Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Burakumin: Japan's Hounded "Untouchables"

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  April 01, 2019 • Tagged with equality, society, discrimination, equal rights

While Japan has no formal caste system today, one "underclass" still finds itself routinely hounded and persecuted.

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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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.

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Japan Considers Compensation for Forced Sterilization Under Eugenics Law

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 28, 2019 • Tagged with children, human rights, health, society, equality

Japan's eugenics law remained on the books until 1996. Now, the victims are fighting back - and the country's government grapples for a formal response.

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A Major Inconvenience? Citing Overwork, 7-11 Owner in Osaka Stops 24/7 Operation

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 22, 2019 • Tagged with business, society, money

A 7-11 franchisee who's "on the verge of working to death" said he's shortening his store's hours - a move that has 7-11 Corporate fuming.

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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?

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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.