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Typhoon 19 ‘Hagibis’ Aftermath – Damage Reports Updates

Note: these damage reports are true and final at the time of writing this article (October 17th) As typhoon season was ending and Japan was slowly crossing into autumn, a monster storm on the horizon raised concerns as never before in Tokyo. The typhoon no.19, also known as “Hagibis” (meaning “speed” in Tagalog), was considered…

Halloween 2019 in Shibuya: New Rules After 2018 Incident

by Zoria Petkoska The spontaneous Halloween bash that has been going on annually for several days around October 31st in Shibuya might never be the same again. The street party is a Tokyo legend, being free in every sense of the word… until now. What happened in Shibuya Halloween 2018? In 2018, according to the…

The Sales Tax Increase to 10% is Taking a Toll on the Environment

by Martin Danker On October 1, 2019, Japan’s consumption tax finally increased to 10%. This had been long in the making, and something Japanese residents knew would eventually happen. However, within the first days of the consumption tax increase (which went up from 8% to 10%), retailers and consumers have been failing to adjust, and…

Days After the Consumption Tax Increases – How is Japan Doing?

On October 1 2019, the 10% consumption tax officially went into effect in Japan. Before the tax increase, the whole country witnessed massive consumption waves, in which people rushed to buy goods for storage, especially luxury items. On the last day of the old tax rate (September 30), shops and malls saw long lines queued up at checkout counters to save that 2%. What…

Do You Hate Babies On Planes? Japanese Airlines Are Here For You

by Martin Danker Dramatic stories about people who complained about the babies they had to sit next to during a long flight are far too common, from this model who was criticized after posting an Instagram Story complaining about a baby , to this passenger who was kicked out of a plane for refusing to…

Quick interview: A young Vietnamese who passed the special skills exam!

Special skilled residence status (特定技能, tokutei gino) is a great opportunity for all foreigners currently living inside and outside Japan, wishing to have a stable job, and to eventually settle down in this most developed country of Asia. This status of residence has only been put into effect since this April (2019), but it has made a…
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KRISPY KREME Japan Unveils the Halloween 2019 Doughnuts

by Zoria Petkoska Hello September and hello anticipation for Halloween and everything Autumn themed! Many brands in Japan started unveiling their seasonal items, and Krispy Kreme is one of the most creative among them! The beloved American doughnut brand in Japan fuses cultures perfectly and blends seasonal autumn flavours with Halloween symbols. *Author’s photo Author’s…

Japan Will Get Its Tallest Skyscrapers Ever!

by Martin Danker Tokyo is a megacity of enormous proportions, but compared with other metropolis that have constantly push the envelope to make taller skyscrapers (some of which constitute supertall skyscrapers), Tokyo is a city that has been quite conservative with its approach to tall structures. This should come as no surprise, considering that Japan…

Aboard the sake train: A locomotive treat awaits rugby visitors to Saitama

Rugby World Cup host city Kumagaya is offering international rugby fans the chance to sample Japanese sake while riding on its scenic mountain train, the SL Paleo Express. The SL Paleo Express is a steam locomotive that runs through Chichibu between Kumagaya City and Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture. From September 1 through October 14,…