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.

Gavel within a maze

"Rape Paradise": Father's Absolution in Rape of 12-Year-Old Daughter Sparks Backlash

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 08, 2019 • Tagged with crime, feminism, women's rights, children

Critics in Japan are calling out their country's judicial system after a series of rape cases are thrown out - and one case in particular has advocates in an uproar.

Asahi Shinbun newspaper declaring the new era name

There's Something About Reiwa: The Frenzy Over Japan's New Era

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 04, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family, reiwa

Chosen under intense secrecy, it's sparked a 10-day holiday, a new song, and even a minor crime wave. The meaning behind Japan's new era name, and how people in Japan are responding.

Fetishizing German Ad "Based on Japanese Culture" Draws Fire Across Asia

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 02, 2019 • Tagged with equality, racism, commercial, television

Is it Dolce & Gabbana all over again? German company Hornbach's attempt to lampoon a sexual fetish has sparked an online protest across Asia calling for its removal.

Hourglass

Is Time Running Out for Japan's Idol Culture?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 29, 2019 • Tagged with music, entertainment, idols, women, women's rights, feminism

A high profile abuse case has the Japanese press saying to idol groups: Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Woman looking at her checkbook in shock

Why Do Japanese Programmers Get Paid So Little?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 26, 2019 • Tagged with business, technology, software, money

Programmers, systems engineers, and software architects can command great salaries around the world. Japan, however, is a different story...

Man in handcuffs

Will Japan Outlaw Corporal Punishment?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 20, 2019 • Tagged with society, psychology, health, mental health

A series of high-profile deaths of kids has led the Abe admin to proffer a ban on corporal punishment. Is this going too far - or an idea whose time has come?

Cars and avatars

Nissan Wants an Avatar in Every Car by 2025

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 19, 2019 • Tagged with technology, business, economy

Will people be projecting themselves into your car in six years? Engineers at Nissan are betting yes.

Woman being blamed

For Japan's Busted Drug Users, Shame Trumps Treatment

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 15, 2019 • Tagged with law, crime, society, entertainment

The Japanese actor who voices Olaf in Frozen is viciously shunned after a cocaine bust, leading some to criticize their country's attitude towards rehab.

Photo of AirBnB ad in Japanese subway

Is AirBnB Japan Back From the Dead?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 14, 2019 • Tagged with travel, business, economy, money, technology

The popular service took a nosedive after a new law passed last year. Listings have returned - but should travelers be concerned?

My precious manga

Manga Protection Law To Be Revised After Manga Author Backlash

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 12, 2019 • Tagged with manga, anime, culture, entertainment, law

Why are manga authors hopping mad over a proposed new law that supposedly protects their rights?