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Japan Ten Years From Now. The Truth May Sort Of Be Awful But The Movie Is Great

Hayakawa imagines a near future in which the government launches the titular program: people over 75 are offered a quick and painless euthanising. In 美しい国, the story revolves around an…

“Hey you grubby kids, get off my fashion runway!” Minami Aoyama Vs The Ruffians

For the privileged residents in Minami Aoyama, it's hard to admit that unhappiness and tragedy exists, and harder still to have to live with a problematic institution in their own…

“I Know Your Name….” Sex-work and blackmail in Japan

“I know your name.” I shuddered while reading the first line of this email on my mobile, I remember dropping it on my bed in disbelief. This wasn’t the usual…