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Is Pachinko Headed for Extinction in Japan?

Studies reveal huge drop in players, hall operators Casey Baseel reports: A grim mortality rate for pachinko parlor management companies shines a light on the poor health of the industry. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood of Yokohama for more [...]

Over 85% say Japan at Risk of Going to War Again

Only 10.7 percent of the respondents said they saw little or no risk of Japan being involved in war. KYODO – The results of a government survey released Saturday showed 85.5 percent of Japanese polled think Japan is at risk of getting involved [...]

How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy

One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure. Anne Ewbank writes: In 1877, Japan’s Meiji Emperor watched his aunt, the princess Kazu, die of a common malady: kakke. If her condition was typical, her legs would have swollen, and her speech slowed. Numbness [...]

Japan leaves Pyeongchang with 13 Medals

  The Pyeongchang Olympics came to an end on Sunday, with Japan winning 13 medals, surpassing its previous record of 10 at the 1998 Nagano Games. Speed skater Nana Takagi won gold in the women’s mass start on Saturday. It was Takagi’s [...]

Plyscraper City: Tokyo to Build 350m Tower Made of Wood

The $5.6bn cost of the 70-storey W350 Project is expected to be twice that of a conventional building Elle Hunt reports: A skyscraper set to be built in Tokyo will become the world’s tallest to be made of wood. The Japanese wood products company [...]

Japanese Horror Films Keep Evolving

Katsuo Kokaji writes: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Ring,” perhaps the most famous work of J-horror — contemporary Japanese horror movies — thanks to the scene in which the ghost Sadako crawls out from a TV screen. [...]

On the Adulteration of Japan’s Oldest Religion

Michael Hoffman writes: Primitive Shinto is one of the loveliest religions in the world. It’s beautiful in its simplicity — defenseless too, as it proved, against the nativists and nationalists who warped it into 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century [...]

[VIDEO] Japan Gets First Robotised Coffee House

Japan’s first Robot-Café opened its doors to media on Tuesday, (January 30), with a robot replacing the barista to serve coffee to patrons. Customers at “Henn-na Café,” meaning “Strange Café” in Japanese, have to [...]