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Ken, the Famously Adorable Roast Sweet Potato Stand Cashier in Hokkaido, Passes Away

Ken, the Shiba Inu who looked over the roast sweet potato store in Sapporo, Hokkaido, passed away at 6 years old.

Heartbreaking news: Ken passed away on June 6 at around 12:50 p.m., according to his owner’s Instagram post, Mothership reported. The owner said Ken returned to his “favorite (sweet potato) shop” and thanked all those who supported the Shiba Inu.

Confused Japanese Citizens Receive Stimulus Checks From Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package

Some Japanese citizens are reportedly receiving stimulus checks of up to $1,400 each from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief package approved in March.

Surprise in the mail: The recipients, noncitizens who once lived in America but left a long time ago, posted online that they were surprised to receive stimulus checks from the U.S. Treasury, reported Asahi Shimbun.

Japanese Swimmer, Cancer Survivor Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, has qualified for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

The 20-year-old athlete competed in the women’s 100-meter butterfly during the national championships held at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday, according to Reuters. Ikee is now qualified to compete in the 4×100 medley relay at the Olympic Games this July.

Japanese Company Will Ask Your Crush Out on Valentine’s Day For a Cool $1,300

A company in Japan just opened up a service to ask out people on a Valentine’s Day date on behalf of their clients who are too shy to approach their crush.

The company, named Kokunavi, is a mashup of the words kokuhaku meaning “confession of love” and “navigation,” and will help their clients with the whole terrifying experience of trying to start a romantic relationship with the one they adore.

Japan is Opening an Adorable Museum of Poop

A museum dedicated to making poop look kawaii is set to open its doors in Japan next month – and it’s perfect for people who adore cartoonified poop or those who just had a really crappy day.

The museum, playfully called the Unko Museum – Unko is Japanese for poop – is going to open its doors to those who wish to see cute poop in the Aso Building, which is directly connected to Yokohama station, according to PR Times as translated by Grapee.