by Martin

All About Coffee: The 7 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Breaking News: 2nd Coronavirus Case in Japan. 26 Deaths in China

It has been reported that the novel coronavirus that started infecting people in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already killed 26 people. The number shows a drastic increase when compared to a week ago, when 2 deaths had been reported. As the virus continues to spread, Chinese authorities were faced with difficult decisions in…

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…

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…

Do People Really Use Oil From Horses to Have Flawless Skin?

During my first years living in Japan, I did something that many expats around the world tend to do: bring multiple products from home which I assumed I could not live without. One of these products was my favorite moisturizer from the United States. Therefore, each time I would go back to the United States…

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…