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Japan Pushes for Four-Day Workweek to Give Employees Time to Study, Socialize, Work More

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Japan’s notoriously rigid work culture may soon come to an end as the government recently unveiled plans to have businesses adopt four-day workweeks.

Work-life balance: The recommendation for an optional shorter workweek is detailed in the country’s annual economic policy guidelines finalized by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet on Friday, Japan Times reported.

‘Those Are My Homies’: Gwen Stefani Shuts Appropriation Claims Over ‘Harajuku Girls’ Era

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Gwen Stefani has responded to long-standing accusations of cultural appropriation over her “Harajuku Girls” era, making a point that such “rules” are only “dividing us more and more.”

The claims: Since the former “No Doubt” frontwoman released “Harajuku Girls” as part of her debut solo album in 2004, critics have accused her of appropriating Japanese culture.

Japanese NBA Star Rui Hachimura Reveals He Gets Racist Remarks ‘Almost Every Day’

Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player to be a first-round pick in an NBA Draft, revealed on Tuesday that he receives racist messages online “almost every day.”

Online hate: The 23-year-old Washington Wizards forward made the revelation via a comment on Twitter after his younger brother, Aren Hachimura, posted an image of an offensive message he received.

Japanese Man Arrested for Tricking 35 Girlfriends to Give Him Gifts for Fake Birthdays

A man in Japan allegedly dated 35 women at the same time just to manipulate them into giving him lavish gifts for made-up birthdays.

Takashi Miyagawa, 39, reportedly pretended to be in serious relationships with women before defrauding them of items worth a combined total of 100,000 Japanese Yen (roughly $925). The gifts varied from electronics to clothing, including an almost $280 suit, according to The Independent. 

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.