Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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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.

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Ticket for Monk Driving in Robes is Tossed, But Legal Issues Linger

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 27, 2019 • Tagged with culture, law, religion, twitter

A monk who sparked an online rebellion gets his fine thrown out - but the issue of whether monks are legally allowed to drive in robes is far from resolved.

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.

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Why Do Adult Adoptions Abound in Japan's Business World?

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 26, 2018 • Tagged with adoption, law, business, money, marriage, family

Why are almost 98% of adoptions in Japan of grown men? Alyssa Pearl Fusek looks at the interesting history behind adult adoption.