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.







Japan Fights ISIS with a barrage of Charlie Hebdo-like parody

"I know Ninjas and you're no Ninja. You're just a douchebag money grubbing terrorist."





Terrorism works because of fear and intimidation. One of their greatest enemies is sarcasm and ridicule. The Islamic State is holding two Japanese citizens for ransom and is most likely to execute them at 2:50 pm today (Friday) Japan time. Japan has no standing army and very little means of retaliating other than expressing “strong […]




Yakuza Rapper Releases Spoken Word Album: Yamazin/Collected Short Stories






Japanese rap has a bad rap.  It doesn’t rhyme, not really, it’s almost impossible to follow if you don’t understand Japanese, and most of it is crap.  Most of the “gangster rappers” in Japan are about as tough as Vanilla Ice and about as talented.  The bravado is show, the source material puerile and the […]




Former Asahi journalist defends his reporting on comfort women; sues Japanese publisher for defamation & resulting threats

Former Asahi reporter Takashi Uemura faces death threats for his reporting on the comfort women issue. He is suing a publication for defamation after they accused him of fabricating his reports.





A former journalist who used to report at the nation desk (社会部)of the Asahi newspaper about comfort women, or women forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during WWII, filed charges for defamation of character on Friday at the Tokyo District Court against a Japanese publisher and a Tokyo Christian University Professor, who labeled […]




Reposted: The high price of writing about anti-social forces–and those who pay. 猪狩先生を弔う日々

Is writing a book exposing the corruption in your society worth risking your life? For Toshiro Igari, it was.










Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job entailed. Forgive me if that sounds naive. I believe that, if no one stands up to the anti-social forces in the world, then we all lose.







Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Joins The Mt Gox Investigation; The collapse still shrouded in darkness

Representative of Kraken and The Mt Gox Trustee










Ten months after Mt Gox’s fiasco, bitcoin businesses launch one after the other in Japan, one of the rare countries where bitcoin is easily regulated. Concerns rise over the ability of a bitcoin exchanges to exclude organized crime in a country where politicians, yakuza and businesses traditionally work together. Kraken has stepped in to help solve some of the mystery







The Guardian of Japan’s Underworld Has Gone To The Other Underworld

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Morikazu Tanaka, an ex-prosecutor turned mouthpiece for the mob (yakuza) and other shady characters,  passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Tanaka personified the image of former prosecutors in japan as being shady lawyers who would work for the highest bidder, often the criminals and/or criminal organization they once tried to put in jail. […]




The Hardest Men In Town: Chronicles of Sin, Sex, Violence and 1975 classic gangster film THE YAKUZA

John was tattooed by Horiyoshi III for several years





This was originally posted on March 10th 2011. (Wow, who would have guessed what would happen a day later.) It has been reposted to commemorate the passing of yakuza movie icon, Ken Takakura, on November 10th 2014.  Today, March 9th, began the first day of the Globus Film Series, Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of […]




Some parting words from Yakuza movie icon Takakura Ken on yakuza films, his favourite movies, and acting

昭和残侠伝 破れ傘(プレビュー)










But I think that the reason the general public identified with the roles I played, was that they were struck by my stance as a man who unrelentingly stands up to absurd injustices. It wasn’t just that I was just going off to a sword fight, but that my character was willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect the people important to him. JSRC: Mr. Takakura, you have been called the Clint Eastwood of Japan, what do you think of that?
Ken Takakura: It’s what someone else thinks, so I have no thoughts on the matter. 







The Ministry Of Sickness And Death: An unpublished chapter of Tokyo Vice

Greenpeace action against Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) at Chropyne, Czech Republic, 2001.










How could it be that the people closest to the waste dumps weren’t getting more exposure to the deadly dioxin? The figures seemed very low any way I looked at it.