Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

This is not a progressive, liberal, Western country and does not seek to be one.

VERY TRUE. BUT they always pretend to be one and want to be treated and viewed as if they are one.

Wasn't it was only a month ago that Kishida called on "like minded nations" to join together?

This is a huge mistake for which history will not judge Japan kindly. It's become nothing more than xenophobic mockery wrapped in an ostensible and increasingly unscientific vail of protecting public health.

exactly. they got their chance and now they showed their true colors.

If Japan wants to be seen as backwards they will continue this nonsense. 

I think the cat's out of the bag, especially with the Carlos debacle.

My colleagues at universities in Canada and the US are already advising incoming Asian Studies students to shift their studies away from Japan to Korea. And they are doing it. We have received notice from four prospective study abroad students that they are withdrawing their applications. The virus was an excuse to fo what 99% of Japanese wanted all along. And there will be no change....they will say that until there is no danger from variants the quarantine has to stay. It will never go away.

THIS! I couldn't agree more with everything in your post!

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Posted in: What are some movies that couldn't be remade today because social norms have changed? See in context

Thouroughly Modern Millie

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

Barry in Illinois said limiting entries to a small fraction of the exchange students was a narrow-minded move and had no scientific basis.

Yup! welcome to Japan! Or not...

Will the muppets in Kasumigaseki care?

Oh they care about saving their mugs on the international stage. other than that...nah

Careful what you wish for folks overseas!

Exactly! This may be a blessing in disguise.

The majority of Japanese people don’t want foreigners here.

True. Amazing how they never left Sakoku mentally.

The travel ban is disgusting.

Yes

I hope the people who are waiting to enter for school or work change their minds and choose a country that will welcome them.

That would be the prudent thing to do.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting woman in Okinawa See in context

An officer of the Community affairs division was arrested for domestic violence? Classic!

it is, isn't it!?

Another cop committing another crime.

Gotta love their screening process in the hiring of these useless tax money wasters.

true

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Posted in: Instant chilled ramen remains cold even after microwaved See in context

Agree with you both. Everything has become too easy and too instant.

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Posted in: The crisis of super-aging – how can Japanese society cope? See in context

great article and spot on

Dark days ahead here

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Posted in: Regardless of whether alcohol is consumed, the important thing is to avoid dining in large groups. See in context

None of this is going to make a hoot of a difference as long as the schools remain open and people are commuting in packed trains like sardines.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

Oh, yes. The “their lives are so much better here so we can treat them like trash” excuse. How about just treating everyone like a human being? Is that really too much to ask?

Apparently it is of some people here.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

It is not a Vietnamese owner, I meant Vietnamese customers who gather at the cafe , only if you are interested in asking

YOU said it was a Vietnamese owner. Here's YOUR POST

There’s a Vietnam cafe not so far from Sin-Okubo station (used to be Korean Town, now more like Asian Town) called "Egg Coffee". The owner is a Vietnamese and more than 70% customers are Vietnamese.

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Posted in: Japan mulls delaying controversial Sado mine list for World Heritage See in context

Yes it is not surprising, given that the people who founded the LDP were war criminals restored to power by the US.

Yup! Abe's Grandfather Kishi used CIA slush funds and Yakuza money to build the LDP

Talk about the usual Japanese whitewashing and refusal to accept their past.

Well of course! The Kempeitai Japan's Gestapo and Tokkō  Japan's **Thought Police** became the Mombusho or the Ministry of Education.

The upper eschalons of power in Japan are a horrific cesspool

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Posted in: Japan mulls delaying controversial Sado mine list for World Heritage See in context

Cheers my friend. I always respect you and your posts on this site. You speak sense and come across as a good, caring person!!

Thanks bro!

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Posted in: Get two burgers for only ¥500 at Burger King Japan for a limited time See in context

BK is so much better than McD's. I wish they were as abundant as the latter where I live.

David, I couldn't agree with you more man.

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Posted in: Japan mulls delaying controversial Sado mine list for World Heritage See in context

Japan attempting to whitewash everything in order to save face. What's wrong? Can't face reality like Germany? Or not adult enough to own up to your mistakes? Root cause of all this is Japan's tatamae culture.

exactly

The Japanese government seems to view these locations associated to slave labor and torture as places to be marveled and celebrated.

Yes. Extremely troubling.

Hey, we're not all like that. I despise the right wing and am ashamed of my country's colonial history.

I fully support any Korean opposition to this plan.

Deep respect to you Thomas

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Posted in: Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics See in context

Already the second worst Olympics, first being Tokyo 2021.

agree

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Posted in: We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year. See in context

We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

in other words, there is no scientific reason to keep the borders closed.

got it

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

AND like you said..

The owner is a Vietnamese and more than 70% customers are Vietnamese. 

So looks like the person owns their own business and Deals 70% with their own people. So yes. OF COURSE they like their life here. I would too if I owned my own business and dealt with you lot only 30% of the time

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

There’s a Vietnam cafe not so far from Sin-Okubo station (used to be Korean Town, now more like Asian Town) called "Egg Coffee". The owner is a Vietnamese and more than 70% customers are Vietnamese. When you have a chance, go there and ask how they like their lives in Japan. Media do not pick up any good stories.

OF COURSE!! Like YOU said

The owner is a Vietnamese *

He/ She doesn't work for you Japanese. Thanks for proving my point! LOL

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of changing jobs during a pandemic? See in context

the fact that foreigners are not being allowed into the country means there is a struggle to find people to work. So hopefully wages will rise. that's hopefully a pro.

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Posted in: We suspect that infections first spread among people in their 20s and 30s at Christmas and other year-end and New Year events, were transmitted to children at home, and then spread among children since the start of the new school year. See in context

and then spread among children since the start of the new school year.

well if they really think that's how it spread, why not close down the schools and make sure everyone studies from home?

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Posted in: Trickle of residents return to Fukushima's last deserted town See in context

The scheme "aims to ensure that residents will be able to live without problems, by, for example, checking if the sewers function well and there are facilities to support everyday life", a cabinet office official in charge of supporting Fukushima residents told AFP.

did they check the radiation levels too?

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Posted in: How Japan has been shaped by Shinzo Abe See in context

The Abe Legacy" 

They should write 2 sequels:

The Abe Identity and The Abe Ultimatum

I mean since we're dealing in utter fiction..

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Posted in: Restrictions coming See in context

what upsets me is that the restrictions fall on recreation only. You can't go to a bar. The gyms close. The dojos are off. Don't travel. Pretty much every recreational activity is closed down so its the same as a Lockdown in west with the exception of one thing...We all STILL have to go to work.

I don't mind a lockdown western style at all. I can work from home and my kids can stay at home. I can spend more time with my family. So yeah lockdown is fine as long as we get some down time. OR just leave everything as it is.

BUT closing the bars restaurants gyms dojos and everything else down WHILE AT THE SAME TIME making people crowd into the trains to go to work is not only giving people here the WORST of both worlds but is also going to make all efforts to curb spread USELESS.

Either let life go on as usual OR implement a PROPER lockdown where students study from home and with the exception of essential workers and others who simply can't, make everyone work from home.

But these quasi measures from this quasi government is for the birds

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Posted in: Olympic athletes urged by activists not to criticize China See in context

Athletes at the Beijing Olympics have been urged by human rights activists to avoid criticizing China because they could be prosecuted.

How about Athletes avoid China altogether?? There will be other Olympic games.

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Posted in: What are some cities you enjoy visiting but you would never want to live in any of them? See in context

Wouldn't want to live in a city anywhere in the world ever again nor even a small town for that matter. To visit, many where they have extant history and some cultural offering. Modern urban monstrosities no thank you.

Tokyo. Its overcrowded; it's noisy; it's expensive; and rent is highway robbery.

agree with both of you

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Posted in: UK lifts COVID restrictions; says Omicron wave has peaked See in context

Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in most parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday.

crazy

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

So name top3 countries for those you define from "3rd world countries" to come and work officially and legally for types of guys 41 year-old but no- skills, whose case is now backed up by Japanese local labor union.

Yeah a fat lot of good that Japanese local labor union does for that Vietnamese man or for the COUNTLESS other foreigners working here.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900 See in context

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900

ya don't say!!!

Considering the borders were closed due to covid it’s a bit of a given.

Ne!

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

Japan would have to be one of the worst places to work if you are non-white or from another Asian nation.

Japan would have to be one of the worst places to work period. That's why they can't even recruit people from other 3rd world countries. They can't even fulfil their quotas for foreign workers. I mean, what does it say about your country when even downtrodden people from Southeast Asia don't want to come here.

The Nihonjinron doctrine remains in parts of Japan as remnants of the colonial era.

yep

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Posted in: Japan to allow in 87 foreign students, making exception to ban See in context

Seems a bit pointless continuing with the strict travel ban or restrictions now Japan has widespread Omicron.

" Seems a bit pointless" has never stopped Japan before

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Posted in: China's Xi rejects 'Cold War mentality,' pushes cooperation See in context

Xi male is a scumbag. Pure and simple

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