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“Womenomics” is working just as well as Abenomics–badly. 女は辛いよ

The Global Gender Gap report published last year noted that Mr. Abe and the LDP's pledge to bridge the gender divide resulted in actually widening the gulf, with Nippon sliding…

“Letters to the Most Repulsive Parents in Japan”

Amidst the political turmoil and economic recession Japan has found itself in the recent years, how poor parenting takes a toll on the lives of the most vulnerable is often the last…

The x-rated happenings in Japan’s “Happening Bars”

Now, I know what you are thinking. No weird orgy, threesome, chains, whips or blindfolds? In happening bars, all the aforementioned do not necessarily happen. Nobody is forced to do…

The Amazing Japanese Wife: Part 1

Japan Subculture Research Center is proud to present a series of short stories, by our resident book reviewer and social commentator, Kaori Shoji, on the often tragically mismatched marriages of…

Are you a white guy? Now Write Your Own Bad Expat Novel Set In Japan! Here’s how

On the plane, as I scratched my hipster beard, I wondered: Do Japanese people shave a lot? Would my tattoo that read 肉食 (Meet People) charm the natives or alienate…

Japan’s Labor Ministry Names and Shames “Dark Companies” For Labor Abuse

Burakku kigyō (dark companies, exploitive enterprises) are probably the epitome of everything that’s wrong in Japan today. In 2013, it was among the top trending words of the year. They’re…

Who Matters? Sexual Assault and Inadequate Police Response in Japan

They will never catch the man. But that police report mattered. Women matter. Their safety matters. Procedure matters. Their stories matter. Their dignity matters. Though you would not have known…