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Japan Subculture Research Center

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

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  • How a sumo tournament led to the downfall of the yakuza

    How a sumo tournament led to the downfall of the yakuza

    The yakuza, Japan’s infamous organised crime syndicates, have gone into a death spiral in recent years and Jake Adelstein says it is partly due to an incident at a sumo tournament in 2009.


  • Bring Them Home: Ongoing Battle for Japanese Hostages in North Korea

    Bring Them Home: Ongoing Battle for Japanese Hostages in North Korea

    It’s been 46 years since Takumi Yokota last saw his sister Megumi. Their family was just like any other, until Megumi became one of the many Japanese hostages held captive by North Korea.


  • Tokyo Vice Vice-O-Pedia: Why Do Yakuza Chop Off Their Fingers or The Art of ENKOZUME (エンコ詰め)

    Tokyo Vice Vice-O-Pedia: Why Do Yakuza Chop Off Their Fingers or The Art of ENKOZUME (エンコ詰め)

    Ever spotted something odd about someone’s hands nearby? Everything seems ordinary until you notice it: one finger joint missing, maybe a whole finger, maybe several. lt leaves a noticeable gap. One reason gifting the yakuza in your life a pair of gloves is a terrible idea. It’s a constant reminder, always in plain sight, of…


  • Sign for Tigran and Nadeem: Demand Their Freedom Now!

    Sign for Tigran and Nadeem: Demand Their Freedom Now!

    No news yet on the release of Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla, who continue to be unjustly detained. As days pass, their families grow increasingly desperate for answers. Yuri Gambaryan, Tigran’s wife, has launched a new petition demanding their freedom. Take action and add your voice to the call for justice!


  • Cybercrime Fighting Heroes Held Hostage In Nigeria; Free Tigran and Nadeem

    Cybercrime Fighting Heroes Held Hostage In Nigeria; Free Tigran and Nadeem

    Tigran Gambaryan’s career is anchored by one constant: an unwavering dedication to justice He put child pornographers and crypto-criminals out of business. Now he’s being held hostage in Nigeria, a scapegoat in the country’s currency collapse. He and Nadeem must be set free


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    In Ichigatsuno Koeni Yorokobiwo Kizame (International title: Voice), a young woman named Reiko (Atsuko Maeda) professes to her boyfriend-for-hire that she had been sexually abused as a child. Reiko had been six years old when it happened and she still finds it hard to talk about the incident. “Because of what happened to me…I thought I could never…


  • Battle for Venus: Kamakura’s 68-Year-Old Cafe Faces Forced Eviction

    Battle for Venus: Kamakura’s 68-Year-Old Cafe Faces Forced Eviction

    The iconic 68-year-old Venus Café faces demolition, yet Kamakura City stands firm, leaving no room for discussion or clarification.


  • The Silent Fraud: How A Brunei Group of Conmen Swindled Japanese Nationals for Years

    The Silent Fraud: How A Brunei Group of Conmen  Swindled Japanese Nationals for Years

    For years, Brunei has been ensnaring over 100 Japanese nationals in scams, while authorities from both sides fail to collaborate toward a resolution.