While Japan's highest-grossing film is accessible to all in its home country, younger viewers in the United States must be accompanied by their parents.
Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.
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Eirin, Japan's film classification board, has to consider eight factors when rating a film: violence, nudity, sex, crime, drugs, terror, language and theme.
The Consulate General of Japan in New York warned last week that Japanese residents and tourists can still be penalized for possessing marijuana under Japan’s anti-cannabis law.
Japan’s situation contrasts sharply with that in other countries, where the question of whether to reopen schools has become a hot-button political issue.
Japanese schools — which unlike many parts of the world have mostly remained open — are experimenting with various ways to co-exist with the coronavirus while keeping children safe.
With the country lagging behind the rest of the developed world on LGBTQ rights, hopes are high for a set of upcoming court rulings.
With their hands already full, some municipalities are less prepared than others and many have been forced to put the issue on the back burner.
Vaccine-linked scams emerged in January, according to an official, when the approach of the vaccine program quickly captured national attention.
Tokyo has been cautious about implementing sanctions on the Myanmar regime to avoid jeopardizing the relationship it has built with military leaders over decades.
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