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Live in Shinjuku for 99 Yen a Month!

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most popular and expensive wards, but now, there is a property with rent so low that it defies anything else Tokyo has ever seen: A small, 10 square-meter apartment (yes, in Tokyo every meter counts!) close to Shin-Okubo Station will be available for an astonishingly low 99 yen per month.…

Why Are Universal Studios Japan’s News A Big Deal?

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) took the world by surprise by announcing an expansion to its Super Nintendo World area. Super Nintendo World opened in early 2021 to much fanfare, and less than one year after its opening, USJ announced that they would construct a Donkey Kong land adjacent to Super Mario Bros one. The area…

Japanese YouTuber Sparks Outrage Over Anti-Homeless Comments

A Japanese YouTuber who calls himself a “mentalist” failed to see how his heinous comments about the homeless would blow up in his face. YouTuber DaiGo shared various comments in a livestream on August 7, 2021 where he stated that he didn’t “pay taxes for it to go to paying for people on welfare,” adding…

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…