Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Ikebukuro Shopping District (Ikebukuro Station East Gate)
Japanese flag and LGBT flag
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

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.

Naomi Osaka during the Australia Open, where she became the first Japanese woman to become the number one ranked female player in the world.

Million Dollar Expat: Naomi Osaka's Citizenship Dilemma

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with Naomi Osaka, tennis, sports, citizenship, nationality, law, culture

Naomi Osaka has to make a choice soon about her Japanese citizenship - and it could cost her millions.

Woman in jail cell in anguish

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?