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.

The Vending Train

A Subway Train in Japan Gets a Second Life...as a Vending Machine

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 27, 2019 • Tagged with business, environment, subway, vending machines

A long-serving train car on Tokyo Metro's Ginza line isn't heading entirely for the scrapyard: a part of its gets to live on in the station.

An android who thinks it's Hamlet

A Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Gets Its First Android Saint

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 25, 2019 • Tagged with technology, robotics, religion

If you were planning to join the Buddhist priesthood because a robot took your job...welp, I've got some bad news for you.

7-11 store in Tokyo

A Major Inconvenience? Citing Overwork, 7-11 Owner in Osaka Stops 24/7 Operation

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 22, 2019 • Tagged with business, society, money

A 7-11 franchisee who's "on the verge of working to death" said he's shortening his store's hours - a move that has 7-11 Corporate fuming.

Girl being bullied

Is Japan's Bullying Problem Overblown?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 21, 2019 • Tagged with bullying, law, crime, society, culture, psychology

Japan has gained a reputation in the West for being a nation of bullies. But do the facts back that up?

A businessman with a fat stack of yen

Who Donated a Box Full of Moldy Yen to This Japanese Prefecture?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with law, society, money, charity

The incident is just the latest in a trend in Japan toward anonymous donations.

Naomi Osaka during the Australia Open, where she became the first Japanese woman to become the number one ranked female player in the world.

Million Dollar Expat: Naomi Osaka's Citizenship Dilemma

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with Naomi Osaka, tennis, sports, citizenship, nationality, law, culture

Naomi Osaka has to make a choice soon about her Japanese citizenship - and it could cost her millions.

Picture of war

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.

Comfort woman statue

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?

Man with power assisted leg

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.

Worker picking fish out of the garbage

"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.