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Japan Celebrates as Princess Mako of Akishino Gets Engaged!

On the 16th of May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako (眞子さま), a 25-year-old Japanese Princess, had been engaged. Her marriage is expected in the next year. The Japanese people are happy and in a mood for celebration because of this good news. Princess Mako of Akishino (秋篠宮) is the first granddaughter of Emperor…

What’s Up with Japan’s Potato Chip Shortage? Find Out About It Here!

To many people, Japanese food may seem to be the perfect embodiment of a well-balanced diet, with each plate having the right portions of nutrients that one may need throughout the day. However, what most people don’t know is that Japan is just like any other country when it comes to junk food. In fact,…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Why Did a Huge Sinkhole Suddenly Swallow a Road in Fukuoka on November 8th?

Roughly around 5:15 AM on the 8th of November, 2016, the unsuspecting people residing in the vicinity of the JR Hakata Station (a highly popular commercial district located in Fukuoka City, Japan) awoke to a deafening uproar. By 9:45 AM, a large-scale evacuation was being undertaken by the city officials and police in order to…

Kuril Islands Dispute: Is the Russo-Japanese Relationship in a Deadlock?

Ever since the World War II ended, Japan-Russia relations have not seen any progress. There is a love-hate relationship between these two countries for about seventy years. Will the situation change? Can Russia and Japan keep their past aside? sputniknews.com/ Kuril Islands bbc.com/ The Kuril Islands are a group of islands that form an archipelago…

Hoping For Peace: the Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) and Obama’s Speech

On Friday, May 27th, Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima after the US dropped the bomb there nearly 71 years ago. In his speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, he called for a “moral revolution” and a world free from the threat of nuclear warfare. He mentioned the surviving…

A Tokyo Cat Cafe Has Been Temporarily Suspended

It is no secret that cats are loved in Japan. From the multitudes of cat cafes and cat-inspired costumes, cats are popular pets that Japanese find cute. In honor of cats, there is also a Cat Day which is celebrated every year in Japan on the 22nd of February. More often than not, cats are…

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

How Does an Earthquake Really Feel? A Personal Account of the Kumamoto Earthquake

The frequent natural disasters that happen in Japan are certainly off-putting for foreign visitors and ex-pats, especially if you come from a country that never suffers from them. Moving to Kumamoto, I felt secure in the knowledge that, as some locals put it, ‘earthquakes never happen here’. The last major earthquake in Kumamoto was 120…
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