Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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"Part-Time Terrorism": Japan Aghast Over Videos of Food Mishandling

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, society, viral

A viral trend of culinary terrorism by part-time workers makes Japanese customers question if they can trust what they're eating.

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Is Valentine’s Day in Japan a Male Power Trip?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 11, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, holidays, feminism, women

Why is a popular Japanese chocolate-giving tradition once rooted in gratitude and appreciation now being called out as a form of power harassment?

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The Kurihara Mia Case: Should Dead Girl's Mom Be Charged for Staying Silent?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with child abuse, society, health, law

Kurihara Mia died at the hands of her father, but now her mother is under arrest for neglect. How much culpability does the mother have for not speaking out?

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.

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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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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.

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"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.