one of the top colleges in Japan has reportedly gone viral since it was launched about a year ago (NHK –4/24, TV-Asahi, 6/10, HuffPost – 6/18, and Nikkei – 6/20). In rolling out his Rental Nanmoshinai Hito (Rent a Person Who Does Nothing) service, Shoji Morimoto (@moritmotoshomi) said on Twitter: “Please….Read more

  • June 28, 2019
  • , Nikkei , NHK, TV Asahi, Huffington Post
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SOCIETY

Down and out and shut-in, older hikikomori weigh heavily on society

The entire country was horrified on May 28 when a 51-year-old man went on a stabbing rampage in Kawasaki in which he killed 2 people, injured 18 others, and subsequently committed suicide. The attacker is probably the best known hikikomori, or shut-in, in Japan at the moment. He also personified the “8050 problem”– parents in their 80s having to look….Read more

  • June 28, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri , AERA , NHK , Jiji Press
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EDUCATION

At college entrance ceremonies men in black, and women too

In early April the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo is rented out almost every day to local colleges for ceremonies welcoming new students.  Almost all of the young men and women who file into the hall are clad in black or navy blue suits. Their somber attire is in sharp contrast to the pink and white blossoms adorning the….Read more

  • April 25, 2019
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY > Youth

Wanting to marry for love, many Japanese end up single

An NHK special on April 13 looked into the issue of the increasing number of unmarried Japanese, saying that the sharp decline in the marriage rate is apparently responsible for 90% of Japan’s sagging birthrate. Government statistics show that the ratio of unmarried people increased dramatically in the 25-29, 30-34, and 35-40 age brackets for both men and women from….Read more

  • April 25, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , NHK, Fuji TV
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The robots are “weak,” and people better for them

What do you expect robots to do for you? Robots are already influencing our lives by assisting us in executing various tasks with such advanced technologies as artificial intelligence and motion generation and control. Self-driving cars are under development, and robotic vacuums help many people keep their homes clean. Amazon now has more than 100,000 robots working in its warehouses….Read more

  • April 25, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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As virtual horizons expand, face-to-face interactions shrink

Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, setting the stage for the mobile revolution. Today, for billions of people around the world, it is almost impossible to imagine not having a smartphone. Back then he probably didn’t imagine the extent to which his innovation would influence human behavior and society.   Eleven years after the iPhone’s introduction, the Japanese….Read more

  • March 28, 2019
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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SOCIETY

Workers weaponize chicken and raw fish to terrorize employers

Baito tero is a term that combines arubaito (part-time job) and “terrorism” to refer to online videos or photos of pranks and stunts by employees at restaurants, convenience stores, and other food-related businesses. These pranks are seriously compromising the reputations of companies and have resulted in substantial financial losses in some cases.   The term baito tero is said to….Read more

  • March 28, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , NHK
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