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The father of a 13-year-old Aomori girl who committed suicide on Aug 25 by jumping in front of a train. Her family released a note left by the girl in which she stated she didn't feel like she could live anymore because of being bullied at school, and thanking her…

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Japan draws people to it both for its rich cultural history and dazzling modern spectacles. It’s a country of both centuries-old traditions and contemporary urban energy, which brings us to a new service from Tokyo’s Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

Recently, we’ve seen photography outfits offer a number of samurai-themed options,…

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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has announced the launch of a bold, new Access to Medicines (AtM) strategy, aimed at increasing access to its innovative and potentially life-saving medicines for patients with some of the highest unmet medical needs. For decades, the company has provided product, funding and access in many…

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Many foreigners are surprised, when they first arrive in Japan, to see how well cars' exteriors are maintained. Call it pride of ownership or something else, but when walking the streets, it's quite rare to catch a glimpse of a rusting, beat-up jalopy.

Unfortunately, this may also be one of…

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A lot of newcomers to Japan are baffled by the custom of using hanko, or name stamps, in place of a signature for everything from opening a bank account to signing a rental agreement for an apartment, but it is a custom that is very deep-rooted in the culture. A…

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One of the aspects of Japanese culture I always wanted to get in on was the traditional board game of shogi. A cousin of Western chess, its basic gameplay is very similar. Each player must strategically position their pieces in order to put their opponents king into checkmate.

Unlike chess,…

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Osamu Masuko, left, and Head of Research and Development Mitsuhiko Yamashita bow their heads to apologize over the company's mileage scandal at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. The automaker had admitted that it manipulated data to make at least eight…

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When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his new cabinet in August, it was again a primarily male affair. At a time when Abe has been discussing the empowerment of women, just three of the 19 ministers are female.

For Japan to gain a bigger voice in politics, boardrooms and other…

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More than two years after the release of "When Marnie Was There," Studio Ghibli remains deathly quiet about making any more anime, international co-production such "The Red Turtle" notwithstanding. The animation house’s incredible body of work continues to inspire other creative teams, though, and now comes word that one of…

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