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Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide

In Japan, a country rich with visual storytelling, food has skyrocketed as a genre of manga — and the stories often depict a struggle for self-improvement.

Pedestrians in Tokyo watch as Emperor Akihito speaks to the nation. In the rare video message, Akihito said old age and illness may make it difficult for him to fulfill his public duties. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Rare Speech, Japan's Emperor Hints At Abdicating

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How The Trump Campaign Weakened The Republican Platform On Aid To Ukraine

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How 'Stronger Together' Became Clinton's Response To 'Make America Great Again'

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Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide

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Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide

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Students perform a creative writing exercise at Cold Water Well Middle School. Students write descriptive prose from the perspective of a human statue, a blind person feeling the statue, and an outside observer. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In China, Some Schools Are Playing With More Creativity, Less Cramming

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This is what's called a "specimen lot" — a large mason jar holding smaller vials of parasitic worms gathered by a researcher in 1927. The Smithsonian collection has more than 120,000 specimen lots. Kristin Adair/NPR hide caption

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#NPRWormWeek: Worms Are Bottled Up In The Smithsonian's Crawl Space

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