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Happy New Year From Japan Subculture Research Center!

May we all be healthy May we all be safe May we all be grateful for what we have May we all live well

AIDA MAKOTO: Monument To Nothing (Art Exhibition Reviews)

One minute you feel as if you have accidentally walked into an apartment of a man with perverted interests, the next minute you feel as though you are visiting a…

The Best Articles About Japan 2012 (on our blog) :D

Hello Kitty, yakuza working in the nuclear industry, coffee and cigarettes, 2012 was a year chock full of news. Here are some of our favorite stories we ran in 2012.

Gambling. Dopamine.Sex. Drugs. Art. X-mas plans in Japan?

My favorite object of art was “Flight, Flee, Freeze.” Those are the three primary reactions we have to fear. There are objects of fear such as a spider and the…

Facebook Is Stalking You, Baby. (Notes From The Uncanny Valley, Japan)

There's a phenomenon in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence known as the "uncanny valley" hypothesis, which asserts that when computers and objects look or act very much like…

Bamiyan, The Destroyed Buddha Images & Meditations on Art

You see, the Japanese are sometimes called the world's great antiquarians. And they can trace their own tradition of Buddhist sculpture back to Bamiyan. So they --like many people-- find…

The End Of The World And This Blog & Final Chances. Sayonara!

Mayan prophecy moves on Mayan time. Even an 8 year old boy knows this. And an 8 year old boy also knows that not even the end of the world*…

How The CIA Helped The Yakuza & The LDP Get Power & Promote Nuclear Power

Chapter 12: "We Ran It In A Different Way" is a must for anyone interested in the shadow history of Japan. It details how in post-war Japan, the CIA, using…

Why Abe & Adult Diapers Make Shorting Japanese Yen A Sweet-Smelling Deal! (Op-Ed)

The final thing you have to consider, is the way Japanese debt is structured. On the face of it, the country has a debt 195% of their GBP. Meaning the…

“The name is Bond. Japan Bond.” Abe returns as Agent .007 in “Yenwrecker”

"The name is Bond. Japan Bond." Shinzo Abe returns as the economic death-dealing agent .007 in a new action thriller that has all the economists shaking. Will he be able…