japan

You Make Me Wanna

Tuxedo Mask's Unconditional Love for Sailor Moon Was Revolutionary—And Hot

Usagi was a loud-mouth cry-baby with a voracious appetite—and Mamoru thought she was perfect. Growing up, Tuxedo Mask showed me that, one day, I'd meet someone who'd love me for who I was.
Janelle Lassalle
10.19.18
Culture

The Women You Can Rent as Your BFF

Business is booming for Japan's rent-a-friend industry, where you can pay someone $50 an hour to pretend to be your friend. We talk to two women who provide the popular service.
Bobbie van der List
4.27.18
politics

'You're Contaminated': The Stigma Against Japan's Fukushima Survivors

A 2011 quake and tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, killing thousands and displacing more. Two 'nuclear refugees' explain why returning home is more complicated than it seems.
Bobbie van der List
3.12.18
politics

'My People Are Brainwashed': The Women Who Escaped North Korea

From putting their families at risk of execution to struggles with guilt and paranoia, freedom comes at a cost for those who flee the Hermit Kingdom.
Bobbie van der List
2.23.18
Art

‘Darkness Is Comforting’: The Japanese Artists Subverting Kawaii Culture

As more women reject the wholesome and cutesy aesthetic in their art, Aya Kakeda, Junko Mizuno, and Hinako Hinana explain why they find comfort in dark and twisted imagery.
Erin Floyd
12.12.17
Fashion

Meet Coco, the Six-Year-Old Instagram Star

We met up with the young Instagram star, "pink princess," and style icon in Japan.
Broadly Staff
8.22.17
News

Never-Before-Seen Photo Suggests Amelia Earhart Survived Plane Crash

Experts and locals present a compelling case that the Japanese government may have kidnapped Earhart during World War II, though the country denies these claims.
Mitchell Sunderland
7.5.17
memorials

The Ongoing Fight to Honor Women Who Were Sex Trafficked During WWII

Advocates in the US are working to erect memorials that honor the tens of thousands of women sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during WWII. But organizers say their efforts are being suppressed by the Japanese government.
Kimberly Lawson
4.6.17
crime

Japan Hasn't Updated Its Rape Laws Since 1907—But That Might Finally be Changing

The Asian country's conservative rape legislation has remained unchanged since the turn of the last century, but activists hope that new proposals signal a much-needed improvement.
Charlotte Jansen
3.1.17
japan

Inside Japan's Dangerous, Unregulated 'Baby Hotel' Childcare Industry

Getting a nursery or kindergarten place for kids is next to impossible in Japan. Instead, some families are left with no choice but to check their children into unregulated "baby hotels"—with disastrous results.
Charlotte Jansen
12.13.16
Technology

Japan Unveils a Robot Baby Amid Plummeting Birth Rates

The Kirobi Mini blinks its eyes and speaks like a baby, but one expert believes it’s a terrifying harbinger of things to come.
Sirin Kale
10.5.16
sports

Violent Femmes: Japanese Women's Wrestling Is Even Terrifying to Male Wrestlers

In Japan, professional women's wrestling matches, or "joshi puroresu," are just as predetermined as the WWE—but they involve many more kicks to the face.
Luke Winkie
7.11.16