An Alaskan man found a soccer ball that had washed up ashore with Japanese writing on it. Since his wife was Japanese, he soon discovered that the ball belonged to a Japanese teenager who lost it in a Tsunami.
The original PS1 controller was 10% larger in the US compared to Japan, to account for bigger hands in America.
In Japan, you are equally likely to die from being struck by lightning as you are from being shot by a gun.
There are a class of people in Japan referred to as Cyber Homeless who live at cyber cafes because they are a cheaper alternative than an apartment. The cafes offer free showers and sell underwear.
Hiroshima is one of the only places outside of the United States to observe Martin Luther King Day because he wrote a letter to Japan weeks before his death, requesting to visit the county and spread his message of peace.
In Japan, your blood type is treated like your Zodiac sign is in the West, but they’re even more serious about it. “What’s your blood type?” is a common question to be asked, and there are even blood type horoscopes, etc.
In Japan, you can hire handsome men to show up at your office and watch sad videos with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you.
Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong back in WWII caused the population to drop from 1.6 million to 600,000 in just three years.
In Japan if someone on trial is filmed while in handcuffs their hands have to be pixelated to be shown on TV. This is because a man named Kazuyoshi Miura brought a successful case to court arguing the image of him in handcuffs implied guilt and had prejudiced his trial.
There were ancient stone tablets in Japan‘s recent tsunami struck areas with inscriptions “Do not build your homes below this point!”