The Tokyo Vices Of The Great White Journalist: Christopher Johnson

The Troll. The Bully. Self-proclaimed journalist. Terrible nuisance.天の邪鬼

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I heard that your daughter gives really good head… and so does your son.
Hey, I wanted to hear if your children are getting a good sleep because… when you get fired, and I get fired, you’re going to have to put your kids out of international school and into Japanese school and I’ll be waiting for them. (Troll, 2007)

Hey, Baby? You’re fired & don’t come back. Maternity Harassment (MATAHARA) and The Working Woman in Japan

Fighting Against Maternity Harassment is a grass roots effort

According to Japanese Trade Union Confederation, matahara is an abbreviation of “maternity harassment.” The word refers to mental or physical harassment that some workingwomen go through when they announce to their colleagues that they’re pregnant or after they come back to the office from maternity leave. Some women come back to find themselves demoted or receiving a pay cut. In the worst-case scenario, some are even pressured to quit or fired. Harassment comes not only from men in the office but other women as well—sometimes out of irritation that their workload will increase, sometimes out of a kind of jealousy.

How did Japan’s Whalers Of The Past Feel About Their Job & The Whales They Killed?

whales kissing

Despite the popular opinion that Japan’s dedicated pro-whaling community comes from a background of legendary, barbaric whalers who slaughtered whales without mercy, some reports show that pre-harpoon whalers were actually very considerate for the feelings of these giant creatures. Sociologist Hiroyuki Watanabe’s book titled Japan’s Whaling, takes a broad look at the entirety of the […]

Governmental Parties to Youth: ‘We can be cool too!’

The bands on the lineup for Shimokitazawa's youth voting and rock event for Sunday's election.

Prime Minister Abe and opposing parties have been vying, sometimes with music, to attract the first-time youth voters to join their sides.

Japan Loves Trump! Banzai!

TOKYO—Japan loves Donald TrumP—so much it wants to hug and kiss him—at least that’s the impression you might get from the Japan Supports Donald Trump For World President 2016 Banzai! video that has now been seen over 14 million times on Facebook and 3 million times on YouTube

TGIF in Tokyo! Tonight June 17th “This and That Cafe” to Feature Amazing Lineup of Artists

Friday (June 17), enjoy great music at This and That, a collaboration of Tokyo's brightest artists.

Tonight (Friday June 17) at 7:30, the Super Deluxe performance venue in Roppongi will be hosting the 29th incarnation of This & That Cafe, an event where artists, both international and local, come together for a great night of art, music and fun. The musical acts range from the soothing alternative rock sounds of Metro […]

Japan’s Classic (Misleading) Pro-Whaling Book: “You can’t tell us what to eat!”

Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) tells shows you the many ways to utilize whale meat!

Japan’s fishing traditions have long-been one of its most important aspects, surviving hundreds of years mostly on fish as well as obscure seafood such as sea urchins, squids and eels instead of red meat. But now with the world’s human population reaching new heights, many organizations have requested Japan stop hunting certain endangered species, particularly […]

The Realities and “Legal Slavery” of Japan’s Porn Industry

Executives of this firm were arrested for illegally dispatching women to work in pornographic films, allegedly coercing them to do so as well.


Former NYT Chief Explains Japan’s Lack of Journalistic Freedom

Martin Fackler answers questions at Roppongi's Academy Hills.

Martin Fackler, former Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, says Japanese newspapers are too focused on access journalism and getting the scoop before the story can really be told.

Merry and Gay Pocky? Japan discovers LGBT marketing.


We discovered something amazing after we flipped the bottle of tea. On the reverse side, it has picture of the opposite gender– meaning you can make a boy kiss a boy and a girl kiss a girl. These products are gay and lesbian friendly! Are Glico and Gogo no Kocha sneakily marketing to same-sex couples? Or are they unaware that they made their packaging to include them.