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New condom ambassador named by Japan’s Sagami Original【Photos】

2020-12-29T06:00:00Z
Japan’s leading manufacturer names 12th spokesperson.

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Shibushi-shi Shibushi-cho Shibushi no Shibushi Shiyakusho Shibushi Shisho to change name

2020-12-29T17:30:00Z
And I JUST learned how to say it!

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Kyoto’s Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion finishes restoration, looks more beautiful than ever【Photos】

2020-12-30T13:00:00Z
It’s not just gold that’s shining right now at one of Japan’s most beautiful historical sites.

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Love Live! Sunshine!! Voice Actress Kanako Takatsuki to Miss New Year’s Events Due to Health

posted on 2020-12-30 20:47 EST by Alex Mateo
Aqours member’s poor physical health attributed to anxiety

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VA Unit TrySail Releases All-song Preview for Their 5th Anniversary Studio Live Blu-ray

December 30, 2020 8:10pm CST
The disc includes two songs that can be viewed from multiple angles

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Mackenyu to Stop Acting in Japan Next April to Pursue Overseas Filming Opportunities

posted on 2020-12-31 02:02 EST by Alex Mateo
Actor in live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Chihayafuru films begins overseas project next May

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Lack of otaku blood from cancelled Comiket contributing to donation shortage in Japan

2020-12-31T13:00:00Z
In a normal year, right now anime fans wouldn’t just be emptying their wallets, they’d be filling up blood vials too.

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Japan’ deadliest New Year’s food may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to the coronavirus

2020-12-31T14:00:00Z
Eating the ironically risky symbol of long life is the latest thing that requires extra caution during the pandemic.

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Voice Actors Nao Tamura, Mami Ozaki, Satomi Moriya Announce Their Marriages

posted on 2021-01-01 18:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
Former SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi also announces his marriage

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Android Idol Unit Twinkles!! Releases Dance-only MV as A New Year’s Gift to Fans

January 01, 2021 7:30pm CST
Koichi Sakamoto (Power Rangers, Kamen Rider) has served as the director

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Voice Actress Nozomi Kasuga & Yukari Anzai Say “Happy New Year” in 30 Languages

January 01, 2021 8:30pm CST
Their web radio program “Do Yu No the Radio” has been streamed since September 2020

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Hololive’s Top VTubers Brought in Over 500 Million Yen in Just Super Chats in 2020

January 01, 2021 8:48pm CST
Playboard has finalized the top 30 VTuber super chat earners for 2020

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Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward enlists the help of internet cat characters to remind us to wear masks

2021-01-02T03:15:00Z
This new Working Cats x Shinjuku Ward campaign clip draws from cuteness for coronavirus preventive measures.

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LiSA Reveals Artist Photo & CD Jacket for Her Next 18th single “dawn”

January 01, 2021 9:30pm CST
New information will be released everyday until the release day, January 13

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Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

2021-01-02T13:00:00Z
The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony.

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Survey ranks dream jobs for Japanese elementary school students around the nation

2021-01-02T16:00:00Z
If you’ve spent any time with Japanese kids before, the results may not surprise you.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Translator Arrested for Possession, Distribution of Child Pornography

posted on 2021-01-02 18:13 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

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When Kyoto snow falls, this mountain shrine becomes one of the most beautiful places in the city

2021-01-02T09:00:00Z
Grab your coat, because winter is an amazing time to see Kyoto’s Kifune Shrine.

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Japanese Twitter shows reality of living in snowy Hokkaido, and it’s magical

2021-01-02T13:00:00Z
Living in a snowy place is tough, but can be gorgeous too!

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Is it okay to bleach hair that has been surgically transplanted? Seiji reports on his hairline

2021-01-04T02:30:00Z
Our resident otaku signed up to be the Internet’s guinea pig…the first to document bleaching his transplanted hair.

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Saitama city decides to build first new cinema complex in almost 30 years

2021-01-04T03:15:00Z
It will hopefully see some use when it’s finished in 2022.

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Mr. Sato remembers the hit song of 2020, it’s because of that $100 Dolce & Gabbana mask of his

2021-01-04T06:00:00Z
Can you put a price on true comfort? Dolce & Gabbana can.

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Is the order a rabbit? BLOOM Tops COSPA’s 2020 Cosplay Sales Rankings

posted on 2021-01-04 15:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

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Japan Considers New State of Emergency in Tokyo, 3 Neighboring Prefectures

posted on 2021-01-04 17:30 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Declaration for Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba could come as early as this week

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Kimi ni Todoke Creator Draws Character Designs for 7-Eleven Anime Ad

posted on 2021-01-04 18:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

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Oreimo Illustrator Celebrates Virtual YouTuber Himemori Luna’s 1st Anniversary with Lovey Art

January 04, 2021 6:50pm CST
A set of commemorative items including her ASMR voices is now available

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Japanese shrine may have created the most Kyoto-like “wear a mask” reminder ever

2021-01-05T04:00:00Z
Fushimi Inari-taisha did all sorts of things to keep visitors safe this New Year’s, and one may be steeped in the local culture’s velvety harshness.

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Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets

2021-01-05T04:30:00Z
New collaboration services honor your departed pets as full members of the family while also granting you and your remaining family some closure.

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Maaya Sakamoto to Release 4th Concept Album ‘Duets’ on March 17

Jan 5th 2021

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High school students create petition to change the name of Family Mart’s “Mom’s Diner” line

2021-01-05T14:00:00Z
These students object to the unconscious sexism of the name.

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Tokyo Olympic Committee trains 220 “hackers” to protect games

2021-01-05T15:00:00Z
The real global competition might be going on behind the scenes.

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Arrested Manga Translator Also Arrested in Japan in 2014 for Secret Recordings of Students

posted on 2021-01-05 12:04 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Stefan Koza arrested in Virginia in December on unrelated child pornography charges

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act-age Artist Shiro Usazaki Draws Cover for Japan’s Weekly Playboy Magazine

posted on 2021-01-05 17:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

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Kyoto’s Kamogawa River turned blood-red, and no one knows why【Video】

2021-01-06T16:00:00Z
Portion of famous waterway mysteriously takes on an ominous hue.

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Japanese Police Put Pokémon Card Fraudster on Ice

January 06, 2021 1:37pm CST
Saitama man arrested for allegedly forging popsicle sticks to win Pokémon cards

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Spotify Hilariously Misspelled Title of Persona 3 Battle Track

posted on 2021-01-06 18:45 EST by Choo Sum Lee & Kim Morrissy

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Universal Studios Japan Establishes Virtual Website for Super Nintendo World

posted on 2021-01-06 19:24 EST by Alex Mateo
Virtual tour highlights new Nintendo park area opening on February 4

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Dempagumi.inc. Idol Mirin Furukawa Announces Pregnancy with 1st Child

posted on 2021-01-06 21:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
Furukawa married The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. creator Shūichi Asō in 2019

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Welcome to Inami Station, where these adorable frogs keep you company as you wait for your train

2021-01-07T04:00:00Z
Once again, the reason for cute and quirky stuff in Japan is a pun.

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Bluefin tuna fish sells for bargain low price of roughly US$200,000 in Tokyo auction

2021-01-07T13:30:00Z
The first auction of the year took place despite Tokyo’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.

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More Events Dropped, Delayed as Japan Declares State of Emergency in Tokyo Area

posted on 2021-01-07 10:15 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
WonFes, FFXIV exhibit, Quintessential Quintuplets park attraction, Hypnosis Mic concerts, Noitamina/Banana Fish cafés, Sanrio park

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

2021-01-06T16:00:00Z
Does your dream have to be a job?

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JAM Project 20th Anniversary Film Reveals Title, Trailer, Release Date, and Guest Artists

January 07, 2021 1:30pm CST
Tickets go on sale next week

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‘Hatsune Miku Airport’ Raised as Possible New Name for Small Sapporo Airport

posted on 2021-01-07 19:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

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Stay at a ninja trick house in Japan with hidden doors and passageways

2021-01-08T01:30:00Z
Immerse yourself in the way of the shadow warrior by staying the night in this 100-year-old building.

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Karin Isobe, Akane Kumada, Marina Horiuchi, & Chihaya Yoshitake Form Chorus Unit “Healer Girls”

January 07, 2021 11:50pm CST
Their debut mini-album “Voices vol.1” is set to be released on March 26, 2021

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Japan’s Top Cosplayer Enako Recreates Wild Kick Cover from BEASTARS [NSFW]

January 08, 2021 8:09am CST
Photoshoot ran to celebrate BEAST COMPLEX’s 1st chapter

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Kyoto Anime arsonist says which scene he feels copied his work and incited attack

2021-01-08T14:15:00Z
Incredibly brief Tsurune meat-shopping scene aired exactly eight months before arson attack.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment Festival 2nd Delayed Due to COVID-19

posted on 2021-01-08 10:02 EST by Alex Mateo
Bandai Namco concerts were slated for February 6-7

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Here’s why Japanese supermarkets play “cheap” background music all day, according to Twitter

2021-01-08T15:15:00Z
There’s a reason why they don’t play other kinds of music!

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Illustrator Shungo Sumaki Tests Positive for COVID-19

posted on 2021-01-08 14:37 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Sumaki’s credits include Konjiki no Wordmaster, Witch Mazurka, Dungeon Travelers

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Lego’s new Botanical Collection opens up a world of permanent petal play for stressed adults

2021-01-09T03:15:00Z
Indulge your inner child in a more mature manner with Lego’s new bonsai and flower bouquet sets.

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BRATS Launch 2021 with Live Albums and Free Ambitious Girls Rock Vol. 1 Livestream on January 10

Jan 8th 2021
Lineup includes female rock bands from Japan and South Korea

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Sumo wrestler quits over COVID-19 fears, breaks no-social-media rule doing so

2021-01-09T13:00:00Z
They can’t fire him. He quit.

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BanG Dream! & D4DJ Voice Actress Kanon Shizaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

posted on 2021-01-09 10:31 EST by Egan Loo
Shizaki has no symptoms so far but will miss Monday event to undergo treatment

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Coming of Age Ceremonies in Tokyo changing form due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

2021-01-09T23:00:00Z
As with everything in the age of coronavirus, things are a little different this year.

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Japanese Junior High Student Wins Silver at IEYI for Inventing Detachable Metal Bars in Response to Kyoto Animation Arson

January 10, 2021 12:22am CST
The International Exhibition for Young Inventors were impressed by the 15-year old’s method

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Japanese Twitter user shares ingenious idea of what to do when you get way too much snow【Pics】

2021-01-10T13:00:00Z
“I’ve always hated snow, but looking at this I’m kind of jealous lol.”

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Super-flashy kimono shop Miyabi tells us about the Coming of Age Day situation this year

2021-01-10T17:30:00Z
Will COVID-19 dampen Japan’s most flamboyant celebration?

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Flying in Japan? Your flight may soon be arriving at “Hatsune Miku Airport”

2021-01-11T01:00:00Z
Virtual idol queen might get an entire airport named after her in one of Japan’s largest cities.

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Eight things people realized were pointless about Japanese work culture during 2020

2021-01-11T03:00:00Z
The coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s disrupted some of the bad parts too.

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Japanese high school students arrested for robbing pachinko parlour at knife-point

2021-01-11T04:00:00Z
Surely there’s a better way to start 2021 than this.

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Japanese Dance/vocal Group Da-iCE Set YouTube Alight with Videos

Jan 11th 2021

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Japan’s craziest Coming of Age Day is back with Kitakyushu Seijin no Hi 2021【Photos】

2021-01-11T14:00:00Z
All of Japan has Coming of Age Ceremonies in January, but nowhere has them quite like Kitakyushu.

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Megumi Hayashibara to Release Her Debut’s 30th-Anniversary Best Album on March 30

January 11, 2021 8:15pm CST
The new “Shaman King” OP/ED theme song single will be available on April 14

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Man confuses plastic food samples for the real thing then gets arrested for trying to steal cash

2021-01-12T01:00:00Z
We’re not sure which was more disappointing: getting caught in the act of stealing, or learning that the food he spotted wasn’t real.

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Serial toilet thief captured by police in Japan

2021-01-12T06:00:00Z
Investigators can finally close the book on “The God of Toilets Case.”

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Words of wisdom to live by from a simple Japanese father for Coming of Age Day

2021-01-12T13:00:00Z
Our writer received a heartfelt message from his father on his Coming of Age Day 23 years ago which he would now like to share with you.

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Take a look at these photos of Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing hands【Photos】

2021-01-12T15:00:00Z
He probably won’t be getting job offers to become a hand model, but to Ghibli fans, they’re as beautiful as they can be.

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Ghost of Tsushima Fans Push Restoration of Ancient Shrine Gate Far Beyond Crowdfunding Goal

January 12, 2021 11:07am CST
The project ended up fetching five times its original goal on Campfire

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Japan Considers Expanding State of Emergency to Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto

posted on 2021-01-12 15:00 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Tochigi, Aichi, Gifu also consider request to national government

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Japanese media finds out if it’s cold enough to “fry” an egg on the street in Hokkaido

2021-01-13T03:00:00Z
You never know unless you fry.

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Voice Actor Anri Katsu Diagnosed With COVID-19

posted on 2021-01-12 22:49 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Katsu quarantining at home after fever, positive test result last week

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Love Live! Sunshine!! Yoshiko VA Aika Kobayashi Releases New MV “Tough Heart” Filmed in A Single Room

January 12, 2021 10:15pm CST
Her own dog also appears as a special guest

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Japan Adds 7 Prefectures to COVID-19 State of Emergency

posted on 2021-01-13 05:30 EST by Egan Loo
Japan to suspend entry of foreigners again, Ghibli Museum delays re-opening to January 22

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Master anime snowman builder in Japan makes snow Catbus and Pokémon team【Photos】

2021-01-13T17:45:00Z
My Neighbor Totoro’s iconic transportation has never looked cooler.

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hololive’s Usada Pekora Cracks Top 5 Most-Viewed Female Streamers of 2020

posted on 2021-01-13 13:45 EST by ANN Interest Team
The Virtual YouTuber racked up 14.6 million views last year

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Sponsored Post: The Full Animated Music Video For “End Like This ft. RUNN” Further Details Arknights Lore

January 13, 2021 3:00pm CST
Music video for collaboration song produced by Steve Aoki and Yellow Claw continues collaboration

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What will 2021 mean for Valentine’s Day in Japan? Survey asks teens their chocolate plans

2021-01-14T02:00:00Z
Homemade chocolate is great and all, but are people still making it in this coronavirus era?

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Universal Studios Japan Postpones Super Nintendo World Opening

posted on 2021-01-14 04:34 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New theme park area was scheduled to open on February 4

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Stereo Dive Foundation Dropping Emotional Pop Sensation “Storyseeker”

Jan 14th 2021
AVAILABLE ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE JANUARY 13TH (WED) 2021

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Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19

2021-01-13T15:00:00Z
You had your chance, Amabie. It’s the gorilla’s turn now.

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US-Japan Face Mask Design Contest Calls for Submissions

posted on 2021-01-14 14:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
Submissions are open until January 22

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Parents of bullied teenage girl who committed suicide commission portrait to “attend” Seijinshiki

2021-01-14T02:00:00Z
Move sparked controversy among Japanese netizens.

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Shinjuku arcade breaks Guinness World Record for having the most crane games

2021-01-14T03:30:00Z
If you want it, this arcade’s probably got it.

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Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to

2021-01-14T05:00:00Z
Critics are already calling the idea shortsighted.

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New EP Sousaku by Yorushika Pre-Orders Open at Animate International

Jan 15th 2021

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Cherry blossom forecast 2021 released! Sakura set to bloom early in Tokyo again this year

2021-01-15T07:00:00Z
Time to start making those hanami flower-viewing plans!

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Japanese boy whom Ronaldo stood up for in 2014 becomes national soccer champion

2021-01-15T14:00:00Z
Seven years later and still pursuing his dream.

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given Star Takuya Eguchi Launches His Solo Music Career

January 15, 2021 4:05pm CST
Mini-album will be released on April 21

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Voice Actress Idol Unit i☆Ris Tries Silent Dancing Relying on Their Biological Clock

January 15, 2021 7:30pm CST
“i☆Ris 8th Anniversary Live ~88888888~” DVD/Blu-ray will be available on February 24

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AKB48’s Indonesian spin-off group JKT48 forced to downsize due to pandemic

2021-01-16T13:00:00Z
JKT48 + COVID-19 = -26

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NHK announces “substantial” fee reduction, Japanese Internet reacts with jeering

2021-01-15T23:45:00Z
Most people wonder why they still bother charging any fee at all.

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