Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!



Japan: The worst developed country for mothers?: Japan has made a lot of strides when it comes to gender equality, but this article is a reminder that it still has a long, long way to go. Japanese women still face a reality that forces them to abandon their careers once they have children, and deal with the majority of household work. It’s a tough issue, but one that sorely needs to be addressed.
[/threecol_two] [threecol_one_last]World Whiskies Awards 2013: Japan takes World’s Best Blended & Best Blended Malt Whisky: You probably know already, thanks to a highly-educational, well-written article, that Japanese whisky is some of the best in the world. That reputation was reaffirmed this week after the Japanese won both World’s Best Blended and Malt Whiskies. Take that Scotland!

Woman Flees North Korea And Is Shocked By Freedom and… Cosplay: When you escape North Korea, one of the most isolated, impoverished countries on earth, almost anything can be shocking to you. Everyday thing like grocery stores, cars, and cell phones, must be almost inconceivable. But cosplay?![/threecol_one_last]


[threecol_one]Netizens Touched by Anti-anti-Korean Protests in Japan: As much as I hate the term “netizens,” this story was actually really heart-warming. As anti-Korean protesters took to the streets, anti-anti-Korean protesters countered them by making their own voices heard, and blocking out the bigots. Let’s just all be friends, ok guys? Bring it in for a group hug.

Japan needs to rebrand for SXSW: As Korean makes strides into the global music scene, Japan’s presence at the South by Southwest festival seems more and more muted. How can Japanese musicians stand out more? My advice for SXSW: more buzzwords! Social media. Disrupt. Synergy. Pivot. [/threecol_one] [threecol_two_last]sushi-burrito

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Sushi Outside of Japan: Sushi chefs from all over the world came to Japan earlier this month for the World Sushi Cup, an international sushi competition designed to push the limits of the cuisine. And even as a Danish chef walked away the victor, the crowd over at 2ch discussed what they saw as sushi abominations created by foreigners. Hey, you win some, you lose some.



    f(x) played SXSW this year!!! What a boon!

  • Emile

    I read that SuiseiNoboAz packed a club with passersby who heard them playing. That makes me happy, since I was sick that week and ended up missing everything. SXSW is a zoo, though. It would be nice if bands overseas had more opportunities to tour in the US.

  • shiroi

    Did you guys actually read the kotaku sushi article? Or the 2ch thread, for that matter? “Sushi abominations” seems to be Tofugu’s opinion, not theirs.

  • FoxiBiri

    Shugo Tokumaru was mentioned in that SXSW article. Someone at Tofugu should write about him <3 Japan's next national treasure kekekeke

  • Shollum

    Some people were saying that it’s just not sushi (well, one said it is ‘sushi’, just not 寿司), but for the most part, they were okay with it because the Japanese mess around with foreign dishes all the time.

  • Miki

    Japan? Strides in gender equality? HAHAHA. Oh wait… you weren’t joking?

    I’ll start believing that when the woman in the highest position in my workplace isn’t expected to serve tea to guests over the man in the lowest position.