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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

@Antiquesaving

You want to know what things are really like in Japanese offices and work place.

I do not need to know because I have been working in Japan over 2 decades, and raised two children into adults with my Japanese wife. Over that time we had plenty of emergencies, but I never had this dilemma "your job or your children". And why? Rather than blaming others, I was careful enough in finding jobs that were sufficiently family-oriented.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

@Antiquesaving

I googled his name, and his current employment in Linkedin is called "Bringing my children home" (for three years already, since 2018). I would not call it a serious job. And the truth remains that for three years he failed to find any other way to provide support for his children.

There was another side story to him, an Washington Post a couple of years ago. Do you know why his wife left him? It happened after HE threatened divorsing her. And then she left. So the guy, in my opinion, should give a closer loot at his actions, then and for three years that he was not able to find any money-paying job.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

@Antiquesaving

I do not see how somebody could lose a job because he or she is fighting a legal battle with divorsed spouse (assets is a different story).

The article is mute when he got unemployed. If he lost his job long time ago, and still shows no interedt in finding another one, the position of his wife become much more understandable. Why we do not hear her it in this story?

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

If he is serious to get access to his kids, he should finally man up, get a good job, and start supporting his kids financially. No reasonable woman would then object to children seeing their father. But what kind of role model this man provides, 39 years old, and yet unable to support himself, let alone his family?

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

Without the wife's side to this sad story, the reporting is clearly one-sided.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

If he were serious about rising kids in Japan, he should have naturalized here long time ago. But appealing to French authorities will not help at all, they will do nothing.

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Posted in: Onsen etiquette: Things to know before taking the plunge See in context

The originsl article has lots of promotions for Marks & Web, with extremely expensive price tags. You do not to buy this to enjoy onsen.

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

Howaitosan:

From wikipedia. For example, in Netherlands

"The lesbian divorce rate is much higher than the divorce rate between men: in the same period on average 100 women and 45 men divorced per year (i.e., Lesbian divorce rate = 14%, Gay Male divorce rate = 7%).[15]

A study tracking married couples over a 10 year span found lesbian marriages were most likely to end in divorce. Of the 580 lesbian couples who were married in 2005, 30% were divorced ten years later compared to 18% for heterosexual couples and 15% for gay male couples"

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

I am against calling civil unions between LGBT partners as "marriage". If it were the same thing, how would you explain extremely high divorce rate between lesbians? For the lack of rational explanation, it is apples and oranges for me.

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

It is because of such idiots (however few) that some Japanese have prejudices against dealing with foreigners in daily life. Has he though about people whose mail was smeared by his rubbish. Absolutely abominable!

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Posted in: Russia wants Tchaikovsky music for anthem at Tokyo Olympics See in context

What, have they run out of stock of balalaika songs? "Kalinka, malinka" would be a wonderful tune.

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

@Zahood

What's wrong with Canada's gender equality? Do you refer male [transgender] inmates in women's prisons? Or something even more ridiculous?

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

How many of these people know that Mr. Mori is suffering from terminal lung cancer? The whole story is absolute disgrace.

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Posted in: Man to be extradited to Japan for aiding Ghosn's escape accuses U.S. of 'betrayal' See in context

It will be a good lesson to him about respecting Japanese laws. And I guess the use of bail will be out of question for him. What a pity...

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

@RickyC

My children went to school in England for one year, and had lots of negative episodes because they are half-Japanese.

But my point is not how many countries you may have for comparison; instead, it is whether the majority of active commentators here has any first-hand experience rising kids in Japan. It bet that very few actually know what they are talking about.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

I am sure that the vast majority of Japan-bashers here have no experience of raising children in mixed family in Japan, let alone doing the same abroad.

On the other hand, I have done both, with two kids attending Japanese high and junior high school now, and have first-hand knowledge how minor racism is compared with similar experience in other countries.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

Nike is no Mother Theresa to preach Japan. I wonder who will make a commercial about numerous Nike scandals.

https://www.themds.com/companies/nike-and-its-scandals-how-to-remain-valuable-after-a-year-full-of-polemics.html

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

Three isolated cases do not constitute a representative pattern. If there had been a nation-wide survey of foreigners in Japan about their experience of corona-related discrimination, I would have seen a serious problem. But there has been none, so the evidence is purely anecdotal.

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Posted in: Again, no female contenders in Japan's leadership race See in context

I do not see any female candidate who is good enough to become next PM. Then what is the problem? Who specifically has been discriminated in the election?

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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

No matter what Japan-haters may claim, Mr. Abe was the best PM in living memory who was widely respected by ordinary Japanese for the most part of his deservely long tenure. He was not perfect, but Japan was lucky to have him as the PM during the turbulent period after the GFC.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

I have seen the video, but do not see anything racist. More like a South Park spoof, but is there something wrong with it?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics protest parody of logo that depicts COVID-19 See in context

Mr. Pothecary lacks any creative spirit, apart from plagiarising Tokyo 2020 design.

I wounder if he could try his Corona design with, for instance, the US flag. I bet he will chicken out because he knows that unlike Japanese, the US will not tolerate this frivolity.

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Posted in: Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients See in context

That's great news compared with just 6000 or so hotel beds reported a week ago. People are working hard in Japan, but thus will not satisfy many Japan bashers on this site.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing wife after dispute about his decreased income See in context

Why it took him 45 minutes to call 119?

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