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May Blues: Will Japan's Regularly Scheduled Depression Be Worse in 2019?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 30, 2019 • Tagged with psychology, mental health, economy, business, work

Will the Japanese workforce's annual battle with depression be even worse after a 10-day vacation?

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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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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Hikikomori: Is There a Path Forward for Japan's Social Recluses?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 04, 2019 • Tagged with mental health, psychology, society, culture

Why does Japan drive some to remain secluded their entire lives? A look at Japan's "shut-ins" - and how professionals and volunteers are trying to help re-integrate them back into society.

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Logan Paul and the Casual Racism of "Weird Japan"

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 03, 2018 • Tagged with people, society, suicide, mental health

What a YouTuber's dreadful appearance in Japan tells us about the way we talk about the country.