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Make No Mistake About It: The IOC Is Not The Hero of This Story

Against Tokyo’s objections, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its final decision, and the consensus is simple: the IOC and Tokyo’s governor Koike Yuriko are both losers. What decision was this exactly? Well, the marathon and race walking events during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place in the city of Sapporo, located on…

Okinawa’s Shuri Castle Destroyed in a Fire

*information as of October 31st, 2019, 3 pm Japan time by Zoria Petkoska On October 31st, 2019, Japan woke up to some heartbreaking news – Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s designated national treasures has burnt almost to the ground during the night. The castle had recently completed renovations and…

High Tech Customs Clearance at Japan Airports: Done in 10 seconds!

In recent years, the increasing number of foreigners in Japan has required the Japanese government to take some measures to address the overcrowding at bus stops, train stations, airports, etc., in order to maintain the stable circulation of all public transportation. One of the most widespread measures is the announcements in several languages among which are…

Did Naomi Osaka Make the Right Decision?

by Martin Danker Every Japanese person who was born with dual citizenship faces an important decision as their 22nd birthday approaches: should they choose their Japanese citizenship, or should they choose the other one. この投稿をInstagramで見る hisako(@hsk_414)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 5月月15日午前1時23分PDT Citizenship laws can be complicated, and each country will have very different laws that can make…

Typhoon 19 ‘Hagibis’ Aftermath – Damage Reports Updates

Note: these damage reports are true and final at the time of writing this article (October 17th) As typhoon season was ending and Japan was slowly crossing into autumn, a monster storm on the horizon raised concerns as never before in Tokyo. The typhoon no.19, also known as “Hagibis” (meaning “speed” in Tagalog), was considered…

Halloween 2019 in Shibuya: New Rules After 2018 Incident

by Zoria Petkoska The spontaneous Halloween bash that has been going on annually for several days around October 31st in Shibuya might never be the same again. The street party is a Tokyo legend, being free in every sense of the word… until now. What happened in Shibuya Halloween 2018? In 2018, according to the…

The Sales Tax Increase to 10% is Taking a Toll on the Environment

by Martin Danker On October 1, 2019, Japan’s consumption tax finally increased to 10%. This had been long in the making, and something Japanese residents knew would eventually happen. However, within the first days of the consumption tax increase (which went up from 8% to 10%), retailers and consumers have been failing to adjust, and…

Days After the Consumption Tax Increases – How is Japan Doing?

On October 1 2019, the 10% consumption tax officially went into effect in Japan. Before the tax increase, the whole country witnessed massive consumption waves, in which people rushed to buy goods for storage, especially luxury items. On the last day of the old tax rate (September 30), shops and malls saw long lines queued up at checkout counters to save that 2%. What…