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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…

Prostitution versus “Prostitution” in Japan (REPOSTING)

originally posted on December 18th, 2009 The Japanese law draws the line between legal and illegal sexual services by whether or not the ball makes it into the goal, so…

The Japanese Sex Industry: Finding a job that’s right for you (REPOSTING)

Originally posted as Fuzoku Friday: Finding a Job That’s Right For You on November 20th, 2009 Last week we talked about magazines and websites for fuzoku job hunters, but for those…

Doglegs disabled pro-wrestling: The fight club that wants you to stare

The members of Doglegs, the self-described "superhandicapped" pro wrestling league, aren't looking for your pity, however. They want you to watch, wide-eyed, and feel the power, the ability, and the…

Won’t Get Burned Again? Japan Nuclear Industry And the Mihama Accident

As Japan gets ready to restart nuclear reactors across the country, perhaps it’s time to take a look back at past nuclear mishaps to see if anything has been learned.…

Blast from the past: Nevada gaming board gets portion of yakuza assets (November 2009)

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement have announced that they will share more than $60,000 in assets seized from yakuza Susumu Kajiyama with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Lingerie designer by day, yakuza by night: Shizukanaru Don (The Quiet Don)

By Gilles Poitras Screenshots courtesy of Michelle A. Hoyle Nitta Tatsuo’s Shizukanaru Don (静かなるドン), translated into English as The Quiet Don, began publication in November 1988 in the men’s manga…

Going through the motions in The Great Happiness Space

Director Jake Clennell gives the deets on what exactly the film was about

A tale of two kidneys: Sumiyoshi-kai head plays dealer in domestic organ trafficking case

Two kidneys, two doctors, two yakuza and one missing victim. Police are currently investigating the case of Toshinobu Horiuchi, a doctor who received a kidney transplant last July at Uwajima Tokushukai Hospital in…

US report: human trafficking inside government’s foreign trainee program

Just two months after Japan got burned in the US State Department’s 2010 Human Rights Report, a new paper pins the country’s foreign trainee program as being almost as close…