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Mari Yamamoto & Jake Adelstein

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Japan’s Secret Shame (The Story Behind The Story)

Shiori Ito is a brave journalist who has taken on Japan's rape culture and has pursued justice in her own case. The BBC released a documentary "Japan's Secret Shame" about…

Japan’s Board Game “The Hellish Game Of Life” Is Terrifyingly Realistic

  So you’ve just arrived in Japan and you’re experiencing culture shock. Will you ever acclimate? If you want to understand Japanese life, try playing “The Game of Life.” It’s…

Samurai Fashion in New York City Until March 25th 2017

Samurais are usually known for their honor code, ever wonder what their fashion code was ? It turns out, they had just as elaborate a fashion code when it comes…

Zeppin(絶品) #2/The Eyeglass Frames Of Sabae. Looking ahead to a better Japan?

One small city in the heart of Japan produces 96% of all glass frames in Japan and 20% of the world's eyeglass frames, including high-end brands you'd never think were…

Zeppin(絶品) #1/The Iron Men Of Iwate

At Japan Subculture Research Center, this year we are starting a series looking at the best services and products offered by Japan, our Zeppin (絶品)Series. In Japan, one of a…

DOGLEGS: THE ABLED AND DISABLED FIGHTING TOGETHER TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS

In Japan, the handicapped have to literally fight for their right to live and be treated with dignity. Some of them do. On 27th July, 19 residents of a nursing…