Former Prime Minister Murayama Tells Japan’s Leader Abe, “Study Up or Shut Up!”

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In that statement that we need to study history and his pointing out that Abe had not read or understood the Potsdam Declaration, Murayama seemed to be saying to his successor, “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. And if you knew your history, you’d make a proper apology. Get smart or shut up.” In many ways, the press conference was like a wise, cranky old teacher scolding a lazy student. However, will the lazy student listen?







Bitcoin CEO Karpeles Arrested But What Is He Guilty Of?











The Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange on Saturday morning for inflating his US accounts. But what is he really guilty of?







Pedophiles, JK, AKB48 and Trolls

When weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported on AKB48 management past ties to the yakuza, no one was surprised. The JK Business is a seedy con game and who knows how to run one better than former criminal associates & loan sharks?










It’s condescending and sexist attitudes like yours that encourage women and girls to go into the JK Business in the first place, because they are lead to believe that they will never be taken seriously or valued for their intellect and ability. Shame on you. 恥を知れ.







The JK Biz (日本語版)未成年の性的搾取(JKビジネス)と日本の異様な「カワイイ」

When weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported on AKB48 management past ties to the yakuza, no one was surprised. The JK Business is a seedy con game and who knows how to run one better than former criminal associates & loan sharks?










性は商品として売られることに日本人は男女を問わず寛容な傾向がある。大人が合意によって行っている前提であればそれは「寛容」と呼べるだろうが、未成年が対象となると全く別の話だ。また、「合意」の部分についても誤謬がないか。







Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime

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With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.







Nikkei buys the Financial Times: Have The Lunatics Taken Over the Asylum?

The Nikkei Buys The Financial Times. The Financial Times Sells Out To The Nikkei. Two stories and the same story.










“The Financial Times broke the story on the massive Olympus Accounting Fraud while Nikkei ignored it and was a mouthpiece for Olympus for the first week. Why should we believe you’ll protect the FT tradition of investigative journalism in Japan?”







The Mysteries of Mt. Gox: An Investigative Series Coming Soon!

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Since that time Mark Karpeles, the former CEO has been the subject of mass scrutiny, accused of being the criminal mastermind of Silk Road, and even the victim on an attempted shakedown by rogue Federal Agents. As a gaggle of reporters gathers outside his door over the last week, as rumours of his arrest fly, Japan Subculture Research Center is at last prepared to an exclusive series on the Mt. Gox story and the world of Bitcoin in Japan.







With “The War Bill” Looming, Japan’s Press & Academia Rebel Against Team Abe

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Professors Koichi Nakano, Mari Osawa and Manabu Sato visited the FCCJ on Friday to once again explain why more than 95% of political scholars are against this new bill that would increase Japan’s military capabilities.







The 70 Year Fallout: A Lament for Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Editor’s note: This year it will be 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. What is not widely known is that Japan was working on building its own atomic bomb, and if they had been faster, many believe that Imperial Japan would have used it. It does not lesson the horror of what was done […]




Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home

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Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

I’ll have to correct that.

“She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”