Is Japan’s LINE worth $1.1 Billion?

Line Corp. hiked the price of its initial public offering to raise as much as 116 billion yen, citing strong demand and market conditions. The operator of Japan’s most popular messaging service increased the price range for shares to 2,900 yen to 3,300 yen from an earlier target of 2,700 yen to 3,200 yen. Including…

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Ikea’s black ‘Ninja Dog’ hot dog in Japan

Ikea might be even more famous for its meatballs than its flat-pack, assemble-it-yourself furniture, but now there’s a new menu item that threatens to unseat all the others because it looks like something from outer space. Ikea Japan has just unveiled a new Ninja hotdog, a hot dog that’s entirely black! It’s called the Ninja…

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Things People Don’t Miss About Living In Japan

I can eat raw eggs, I can bow to invisible people on the telephone, I can do “Japanese” things, but I draw the line at wading through someone else’s pee-pee. Enter Asian Squatty Potties. ‘Gaijin’ means foreigner, and bridge troll is what many western women turn into the minute they land in Japan. Enter Gaijin…

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Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ to ban overweight diners

Japan’s first ‘naked restaurant’ opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry – podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat. ‘If you are more than 33lb above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation,’ a list of rules posted…

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Black Bun Ghostbusters Burger

In a world of movie tie-ins that span from simple advertisements to all sorts of varying foodstuffs, Japan seems to have the edge in this matter with the new Ghostbusters. So while the Internet has continuous meltdowns about the bastardizations of its childhood with each new trailer, people in Japan are getting crazy-looking burgers. Following…