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Month: August 2014

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Japan’s Most Infamous Toy Robot Thief Confesses: “I stole it & sold it to buy monster dolls”

"I love the sort of monster figures and dolls that appear on Ultraman, and I wanted to buy more with the money I made from the action figure [I stole],"…

After months of debate, Japan’s court tell stalking victim, “We won’t protect you”

Japanese courts reject a temporary restraining order for stalking victim Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who filed the request this January.

Kyoto court dismisses Yahoo! defamation lawsuit

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

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…

Abysmal Man: A Charisma Man in Japan For Our Generation

So we reimagined Charisma Man, after way too many years in Japan---without every learning the language or blending into the culture. Meet "Abysmal Man"--an anti-hero for a new era. Dripping…

“Karaoke Man”: An Ode For the Expat In Japan Reeling From Ennui

And the hostess is practicing pouring green tea As the businessmen get drunk real slow Yes they're sharing a drink they call loneliness But it's better than drinking Jinro

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plagiarizes himself: If you can recycle nuclear fuel, why not speeches?

This year's Hiroshima bombing commemoration speech bears a uncanny resemblance to last year's.

The Ides Of October: Japan’s nuclear reprocessing “dream” is the world’s nightmare

The IAEA considers 8kg is enough to make a nuclear weapon. In other words, if the 1% not accounted for (at Rokkasho Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant) was actually stolen,…

And justice after all? Prosecutor Review Board Say “Charge TEPCO Execs with criminal negligence”

However, if the Tokyo Prosecutorial Board again rules that prosecution of the TEPCO executives is warranted then a team of lawyers will be chosen to play the role of the…