Ninkyodo, dude! Even The Yakuza Are Speaking English Now

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Maybe the detective was right, because while the Yamaguchi-gumi may not have substantially expanded their operations, they are certainly trying to expand their appeal internationally. Recently, they debuted their own English version of the website, NINKYOUDOU (任侠道). Ninkyodo is the supposed to be the philosophy of the yakuza, an ethical code and way of life which places importance on helping the weak and self-sacrifice. The old-school yakuza, while still being essentially criminals, but mostly professional gamblers or street merchants–also maintained a code of honor which forbid theft, robbery, sexual assault, fraud and dealing in drugs. (Of course, racketeering, extortion, and other money-making ventures were not off-limits. Even a noble semi-samurai has to earn a living, right.)

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)”

Sexist jibes at Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Spark & Ignite Protests

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The insults included such gems as: “You should hurry up and get married!” “Can’t you have babies?”
The remarks brought up bad memories for some of the population as it mirrored the infamous 10 Precepts for Marriage issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1939 under the Imperial Japan regime. The guidelines concluded with the infamous line: 産めよ殖やせよ国のため (For the sake of the country, give birth and grow the population). These guidelines were based on similar ones issued by the Nazi regime.

Japan on the whale path again; kills 30 minke in latest hunt

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Media sources have linked Japan’s recent hunting season to March’s IWC ruling, but because you think Japan has broken the law, look closely.

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.

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.

The First Rule Of Secret 3D Gun Club In Japan: Don’t Upload The Video of Firing The Gun on Youtube

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In Japan, getting your hands on a gun is almost impossible, so the natural thing to do if you want a firearm is to make one. Or more appropriately, print one. Just don’t upload a video of yourself on Youtube doing target practice with that gun.