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- Sep 19 201616 minutes
This Spring He Gave Birth to His First Child
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- Jan 22 20173 minutes
The Year New York Almost Lost The Right To Choose
Politics and service journalism from the early era of legal abortion.
- Jan 20 20173 minutes
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- Jan 30 20172 minutes
A Real Mr. Fusion Feeds On Used Clothing
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- May 22 20132 minutes
A Huge Outdoor Orgy Is Beginning; Humans Not Invited
When the cicadas of Brood II burst into open air—and into song—later this month, after living 17 years in darkness below ground, they will have one thing on their collective, eerily synchronized mind: sex. Though millions of humans inhabiting the mid
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The Abortion Doctor
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- Dec 26 20164 minutes
Japan’s Big Bet
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- Oct 21 20161 minute
Swipe For Safer Sex
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- Dec 23 20164 minutes
Escaping Japan's Cities for the 'So-Called Wilderness'
When the Japanese want to get out of Tokyo, glorious, alpine Kamikochi is where they go.
- Jun 1 20165 minutes
The troubling divide between “sex positive” and true confidence
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Alienation Is Killing Americans and Japanese
The stories have become all too familiar in Japan, though people often do their best to ignore them. An elderly or middle-aged person, usually a man, is found dead, at home in his apartment, frequently right in his bed. It has been days, weeks, or ev
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
The Growing Urban-Rural Divide Around the World
How politics pits demographic groups against each other
- Nov 7 20164 minutes
How Do You Say Déjà Vu in Chinese?
Beijing is heading down a questionable path we’ve seen before: Japan’s
- Nov 28 20162 minutes
Networking at Night
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- Dec 15 20162 minutes
Japan's ‘Kanji Of The Year’ Choice Refers To The Olympics, Political Scandal And Trump
The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.
- Jan 23 20173 minutes
American Traveler Unearths Decades-Old Photos of Hiroshima and Japan From the 1970s
Japan in the 1970s. Central Hiroshima was still a slum, but the country was undergoing an economic miracle. American Larry Rosensweig was there to witness it. And he took pics.
- Mar 11 20153 minutes
The Slower, Gentler Version of IVF
For women who have trouble conceiving, being told they’ll need assistance is often accompanied with a sense of dread: what they hoped would be a natural, quick, and inexpensive process (what’s cheaper than natural conception?) can change into a costl
- Sep 18 20135 minutes
How a Kids’ Cartoon Created a Real-Life Invasive Army
Tales of monsters invading Japan are a longstanding tradition, usually involving menacing kaiju—literally “strange creatures”—rising from the sea to wreak havoc on a Japanese city. At this very moment, the country is engaged in just such a war, with
- Jan 23 20173 minutes
Trump Strikes at Abortion With a Revived Foreign-Aid Rule
The president has reinstated a contentious policy that blocks funding to international family-planning organizations unless they agree not to promote abortion.
- Aug 1 20152 minutes
How Muji Created a Cult Following of Design Enthusiasts
Its products have no visible brand identifiers -- and that's proven to be a good thing.
- Feb 4 20173 minutes
‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others
The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.
- Jan 5 20172 minutes
A Japanese Researcher Tweets Vintage Photos Colorized Using Neural Networks
Anyone can use this interesting web-based tool to add color to black-and-white images.
- Dec 24 20163 minutes
‘Like an Air Raid’ — Stunning Photos of a Japanese Town Consumed By Fire
Outside of natural disasters, the fire in Itoigawa -- likely caused by a ramen shop kitchen mishap -- was Japan's worst in 20 years.
- Dec 29 20163 minutes
Japanese Prime Minister Observes Pearl Harbor Anniversary
When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.
- Jan 27 20174 minutes
The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa
"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."
- Dec 23 20161 minute
Transportation Showdown: Japanese Mascots’ Big Butts Vs. Train Doors
Japanese mascots often have a hard time boarding trains. It's because of their butts.
- Jan 13 20172 minutes
The Strangest Japanese “Love Hotel” Names, Ranked
What are "love hotels"? And why do they have such strange and whimsical names?
- Dec 11 20154 minutes
Is Japanese Culture Traumatized By Centuries of Natural Disaster?
Ayumi Endo remembers the 2011 earthquake and tsunami with exquisite detail. She ran downstairs to screaming coworkers. The phones in Tokyo had stopped working, and the trains outside stopped running. To kill time, she went to a pub, and saw a tsunami