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Japan Starts Weekend Early to Improve Work-Life Balance

Japan Starts Weekend Early to Improve Work-Life Balance

Feb 27
As the clock reached 3 p.m., about 100 office workers raised champagne glasses in a cafe in the middle of Tokyo's central business district to toast "Premium Friday," a new initiative to promote better work-life balance.

Manga, Mario and Now Ninja: Japan's Hopes for Wooing Tourism

Manga, Mario and Now Ninja: Japan's Hopes for Wooing Tourism

By Yuri Kageyama | Feb 23
Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

Art and Design: Naoshima, Japan

By Donna Bryson | Mar 14
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando had helped transform the small Japanese island of Naoshima into a destination for lovers of contemporary art and design.

'Rice Noodle Fish': Your Culinary Guide to Japan

By J.M. Hirsch | Oct 8
Just eat. Two words that encapsulate Anthony Bourdain's approach to travel and appreciation of other cultures.

Tokyo Ward 1st to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

By Yuri Kageyama | Mar 31
Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.

Japanese Ladies Okanami-Yank It At Female Masturbation Bars

By Winnie McCroy | Jan 28
Japanese women are taking their pleasure into their own hands, so to speak, with female masturbation bars -- places for women to have a drink, browse sex toys and dig the vibes.

McDonald's in Japan Rations Fries

By Elaine Kurtenbach | Dec 18
Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

'Sex Change Day' a Hit With Japanese High Schoolers

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 15
In America, it would have exploded heads -- but in Japan, a day when male and female students swapped school uniforms melted stereotypes and assumptions instead.

Japanese Architects Sell a Lifestyle on Global Stage

By Yuri Kageyama | Aug 13
A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past.

George Takei Sees Gay Pride Beginning in Japan

By Mari Yamaguchi | Jun 5
George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal.

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