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Town Spends 25 Million Yen Of Relief Money On a Squid Statue

Now here’s an interesting story that has people wondering whether they should laugh or cry. The town of Noto in Japan has spent 25 million yen ($228,500), that were given to the town as relief money during the pandemic, on an enormous squid statue. The tourism and hospitality industry in Japan has been struggling, seeing…

Olympic Athletes Will Get Vaccinated

After months of proposals and assessments to try to determine whether hosting the Olympics could be safe, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has announced that it has reached deals with Pfizer and BioNTech that will allow them to have the necessary doses to vaccinate all athletes and officials before the Tokyo Olympics in July. This…

Why Are Elderly People in Japan Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

No Vaccine, No Travel Discounts: A Famous Hotelier’s Proposal

During an online session for the press, Yoshiharu Hoshino, the representative of Japan’s popular Hoshino Resorts, stated that, upon its resumption, the Go To Travel campaign should target only those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The comments about the vaccine were some among various suggestions Hoshino deemed reasonable, including lowering the benefits of the…

Tokyo To Ask Residents Not To Leave the City

Governor Koike Yuriko is asking the government to ask residents not to leave the 23 special wards and the Tama area. The request comes as Tokyo registered more than 500 new COVID-19 cases on April 7, the largest number in months and just weeks after the state of emergency was lifted, increasing fears that Tokyo…

Will Japan Be the Second Country in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

Will Japan Be the Second Country in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage? That is the question members of the LGBTQ+ community have been asking themselves since a groundbreaking in Sapporo deemed that the government was violating Article 14 of the Constitution. The Sapporo District Court reached this decision despite Article 24 stating that “Marriage shall…

It’s Official: The Tokyo Olympics Will Have No Visitors From Overseas

Officials have continued to promise that the Tokyo Olympics will take place as planned. However, it was announced on Saturday that foreign spectators would not be allowed to come to Japan. The decision comes as the country and organizers factor the COVID-19 pandemic and make concessions in order to hold the Olympic Games as planned.…

Tokyo Olympics Creative Director Resigns After Offensive Naomi Watanabe Pitch

Hiroshi Sasaki was to be in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, but that won’t be the case anymore. Sasaki is out of the post after one of his proposals, which he had shared on SNS, leaked. There, the Dentsu creative director, proposed having comedian Naomi Watanabe…

It’s Here! Super Nintendo World Opening to Put Pressure on the Disney Resort

It’s finally here! After all the anticipation, Super Nintendo World has officially opened. At first, with the government’s Go To Travel Campaign suspension and subsequent states of emergency, it came as a surprise that Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was not moving the opening date of the Super Nintendo World. As the saying goes, the show…

JR East to Introduced Automatic Train Operation

JR East has announced that the Joban Line will use ATO (Automatic Train Operation) from Ayase to Tote. With ATO, speeds are automatically controlled within the speed limit, and trains also automatically stop at the stations. ATO is not meant to replace the JR East drivers, who can manually operate the trains in order to…