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Posted in: High court rejects man's call over paternity of child born by IVF See in context

tajToday 09:42 am JST

Thanks for the insights, Bertie. The article says the egg had already been fertilized and frozen, as opposed to, they used his sperm without his consent. (small correction?)

Sperm cannot be preserved under today's technology. Only frozen embryo can.

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Posted in: Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse See in context

There are a number of islands on the south coast of Korea, but I only see one of them on the dessert. Maybe, SK abandoned the rest of the islands. They should have included those populated islands than paint the uninhibited rocks.

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Posted in: Top U.S. Navy commander visits Japan over destroyer collision See in context

Originally, the Japan Coast Guard believed the crash occurred at 2:20 a.m. Saturday but its crew members have later told Japanese investigators that the incident happened at 1:30 am.

Hmm.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Bodies-of-missing-sailors-found-in-flooded-compartments-of-U.S-destroyer

The U.S. Navy said the collision happened at about 2:30 a.m. local time, while the Japanese Coast Guard said it was 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Posted in: Japan aims to cut suicide rate by 30% in 10 years See in context

Although the number of suicides in Japan declined for the seventh consecutive year to 21,897 in 2016, 

370,000 people died of cancer in Japan in the same year. Shouldn't tax money be spent on the research and prevention of cancer rather than suicide? What is the rationale for spending tax money on prevention of suicides?

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Posted in: Record 35,000 foreign students need Japanese language training See in context

YubaruToday06:37 am JST

Where in your links does it say that the students who attend those private organizations can get "graduation certificates from their local district ES and JHS"?

I have looked through the links but nowhere it seems to say so.

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Posted in: Record 35,000 foreign students need Japanese language training See in context

YubaruToday08:02 pm JST

I doubt your story. Many Japanese and foreign parents send their children to private elementary school and JHS rather than local public school in Japan. None of them get their diploma from local public school.

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Posted in: Record 35,000 foreign students need Japanese language training See in context

jcapanToday06:00 pm JST

The least the country can do is provide a decent education for their kids.

The primary responsibility to educate children is on the parents. They have to find the best choice for their children. In deed, a lot of expats send their children to international schools in Japan, because they know they may not be able to stay in Japan beyond the expiration date of their visas. There are affordable Brazilian schools for Portuguese speakers, too. Here is a list of international schools accredited by Ministry of Education.

http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/shikaku/07111314/003.htm

StrangerlandToday05:52 pm JST

It's Japan that requires the kids to go to school. Grades 1-9 (I think 9) are 義務教育 - required education.

Actually, Constitution of Japan, Article 26 makes it an obligation of parents to send their children to school for required education.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

StrangerlandToday04:19 pm JST

Assumptions upon assumptions. If a prostitute had taken care of 30 soldiers a day and had worked 26 days a month, 6,410 prostitutes would have been enough. 5,000,000 / 30 / 26 =6,410. But this little practice in math does not prove anything.

It kind of proves that you're not clear on how the female anatomy works.

Kazuaki ShimazakiToday04:41 pm JST

OK, I'll let them do only 8 a day (one per hour, 8-hour workday)

Great, Strangerland. Why don't we read what Yi Ok-seon, a Korean former comfort woman "testified"?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/the-horrific-story-of-koreas-comfort-women---forced-to-be-sex-sl/

In the comfort stations, the women and girls (the majority aged between 13 and 16) were used as sex slaves. They had to service between 30 and 40 soldiers a day.

I sort of think that she does not know female anatomy or is not telling the truth.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

zichiToday03:33 pm JST

ok but 1944 wasn't the middle of the war.

The war in Burma stated in 1941 and ended in 1945. So, 1944 was in the middle of the war.

zichiToday03:33 pm JST

So here's a question for you then. If there were 5 million troops needing the service of a prostitute once a month, how many prostitutes would it take?

Assumptions upon assumptions. If a prostitute had taken care of 30 soldiers a day and had worked 26 days a month, 6,410 prostitutes would have been enough. 5,000,000 / 30 / 26 =6,410. But this little practice in math does not prove anything.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

zichiToday02:12 pm JST

the war in Burma ended 1944.

It seems not. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_Campaign_1944%E2%80%9345

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

AgentXToday11:57 am JST

It seems they cannot tell friends from enemies because of their hate against Japanese.

Why would/do Koreans hate Japan so much?

Good point. "So much", here means that they hate Japan so much as to denounce Nikai who is a long standing friend of Korea for what he did not say. I can understand they hate Japan, but cannot understand why they hate so much as to lose their sense.

Ask Koreans. Probably, Japan hating is part of their identity.

It is the only country in the world where "Japanophile" or 친일파(Chinilpa) means "national-traitor."

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

zichiToday01:04 pm JST

Does not. The report was written on October 1, 1944 about an interrogation between Aug.20-Sept. 10, 1944 which was the end of the war.

You miscalculated 1 year. Japanese Emperor's broadcast speech to surrender was on August 15th 1945. VJ day was September 2nd, 1945.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon asks for Japan's patience in resolving 'past history' See in context

Speaking with South Korean lawmakers, Nikai said that "those plotting schemes" to block bilateral ties from moving forward should be "eradicated", several Japanese and South Korean media reported.

Korean paranoia.

Nikai did not even mention "comfort women" in his remark. He just said anyone, such as hate mongers, who is plotting to break the good relationship between the two countries should be eradicated. He is well qualified to say so. He has been working on building good relationship with Korea and China throughout his career as a politician. He belongs to Tanaka Faction which is pro Korea and pro China in LDP and has quite different political views from Abe's faction.

Now, South Korea is messing with Nikai for no good reason. It seems they cannot tell friends from enemies because of their hate against Japanese.

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Posted in: Japan moves toward first major rape law changes in a century See in context

katsu78 June 9 08:06 pm JST

My post was in response to John Brown,

OK. Here is his response to your comment.

John Brown June 9 02:11 pm JST

I have no idea where you were going with this. That had nothing to do with what I was referring to.

katsu78, you said, "There is no such thing as "consensual" intercourse with a minor", which is totally irrelevant to the proposed law change. In Japan, the age of consent is 13, and it will not change in the proposed bill.

katsu78 June 9 08:06 pm JST

you frame your criticism exclusively in terms of the mean old women luring guys to destruction

It is also irrelevant to the proposed law change. Such a woman would have no trouble filing a complaint. Waiving the victim's complaint as proposed in the bill would not change the situation you mentioned.

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Posted in: Japan moves toward first major rape law changes in a century See in context

katsu78 Today 04:14 pm JST

There is no such thing as "consensual" intercourse with a minor,

So, you are against love between a high school boy and a high school girl. Criminalizing sex between teenagers will just make things worse for them. If both the girl and the boy agree, why not let them?

Anyway, the proposed law change is nothing about the age of consent. It is about prosecuting a man with no complaint by the woman regardless of her age.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to allow 1st abdication of emperor in 200 years See in context

sf2k Today 12:43 pm JST

Why not let him retire immediately?

Aly Rustom Today 12:58 pm JST

He should be allowed to retire whenever he wants to.

Here is his words. http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/okotoba/detailEn/12

A major milestone year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has passed, and in two years we will be welcoming the 30th year of Heisei.

As I am now more than 80 years old and there are times when I feel various constraints such as in my physical fitness, in the last few years I have started to reflect on my years as the Emperor, and contemplate on my role and my duties as the Emperor in the days to come.

"30th year of Heisei" or 30th year of his reign is 2018. Why do not we welcome it as the emperor says.

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Posted in: Japan moves toward first major rape law changes in a century See in context

katsu78 Today 12:27 pm JST

This is really only a problem for people who are parents, have sexually abused their children,

The prosecution of alleged rape charges without or against her will involves a lot of problem. That means the police and the prosecutors can arrest the alleged rapist even if she testifies that the intercourse was consensual.

Currently, if the rape victim is injured or somehow damaged, the prosecutors can press charges without her complaint. Also, if the alleged rape involves more than 2 persons, they can press charges without her complaint. So, the proposed law-change only affects cases where the victim is not injured, the intercourse takes place in the privacy of the two and she does not want to file complaint. I only see problems. The police will be peeping into your bedroom soon.

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Posted in: Japan moves toward first major rape law changes in a century See in context

therougou Today 12:12 pm JST

By changing the definition of rape, they can now apply harsher penalties.

The sentencing guide line does not change.

Currently, the punishment for a forced anal sex is, by law, not shorter than 6 months and not longer than 10 years, but in practice 5 to 10 years.

After the law change, the punishment is, by law, 5 years to 20 years, but in practice 5 to 10 years.

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Posted in: Japan moves toward first major rape law changes in a century See in context

The argument by the advocates is just misleading.

The proposed revisions would broaden the definition of rape, now limited to vaginal penetration by a penis, to a more inclusive "forced sexual intercourse" that includes forced anal and oral sex, thereby also recognising males as possible victims.

Currently, forced anal or oral sex is prosecuted as sexual abuse. The law change just changes the name, but does not change the substance.

Victims would no longer be required to press charges themselves in order for the offender to be prosecuted, and the minimum sentence would be raised to five years imprisonment from three.

No. Currently, victims need to report the complaint to the prosecutor by themselves or though their lawyers, and the prosecutor press charges against the offender. The question after the law change is how the prosecutors can mysteriously prosecute the offender without the victims' reporting.

The revised law would also drop a requirement that sexual abuse by parents or guardians against minors under the age of 18 should involve "violence or intimidation" to be considered a crime.

Utter misinformation. We live in the age of fake news.

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Posted in: LDP gives gov't plan to protect public from N Korean missiles See in context

Lorem ipsum Today 05:02 pm JST

So, Japanese nationals will be protected eh? What about foreign nationals who reside here? What about them?

Read Geneva Convention. 

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Geneva_Convention/Fourth_Geneva_Convention#Section_II:_Aliens_in_the_territory_of_a_party_to_the_conflict

Section II: Aliens in the territory of a party to the conflict

Article 35 All protected persons who may desire to leave the territory at the outset of, or during a conflict, shall be entitled to do so, unless their departure is contrary to the national interests of the State.

jcapan Today 05:06 pm JST

As the late Zbigniew Brzezinski put it, the reason to generate a culture of fear is that it "obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue."

I am more concerned about "normalcy bias." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normalcy_bias

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects, because it causes people to have a bias to believe that things will always function the way things normally function. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare

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Posted in: APA hotels won't remove books that deny Nanjing Massacre during Olympics See in context

smithinjapan June 7 05:40 pm JST

Shiro_Azuma

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiro_Azuma

Your link shows that the "testimony" by Shiro Azuma was found false in a trial.

smithinjapan June 7 05:40 pm JST

https://thenankingmassacre.org/2015/07/04/japanese-soldiers-diaries/

Ono’s research made it clear that the 15,000 captives and additional 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners taken after the 14th were all massacred by military order.

The mass executions of those POWs are possibly the largest in the Nanking Atrocities.

If the killing of 15,000 is "the largest in the Nanking Atrocities," we can safely say it is a much smaller incident than killing of 200,000 or 300,000 as Chinese claim. Right wingers say the mass killing was justified because the Chinese soldiers took of their army uniforms and did not surrender. The judgement of Far East Military Tribunal confirms that Chinese soldiers took off their uniform and did not surrender.

http://werle.rewi.hu-berlin.de/tokio.pdf

 (page 494) Nearly all the Chinese soldiers had evacuated the city or had abandoned their arms and uniforms and sought refuge in the International Safety Zone and all resistance had ceased as the Japanese Army entered the city on the morning of 13 December 1937.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up battle in Diet against 'conspiracy bill' See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki June 7 07:17 pm JST

What statement exactly are you claiming they are wrong on anyway? They claim they need this bill to meet the requirements of CATOC, and they are essentially correct. 

They do not need the conspiracy bill to satisfy the treaty requirements, which you have already concurred.

Remember,

Kazuaki Shimazaki June 7 06:29 pm JST

Yes, it is permissible to substitute a law for criminal association.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up battle in Diet against 'conspiracy bill' See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki Today 01:32 pm JST

the fact is that the Japanese government is correct as to the requirements of the international convention

So, you now agree that Japanese government is NOT correct as to the requirements of the international convention. That is a step forward.

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Posted in: Security cameras to be introduced on JR Yamanote Line trains See in context

JR has introduced cameras in train cars since 2010. https://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2010/20100403.pdf

There seems to be almost no reports on the effectiveness of the cameras. I think there is no report because there was no effect.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up battle in Diet against 'conspiracy bill' See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki Today 01:32 pm JST

To add to my previous comment, read paragraphs 48 to 51 on page 21 and 22 of "legislative guide for the implementation of the United Nations convention against transnational organized crime".

https://www.unodc.org/pdf/crime/legislative_guides/02%20Legislative%20guide_TOC%20Convention.pdf

The guide clearly explains that criminalizing conspiracy is only one option out of two ways to satisfy treaty requirements.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up battle in Diet against 'conspiracy bill' See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki Today 01:32 pm JST

As for the merits of the case, the fact is that the Japanese government is correct as to the requirements of the international convention

No. http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/gaiko/treaty/pdfs/treaty156_7c.pdf

United Nations Convention

against Transnational Organized Crime

Article 5 Criminalization of participation in an organized criminal group

Each State Party shall adopt such legislative and other measures as may be necessary to establish as criminal offences, when committed intentionally:

(a) Either or both of the following as criminal offences distinct from those involving the attempt or completion of the criminal activity:

(i) Agreeing with one or more other persons to commit a serious crime for a purpose relating directly or indirectly to the obtaining of a financial or other material benefit and, where required by domestic law, involving an act undertaken by one of the participants in furtherance of the agreement or involving an organized criminal group;

(ii) Conduct by a person who, with knowledge of either the aim and general criminal activity of an organized criminal group or its intention to commit the crimes in question, takes an active part in:

a. Criminal activities of the organized criminal group;

b. Other activities of the organized criminal group in the knowledge that his or her participation will contribute to the achievement of the above-described criminal aim;

Japan needs to criminalize either (i) or (ii) of article 5. To criminalize (i), Japan needs to criminalize conspiracy. But Japan can satisfy treaty requirements by criminalizing (ii) which it already has.

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Posted in: Opposition steps up battle in Diet against 'conspiracy bill' See in context

thepersoniamnow Today 07:12 am JST

I think this is trying to read like it's a real debate and being discussed and thought about by the nation. Its written similarly in Japanese as well, but the fact of the matter is, the other parties do not have the seats to stop the LDP.

It seems parliamentary debate is something new to you. In UK, in Japan or wherever, the minority parties do not have enough seats to stop the ruling party. Yet, the debate is important process in democracy.

Kazuaki Shimazaki Today 12:06 pm JST

This durn conspiracy bill has been "debated" for like 15 years. It is time for an up or down vote

According to the article, the decision has been made 3 times in the 15 years.

Three similar bills have failed to pass the Diet due to such concerns.

Scrote Today 10:07 am JST

It's no good whining about the chairman when your party is so useless it couldn't even field candidates in every seat during the last elections.

Japan has multi-party system. Oppositions make coalitions in some of the districts to avoid splitting votes. It is nothing wrong.

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Posted in: APA hotels won't remove books that deny Nanjing Massacre during Olympics See in context

smithinjapan June 6 04:27 pm JST

Excuse me. What are you doing, Smith? This thread is about Battle of Nanjing or "Rape of Nanjing".

Your links are,

One New York Times article on UNIT 731

One LA Times article on UNIT 731

One article on COMFORT WOMEN by an organization for ethical medical research

Off topic, aren't they? Do you have anything to say about the topic?

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Posted in: LDP to focus on 4 areas in crafting Constitution amendment proposal See in context

taj Today 04:58 pm JST

Which two prefectures are counted as one electoral district? This is a new issue to me.

Tottori-Shimane and Kochi-Tokushima are two-prefecture-one-seat districts at Upper House elections.

http://www.soumu.go.jp/senkyo/senkyo_s/news/senkyo/san_gouku/

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Posted in: 1st Japan-assembled F-35 fighter unveiled See in context

Citizen2012 Today 08:55 am JST

An F35 fighter jet is a defensive weapon. Unlike bombers, fighters only intercept incoming enemy plains. Since Japan does not have any bombers, it is impossible for Japan to engage in an invasive war with fighters only. So, they are not considered "war potential".

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