Kyoto court dismisses Yahoo! defamation lawsuit

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An Osaka male attempted to sue Yahoo! arguing that the display of his arrest record constitutes defamation. The courts don’t agree.

Japanese Giant Robot Thief is Caught

Return Tetsujin 28 evil-doer and all might be forgiven.

We are really just hoping that the thief will return the stolen goods,” Masuzo Furukawa, the president of the company, told the JSRC via email. “Our basic principle is ‘condemn the offense, but not the offender,’ but if he doesn’t return the stolen item we will release his photograph and take actions to identify the criminal.” He said that they had footage of the suspect stealing the robot and there was no doubt that they had the right man.

Japanese media loses their heads over decapitation of teenage girl by teenage girl

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A 15 year old girl was arrested Sunday by the Nagasaki Police on suspicion of killing her high school friend. The 15-year-old girl, who can’t be named under Japanese because she is a minor, allegedly used a blunt instrument to kill Aiwa Matsuo, a fellow classmate, aged 15. The murder took place around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Fight For Your Right To (Dance) Party Past Midnight In Japan!

The National Police Agency of Japan is at long last (and after much public pressure) considering revising Japan’s archaic adult entertainment laws to allow dancing past midnight! Yes, Japan may finally be going footloose.

“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.”

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.)

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.

Put Tokyo in your pocket: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Tokyo is a great guide book

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Tokyo is far to big to cover in one short trip, but Lonely Planet’s travel guide to Tokyo shows you the places worth hitting.

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.