David Shawn Kanda comments

Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

Japan is a highly analytical thinking society and therefore numbers and tallying are very important to them.

My having lived and worked in Japan for almost 20 years of my life and, at one point, totally immersing myself into their culture and society to the point of relinquishing my own values and ways of thinking of my home country, allows me to understand their way of thinking.

Japanese feel a need to meticulously and methodically record everything and this accounts for their daily reporting of COVID cases increasing or decreasing.

When you think about it, it makes you wonder if the numbers mean anything at all and why is it so important for the public to know about this.

It would be better they focus their attention on the number of deaths caused by COVID, let's say on a monthly basis, and further strategize how to the lower the case count by implementing stricter methods of enforcement.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

It's an embarrassment for the nation as a whole. The whole situation has become so convoluted. It's high time they cancel this event and rethink their options, if any remain.

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Posted in: Japan household assets hit record ¥1,948 tril See in context

@Bernard Marx

I totally agree with your take on getting older and not being able to find work in Japan.

I, myself, lived and worked in Japan from 1978 until 1998.

I was 18 years old when I moved to Japan from the United States. I attended a four year university, Sophia University, graduated and then went to work for several Japanese companies in Tokyo.

My college years were spent living with a Japanese family, mastering the language and immersing myself in the culture.

I realized quickly how "image conscious" Japan was. Restaurants, department stores, convenience stores, fast food outlets and office workers were all young and vibrant individuals.

Furthermore, job posting, I noticed, had age limits. Having come to Japan at such a young age, I accepted this as the norm. Little did I know that this was actually age discrimination, or moreover, age regulation.

One of my last jobs in Japan was bartending at a huge nightclub in Roppongi. When I was hired for the position, I was already 34 years old. That's already considered too old in Japan to be working in nightclubs. The manager, however never inquired about my age during the interview. I've always looked younger than I really am anyway.

The nightclub was closing down in 1997. I was then 37 years old. I had a long discussion with my best friend at the time, a Japanese guy whom I'd known for years. I told him I was leaving Japan and moving to Honolulu where I would still have another 30 years in the work force. He couldn't really fathom my working another 30 years. After all, Japanese people usually peter out after their forties. Men drink too much and they don't take care of themselves.

True to my word, I'm 61 and still working 56 hours a week and working out at the gym three times a week. I'm in great shape and have lots of energy, and I still don't look my age. Everyone thinks I'm in my late forties.

My point is, if you're in Japan after having reached 45 years old and attempting to make a living, like you stated, it's basically a waste of your time. Japanese are highly judgemental people and they will judge you not on your performance, but on your looks. And your bar diving every night and wallowing in your sorrows will only contribute to your aging even faster.

I consider myself having made the right move when deciding to leave at the right time.

I went on to work in the hotel industry here in Hawaii as a linguist for 12 years and now work for a highly reputable security company with good pay. I'll reach my full retirement age in 6 years and still retain the youthfulness and vitality that is so important to any of us who reach this important milestone in life.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context


The issuance of a COVID PASS is part of the AGENDA21. THEY want us all inoculated in order to gain control of us and monitor all that we do. This vaccine is analogous with THE CHIP. Take it and you lose. I would rather be deprived of all my freedoms than be a slave to their agenda.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context

@ Thomas Goodtime

Why would Japanese want to get a vaccine just to come to Hawaii??? I would think that there are more important reasons for getting the vaccine (e.g. protecting ourselves and our loved ones) not because we would want to hop a plane and vacation in Hawaii.

I live here in Hawaii, and most of us locals are not wanting to be overrun by Japanese at this time. We don't mind visitors, but considering how they were flocking here and clogging up our streets, malls and restaurants pre COVID, we are happy to, for the most part now, have the islands to ourselves.

My suggestion is to get the vaccine and stay home. Let's take this slow and not jump the gun. We are still not completely out of the woods yet.

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Posted in: Olympic organizers apologize to volunteers over Mori's remarks See in context

I agree with GrungeHamster.

Japanese, especially the older generation, are still back in the Stoneage when it comes to equality and diversity. They need to learn that a monogamous society such as their own cannot and will not survive in a new world order that demands acceptance of all races, colors, creeds, religion, etc.

Mori is a stunning example of an older generation that believes it can get away with discrimination.

Maybe this works in Japan, however, this kind of ignorance only serves to demoralize Japan's integrity, and as GrungeHamster states, is not deserving to be the host of an international community intolerant of such indifferences.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context


It is sad. It goes to show she has made no effort to acquire the language.

I, myself, lived in Japan for almost twenty years and had basically mastered the language after four years at a university. I then went on to work in the Japanese workforce for a Japanese company and within a few years was native fluent and could also read and write the language as if I had been born and raised there.

It took me great effort, but I did it, and I'm proud of the fact I made an effort to do so.

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Posted in: Senior lawmaker to quit Diet post over hostess bar visit during state of emergency See in context

Does he think bowing as low as he can go will attain him the forgiveness obviously he DOESN'T deserve in the first place. Hazukashii!

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Posted in: Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics See in context

"Toshio Nakagawa said that, under current conditions, it would be "impossible" to admit to a hospital any foreign visitor who caught coronavirus at the Games."

Japan would refuse a foreigner admission to one of their hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 and yet they put out the maneki neko encouraging all foreigners to participate in the Olympics?!

Sounds like a double edge sword to me. Who would want to risk it?

Furthermore, it's appalling that it is being considered facilitating the Olympics with a staff of 10,000 medical professionals when they are still unable to get a handle on suppressing the virus in the mainstream.

It's unconscionable that Japan would suggest doing such a thing. In reality, the Olympics should be discontinued. The public are not supporting having them and the foreign community most certainly will not participate.

It's high time Japan rethink its policies and focus on the general public and not what some higher ups believe to be losing face.

Japan owes it to their people.

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Posted in: Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in FY2020 See in context


It's really sad that Japanese people have to drink in order to release their anger and frustration with that be the company they work for or their home life situation.

I would recommend they find a more suitable outlet such as exercising or focusing on a new interest or hobby.

It seems a cop out, and a destructive one at that, when an individual needs to drink all the time in order to make themselves feel adequate.

I also believe this to be the reason behind an increase in domestic violence due to its effect on one's mental stability.

Alcohol in itself is debilitating and takes its toll on the body in many ways. Japanese on the whole have low self esteem and turn to alcohol as a crutch for all their problems.

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Posted in: Business leaders vow to revive pandemic-hit economy with innovation See in context


I totally agree. These old men with their archaic mentality need to be weeded out of the system for there to be change.

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

Ghosn is a free man and was absolutely right in fleeing an oppressive legal system.

Don't waste your time on this Japan. You'll never have him arrested. He did no wrong.

Move on.

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Posted in: Suga tells U.N. Olympics will serve as proof humanity has defeated pandemic See in context

Wishful thinking. It's premature to even think about having defeated this pandemic.

Furthermore, good luck in getting organizers to support this endeavor. Case loads are still rising across the world and many countries are reluctant to participate in activities that draw large crowds and require people to assimilate in one given location.

The Japan Olympics in my opinion, should be pushed back a few years.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

As an individual who actually experienced being incarcerated in Japan, all I need say is that their system is tyrannical and ruthlessly unforgiving. You are basically from the start assumed guilty, stripped of all your rights and denied counsel. It forever changed my perception of the Japanese people.

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Posted in: Halloween revelry subdued in Japan due to pandemic See in context


You're right about the older generation having worked so hard to raise Japan from the ashes of WW2.

I lived and worked in Japan for almost 20 years between 1978 and 1998. It was a great time for Japan. Probably its best. It will never be like that again.

With a steadily declining birth rate and a growing elderly population, Japan will need to outsource its jobs, come to the realization that immigration will be necessary to sustain its work force, become less insular and figure out how it will pay its growing 60 and over population benefits so necessary to their survival.

On the other hand, the younger generation really needs to start thinking seriously about their future or risk severe consequences.

It's true that the Japanese people are intensely focused on commercialism and are over materlistic. Is it not enough that they have hundreds of their own festivals occurring throughout Japan every year and yet they still feel the need to literally copy our holidays as well.

And yes, with the pandemic raging on and other countries around the world limiting large gatherings and celebrations, you would think that the Japanese would consider being more mindful of the situation. In my opinion, however, the younger generation is selfish and only has their own self interests at heart.

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Posted in: Hawaii to allow Japanese visitors to bypass quarantine if they test negative for virus See in context

Japanese should probably reconsider traveling to Hawaii right now for several reasons. I live and work here so I should know.

First of all, the governor here is only interested in filling his own coffers which means his sucking up to the tourism authority by attempting to siphon in more Japanese tourists which he considers to be "money magnets".

Secondly, major hotels have not reopened due to low occupancy, and tour options are few and far between.

Many activities have been canceled (e.g. Honolulu Marathon) and transportation options (e.g. rental cars, tour buses, trolleys) are also limited or non existent at this time. The Bus has also reduced its hours and routes.

Restaurants and retail stores have either closed or cut back their hours of operation due to the ongoing pandemic situation. All bars and nightclubs are closed in accordance with the governor's COVID-19 mandate.

Additionally, although promoted as a safe destination, Japanese should not be fooled by what Hawaii promoters tell them. The crime rate has risen and homelessness is now rampant.

Furthermore, wearing of masks has been mandated and failing to do so may result in exuberant fines and jail time if convicted. Hawaii has some of the most strictest restrictions in the nation.

Japanese planning to visit Hawaii now who remember how it was before COVID-19 changed everything should be forewarned that they are in for a rude awakening upon arrival.

Pass it on. It's not that we don't want you to visit, it's just be aware of what's in store for you if you decide to do so.

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

It's high time that Japan recognize the rights and privileges of the LGBTQ community and work to integrate them into society.

I find it strange that Japan not having a strong affiliation with Christianity is so abhorrent to the concept of homosexuality. Two of its most prominent religions, Shintoism and Buddhism condone it. In fact, Japan's medieval history is filled with Daimyos and Shoguns who openly practiced it.

Why then do they feel that their society must suppress it. Can they not come to the realization that homosexuality has always existed within all societies and therefore rather than segregate and incriminate those of us who are homosexual, we should be accepting and respectful of their differences.

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Posted in: Coronavirus vaccination to be made free in Japan See in context

I will never subject myself to be vaccinated.

All of us are responsible for taking care of our own bodies and therefore having an unknown substance injected into them is frightening.

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Posted in: Hiroshima court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims See in context

A little too late for compensation don't you think? All the victims are basically on their deathbed already.

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

What goes around comes around. I say don't let Japanese enter other countries as well and thus face the same discrimination they so easily dish out.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus See in context

@Serrano. What are you thinking!? This is serious!

It goes to show that the US military and the its government are not taking proper precautions and further discredits the credibility of the United States as a nation capable of containing this virus.

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Posted in: Japan's izakayas, once a staple of after-work socializing, crippled by pandemic See in context

I agree with doggar. These places encourage people to drink more and, as a result, alcoholism becomes more prevalent.

When people become inebriated they tend to let go of their inhibitions which causes them to act foolishly without restraint.

I avoid such places like the plague (no pun intended) because I don't want to be surrounded by people acting stupid and getting out of control.

Let them fail. I don't care.

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


"A homogeneous society with no discrimination."

Can you run that by me again?

I lived in the country for 18 years and would have to disagree.

Although Japanese may not be discrimative of their own people, they are on the other hand highly xenophobic and racist in many ways when it comes to their treatment of outsiders.

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Posted in: Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo See in context

First of all, I would like to give a big thumbs up to Aretemis Rogers' comments.

Secondly, it doesn't matter what form racism takes, it comes down to the fact that any form of discrimination against anyone for any reason is unacceptable and we all need to learn to be more accepting of each other and our differences.

If it takes all of us to go out into the streets to make this point clear then I say we do so.

I believe the Japanese people who have joined in and are in support of this movement are aware of the xenophobic inconsistencies within society and want to see change.

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Posted in: Job-seeker harassment coming under increased scrutiny in Japan See in context

As a young adult living in Tokyo, I was astonished having seen sexual material such as manga portraying Japanese women being sexually exploited by their male counterparts being sold explicitly on magazine racks in book stores and convenience stores.

Nudity in itself, if an actual photograph, was wrapped in celluloid, however, manga was available for anyone, and with no age restrictions having been implemented, even a child was given the opportunity to view this material freely.

It is no wonder that sexual harassment is tolerated by their society and that any objection to it is met with a foreboding apprehension.

A retaliatory response from the victim is therefore considered to be by the perpetrator worthy of only refutation.

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Posted in: U.S. arrests ex-Green Beret, son on charges of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan See in context

I totally agree with Ricky Kaminski13. Let it go! Japanese need to worry more about their economy and the way in which Abe is managing things. Ghosn is long gone and extraditing these individuals now in the middle of a COVID crisis and rehashing this drama is a waste of time.

For Japanese having been outwitted by Ghosn, this is all about retribution and, in my opinion, will not end well for them.

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Posted in: 2 love hotels reprimanded for denying room to gay couple See in context

When I lived and worked in Japan in the 80's, I oftentimes frequented love hotels with my Japanese gay lovers and I experienced no resistance whatsoever from the staff. That was then so you would think that now it would be unimaginable.

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Posted in: Lower house passes bill allowing delayed pension payout See in context

Good luck in being able to reach the age of 75 and still be able to work. Most of us won't make it unless we live highly regimented lifestyles.

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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

Japanese need to learn to respect one another. It is uncivilized as a society to treat others less fortunate than themselves in this way.

Furthermore, Japanese are extremely xenophobic as well, and in order to gain acceptance from the international community this needs to stop.

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

Cash? What a joke.

Before the emergence of the internet and smart phones, I lived in Japan from 1978 until 1998. At the time, I believed Japan was a technologically advanced society more so than any other country in the world at the time. In fact, I idolized the fact that I lived and worked within such a society.

Had I decided not to return to the United States in 1998, I would have been blown away by the fact that they (the Japanese) rather than having advanced and kept up with the times have remained "stuck in the groove" as I like to describe it.

[Kurisupisu] states losing passwords, hacking, power failures among the detriments of going cashless, but seriously and in my opinion, there are more annoyances of relying on it than avoiding it.

I mean seriously, do you really want to have to sort through paper receipts everytime you need to check how much your spending, stand in long lines at stores waiting for people fumbling with coins and paper when you could easily zip out with mobile pay in seconds? And yes, cash is filthy although [PTownsend] would beg to differ.

We're in a pandemic and people are actually going to a bank? Ever heard of online banking? I live here in Hawaii and most of our branches are closed due to a lockdown. It's not an inconvenience because everything can be done online efficiently, and most of our elderly population, believe it or not are extremely tech savvy.

Not to be rude, but in essence, I would recommend that older Japanese change their ways and embrace technology, the reason being that using modern methods keeps the brain's synapses active and is said to prevent Alzheimers disease so common amongst their population's elderly.

[Taro] states that 70 year olds don't know how to use smart phones and why should they. How old are you Taro?

It's their fault they never got on board when they had the chance. Just to let you know, I just turned 60 this year and when smart phones first came out ten years ago, I was already 50. Do you think I let that deter me?

I stay young, look young and think young. You're welcome to check out my Facebook or Instagram pages if you don't believe it. boytripper/facebook.com and instagram.com/flavaboyfan The pictures are of me and not doctored. I've always remained young because I never let things pass me by. Furthermore, I hang with the younger crowd and they accept me.

It's important for all of us to embrace technology for what it is so as not to be left behind in the dust unknowing and unaware.

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