“My pussy (まんこ) is not indecent!” Japanese artist fights sexist obscenity laws

The artist Rokudenashiko holds up the comic book she wrote explaining why she makes art about female genitalia & her own vagina. (After being released from custody for obscenity charges)

Rokudenashiko is a slightly eccentric artist—this is certainly true. She has written an entire comic book about her obsession with her genitalia with wild surrealistic drawings. In the book, she even explains why she had cosmetic surgery on her womanhood to make it more attractive. Ms. Igarashi, at the press conference, was generally in good spirits, laughing and chatting with the press but when asked how far she was willing to fight, she said with resolve, “I’ll take the case all the way to the Supreme Court. I refuse to accept that part of me is obscene just because certain people looking at it choose to see it that way.”

AKB48: A Microcosm Of Dark Corporate Japan. Sexual exploitation of child labor is sooo cute. (Book review)

AKB48 aren't just a band of  teenage girls creepily sexually exploited by a money-grubbing management team that includes an ex-yakuza associate, they're also symbols of how badly workers in Japan get screwed over--in every way.

Shohei Sakakura has linked Black Companies with the nation’s most famous and lucrative girl group AKB 48. “AKB48 and the Black Companies,” and his indictments make Walmart look like a towering monument to worker’s rights. Yasushi Akimoto was a Zegen with a vision – having never been popular in high school himself, he recognized the deep sexual frustration and vast need for sexual fantasies festering in the educated and dateless Japanese male.

NHK apologizes for asking tough questions

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Allegations that NHK apologized to the government for an televised interview that went off script shows just how much pressure Abe puts on Japan’s biggest broadcaster.

High court upholds hate speech ruling

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The Osaka HIgh Court bans anti-Korean hate group, Zaitokukai from holding rallies in front of a Korean school in Kyoto and orders them to pay compensation.

Abe tells women to “shine,” but, really, he meant “die!”

A post that was meant to to show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support for women, due to some bad English usage with a different meaning when read as Japanese, ended up saying, "Hey all you women in Japan, drop dead!"

A blog post written by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show his support for women backfires when people pointed out that the English word “shine” can actually be read as the Japanese word for “drop dead! (死ね)”

Get ready to dance in the streets–Japan to revise anti-dance laws! (Maybe)

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The Japanese government will submit a bill to revise the controversial laws regulating dance clubs this fall in a special Diet session.

Scary Tales From Japan’s Marriage Graveyard: My Wife Divorced Me Over “Frozen”

On an on-line forum, "The Marriage Graveyard" a Japan man claims his wife divorced him or rather "let it go"  because he didn't appreciate the Disney film FROZEN.

A husband’s lack of interested in the Disney movie “Frozen” was the icing on the cake that triggered his wife’s demand for a divorce.

Over-Educated, Under-Paid and Most Likely Single: Women in Japan’s Academia

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Japanese academia is crowded with smart, talented women, according to the book Kogakureki Jyoshino Hinkon, but it seems very few in this country have any idea how to welcome or deploy them. All this, and yet in their book the three stress that higher education more often hinders instead of helps the modern Japanese woman attain personal and professional happiness.

ASKA comes out with new hit…. “Say yes—to meth”

Japanese singer-songwriter ASKA is known best for his 1991 hit single with music duo CHAGE and ASKA, “Say Yes,” but his recent arrest over drug possession shows that he just can’t say no to meth. ASKA, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki, confessed to police that he had smoked stimulant drugs several times in his [...]

Tokyo gets its first Bitcoin ATM–at The Pink Cow of all places

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Tokyo first Bitcoin ATM is operational–at a bar and restaurant in the middle of Roppongi.