Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Jay Andrew Allen

I'm the publisher of Unseen Japan. I hold an N1 Certification in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and am married to a wonderful woman from Tokyo.

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The Student Deployment: When Japan Threw Its Youth Away

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 15, 2019 • Tagged with war, world war 2, history

When Japan found itself in desperate straits in 1943, it used the one untapped resource it had left: its college youth. A former soldier tells how he survived - and the permanent damage it etched into his soul.

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South Korea Ignores Own Crimes, Demands (More) Apologies for Comfort Women

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 14, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, politics, comfort women, international relations

Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?

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As Tourism Skyrockets, Japanese Airline Equips Baggage Handlers with Power Suits

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, tourism, travel, airline, tech, technology, robotics

Cyborg baggage handlers? An influx of foreign visitors forces one airline to find an inventive way to handle the load.

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"Part-Time Terrorism": Japan Aghast Over Videos of Food Mishandling

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, society, viral

A viral trend of culinary terrorism by part-time workers makes Japanese customers question if they can trust what they're eating.

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Ichikawa Fusae: The First Woman of Japanese Politics

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 12, 2019 • Tagged with history, feminism, women of japan

In an age when women had few rights, Ichikawa Fusae fought for hers - and used her hard won career to give a voice to the voiceless.

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The Kurihara Mia Case: Should Dead Girl's Mom Be Charged for Staying Silent?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with child abuse, society, health, law

Kurihara Mia died at the hands of her father, but now her mother is under arrest for neglect. How much culpability does the mother have for not speaking out?

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"Wild Beast" of Japan Women's Judo Retires to Sell Ice Cream

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with sports, culture, food

A judo champion leaves a room full of reporters in shock with her plans for the future.

Jay and Misaki duking it out

Unseen Japan Kaiwa 2: Teacher, Teacher - Reader Response to Teacher in Japan Who Hit Student

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 07, 2019 • Tagged with video, youtube, education, society, violence

English language YouTuber and former Japanese schoolteacher teacher Misaki joins Unseen Japan to discuss our reader's top comments about the teacher who won public support after slugging a student.

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Why Are Japanese Men Not Going Home After Work?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 05, 2019 • Tagged with world, culture, feminism, women's rights

As Japanese wives demand more participation from their husbands in home life, some husbands are responding by simply not going home.

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Cashless Payments in Japan Accelerate - and May Doom the One Yen Coin

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 01, 2019 • Tagged with economy, money, business

Cashless payments are accelerating, even among the elderly - and it appears the one yen coin might not survive their onslaught.