Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Washoku (traditional Japanese food)
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From Drunken Disaster to Japan's Joke Party (Patron Content)

Patreon   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 18, 2019 • Tagged with politics, politicians, entertainment, culture

"You just nearly drunk-started a war with Russia. What's your next career move?"

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A Cosplayer's Treatment at Japan's Comiket Draws Criticism Worldwide

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  August 16, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, anime, manga, entertainment, culture

Attendees' grotesque behavior towards a Chinese cosplayer attending a comics convention leaves many questioning whether Japan's Comiket convention is a safe space for women.

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Japanese Student and Others Speak Out Over US School's Mushroom Cloud Logo

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 15, 2019 • Tagged with war, history, education, culture

Japanese people wonder: Why does a school in America revel in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people by calling themselves "The Bombers"?

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Japanese Recruiting Firm Sold Job-Seeker's "Scores" Without Consent

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  August 15, 2019 • Tagged with business, technology, economy, jobs, scandal

A recruiting company used a predictive program to assess the odds that a candidate would decline a job - and then sold the precious data without permission.

The Unique History of Japan's Postal System

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  August 13, 2019 • Tagged with history, government, politics

How the Japan Post's unique development and services improved the economy of a nation - its successes, its controversies, and the origin of that famous "T" symbol.

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The Lord of the Nine Dimensions: Inside "Happy Science", Japan's Far-Right Religious Movement

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  August 12, 2019 • Tagged with religion, history, shinto, buddhism, cults, politics

In the mid-1980s, a Japanese salaryman declared himself the reincarnation of Buddha and Hermes. Now his religious organization claims millions of adherents.

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What Do I Call You, Honey? Japanese and the Language of Marriage (Patron Content)

Patreon   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 11, 2019 • Tagged with japanese, marriage, relationships

In Japan, what you call your partner in front of other people can be a confusing question - and one laden with a lot of cultural baggage.

Children in the balance in divorce.

Separate Ways: Why Joint Parenting After Divorce in Japan is So Rare

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 08, 2019 • Tagged with parenting, children, marriage, divorce

In Japan, divorce often means a permanent good-bye for at least one parent. Learn why some activists are fighting to change that.