by Martin

Why Are Grandpas and Grandmas Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

Are Old People Being Dumped in Forests and Left to Die?

A young woman looks at her mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her daughter really loves her, but does not…
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Should ANA Cancel Its Boeing 737 MAX Orders?

On Sunday, March 10th, headlines across the globe notified people of the very saddening accident involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which ended up plummeting minutes after takeoff. The crash resulted in the deaths of all 157 on board. The accident is still under investigation, but that has not stopped people, airlines, and governments around the…

Top 20 Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Characters: 10th Anniversary Edition!

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood turns 10 years old this year! To commemorate the anime’s 10th year anniversary, we have listed the show’s top 20 characters based on their personality and complexity, as well as their contribution to the story. pixabay.com/ja Fullmetal Alchemist has a fantastic array of characters, so having to limit this list to 20…

Syphilis On the Rise!

A recent trend has been causing havoc inside the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Syphilis, a disease that had been in decline ever since the end of World War II has been making a comeback; its rise, completely the opposite of subtle, put everyone on a state of alert…

Child Prostitution?!? In Japan?!?!

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

How to Stay Safe in Roppongi

Roppongi has grown to become the most diversified district for nightlife in all Tokyo. The mixture of all the luxury apartments surrounding the area, offices, shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, bars, clubs, and a thriving expat community have shaped Roppongi’s character and largely influence how Tokyoites feel about this district. It’s elegant. It’s expensive. It’s entertaining.…

2019: Winter Afternoon Tea Edition

Tokyo is a city of many hidden talents, excelling at things people would assume other cities dominated instead. One of the things where Tokyo shines is its luxury hotels’ take on afternoon tea, which puts what other cities around the world offer to shame. Since the menus change each season, here we have the best…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…