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Dec 16, 2017

This week: was Japan's 5th Tokugawa shogun really as crazy as everybody says?

Spoilers: no. 

Dec 9, 2017

This week, we cover a crime wave that shocked 1980s Japan, and proved that postwar society was perhaps not quite all it was cracked up to be. Also, there's a lot of poisoned candy. 

Dec 2, 2017

This week, we investigate the great Zen master Dogen, who was something of an eccentric in his own time but remains one of the greatest Buddhist thinkers in Japanese history. 

Nov 25, 2017

Turns out, getting involved in a land war in Asia really is one of the classic blunders.

This week, how did it all pan out?

Nov 18, 2017

How did Japan fit into the broader framework of the Allied intervention? What were the Japanese trying to accomplish in Siberia? And who was even in charge of this damned thing? All that and more, this week.