Tomohiro Osaki

Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.

For Tomohiro Osaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New law to fight bias against 'burakumin' seen falling short

| Dec 19, 2016

New law to fight bias against 'burakumin' seen falling short

Overshadowed by the 11th-hour furor over casino legalization and other legislation forced through the Diet by the ruling bloc last week was the enactment of a lesser-known law that has significant implications for Japan’s minority burakumin. The law enacted Dec. 9 marks a turning ...

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

Dec 15, 2016

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

The Diet enacted a law to legalize casinos Thursday morning amid ongoing public concerns over a raft of potential social ills, including surges in gambling addiction and organized crime. For Japan, it seems casino legalization could be equivalent to opening Pandora’s box. The nation ...

Japan's 'bosozoku' bikers a vanishing rebel breed

Dec 13, 2016

Japan's 'bosozoku' bikers a vanishing rebel breed

Shotaro Nagasawa knows about living on the edge. Fistfights, bloodshed and near-death encounters seemed to dog the teen wherever he went. He lost track of the number of times he was ambushed by thugs on his way home — they’d run him down, knife ...