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Japan Has an Awesome Subculture of Gundam-Style Bikes

Unfortunately, these over-the-top bikes are becoming pretty rare.
VICE Japan
8.2.17
DRAG

Scenes from a Japanese Drag Queen Rap Battle

Where Tokyo's finest queens spit dirty jokes to an enthralled crowd.
VICE Japan
6.13.17
VICE INTL

The Yakuza's Ties to the Japanese Right Wing

VICE Japan talked to Masaya Kudo, a Japanese right-wing activist, about his philosophies and concerns about the movement's ties to organized crime.
VICE Japan
5.20.15
VICE INTL

Subtropical Solitude

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.
VICE Japan
12.30.14
VICE Specials

The King of Hosts

The philosophy behind Japan's Host club, Club Fantasy is that customers are offered the opportunity to spend time with "pop idols that you can actually meet." VICE Japan visits the alleged "King of Hosts" and gets a look behind the scenes.
VICE Japan
5.1.14
VICE Specials

The Battle for Medical Marijuana in Japan

While the West carries on its steady course toward legalization, piggybacking on the ever-increasing awareness of marijuana's medicinal properties, Japan's cannabis laws remain steadfastly harsh.
VICE Japan
5.1.14
VICE Specials

Street Racers in Okinawa

Recently, most of Okinawa's racetracks have been shut down, which leaves drag racers just one option—to compete on the streets of Okinawa.
VICE Japan
2.18.14
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Chanmomo

We hung out with reality TV star Chanmomo (who appears on a <i>Real World</i>–esque Japanese show called <i>Terrace House</i>) and discussed her blossoming art career. We visited an under-the-radar restaurant called Uoken, which has some of the...
VICE Japan
2.11.14
VICE Specials

Japan Won't Let Filmmakers Use the Yakuza for Movie Plots Anymore

Media Works, a Japanese film production company, specializes in producing Yakuza movies, almost all of which are based on true events. Unfortunately for them, gang expulsion laws were passed two years ago in an effort to prevent Japanese entities from...
VICE Japan
1.21.14
VICE Specials

Uyoku Dantai: Japan's Growing Far-Right Movement

There are over 1,000 right-wing nationalist groups in Japan now, with over 100,000 total members. We caught up with Masaya Kudo, a right-wing activist and leader of his own group, Nihon-no-Kai.
VICE Japan
1.13.14
VICE Specials

Ant and Rat Tribes in Beijing

An estimated hundreds of thousands of people in Beijing live in dark and unsafe underground dwellings. VICE Japan took an investigative look into the subterranean living conditions of a new type of entrenched social class existing in China's capital.
VICE Japan
1.12.14
FRINGES

Underground Fighters of Japan

A Japanese movie producer wasn't satisfied with the professional fighting tournaments out there, so he made his own—one that has as few rules as possible in an attempt to replicate street fighting.
VICE Japan
12.17.13
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