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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After High-Profile Killings, Japan's Hikikomori Fear Being Stigmatized

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 11, 2019 • Tagged with hikikomori, mental health, psychology, society, culture, aging population, elderly

Why two separate sets of killings have Japan's recluses fearing that what little space they have in society will be taken from them.

Man at the airport

Paternity Harassment? A Japanese Dad's Job Transfer Causes Online Furor

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 04, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, children, child rearing, population

A man who recently returned from parental leave has his life turned upside down by his company. Learn what happened when his wife spoke out about it on Twitter.

Incident on subway

Self-Defense for Japanese Women: Safety Pins or Cell Phones?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 28, 2019 • Tagged with women, women's rights, society, crime, sexual assault

Over half of Japanese women say they've been victims of groping, leading to a rise in recommended - and in some cases, controversial - countermeasures.

Mom gives death stare to inconsiderate dillweed on a subway

Japan's Perennial Baby Stroller War

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 23, 2019 • Tagged with women, mothers, children, child care

Some moms don't regard Japan as a friendly place to raise kids - and attitudes towards baby strollers have become symbolic of their dissatisfaction.

The Woman Who Was Worked to Death

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 07, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, health, work, suicide, mental health

Nine months after starting work at Japanese advertising firm Dentsu, Takahashi Matsuri leaped to her death. Her death sparked a series of reforms - but some say it's still not enough.

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In Japan, Birth Control is Largely Out of Women's Hands

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 02, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, equality, women's rights, health

Despite reports to the contrary, Japan is still having sex - but Japanese women have little control over the outcome.

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May Blues: Will Japan's Regularly Scheduled Depression Be Worse in 2019?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 30, 2019 • Tagged with psychology, mental health, economy, business, work

Will the Japanese workforce's annual battle with depression be even worse after a 10-day vacation?

Woman reaching through water. Kowai!!!

Momo: The Horror Hoax Appropriated from Japanese Legend

By Krys Suzuki Krys Suzuki  ·  April 29, 2019 • Tagged with social media, hoax, urban legend, society, art, yokai

How a sculpture based on a Japanese horror legend became the mascot for a creepy Internet story - and how the artist reacted when he found out about it.

7-11 Convenience Store

Unseen Japan Kaiwa 4: An Inconvenient Conbini

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 27, 2019 • Tagged with economy, business, lifestyle, society

Why has the 24-7 Japanese convenience store suddenly become controversial? How critical are such stores to daily life in Japan? And why did Anthony Bourdain always head to a conbini when he landed in Japan?

Ikebukuro Shopping District (Ikebukuro Station East Gate)

Too Old to Drive? Mother/Daughter's Death in Ikebukuro Sparks Debate

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 26, 2019 • Tagged with accident, law, legal, depopulation, aging population, elderly

The death of a mom and her young daughter at the hands of an elderly driver has sparked anger and recrimination - at the driver, the press, and the law.