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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…

Mask Problem Renders Student’s Exam Invalid

The National Center Test for University Admissions declared that they had invalidated a student’s score since he had ignored the supervisor’s advice and had worn his mask without covering his nose. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 青山学院大学 / Aoyama Gakuin U. (@aoyamagakuinuniversity) According to the center, the student was given six…

Japan’s Suicide Rates Increase for the First Time in 11 Years

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare disclosed that the number of domestic suicides in 2020 had reached 20,919, an increase of over 750 compared to last year. The number of deaths had been decreasing since 2010 though, 2020 representing the first increase in 11 years. It seems that the economic impacts caused by COVID-19…