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Posted in: Proposed resident registry card for foreigners creates Big Brother concerns See in context

Knowbetter. Why would you have ever thought you were welcome in Japan? Surely you knew before you came that this country has no immigration ministry, immigration policy or even laws protecting human rights of foreigners. I can't believe you didn't know. To complain about Japan after coming here seems a bit pointless. Japan's views of foreigners are well-known and well documented. We are not welcomed, tolerated, but not welcome. I mean, really.

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Posted in: For Japanese men, dysfunction starts in the cradle See in context

Many Japanese men are less than respectful of women because laws either don't exist or are not enforced to prevent women from being objectified or discriminated against. I am pleased that women in modern economies are starting to vote with their wombs against the horrendous levels of sexism that still pervade society.

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Posted in: 'Yasukuni' opens under heavy security; gets mixed reaction See in context

Well, saw the movie today in Osaka. It was full and quite riveting. The general thrust is that Yasukuni is a place where rabid nationalists gather and that it has served as the religious focal point for much of Japan's war making. The sword maker from Kochi seems like a bit of a pawn rather than anyone bad. He is just a typical high quality craftsman that Japan is famous for. Toward the end, many scenes of Hirohito are shown at Yasukuni as well as pictures of beheadings in Asia. These images are alternated to make the viewer get the connection between Yasukuni, state Shintoism and the slaughter in Asia. As a piece of documentary work, the music is what stood out for me, it was amazingly well chosen. Also, the hidden camera work at Yasukuni also caught the nationalists at their crazy best and took a fair bit of bravery to film. By coincidence, I was in the line to get in with a Chinese guy and because it was sold out, we sat on the floor together and watched the film. I found this rather moving as the hatred of China shown by some of the nationalists was pathetic. My only gripe about the film is that the scene where the Chinese man is beaten up must have been staged, I mean that the director knew the rally by nationalists was going to be heckled by the Chinese man and hence he knew something bad was going to happen. Not too professional in my book. Overall an excellent film and as the Chinese man I watched it with said, it would be nice if it could be shown in schools. (not a chance of this happening, however)

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Posted in: Gov't looks to immigrants as population shrinks See in context

Significant numbers of immigrants will never be allowed and this is for one simple reason. Much of Japanese identity is based on exclusivity. For Japanese to change the way they perceive themselves in a way that would allow acceptance of different cultures in Japan is impossible. Also, significant numbers might not want to come. To allow oneself to be controlled and manipulated the way Japanese people are would be unacceptable to many other cultures.

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Posted in: 'Yasukuni' opens under heavy security; gets mixed reaction See in context

Swung by the Osaka theatre today. It only holds 96 people so will be crowded, likely. No police yet for tomorrow's opening. Tried to get a ticket but they have no reservation system so I will just have to go again. Went to Yasukuni Shrine last week so want to see the film, too. Of course the museum is guilty of grave omissions, but as I understand it, it is a private institution and can omit whatever they want. It is a sanitized view of Japanese expansionism that tries to explain the invasion of Asia as being wanted by Asians and that the white man (and his embargos) is the reason the expansion was necessary. This story is then used as the reason Japan needed to be protected and the soldiers who died did so making the modern Japan. All quite twisted, but no more so than many other museums around the world. Chinese visitors would be and were shocked, however. When I see a U.S. museum state that mass killing of Vietnamese happened, and that bombing of Iraqi civilians happened, then we westerners will have a moral leg to stand on regarding Yasukuni.

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