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Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Government Has a Thing About Hitler. It Likes Him.

Reviving imperial glory has always been an Abe obsession. But teaching ‘Mein Kampf’ in the schools? Japan joins the roster of threatened democracies.<p>TOKYO—Imagine a world in which the Nazis and Imperial Japan won the second world war—that’s the premise of the critically acclaimed TV series <i>The Man</i> …

Shinzo Abe

Japanese women are entering the male-dominated world of hunting — at the government's request

In Japan, it was once considered taboo for a woman to speak with a man before he went on a hunt. But a rising number of female hunters are taking up arms, at their government's behest.<p>Over the last decade, Japanese farmers have lost up to $170 million annually because of a booming deer and boar …

Wildlife

Hokusai review: Everything is evenly paced. You have room to breathe and reflect.

Things just get better and better – for some. According to Hokusai (1760-1849), nothing he drew until he reached the age of 70 was worthy of notice. …

Mount Fuji

There's a Japanese word for people who own too many books

Reading addicts, this one is for you.<p>We all know that getting rid of old books is one of the easiest ways to declutter your home. After all, if …

Japanese Culture

Bitcoin Could Be Accepted at 300,000 Japanese Stores in 2017

As bitcoin gains popularity following legal recognition in Japan, retailers, and companies are queueing up to accept the world’s largest and most …

Cryptocurrency

Inari

Inari is the Shinto god of rice, the protector of food, and bringer of prosperity. He has over 40,000 shrines dedicated to him large and small across …

Ancient History

Japan Pushes Ahead With Antiterrorism Bill

TOKYO—Japan took a decisive step toward a new law bolstering police powers to prevent terror attacks despite concerns about a possible erosion of civil liberties.<p>Hours after a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 22 people at a U.K. concert hall, Japan’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday …

Shinzo Abe

Day Trip to Mt Fuji 5th Station including Peach or Grape Picking from Tokyo (with Prices) - Tokyo

Customer Reviews<p>October 2016<p>After finding the meeting point, my day at Mt Fuji was the best. The guide was great and very easy to understand. Great …

Say What Now? A Sinkhole Has Opened Up Right In Front of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

A 4-foot-by-4-foot sinkhole has opened up on the street in front of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday.via The Hill: <i>The town of Palm</i> …

Shinzo Abe

Japan anti-conspiracy bill clears lower house despite rights worries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc pushed a bill targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes through parliament's lower house on Tuesday, despite fears the changes could allow police to trample civil liberties.<p>The lower house vote, held …

Shinzo Abe

Yoko Taro's SINoALICE Receives Release Date in Japan

Square Enix Japan announced the release date for Yoko Taro’s newest game <i>SINoALICE</i>, launching exclusively for smartphone devices on June 6 in …

Gaming

Japanese Budget Airlines Will Accept Bitcoin In 2017, Install BTMs At Airports

Peach will become Japan’s first airline to accept Bitcoin as the country’s regulatory changes start paying off.<p>In comments, Monday, Peach, which …

Cryptocurrency

Qualifying Series Heavyweights Are Headed for Japan

<i>The beach grandstand will be sure to draw a crowd at this year's event.</i> WSL / Bennett<p>A huge international field of Qualifying Series (QS) battlers …

Surfing

New defense radars for Japan

U.S. firms are working with Japanese partners on new projects to develop technologies that will enhance Japan's shield against a North Korean missile …

Lockheed Martin

This Japanese City is Getting a Tourist Tax

Venice, Barcelona, Iceland — the tourist tax has officially become a global trend, with the city of Kyoto being the latest to adopt the policy. …

Kyoto

Stone faced: an Australian family home by BE Architecture is an ode to granite

Among rows of impeccably restored Victorian and Federation-style mansions in Melbourne’s leafy Armadale, BE Architecture’s house stands firmly. Comprising a hefty granite façade – some 260 tonnes to be precise – one would assume its presence was imposing.<p>Yet given the stone’s silvery grey …

Mount Fuji

How to Make Katsudon: Rice Topped with Deep-Fried Pork

Katsudon is a popular Japanese bowl dish that consists of tonkatsu, or breaded deep-fried pork, and eggs cooked in a sweet and salty broth and placed …

Cooking

A new VR area is opening at Club Sega in Akihabara on May 31. Called Sega VR Area (clever!), it will

<b>A new VR area is opening at Club Sega in Akihabara on May 31.</b> Called Sega VR Area (clever!), it will be located on the sixth floor of that legendary …

Gaming

Japan sticks to budget balancing goal, seeks growth strategy continuity

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan must adhere to the government's goal to achieve a balanced budget by the fiscal year ending in March 2021, Finance Minister …

Shinzo Abe

10 essential Japanese folk and rock records of the early '70s

<b>A guide to the majestic sound of the Japanese underground.</b><p>Light in the Attic Records’ upcoming release <i>Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk &</i> …

Music

Maiko

Awards<p>Photo of the Day: 05.23.17 Editors' Pick<p>Photo Information<p>Copyright:<p>© Yong Yao Siong.<br>All rights reserved.<p>Image Source:<p>digital<p>Date …

Smithsonian

Japan finance minister says must deliver strong message on free trade at G7

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan must deliver a strong message on free trade at this month's summit meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven nations, …

World Economy

Dita to Open Flagship in Japan

<b>TOKYO —</b> Los Angeles-based eyewear and sunglasses brand Dita will open a flagship in the Aoyama neighborhood of the Japanese capital on Friday. It …

Thom Browne

Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave – review: a genius imprisoned by his greatest hit

The Japanese master’s youthful works are sublime. So why is the British Museum’s show obsessed with his twilight years?<p>There is a moment in this exhibition when, without any fanfare or drama, you see the birth of modern art. It happens as naturally as a sudden gust or a spring shower. Afterwards …

Mount Fuji

The formula for the perfect best man speech

It may have been met with an awkward silence, but it could have been worse. A trawl of online message boards about weddings reveal best man’s speeches far more buttock-clenchingly embarrassing than James Johannsen’s lame attempt for James Matthews’ marriage to Pippa Middleton this weekend. There’s …

Mount Fuji

Japanese Bookstore to Begin Same-Day Delivery to Train Station Lockers

coin lockers at Fuchu Station along the Keio Line in TokyoWatch out Amazon! Japanese bookstore Keibundo will begin offering a new service starting …

Japanese Culture

Why This Casino Plan Angers Rural Japan

Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as candidates for casino resorts under the Japanese government's new bidding framework, triggering criticism …

The 6 Great Countries to Travel by Rail

Planes have connected the world in marvelous ways and cars are certainly the most convenient mode of transport once you’ve landed. But when it comes …

Mount Fuji

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

Plastic food samples (食品サンプル) outside of a typical restaurant in Japan. Image by Flickr user sayot. Image license: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY …

Liberal POV

Meet Yasuke, Japan’s First Black Samurai Warrior

“His name was Yasuke. His height was 6 <i>shaku</i> 2 <i>sun</i>” — roughly six feet, two inches — “he was black, and his skin was like charcoal.” Those words come …

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