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The Polaris Project Japan Responds to Mayor Hashimoto: “You’re clueless”

We here at Polaris Project Japan believe that the mistaken belief of the sex industry being either a victimless crime or that those involved have entered by choice (a misconception…

Doglegs disabled pro-wrestling: The fight club that wants you to stare

The members of Doglegs, the self-described "superhandicapped" pro wrestling league, aren't looking for your pity, however. They want you to watch, wide-eyed, and feel the power, the ability, and the…

The Incomplete Transsexual—a photo essay from Sanya

Tokyo, by Dan Ryan It was a little like the scenario in that Kinks song “Lola”, but only in passing. I met her in a little place called Seoul Bar,…

Combatting human trafficking: 1st Winner of Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize Announced

The award is given in honor of the late Michiel Brandt, a former MIIS student from Japan who died of leukemia while preparing for a career in combatting human trafficking,…

Japan Lax Nuclear Security Could Make It The Land Of The Melting Sun

Japan has more than 50 gigantic nuclear “pressure cookers” ripe for exploitation by terrorists. In Japan, getting access to a nuclear power plant is very simple: fill out a job…

Posts by Stephanie Nakajima

Women of the Yakuza Young Japanese Men and Women Reject Marriage, and Ultimately Each Other Hafu – The Film Book Review: Introduction to Zen Occupy Tokyo: Another Good Excuse to…

Daily Prophet Flash: DanRad gets Press Pass for Tokyo Vice; The Last Yakuza to be published in 2014

Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in TOKYO VICE. Veteran music video and commercial director Anthony Mandler will direct, based on a script by acclaimed playwright JT Rogers. Le Grisbi…