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For Tom Hanaway's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Gamified' language app Duolingo finally adds Japanese

Business / Tech May 19, 2017

'Gamified' language app Duolingo finally adds Japanese

Just as many readers are swapping paperbacks for tablets, many language learners are trading in their textbooks for apps so they can study on the go. One of the most popular language applications on the market is Duolingo, a program that "gamifies" learning by rewarding ...

Nestle Japan rolls out 'sushi' KitKats at new Ginza store

Food & Drink Feb 2, 2017

Nestle Japan rolls out 'sushi' KitKats at new Ginza store

Japanese KitKats are famous — or perhaps infamous — for their varied and sometimes peculiar flavors, including green tea, sake and wasabi. But now Nestle Japan Ltd. has released arguably its strangest concoction yet: sushi. A new KitKat Chocolatory opened in Ginza on Thursday and ...

Lena Dunham brings 'Girls' to Tokyo for a fifth season episode

TV Aug 13, 2015

Lena Dunham brings 'Girls' to Tokyo for a fifth season episode

In the fourth season finale of HBO's hit TV show "Girls," a comedy that follows the exploits of a group of 20-somethings navigating New York, Shoshanna (played by Zosia Mamet) surprises her roommate, Jessa, by declaring "I'm moving to Japan," while leafing through a ...