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Mercenaries of Global Terror: Shigenobu Fusako and the Japanese Red Army

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  September 19, 2019 • Tagged with history, far left, communism, education, war, crime

How the vestiges of Japan's ultraviolent left fled the country - and inflicted decades of terror upon the world.

Enka

Enka Music: From Political Protest to Cultural Tradition

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  September 17, 2019 • Tagged with entertainment, music, culture

How a form of political protest music came to be regarded as an art form that captures "the heart of Japan."

Cover art for Kenkou De Bunkateki Na Saiteigendo No Seikatsu

Head Above Water: A Manga About Japan's "Losers" (and the People Who Help Them)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 16, 2019 • Tagged with manga, comics, entertainment, society

How the latest work by author Kashiwagi Haruko demonstrates the diversity of manga as a medium - and provides insight into the daily struggle of Japan's least privileged.

Asama-Sanso Lodge

Last Stand: The Hostage Crisis That Ended Japan's Red Army

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  September 12, 2019 • Tagged with history, far left, communism, education, war, crime

The disintegration of a far-left paramilitary group led to a standoff that was watched on live TV by 90% of the country - and that changed Japanese politics for decades.

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Blood on the Snow: The Horrifying Implosion of Japan's United Red Army

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  September 10, 2019 • Tagged with history, far left, communism, occupation, education, war

Pushed underground by vigilant police surveillance, Japan's militant far left went down a dark path that would tarnish its name in infamy for decades to come.

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Japan Has The World's Strongest Passport (That Few People Use)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 09, 2019 • Tagged with travel, tourism, culture, world

Japan's passport rules the world. So why do only one in four Japanese citizens have one?

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Amidst Tensions, Anti-Korean Hate Speech Abounds in Japanese Media

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  September 05, 2019 • Tagged with racism, equality, hate speech, society

As diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea reach their lowest point in decades, Japanese media is only making matters worse for Koreans who call Japan home.

A Simple Guide to Ordering in Japanese Restaurants

Essay   By Arthur Reiji Morris  ·  September 04, 2019 • Tagged with food, travel, japanese, restaurants, dining

Eating out in Japan, but afraid your Nihongo's a little rusty? Here's an easy guide to getting seated, ordering and enjoying yourself at any restaurant in Japan.