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The Dark Side of Tokyo: "Overdosing" on Cough Medicine

February 17, 2024 - 01:41
In the bustling streets of Tokyo's Kabukicho, an alarming trend of getting high on over-the-counter medications, known as "overdose," has regained the spotlight, with the arrest of a 19-year-old man for distributing a large quantity of cough medicine to two high school girls free of charge. (News On Japan)
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Investigation into Widespread Age Falsification of Puppies and Kittens

February 16, 2024 - 14:18
Japan's Environment Ministry is investigating the possibility of habitual falsification of birth dates for dogs and cats, which cannot be legally sold under 56 days old due to concerns about the risk of infectious diseases. (News On Japan)
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Trio Nabbed Stealing Sleeping Streamers Smartphone

February 16, 2024 - 06:49
A 50-year-old man with short hair has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a wallet and other items from a man who was live-streaming on his smartphone. (News On Japan)
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Deadline Looms for Evacuees

February 16, 2024 - 05:53
As Hokuriku eagerly anticipates the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen in just one month, a dilemma looms for hotels and inns hosting evacuees from the recent disaster. With the Shinkansen's extension, some facilities are considering returning to regular operations. The question arises: where will the evacuees go? (News On Japan)
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Yoshinoya's "Red Pickled Ginger Man" Jailed for Gross Video

February 16, 2024 - 01:28
A man who ate red pickled ginger directly from a communal container at a Yoshinoya beef bowl chain, with a video of the malicious incident subsequently spread online, has been sentenced to prison for 2 years and 4 months. (News On Japan)
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Valentine's Dilemma: Receiving Chocolate as a Married Man

February 15, 2024 - 04:46
Valentine's Day in Japan is commonly associated with women giving chocolates to men. However, when this tradition extends to the workplace, some wives find it irksome when their husbands receive sweeties. (News On Japan)
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'Welcome' in Hindi or Japanese?

February 14, 2024 - 08:15
In Tokyo, an Indian grocery store is drawing attention for its distinctive signs that, at first glance, appear to be in Hindi. Upon closer inspection, these signs are actually written in Japanese. (News On Japan)
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Domino's Pizza Again Victim of 'Part-Time Terror'

February 14, 2024 - 02:54
A video, shot in the kitchen of a delivery pizza store late at night and spread on social media, has sparked widespread controversy, with images of a worker picking his nose and wiping it on pizza dough. (News On Japan)
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Farewell to Tokyo's Hilltop Hotel, Treasured by Literary Giants

February 13, 2024 - 05:14
The Hilltop Hotel in Chiyoda, Tokyo, cherished by esteemed literary figures like Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima, and Shōtarō Ikenami as their regular retreat, closed its doors on Monday for last time. (News On Japan)
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Himeji Marathon Runners Stray Off Unmarked Course

February 12, 2024 - 23:08
A 5km marathon held on Sunday around Himeji Castle was invalidated after organizers forgot to install markers at the half-way turning point, sending runners off course. (News On Japan)
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Beat Takeshi Weighs in on Illegal Dumping

February 12, 2024 - 19:33
On the April 11th broadcast of "Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle" (TV Asahi), Beat Takeshi suggested measures to prevent the persistent problem of illegal dumping of hard rubbish. The program highlighted the issue of illegally dumped cars and boats moored without permission on the banks of the Mamagawa River, leading to a debate among the studio guests. (News On Japan)
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Kana Nakada Boldly Showcases Stunning Figure in Swimsuit

February 12, 2024 - 01:50
Former Nogizaka46 member Kana Nakada updates her Instagram on the 11th, showcasing off-shots from the 10th issue of "Young Magazine" (News On Japan)
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Over 4,000 Hina Dolls Gather in Heritage House

February 12, 2024 - 01:21
In anticipation of next month's Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival), an ancient residence in Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, has become the exhibition site for approximately 4,000 ancient Hina dolls, open to the public since February 11th. (News On Japan)
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Monuments of Japan's Difficult Past Removed

February 11, 2024 - 12:20
Across Japan, monuments and explanatory panels documenting the nation's "negative history" are being removed, one after another, amidst concentrated protests alleging that these installations are "anti-Japanese" or "nonsensical." (News On Japan)
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Woman Detained Without Bra for 11 Days

February 11, 2024 - 07:24
A woman who was detained at an Osaka detention center and left without a bra for 11 days was also subject to male interrogation during this time, with no explanation why she was unable to wear underwear. (News On Japan)
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How Wide is the Kanto v. Kansai Cultural Divide?

February 10, 2024 - 09:47
The cultural tapestry of Japan is rich and diverse, with the Kanto and Kansai regions offering a fascinating study in contrasts, from convenience store rice balls to public bath customs. What are the differences? (News On Japan)
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Conductor Seiji Ozawa Dies at 88

February 10, 2024 - 04:30
Seiji Ozawa, a globally celebrated conductor, has died. He was 88 years old. According to his office, Ozawa passed away at his home in Tokyo on February 6 due to heart failure. (News On Japan)
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Princess Aiko Engages in English Conversation with Kenyan Minister at Palace Luncheon

February 9, 2024 - 18:21
In a significant first, Princess Aiko, the eldest daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, attended a luncheon hosted by their Majesties for the President of Kenya and his spouse at the Imperial Palace. This marks the first occasion Princess Aiko has participated in a palace luncheon with foreign dignitaries. (News On Japan)
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Manga Artists Save Historic Mansion

February 9, 2024 - 09:47
In Tokyo's Setagaya district, a gathering of manga artists has brought new life to the "Former Ozaki Teodora Residence," a Western-style mansion built 135 years ago that has overcome the threat of demolition. (News On Japan)
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Manga Artist Hinako Ashihara Passes Away; Shogakukan Pays Tribute

February 9, 2024 - 07:58
Following the death of Hinako Ashihara, the artist behind the popular manga "Sexy Tanaka-san," which was adapted into a TV drama, Shogakukan, the publisher serializing her work, has announced that they are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the script. (News On Japan)
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