Meet the Japanese Moms Running a Citizens' Lab to Track Nuclear Radiation

After the 2011 tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there were widespread fears about radiation leaking into the environment. Now a group of volunteers—who are mostly mothers—is tackling the issue head-on.
Bobbie van der List

Japan Upholds Sterilization Law for Trans People Who Change Legal Gender

Law 111 also specifies that in order to receive a change in their legal gender marker, a trans person in Japan must be at least 20 years old, unmarried, and undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Leila Ettachfini
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

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

'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

'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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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