How the Japanese Went Under, and Stayed There

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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.

Japan’s Summer 2014 must-have Cool Biz items: white pants and fans all over your body

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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.

Hello Kitty isn’t a cat?

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A recent revelation that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat has left people, including ourselves, scratching their heads.

Japan’s Most Infamous Toy Robot Thief Confesses: “I stole it & sold it to buy monster dolls”

Return Tetsujin 28 evil-doer and all might be forgiven.

“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.

After months of debate, Japan’s court tell stalking victim, “We won’t protect you”

Ikumi Yoshimatsu has become the voice of many women in Japan who have suffered stalking in silence. The Stalker Zero campaign was launched with Prime Minister Abe's wife.

Japanese courts reject a temporary restraining order for stalking victim Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who filed the request this January.

Japanese Giant Robot Thief is Caught

Return Tetsujin 28 evil-doer and all might be forgiven.

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.

Abysmal Man: A Charisma Man in Japan For Our Generation

The expat in Japan anti-hero updated for modern times. Dude, the party is over. Heartland closed in January this year. Maybe it's time to to move on?

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.

“Karaoke Man”: An Ode For the Expat In Japan Reeling From Ennui

The expat blues can only be exorcised by singing this modified version of "Piano Man"

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

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plagiarizes himself: If you can recycle nuclear fuel, why not speeches?

Prime Minister Abe has a habit of repeating himself, which isn't great when people are actually paying attention. So much for that "heartfelt" speech.

This year’s Hiroshima bombing commemoration speech bears a uncanny resemblance to last year’s.

Japanese media loses their heads over decapitation of teenage girl by teenage girl

Sasebo murder

A 15 year old girl was arrested Sunday by the Nagasaki Police on suspicion of killing her high school friend. The 15-year-old girl, who can’t be named under Japanese because she is a minor, allegedly used a blunt instrument to kill Aiwa Matsuo, a fellow classmate, aged 15. The murder took place around 8 p.m. Saturday.