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Pirates Beware: Japan is Hunting Illegal Anime and Game Translators

Japanese police are starting to crack down on illegal translators, whom the industry claim costs Japan billions of dollars in lost potential revenue. Back in February,...

Japan’s Suicide Rate Falls for 8th Year in a Row

Japan's suicide rate continues to fall! The National Police Agency reported that Japan's suicide rate has dropped for the 8th consecutive year, with signs pointing...

A Japanese Jail Lets Inmates Work as Manga Assistants

It's right out of an episode of Gintama - Sakata Gintoki meets the vicious Shachi, a criminal convicted of murder and trafficking. In Episode 110,...

Woman Faces Lawsuit After Selling Boyfriend’s Valuable Anime

Gunma Prefectural Police arrested a 23-year-old woman for stealing and selling her boyfriend's anime. She reportedly stole 8 anime sets that were worth 90,000...

‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Creator Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki has been charged with possession of child pornography. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said Watsuki possessed numerous DVDs of nude girls in their...

Japanese Politician Apologizes for Blaming Murders on Anime

In late October, 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after nine dismembered bodies were found in his apartment. He admitted to luring suicidal victims into...

Japanese Survey Shows National Pride of Anime & Pride

The Mainichi Shimbun is one of Japan's most widely read newspapers, and they held a 3-month survey to gauge their readers' pride in anime...

Japanese Politician Blames Grisly Murders on Anime

Takahiro Shiraishi, a 27-year-old suspected serial killer, is expected to be re-arrested after police identified a ninth victim that disappeared near his apartment. Aiko Tamura,...

Japan Releases a Manga on How to Survive North Korean Missiles

The northern island of Hokkaido is circulating a manga survival guide to teach residents how to properly respond to a North Korean missile launch. https://twitter.com/hungrygk/status/918713916435263488 In...

Japanese Woman Dies After Logging 159 Hours of Overtime in a...

Japan is coming under fire again for its work culture after labor inspectors ruled that Miwa Sado, a journalist for NHK, died from karoshi. Karoshi is...

March Comes in Like a Lion Takes a Stand Against Bullying

Japan has an unfortunate school bullying problem. With their social culture emphasizing conformity, young people can find themselves as bullying victims for standing out...

College Student Arrested For Threatening to Kill Sumire Uesaka

A 20-year-old male college student was arrested by Tokyo police for sending more than 20 death threats and other slanderous statements towards idol-seiyuu Sumire...

44-Year-Old Man Arrested for Stalking a Young Idol

A man from Fukuoka City was arrested for violating anti-stalkers laws due to staking out an idol's home. The unnamed idol is an 18-year-old...

24-Year-Old Man Arrested For Attempting to Kill an Idol

A scary incident at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba City caused an idol handshake event to shut down early. It's being reported that an...

Japan Makes Residency Easier for Foreigners Working in Anime

Do you love anime and dream of living in Japan? Well, today may be your lucky day! The Immigration Bureau of Japan has announced...

Japanese School Blasted for Buying Lewd Novels for Students

It's normal for schools to set aside some funds in order to provide some entertainment for students. But one Osaka junior high school is...

Drunk Japanese Teacher Beats Student ‘Out of Concern’

Teacher of the year alert! A 38-year-old head teacher at an elementary school in Osaka's Minato Ward was suspended for a certain late-night incident that...

Tokyo to Ban Controversial Industry That Preys on Teen Girls

Tokyo is becoming the first Japanese city to target the controversial "JK" industry with a new ordinance. JK, which is short for joshikousei (female high school student)...

Man Arrested For Threatening to Kill Sock Wearing Schoolgirls

The Fukuoka Prefectural Police is preparing to charge a 48-year-old for threatening to kill school girls for wearing socks. During the past year, the man...

Man Arrested For Selling Fake Miyazaki and Shinkai Sketches

An unemployed man was arrested by the Okayama Prefectural Police for selling counterfeit autographed anime sketches on an online auction site. Image via Mainichi Shimbun The...

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