Thesis S.O.S. Japanese culture & violence (in film) I came across thiswonderful site again whilst browsing for references and data for my thesis. I'm a 23-yr old advertising & design student living in Gent/Brussels and currently on the lookout for interesting info about Japanese culture. My main theme is the strange paradox of Japan as a -at first notion- pacifist society and the opposing, very extreme violence which is so apparent in a considerable part of their cinematography (wether it is realistic Battle Royale violence or ghost stories like Ju-on). Another point of grave (pun intended) importance is the rise of hikikomori and otaku. It is the purpose to describe in a rudimentary form the japanese social structure and customs (done) and then delve into the Japanese cinema (among to-be-reviewed gilms: Suicide Club, Battle Royale, Ringu, Audition, Visitor Q, ...). The main social aienation themes must be included in the reviews and backed up by empiric data (which I don't seem to come across!) I was wondering if any of you have good sources for facts and statistics/figures which might enrich my current and future writing? Any help would be incredibly appreciated (urls, images, recommended reading etc) since I have a relatively tight deadline and a bit of a fragmented memory.