Japan’s gaijin community is set to shrink to pre-Meiji era levels as they leave in droves due to Japanese women no longer finding them attractive. While male foreigners have long claimed that their continued residence in Japan is down to a love for Japanese culture and sushi, the recent decline in women wanting to bed [...]
September 5th, 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens to the recent outbreak of dengue fever in Japan, the first since 1945. Japanese media recently reported that 36 people who had not traveled out of Japan have contracted dengue fever. Some people are believed to have been infected while walking in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park. Insecticide [...]
Uchida’s speciality is throwing politics and philosophy, Aikido and women’s issues, the income gap and Japan’s slide into poverty, plus sex and relationship advice – all in one blender and made it palatable.
While this year’s “cool biz” trend is white pants, there are other wacky items on sale to help you beat the heat in the office. Our personal favorite, however, is a bottle of Zima. And for our editor, Jake, a jinbei.
A recent revelation that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat has left people, including ourselves, scratching their heads.
“I love the sort of monster figures and dolls that appear on Ultraman, and I wanted to buy more with the money I made from the action figure [I stole],” explained Iwama, who has been working a series of part-time jobs. According to the police, Iwama says that he noticed the glass case holding the robot was unlocked and stole it on impulse. He then sold the robot to another manga goods store for 64,000 yen ($640) several days later. The police tracked him down from that sale. When they searched Iwama’s home in Chiba, Japan, they found a large collection containing dozens of monster action figures. Police are now investigating to see whether other stolen nerd contraband is in the collection.
Japanese courts reject a temporary restraining order for stalking victim Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who filed the request this January.
We are really just hoping that the thief will return the stolen goods,” Masuzo Furukawa, the president of the company, told the JSRC via email. “Our basic principle is ‘condemn the offense, but not the offender,’ but if he doesn’t return the stolen item we will release his photograph and take actions to identify the criminal.” He said that they had footage of the suspect stealing the robot and there was no doubt that they had the right man.
So we reimagined Charisma Man, after way too many years in Japan—without every learning the language or blending into the culture. Meet “Abysmal Man”–an anti-hero for a new era. Dripping with charm and ex-pat existential ennui, he may be waiting somewhere in Japan at a bar stool near you.
And the hostess is practicing pouring green tea
As the businessmen get drunk real slow
Yes they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinking Jinro