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Stories about Japan

13 September 2014

Keiko Tsuyama Is Breaking the Odds as a Japanese Journalist Covering the United States

Keiko Tsuyama talks about her career reporting on America and why people should be paying attention to the US military base planned for Japan's Henoko and Oura Bay.

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

6 August 2014

Hong Kong Web Users Are Defending Originality As Game Clone ‘Tower of Saviors’ Hits It Big

Behind the commercial success of mobile game Tower of Saviors lies a mob of angry netizens who accuse the game of being a shameless imitation of Japan's Puzzle & Dragons.

7 July 2014

77 Years Ago, a War That Killed Millions Began Between China and Japan

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the anniversary, as relations between Beijing and Tokyo have chilled over issues ranging from island disputes to the growing nationalism in both countries.

4 July 2014

Ready Your Smartphones: The Chat App Sticker Wars Have Begun

Japanese chat app Line has discovered a booming revenue model selling different sets of stickers. China's immensely popular WeChat is trying to catch up. Has it?

29 May 2014

What's the Beef? Strike Call at Japanese Fast Food Chain Sukiya

Are workers at Sukiya, the Japanese fast food chain famous for its $3 gyūdon beef rice bowl, really going on strike?

6 May 2014

Specter of China Loomed Over Obama's Asian Tour

Many interpreted the U.S. president's actions on his much-ballyhooed "pivot to Asia" as a not-so-subtle message to China.

18 April 2014

How Online Discussions on Whaling Get Twisted in Japan

The International Court of Justice ruled against Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt. Online conversation is often dominated by those fervently defending the custom of whaling.

9 April 2014

Japan Makes Public Transportation More Stroller-Friendly for Parents

Traveling with a baby stroller on Japan's crowded public transportation can make for an uncomfortable juggling act. New standardized rules aim to make it easier for parents.

PHOTOS: Picnicking Under Japan's Cherry Blossoms

"Hanami", as the activity of flower viewing is called in Japanese, is in full bloom now that cherry blossom season has arrived.

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