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The Buddha of Fukushima's Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay

Mr. Matsumura is willing to live in a nuclear wasteland to take care of the 400 cows, 60 pigs, 30 fowls, 10 dogs, 100 cats and an ostrich that the…

Occupy Tokyo: Another Good Excuse to Come Out and Hate on TEPCO

Saturday, October 15th, Occupy Wall Street went global. Around 300 people around Tokyo came out to march in 2 separate locations. Japan Subculture went to check out what was happening…

Protesters Come Out in Record Numbers Against Nuclear Power

prior to the event, estimates were around 50,000; approximately 60,000 participated

Of earthquakes, tsunami and the ephemeral

by Orlando Camargo Those of us living far away from our parents dread the thought. A call in the middle of the night asking you to book a flight –…

Portraits of devastation–uprooted lives in Miyagi

After the earthquake, documentary photographer Max Hodges felt that it was important to document the event to raise awareness of the devastation and needs of thousands of displaced people. He headed…

The last Japanese man remaining in Kazakhstan: A Kafkian tale of the plight of a Japanese POW in the Soviet Union

Richard Orange, noted foreign correspondent and Ikuru Kuwajima, a photojournalist in Central Asia and long-time contributor to Japan Subculture Research Center, worked to put together this this fascinating piece about…

Is Shibuya Tokyo's new sin city?

Since the tightening of regulations against fuuzoku sex industry businesses in Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho last year, there have been voices of concern about whether or not the neighborhood will lose its…

Trains in a Dystopic Future