When EVERING recently announced its cutting-edge smart ring, it quickly secures a market rave as the state-of-the-art solution for a contactless payment system.

It’s been another week dominated by news stories related to the Olympics. Following last week’s petition calling for the Games to be canceled, protesters gathered outside the National Stadium to voice their…

The 16th-century Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga was so good at murder that history —and with it, pop culture — tends to remember him mostly as a bloodthirsty killer. Whether that’s justified or…

Japan is no stranger to acronyms and abbreviations. After all, they are the ones who came up with “Pokémon,” which is an acronym of poketto monsutaa (pocket monsters), and “karaoke,” from kara…

From the opening of their first shop in Tokyo in 1998, Uniqlo now has more than 2,200 stores in 25 different countries and regions. Tokyo residents don’t have to look far for…

Anti-Olympic Petition Closes in on 200,000 Signatures At the time of writing more than 183,000 people have signed a petition calling for the cancelation of the Olympics to “save people’s lives.” It was launched…

Louis Vuitton was one of the first foreign luxury brands to come to Japan. Since then, the Japanese market has been one of its strongest, so it should come as no surprise…

There are few books with the power to lure me back time and time again. Few whose covers, once slammed shut with a sense of satisfaction and finality, whisper sweet nothings from…

Souvenirs from any Olympics have always been a popular way to remember the games, and with the years passing they become treasured mementos, family heirlooms, collectors’ items, and so on. Of course,…

In 1992, Yoshihiro Hattori, a 16-year-old exchange student in Baton Rouge, was heading to a Halloween party with a friend. They went to the wrong house. Hattori, or “Yoshi,” was dressed in…

The internet adage “they walked so that we could run” never rang more true than for the progression of queer rights and liberties in Japan. The country today is still a restrictive…

I gave up on expecting a Covid-19 vaccine in Japan perhaps not long after I’d heard the folks at Oxford had slung one together in the lab. Only when a syringe is extending…