Tag: japan


Japan’s state secrecy laws still a secret

In the first year after Japan’s State Secrecy Law was enacted, various ministers and agencies classified 382 issues as state secrets.  The law is well […]


The suicide schools

Content Warning – youth suicide  The dark tragedy of youth suicide hangs over Korean and Japanese schools, writes Monsoon subeditor Tammy Cho. The deafening chime […]


How Much Damage Can Two Characters Do?

Monsoon Subeditor Timothy Magarry explores the effects of a Japanese imperial abdication on its calendar, asking – what year is it? When Japan’s Emperor Akihito’s […]

Taku Kabeya, chief editor at  Bungeisha, shows the Japanese publisher's best selling book series _ one each for types B, O, A, and AB _  at its head office in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. Four of the top 10 selling books in Japan last year were about how blood type determines personality, according to Japan's largest book distributor, Tohan Co. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

You Are What You Bleed

Monsoon subeditor Rashna Farrukh explores a common topic of conversation in Japan; your blood. In 2008, four of the ten bestselling books in Japan linked […]