Alyssa Pearl Fusek is a freelance Japan and mental health content writer living in Chico, California with her partner and one cat. She graduated in 2015 from Willamette University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies and continues to improve her Japanese language skills. She is also a published poet and fiction writer. You can check out her freelance writing work at The Japanese Pearl.
A brazen road rage incident recorded by the assailant's companion has Japan in an uproar. But it turns out this isn't the suspect's first brush with vehicular terrorism...
Attendees' grotesque behavior towards a Chinese cosplayer attending a comics convention leaves many questioning whether Japan's Comiket convention is a safe space for women.
A recruiting company used a predictive program to assess the odds that a candidate would decline a job - and then sold the precious data without permission.
An appalling murder case in Japan led the press to break the rules, and citizens to question the country's juvenile criminal law. But did anything change afterwards?
How a music-fueled rebellion against conformity and fixed gender roles became a significant cultural movement in Japan - and why some people are still trying to keep it alive.
In Japan, married couples must share the same surname. A growing chorus of voices says it's time for that to change.
In 1978, the Toei Company rushed a Star Wars knock-off into theaters. It nearly blew up on the launchpad. Here's why (and why you should watch it anyway).
"Cultural appropriation" usually hasn't made waves in Japan. Then Kim Kardashian came along. Learn why even the city of Kyoto is objecting to the celebrity's latest business project.
A government report telling citizens they'll need to save big to make it to 95 has Japan anxious - and Prime Minister Abe is scrambling to contain the fallout.