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Jay and Misaki duking it out

Unseen Japan Kaiwa 2: Teacher, Teacher - Reader Response to Teacher in Japan Who Hit Student

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 07, 2019 • Tagged with video, youtube, education, society, violence

English language YouTuber and former Japanese schoolteacher teacher Misaki joins Unseen Japan to discuss our reader's top comments about the teacher who won public support after slugging a student.

Woman in distress

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.

Father lecturing son

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.

Child violence - large hand holding schoolgirl

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.

Angry senior citizen

"Drop Dead": Why Harassment By Customers is Spiking in Japan

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 29, 2019 • Tagged with aging population, money, business, society

Why are Japanese customers getting more angry and aggressive? Experts cite two key factors.

Ninja scaling a wall

"Ninja" Thief Scales Walls to Commit Robberies in Osaka

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with essay, culture, society

An Osaka man who used his newfound powers for evil has been arrested by local police for a series of daring - and impressive - robberies.

Japanese delegation arrives to sign Japan's declaration of surrender.

Resistance and Acceptance in the Allied Occupation of Japan

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with history, culture, society

How the Allied Occupation plunged Japan into a national Five Stages of Grief - and how it permanently changed Japanese society and government.

Watanabe Youta, who is allegedly one of the suspects who was just cleared of sexual assault charges.

Keio University Students Arrested Five Separate Times Won't Be Charged with Rape

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 26, 2019 • Tagged with crime, society, rape, women's rights

A Net backlash in Japan swells with news that several students of well-connected families at Keio University won't face multiple charges of sexual assault.

#WaitingOnGod: The Risky Hash Tags Used By Japan's Runaways

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 25, 2019 • Tagged with society, crime

How young Japanese girls are using Twitter to run away from home - and how Japanese police and NPOs are taking action to rescue them.

Vaccine

Anti-Vax Japanese Religious Cult Apologizes for Measles Outbreak

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 24, 2019 • Tagged with health, religion, society

A religious group in Mie Prefecture apologizes after its resistance to modern medicine nearly causes an epidemic.