Bullying is a global problem, but Japan grapples with severe cases resulting in youth fatalities. Known as “ijime,” it involves aggressive behavior. In 2019, Japan saw nearly 610,000 bullying cases, contributing to high youth suicide rates. Schools often mishandle cases, emphasizing the need for improved intervention.
The evolution of the term “otaku,” from its origins as a label for passionate anime and manga enthusiasts to its current status as a genuine subculture, has a long history. “Otaku” has transitioned from being associated with negative stereotypes to becoming a common term for the community of fans worldwide.
Explore the rich literary history of Japan, from ancient myths to modern classics. Discover the origins of Japanese writing starting from the first novel, ‘The Tale of Genji’, to postwar literature, and uncover the diverse themes and styles that shape Japanese culture.
It’s not easy to pivot from English teaching to a new career. But LaShawn Toyoda’s inspiring story proves that it’s possible.