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Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master's degree, I was quite...

It is quite strange, yet true, that many Japanese women are more likely to have university degrees than Japanese men. However, one of the biggest reasons why women quit their jobs after childbirth is the unfeasible working hours for child care. Since the workplace in Japan is very busy,...

When it comes to Japanese culture and entertainment, ninjas are just as iconic as samurais. And when a typical moviegoer gets asked how to describe a ninja, he or she might say, "Ninjas always wear black. They move so swiftly when they climb walls, jump on rooftops, infiltrate territories,...

Japan remains to be one of the cleanest places to live in despite having some of its own environmental issues. One of which is the problem they face when it comes to putting away garbage such as the situation in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). However, overall, it is...

Nearly 700,000 young Japanese people are missing. They have seemed to drop from the face of the earth. They do not work, they do not engage socially, and they are gone for years at a time. These tend to be largely young men between the age of 15 to...

To work in the animation industry is one of the dream jobs most young people aspire in Japan. For those who eat, sleep, and breathe anime, this is a dream come true! Since most people love animation, it is a great chance for them to get immersed in the...

Many years ago before I came to Japan, I was taking part in a short-term intensive Japanese study facility to prepare for my coming trip. One of the students ahead of me in the class went a few weeks before my cohort and I. We sent him a letter...

Buddhism is a major religion in Japan. Around 90 million people in the country consider themselves as Buddhists. However, in people's day-to-day lives, many aspects of Buddhist practices and teachings do not necessarily affect them nor are being practiced. It is also quite hard to meet a monk who...

Social isolation has always been an issue in Japan. Less do people know that this actually poses a threat to society. There are times when being isolated from others lead to bad behaviors which then result to violent acts. Sometimes, these are hard to eliminate or prevent. This is...

Pet ownership is very popular in Japan. Most of the time, pets are considered part of the family system wherein many of them are given enough care to be called family members. Just like children, they are well loved by their owners who give them priority over several things....

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