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Japan Subculture Research Center

A guide to the Japanese underworld, Japanese pop-culture, yakuza and everything dark under the sun.

Angela Kubo & Jake Adelstein

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Hey, Baby? You’re fired, don’t come back. Maternity Harassment (MATAHARA) and The Working Woman in Japan

According to Japanese Trade Union Confederation, matahara is an abbreviation of “maternity harassment.” The word refers to mental or physical harassment that some workingwomen go through when they announce to…

In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Cute. Cute my ass, hamsters are homicidal rodents.

Next time, you're fawning over a cute hamster butt, look closely and you may notice the blood stained hairs that are probably the trace evidence of their cannibalized lover or…

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.

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.

Hello Kitty isn’t a cat?

A recent revelation that Hello Kitty isn't a cat has left people, including ourselves, scratching their heads.

Japan’s Most Infamous Toy Robot Thief Confesses: “I stole it & sold it to buy monster dolls”

"I love the sort of monster figures and dolls that appear on Ultraman, and I wanted to buy more with the money I made from the action figure [I stole],"…

After months of debate, Japan’s court tell stalking victim, “We won’t protect you”

Japanese courts reject a temporary restraining order for stalking victim Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who filed the request this January.

Japanese Giant Robot Thief is Caught

We are really just hoping that the thief will return the stolen goods," Masuzo Furukawa, the president of the company, told the JSRC via email. "Our basic principle is 'condemn…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plagiarizes himself: If you can recycle nuclear fuel, why not speeches?

This year's Hiroshima bombing commemoration speech bears a uncanny resemblance to last year's.

Abe tells women to “shine,” but, really, he meant “die!”

A blog post written by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show his support for women backfires when people pointed out that the English word "shine" can actually be read…