Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Fetishizing German Ad "Based on Japanese Culture" Draws Fire Across Asia

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 02, 2019 • Tagged with equality, racism, commercial, television

Is it Dolce & Gabbana all over again? German company Hornbach's attempt to lampoon a sexual fetish has sparked an online protest across Asia calling for its removal.

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Burakumin: Japan's Hounded "Untouchables"

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  April 01, 2019 • Tagged with equality, society, discrimination, equal rights

While Japan has no formal caste system today, one "underclass" still finds itself routinely hounded and persecuted.

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Why Japan's Ainu Recognition Bill Upsets the Ainu

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 18, 2019 • Tagged with ainu, hokkdaio, indigenous, history, law, equality

After all these years, the Japanese government officially recognized the Ainu. Here's why the Ainu can't take them seriously.

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Not So Kawaii: How Japan's "Culture of Cute" Traps Japanese Women

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 11, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women, women's rights

It rakes in trillions for Japan, but is kawaii culture forcing Japanese women into a no-win situation?

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#KuToo: A Revolt Against High Heels in the Japanese Workplace

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 01, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women's rights, metoojapan, women

A model deploys a clever play on words to make the case against compulsory heels. Learn why her campaign is resonating with Japanese women.

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Japan Considers Compensation for Forced Sterilization Under Eugenics Law

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 28, 2019 • Tagged with children, human rights, health, society, equality

Japan's eugenics law remained on the books until 1996. Now, the victims are fighting back - and the country's government grapples for a formal response.