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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…

New Louis Vuitton Store in Ginza Will Have a Cafe!

The Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki-dori store, which opened in 1981, is debuting its new facelift. The store, which occupies a very desirable corner on the popular Namiki-dori Street in Ginza had temporarily moved to the Tokyo Ginza Asahi Building, which houses the Hyatt Centric, as the flagship store prepared for its new façade. View this…

Japan Approves the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Japan has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, whose first batches arrived at Narita Airport on Friday. Japan’s original plan was to start inoculating health care workers at the end of February, with officials now stating that the first day will be February 17. The plan is that the healthcare workers who receive the vaccine first…

People Want Mori to Resign, but the LDP Does Not

Following Mori Yoshiro’s comments on Wednesday, February 3, that women talked too much during meetings and that their speaking time should be limited, the Olympic committee has received over 4,200 emails and 300 phone calls to complain about the head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. The controversy has also resulted in an online petition…

What Happened to Haruma Miura’s Mother?

On July 18, 2020, the young but matured Japanese actor Haruma Miura passed away. More than a half year has passed since the sad news, but still there are many people missing him. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 三浦春馬❤️fan (@haruma_miura_forever) Despite his sad passing, Haruma Miura’s movies, dramas, and other works…

UNIQLO vs. Feminists: How A Bad Decision Turned Into Online Outrage

Japanese giant UNIQLO has found itself in some controversy due to its Musée du Louvre collection. The collection features some of the most famous artworks displayed at the Louvre. The collection is quite simple, and something that art aficionados could easily enjoy. The collection as such is fine and seemingly harmless, but UNIQLO ended up…