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Tokyo Pop: See it, believe it, breathe it. (Especially if you’re human sculpture)

"Tokyo is a place where tradition and new trends exist side by side. There are zones in the city that have specific character and others where everything is possible. From…

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Joins The Mt Gox Investigation; The collapse still shrouded in darkness

Ten months after Mt Gox’s fiasco, bitcoin businesses launch one after the other in Japan, one of the rare countries where bitcoin is easily regulated. Concerns rise over the ability…

The Guardian of Japan’s Underworld Has Gone To The Other Underworld

Morikazu Tanaka, an ex-prosecutor turned mouthpiece for the mob (yakuza) and other shady characters,  passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Tanaka personified the image of former prosecutors in…

Book Review: “The Bad-Mood Marriage” 不機嫌な主婦 なぜ女たちは「本能」を忘れたのか(朝日新書)

By Kaori Shoji As long as time immemorial, being a woman in Japan meant the rawest of deals. The long, long tradition of top-down patriarchy held that women were good…

Stop Julien Blanc (日本語版)日本女性へ暴力的行為を呼びかけるナンパ伝道師らを止めよう

The following appeal has been written in Japanese by a Japanese-American to explain why Julien Blanc and his ilk should be banned from Japan. 日本語で、性暴力を呼びかける自称「ナンパ師」と彼の会社の日本侵出を防ごうとするキャンペーンを紹介させていただくことにしました。寄稿したアマンダ・ディさんは日系アメリカ人で、この運動の創設者の一人です。 By Amanda Day 名の知れた”デート術”コンサルタントが世界中をめぐり、男性らに女性の扱い方、ときとして性的な迷惑行為や暴行を伝授している。デート方法を教えるアメリカの企業リアル・ソーシャル・ダイナミクス社のジュリアン・ブランクは、かつて公然と日本女性を辱めたが、今後のセミナーにむけたさらなる話題づくりのため、来週の日本行きを計画している。 日本における女性への暴力的行為をひけらかす動画は、ユーチューブにおいてブランクのソーシャル・メディアのアカウントに投稿された。リアル・ソーシャル・ダイナミクスならびにブランクは、登場する男性らが現地法律に違反する複数の動画を通じて、犯罪行為を推奨している。日本国の刑法第174条(公然わいせつ)ならびに第176条(強制わいせつ)により、暴行または脅迫によって他者に対しみだらな行為に及ぶのは、違法である。動画によれば、その行為はあからさまに誇示されていた。第176条に基づき、暴行または脅迫により他者に対してみだらな行為に及ぶのは処罰の対象となり得る。ただし被害者が法的機関に訴えを起こさないかぎり、対応がなされることはない。…

Origin of the peace-ies: The history of peace sign/V-sign in Japan

By Sandra Barron for JSRC originally posted on March 9th, 2011 It was one of those nightmare commutes. A crowded train finally pulled up to a rush-hour platform, dense with…

Why I Stood Up To A Sexual Predator “Pick-Up Artist” and How We Took Him Down

I was outraged, with him especially. How dare he violate these Japanese women's' spaces! How dare he pass on his disgusting views and methods onto other men! This guy was…

The Star Trek Conference In Beijing: Klingon Warlord Xi Disses Tanuga* IV Leader Abe

"Is it even worth considering whether China is willing to change its position regarding territorial disputes and its desire to dominate Asia? It's not. Thus, Japan has just conceded a…

The difference between a pick-up artist & getting picked up for crimes in Japan.

It’s one thing to teach dubious techniques to socially inadequate men on how to bed women; it’s another thing to grab Japanese women and force their face into your crotch.…

The Most Hated Man In Japan Is Coming Back…He’s not welcome. He’s not sexy

“When you go to Tokyo….if you’re a white male, you can do what you want. Just grab her, pull her in. She’ll giggle. Just say PIKACHU or POKEMON or something…