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News piece on Furuta Junko
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Ikebukuro Shopping District (Ikebukuro Station East Gate)

Too Old to Drive? Mother/Daughter's Death in Ikebukuro Sparks Debate

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 26, 2019 • Tagged with accident, law, legal, depopulation, aging population, elderly

The death of a mom and her young daughter at the hands of an elderly driver has sparked anger and recrimination - at the driver, the press, and the law.

Japanese flag and LGBT flag

In Japan, The Surge for Marriage Equality Builds

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 18, 2019 • Tagged with law, marriage, lgbt, equality

An uptick in public support has LGBT couples in Japan on the offensive, as a new series of lawsuits aims to turn the legal tide for same sex marriage.

Entrance to the Ainu Museum in Shiroai, Hokkaido

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.

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.

My precious manga

Manga Protection Law To Be Revised After Manga Author Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 12, 2019 • Tagged with manga, anime, culture, entertainment, law

Why are manga authors hopping mad over a proposed new law that supposedly protects their rights?

A swindler convinces someone her son needs money.

"Appointment Call" Scam: The New - and Deadly - Crime Targeting Japan's Elderly

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 05, 2019 • Tagged with aging population, law, elderly

A new form of financial swindle targeting Japan's elderly is racking up victims - and bodies.

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?

A businessman with a fat stack of yen

Who Donated a Box Full of Moldy Yen to This Japanese Prefecture?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with law, society, money, charity

The incident is just the latest in a trend in Japan toward anonymous donations.