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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context

Stalking figure is lower because much of it goes unrecorded by the police. Same with groping, rape and Domestic Violence etc.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for pocketing change given to her by mistake See in context

It is the responsibility of the cashier to be accountable for the money that is returned to customers. I never pay attention to the money I get back because this type of exchange is a daily occurrence...

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Posted in: Japan's population falls for 8th straight year in 2014 See in context

What is the percentage of the population that are not Japanese in Japan? That is the problem. Japan needs immigrants to increase population.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls for 8th straight year in 2014 See in context

Japan needs to open up immigration in a big way.

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Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles See in context

Legality is determined by the culture. Japanese culture accepts these pictures as legal. Legalities are up to interpretation in every culture. The pictures are disgusting. The problem is that so many people excuse this stuff under the guise of culture. Japan has a child porn problem, plain and simple...

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Posted in: Passenger arrested for sexual assault on Hawaii-Japan flight See in context

Will he stay in US or back to Japan? That is the issue that people will have moving forward

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Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school See in context

Maybe they have the devil in them?(Just kidding) Same stuff occurred to young ladies feeding off each others drama at the Salem witch trials...

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Posted in: Japanese constitution nominated for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

I think most Japanese are unaware of who wrote the Constitution. They tend to avoid all of WWII at school.

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Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees See in context

I never gave them a dime in the whole 10 years!

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Posted in: Hague Convention loophole See in context

Positive small step forward at least...

I think a lot of people misunderstand the reason for abduction back to Japan. It isn't because the females feel culture and language and etc barriers(poor little me). But they view the father as a worthless and powerless foreigner. They do it as a form of revenge in most of the cases that I have read about. "you will NEVER see you kids again" and along those lines. Japanese society views the foreign father as not human...

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

I can just see the kids now at the local elementary school pointing at the bi-racial kid and saying "hey big-nose" this and "hey big-nose" that. or maybe they will just start calling them "ANA"???

Is that what you want to happen?

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

A lot of you seem to think this only applies to Japanese and Non-Japanese people and each of their sensitivities but what about the kids that are bi-racial and got all those jokes and insults about having big noses etc.???

Can you see how it is offensive now?

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

Maybe this is the beginning of Shock Advertising in Japan and we are all just pawns???

Their objective was to offend and grab some free headlines from you minorities. The Japanese audience will just brush you all off as silly foreigners offended at this because you are too stupid to understand Japanese culture...

And... BAM! ANA sells more tickets...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

"Why not now"? Because I do not want you to endanger the people of the world with a destabilization of Asia. The Chinese hate Japan and the Koreans hate Japan and Japan hates both Korea and Japan. I do not want to fight WWIII because Japan wants to act like a child. Why can't you just apologize in a way that Korea and China accept? Why can't you make China and Korea your ally? You can increase trade and cooperate and integrate but instead you guys just want to offend the Chinese and Koreans. You won't be allowed to change article 9. The wolrd does not want WWIII.

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

"Article Nine Early in the occupation, MacArthur identified the abolition of war as a critical principle to be included in any revision of Japan’s constitution." Yes, article 9 is all MacArthur and trying to rewrite that history is just plain wrong. I didn't write that article 9 touched on the Power of the Emperor. I wrote the the bulk of the Constitution of Japan takes away the powers of the Emperor.

I think you may be imagining things about the Emperor and the Constitution and also Article 9 of the Constitution. I wrote nothing about placating the allied powers etc. That is something you have imagined. You won't be changing Article 9 at all, in my view.

Tell me, what do Japanese students learn about the Japanese Constitution in public schools?

Also, were you aware of who wrote Japanese Constitution before recently?

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

Are you really attempting to introduce the idea of MacArthur writing Japan's Constitution in Japanese Language himself as a debate topic? The Japanese Constitution was not written by Japan. I am beginning to wonder if some of you(as many Japanese are) even knew that the Constitution of Japan was written by the Americans and specifically MacArthur. It amazes me that people attempt to debate the topic of changing a Constitution when they haven't read it and don't know who wrote it and don't understand why it was written. I am not saying that Japan had zero input or revision on the Constitution but it certainly was not written by Japan...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

You doubt many people believe North Korea would attack Japan? Are we living on the same planet?

The United States wrote the Japanese Constitution 100% and mostly under MacArthur's ideas guidance and approval. I don't see as how trying to rewrite history is helpful here.

Most of the Constitution as written is to prevent the Ah So Emperor from having any kind of power at all with good reason. Maybe you should try reading that Constitution because you can not interpret article 9 as anything other than what is written in Artcle 9. The reason for writing article 9 can be debated as much as anything anyone writes can be debated. You could interpret acceptance of Article 9 as the only way the Emperor would be allowed to live. Maybe if you look at it that way it could be clearer but either way Japan may not engage in acts of war. Do you know what Japan was like in 1945 and how they viewed the Emperor? He was viewed much as Kim Jung Un is viewed today. If you read the Constitution it becomes very, very clear that the majority of it concerns preventing the Emperor from having any kind of power because he was the person most responsible for what happened in that time. Japan will not remilitarize and it will not change Article 9. The United States will not allow it at all. Cooler heads will prevail

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

Japanese feeling against Korean and Chinese is very childish. You guys would start a war as children would. Cooler heads must prevail in all of this. Why don't you just accept to live together in peace for a while and then maybe strengthen ties? It seems instead Japan is hell bent on offending and reoffending Korea and China just as a child would. These statements I make are not made in any sense of my own nationalistic feelings but are made from an understanding of economic, political and military stability around the world...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

Osaan? What countries would attack Japan??? Um.... North Korea ring any bells??? Ping pong :)

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

@mike, I guess they will need American presence until they stop being seen as a threat to other countries. Japan would do well to adopt a strategy of economic and political integration with Korea and China. China's influence will only grow while Japan will be in decline so it is unwise for Japan to think remilitarization will help at all. I don't see the Americans leaving Japan or Korea in the foreseeable future...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

The current Constitution has never been amended and you need not only 2/3 of Diet but also a referendum to voters. If Japan were to try and amend the Constitution the Americans would threaten a pull out and Kim Jung Un would threaten a Nuke and China would take some islands etc. It isn't so much that the Americans are controlling Japan like a puppet but Japan and US fates are tied and the forces that tied them together were based in the unimaginable horrors of WWII. There isn't a force that can undo the post WWII set up at all.

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

jj, America wrote Japan's Constitution. This is a fact. Japan will be unable to change the Constitution...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

America has had a very major influence on the world since the end of WWII. America wrote Japan's Constitution and has 50,000 troops and unimaginable military assets in and around Japan to protect Japan and keep stability in the region... same goes for Germany. The Americans made Japan and Germany allies and supported them for a reason. That reason is a stable world order and prevention of another world war. If you had Americans vote right now on whether we should pull troops out of Japan and Korea and Germany they would all vote yes, yes and yes. Shortly thereafter we would have WWIII. It isn't so much that the Japanese Constitution can't be changed with a vote but the set up that was put in place just after WWII is designed to not allow Japan or Germany to become a military power and also create stability etc. Japan would do well to create an Asian economic zone like the Europeans and tie their fate together instead of hating Korea and China...

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

The Americans have more power than the Diet in military and economic matters. The USA will not allow it at all. That is the simple reality.

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

The Americans won't allow Abe to change the Constitution.

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

Well, Japan's apologies are clearly inadequate. Japan is playing with fire...

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

Jane. Can you say "Sorry"? just say it here and now. Just try. Only your pride stops you...

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

Saketown, that is pretty terrible. Why not just admit that Japan has not made an adequate apology? It is shameful that you would put the world in a state of war because Japan can't say "Sorry".

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

Well, I don't want to fight a stupid prideful war in Asia any time soon. So you guys just suck it up and swallow your stupid pride against the Chinese and Koreans and just try a little harder. And the same goes for Chinese and Koreans against Japanese.

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

Tru Dat, Nostromo! It is a major case of cultural misunderstanding + maybe a little pride... I mean, the Americans don't understand why Hirohito had to live but they did accept it by swallowing their pride and accepting that Hirohito lived until 1989 ( Ah So ). McArthur accepted it face to face... The Japanese have not done enough to integrate with other countries in Asia at all. It is bad.

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