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Japan Has an Incredibly Low Number of Five-Star Luxury Hotels. Why is That?

Here is an interesting question, what’s something that countries like the United States, China, France, and Italy have in great numbers and that Japan lacks? The obvious answer, based on the article’s title at least, is five-star hotels. To put into perspective just how few five-star hotels Japan has when compared to other places, London…

The New Coronavirus From China That Has Killed 2 Reaches Japan: What to Know

On January 15, 2020, Japanese officials confirmed that a man living in Kanagawa Prefecture had been infected with the new coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The man is a Chinese national who had just returned from Wuhan and had passed quarantine after taking some fever medication. However, after going to the…

Can You Still Visit the Recently Burned Down Shuri Castle in Okinawa?

On the morning of October 31st 2019 Japan found out that the beloved landmark of Naha, Okinawa, Shuri castle had burned down. The damage is huge, and although there are many donations and government support, it will take years and years to restore Shuri Castle to its full glory. by Zoria Petkoska (more about the…

Carlos Ghosn: The Escape of the Century Turns Into Embarrassment

Well, this is a story that just keeps getting more interesting, and not necessarily in a spectacular way. Japan was left in a complete state of shock after it was announced that the disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, had successfully fled Japan, transited in Turkey, and safely landed in Lebanon. Ghosn had been involved…

Justice for Shiori Ito! A Win for the #MeToo Movement in Japan

Two years after the accusation that brought the #MeToo movement to Japanese headlines, a court has ordered former reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi to pay 3.3 million yen in damages to Shiori Ito. In 2017, Shiori Ito came forward to accuse Yamaguchi of raping her in 2015 when she was an intern at Reuters and Yamaguchi the…

DISGUSTING: 7-Eleven Owes Millions to Employees

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has officially reported that it owes at least 490 million yen (4.5 million dollars) to 30,000 or more employees. The issue is a result of miscalculation problems in the payroll system that failed to pay employees for portions of their overtime work. This affected 8,129 stores, and it was reported that the…

The Otaku Paradise in the New Shibuya PARCO 2019

by Zoria Petkoska At the beginning of 2019, Tokyoites were surprised and delighted by art from the cult classic Akira appearing on construction fences in Shibuya. The art seemed deliberate, and it was not graffiti, which made otakus even more curious as to who was behind this. This is because graffiti is illegal and very…

New ANA and JAL Flights from Haneda to the U.S.!

When it comes to the airports that serve Tokyo, people tend to be very vocal about their preferences. Among tourists, the general consensus is that Haneda is the better airport simply because of its proximity to central Tokyo. Narita has its merits, particularly when considering where you live or are staying, and the convenience of…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…