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The Things Logan Paul Did in Japan

A poplar American YouTuber, Logan Paul, who went to the well known suicide forest called Aokigahara (or Fuji no Jukai) in Japan, filmed a hanging body is a very big controversy. The forest is located in Yamanashi prefecture. I grew up near there and [...]

Tokyo Cruise Offers a Step Back in Time

Yoshiaki Miura reports: A new Tokyo Bay samurai-themed cruise ship fashioned after those used by feudal lords back in the Edo Period (1603-1868) promises tourists visiting the nation’s capital an interesting contrast between modernity and [...]

Japan’s first Christmas

The first Noel, the Jesuits in Yamaguchi did say, was a 16th-century celebration in a converted Buddhist temple with midnight hymns. Joji Sakurai writes: In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of [...]

Japanese Business Confidence Hits 11-Year High

Tokyo (AFP) – Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers is at an 11-year high, a key central bank survey showed Friday, as the world’s number-three economy picks up pace. The bullish survey underscored how Japan’s [...]

Japan’s Noisy iPhone Problem

Disclosure: I didn’t cancel my iPhone order – I bought my iPhone 8 in Japan in October. And didn’t discover this problem until last weekend, taking photos at an intimate Christmas dinner concert, where my iPhone’s noisy [...]

Marine Saves Five People From Drowning in Japan

Jonah Bennett reports: Marine 1st Lt. John Dixon saved five people from drowning at a beach in Okinawa, Japan, in a heroic act the day after Thanksgiving. Dixon was walking with his wife Nov. 24 on a seawall in Okinawa when Japanese police, who [...]

Film Review: Sion Sono’s ‘Antiporno’

Nippon cult director Sion Sono’s take on the ‘Roman Porno’ subgenre is a colorfully abstract anti-sexploitation screed. Dennis Harvey writes: Tasked with contributing to Nikkatsu’s “Roman Porno Reboot Project” — a salute [...]

[VIDEO] Off the Beaten Track with Explorer Isabella Bird

Dana Macalanda writes: Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.’s Royal Geographical Society. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around great names [...]