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Japan Subculture Research Center

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

Stephanie Nakajima

Contrarian philosopher, half-woman, half-Japanese, all dolphin.
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The Yakuza’s Impact on the Japanese Economy

Eric Messersmith is a lecturer at the Institute for Asian Studies, Florida International University. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami, his MBA and Ph.D. from the University…

Japanese men take paternity leave in record numbers: 2.6% in 2011

by Lucie Prunier When one thinks of a Japanese family, what usually comes to mind is the image of a male breadwinner household, in which the father is mostly absent…

Japan’s Antinuclear Movement, Post-3/11

By Douglas Miller Antinuclear protest movements sprang up in and around Tokyo after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Japan’s antinuclear movement has since waned,…

Outsiders Amongst Outsiders’: A Cultural Criminological Perspective on the Sub-Subcultural World of Women in the Yakuza Underworld

Rie Alkemade  Abstract: This research explores a lesser-known aspect of the infamous yakuza subculture: the wives. Implementing a triangulation of methods and embracing a cultural criminological perspective, this thesis aims…

Women of the Yakuza

Born and raised in Tokyo, Rie Alkemade holds a masters degree in Global Criminology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Interested in the phenomenon of organized crime, she decided to focus…

Posts by Stephanie Nakajima

Women of the Yakuza Young Japanese Men and Women Reject Marriage, and Ultimately Each Other Hafu – The Film Book Review: Introduction to Zen Occupy Tokyo: Another Good Excuse to…

Young Japanese Men and Women Reject Marriage, and Ultimately Each Other

According to this article, Japanese over 35 may find it “impossible” to wed. In 2005, the percentage of unmarried men between the ages of 35-39 was 30.9%. 5 years later,…

Hafu – The Film

Coming in 2012

Book Review: Introduction to Zen

 英語対訳で読む禅入門, or Introduction to Zen with Accompanying English Translation, was written by Priest Souen Ozeki and translated by a one Elizabeth Mills (whom I suspect may be using a pen…

Movie Review: About the Pink Sky

written by Amy Seaman   This is the second in a series of reviews about films showing at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs until October 30 at…