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The Lord of the Nine Dimensions: Inside "Happy Science", Japan's Far-Right Religious Movement

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  August 12, 2019 • Tagged with religion, history, shinto, buddhism, cults, politics

In the mid-1980s, a Japanese salaryman declared himself the reincarnation of Buddha and Hermes. Now his religious organization claims millions of adherents.

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The Fools: A Joke Political Party in Japan Wins a Seat (and Taxpayer Funds)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 25, 2019 • Tagged with politics, government, election

How a party that seeks to "topple" Japan's public broadcast system made waves - and secured power - through performance art.

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The Knights: New Japanese Political Party Gets Disabled Candidates Elected

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 25, 2019 • Tagged with politics, government, election

How did a three-month-old party win seats in Japan's Upper House? Its leader did something rare in politics: he put other peoples' interests before his own.

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Nagoya City Suggests the Disabled Use Drones to Scale a Castle

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 10, 2019 • Tagged with equality, technology, disabled, history, politics

When the city of Nagoya announced the renovated Nagoya Castle would lack an elevator for disabled access, the response was...less than uplifting.

Hay Fever in Japan: A Man-Made Nationwide Epidemic

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  July 08, 2019 • Tagged with environment, health, government, politics, economy

How did a condition once thought to be non-existent in Japan become the country's "national illness"? Blame the government, says Krys Suzuki.

Japan's Olympics Minister: From Faux Pas to Fired in Two Hours Flat

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 16, 2019 • Tagged with politics, olympics

He was vilified worldwide as the cybersecurity chief who didn't use a computer. But Sakurada Yoshitaka's gaffes didn't stop there...

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There's Something About Reiwa: The Frenzy Over Japan's New Era

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 04, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family, reiwa

Chosen under intense secrecy, it's sparked a 10-day holiday, a new song, and even a minor crime wave. The meaning behind Japan's new era name, and how people in Japan are responding.

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South Korea Ignores Own Crimes, Demands (More) Apologies for Comfort Women

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 14, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, politics, comfort women, international relations

Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?