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The tapioca boom grew to become a social phenomenon. Now coined words 'tapiru' and 'tapikatsu (both meaning 'having tapioca') are familiar to many.

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A Gurunavi Research Institute spokesperson, after announcing that Tapioca has been named the "One Dish of the Year" for 2019.  The number of stores registered with the Gurunavi service serving drinks and dishes using tapioca had increased 3.2-fold year on year as of June, according to the institute. Read

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During the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan expects to receive a huge number of athletes and visitors from Muslim countries participating in the games.

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Toru Ikuta, president and CEO of JTB Asia-Pacific. The Japanese travel agency has signed a deal with a Singapore halal certification firm to promote and facilitate more food and beverage outlets in Japan to adopt Islamic standards of food preparation to cater to a boom in Muslim tourists. Read

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It is very dangerous if people can be arrested and detained when they voice their opposition.

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A 31-year-old man who has filed a criminal complaint and a lawsuit in Sapporo, saying police abused their power by restraining him when he was jeering Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an election rally on July 15. Read

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Currently, there are visitors coming to see the charred remains. But we don’t know how it will be in six months.

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Keiko Chinen, a 70-year-old woman selling sweets at a store near Shuri Castle, where main buildings inside were burned in a fire, in Naha. People making their living on Shuri Castle tourism are increasingly uneasy after the Seiden hall and other main buildings were burned to the ground on Oct… Read

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Before the mosque was built, people even asked me if it had any connection with al-Qaida. By engaging with them directly and being patient in my explanations, I was able to get them to understand.

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Seiji Matsui, 46, a Japanese Muslim serving as the Ishikawa Muslim Society's deputy chair, who dealt with negotiations with residents in the city of Kanazawa. The number of Muslims and mosques is on the rise in Japan amid some misconceptions and prejudice. Read

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While domestic media coverage of changing norms abroad has contributed to a huge amount of discussion here, very few people in the Japanese corporate workplace or in family situations feel comfortable coming out.

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Laurence Bates, 63, who became one of the few openly gay directors of a major Japanese company last year when he was appointed to Panasonic’s board. Read

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We won't permit the entry of accommodations that do not attach importance to certain matters, including the preservation of local culture.

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Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, saying the city will aim to curb construction of new accommodations due to problems such as some tourists’ poor manners and a lack of land. Read

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Chinese people are useless at private commercial companies because their performance is poor. We wouldn't invite applicants for job interviews in the first place if it turned out they were Chinese. We'd reject them at the stage of document screening.

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Shohei Ohsawa, project associate professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, writing on his Twitter account on Nov 20. He has come under fire for the tweets that critics point out constitute discrimination against Chinese nationals. Read

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The actual work that goes on in Japan's immigration facilities is the business of picking off foreigners and treating them inhumanely. It flies in the face of the fundamentals of the International Covenants on Human Rights.

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Masako Suzuki, a lawyer and expert on the human rights of foreign nationals. He was criticizing the Immigration Services Agency's policy of keeping foreigners in Japan in long-term detention over visa violations. Read

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