When YouTuber Logan Paul bumbled into Aokigahara to make a ‘cool video,’ he rode roughshod over the complex politics of mental health and suicide in a nation with the sixth-highest suicide rate in the world.
Godzilla may be the most famous monster of Japanese film, but he’s not the only one — and he’s not even the biggest!
The Global Comment editors invite you to read along with them as they explore the latest news from around the world this week.
Japan’s largest mass murder since the Second World War is going largely undiscussed, as are its implications. Here’s why you should care that 19 disabled Japanese people were knifed to death in their beds.
From an elegy to Al Jazeera America to the musings of a Middle Eastern naturalist, here’s what we’re reading this week.
Less than a week into my stay in Japan, I already want to stay here forever.
Jolie offers nothing new or interesting to the genre of WW2 movie making, and that’s profoundly disappointing.
When Kitano Takeshi gets down with organised crime, cinema audiences tend to get excited.
Jokes about the Rapture express a deeper anxiety about the decidedly apocalyptic times we live in, expressing some of the often unacknowledged uncertainty about the sustainability of our current system of living.
What other band can manage to attract fanboys like Cobain while singing songs about cats and tasty snacks?