Battling ingrained sexism in the Japanese workplace


Climbing the corporate ladder while dealing with a sexist office culture is, unfortunately, all in a day’s work for ladies in Japan. We show you some tactics to effect change at your workplace — even if it’s only baby steps. It was 10 p.m. and my boss and I had… Read


Singapore to accept IATA Travel Pass from May 1


IATA has welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass. From May 1, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use the IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with their airline, as well as on-arrival at… Read


Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist


Daniel Roberts hadn’t had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old Tennessee man got his COVID-19 shot… Read

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Kraft Mochi Mochi Matcha red bean dessert cheese slices

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Last year, Kraft and Japanese sweets and dairy maker Morinaga Milk Industry added to Japan's assortment of flavored dessert cheese slices (berry and chocolate are common flavors) with a new "Mochi Mochi" cheese slice that uses black honey (kuromitsu) and roasted soy bean flour (kinako). Their next release in what appears… Read


Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID


Most children with a serious inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus had initial COVID-19 infections with no symptoms or only mild ones, new U.S. research shows. The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive… Read


Amazing photos of off-the-beaten-path Japanese castles to add to your travel wish list


When traveling in Japan, there are three castles that are particularly likely to have a spot on people’s itineraries. Kyoto’s opulent Nijo Castle often gets folded in with other historical sights on tours of the city. Osaka Castle is likely an easy destination to include while checking out the more modern attractions… Read


Samurai dance teacher moves online as Tokyo Olympics bans overseas spectators

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There was a time when Koshiro Minamoto had hoped to welcome foreign tourists during the Olympics by introducing them to the arts of the samurai from a classroom in central Tokyo. But when the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee decided last year that the Games would be postponed, and then last… Read


FamilyMart adds Uji Matcha flavor to their original cheesecake lineup


For the dessert-lovers among us, the endlessly growing and ever-adapting list of sweet treats from Japan’s convenience stores are one of the things that bring us joy in life. Recently, FamilyMart in particular has started releasing a series of traditional Japanese inspired sweets, that keep us all wondering what guilty pleasures… Read


How social media turns online arguments between teens into real-world violence


The deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January exposed the power of social media to influence real-world behavior and incite violence. But many adolescents, who spend more time on social media than all other age groups, have known this for years. “On social media, when you argue, something so… Read

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Neo Kimono releases innovative traditional heel covers made from artisanal fabric


Neo Kimono has banded together with Tokyo’s vocational Vantan Design Institute to pave the way for a traditional take on modern pumps with the Obi de Boots iki heel covers. Designed by stylist Chihiro Hitomi, the covers are made using gorgeous patterns from Nishijin silk fabric, a traditional textile from Kyoto that’s been produced for over… Read

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