by Martin

What Can Japan Learn From the Unsurprising Results at Microsoft Japan?

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you might have found out reports that Microsoft Japan had conducted an experiment during summer to see the effects a 4-day workweek would have. The rules were simple: employees would work 4 days a week while still getting paid for 5, all while enjoying 3-day weekends. The…

Foreign Tourists Are Misbehaving, and Japan Is Not Pleased: What’s Going On?

For many years, Japan had been a country that foreign tourists overlooked. This might seem a bit funny at first, considering how influential Japanese cuisine, manga, anime, video games, and technology have been. It was not uncommon to see Western media talk about Japan and the wonders of The Land of the Rising Sun, from…

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

by Martin Danker 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…

Autumn Afternoon Tea 2019 – 3 Tokyo Spots Worth the Hype!

by Zoria Petkoska & Martin Danker What’s there not to love about Autumn? The weather finally becomes cooler, all those hellish mosquitoes that tormented people during summer perish, and delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables start bringing a special touch to the local cuisine. Japan loves its seasons and equally loves creating seasonal menus and products to go with…

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…

Do You Hate Babies On Planes? Japanese Airlines Are Here For You

by Martin Danker Dramatic stories about people who complained about the babies they had to sit next to during a long flight are far too common, from this model who was criticized after posting an Instagram Story complaining about a baby , to this passenger who was kicked out of a plane for refusing to…

Japan Will Get Its Tallest Skyscrapers Ever!

by Martin Danker Tokyo is a megacity of enormous proportions, but compared with other metropolis that have constantly push the envelope to make taller skyscrapers (some of which constitute supertall skyscrapers), Tokyo is a city that has been quite conservative with its approach to tall structures. This should come as no surprise, considering that Japan…

Someone Might Have Poisoned 60 Cats

Umashima might not be as famous as Aoshima, the famous Cat Island located in Ehime Prefecture. Nevertheless, this small island in Fukushima Prefecture is also home to a large population of felines, 90, to be exact. However, that number has decreased at an alarming rate, and now the feline population totals 30. The Crime この投稿をInstagramで見る…

57 Killed in Japanese Heatwave. 15,000 Deaths Expected In 2100

The last week of July marked the official end of the rainy season. This year, the rainy season that usually takes place in June, came in late. As a result, rainy days extended to most of July, with the heat and humidity associated with Japanese summers just looming around the corner. As soon as the…