Category: Japan

Bus drivers in Japan went on a strike but continued to drive…

Bus drivers in Japan went on a strike but continued to drive their routes while refusing to take fares from passengers! So keeping Japan on time but costing the bus companies gas on top of lost revenue.

Photo : LHOON / Flickr

Japanese are working on developing technology to transmit…

Japanese are working on developing technology to transmit electricity wirelessly. Their goal is to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels to Earth by microwave/laser. They have successfully transmitted 10 kw of energy 500 meters away.

Photo : Japanese Space Agency

In Japan, ¾ths of men give all their money to their wives…

In Japan, ¾ths of men give all their money to their wives and get a monthly allowance. 

In Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (ブッシュする). In literal…

In Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (ブッシュする). In literal terms, this means “to do the bush thing,” in reference to a bizarre 1992 incident where George HW Bush fell ill and vomited directly onto the Japanese prime minister.

In Japan, lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the…

In Japan, lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. These people often say they have no one to turn to when they need help.

Tsundoku is a Japanese term that refers to the fact of buying…

Tsundoku is a Japanese term that refers to the fact of buying books and never reading them.

Japan has a sociological phenomena known as Hikikomori, in which…

Japan has a sociological phenomena known as Hikikomori, in which there’s an estimated 1 million Japanese who choose to completely isolate themselves from society.

Japanese work philosophy of “kaizen”, where people constantly…

Japanese work philosophy of “kaizen”, where people constantly seek to find ways to improve methods instead of just doing it the same way.

Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the…

Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the signs they pass as a way to keep focus and prevent accidents. The technique is called shisa kanko and has been in use for more than 100 years.

Photo :  Jeroen Komen from Utrecht, Netherlands / wikimedia

Japan and Singapore have the most powerful passports in the…

Japan and Singapore have the most powerful passports in the world with each granting visa-free access to 189 countries.

Photo : Staka / wikipedia