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Japan’s cunning bottakuri bars con compliant customers

Japan’s cunning bottakuri bars con compliant customers

Osaka 'girl's bars' are a hotbed of trouble…

Drink-spikers return to old hunting grounds in Ueno

Drink-spikers return to old hunting grounds in Ueno

Police crackdowns have led drink-spiking gangs back to Ueno…

Night photos on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo

A selection of photos from New Year's Eve in Tokyo…

Salons supplying sleaze shuttered across Japan

Salons supplying sleaze shuttered across Japan

Law enforcement is sweeping through Japan's legendary entertainment quarters…

Navigating Japan’s nyotaimori netherworld

Navigating Japan’s nyotaimori netherworld

The practice of serving sushi on the body of a naked female's torso has been making inroads outside of Japan…

On the ‘Tokyo Vice’ beat with Jake Adelstein

On the ‘Tokyo Vice’ beat with Jake Adelstein

A chronicle of a 12-year stint working the crime beat at Japan's largest newspaper…

Creative new commerce keeps Kabukicho hopping

Creative new commerce keeps Kabukicho hopping

The red-light district has fallen victim to the recession…

Tohoku red-light town looks to Tokyo’s Kabukicho for revival

Tohoku red-light town looks to Tokyo’s Kabukicho for revival

Businesses in Sendai have come together to change the image of the Kokubuncho district…

Lactating ladies nurse customers at Kabukicho milk bar

Lactating ladies nurse customers at Kabukicho milk bar

A way to take pub-crawling to a whole new dimension…

Hosts in Kabukicho

Hosts in Kabukicho

Hosts look for clients near Ichiban-gai in Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment district…