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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

18 May 2022

Japan announces limited “test tourism” in May before fully reopening in June

This month Japan will start a pilot test to “analyze the safety” of destinations, allowing the entry of tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand and […]
9 May 2022

Japan may reopen to foreign tourists in June

Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida said that Japan could reopen to foreign visitors in June. Japan aims to ease its border control restrictions and reopen its […]
13 April 2022

Japan’s oldest people unveil 6 secrets to longevity

There are 5 Blue Zones in the world, places where people consistently live over 100 years old, and the Okinawa archipelago in Japan is one of […]
24 March 2022

Japan is building a smart futuristic city powered by hydrogen

Japan is building a hydrogen-powered city that will serve as a prototype for sustainable cities in the future. The project was developed to enable residents and […]
23 February 2022

Japan’s first hydrogen train to start test run

The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will start testing Japan’s first hydrogen-fuelled train next month, in a step towards the country’s goal of reaching net […]
16 February 2022

Joby Aviation partners with ANA to launch air taxi service

On Monday February 14th, All Nippon Airways Holdings (ANA) and Joby Aviation, Inc. announced they are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join […]
19 January 2022

Japan is turning used buses into moving saunas

Used buses in Japan’s Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture will have a second life as moving saunas named Sabus, and they are promising to offer something […]
22 December 2021

Why the Japanese eat cake for Christmas

Despite less than 1% of the Japanese identifying as Christians, Christmas is still widely celebrated throughout the island nation. One of the most rooted Christmas traditions […]
17 December 2021

Uber Eats makes its first food delivery to space

Uber Eats has made its first ever food delivery to space. Uber teamed up with Japanese entrepreneur and delivery fan, Yusaku Maezawa, to hand deliver beloved […]
19 November 2021

Toyota bets big on hydrogen for transition to carbon-neutrality

Toyota is betting big on hydrogen technology in automobiles, both through fuel-cell EVs (FCEVs) and the hydrogen-powered engines, in a bid to become a carbon-neutral company, […]
19 November 2021

Pumice washes ashore in Japan months after an underwater volcano erupted

Large quantities of pumice have washed ashore in Japan, specifically over a wide area of the main island of Okinawa, affecting the fishing and tourism industries […]
17 November 2021

Japanese airline installs vending machines with surprise destinations

In Japan, capsule vending machines – called gachapon in Japanese – are no longer offering only little toys. From small hamburgers to swimmers figurines, the gachapon […]
28 September 2021

Japan Airlines offers choices for passengers who prefer to sit away from children

Some people may deny it; others will shy away from answering for fear of being judged as intolerant. The truth is that many prefer not to […]
3 September 2021

What is a ryokan? Discovering Japanese guest houses

Ryokans are traditional inns run by Japanese families. They are all characterized by a silent environment, precise architecture, simplicity and minimalism. Ryokans are normally designed like […]
3 September 2021

Aokigahara. A dark tourism spot in Japan

Dark tourism was first designated in 1996 and it is now established as a term to indicate specific places linked to death, fear and suffering such […]
26 August 2021
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Japan’s new Jomon Era UNESCO site

Earlier this year the UNESCO (United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) committee met at their 44th session for a combined review of the 2020 and 2021 […]
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