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Month: September 2014

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Japan’s Female Police Commissioner worked with racist & sexist newspaper?

It's not just Ms. Yamatani's ties to a hate group reviled by the UN, Zaitokukai, but in an essay she wrote for a magazine run by a member of the…

Ray Bradbury, Journalism & Mr. Dark. “You can’t act if you don’t know.”

"Have I said anything I started out to say about being good? God, I don't know. A stranger is shot in the street, you hardly move to help. But if,…

Saying Goodbye to The Buddha Of The Yakuza (極道の仏にお別れ)

井の上さんは裏社会でも表社会でも「仏 (ほとけ)」(Buddha)として親しく呼ばれた。警察用語では、「仏」は「死人」という意味もある。彼の死を知った知人は「いよいよ本当に身も心も仏様になりましたね」と肩を落としながら弔いの言葉を述べた。

Autumn Equinox (秋分の日): Honor your ancestors, remember the departed

While Shubun no Hi symbolizes the transition of summer into fall, the day also marks a time when Japanese people pay respects to their ancestors.

On Modern Slavery: Thoughts on Human Trafficking

[Not only do I find it personally abhorrent, but intellectually, it] is a terrible exploit of labor that robs women, men and children of their freedom and dignity. In fact,…

無縁仏(Muenbotoke): Buddhas Without Connections

On the 8th and 15th of this month, in Japan and in parts of Asia, they celebrate Nirvana Day. It commemorates the death of the Buddha and his liberation from…

Japanese Thugs In Osaka Learn That Crime Does Not Pay…if you post yourself on YouTube committing the crime

The two Japanese thugs from Osaka uploaded videos of themselves threatening store staff and forcing them to kowtow and then made off with 6 cartons of cigarettes.

Mass Exodus of Foreign Men After Japanese Women Stop Sleeping With Them

Japan’s gaijin community is set to shrink to pre-Meiji era levels as they leave in droves due to Japanese women no longer finding them attractive. While male foreigners have long…

US Embassy alert concerning dengue fever in Japan (PSA)

September 5th, 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens to the recent outbreak of dengue fever in Japan, the first since 1945.  Japanese media recently reported that 36 people who…

Japan wrestles with 1st dengue fever outbreak since 1945; US warns Americans to avoid bloodsuckers

Japan gets its first dengue fever outbreak in 60 years.