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Tokyo Court Upholds Ban on Use of Yamaguchi-gumi Kodo-kai front company office

The Tokyo District Court on the 21st of July (2011) rejected the legal pleas of the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi Kodokai (山口組弘道会)Komatsu-gumi and upheld a preliminary injunction against him which…

"Hey kids, it's going to be really f**king hot tomorrow!" Japan Meteorological Agency institutes "Hot Weather Warning System"

The Japan Meteorological Agency, (JMA/気象庁) which is Japan’s weather bureau, began issuing “Extreme High Temperature Forecasts and Warnings”(高温注意情報) this week, starting on the 13th and posting in English from the…

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…

Einstein, Insanity, Nuclear Meltdowns and Tokyo Electric Power Company

“Would there have been a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant even without the tidal wave?” 福島原発事故の記録:津波が来なくてもメルトダウンは起きた? The July 11 edition of the 週間エコノミスト (The Weekly Economist, a…

Missing Organs, Missing Donors, & Yakuza Involvement in Organ Transplants: This time in Japan! (Not UCLA)

On June 24th, 2011,  A doctor, a Sumiyoshi-kai gangster, a former mobster and two others were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to illegally trade a kidney and faking an adoption…

Film: Cold Fish (冷たい熱帯魚)

A film based on the Saitama Dog Lovers serial killings

Hidden love hotels come out of the closet thanks to law revisions; It's a love fest in post-quake Japan

It seems business is booming for the love hotel industry. The number of registered businesses has jumped by a whopping 2,700 hotels since the beginning of the year, a hefty…

Tokyo Prosecutor Special Investigation Unit Takes Lead on TEPCO case, as new evidence contradicts TEPCO claims.

As reported on April 4th here, Japanese law-enforcement continues their investigation into TEPCO, the managing entity of the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor for charges of professional negligence resulting in death or injury,…

Child pornography, government corruption color 2010 US Report On Human Rights in Japan

One that totally flew under our radar: On April 11, the US State Department released their 2010 Human Rights Report for Japan, detailing human rights conditions on everything from the…

Reports of sexual violence remain a rarity in disaster zones as both women and the media keep quiet

FNN news is reporting on the arrest of one Kyo Matsunaga, a 28-year-old man who is accused of raping a woman in her Iwate home during a blackout following a…