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JAPAN PULSE

Japan Times
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May 30, 2020
Public begins to wake up to sheer volume of harassment online
Social media users want abusers to drop their veil of anonymity.
Japan Times
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May 23, 2020
Crowdfunding campaigns offer hope to ailing firms facing COVID-19 insolvency
Communities rally behind their favorite establishments, but can they save them all?
Japan Times
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May 16, 2020
Understanding the need to shame someone on social media for not exercising self-restraint during a pandemic
Domestic news organizations are trying to get to the bottom of what makes the so-called self-restraint police tick.
Japan Times
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May 2, 2020
Exploring Japan from the comfort of your own living room
Audiences worldwide are seeking out visual escapes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
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Apr 25, 2020
Seeking solace from COVID-19 in Showa Era nostalgia
As many across the country continue to spend an unprecedented amount of time at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, parallels are being drawn with another period in history that offered a similar social landscape.
Japan Times
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Apr 18, 2020
When jumping on the social media bandwagon to score political points backfires
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jumped into the fire by joining J-pop star Gen Hoshino's YouTube challenge.
Japan Times
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Apr 10, 2020
Celebrities and influencers using social media platforms to keep people at home
A handful of well-known personalities have been out in front of the pandemic on social media.
Japan Times
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Apr 4, 2020
Navigating the murky waters of social media in a pandemic
The frequent occurrence of disasters in Japan has ensured that netizens are constantly on the lookout for online hoaxes. Following any large earthquake or typhoon, social media is typically flooded with all kinds of misleading posts and doctored images. Some are posted in a deliberate attempt to stoke...
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Mar 14, 2020
Social media helps Japan's embattled parents connect over schools' closure
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recommendation that all elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan close through the end of their April spring break in order to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus caught nearly everyone in the country off guard when the news broke in late February.
Japan Times
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Mar 7, 2020
YouTube content that attempts to find real Japanese opinions
A lot has changed over the past decade insofar as Japanese content on YouTube is concerned, with creators moving away from uploads that simply record personal experiences to posts that give viewers real insight into the lives and opinions of Japanese people.   
Japan Times
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Feb 29, 2020
Discovering who's behind Japan's English rail announcements
Tokyo’s train system is considered to be one of the most expansive and most reliable in the world, but it can be pretty intimidating for anglophones trying to navigate the city.
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Feb 22, 2020
The rebirth of cool: It's not easy being a lovable middle-aged man in Japan
For the first time since … never, the ojisan (middle-aged man) is on a roll. 
Japan Times
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Feb 15, 2020
COVID-19 reveals fractured moral impulse of social media
The outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, now officially named COVID-19, has sparked plenty of concern online — some valid, others more hyperbolic in nature. Like many global events in the social media age, the outbreak has also resulted in no shortage of fake news and racism. Both elements have...
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Feb 8, 2020
Japan's rail employees take to social media to air frustrations over work
On the surface, Japan’s train station employees might appear deferential, profusely apologizing for the slightest delay and helpfully guiding passengers through the intricacies of the various transport hubs dotting Tokyo.
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Feb 1, 2020
Social media in Japan fumes over Studio Ghibli's Netflix omission
Anime fans will now be able to enjoy a night in with Studio Ghibli after Netflix began streaming 21 films from the animation firm’s catalogue on Feb. 1. However, there’s a catch.
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Jan 25, 2020
Kakeibo: Turning a dull aspect of Japanese life into social media gold
At some point in the past decade, the international notion of “weird Japan” — a view in which the country produces more quirky and wacky trends than many other nations, regardless if said example is actually widespread — took a back seat to “boring but profound Japan.” 
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Jan 18, 2020
Social media turns its back on Japan's beloved strong alcoholic beverages
Everyone has a friend who likes to darken the mood when others are simply trying to have a good time. Dr. Toshihiko Matsumoto took on this mantle over the new year, killing the buzz for a number of people on social media just hours before the new decade started.
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Jan 11, 2020
Infestations in Tokyo begin to align with zodiac animals of the year
It’s hard to associate Tokyo with anything else besides people, buildings and cars, but a closer inspection of the city and its outskirts reveal otherwise.
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Jan 4, 2020
Predicting Japan's digital trends of the next decade
Last year was all about looking back. Between the end of the Heisei Era (1989-2019) and the decade coming to a close, people appeared to go to extra lengths to reflect on the recent and not-so-recent past (this column included). Now that we’ve entered 2020, though, it’s time to leave the highlights...
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Dec 21, 2019
Cat cafe operators in Japan seek to end stigma with a fresh approach
Cat cafes have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, with animal rights groups criticizing some establishments for their allegedly shady practices and ethics. 

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