I'm not victim blaming, but these young women are signing these contracts. I know they are sometimes threatened, but that is even more reason to get out of there and go straight to the cops. These young women have to realize that, their dreams of big money and stardom come at a price they might not be willing to pay.
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It's all smoke and mirrors statistics. While there may very well be less people unemployed and an increase in job vacancies, it does not state what kind of jobs it contracts are available. Most are low paying jobs with semi-permanent contracts offering no security or opportunities for advancement. Furthermore, the reason spending has decreased is not because people are holding onto their money. It is because they have very little disposable income, if any. Smoke and mirrors!
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So, how many education scandals is this crook going to be undicated in? Will he ever be convicted of influencing and giving favor to his mates' proposals? Of course not! He is the prime minister and, in Japan, this means he is above the law.
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In 2006 they made it illegal to be part of a crime syndicate or gang, but I am yet to see any arrests under this law. They know who and where these Yaks are but do nothing other than a token raid every couple of years that always result in no arrests. This 'debate' is just another dog and pony show to make it look like the J-gov is actually doing something about the Yaks, but I doubt if we will see any arrests from it.
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So, apologizing for straight up lying is acceptable? How about some criminal charges for blatantly falsifying records and putting the safety of the public at risk? TEPCO is 51% owned by the government, thus making them above the law. It's disgusting what corporations get away with inn Japan.
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I had to read half of the article before I had any idea who she was. So, she plays golf, right? Not everybody knows this, or cares.
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was hit by a car driven by Hiroshi Kaito, 31.
So, we should call for a ban on all drivers in the 30's? No doubt this joker was not paying attention or speeding, or both! Kids are kids and kids are everywhere. Drivers have to be aware of kids all the time and drive at speeds that allow them to stop quickly. That is why there are speed limits, not that you would know from watching the ratbags speed along 4 meter wide streets at 50-60kph or more with a speed limit of 20-30kph. I hope this little girl recovers.
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@kawabagawa - Nonsense. I have been hunting and eating wild deer in Japan for almost ten years. They never have worms or parasites.
Right back at you with the 'nonsense' comment. There are full of worms! All wild animals are. If you've been eating them for ten years and not got sick from them, you are very lucky, not wise.
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@Yubaru - Freshness? Just how much more "fresh" can a live deer be? "Other" quality problems? Like what exactly?
Mate, did you forget your thinking cap this morning? Yeah, I totally agree it a waste of good meat. I also like venison, but these are not farmed animals. These are wild deer and would be full of worms and other parasites, plus they have been feeding on local crops, which has most likely also given them quite high insecticide contents in their blood. Or, they could also be 'gut shot' and their stomach contents have bled through their whole body. The freshness issue is pretty easy to understand. The are killed far from refrigeration and just left rotting in the sun in the back of the truck. It is a total waste of good food.
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Being so drunk you cannot remember should be part of the offense, not an excuse.
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Maybe, just maybe, the warnings about bears were given for a good reason, just maybe.
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Kondo was quoted by police as saying he was drunk. He said he can't remember the argument and can't understand why he was arrested.
Insert name, copy, paste and print!
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ivory products being traded in the country were imported before international regulation came into force
Once again we see Japan bending international agreements to suit themselves. International trade in ivory was banned over twenty years ago. Are we to believe they had stockpiles of ivory to carry through to today? I've seen hanko shops advertising rhino and elephant ivory hankos in Tokyo.
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From what I've seen, that's pretty normal driving in the back streets of Japan.
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@Toasted Heretic - Bali is a beautiful place but steer clear of the drug culture
Really? Have you actually been there? I've been there a dozen times since the early 80's and it is not what it used to be. In 2010, one of my friends got arrested on the street for allegedly having hash in his bag, which we all knew he didn't . However, when the cops searched his bag a mysterious block of half a gram or so of hash came out of his bag. He was then rushed off to the cop shop in Kuta. After an hour of detention, the head cop came in and asked him for $500. He didn't have the cash, so three cops escorted him to the ATM where he withdrew the cash. He went back to the cop shop, gave the money to the head cop and walked out. However, the head cop's parting comment was the killer . He said, "Welcome to Bali." That was the last time I went to Bali and have no intentions of returning, ever! It is a corrupt and dirty little place. If the cops don't get you, the locals will.
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English learning will begin in the third grade
Learning? That should read, "English studying to pass a test will begin in third grade" After many years of teaching in Japan I know they 'learn' very little - in any subject. This will just be another dog and pony show with songs, games, flash cards and no real academic purpose. The need to teach kids to read and to teach them the vowel sounds starting in 1st grade. They also should make katakana illegal!
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Keiko Yagi hopes the events at the two universities will lead to "understanding of Japanese whaling and ridding it of the tarnished image of being atrocious and evil."
This will only happen when the mass slaughter of cetaceans for profit stops. 99% of the rest of the world got over hunting whales. What makes Japan so special they think they have the right to slaughter a resource created by the hundreds of countries who gave up whaling for profit? The gruesome slaughter of dolphins in the Taiji area has been condemned by Japanese Zoologists and they have stopped taking live dolphins from the hunt. The sale of live dolphins from the Taiji hunt is the only thing that keeps it commercially viable. They state they need to hunt them for food, but it is not the sale of the meat that makes the money.
As for hunting whales in the north and south pacific, Japan has yet to prove there is actually a market for the meat. They reduced their catch quota in the southern oceans to a few hundred with their new 'research' plan, but even most of that meat is sitting in freezers around the country with nobody wanting to buy it. There is a plan to sell it to schools cheaply and force-feed it to kids in their lunches, but how can that be considered a justifiable commercial enterprise.
Every argument that Japan puts forward to support their cetaceans hunting is as hollow as Swiss cheese. In other words, the Japanese Institute of Cetaceans Research is full of poop!
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@dmath - Oops ... I ate breakfast at Tsukiji about 2 weeks ago (some place with a big red crab over the entrance). Oh well, if I was going to develop a rash then it would've started by now ?
Not necessarily. It may take months or even years for the toxins and heavy metals to work through your body and into your cerebral cortex to cause a stroke. Just something to consider.
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due largely to higher energy bills,
Well, if this is a fact, wouldn't it also mean energy bills and prices would decrease as they bring more reactors back online? After all, nuclear power is cheap, isn't it? (Rhetorical question)
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Oh, really? This is so hard to believe considering it was built just a few hundreds meters from what used to be the world's largest garbage island at Odaiba. It would be pretty safe to conclude that, the whole of central Tokyo is contaminated with all kinds of toxins.
Now, what will happen from this report? Will they use this report to justify the toxins at the new site stating that nobody became ill from eating Sukiji fish? Or, will they decide to move the fish market to a completely new 'contaminated' site?
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rolling paper used for inhalation
Love it! Explanations don't come much more awkward than that. Although, it would be better if it read, "rolling paper for annihilation"
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Wow! A life sentence with a confession. It's very difficult to work out how the Japanese court system works. However, a life sentence was definitely deserved in this case. He killed a kid for less than a hundred bucks. What an ah sole!
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Wow! Some positive news for a change. This technology has been available for the last 20 years. Why is it only now being implemented?
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Oh, look! Another two boxes of matches for the kids to play with!
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@Garthbrow - Disillusioned obviously is a little short on empathy and understanding
Or, maybe you have too much empathy, like the rest of the modern generation! Society has not changed very much in the last 50 years. Bullying was always present and 30-40 years ago it built character (and scars). These days, however, it builds a generation of 'politically correct' wimps who could not fight their way out of a wet paper bag and only want to run away and cry to mummy! You think I have little empathy? You are 100% correct! I have no empathy for apathy! Man the heck up all you empathetic wusses!
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@Tony W - Disillusioned; you cannot expect a small child to "man up" to bullying automatically, nor to easily be made to do so
This 'small child' you are referring to is 15 years old, not 5 years old! He is far from being a small child! Yeah, I am blaming the victim. He invited this bully into his house and then was made to eat dog poop! Think about it! This kid did nothing to stop being bullied or refused to carry out the acts. He was most likely enjoying the attention from all his so-called 'friends'. I work with 15 year old Japanese kids every day and have done for many years. I know very well what they are like. They thrive on the attention, be it good or bad. Peer pressure equals popularity in Japan. He should have just said, "No!" but he kept taking the abuse as popularity. All you internet psychiatrists really need to spend a bit of time with 15 year old Japanese kids before you start rolling out the sympathy blanket. They are attention seeking monsters!
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Bullying happens everywhere in the world and at all levels of society. However, in this case, I think the victim needed a god dose of 'man-up' and do something about it,
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