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Who's Killing Cats on This Japanese Island?

News   By Robin Griffin  ·  August 02, 2019 • Tagged with animals, cats, public health, pets, crime

The population of cats on the island of Imajima plummets - and authorities suspect foul play.

Incident on subway

Self-Defense for Japanese Women: Safety Pins or Cell Phones?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 28, 2019 • Tagged with women, women's rights, society, crime, sexual assault

Over half of Japanese women say they've been victims of groping, leading to a rise in recommended - and in some cases, controversial - countermeasures.

Gavel within a maze

"Rape Paradise": Father's Absolution in Rape of 12-Year-Old Daughter Sparks Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 08, 2019 • Tagged with crime, feminism, women's rights, children

Critics in Japan are calling out their country's judicial system after a series of rape cases are thrown out - and one case in particular has advocates in an uproar.

Woman being blamed

For Japan's Busted Drug Users, Shame Trumps Treatment

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 15, 2019 • Tagged with law, crime, society, entertainment

The Japanese actor who voices Olaf in Frozen is viciously shunned after a cocaine bust, leading some to criticize their country's attitude towards rehab.

Girl being bullied

Is Japan's Bullying Problem Overblown?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 21, 2019 • Tagged with bullying, law, crime, society, culture, psychology

Japan has gained a reputation in the West for being a nation of bullies. But do the facts back that up?

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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.

Watanabe Youta, who is allegedly one of the suspects who was just cleared of sexual assault charges.

Keio University Students Arrested Five Separate Times Won't Be Charged with Rape

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 26, 2019 • Tagged with crime, society, rape, women's rights

A Net backlash in Japan swells with news that several students of well-connected families at Keio University won't face multiple charges of sexual assault.

#WaitingOnGod: The Risky Hash Tags Used By Japan's Runaways

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 25, 2019 • Tagged with society, crime

How young Japanese girls are using Twitter to run away from home - and how Japanese police and NPOs are taking action to rescue them.