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The old and enduring mutual dislike between people of Kansai and Kanto

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Many countries breed internal rivalries well short of civil war. In Japan, says Sapio (Sept-Oct) it’s east vs west, Kanto vs Kansai. The word the magazine uses in its headline is kenokan, which the dictionary defines variously as “hatred,” “dislike,” “abhorrence,” “disgust.” Take your pick. Kanto, to Kansai, is an… Read

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A new expression in the lexicon of business: 'Claimer harassment'

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While Japan's amateur sports have been beset by several recent scandals involving "power harassment," J-Cast News (Sept 17) reports that "UA Zenzen," a federation of labor unions in the textile, chemical and food service industries, announced the findings of its survey on "claimer harassment" earlier in September. Roughly 75% of… Read

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The road to 2020: Residents, volunteers alike can expect higher costs, negligible compensation

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Who will reap the benefits from the 2020 Olympics? And who are likely to shoulder the greatest burdens? Asahi Geino (Sept 20) reports that on Aug 31, an orientation was held for candidates to serve as volunteers during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The head of the organizers' preparation bureau… Read

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Advice to victims of bullying, DV, neighborhood trouble: Record it

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Bullying is rampant. Domestic violence is rising. There’s extortion, stalking, reckless driving. What can a victim do? Who can he or she turn to? School authorities? The police? With what evidence? If none, there’s not much either can do. It’s simply the victim’s word against the alleged perpetrator’s. Josei Seven… Read

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Japan's abandoned goods find second homes in Philippines

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At the dockside in Nagoya Port, a large steel container measuring about 12 meters long by 2.5 meters wide and 2.5 meters high, and weighing about 10 tons, is loaded onto a ship. Its intended destination is the Philippines. The container contents, according to Shukan Jitsuwa (Sept 20), are not… Read

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Big reward for Osaka fugitive draws yakuza interest

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Thirty-year-old Junya Hida has been getting a lot of negative publicity recently. (Mostly well deserved, unfortunately.) On Aug 12, after kicking his way through a plexiglass barrier in the visiting room of the Tondabayashi police station in east Osaka Prefecture, he escaped and went on a crime spree and has… Read

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Do patients feel more comfortable with male doctors?

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Tokyo Medical University’s systematic downgrading of female applicants’ test scores is a national and international scandal, an outrage against women while government policy officially encourages women to “shine.” That’s how most media see it. Shukan Gendai (Sept 8) suggests a different perspective. Acknowledging the outrage, it nonetheless finds that the… Read

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'Fast-foodization' of love hotels

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Read the media these days, reports Spa! (Sept 4), and you'll see how appealing love hotels have become. Some are praised for chefs on the premises who prepare gourmet meals for guests, and others offer all kinds of amenities, from deluxe bathing facilities to being driven from and to the… Read

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Are more doors opening to tattooed visitors?

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A willowy 22-year-old model and personality from Okinawa who goes by the name "Prince Ryuchell" recently announced via an SNS that he and his wife, Peko, 23, delighted to have become parents last month, had celebrated by having his wife's and baby son's names tattooed on his shoulders. The reaction… Read

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'Extreme saving' a growing tendency

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When “Ms Maeda” wants water, she doesn’t turn on the tap. She can’t afford that. She goes to the park with a bucket, filling it at the tap there. On weekends she takes her two kids, age 11 and 8. The younger boy thinks it’s rather fun. The older one,… Read

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