Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Drowning in a Sea of Trees: Understanding Aokigahara, Japan's "Suicide Forest"

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 21, 2019 • Tagged with society, psychology, health, mental health, travel

Why has Aokigahara, a forest full of legend and history, gained notoriety as a haven of death? (TRIGGER WARNING: Sensitive material)

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Will Japan Outlaw Corporal Punishment?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 20, 2019 • Tagged with society, psychology, health, mental health

A series of high-profile deaths of kids has led the Abe admin to proffer a ban on corporal punishment. Is this going too far - or an idea whose time has come?

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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.

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The Kurihara Mia Case: Should Dead Girl's Mom Be Charged for Staying Silent?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with child abuse, society, health, law

Kurihara Mia died at the hands of her father, but now her mother is under arrest for neglect. How much culpability does the mother have for not speaking out?

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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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Anti-Vax Japanese Religious Cult Apologizes for Measles Outbreak

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 24, 2019 • Tagged with health, religion, society

A religious group in Mie Prefecture apologizes after its resistance to modern medicine nearly causes an epidemic.

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Rice Flight: Why Japan is Eating Less Rice Than Ever (And Why That Won't Change)

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 14, 2019 • Tagged with food, health, economy, money, lifestyle

Japan is considered synonymous with rice. So why has consumption decreased steadily for decades?

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News Japan: Japanese Restaurant Chain Tests Smoking Ban. The Results…?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 08, 2018 • Tagged with news, society, health, eating, drinking

What happened when a Japanese restaurant chain chose to ban smoking ahead of the 2020 Olympics?