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Japan fills its boots with bespoke shoes

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When Yohei Fukuda left for England more than a decade ago to learn his trade as a master leather shoemaker, he could hardly have imagined that his native Japan would one day become a leader in this traditionally European art. "The number of bespoke shoe workshops has been booming in… Read

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A look at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s 'Womenomics' 5 years on

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The gender gap problem in Japan’s business and political sector remains real today, five years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his "Womenomics" initiative. What’s happening and how can Japan reverse the trend? On the surface, the situation doesn’t look particularly bad: Japanese female labor participation surpasses the United States for the… Read

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Imperial gratitude: The reason for Labor Thanksgiving in Japan

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Around this time each year, I have the same conversation with my students: “There’ll be a national holiday next week,” I begin. “Can any of you tell me the name of that holiday?” Silence. “C’mon, think. This Thursday — and no peeking at Wikipedia!” One of the student calls out:… Read

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Dying at home rather than in hospital, elderly Japanese 'go to the afterlife quietly'

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After he was diagnosed with leukemia in July, Katsuo Saito decided not to treat it and opted for palliative care. He had a hard time finding a bed at a hospice or hospital, so he spent most of his remaining weeks at home. "There are about 20 people on the… Read

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Victoria's Secret China show struts on despite controversy

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Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't make it but the Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai managed to strut on Monday without them, surviving a controversy over visa issues and a model who slipped and fell during the show. Fifty-five models walked the catwalk inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, serenaded by Harry… Read

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World’s first artificial shooting stars gearing up for debut over Hiroshima

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Back in 2015 we reported on ALE (pronounced like the beverage) and their goal of producing meteor showers on demand for anyone who orders it. Now, ALE is currently well on their way of producing the world’s first artificial meteor shower in the coming years. ALE founder and CEO – also former investment banker,… Read

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From ‘carnivore’ to ‘herbivore’: 5+ types of men you’ll meet in Japan

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Though I’ve covered the eight types of men found on dating sites before, it’s time to head offline to discover an even wider spectrum of guys you might encounter in the Japanese dating landscape. Typical for Japan, these types of men have been labeled under some kind of category over the years depending… Read

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Breeding success: Japanese Yorkshire Terrier scoops Crufts prize

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When Chizuru Kadowaki stepped into the arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham earlier this year—to thunderous applause and the flashes of what seemed to be thousands of cameras—it was both the culmination of a lot of hard work and the highlight of a career breeding dogs. Trotting alongside… Read

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Suicide squad: Reasonable rent and apartment 'incidents'

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When visitors first come to Japan, there is a constant temptation to try and save money by cutting as many corners as possible. With relocation and transportation fees all stacking up, it can be galling to think about paying the ridiculous 敷金 しききん (security deposit) and 礼金 れいきん  (“key money”) fees that… Read

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Ishikawa hot spring will wrap your face in gold leaf for the ultimate luxury facial

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For generations, the artisans of Ishikawa Prefecture, located in the Hokuriku region along the northern coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, have been renowned for their skill with gold leaf. Ishikawa-produced gold leaf covers Japan’s famous Golden Pavilion, and in more recent years the delicate and dazzling material has been used in… Read

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