High court upholds hate speech ruling

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The Osaka HIgh Court bans anti-Korean hate group, Zaitokukai from holding rallies in front of a Korean school in Kyoto and orders them to pay compensation.

Abe tells women to “shine,” but, really, he meant “die!”

A post that was meant to to show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support for women, due to some bad English usage with a different meaning when read as Japanese, ended up saying, "Hey all you women in Japan, drop dead!"

A blog post written by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show his support for women backfires when people pointed out that the English word “shine” can actually be read as the Japanese word for “drop dead! (死ね)”

Get ready to dance in the streets–Japan to revise anti-dance laws! (Maybe)

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The Japanese government will submit a bill to revise the controversial laws regulating dance clubs this fall in a special Diet session.

Scary Tales From Japan’s Marriage Graveyard: My Wife Divorced Me Over “Frozen”

On an on-line forum, "The Marriage Graveyard" a Japan man claims his wife divorced him or rather "let it go"  because he didn't appreciate the Disney film FROZEN.

A husband’s lack of interested in the Disney movie “Frozen” was the icing on the cake that triggered his wife’s demand for a divorce.

Over-Educated, Under-Paid and Most Likely Single: Women in Japan’s Academia

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Japanese academia is crowded with smart, talented women, according to the book Kogakureki Jyoshino Hinkon, but it seems very few in this country have any idea how to welcome or deploy them. All this, and yet in their book the three stress that higher education more often hinders instead of helps the modern Japanese woman attain personal and professional happiness.

ASKA comes out with new hit…. “Say yes—to meth”

Japanese singer-songwriter ASKA is known best for his 1991 hit single with music duo CHAGE and ASKA, “Say Yes,” but his recent arrest over drug possession shows that he just can’t say no to meth. ASKA, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki, confessed to police that he had smoked stimulant drugs several times in his [...]

Tokyo gets its first Bitcoin ATM–at The Pink Cow of all places

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Tokyo first Bitcoin ATM is operational–at a bar and restaurant in the middle of Roppongi.

Book Review: How to Use Fuck (For Japanese Students of Eigo)

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How to Use Fuck Correctly: 99 Phrases Using Fuck, Shit, Damn, and Hell that Schools won’t Teach You that Should be Used with Care (正しいFUCK 使い方学校では教えてくれない、取扱注意のFuck, Shit, Damn, Hellを使った99フレーズ) is the most detailed guide on how to cuss like a native English speaker. Just keep it away from the children.

The Last Day of Sanja Matsuri Today! (May 18th) Get your mobile phones out & welcome portable Gods

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While we plan to run a full photo essay later in the week, for those of  you looking to get lucky, Asakusa is the place to be.  The Sanja Matsuri ranks as one of the greatest festivals in all of Japan. What is it? This is one of those times we will let the JNTO [...]

Soulbeat Asia: Awesome Music Until Sunday the 18th in Toyota City: Get moving & grooving

If you’re looking for world music try heading to Aichi Prefecture’s Toyota City today. Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of Soulbeat Asia where you can see and hear the latest great traditional bands from Mongolia, Okinawa, Japan (yes, we know Okinawa is part of Japan but it might as well be another [...]