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Month: April 2010

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Fuzoku Friday: Desire proves profitable option in real estate sector

Weekly magazine Shukan Post reported in their April 30 issue on an interesting trend in the currently slow world of real estate investment, digging into the popularity of so-called “Loveho…

Upcoming Event: An education on the way of the journalist

For those in the area, the University of New Hampshire will be hosting Jake Adelstein this Thursday, April 28, from 7-9pm. Tokyo Vice: An Education on The Way of the…

Not a good week for the big guys

In unusual yakuza-related news, April 23 saw the sentencing of an ex-Yamaguchi-gumi higher up for a crime that’s worth a chuckle. According to Sankei News, You Inaba, 43, was sentenced…

Fuzoku Friday: Girls with unhappy parents more likely to do compensated dating: Aichi police survey

The Asahi Shinbun posted an article about a survey done by the Aichi Prefectural Police regarding enjo kosai, or the practice of school girls exchanging companionship and sexual favors for…

Things you never wanted to know about the yakuza, but the Japanese just had to ask

Ever have a nagging question about the yakuza you hoped to have answered but didn’t know where to ask? Know that you’re not alone–even Japanese people themselves find the group…

Japan author sues police over ban on 'yakuza' publications

Now that April Fool’s Day is finished (at least here in Japan), we can actually post some real news! Related to the article last week about convenience stores in Fukuoka…