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Japan's Predicted Pension Gap Puts Government on the Defensive

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  June 20, 2019 • Tagged with pension, economy, society, aging population

A government report telling citizens they'll need to save big to make it to 95 has Japan anxious - and Prime Minister Abe is scrambling to contain the fallout.

Uniqlo

How Uniqlo's First Female CEO Succeeded Against All Odds

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 19, 2019 • Tagged with business, women, women of japan

Japan trails behind the world average in female chief executives - which makes the emergence of Uniqlo's Akaida Maki all the more exciting. Learn how the driven CEO succeeded in a male-dominated business culture.

Mishima Yukio

Blood Oaths and Seppuku: The "Beautiful Death" of Author Mishima Yukio

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  June 18, 2019 • Tagged with history, biography, literature, nationalism, extremism, far right

What drove one of Japan's most acclaimed authors to raise a personal militia, and take a high-ranking general hostage in an attempted nationalist coup d'état?

Yutabon (Nakamura Yutaka)

10-Year-Old School-Skipping "Revolutionary" Goes Viral in Japan

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 17, 2019 • Tagged with youtube, youtuber, society, school, education, parenting

An Okinawan boy's anti-school rant continues to rack up hits - and criticism of both the boy and his parents.

She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

How Dynamic Developer Nakamura Ikumi Won The Internet

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  June 14, 2019 • Tagged with technology, women, business, people, video games

She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.

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In Japan, It's Not Just the Elderly Who Die Alone

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  June 13, 2019 • Tagged with kodokushi, elderly, aging population

A shocking discovery in the apartment of a woman in her 30s highlights how a lack of family contact and social ties for Japanese singles can quickly end in disaster.

Mishima Yukio

Man of Masks: The Strange Life of Author Mishima Yukio

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  June 12, 2019 • Tagged with history, biography, literature, WWII, Showa, LGBT, nationalism, extremism, far-right

A youth who found excitement only in books, Mishima Yukio became a brilliant author who challenged his country's sexual mores - until the day his life became stranger than fiction.

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

News   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.