The nine-member pop act NiziU moved from a reality TV show competition to the top of the Japanese music charts with ease — and that was the strategy all along.
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Weather forecaster Saya Hiyama is the latest media personality to garner an online following, but what does her popularity say about celebrity in the digital age?
Rainych Ran's take in Japanese on American singer Doja Cat’s chart-topping “Say So” became a hit partially because music from the 1980s is currently enjoying a YouTube-powered revival.
The chain has been offering melon-flavored desserts featuring fruits grown around the country all year, and it’s finally reached Hokkaido.
Pie and ice cream makes for a classic combination, but a new pie at McDonald's and a new ice cream at Baskin-Robbins stand on their own.
Miki Matsubara's 1979 hit song "Mayonaka no Door: Stay With Me" has been discovered by a new generation of digitally savvy teens. The Japanese music industry has taken notice.
The triple disaster of 2011 still looms large in the collective memory of those who were in Japan at the time. How society remembers it, though, has been influenced by films, music and art.
The outrage expressed on Twitter has been noticeably worse than normal over the first two months of the year.
Family Mart was never a go-to shop after dinner, but two new treats promise to change all that — as long as you eat all your vegetables.
Guitarist Azusa Suga based part of the sound for the Tokyo rock band's new album “Ethernity” on American suburbia and pop culture from the 1990s.