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Past articles by Jake:

Who the Hell Keeps Unplugging the Vaccine Fridges Right Before the Olympics?

As Japan plunges towards the Olympics, the baffling mystery of who is responsible for thousands of ruined vaccine doses is gripping the country. → Read More

‘Fuck the Olympics’: Inside Japan’s War to Dodge a COVID Disaster

Jung Yeon-Je/GettyTOKYO—As COVID infections and deaths continue to surge in Japan, so does the fiery opposition to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.Japan is... → Read More

Man Who Predicted the Worst Nuclear Disaster Since Chernobyl Sees Another Coming

Vulnerable to both terrorists and Mother Nature, Japan's nuclear power plants are accidents waiting to happen. → Read More

Japan’s Gun Laws Worked So Well They Need to Ban Crossbows

After a series of grisly crimes involving “bow guns,” Japan is cutting the strings on the deadly weapons. → Read More

The Gorgeous Japanese Island Where the Exiled Once Dwelled

Perhaps being sent there was a punishment in the past; going there now is a wonderful reward to yourself. → Read More

Japan’s Prime Minister Is Already Flunking Out

Japan’s new leader was the most popular kid in the class, but his obstinacy, meanness, and ineptness have cost him. → Read More

Nonaffiliated gangs seek to exploit vacuum left by the yakuza’s declining influence

Violent gangs are starting to make their presence felt in western Japan, with incidents of armed robbery and violent crime clearly on the rise. → Read More

Crime syndicate puts brakes on fraudulent activities during pandemic

Gang leadership says it's wrong to “rob (elderly) individuals of the money they need to live.” → Read More

This Wrestler Wouldn’t Bow to Men, But Trolls Took Her Down

Pink-haired pro wrestler Hana Kimura was a hit on TV until she confronted her male roommate. What happened next says much about misogyny and bullying, and not only in Japan. → Read More

Japan's gangs find themselves in a losing battle to mark territory

Carrying a business card bearing a gang crest is "effectively a license to collect cash,” a former gang member says. “Without the crest, it’s just a sheet of paper.” → Read More

Examining the legal definition of a virus

Law enforcement agencies in Japan are struggling to define exactly what the new coronavirus is, and what it is not. → Read More

A U.S. Embassy Refused to Test Exposed Staff for Coronavirus

Symptoms of bureaucratic blindness: Tokyo embassy employees who visited infected America patients from the cruise ship Diamond Princess were told they didn’t need tests. → Read More

Criminals are taking advantage of fear over COVID-19

Where some people see calamity, criminals see opportunity. As concern grows over the outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan, the denizens of the underworld haven't → Read More

What's in a name? For the yakuza, quite a lot

The Yamaguchi-gumi is one of the most feared crime syndicates in Japan and yet its name may become a relic of the past in 2020 if recent reports are to be → Read More

Police warn Olympic ticket lottery winners to be vigilant

The second ticket lottery for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics closed on Aug. 19 for an estimated 4.16 million residents of Japan who came up empty-handed in the in → Read More

As Japan prepares to open casinos, gangs won't be afraid to test security

Japan is currently creating a legal framework to operate casinos via a system of integrated resorts, but concerns persist that they'll be prime targets for → Read More

Historic justification for Japan's tattoo ban is no longer relevant

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games a little more than a year away, it's time for Japan to turn the page on tattoos. It's hard to argue with a → Read More

This Off-the-Beaten Path Japanese Town Is a Hidden Gem

I went to Daigo-town in Ibaraki Prefecture to write about the struggles of Japan’s traditional lacquerware but found a town so charming, I’m going back this summer for vacation. → Read More

Japan Has a New Emperor and a New Era, But a Dark Future

Japan’s new imperial era officially started on May 1 at a time when 79 percent of the Japanese people no longer believe their own government. Should we? → Read More

Google Maps could point users down the wrong path

One could almost be forgiven for thinking that con artists are a dime a dozen in Japan. They've been terrorizing elderly folk over the telephone in recent → Read More