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

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 First Rule Of Secret 3D Gun Club In Japan: Don’t Upload The Video of Firing The Gun on Youtube

In Japan, getting your hands on a gun is almost impossible, so the natural thing to do if you want a firearm is to make one. Or more appropriately, print…

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

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…

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…

Activists launch lawsuit against Taiji Whale Museum

Activists have sued the Taiji Whale Museum for racial discrimination.

Who really wrote Henry Stokes’s revisionist history book? More questions.

yodo News questions about the last 2 lines of Chapter 5. Henry said his idea is different. I insisted that is my understanding of what he said. After Kyodo interview…

No Spitting On The Train…Staff or Conductor. Japan Commuter Etiquette #1

Don't spit on station workers. They're human, too. JR Railways releases a series of hilarious posters warning passengers to be nice to railway staff.

Japanese Capsule Hotel Lands In New York: Small space, medium savings

Can you really give up space and fancy amenities for huge savings at a hotel? Especially in a notoriously expensive American city like New York? The popularity of the Pod…

In regards to “Questions surround reporter’s revisionist take on Japan’s history”

On May 8th, Kyodo News published an article concerning former New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Henry S. Stokes and his recent best-seller 英国人記者が見た連合国戦勝史観の虚妄  (Falsehoods of the Allied Nations’ Victorious…

TEPCO makes $4.3 Billion in 2013 despite meltdown. Crime doesn’t pay, criminal negligence does

TEPCO posted a profit for the first time since the nuclear meltdown. The amount is less than the ¥47 billion the government gave to the company last September.