The program lacked the over-the-top glitz originally planned, but still served some memorable scenes, with pantomime performers and Naomi Osaka stealing the show.
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Looking to get some Olympic spirit into your social media feed? Try following a few Japanese athletes to remind yourself what the Games are really about.
Mired in the COVID-19 pandemic and a slew of scandals, the opening ceremony on Friday will look nothing like the original plans for a spectacular celebration of Japan’s pop culture.
As Kiryu Coco graduates from Hololive, it allows us a chance to look at the growing influence of virtual YouTubers
Some of Japan's more vaccine-hesitant residents might find comfort in the experiences of parents and grandparents on social media getting the jab.
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Spotify dips its toe into broadcast television with a new show that will either be a boon for podcasts or chain restaurants.
Traveling to Japan is unlikely to resemble trips prior to the emergence of COVID-19.
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Japanese rappers are beginning to share more about their own experiences in their tracks, an approach Daichi Yamamoto says is upping the standards for domestic hip-hop.