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Shukan Bunshun to release audio of Yamatani interview

Eriko Yamatani is a liar--and Shukan Bunshun has the audio to prove it.

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

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…

Updated: Dengue fever toll rises in Japan; Yoyogi Park Is The Epicenter & Now Closed

More than ten people have been infected with dengue fever, according to Japanese media reports.

Kyoto court dismisses Yahoo! defamation lawsuit

An Osaka male attempted to sue Yahoo! arguing that the display of his arrest record constitutes defamation. The courts don't agree.

NHK apologizes for asking tough questions

Allegations that NHK apologized to the government for an televised interview that went off script shows just how much pressure Abe puts on Japan's biggest broadcaster.

High court upholds hate speech ruling

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.

Sexist jibes at Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Spark & Ignite Protests

The insults included such gems as: “You should hurry up and get married!” "Can’t you have babies?” The remarks brought up bad memories for some of the population as it…

Japan on the whale path again; kills 30 minke in latest hunt

Media sources have linked Japan's recent hunting season to March's IWC ruling, but because you think Japan has broken the law, look closely.

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

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

Put Tokyo in your pocket: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Tokyo is a great guide book

Tokyo is far to big to cover in one short trip, but Lonely Planet's travel guide to Tokyo shows you the places worth hitting.