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.
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?!
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.
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.