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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 11-year-old girl in park toilet See in context


Are you blaming an 11 year old girl for the actions of a 30 year old man?

She is a girl. Not a teenager. Not an adult.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

While I have experienced a lot of discrimination here. I do also know it is my choice to be here. Also, most discrimination tends to be from a genuine lack of knowledge. I’ve learned that most Japanese simply accept what they are told or see. Very few actual take it upon themselves to learn knowledge outside of what they are told.

Also, most of the bad discrimination seems to be more from the higher ups than the general people.

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Posted in: Do you consider what Wikileaks does to be journalism? See in context

So when journalist at the New York Times or other reputable agencies release full unedited documents with their commentary and their side of the story, they are no longer journalist or new agencies? Because they have done that on several occasions.

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

This is not creating an excuse for anyone.

However, military service has the potential to create mental health issues for many people that have served. Especially those that have fought in wars. The military changes people. Basic training changes people. The environment changes people.

i am sad to hear about what that must go through and had to witness.

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context


incorrect. Only 88% is owned by the Japanese. 12% of Japan’s national debt is foreign owned.

Also, only 28% of US debt is foreign owned. With China and Japan owning in the trillions. Brazil and Ireland are the next largest holders of US debt.

Japan and China own 73% of the 28% of US debt that is foreign owned.

Also, the real reason the aging population is an issue is because many government programs are about to get hit hard as the baby boom generation retires. That is an incredible amount of people taking out and not putting in. Also, Japan spending is currently at 250% of its GDP. Meaning it isn’t producing enough to make a dent in the debt or even slow its rise.

America’s debt levels are enormous but the rate at which it is rising is far less than the rate of the Japanese debt. Japan and the US are not the only ones in trouble. The world debt is sitting at over $247 trillion.

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context


Being productive is not working hard. Japan doesn’t want productive and skilled workers. If they did, companies would have invested more in employees.

They want long/hard working non skilled worker bees.

Farmers in many countries work for many years past retirement. Even if they have money. They still go out and work the fields. It’s more of a way of life for some of them.

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Posted in: Man fires gun snatched from police officer in Yokohama See in context

@Kenji Fujimori

We know its not GTA. No one punched the officer or ran them over with a car.

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Posted in: Author reveals the story of Japan's first foreign-born samurai See in context


When I first came to Japan there was a documentary about him on that Japanese game show. That’s how I first learned about him. Apparently, in the 70’s the most popular Japanese children’s book was about him. I’ve seen the book in the library. Also, most Japanese anime and games that have black samurai are based on him.

As for him being a samurai. He was given that title at the least because only samurai class and above could own lands and carry a sashimono (weapon bearer flag) into battle.

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Posted in: Vegan and veggie invasion: Can Japan meet the culinary needs of inbound tourists? See in context

My entire family and I are vegan. We’ve been living in Hyogo for 7 years. We have never once had a problem with find options to eat. Sure, if we go to a yakiniku restaurant or a shabu shabu restaurant, we are in trouble because we can only eat cabbage and edamame. But being vegan is actually really easy to do in Japan.

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Posted in: Warner Bros chief Tsujihara steps down after reported affair with actress See in context


it doesn’t sound like the actress was doing it to get a job. Sounds more like she was using the relationship to her advantage.

Kirk was introduced to Tsujihara by James Packer, the Australian billionaire. Warner Bros. was then finalizing a $450-million co-financing deal with Packer and Brett Ratner, the director-producer. In a message to Ratner, Kirk said she was "used as icing on the cake."

She was used as bait and he fell for it.

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Posted in: Olympic superfan Yamada dies with Tokyo 2020 dream unfulfilled See in context


I don’t think you understand what a super fan is Super Fans tend to be obnoxious to many people. They are 100% for their team. They boo other teams and athletes and they do things out of the ordinary. That’s part of what makes them super fans.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

Almost every phone these days fits the description of a “cellphone with TV functions.”

Almost all androids and iPhones have TV functions. You only need to download the app to actually view the programs. My TV has never once been hooked up to an antenna and it’s a smart TV so I only use it to view services on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services. How can they expect me to pay for services that I don’t use nor wish to use?

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Posted in: Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Motors form new board See in context

A board can vote to remove anyone from the board. But those terms would have to be set in the by-laws for an organization. Also, there are other ways such as term limits for board members.

If none of those are in place, then it would have to be by resignation.

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Posted in: U.S. looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops See in context

Allies. That is exactly what they are. Why shouldn’t they also pay?

When two people go into business together, do both not shoulder the cost?

If you and a partner goes into business and you are shouldering more cost than them, wouldn’t you like for them to pay their share?

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

I think most companies would be okay with being on the list if the government is also on the list. Because if the government, that holds a direct responsibility to its people, is failing then it means that the current dynamics cannot be helped and they probably will not be in a rush to change things. These changes also need to happen from the top and trickle down to the bottom.

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Posted in: MUFG Bank to end over-the-counter int'l cash transfers to combat crime See in context

I never knew I could send money abroad by walking in with cash. That is amazing.

The more strict identification practices are a good thing. Since banking here, if I lost my hanko, I can’t do anything in a bank until I get a new one and update the hanko. But if I don’t have an form of identification except the hanko, I am allowed to do everything.

For the banks that don’t require a hanko, signing for anything is a complete pain because your signature needs to match 100%. If it doesn’t, then you have to keep signing

While a hanko isn’t mandated by the government, banks here chose to make it a necessity. I’ve learned Japanese banks don’t necessarily care about a profit. Partly because they have large deposit amounts on hand due to the savings practices of people and the companies here.

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Posted in: Swastikas and statues: Southeast Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography See in context

@oldman 13

the swastika is not nazi. It’s been apart of Buddhism and Hinduism for thousands of years. Also, we can’t expect Asians to know European and American history the same way many Americans and Europeans don’t know Asian history. Hitler was not the first leader of his kind. There were many.

How many of you know about Ho Chi Minh, Foday Sankoh, Yahya Khan, and so many more. How many of you even know what Tōjō Hideki was responsible for? I’m sure people in Thailand do. What about Mao Ze Dong? Can you tell me the average American or European person knows about any of these people?

Many American teens used to walk around with Che Guevara shirts but none of them even knew what he actually did.

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context


i don’t agree. I think the class system here is a lot harder than in the U.S.

That is part of the reason Japan has a much larger gap between the 1% than the U.S. does.

Another example of this is one of my best friends. She comes from Tottori. Her family are descended from people considered Burakumin. Even today, her family doesn’t allow them to tell people where they are from. They always say they are from Osaka. Her brother even had to drop out of college because of the bullying that came from his background.

The U.S. gives you more opportunities to work your way up than Japan. Seniority is the key here in Japan, but even then, only select members are selected. Japan also gives the same precedence over family, friendship, and lineage as all others do.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store owners submit request for shorter business hours See in context

I don’t believe the wage comes from the owners. It comes from the franchise. They set certain limits the same way they set hours.

A huge example is McDonalds. In America, the wage that franchise owners can pay are set by the corporation. This is to help alleviate competition between franchise owners.

So the owners are not to blame for the low wage. It’s the 7/11 corporation.

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Posted in: Big Oscar win by 'Green Book' leaves many frustrated See in context


I agree with you. 2018 was a great year for movies. I think the main issue here was that many people, on all sides, even critics, thought this movies wasn’t that great of a movie. The acting was great but the script was disappointing to most. Especially given that the biographical film was very one sided and badly researched. There were far more deserving films.

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Posted in: Big Oscar win by 'Green Book' leaves many frustrated See in context

Green book

A very misleading title. A green book was a book that helped blacks travelers know places they could eat, sleep, shopped, or have their vehicles fixed because most places did not allow black people to use or enter such establishments.

But a movie about a white driver is clearly a fitting title.

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Posted in: What everyone wants at the Trump-Kim summit See in context

The other day in the U.S. where Trump was saying that North Korea can become one of the most powerful countries in the world if they worked with the U.S.

That probably means denuclearization is off the table for Trump.

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Posted in: Pilot drinking again delays ANA flight despite new rules See in context


Alcoholics by who’s standards?

Koreans and Japanese may seem like Alcoholics by Some western standards the same way Americans and Europeans seem like alcoholics by Muslim or Rasta standards.

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Posted in: Pilot drinking again delays ANA flight despite new rules See in context

It is not for us to say how much alcohol a person can handle.

As we know, some people can be complete lightweights and become inebriated from a single drink, while others can lose their control and drink more than intended.

Also, flying is not the most dangerous part as most pilots fly via autopilot. The real danger is taking off and landing. All it takes is one simple slip for 80,000kg piece of metal of slip off the runway or something to fly into the turbine and the pilots response times are not on point.

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Posted in: As medical costs mount, Japan to weigh cost-effectiveness in setting drug prices See in context

Japan actually does have access to new medication. Easy access at that. The issue isn’t the access of the medication it’s that certain doctors choose not to offer those particular medications because of price.

Japan is one of the most lucrative markets for pharmaceutical companies because Japan doesn’t control their price, the government works more on cost subsidization meaning that they pay a large amount of the cost to keep the drug cheaper. Drug companies love Japan and love introducing new medications to Japan.

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Posted in: Police officer who died in 2017 suspected of stealing more than ¥85 mil from safe See in context

Seems he missed paying back a few people because his death is still a mystery.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

i believe that you should have the right to love who you love and be with who you want to be with.

However, what I do not agree with is that you want to reject who you are and want to be someone else and we should all change to accommodate your self image issues.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

Why is it that why it comes to transgendered people this is such a sensitive area; however, when it becomes a racial thing where someone feels they identify more as another race, suddenly it’s all negative. Are transgendered and transracial not the same thing?

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Posted in: 16 U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds See in context

@Andrew Crisp

That you think States have no rights when it comes to government spending, means that you have never taken a law or politics class. The way the government was set up was that it is supposed to be a larger representative of the people and the states.

There is such a thing called “The Convention of States.”

This ultimately allows a majority of 39 states or more the invoke powers of each branch of the government. This could be used for amending bills, vetoing bills, or other measures. This has never been used. Because states typically leave things up to the judicial system which is what they are doing now. All moves the President makes can potentially be nullified in federal court and anyone can take the federal government to federal court. That includes individual states. So they are doing actions within their rights to challenge the constitutionality of Trumps actions also whether or not his “emergency,” can be viewed as an emergency.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Why does every keep crediting Trump with the North Korean missle crises.

The last time I checked, not a single thing changed after the summit. There have been no further talks as well.

Why hasn’t the real hero been credited with bringing North Korea to the table. NK didn’t care when all those sanctions hit because they have always received 90% of their support from China. In a rare move, when China decided to sanction North Korea and withhold their aide that is when North Korea changed. But the world doesn’t want to credit China with such a move because it would be seen as promoting communism and not democracy.

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