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

News   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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The Colonization of Hokkaido: How a "Foreign" Frontier Became Japan

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with history, hokkaido, ainu, colonization, meiji era, edo

How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.

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

News   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

Essay   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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Is Valentine’s Day in Japan a Male Power Trip?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 11, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, holidays, feminism, women

Why is a popular Japanese chocolate-giving tradition once rooted in gratitude and appreciation now being called out as a form of power harassment?

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

News   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

News   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.

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

Video   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.