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Twitter’s most retweeted tweet of all time: New record set by Zozotown billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

January 7, 2019 / SoraNews24
The new world record comes with the offer of 1 million yen each for 100 lucky people.

Japanese high schools stop asking students to specify their gender on application forms

January 7, 2019 / SoraNews24
Two prefectures do away with once-standard question, over two dozen more consider following their lead.

Voice Actress Yuko Ōno Returns From Medical Hiatus

posted on 2019-01-07 05:50 EST by Egan Loo
Starred in Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Angel’s 3Piece, Magical Girl Site

Traditional feats of daring by Tokyo’s finest, the firefighters

January 7, 2019 at 16:25 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Mao Asada gives her blessing to outdoor ice rink in Roppongi

January 7, 2019 at 15:05 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion

Jan. 7, 2019 05:05 pm JST / Japan Today

Iconic Japanese newspaper in Brazil closes after 72 yrs

10:35 pm, January 07, 2019 / The Japan News

Imperial family marks 30th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death

9:15 pm, January 07, 2019 / The Japan News

Former Live-Action Gridman Actor’s Restaurant Endangered by Incessant Prank Callers

posted on 2019-01-07 14:45 EST by Victor Chaves
50-100 prank calls a day wipes out reservations

Madoka Magica Voice Actress Ai Nonaka Welcomes Child

posted on 2019-01-07 14:45 EST by Victor Chaves
Actress wishes to focus on roles that would connect with her son.


Singer Dean Fujioka Releases ‘History Maker’ MV 2 Years After Yuri!!! on Ice

posted on 2019-01-08 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Initial D Creator’s MF Ghost Inspires Limited Edition Hachiroku

posted on 2019-01-08 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Want to be popular with the ladies/men? Be good at making takoyaki, study says

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
It seems that there’s a connection between “being good at cooking takoyaki” and “getting lots of love confessions”.

Adidas Shindo: Lose weight and release stress like a samurai with a wooden Japanese katana

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Adidas exercise class takes its moves from Japanese samurai.

Origami memory jars: Japanese Twitter’s beautiful way to collect happy memories like a coin bank

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
A creative and decorative way to reward yourself for your hard work and remind yourself that good things can, and do, happen.

Annual New Year’s post dash in Japan looks like a scene from a blockbuster film【Video】

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Every year, dedicated post office workers hop on their scooters to deliver a nation’s New Year’s cards, and it’s so much fun to watch!

Turtle-shaped train station in Japan features gigantic tortoise head sticking out of its roof

January 8, 2019 / SoraNews24
Recent snappy makeover may be just the thing it needs to attract more visitors.

Lisa’s In and Around Tokyo: Samurai hall–Warriors slash niche in seedy side of Shinjuku

January 8, 2019 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Geisha, ‘maiko’ make New Year’s vows in Gion to hone their art

January 8, 2019 at 14:50 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan in Focus / Why isn’t Toshimaen in Toshima Ward?

8:27 pm, January 08, 2019 / The Japan News

MY HEROES / Anison Joshibu’s final concert full of fond memories

10:45 am, January 08, 2019 / The Japan News

Monster, 20th Century Boys Creator Naoki Urasawa Will Attend Talk Event in Los Angeles

posted on 2019-01-08 23:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Japan House will host “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA” exhibit from January 23 to March 28


Artist collapses at Comiket and dies, leading brother to make a request of all anime illustrators

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Message of heartfelt thanks is mixed with cautionary advice as artist passes away far too young.

Female otaku has perfectly sensible answer for when people ask why she doesn’t get a boyfriend

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Dark magic and a price too great to pay are great reasons for remaining single.

We’re utterly stumped by this kids’ Spot the Difference Puzzle from a Japanese family restaurant

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Our reporter challenges the Dark Souls of children’s mealtime entertainment, and enters a twisted maze of interrogations to find the answer.

Film commission founded to bring filming, tourists to Hyogo area

January 9, 2019 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Tochigi quarry section open for couples seeking ‘deep’ weddings

January 9, 2019 at 07:10 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Japan goes from capsule hotels to capsule offices with free Wi-Fi, device charging in Tokyo

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Three of Tokyo’s most useful stations offer individual-size offices free of charge.

2 Men Arrested for Assault on NGT48 Idol Group Member Maho Yamaguchi

posted on 2019-01-09 02:53 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Both men released without charges after alleged assault outside Yamaguchi’s home last month

New Textbook Series Makes Hatsune Miku Your Study Buddy

January 09, 2019 6:05pm CST
MUSIC X STUDY PROJECT schools you on 1,400 years of Japanese history

Vending machine selling edible bugs is an instant hit in Kumamoto, generates about $4,600 a month

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
Fancy some crunchy diving beetles or irresistible pupae?

Ruined Doraemon doll is repaired by friend in heartwarming story

January 9, 2019 / SoraNews24
It’s amazing what a little TLC from a friend can do for your childhood memories.

‘YOSHIKI vs. YOSHIKI’ makes history on Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2018

Jan 9th 2019

Historic Japanese ship ready for repairs

4:40 pm, January 09, 2019 / The Japan News


Can you spot the “hidden anime robot” in this century-old French religious painting?

January 10, 2019 / SoraNews24
Hail Gundam full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Daily horde of commuters into Tokyo is larger than one of history’s fiercest conquering armies

January 10, 2019 / SoraNews24
Force from the north could have upset the balance of power in 4th century Europe.

Manga Art Hotel Tokyo welcomes foreign guests with over 5,000 manga, including English editions

January 10, 2019 / SoraNews24
Hotel admits up front that you probably won’t get much sleep, but will thoroughly enjoy your stay anyway.

5,000 sprint for title of ‘Lucky Man’

Jan. 10, 2019 12:07 pm JST / Japan Today

With luxury in mind, Porsche plans experience center in Chiba

January 10, 2019 at 08:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

‘Tonkotsu’ broth: A cure for sore vocal cords or an urban legend?

January 10, 2019 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Sights, sounds of Showa Era greet visitors to Fukui culture museum

January 10, 2019 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Cruise sets sail, and Idolmaster fans love it【Pictures】

January 10, 2019 / SoraNews24
This cruise was all about Idolmaster , and featured Cinderella Girls events and actors!

ANiUTa Presents: 2018’s Biggest Hits and 2019’s New Additions!

January 10, 2019 11:00am CST
Check out the new tunes coming to the app this year

Pokémon’s Creatures, Inc. in Hot Water Over Visit to Controversial Yasukuni Shrine

posted on 2019-01-10 14:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

NGT48 Idol Maho Yamaguchi Apologizes for Speaking Out After Alleged Assault

posted on 2019-01-10 15:30 EST by Karen Ressler
Talent agency issues statement on incident


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“It doesn’t feel like I’m alive” – Idol breaks silence after two male fans attack her at home

January 10, 2019 / SoraNews24
After men are released and management fails to address problem to her satisfaction, she says “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”

MariCar Go-Kart Company Throws a Petty Shell at Nintendo

posted on 2019-01-10 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge


You Can Take Photos with Sailor Guardians in FuRyu’s New Collaboration Photo Sticker Booth

January 11, 2019 12:00am CST
Anime OP song “Moonlight Densetsu” is played during the session

Sword Art Online’s Asuna VA Haruka Tomatsu Announces Her Marriage

posted on 2019-01-11 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Coca-Cola raises prices in Japan for the first time in 27 years

January 11, 2019 / SoraNews24
And it wanted to keep the incredible streak going for even longer than that.

Soft wieners for otaku break man’s heart with their anime-style packaging

January 11, 2019 / SoraNews24
Artist’s rendition doesn’t match user’s reality.

Japanese idol singer who was attacked at home makes on-stage apology for “causing commotion”

January 11, 2019 / SoraNews24
”You didn’t do anything wrong!” shout fans as management confirms attackers were helped by information provided by another idol.


Japanese company sells love potion, recommends secretly mixing it into your target’s food

January 12, 2019 / SoraNews24

There’s no need to care about our staff, because they’re foreigners, says Japanese maid service

January 12, 2019 / SoraNews24
Vague phrasing and fuzzy logic leads to swift backlash.

Japanese Internet debates sure-fire way to catch a cheating lover and/or make them hate you

January 12, 2019 / SoraNews24
Video claims “just a single question” is all it takes to catch an unfaithful boyfriend or girlfriend in a lie, but it may have other consequences.

Saturday scene at Tokyo’s new market

4:00 pm, January 12, 2019 / The Japan News

Watch Love Live! Hanayo VA Yurika Kubo’s Cute Dance in Her Latest MV

January 12, 2019 12:10am CST
Five-song concept mini album “VIVID VIVID” will be released on February 13, 2019

Seattle’s Sakura-Con to Host Manga Creator Satoshi Shiki

posted on 2019-01-12 06:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall artist attends April event

Voice Actress Megumi Nakajima Explains Why She Went on Hiatus After Macross Frontier

posted on 2019-01-12 17:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Helping Tokyo Tower keep its shine for 60 years

8:37 pm, January 12, 2019 / The Japan News

Japan in Focus / Kendo traditions thrive at fabled Kyoto hall

7:41 pm, January 12, 2019 / The Japan News


Japanese netizen backs out of initial promise to donate one million yen to Palestinian refugees

January 13, 2019 / SoraNews24
Noble goal of promoting music education shadowed by personal needs.

High schools unknowingly use human skulls to teach art, science

January 13, 2019 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

1,400 women take part in New Year archery event

Jan. 13, 2019 04:05 pm JST / Japan Today

Rock Band flumpool Returns After 13-Month Hiatus

posted on 2019-01-13 04:30 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Band to host countrywide tour in Japan starting in May

Anime Tourism Association Updates Booth at Narita Airport with Top 88 Pilgrimage Sites for 2019

posted on 2019-01-13 13:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Registration Opens For World Cosplay Summit’s One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix

posted on 2019-01-13 19:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Tokyo’s new “real-life Mario Karts” make it ridiculously clear they’re unrelated to Nintendo

January 13, 2019 / SoraNews24
Either a double dose of caution or passive-aggressiveness against Nintendo has MariCar’s go-carts looking weirder than ever.

Top Japanese cosplayer Enako reveals jaw-dropping annual income

January 13, 2019 / SoraNews24
Enako is living her best life and getting paid millions of yen for it.


NGT48 Idol Group Manager Resigns, Management Forms Committee to Investigate Members’ Actions

posted on 2019-01-14 05:00 EST by Karen Ressler & Rafael Antonio Pineda
Maho Yamaguchi, Ayaka Tano, Riko Sugahara did not attend Saturday performance

Japan travel: Best things to do, see and eat in Hagi and Yamaguchi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
View a National Treasure, stop off at a former school for samurai sons, and stamp on a stone pavement that “sings”.

We splurged 46 bucks on a supermarket “Lucky Cart”, bummed out we got exactly what we paid for

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
Read on and find out why our reporter may never buy lucky bags ever again.

Seijinshiki 2019: Best wild kimono outfits from Coming of Age Day celebrations in Kitakyushu

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
Gorgeous gangsta boys and girls pose for our camera at Japan’s most out-there ceremony.

Ibaraki Prefecture marketing chief regarding their capital city: “Mito sucks! Die!”

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
Who knew Ibaraki was so punk?

Budget entertainment: 12 fun things to do in Tokyo that will cost you absolutely nothing

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
Enjoy free foot spas or amazing views of the cityscape and save money while you’re at it.

Educator offers advice for Japanese schoolgirls who get asked out by their teachers

January 14, 2019 / SoraNews24
"Trash” is the lesson’s keyword.

Researchers look for ways to bring Japanese truffles to luxury market

January 14, 2019 at 07:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

‘Uncle’ works to help change the lives of children in need

January 14, 2019 at 08:30 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Rare but ‘poor’ drawings by 3rd shogun to be shown in Tokyo

January 14, 2019 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan

Jan. 14, 2019 04:03 pm JST / Japan Today

Picture Of The Day: Icy bath

Jan. 14, 2019 05:36 am JST / Japan Today

Kamen Rider Agito Actor Retires After Assault, Adultery Allegations

posted on 2019-01-14 12:00 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actor allegedly assaulted, stole, committed adultery on 3 separate women

Photoscape / Movies, aquariums … in coin laundries?

4:00 am, January 14, 2019 / The Japan News

Brilliant colors, subtle flavor of noble scallops in Ehime

7:28 pm, January 14, 2019 / The Japan News

NGT48 Management Apologizes to Fans, Members in Press Conference

posted on 2019-01-14 16:05 EST by Karen Ressler
NGT48 member Maho Yamaguchi was allegedly assaulted in December

Attack on Titan Voice Actor Hiroshi Kamiya Shares His Ideology Towards Acting

posted on 2019-01-14 17:45 EST by Kim Morrissy


Buying property in Japan? This mini tower house can be yours for less than $12,000

January 15, 2019 / SoraNews24
The pillar home comes with two levels and an indoor hot spring onsen.

The beautiful booth models of Tokyo Auto Salon 2019【Photos】

January 15, 2019 / SoraNews24
SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato heads to Japan’s largest tuner car show, but it’s his friend who’s really enjoying himself.

Foreigners make up 45% of new adults in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward

January 15, 2019 at 14:35 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Shogun family’s coat of arms seen on sunken roof tile in Shizuoka

January 15, 2019 at 07:00 JST / The Asahi Shimbun

Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Spread the Love for Anison DJs

January 15, 2019 6:05pm CST
AniEve X hopes to resurrect popular site for 2019

Voice Actress Manami Numakura Rocks Out with Her Band in New MV

January 15, 2019 10:10pm CST
The voice of Hibiki Ganaha (The Idolm@ster), Saya Endoh (Dagashi Kashi)


NGT48 Idol Group Cancels More Performances, Changes Other Performances’ Lineups

posted on 2019-01-16 01:45 EST by Karen Ressler
Also: Ichimasa Kamaboko’s NGT48 ads canceled after December incident involving member Maho Yamaguchi

Grab Your Keyblade, Kingdom Hearts Hotel Rooms Are Coming to Japan

January 16, 2019 10:06am CST
Fans can start reserving rooms on January 30

Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka Manga Artist Draws Character Designs for Coffee, Spa Resort Animated Ad

posted on 2019-01-16 14:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Nana Mizuki to Sing at Glee Star Matthew Morrison’s Tokyo Concert

posted on 2019-01-16 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

A-Kon Convention Announces Move to Dallas, Date Change

posted on 2019-01-16 19:30 EST by Karen Ressler
Convention comes under new ownership


Watch Voice Actress Yui Ogura’s New Music Video “Apple Girl”

January 17, 2019 12:30am CST
23-year-old popular voice actress is currently starring in Hugtto PreCure!, Pastel Memories

Orlando’s Omni Fandom Expo to Host Animator Mamoru Yokota

posted on 2019-01-17 06:30 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Event takes place on March 15-17 at Florida Hotel & Conference Center

The BanG Dream! Boys Argonavis Release 1st Music Video

posted on 2019-01-17 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Has Chiitan Been Canned?!

January 17, 2019 6:03pm CST
The beloved mascot may have fallen on hard times

Nana Mizuki Releases Hew New Digital Single “REBELLION” Next Monday

January 17, 2019 11:30pm CST
Her MV collection DVD/Blu-ray “NANA CLIPS 8” will be also available on March 20


Newspaper: Former NGT48 Manager Transferred to AKS Tokyo Home Office

posted on 2019-01-18 07:00 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Former manager Etsurō Imamura replaced after December incident involving member Maho Yamaguchi

Former Bandai Employees Arrested for Fraud Related to Odaiba’s Life-Size Gundam Statue

posted on 2019-01-18 14:15 EST by Karen Ressler
2 men accused of overcharging Bandai for construction, event

Tenjho Tenge, Ai Tenchi Muyo! Voice Actress Haruhi Nanao Gets Married

posted on 2019-01-18 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Akira Toriyama, Naoki Urasawa Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame

posted on 2019-01-18 17:15 EST by Karen Ressler
2 manga artists included among 16 nominees

Anime Central 2019 to Host Aya Suzaki

posted on 2019-01-18 20:15 EST by Karen Ressler
Voice actress to make 1st N. American convention appearance

Man Arrested for Selling Modified Love Live! Character Figure

posted on 2019-01-18 22:15 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Police confiscated 1,000 female character figures from suspect’s home

VA Unit sphere to Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary at Special Exhibition in Shibuya

January 18, 2019 11:10pm CST
“Kemono Friends” designer Mine Yoshizaki draws a key visual illustration


Escape Zenigata, Stop Kaito Kid in Universal Studios Japan’s New Ad

posted on 2019-01-19 13:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Organizers Say Comiket is No Place for Hate Speech After Anti-Korean, Chinese Stickers Were Discovered at Doujin Booth

posted on 2019-01-19 16:45 EST by Kim Morrissy

Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store Holds Exhibit for ‘Nostalgic’ Anime

posted on 2019-01-19 17:45 EST by Kim Morrissy


Sword Art Online Author Reki Kawahara Says Female Characters Should Not Be Treated as Trophies

posted on 2019-01-21 13:45 EST by Kim Morrissy
Kawahara remarks that his outlook changed after receiving feedback at overseas events.

7-Eleven, Lawson Convenience Stores Will Cut Adult Magazines From Shelves

posted on 2019-01-21 15:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Change comes in preparation for 2020 Olympics

10 from Japan, Europe Charged With Overturning Truck in Shibuya on Halloween

posted on 2019-01-21 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Luna Haruna to Perform at Sony’s Lost in Music Venue in NYC

January 21, 2019 8:57pm CST
Live concert on 1/23 at 6:30pm EST


GO! GO! Goma-chan Ending Theme Singer SymaG Posts New MV “Suns River Revive”

January 22, 2019 1:10am CST
Self-proclaimed 82-year-old artist’s 3rd album hits Japanese stores January 30

Top Talents Compete in “Voice Actor Red-and-White Singing Matches 2019”

January 22, 2019 8:12am CST
Main roster revealed for live music event that will be held at the Maihama Amphitheater on April 14, 2019

FamilyMart Joins 7-Eleven, Lawson in Dropping Adult Magazine Sales

posted on 2019-01-22 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Ga-Rei: Zero 10th Anniversary Event Includes Live Concert, Talk Show

posted on 2019-01-22 18:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Event includes scheduled appearances by voice actors Minoru Shiraishi, Minori Chihara, singers yozuca*, Faylan, director Ei Aoki, more staff

Virginia Court Convicts Man for Violating Supervised Release Terms With ‘Anime Child Pornography’

posted on 2019-01-22 19:00 EST by Karen Ressler
Man was disallowed from viewing pornography as part of release terms

Jouji Nakata’s Seiyu Red and White Contest Announces 1st Performers

posted on 2019-01-22 20:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge


Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Concert Tour Gets New Run in 7 U.S., Canadian Cities

posted on 2019-01-23 18:00 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Also gets stops in Singapore, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Brazil, U.K., Mexico

Yu-Gi-Oh! Puzzle-Solving Event Lets Fans Become Duel King

posted on 2019-01-23 19:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman


Voice Actress Ayana Taketatsu Challenges the Fujiyama Rollercoaster at Fuji-Q Highland

January 24, 2019 9:37am CST
“Ayachi Highland” collab event includes in-park announcements, collaboration cafe, limited edition goods, and more

Tokyo’s Bridges Reimagined as Pretty Boys in Hashidanshi PR Project

posted on 2019-01-24 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge


Japan’s Moomin Theme Park Reveals Attractions’ Voice Cast

posted on 2019-01-25 13:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Japan’s Influenza Outbreak Strikes Voice Acting Industry

posted on 2019-01-25 14:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
At least 8 voice actors cancelled events in January after flu diagnosis

AnimeJapan 2019 Prepares to Rock with Sword Art Online Guitar Charity

posted on 2019-01-25 16:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge

Life-Size Statue of Man-gatarō’s Wrinkly Baba Let’s It All Hang Out (NSFW)

posted on 2019-01-25 17:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Note: Some of the images below are NOT safe for work

In Startling Post, Yamakan Again Hints He May Retire from Anime

posted on 2019-01-25 19:45 EST by Lynzee Loveridge
Additional post threatens legal action against film critics

Three Maids from Akihabara’s @Home Cafe Form Idol Unit “Rev:robe”

January 25, 2019 11:10pm CST
Their debut event is scheduled to be held on February 6


Macross Star Megumi Nakajima is ANiUTa’s Artist of the Month!

January 26, 2019 1:10am CST
Subscribers can enjoy an interview, a Megumi-curated playlist, and an intro to her upcoming 10th anniversary single

Anime Voice Actors Endorse ‘Strong Woman Maker’ Service

posted on 2019-01-26 15:45 EST by Kim Morrissy


Male Idol Group Arashi to Suspend Activities at End of 2020

posted on 2019-01-27 04:23 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
5-member group formed in 1999

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Stamp Rally Takes You to Graveyard of Japan’s Famous Warlords

posted on 2019-01-27 13:45 EST by Kim Morrissy