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Japanese gov't panel finds rampant coverups, mishandling of harassment cases in military

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Coverups and mishandling in Japan? Is it really that new?

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Not only a problem in Japan's military.

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This is pretty typical of Japanese society in general, so not sure why it would be any surprise to find it in the military.

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“This is pretty typical of Japanese society in general, so not sure why it would be any surprise to find it in the military.”

What planet do you come from?

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MeiyouwentiToday  07:52 am JST

“This is pretty typical of Japanese society in general, so not sure why it would be any surprise to find it in the military.”

What planet do you come from?

Earth, last lime I checked. Do you even live in Japan?

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You don’t say?

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“In order to create an organization that does not tolerate harassment, we will firmly take steps based on the recommendation (in the report),” said Satoshi Mikai, head of the ministry’s staffing and education bureau, as he received the report.

So, all this time the military in Japan was an organization that tolerated harassment?

Nobody noticed?

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The same skill and artistry of wrapping stuff for which the Japanese are world- renowned is applied to the seamless coverups of officialdom. Check out the final scene of Kobayashi Masaki's gory samurai drama, "Harakiri", where clan honcho, Mikuni Rentaro, comes up with a doozy.

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80% of the reported cases involved abuse of power

It's the bullying culture. It's been going on forever in almost every team to every institution. The Japanese military was famous for it before WWII. Give someone any formal power and it's a licence to bully since the victims rarely fight back. And cover-ups are par for the course. Of course, the Japan idealists who will downvote this won't want to accept it but it's time to wake up to the reality.

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Japanese gov't panel finds rampant coverups, mishandling of harassment cases in military

Huh? What "military" are they talking about? Japan doesn't have a military and media referring to it as a military is playing along with the LDP and Kishida in attempting to change the public view of the constitution and changing Article 9 as well.

Japan has a SELF-DEFENSE-FORCE! and the media should stop playing along with Kishida!

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Military cover up is everywhere, not just Japan, it's just the way things are done for national security. Unfortunately there are always people of rank in the military that feels like they can hide under the cover of national security to unleash their psychopathy on other (often more junior) servicemen/women.

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Coverups are oxygen to all in positions of power who otherwise would be asphyxiated by their corruption, as well as serving as a prophylactic against arrest and incarceration for their violations of law.

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Military are essentially salary workers so it’s normal practice

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mishandling of harassment cases in military

this is basically any company or group in Japan.

in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s mandatory in Japan.

whether it be schools, workplaces, government, etc etc.

we would be more surprised if we find a comp any that DOESNT do this.

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Japanese gov't panel finds rampant coverups, mishandling of harassment cases in military

Coverups in Japan.

Well I never!

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The military, like schools and corporations, are full of bullies. The major difference is that the military is armed. The power of even handling guns brings out the hostile mind on the double. Add to the that the picayune rules and regulations and you got a dangerous mindset, particularly when women are concerned.

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Japan is probably ten or twenty years behind the U.S. in that unfortunate department.

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I should add that women are a valuable part of any country’s military and deserve our thanks and full respect for their contributions and service.

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Hands up who is surprised

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They are special civil servants, not troops.

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The common trait among all the world’s militaries is male domination and exploitation of the weaker sex. The houses of horror cannot be cleaned from within. Forewarn all your daughters and female friends about the dangers that lurk within.

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Culture of coverups

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Im glad its got brought up. At least its got public. It must have gone pretty far in order to become news. I know many people accept it as a reality but its a toxic reality and in deal shouldnt be tolerated or unseen.

remember there are always three of them the bully the victim and the enabler that stays safe in the team bully while the victim being pushed to death. Kill both the bully and the enabler with the truth, let them taste some shame because that is the only thing that can ruin them.

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Yubaru

Huh? What "military" are they talking about? Japan doesn't have a military... 

Japan has a SELF-DEFENSE-FORCE! and the media should stop playing along with Kishida!

Yes. A military self-defense force.

(Military: of or relating to soldiers, arms, or war; of or relating to armed forces)

What do you think they are defending against, Hurtful words? Soccer balls? Traffic tickets?

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wallace

They are special civil servants, not troops.

They are soldiers, sailors, and airmen. No different than those of any country's defense force, whom are all civil servants, btw.

They are bound by stricter rules of engagement than most, of course. But, they are as well-equipped and armed as many of them are.

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In most countries the military consists of enlisted people and commissioned officers. The enlisted people sign a contract and can’t leave so easily. The commissioned officers can resign. The military are not civil servants.

”US, federal law makes distinctions between the civil service, and the military service. All military members are segregated into the “Military Departments,” all under the Executive Department of Defense, with the exception of the US Coast Guard, which federal law states is an armed force and military service at all times even when serving as a Service under the Executive Department of Homeland Security (or when transferred in time of war or national emergency to the Department of the Navy).”

The Japanese Self Defence Forces are special civil servants. Like any other job they can give a months notice and leave.

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wallace

In most countries the military consists of enlisted people and commissioned officers. The enlisted people sign a contract and can’t leave so easily. The commissioned officers can resign. The military are not civil servants.

Ground SDF enlistees sign a 2 or 3 year contract, depending on role.

Air and Naval SDF enlistees sign up for 3 years.

Officers graduate from military universities, or officer training school. They sign up for 4 to 6 years.

Not dissimilar to the US and other all-volunteer forces.

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Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution explicitly disavows war as an instrument of state policy and promises that Japan will never maintain a military.

JSDF uniformed personnel are recruited as self-defense official cadets for a fixed term. Ground forces recruits normally enlist for two years; those seeking training in technical specialties enlist for three. Naval and air recruits normally enlist for three years. Officer candidates, students in the National Defense Academy and National Defense Medical College, and candidate enlist students in technical schools are enrolled for an indefinite period. The National Defense Academy and enlisted technical schools usually require an enrollment of four years, and the National Defense Medical College requires six years.

They are all special civil servants. They are not soldiers or military troops.

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It said in a report that more than 60% of the victims in 1,325 cases reported to the panel never sought help from counselors in the military or ministry due to a lack of trust in the system or a fear of retribution.

Or maybe false reports?

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