Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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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.

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After Teacher Slugs Student in Japan, Many Sympathize with...the Teacher

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 24, 2019 • Tagged with school, education, violence, crime, society

Learn why, after a teacher hauled off and hit a student, many are calling for the STUDENT to be punished.

A Militarized Japan? The Quest to Revise Article 9 of Japan's Constitution

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 18, 2019 • Tagged with justice, crime, law, constitution

Will Japan move from maintaining a pure self-defense force to creating an army that can go on the offense?


99.9%: Is Japan's High Conviction Rate a Product of "Hostage Justice"?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  January 17, 2019 • Tagged with justice, crime, law

The prolonged detention of Carlos Ghosn has led to scrutiny of Japan's 99.9% conviction rate - and the tactics used to maintain it.