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Smoking Rate Among Japanese Men Continues to Fall [May 22]

At 28.2%, the men’s smoking rate in Japan has dropped to just one-third of its 1966 peak, but remains high com […]

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Manabe Daito: Pushing the Boundaries Between Art and Technology [May 22]

We sat down with Rhizomatiks chief Manabe Daito to talk about his work with drones and augmented reality and h […]

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Know Your “Nihonshu”: Sake Wisdom for Guilt-Free Drinking [May 21]

Joe, a college student studying in Japan, likes what he’s tasted of nihonshu, but he has some misgivings […]

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Most International Students Opt to Stay in Japan After Graduation [May 21]

A survey of international students shows that around three-quarters of those attending universities, graduate […]

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Why Is Japan’s Consumption Tax Lower Than the OECD Average? [May 21]

At 8%, Japan’s current consumption tax rate is quite low compared to other advanced economies. This situation […]

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The Kamo Aquarium: A Yamagata Destination for Jellyfish Lovers [May 20]

The exhibits at the Tsuruoka Municipal Kamo Aquarium in Yamagata Prefecture feature over 50 jellyfish species, […]

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Beppu Onsen: Ōita Prefecture’s Premier Hot Spring Destination [May 19]

Enjoy the retro atmosphere of one of Japan’s top spa areas as you make your way to each of this Kyūshū city’s […]

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Kanazawa’s “Chayagai” Teahouse Districts Preserve the Culture of the Kaga Domain [May 18]

The three chayagai, or teahouse districts, of Kanazawa are among its most popular tourist attractions. Two of […]

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Japan’s Defense Budget and the 1% Limit [May 18]

Japan’s defense spending has been on the rise since Prime Minister Abe Shinzō returned to power in December 20 […]

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A Ride Through Nature: Hakone’s Hydrangea Train [May 18]

During Japan’s rainy season, thousands of hydrangea along the narrow track of the Hakone Tozan Railway come in […]

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