MeiyouwentiToday 08:24 am JST
The age of consent was set at 13 because back in those days when the law was enacted people got married much younger than they do today. But things have changed and it should be raised to at least 16.
However in those days the only 13yo getting married were female and they certainly were not marrying other 13yo boys. They were mostly arranged marriages to already working husbands. So why wasn’t it considered lewd or criminal back then? Supposedly morals and culture were far stricter back then.
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Japan is a peace loving society, Russia is not.
Where on earth does that nonsensical statement come from? Certainly not based on any history I am aware of! Their history is bereft with war, it’s actually what they are most famous for! What were all those castles for…keeping warm?
Do not believe for one second that if Japan decided to make war and expand its territory that the vast majority of Japan folk would not support it. Yes I can see them all now protesting on mass…where and when has Japan ever had a mass protest?
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No country should allow any foreign national to purchase their land if the country that national is from does not reciprocate. It’s that simple. That’s probably why China does not allow land ownership. It encourages their citizens to buy up land elsewhere which they could then confiscate making it “state” property.
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I do not hold much hope that the Japanese Justice system will deliver the correct verdict in this case. They will be under pressure not to open this particular can of worms. It’s sad that in a supposedly advance country such as Japan that one cannot assume a free and fair justice system. You can almost predict with a 100 certainty what the outcome of each case will be by examining not the case itself but the pressures and the outcome and message that they want to convey to everyone from the case. In this case the outcome will render a verdict that says “if you are thinking of doing this too, don’t bother”. I do hope I am wrong.
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Dead in the water just like the poor whales they needlessly slaughter in the quest for financial gain. Kill the government subsidies (vote buying) and “research BS” and it will be gone forever. However until there is a complete change in the entire political landscape nothing is going to change. Apparently there is plenty of room for all at the feeding trough hence the lacklustre performance of opposition parties which I deeply suspect are simply there to give the illusion of a democracy. Unfortunately it’s not unique to Japan but a world wide phenomenon.
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How about first taking countermeasures against the surge in COVID infections, China?
They tried that and failed with their zero covid policy. So now they would rather export all their strains and variants on the world. They should have stopped their zero covid policy and kept their out going international flight restrictions for longer while they built up herd immunity. But we all know their government gives a rats behind about anything outside of themselves and their own preservation (Government). I personally feel very sorry for the Chinese people as a whole. They have had a very rough century!
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And in the same news feed this morning this:
Japan's female politicians face headwinds as gender bias still rampant
I think it’s best to start fix what’s wrong at home before attempting to tell others how to run theirs. You still haven’t given equality to woman in this century yet! I’ll tell you something else for free. Japanese woman are the backbone of Japanese society and industry. Without them it all falls apart and thats both in the home and the work place!
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Additional measures will require negative coronavirus tests taken within 72 hours of passengers boarding direct flights from China
That should be 72hrs AND 24 hrs before.
"The opaque situation of the outbreak in mainland China has made many in Japan worried,"
Fully agree! I think this is everyone’s main concern. The very fact so many are arriving here infected shows Zhi’s idiotic policy of zero covid was a completely predictable failure. Even an idiot like me could see that coming.
China has rejected foreign skepticism of its statistics as politically motivated attempts to smear its achievements in fighting the virus.
It has described such travel tests as "discriminatory".
The usual blame everyone else and take zero responsibility for having first happily unleashed it on the world at the beginning to make sure the rest of the world was in the same boat! Where was their Zero covid response back then??? Then denying it ever came from China and was from imported Salmon.
China's axing of its stringent virus curbs last month has unleashed COVID on a 1.4 billion population that has little natural immunity having been shielded from the virus since it emerged in Wuhan three years ago.
Herd immunity was always the way to go right from the beginning. I can clearly remember the media touting various scientific sources early on but this was quickly reversed in favour of forcing a vaccine on everyone lest we forget that discrimination!
My biggest concern about China is what new mutated variants have developed there that are now being unleashed on the world exactly as it was done at the start of the pandemic. Do not misunderstand me, I do not dislike the Chinese at all but rather their dictatorial government who has enslaved and indoctrinated them for their own personal use and gain. I feel this same way about another countries people who are close to my heart.
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SanjinosebleedToday 12:43 pm JST
Smart move Japan! Look after your own country cause when push comes to shove no one else will!
Oh you mean like the Americans did after defeating Japan? Of course not because they helped turn it into what it is today. Imagine if it had been the other way around? Their treatment of defeated countries is excessively dismal and no doubt very regrettable but I some how suspect they would do exactly the same again if the opportunity presented itself.
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welcoming the unanimous decision by the shareholders in Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co
Did anyone expect the shareholders with their money tied up in it to take the moral high ground? Well of course not. Surely J-Gov could place it on hold indefinitely in order to squeeze Russia. I guess not. Must have been some wheelbarrow-size brown envelopes being moved around.
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Governing Japan has to be the easiest job on the planet and yet they still can’t manage to do it. Japan is it’s own worst enemy. Homogeneous population, vast majority are law abiding and fearful of sticking a toe out of place. Hence the current political situation with a political class ALL in bed together in a pantomime perfected from decades of a family run business. It is what it is and will not change until the entire political set is changed but even if it were the new set would quickly settle into the exact same routine. Again pretty much like the rest of the worlds political elites but with a tiny bit more accountability and populations that are more easily provoked into action.
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Sh1mon M4sadaToday 07:34 am JST
Japan can and should maintain its pressure on Russia. Drop Sakhalin1, like allied partners has. Russia, under Putin has crumbled, no longer coherent, heck lucky to be relevant at all. Putin and best mate Xi regimes will be crushed by dissent, if not by their own stupidity.
Oh you mean like Japan descending into dissent because of the uselessness of its current leader and it’s party? If you want dissent take away their smartphones so they can look up and take notice of what is going on around them. People simply don’t care until they themselves are pushed into a corner and their comforts removed. The matrix was smack on with how the majority of humans will react if subjugated.
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Another lawmaker of Komeito, the LDP's coalition partner, said the prime minister "has not heard the voices of the public."
None of them do! They are only there to serve themselves and their group as clearly demonstrated by Kishida appointing his son which can only been seen as nepotism regardless of wether he is capable or not. They don’t care. I think he sees his time is ending and has given his kid a leg up before he too gets the LDP golden handshake.
I have said it before nepotism in Japanese politics is exactly why nothing ever changes and why the money keeps flowing in the same direction. It’s complete pantomime to give the surfs a whif of democracy which in itself is pure ether. Big business and supposedly democratic governments the world over are in bed together to enrich themselves. They removed that kind of power from Royalty under the banner of freeing the people only to end up doing exactly the same thing. Until democracies place harsh penalties on politicians for not doing what they promised or doing what Kishida has just done nothings going to change! They make the laws so why would they make laws to punish themselves. Any group who comes in to claim they will change everything will simple be sucked into the corrupt vortex and the status quo will return. Anyone incorruptible are disposed of post haste.
There should be a law that does not allow close relatives to enter into politics if there is someone from the family already in politics with at least a 50 year ban after they have retired. That problem solved!
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My children are not allowed to pick up our smartphones or tablets let alone use one! My eldest, who is 10 asked me the other day when he will get one. I laughed and said “son when you are working and can afford to buy one. He has the standard learning tablet that is purely educational I believe most Japanese kids have which does various subject exercises with the odd game thrown in between to make it entertaining. He does a computer programming course once a week. TV is bad enough in zombifying their brains and that is limited too. Weekends are sport and we are always out visiting new places or in the mountains fishing or swimming or having a BBQ. I have told them already they they both need to see the world first before burying their faces in a tiny screen! Toured Hokkaido this summer for 3 weeks camping in different locations…they loved it and so did we!
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factcheckerOct. 3 08:01 pm JST
Quick, go to Kyoto while you still can!
Yes, I visited Nara during the height of the border closures for the same reason. Double edged sword though, they stopped many of us from being able to visit relatives at home with their xenophobic behaviour.
I live in Nara and have been here the entire time during the pandemic. Nobody stopped anyone from going anywhere or visiting anyone with the exception of one month during 2020 when gyms, panchinco parlours and the like were asked to close by local government under an emergency decree. If I remember correctly it was Kyoto first. I felt zero xenophobia from anyone or any place or establishment that we went to. Family relatives, with a few exceptions preferred to keep to themselves with minimal face to face contact as per the governments warnings or diaper wearing husbands for the prevention of the virus and in a few cases an abject fear of the virus whipped up by the media which is perfectly understandable as not everyone has the gift of being able to think for themselves. Looking back on the entire sage this has to be the worlds single biggest knee jerk of this century and probably the previous century aswell!
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Kishida has been forced to implement policies that could help offset the pain of rising energy and food prices.
You see that’s the problem right there. The word “forced”! He is supposed to be doing this stuff without being forced which means if there was no looming crisis and his government currently in tatters he would be sitting on his hands awaiting the next mask-free Ginza slap dinner with his cronies at the expense of the people. Politicians are positively the most spoon fed useless bunch on the planet and us mugs let them rule over us.
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smithinjapanToday 08:47 am JST
The world needs to make Russia understand that ANY nuclear attack would result on boots on the ground of the world in Ukraine, and Russia being pushed out of any and all territory, even that they stole a decade ago. If they were to wage another such attack, it should be met in kind with nuclear attacks on Russia, staring with the Kremlin.
The US and Europe will in turn be left devastated with China in the aftermath then stepping in and taking everything it wants without losing anything and becoming the next world power, which is exactly what they want. Brilliant!!!
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I think that the West should be offering permanent asylum, passports, jobs, immediate family etc to any Russian soldier in Ukraine who is captured or surrenders. Put it on MSM and social media and show how those being captured are being treated like kings.
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RodneyToday 08:24 am JST
Okinawa should have a referendum to leave Japan. USA should occupy a different country. As mentioned, it is from last century. Okinawa can easy survive on tourism alone.
You beat me to it Rodney. I was going to add that even if Okinawa held a referendum with a 100% voter turnout and 100% in favour of no US bases on Okinawa the Central Government would still 100% repeat the “the relocation plan is the only solution" mantra.
What I would like to know is there must be some sort of plan to house and have an entertainment and shopping facilities closer to the new base, so who or what entities have bought up that land and are going to develop it to take advantage of this new captured market? How may of these entities have direct links to the LDP. Now that’s a can or worms worth digging up, but won’t be.
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Facing a steady decline in revenue from alcohol sales, Japan's tax office in July launched a contest seeking ideas on how to stimulate demand among younger people.
I find this statement extremely troubling and makes me rather angry. So the a Government tax department is trying to find a way to lure more young people into being alcoholics so they can keep the level their taxes levels from decreasing. This to me is the same as a drug pusher giving out free drugs and get kids hooked on it in order to increase their revenues. The supposed reason for taxing things like alcohol and cigarettes, both of which are a form of drug, is to make them more expensive to supposedly deter people from using them but this complete hogwash! Many will and do become dependant on them which if they do often has a very negative effect on themselves and their families! Taxing alcohol and cigarettes is simply another way of adding to the tax pot voluntarily because you can’t do without either.
I do not agree with any government run tax department attempting to stimulate the growth of sales of an industry that creates social problems. It’s diabolical! Someone with just a little integrity whin the government or opposition should be looking into this very seriously indeed. If I was a reporter I would be following this up with interviews and some very hard questions to the people who dreamed this nonsense up!
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JeffLeeToday 06:51 am JST
Kishida has expressed readiness to gain an understanding from local people of the importance of relocating the transfer of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....
What in tarnation does that mean?
It means we will keep repeating the same mantra until you concede and accept. The usual way compliance is obtained in Japan. A century or two ago it was done with a swift strike of a Katana which resulted with your head being separated from your body. Compliance usually followed swiftly from all those who witnessed it and spread the news.
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GaijinjlandToday 08:10 am JST
What, is he unemployed and living with mom and she got fed up and decided to stab him? Pretty cold. Even if the stabs weren’t deep, bleeding from the neck for two hours??? Jeez, I think I owe my mom an apology.
Kyodo News reported that Nakajima’s second son, who lives elsewhere, came for a visit at around 6:30 p.m.
You really should read the story a bit more carefully before commenting.
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Parag Agrawal knifed Jack Dorsey in the back and Hari Nada of Nissan infamy knifed Carlos Ghosn in the back. Now what do they both have in common I wonder?
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The incident falls under the category of a serious accident under the telecommunications business act, Yasushi Kaneko, the minister for internal affairs and communications, said on Sunday, adding the ministry will take necessary measures after receiving an official report from KDDI.
Nothing a slap up dinner in Ginza for key personnel in the Ministry won’t solve.
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I think he knows he has zero chance of success with Japans justice system, but I think that’s the point he is trying to make and it’s making news and placing shame on both the work ethics of Japanese companies and a bias justice system. Work for a company in Japan…you must be joking!
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virusrexToday 08:06 am JST
On one side pediatricians and other specialists say there is need, on the other nameless people on the internet say no need. It should be clear which side is much more likely to be correct.
Name one paediatrician who does and is not affiliated with Pfizer or any other pharmaceutical company with links to their credentials…just one!
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The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and others have opposed the revision, arguing that it could stifle legitimate criticism of politicians and public officials.
This is exactly why they are doing it!
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He is simply being used by Japan to placate the population showing that they do indeed prosecute and jail army personnel. If he is going to do the time there was no point to the family raising that kind of money to pay the relatives. They should simply remove that payment from the table and keep it for their son when he has done the time even if that is changed to the full 7 years which in effect means he has paid in full. I think that should be a lesson for any expat for the future. Don’t go paying anyone anything until you get a written guarantee the “criminal” aspect is going to disappear like it would if you were Japanese.
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Woman (in general) are the backbone of Japanese society and economic success. They are far tougher and harder working then the self entitled men who in may cases just view them as maids, extensions of their mothers and child carers. Without woman this society would collapse overnight. If I were to open a company here most, if not all my employees would be woman!
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Like Saikawa who was allowed to walk away scot-free when he magically "realized" he was overpaid years later.
That dishonourable “snake in the grass’ already had immunity from prosecution and thought nobody from within would dare stitch him up. But someone from within did break that news which thankfully went public ending his takeover and subsequent walk of shame. Despicable man however the real man behind the whole thing was Hari Nada who has slinked off into the night because he too had immunity from prosecution.
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