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Night schools offer young foreigners hope, but discourage Japanese

Pariyar Sonar is one of some 40 young foreigners who attend evening classes at Futaba Junior High School in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. The 17-year-old Nepalese girl came to Japan a year ago to join her parents who had moved here earlier in pursuit of a better life. She eagerly participates in Japanese classes that consist of students from the Philippines,….Read more

  • March 28, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei , Shukan Toyo Keizai
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Bonzes tend bar, monks rap as temples change with the times

The Japanese are known for being quite “flexible” about religion. It is common for them to be taken to Shinto shrines as babies to receive their first blessings, get married in Christian wedding ceremonies, and have Buddhist funerals.     Nevertheless, Buddhist temples used to play a major role in the life of the local community, with almost all families being….Read more

  • February 7, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Queen rocks Japan, one more time

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biopic on the legendary British rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury, is creating a cultural phenomenon in Japan, winning the hearts and minds of young and old alike. The film, released in Japan on Nov. 9, has grossed more than 10.4 billion yen ($90 million) at the box office, selling 7.2 million tickets. The….Read more

  • February 7, 2019
  • , Asahi
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Naomi Osaka symbolizes trend toward diversity in Japanese sports

Naomi Osaka’s impressive victory in the recent Australian Open captured the attention of fans and media around the world. Coupled with her easygoing personality, her burgeoning skills have assured the two-time Grand Slam champion and best female tennis player on the planet a leading spot on Japan’s team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her cross-cultural appeal has also drawn renewed….Read more

  • February 7, 2019
  • , Sankei

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“Nara judgment” and “#MeToo,” “Men in love” and “eSports” among top buzzwords

Buzzwords are a trove of insight into Japan’s latest social trends. The distance learning company U-Can, which has selected the year’s top buzzwords in Japan since 1984, released the results for 2018 on Dec. 3.   Sodane was selected as the top buzzword of the year. A shortened form of sou da ne (that’s right), sodane is a phrase used….Read more

  • December 13, 2018
  • , All newspapers and TV networks
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Tattoos are unfading, but not the taboo against them in Japan

There was a time in Japan when you didn’t see tattoos outside of yakuza movies. But the Japanese are getting used to seeing inked arms and legs, torsos and necks in public due partly to the influx of foreign tourists.   When popular TV personality Ryucheru (below) posted photos of his tattoos on social media on Aug. 21, however, he….Read more

  • December 13, 2018
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY > Culture

In an about-face, museums welcome shutter-bugs and conversationalists

Outbursts of delight and surprise reverberated among visitors to an exhibition called “Seeing and Believing” (right) at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi. While chatting is generally frowned upon at museums in Japan because it is said to ruin the experience for other visitors, the museum announced that visitors were permitted to ooh and aah without hesitation for this exhibition,….Read more

  • December 13, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei , NTV
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ECONOMY

Summer heat fires up Japan’s nighttime economy

The scorching summer is finally coming to an end as temperatures begin to ease slightly this week. The historic heat wave that hit Japan this summer cooled the nation’s economy, as customer traffic has declined in the retail, restaurant, and leisure sectors because people preferred to stay home rather than venture outdoors for shopping, dining, or entertainment. However, the hot….Read more

  • August 30, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , NHK, TBS
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SOCIETY > Media

NHK character offers viewers the scolding they crave

When you reach a certain age and achieve a certain position or status, you probably have fewer opportunities to be scolded by others. This would seem like a good thing because nobody likes to be told off, but apparently it can be refreshing when a five-old girl scolds you. A new NHK program called “Chiko chan ni shikarareru! (Chiko chan….Read more

  • August 30, 2018
  • , Asahi
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SOCIETY > Youth

Buzzwords offer glimpse into shifting attitudes toward love

With the Heisei Era to end with the Emperor Akihito’s abdication on April 30, 2019, Yomiuri (6/19) looked into the shifts in young people’s attitudes toward love and marriage over the past three decades by examining romance-related buzzwords. When the Heisei period began in 1989, the entire nation was swept up in the economic bubble, and love and money appeared….Read more

  • July 26, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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