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March 16, 2017

Where Super-Thin is Still In: Attitudes to Body Image in Japan

What do Japanese women and men consider the ideal body? And how do they go about getting it?

March 17, 2016

Rikuzentakata: Five Years On

Rikuzentakata is very much still in the process of rebuilding. We are starting from a negative place—not even from zero.

January 22, 2016

11 Things You Need To Know About The New My Number System

The new Japanese “My Number” system (also known as the “Social Security and Tax Number System”) is up and running, here’s what you need to know.

September 20, 2015

Two Writers’ Takes on Intercultural Love

If you have experienced the inevitable ups and downs that accompany a romantic relationship with someone from another culture, there…

September 4, 2015

Working Towards a Barrier-Free Japan

The key word here is ‘universal design’—designs that can be utilized by anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

July 29, 2015

Tips for Getting Along With a Japanese Mother-in-law

Building close relationships with Japanese people requires understanding the importance of nonverbal communication.

June 5, 2015

What’s With Women-Only Carriages?

First introduced in 1912, the woman only trains have caught on in many other parts of the world.

May 3, 2015

Deadline for Swapping to the New Residence Card Looms

Better get down to immigration as the deadline for replacing your old Alien Registration Cards with the new Residence Card is coming soon.