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The VICE Guide to Right Now

Someone Illegally Drove a Real-Life Mario Kart over Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge

Police are still on the lookout for the driver, who had disappeared into the night by the time they arrived.
Gavin Butler
4.24.19
japan

A Japanese College Professor Allegedly Taught Students How to Make Ecstasy

The 61-year-old could face ten years in prison for showing students how to manufacture MDMA.
Gavin Butler
4.18.19
Art

An Interview with Cookie, Japan's Favorite Comedian-Turned-Artist

Ahead of his debut at Artexpo in New York, we talked to Nikuguso Tarou about art, comedy, and keeping it 'kawaii.'
Yuichi Abiko
4.4.19
bread

Japan's Psychedelic Baker Turns Bread into Astrological Art and Drinks Immortality Cider

"There are a lot of connections between the world of yeast and the universe," says Junpei Katsumi of Paradise Alley Bread & Co.
Reed Dunlea
3.28.19
Tech

Scientists Reawaken Cells From a 28,000-Year-Old Mammoth

Yuka the woolly mammoth died a long time ago, but scientists gave her cells a short second life in mouse egg cells.
Becky Ferreira
3.12.19
activism

Meet the Japanese Moms Running a Citizens' Lab to Track Nuclear Radiation

After the 2011 tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there were widespread fears about radiation leaking into the environment. Now a group of volunteers—who are mostly mothers—is tackling the issue head-on.
Bobbie van der List
3.11.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

These Disturbing, Hyperrealistic Pet Masks Are Truly the Stuff of Nightmares

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River Donaghey
2.28.19
Off-Menu

It's Monday, February 11, and Women in Japan Are Tired of Buying Valentine's Chocolates for Men

Plus, the most Pittsburgh wedding promotion ever involves Primanti Bros., of course.
Hannah Keyser
2.11.19
Munchies

Tokyo's New "Chicago Pizza" Trend Looks a Hell of a Lot Like Fondue

A gooey, cheesy dish called シカゴピザ, which translates to "Chicago pizza" or "Shikago Pizza," is all the rage in Tokyo.
Jelisa Castrodale
2.6.19
Tech

Astronomers Discover Rare Kilometer-Sized Object in Outer Solar System

“We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects.”
Becky Ferreira
1.28.19
LGBTQ

Japan Upholds Sterilization Law for Trans People Who Change Legal Gender

Law 111 also specifies that in order to receive a change in their legal gender marker, a trans person in Japan must be at least 20 years old, unmarried, and undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Leila Ettachfini
1.25.19
ADVERTISING

Ramen Company Pulls Ad Featuring Naomi Osaka with Pale Skin

Backlash over the tennis star's skin tone prompted Nissin to cancel the anime ad campaign.
Bettina Makalintal
1.24.19
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