The "Aum Affair," as it is known in Japan, terrified the country and continues to reverberate two decades after cult members attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin.
More selections of memorable excellence from the vintage role-play series.
Local press have labeled Kishi Ryoichi's death a harakiri-style suicide, which is a ritualized tradition that has been endemic to Japanese culture since the 12th century.
Tokyo hosts the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Asia, complete with shamrocks and pints of Guinness.
Haruhiko Kawaguchi's claustrophobic images aim to express what we feel when we talk about love.
VICE talks with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, and PTSD—often overprescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals that bring their own sets of problems.
Four years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant went into full meltdown and the resulting 12-mile evacuation zone was enforced, one farmer still remains—braving high levels of radiation and loneliness to tend to abandoned animals.
For years, young people from Indonesia to China have been dressing up like Nazis, buying Hitler-adorned merchandise, and embracing "swastikawaii."
Reading Marie Kondo's word-of-mouth hit The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up had me spending my evenings lying on the floor, thanking my sweaters individually for keeping me warm.
Lifelike replicas of young Japanese women, fluent in Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese, will be capable of making eye contact, reading body language, and responding to organic conversation.
A culture of overwork is worrying government officials, who are on the brink of forcing the country's workaholics to chill out before they die from overwork.
12-year-old member of singing a group called 3B Junior is awake now, but she still can't move. It's a good reminder that breathing helium is a goofy—but real—way to die.
Though there's a general stigma against governments paying out ransoms to groups like the Islamic State, it's more of a fuzzy line than a hard and fast rule.
The people of Japan have declared meme warfare on Jihadi John.
Over the past few years, female-friendly pornography has made a big splash in Japan. Our friends over at the Japanese VICE office decided to check out this new world of adult entertainment.
Half the people surveyed by the Japanese Family Planning Association said they hadn't gone to the bone zone in the past month. Some guys claimed that they didn't even masturbate anymore. What's going on?
The controversial Japanese cartoons pay animators so badly that all the work is now being outsourced to Korea, China, and the Philippines.
78-year-old Masafumi Nagasaki is the sole resident of a tropical island located at the southern tip of Okinawa, Japan. We decided to go and find out exactly what kind of lifestyle he's leading, and why he chooses not to wear clothes.
The anime auteur bridged the gap between adult and kids' cinema without patronizing grown-ups or children.
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi used the 3-D mold to create the world's first "vagina kayak." Now she's facing obscenity charges for it.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is simultaneously a racist mess, a lyrical car crash, and a treasure chest containing champagne kisses.
Sixty-year-old Jimmy Ho opened his first tattoo shop in Hong Kong at the age of 14 and has spent the last 40 years tattooing everyone from movie stars to local gangsters.
VICE Japan traveled to Malica, where 4,600 Japanese soldiers and 3,200 American soldiers were killed on the battlefield, and where local "bone hunters" are still searching for the soldiers' remains.
Heather Lighton's pictures of cute kids and hilarious pets from the world capital of kawaii.