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Saying Goodbye to Two Architectural Icons

Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Japan’s seismic activity and the high costs of maintaining older buildings usually mean that developers prefer demolishing buildings and erect new ones. This has of course also resulted in a problem for Tokyo, which continuously struggles to maintain its heritage. After already losing some of its most iconic gems in…

The Olympics No One Wants

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the most prestigious and widely circulated newspapers in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun is also an official partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it decided to join the many voices that are critical of the Olympics. Now, the Asahi Shimbun is calling for the games to be cancelled. The…

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.…