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Poultry Ban Starting to be Lifted by Japan; The Cost of Fighting Wildfire Top One Billion

Japan is lifting some of its bans on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from the United States. The bans were put in place earlier this year due to the U.S. outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Imports from Or

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Eighth-Grade Students from Yakima’s Sister City in Japan Visited the KFFM Studios

Every year we're visited by some of the eighth-grade students of Itayanagi, Japan -- Yakima's sister city. They come to learn about Yakima and live in the good ol' United States. One of their regular stops is the KFFM studios and I'm glad -- it's a personal highlight of mine.

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Japan Lifts ‘Dancing Ban’ for the First Time Since World War II

In Japan, dancing wasn't allowed without a special 'dancing permit' until just recently when a 67-year-old ban was lifted.

The reason for the ban was that dance halls were often associated with prostitution in the past

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‘Pikachu Parade’ is Adorably Terrifying [VIDEO]

This is the stuff nightmares are made of.

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Asia-Pacific Expanding Its Reach; California Water Shortage Impact Farmers

Trade negotiators for the U.S. and Japan are working around the clock to complete a trade agreement prior to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington later this month. Negotiators are working to have the agreement ready to unveil during Abe’s visit as they hope the deal can pave the way for a broader Asia-Pacific pact involving 10 other countries. U.S. Trade Repr

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‘Mango Flavored Placenta Jelly’ is a Real Thing in Japan [TASTE TEST]

My wife orders the craziest stuff from Japan. I had to have her repeat what she said when she announced to me what came in the mail. To my misfortune, it turns out I'd heard her correctly. She'd ordered edible placenta jelly that happens to be mango flavored.

That's right. Placenta.

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Try an ‘Apple Burger’ at Burger Kings in Japan

This new menu item is all the rage at Burger King stores in Japan: The new BK Ringo Burger.

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Japanese Burger King Offers All-You-Can-Eat Burger And Fries

Japan, you confuse us so. First you tell us about Pepsi Special, which actually makes you lose weight. Today we find out that Burger King Japan offers an all-you-can-eat deal. What do you want from us?! Stop with the mixed messages!

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Japanese Pepsi Could Actually Make You Skinnier

First there was soda, carbonated sugar water that was sure to expand your waistline. Then there was "diet" soda, which didn't add any calories to the equation but was sweetened with chemicals that may not be so great for you.

Now, in Japan, there is something called Pepsi Special. This drink is so chock-full of chemicals -- mainly indigestible dextrin -- that there are claims it can actually make you skinnier.

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Russell Brand and Six Other Celebrities Who Have Been Deported

Russell Brand just wanted to see his wife Kate Perry perform in Japan. Unfortunately for the funnyman, Japanese authorities weren't amused by his criminal record, and on Sunday the 35-year-old was deported from the island nation.

Perry took to Twitter to explain what had gone down:

So...my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place," she tweeted. "It was for priors from over 10 years ago! ...But of COURSE I my Japanese fans & the show #MUSTGOON no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings!"

Brand is just the latest in a long list of celebrities whose behavior has been deemed so abhorrent that they were banned from an entire nation. Read on to see who else got the big boot.

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Katy Perry’s Husband Russell Brand Deported From Japan?

Katy Perry is currently on tour in Japan, but when they arrived at the airport her British comedian husband Russel Brand was deported.

Brand has had priors n Japan and they never forget. Brand was caught consuming drugs and sleeping around with women, all this happened over 10 years ago

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Daft Punk Selling Ferrari for Charity [VIDEO]

Are you in need of a 1987 Ferrari-412? Do you like the electro dance party music? Do you have tens of thousands of dollars just lying around that you'd rather give to charity? Well here's a deal for you!

One of my favorite groups, robot rockers and the guys who provided the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, Daft Punk are selling the sports car from their 2006 feature 'Electroma.' The proceeds will go towards the Red Cross' Japan relief effort. The sports car only has 16,000 miles on it (not bad). The bid is currently under $30,000 and will be on sale through Apr. 21.

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