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A file photo of workers in Tokyo on their lunch break in 1997.

A Japanese company docked a worker’s pay and made a public apology because he went to lunch 3 minutes early

A 64-year-old man in Kobe left for his lunch break at 11:57 a.m. multiple times because he wanted a 'change of pace,' and was punished for it. Japan has a toxic overwork culture and is also obsessive about punctuality.
Senegal fans.

Japan and Senegal fans were seen cleaning World Cup stadiums after matches ended instead of celebrating at the pub

If World Cups were won on the behaviour of each country's fanbase, then Japan and Senegal would be awarded the trophy right now. This is because Japan and Senegal supporters have been seen in the stadiums tidying up after themselves long after the matches have finished.
A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an earthquake at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.

At least 4 dead, hundreds injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern Osaka region on Monday morning. Four people, including three people in their 80's and a 9-year-old girl died, while hundreds were injured.

Trump reportedly told Japan’s prime minister he’d send him ’25 million Mexicans’

President Donald Trump told Japan's prime minister during last week's G7 summit that he'd ship him millions of Mexicans, a senior European Union official told The Wall Street Journal. The remark came as leaders were discussing migration, which Trump said was a big problem for Europe and the US.

These photos reveal what it’s like to shop at Walmart in Japan

Walmart acquired the Japanese grocery chain Seiyu in 2008. These photos show what it's like to shop at the chain's supermarkets.
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump

Trump was said to have been venting about having to spend 2 days in Canada with Trudeau and wants to find new ways to punish the country — now i...

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are set to meet face-to-face on Friday after their tough war of words over the US president's tariffs. The meeting will come at the G7 summit, which is expected to be a tension-filled affair.

Japanese inventors made a drone umbrella that can keep you dry without having to hold it

Japan's Asahi Power Service Company has created the 'Free Parasol,' a drone- and AI-powered umbrella that hovers over a person and follows them while they walk. The company hopes to start selling them in 2019.

‘What if China suddenly disappeared?’: A top strategist just published a reality check for those freaking out about the rise of China

China is the world's largest trader and is part of almost every supply and value chain. But a team of Macquarie Research analysts led by Viktor Shvets argue in a recent research note that the trade importance of China is "overstated" and "distorted."
Sumo wrestling students hold babies as they try to make them cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple. It's said that crying is good for babies' health and the first baby to cry wins the competition.

Japanese politicians want to fix the country’s demographic time bomb and it starts by letting babies cry in public

Thirteen male politicians have pledged their support to the "We Love Babies Project," which encourages businesses and restaurants to display "It's OK to cry" stickers. Japan's birth rate hit its lowest-ever level in 2017, with only 946,060 babies being born.