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Sitting Down with Sierra Todd, the Founder of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Source: Gaijin Pot
Sitting Down with Sierra Todd, the Founder of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Back in June of 2020, a huge Black Lives Matter demonstration took place in Tokyo, drawing over 3,000 participants. Sierra Todd, a 19-year-old art student from the US living in Tokyo, was mostly responsible for organizing the massive event.

Todd sat down with us to tell us why she felt compelled to have a BLM march in Tokyo which seemingly blew up overnight, and how local Japanese people helped her make it happen.

Videography by Ken Yoshizawa, Reporting by Randiah Camille Green

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Japan’s cutest dog breed

Shibe doge memes

Like the recent survey on Japan’s cutest cat breed, this survey from goo Ranking into Japan’s cutest dog breed finds a definite national bias, but in this case it is justified.

Shibe doge memes are as close as I’ll get to liking mutts, and all yappy rat dogs could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn’t shed a tear.

Ranking result

Rank Votes
1 Shiba Inu 1389
2 Toy poodle 401
3 Pomeranian 377
4 Miniature dachshund 219
5 Golden retriever 164
6 Akita dog 161
7 Long coat chihuahua 152
8 Welsh Corgi Pembroke 145
9 Siberian husky 107
10 Shih Tzu 105
11 Pug 102
11 Papillon 102
13 Yorkshire terrier 100
14 Labrador Retriever 95
15 Maltese 92
16 Shetland sheepdog 80
17 Miniature schnauzer 72
18 French bulldog 71
19 Samoyed 64
20 Jack Russell Terrier 42
21 German shepherd 36
22 Miniature pinscher 34
23 Smooth coat chihuahua 31
24 Hokkaido dog 29
25 Kishu dog 27
26 American cocker spaniel 25
27 Kaninchen Dachshund 24
27 Bichon Frize 24
29 Bulldog 23
30 Boston Terrier 21
30 Chow Chow 21
32 Pekingese 20
33 Doberman 19
34 Alaskan Malamute 15
34 English Cocker Spaniel 15
34 West Highland White Terrier 15
37 Chin 14
38 Standard dachshund 13
39 Old English Sheepdog 12
40 Boxer 10
41 Kooikerhondje 9
41 Dalmatian 9
43 Miniature bull terrier 7
43 Afghan hound 7
45 Boronese/Bolognese/Bichon 6
45 Wire fox terrier 6
45 Cairn Terrier 6
45 Brussels Griffon 6
49 Giant schnauzer 5
49 Norfolk terrier 5
51 Norwich Terrier 4
52 Welsh terrier 3
53 American Staffordshire Terrier 2
53 American pit bull terrier 2
53 Tibetan Spaniel 2
56 Other 170


Between the 25th of August and the 21st of September 2019 4,717 visitors to the goo Ranking site and associated properties completed a public questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

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Tweet of the Week #92: Osaka Governor Recommends To Gargle Away The Coronavirus

Source: Gaijin Pot

A lot of Japanese folks believe that gargling will prevent you from catching a cold or the flu, a tradition that goes as far back as the Heian Period. While rinsing your mouth with salted water or medicine certainly helps with bad breath and keeping good oral hygiene, there’s very little supporting evidence that it actually prevents you from catching a cold.

That didn’t stop the governor of Osaka from claiming, during a briefing earlier this week, that gargling medicine can keep the novel coronavirus at bay based on the results of a limited trial, far from meeting scientific standards. The claim took the mouthwash brands themselves by surprise and the Japanese Ministry of Health declared that it’s too early to tell if the trial results are accurate. Even WHO announced that there is no evidence supporting that mouthwash can prevent you from catching COVID-19.

Seeing (on TV) is believing…

Nonetheless, (way too) many people in Japan took the advice at face value and rushed into their nearest store. The fever for povidone-iodine gargle products cleared shelves overnight, not only in the Kansai region but across the entire country.

A drugstore in Shinjuku (Tokyo) on Tuesday, only a few hours after the Osaka briefing.

Japan is now facing yet another type of shortage, with soaring prices online as more and more worried buyers are desperately looking to catch the last bottles of precious antiseptic mouthwash.


— あこち (@akochi_akochi) August 4, 2020



“The competition for isodine (gargle solution) has started!!!!”

うがい薬 ←【今ここ】


— †孔雀の羽† (@Kujyaku000) August 4, 2020







うがい薬(ぐすり) ←【今ここ】




“2020 Panic buying/product shortage:

Toilet Paper



Disinfecting alcohol

Cotton fabric

Gargle ← [now here]

People are so incredibly gullible to information, or perhaps should I say,

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Flight that crashed in 1985 spotted landing in Narita Airport 35 years later

Fittingly right before Obon too. Four minutes before midnight on 5 August, flight JL123 was seen approaching Narita Airport from Narita Airport on the flight tracking website Flight Radar 24. Once spotted, this got the attention of many online and understandably so as Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed 35 years ago almost to the day. […]

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