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In this week’s news roundup, we report on a Vietnamese intern who was bullied and beaten by colleagues at a factory in Okayama Prefecture. We have the latest on Covid as 13…

Taking part in his first-ever Winter Olympics four years ago, Yuto Totsuka was seen as a dark horse for a medal in the halfpipe competition. Things were looking pretty good until the…

On this day in 1981, Paul McCartney was apprehended at Narita Airport for carrying a large bag of marijuana. He spent nine days in the slammer, though it could’ve been worse had…

Japan’s daily coronavirus count topped 18,000 on Thursday, four times higher than the same day a week ago. In Tokyo, the number exceeded 3,000 for the first time since September 2, 2021.…

In the first news roundup of the year, we report on the tiger attack at Nasu Safari Park in Tochigi Prefecture. There’s the latest on the Omicron variant as cases surge nationwide,…

From the outside looking in, the life of a professional athlete appears quite glamorous. The fame, fortune and adulation that sometimes comes with it, is certainly enticing. The reality for many, however,…

From Covid to Kei Komuro, 2021 was better than 2020 perhaps, but not without its controversies. Here are the key moments that made the headlines in Japan this year. Arson Attack Kills…

On this day 20 years ago, Japan lost one of its greatest ever feminists. Shidzue Kato (also known as Baroness Ishimoto from her first marriage) was a vocal women’s rights activist and…