本田, Kiku 菊

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Tokyo, Washington arranging for Abe to address U.S. Congress in spring

Tokyo and Washington are in final preparations for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to address Congress during a visit to the United States this spring, a …

Okayama's Naked Festival

Every year in Okayama, Japan, nearly 10,000 men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple. The men, dressed in Japanese loincloths, battle to grab a pair of lucky talismans thrown into the crowd by priests. Participants in the boisterous event are asked to prepare papers …

Clocking off: Japan calls time on long-hours work culture

The regulation eight hours in the office is over. The most important work of the day is done; whatever is left can wait until the morning. This is the point many workers would think about heading for the door.<p>Yet for millions of Japanese employees, the thought of clearing away their desks and being …

Japan

Japan's 'zombie' firms holding back recovery

Top Japanese finance chief says shake-up of corporate tax system will help profitable firms, but warns recovery could be derailed by stagnant pay<p>Growth in <b>Japan</b> is being held back by thousands of "zombie" companies that must be shut down before the country can secure the recovery and banish …

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Social Media

Did North Korea Hack Sony?

Hard to believe, but Sony executives and U.S. spies suspect that the huge hack that has taken Sony Pictures' office offline for more than a week was …

How to say “I love you” in Japanese – 47 different ways 【Videos】

Japan may not be that big on a world map, but there’s a surprising number of <b>distinct regional cultures</b> you’ll find as you make your way from one end …

West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in …

The newer, cheaper Kakureya II: The perfect secret fort/box for studying, drinking, or napping

With Japanese housing being as cramped as it is, designating a whole room as a man cave, reading nook, sewing room, or any other sort of area solely …

How many dialects are there in Japan? – Imagawayaki

When I was in the university, I had met for the first time people from different part of Japan. Of course not all the people I met before were from …