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Spit belongs in your mouth, not on items that are going to be touched by others, according to one taxi corporation. Sanwa Kotsu, a taxi company headquartered in Yokohama, has made headlines before for its funny, ideosyncratic ideas. For example, you can call a taxi driven by a ninja. You can even call a taxi driven by someone with a black mask over his face who looks like a kabuki stagehand. Sanwa Kotsu has a...

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It was all-out war in the final week. By telephone. An elderly man experiencing issues with his phone called to complain a total of 411 times in that week, and that was the last straw! Japan currently has a graying population and rapidly advancing technology, especially smartphone technology, and unfortunately, this results in millions of frustrated people who lack the technological literacy to get through life smoothly. Some telecom companies are considering charging customers for...

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After he gave the police a bizarre reason, he got hauled off to the police station. Kyōto, the ancient capital of Japan for centuries starting in the 700s A.D. and continuing through the Japanese feudal period, contains numerous famous temples such as Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavillion), Ginkakuji, Kiyomizudera, castles such as Nijō Castle, and even the headquarters of Nintendo. It has lots of beautiful gardens, as well. Even now, with Tokyo as the capital, it...

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Would you like to try a new type of hamburger? McDonald’s is very famous for its various new, original burgers. However, Lotteria has its fair share, as well. Lotteria is a fast food chain owned by the South Korean Lotte Corporation, which opened the first Lotteria store in the world in Tokyo in 1972. They invented the shrimp burger in the ’70s, which McDonald’s, MOS Burger, and others have imitated since then. Lotteria came up...

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Nestlé is offering a new way to get to work. It is far more elegant than the other public transportation options. Between Monday and Friday, every morning, millions of commuters stream into the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo. It is usually not much fun to ride a train at rush hour. Demo, shōganai ne? Downtown Tokyo has so many office buildings, and most workers start working in them around 9:00 AM. Workers have no choice...

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International investors that look into Japanese Real Estate when hunting for yield soon become aware that despite looking much like real estate in other countries, there are many aspects to the asset class which are entirely unique. That said, I want to take a look at one of the commonly overlooked aspects of Japanese real estate income that causes investors’ comparisons to real estate assets in other countries to be ineffective. As you know, an...

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A large part of the Yamanote Line will be shut down for construction this weekend (November 16 and November 17, 2019). The easiest and most convenient way to go from Point A to Point B in Tokyo is often to use trains. This is because the roads are often jammed with traffic. Just one train line allows one to see most of the sights of downtown Tokyo. That line is the JR Yamanote Line. It...

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On November 12, Building Planning Co., Ltd. announced the results of a survey of office buildings in the major areas of the six major metropolises (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Sendai) nationwide in October 2019. The survey targets are office buildings of 100 tsubo (a Japanese unit of real estate measurement equaling about 3.31 square meters, or 35.58 square feet) or more and for which contract rents are for 100 to 300 tsubo. The...

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Have you ever wondered if you might someday have a PS10? Sony Interactive Entertainment is preparing for that. In Japan, Sony has applied for the trademarks for “PS6” through “PS10.” Sony has been known to do things like this before, but planning ahead this far is unusual, even for Sony. Of course, it’s possible that there might not be a PS8, PS9, or PS10, but even so, Sony is trying to make sure they have...

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On Thursday, a fine fall day, numerous hot air balloons from many countries worldwide could be seen up in the air. Saga City (in in the prefecture of the same name) hosted the Saga International Balloon Fiesta. Aeronauts turned on the burners in their brightly-colored balloons, which were in varying shapes, to reach high altitudes. They waved at those watching, who yelled and cheered them on as the balloons got higher and higher. This is...