Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Bring Me To Life: How 2.5D Musicals Bring Anime and Manga to the Stage

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  May 06, 2019 • Tagged with anime, manga, entertainment, theater, technology, business

Many live-action manga and anime adaptations are received poorly. So how has musical theater captured the imagination of fans worldwide?

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May Blues: Will Japan's Regularly Scheduled Depression Be Worse in 2019?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 30, 2019 • Tagged with psychology, mental health, economy, business, work

Will the Japanese workforce's annual battle with depression be even worse after a 10-day vacation?

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Unseen Japan Kaiwa 4: An Inconvenient Conbini

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 27, 2019 • Tagged with economy, business, lifestyle, society

Why has the 24-7 Japanese convenience store suddenly become controversial? How critical are such stores to daily life in Japan? And why did Anthony Bourdain always head to a conbini when he landed in Japan?

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MUJI: Is Japan's "Brand-less" Brand Taking Over the World?

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 12, 2019 • Tagged with business, economics, stores, travel, tourism

With stores popping up globally, copycats abounding in China, and even a hotel in Ginza, MUJI is on a roll. What's the secret of its success?

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Why Do Japanese Programmers Get Paid So Little?

News   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...

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Nissan Wants an Avatar in Every Car by 2025

News   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.

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Is AirBnB Japan Back From the Dead?

News   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?

The Vending Train

A Subway Train in Japan Gets a Second Life...as a Vending Machine

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 27, 2019 • Tagged with business, environment, subway, vending machines

A long-serving train car on Tokyo Metro's Ginza line isn't heading entirely for the scrapyard: a part of its gets to live on in the station.