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The Shocking Consequences of Mental Illness Stigma in Japan

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  February 06, 2019 • Tagged with mental health, psychology, health, wellness, society

While Japan has made strides in recent years, a stigma around mental illness lingers - with sometimes horrifying consequences.

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Why Are Japanese Men Not Going Home After Work?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 05, 2019 • Tagged with world, culture, feminism, women's rights

As Japanese wives demand more participation from their husbands in home life, some husbands are responding by simply not going home.

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Hikikomori: Is There a Path Forward for Japan's Social Recluses?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 04, 2019 • Tagged with mental health, psychology, society, culture

Why does Japan drive some to remain secluded their entire lives? A look at Japan's "shut-ins" - and how professionals and volunteers are trying to help re-integrate them back into society.

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Cashless Payments in Japan Accelerate - and May Doom the One Yen Coin

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 01, 2019 • Tagged with economy, money, business

Cashless payments are accelerating, even among the elderly - and it appears the one yen coin might not survive their onslaught.

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9-Year-Old Japanese Go Player Will Become Country's Youngest Pro Ever

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 31, 2019 • Tagged with games, entertainment, culture, south korea

A young girl who can't even turn pro until April is already giving some of the world's top Go players a run for their money.

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Is Japan Too Deferential to Parents? Advocates Speak Out After 10-Year-Old's Death

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 31, 2019 • Tagged with children, violence, crime, society, law, domestic violence

A second high-profile death of an abused child leaves experts questioning why Japan gives so much credence to the wishes of parents over children.

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Did Japan's Government Track Dissidents in Okinawa?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 30, 2019 • Tagged with government, protest, okinawa

Did the Abe government violate Japan's Constitution by tracking opponents of Okinawa's military base? The government denies it - but a Japanese newspaper now has documented evidence.

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"Drop Dead": Why Harassment By Customers is Spiking in Japan

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 29, 2019 • Tagged with money, business, society

Why are Japanese customers getting more angry and aggressive? Experts cite two key factors.

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"Ninja" Thief Scales Walls to Commit Robberies in Osaka

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with essay, culture, society

An Osaka man who used his newfound powers for evil has been arrested by local police for a series of daring - and impressive - robberies.

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Resistance and Acceptance in the Allied Occupation of Japan

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with history, culture, society

How the Allied Occupation plunged Japan into a national Five Stages of Grief - and how it permanently changed Japanese society and government.