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LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 24, 2021
We’re still in the middle of the pandemic. So why do new restaurants keep opening in Tokyo?
Despite the pandemic straining Japan's hospitality industry, new restaurants across the capital continue to open their doors. Has opening during the “new normal” allowed them to adapt?
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CULTURE / Film
Jul 22, 2021
‘Inubu: The Dog Club’: Puppy love with a heavy dose of advocacy
Drawing from a novel based on true events, “Inubu” shows the barriers activists fighting for the humane treatment of animals face, their own physical and financial limits among them.
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JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Jul 12, 2021
How the Okinawa rail was discovered 40 years ago
Researchers had been skeptical at first, wondering if the bird really existed in a place like Okinawa, which was not uncharted land.
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CULTURE / Film
Jul 8, 2021
‘The Asian Angel’: A road movie with a touch of the divine
Two dysfunctional families from Japan and South Korea take a cross-country road trip in Yuya Ishii's “The Asian Angel.”
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COMMENTARY / World
Jul 6, 2021
The curious case of the Balkan war criminals
International tribunals are largely ceremonial until leaders who commit war crimes are ousted, or their armies defeated.
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CULTURE / Film
Jul 1, 2021
‘The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea’: A coming-of-age tale told with talent and lyricism
Miyu Ogawa displays gravity and vulnerability in Sara Ogawa's first theatrical feature, which centers on a teenager who lives in a group home and coaxes a new arrival out of her shell.
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CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jul 1, 2021
‘The Naked Director Season 2’: Netflix’s porn industry saga is skin deep
The second season of the streaming giant's fictionalized biopic of Japan's notorious adult-video director and entrepreneur offers another round of cheap thrills.
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CULTURE / Books
Jun 27, 2021
‘Oishii: The History of Sushi’: A fount of knowledge for all things sushi
Historian Eric C. Rath's comprehensive overview of one of Japan's most iconic foods is encyclopedic, yet sprinkled with personal asides and illuminating source materials.
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CULTURE / Books
Jun 26, 2021
Mapping the cyber-activism of Japanese rightists
Jeffrey J. Hall's 'Japan's Nationalist Right in the Internet Age' brings academic rigor to exploring how neo-nationalist groups use the internet to bypass the mainstream media.
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LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 25, 2021
Japan's office workers get poetic on life during the pandemic
The nation's office workers express themselves on COVID-19 and pop culture for the 34th Senryu for Salaried Workers Contest.
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CULTURE / Film
Jun 24, 2021
‘The Door into Summer’: Some doors are best left closed
An orphaned genius travels to the future and back in Takahiro Miki's treacly sci-fi, “The Door Into Summer,” based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein.
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JAPAN
Jun 21, 2021
Tokyo Games athletes' village, with anti-virus measures, unveiled to media
Around 18,000 athletes and officials are set to live together in 21 residential buildings inside the 44-hectare village in the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo.
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JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 21, 2021
Pandemic magnifies household gender roles in Japan
Latest figures show that women earn on average 44% less than men while also spending five times more time on housework and child care.
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JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Jun 20, 2021
One era’s eccentrics are another’s model citizens
Would an outcast from the Heian Period feel more at home in the Edo Period? Or are there general characteristics that unites any society's eccentrics?
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JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jun 18, 2021
Suga's first growth strategy met with calls to tackle Japan's chronic labor issues
Although much of the spotlight tends to gravitate toward hot economic issues, economists say that it is critical — and timely — for Japan to work on its more deeply rooted problems.
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CULTURE / Stage
Jun 18, 2021
Israel Galvan renews the passion of a long love affair
Flamenco — the exuberant dance form originating from Andalusia in southern Spain — has long thrived in Japan, with many of the greats traveling here to perform. There is even a popular claim that Japan has more flamenco academies than Spain.
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CULTURE / Film
Jun 17, 2021
‘Around the Table’: A feast for the eyes that doesn’t quite satisfy
In this coming-of-age film, the story itself is nearly overshadowed by the beautifully decorated sets with items from North European-style everyday goods site, Hokuoh Kurashi no Doguten.
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JAPAN
Jun 16, 2021
Giant Buddhist goddess gets face mask to pray for end of COVID-19
It took four workers three hours to carry the massive mask on ropes up the 57-meter-high statue of Kannon in Fukushima Prefecture.
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ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 16, 2021
Why Asia, the pandemic champion, remains miles away from the finish line
All across the Asia-Pacific region, the countries that led the world in containing the coronavirus are now languishing in the race to put it behind them.
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ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 16, 2021
Phuket reopening plan offers model for Asia as travel bubbles burst
Tourism-reliant Thailand aims to allow quarantine-free entry for vaccinated travelers to its prime destination from July 1.

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Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan