Cat Stevens comments

Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context


@Cat Stevens

No one says thing like this don't happen in other countries but there is a very big difference.

I to am from Canada and I know what would have happened if a government employee did the same thing in Canada.

Disciplinary action ranging from suspension, having to attend classes on discrimination or fired.

No such thing will happen here.

In Canada my nieces teacher is not a Canadian citizen and is a permanent employees of the public school system, which is not possible in Japan as the laws prohibit hiring non Japanese.

30 year here raised 2 mixed children as a single father.

If even one tenth of what was said or done by public school teachers here and then shrug off by the school and school board, had happened in Canada, people would have been fired.

Unlike Canada discrimination is legal here even enshrined in the law.

Please don't act as if they are the same.

I'm not acting like they are the same. I actually don't like some of the discriminatory rules here. But I am also realistic. Comparing western countries, who historically accept many immigrants. to Japan, which doesn't, is comparing apples and oranges. Of course, attitudes and laws will be different. That's just reality. I think permanent residents should be able to teach in schools here, but change takes time and I am optimistic it will. I look back to my elementary and high school experience and not a single one of my teachers was an immigrant. Yet now, it is more common in Canada. This is a good thing. As time progresses, hopefully attitudes and laws will change here as well. I just think that if you want to affect change, you must start in your own sphere.

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Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context

Japan Today commentators are always in top outrage form. It was one health centre issuing some ill thought out bs. They retracted and apologized. I guess that doesn't count anymore. Should that person be fired? Maybe. But extrapolating this to the populace is nonsense.

I've been here for 16 years, and while it is not perfect, like any country, it has it's good and bad points. I have made a place for myself in my community and I am happy with my life here. If you don't like the haters, ignore them. The most successful foreigners I know are the ones who don't moan and complain about their lot, but instead get out and make things happen. My mother and father, both immigrants to my country of origin, Canada, have been here three times. Both have traveled around the world. They were both discriminated against when they moved to Canada. My mother is darker skinned and I saw discrimination in person. Yet, they didn't moan and complain, because there will always be jerks in life. They did their thing. My father said that Japan is one of the only countries in the world he would consider moving to, and this is coming from a man who scraped for everything he had. The things is, if you read the comments on this site, which I unfortunately do, you would think we live in a dictatorship. I'm all for complaining about injustice, but the comments here reek of manufactured outrage.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

First time poster, long time reader. Probably last time posting as well...the haters will have a field day.

I notice when it comes to Covid, there are 2 general sentiments. Depending on the viewpoint, it's either met with derision or agreement. Completely usual reactions amongst people. That's how people are.

On one hand, you have the lockdown, test everyone, paranoia people. Despite numerous countries doing numerous lockdowns, vast testing and contact tracing, these countries are still failing. (Don't mention's a nature reserve with people on it) This attitude is the majority.

On the other hand, you have people who believe that Japans' response, while flawed, is reasonable. These people are generally derided for voicing an opinion that is not the majority viewpoint. I generally agree with the latter.

I am not uncaring or heartless. I care deeply about people. But when the UN says that more children will probably die from starvation or malnutrition due to the after effects of lockdowns than the actual number of people dying from Covid, then we are doing it wrong. When doctors say we will face a Tsunami of cancer patients after Covid due to people not going to the doctor due to fear of Covid, then we are doing it wrong. When cases of suicide, drug, alcohol, spousal and child abuse are on the rise due to restrictions, then we are doing it wrong.

Look at every country that has tested and locked down a lot.Has it helped in the long run? (Leave out NZ and don't mention Taiwan...they were smart from the beginning...they don't trust China) The answer is no.

Despite Japan's flawed response, I would much rather be here than most countries in the world, including my own. Maybe all we can do is ride this out. Protect yourself and your loved ones. That's all you can really do.

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