Webinar: How to study Japanese in Japan with GaijinPot Study


Learn everything you need to know to study Japanese in Japan presented by GaijinPot Study and Real Estate Japan. From the process of enrolling in a Japanese language school to applying for a visa and career opportunities for bilingual foreigners. The webinar will be held live online on Tuesday Nov… Read


Space law hasn't been changed since 1967 – but U.N. aims to update laws and keep space peaceful

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On Nov 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of the Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts onboard the International Space Station. This happened only two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly… Read


Yoshinoya has a semi-secret chicken bowl you won’t find anywhere on its website

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As one of the largest restaurant chains in Japan, Yoshinoya is no slouch in the marketing department. Whether they’re turning their tableware into Poke Balls or delivering meals by flying drones, they tend to let everyone know what their latest innovation is. So it’s kind of weird that right now, there’s a semi-secret Yoshinoya menu… Read

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Japanese company’s new vertical monitor for social media browsing


The standard PC or laptop monitor is basically an evolution of TV design, with the same horizontal orientation of the screen. But while that’s fine for videos and long-form reading, it’s a less-than-ideal setup for social media platforms, most of which are arranged in tall, narrow columns. Basically, if you’re… Read


Simple steps toward reducing waste this holiday season


With concern about climate change growing, this holiday season is a chance to try celebrating in more planet-friendly ways. Simple changes to the way we gift wrap, send cards, decorate and entertain can cut out a lot of waste. (And often save money in the process.) “This is the year… Read


Singapore Airlines unveils new economy and business class cabins


Singapore Airlines has unveiled new economy and business class cabins which will be rolled out on its Boeing 737-8 fleet in the coming weeks. All of SIA's Boeing 737-8 aircraft will have 154 seats in two classes, 10 in business class and 144 in economy class. The lie-flat business class seats have… Read


Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides


When talking about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Japan, it is often pointed out that a custom of wearing face-masks had already been in place here for decades. However, back then you might see only one allergy or cold sufferer with a mask in a crowd of a hundred or so… Read


U.S. health panel says Merck pill can prevent grave COVID infections


An anti-COVID pill developed by Merck has proved effective in treating the disease, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday in a much-awaited preliminary report. But the report, from an FDA advisory panel, cautioned that pregnant women should not use the drug, known as molnupiravir, saying the potential benefits… Read


Tokyo kotatsu cafe wants to keep your legs warm and your coffee VERY cold

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A lot of Japanese people would say that when cold winter weather rolls around, the best thing to do is to park yourself at a kotatsu, a kind of low table with a heater attached to its underside, slide your legs underneath it, and wait for spring. But while kotatsu may… Read


In search of Shingen Takeda: the greatest feudal lord of his age


December 1 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Shingen Takeda (1521-1573), a daimyo (feudal lord) widely regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of Japan’s Warring States Period (1467-1615). Shingen’s military expeditions saw him conquer neighboring Shinano Province (modern day Nagano Prefecture) and also engage in a… Read

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