Is Japan’s Press Partially Responsible For The Decline Of Press Freedom?






Government officials have shied away from holding press conferences in the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) to avoid being faced with tough questions. Instead, they prefer to have private meetings with the media whom they favor and speak everything off the record.”







Happy New Year 2017! 謹賀新年






Gentle readers, Thank you for spending another year with JSRC (Japan Subculture Research Center). This year we’ve posted some great articles, some useful reference materials, and next year we hope to publish more. We will be back in mid-January of 2017, with a new sense of purpose, new material, and hopefully more frequent updates. As […]




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






業界全体で知らなかっては済まされないほど若い女性や男性が無理やりポルノに出演させられている現状が我々などの支援団体は目の当たりにしている。ファッションモデル契約と聞いて契約に同意したのに、当日にいきなりポルノ出演と聞かされ台本を渡され、帰りたいやめたいと懇願しても数百万円の違約金を払えと脅され屈する、若干10代の若者たち。使い捨てにされ、その後の進学・就職や結婚にも大きな影響が出ている。







Confessions of A Yakuza Bodyguard/芸能界のドンの用心棒の告白






It may come across as an excuse but the entertainment industry will never see the end to altercations with the local yakuza regarding profit. When I was requested to be the bodyguard, I initially thought that I would serve as the fixer for yakuza issues. In actuality, Suoh asked me to work for him after the shootings targeting him, which later turned out to be staged by nobody but Suoh himself. I did not for a second imagine that I would be asked to “destroy” or “kill” an actress when I first took the job.







The Tokyo Vices Of The Great White Journalist: Christopher Johnson






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)







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






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.”







Updated: The Gangster That Became A Buddhist Priest. Bye Bye Goto! May your karma find you wherever you are.






憚りながら懲りないし、懺悔しない邪悪な人間もいる。 Some people never repent. 12/9/2015 Action Targets Yakuza’s Global Criminal Operations WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Tadamasa Goto, an individual associated with the Japanese Yakuza criminal network, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which targets significant transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and their supporters.  Today’s […]




Kono Makes A Discomforting Statement on The Comfort Women And Japan Diplomacy






The comfort women existed through very wide area through out all of Asia, and this is something which I, myself do acknowledge. We have seen, for example in the case of the Netherlands, who conducted various independent studies into this issue and even went so far as to have court cases and also judgements in relation to this….but at the very least what can be said is that Japan should be treating these former comfort women who went through such cruel difficult situations in a more sincere way







Renowned Diver Visits Japan to Remember Lost Turkish Ship and Swim with the Whales






From countless tsunami-related disasters to lopsided naval losses, the Ocean has been the setting for many of Japan’s darkest moments. It’s even been unkind to those who visit it with the best intentions. Recently, Turkish world-record holding diver Sahika Ercumen has been visiting Japan to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the sinking of the Turkish […]




日本の報道の自由を守ろう!報道推進賞に記者等をノミネート。23日が締め切り!






日本外国特派員協会は第1回報道の自由推進賞を新設に向けて小さな一歩を踏み出した。賞は5月3日(世界報道の自由の日)に発表される。調査報道に与えられる特別賞や、報道の自由に貢献したジャーナリスト以外の人に与えられる賞がある。