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Stories 25-21: The Best of JAPAN Forward 2023

Check out the best of 2023 through the 25 most-read articles on JAPAN Forward, starting with 25 - 21. Did your favorites make the list?



Join us at JAPAN Forward as we celebrate the end of the year by reflecting on the best of 2023 through the most-read articles on our site. While you followed the achievements of Shohei Ohtani, did you also take time to learn about his sleep habits? 

This week's selection features stories and insights on Japanese culture and athletes, wartime history, and disaster resiliency, reflecting the news and events that held our attention in 2023. 

Take a look to find out why your fellow readers navigated to these stories more than any others. And, once again, thanks for following JAPAN Forward!

This article highlights numbers 25 to 21 of the most popular articles of 2023.

25 - 21 | 20 - 16 | 15 - 11 | 10 - 6 | 5 - 1

Tokyo Game Show visitors on September 21 (© Sankei)

25. Tokyo Game Show 2023 is Bigger and Better Than Ever

By Arielle Busetto

Tokyo Game Show 2023 has 2,291 titles, bringing such coveted games as FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH, and Sonic Superstars to Japanese audiences for the first time.

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24. Shohei Ohtani: How Dedication to Quality Sleep Drives Success

By Eisuke Asano

Japanese company Nishikawa's custom-made mattress and pillow helped baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani with his physical recovery during the season.

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23. Harvard Professor's Paper on the Comfort Women Issue Survives

By Jason Morgan, Reitaku University

Facts and painstaking scholarly work helped Professor J Mark Ramseyer overcome ignorance and hate to overturn a popular fiction on the comfort women debate.

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22. As Typhoon Lan Approaches Here is How To Deal with Possible Transport Chaos

By Robert D Eldridge, PhD  

Typhoon Lan is set to hit the central island of Honshu, affecting Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya, among others. Find out about past disruptions and lessons learned.


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21. INTERVIEW | Masamitsu Yoshioka, 105, on What Happened In the Skies Over Honolulu

By Jason Morgan, Reitaku University

Masamitsu Yoshioka, 105, is the last survivor of those who attacked Pearl Harbor. He talks about cheating death and the lives lost on both sides of the War.

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Masamitsu Yoshioka with his bomber, 1941. (© JAPAN Forward)

Coming up: the next five articles in our top 25, from 20-16. 

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