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In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Cute. Cute my ass, hamsters are homicidal rodents.

Next time, you're fawning over a cute hamster butt, look closely and you may notice the blood stained hairs that are probably the trace evidence of their cannibalized lover or…

The Year of Dokufu: Poisonous Women in Japan

by Kaori Shoji       Wow. What a year THAT was, on a whole lot of levels. The unofficial diagnosis is that things will get worse in the year…

Yakuza Comix 3: The complicated world of Japanese suicide, which is sometimes homicide

Japan has a fascination with death and suicide. But sometimes suicide here isn't simply motivated by "honor" nor is it actually suicide.

UPDATE: 10 Thugs Club Man To Death While 300 People Dance at Roppongi Club

"The killing was meant to be a warning, not just a death sentence. The very public execution is more typical of Kansai and Kyushu yakuza are foreign gangs. It may…

Killing Yourself To Make A Living: In Japan Financial Incentives Reward “Suicide”

In post-war Japan, people would sign a life insurance contract. And go straight out, and kill themselves under the nearest train. Eventually, the life insurance companies started putting in one-year…