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Japan’s Suntory Celebrates Rolling Stones’ 50th

Japan’s Suntory beverage behemoth (best known beyond Japan for Bill Murray’s “Suntory Time” commercial in Lost in Translation) has made 2012 the year of the Rolling Stones, with a Stones Bar series celebrating the anniversary and stirring up such boozy tributes to the band as Rolling Hop beer, Rolling Gold “bottled cocktail,” and a Citrus Highball.  Now […]

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Shizue Yamaguchi Dies

One of Japan’s first-generation female lawmakers Shizue Yamaguchi has died. She was 94 years old. A company at which Yamaguchi served as president said on Wednesday that the former politician died on April 3rd of kidney failure. The firm says, according to her wishes, the public announcement of the death was put off until October […]

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Japanese man pays $780K for virginity of 20-year-old Brazil woman, who’ll use money for charity

A man from Japan called Natsu fended off strong competition to secure a date with 20-year-old Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini, who is set to sell her virginity for a $780,000 after she put it up for auction online in the name of charity. Read the rest of the story: Japanese man pays $780K for virginity […]

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One Piece to Open Osaka Exhibition in November

Earlier this year Eiichiro Oda celebrated his success of manga illustration over the span of 15 years by, showcasing his original illustrations at the "One Piece Exhibition." Due to popularity of the event hosted in Tokyo, organisers are adding another event in Osaka. Below are two commercials promoting the event. Attendees will be able to […]

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Greenpeace States Radiation Monitoring in Japan Unreliable

Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where people live, work and play. Greenpeace found […]

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Ikumi Yoshimatsu Wins Miss International Title

A Japanese woman won the title of Miss International Sunday in this year’s contest in Naha, capital of the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, a 25-year-old model from Tosu, Saga Prefecture, said, “I wasn’t sure whether I was dreaming or it really happened…I think women will become opinion leaders in the future, and […]

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Man Stabs Five at Japan Railway Station

Japanese police Saturday arrested a man who allegedly stabbed five people at a railway station in southwest Japan, Kyodo news agency reported. The five victims – all men – were taken to hospital but their injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, the agency said, quoting firefighters. A passerby alerted the fire department to the […]

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Legendary Japanese Director Wakamatsu Koji Dies

Legendary Japanese director Wakamatsu Koji has died, it is being reported, after succumbing to injuries sustained last Friday, when he was hit by a taxi in Tokyo. The 76-year-old filmmaker, oft-compared to French New Wave pioneer Jean Luc Godard, had over 100 films to his credit, with his latest, The Millennial Rapture, having just premiered […]

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Japan Electronics Emulates Detroit Autos Before Bankruptcy

In 2004, Kameyama, a town of 50,000 people in central Japan, boomed when Sharp started making liquid-crystal-display panels there. Sharp dominated the industry with a 22 percent market share in LCD TVs and poured $6.6 billion into Kameyama, creating two state-of-the-art factories and 3,000 jobs. Farmland was turned into housing as workers in their 20s […]