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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

Guessing most who voted Yes don't live where I live, Bergamo, Italy. If the virus continues to spread, there will be no workers to run the businesses anyway.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

They should be canceled. The Spanish flu lasted from 1918 until 1920. All our attention and resources should be given to dealing with this world crisis.

Spot on.

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Posted in: Ken Corporation: Customer satisfaction first in providing housing for foreigners See in context

Why wouldn't it be first? It's incredibly expensive for the majority of foreign residents. Compared to typical Gajin houses, or Nova shoving teachers into small apartments, this company clearly looks royal.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

Very bad idea. Separation, isolation and great care are the only solutions to delaying the virus coming to you.

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Posted in: Nissan ordered to pay ¥2.4 bil fine over Ghosn pay scandal See in context

Still minus the full facts. Lots of blame thrown around with accusations not backed up with clear evidence. Surely Nissan is guilty of a crime, and surely Ghosn is guilty of failing to discover crimes committed under his leadership. However, it still remains unclear who is guilty of what exactly and with damning evidence. The Japanese prosecutor would as usual be happy with accusations alone enough to elicit admission of guilt.

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Posted in: Do you think online friendships can be an adequate substitute for face-to-face encounters? See in context

Of course yes if people are overseas, or disabled or... Denying it is to deny friendship as communication of mutual respect or happiness.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

Japanese prosecutors... Whatever they say will not be the truth. They work like the police to convict and move onto the next conviction. Everyone is guilty in their collective eyes.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for theft after using elderly man’s cash cards See in context

Unsurprising news. The Japanese police seem to be frequent law breakers themselves. All the autonomy and power they possess has distorted their views on law.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

A lot is simply to do with politeness to authority. Be polite and respectful and 9/10 times, the police will respect that and reciprocate.

If only that were true. I have a lot of friends and colleagues as well as myself who have experienced total disrespect from the police as soon as they knew you were a foreigner, or simply looked at you: cognitive bias... stereotyping... or simply good old fashioned Japanese xenophobia, who knows.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

Firstly, unless the law has changed recently, it is 43 days you can be held without charge. Amnesty International often have their sights on Japan.

Secondly, in my nearly two decades in Japan, mainly in Osaka and Kobe, foreigners can be, and often will be charged in cases Japanese would be let off: foreign crime or even the possiblity of a crime (unproven) is frequently treated far more sternly, in fact, borderline criminally by the police themselves.

Thirdly, I have had to file complaints against the police twice in my time here for harrassment: no crime committed.

Fourthly, the only time I have ever had real trouble with the police, no arrest nor conviction, I was interrogated for 6 hours, and given an awful interpretor who was literally Elementary level English - in downtown Kobe, not the countryside. The whole process led to a nine month wait to see a prosecutor who literally threw the case out within minutes. The police had nothing, and instead of suing them, I left Japan in disgust.

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Posted in: Chinese filmmaker shines spotlight on Japan's wartime sexual violence See in context

Can't wait to watch! Not. Let's make another film on every atrocity committed by the Chinese against themselves too.

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Posted in: Hiroshima mayor urges Japan to join nuclear ban treaty; Abe declines See in context

I'm curious as to whether the Hiroshima mayor also calls for the banning of a Japanese military force: they caused the deaths of far more innocent people than did the atomic bomb.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Crimes against civilians, yes. Crimes against the leadership/military, no. Monstrous, inhumane militaries - the Japanese military of that time - deserve no pity. The civilians, absolutely yes deserve pity.

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Posted in: Abe criticized for calling elevator installation at Osaka Castle 'mistake' See in context

Hold on! If you're talking about the location of the lift, the external one on the side of the castle: it's ugly! It literally ruins the look of the castle. Build one in the centre, or cover it up with some kind of old architectural wall. Abe is correct if he means the aesthetics of the lift.

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Posted in: 'Skid Row' of Osaka may be a dream for budget-conscious tourists, but is it safe? See in context

Rough, yes, dangerous, no. I lived in Konohana-ku, Osaka for nine years and saw zero fights. I then moved to Amagasaki, Hyogo (though most people in Hyogo would say it's Osaka) and in the first month saw two fights on the street, and was seconds from a fight myself with a barber that thought it funny to shave my head instead: staff were holding him back from laying into me when I called him out in perfect Osaka-Ben. Point is, you can find trouble if you look, there are plenty of Japanese guys up for it against foreign men.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context


Never rise? How do you think the Gaijin card had the name Alien removed? How do you think we could finally get a Juminhyo? Yes, they were Japanese led, pro foreigner rights rallies.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context

Biggest marches I usually see are either Union, or Pension related (in Osaka) and are no more than a hundred people.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Didn't know Japanese people were so narrow-minded and mean-spirited to criticize someone for...

Welcome to the real...

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

Sorry but in no way is this the sole reason for her suicide. If that were true, ALL the teacher's students would have committed suicide. She personally had issues beyond this, and this man was the catalyst. It does not excuse bad behaviour, but on the other hand, if she had been less sensitive, she would have ignored him or reported him.

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Posted in: Author reveals the story of Japan's first foreign-born samurai See in context

It is generally accepted...

By who? My 'general' experience in nearly two decades in Japan is that Japanese people in general do not accept foreigners accounts of Japanese history.

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Posted in: Big Oscar win by 'Green Book' leaves many frustrated See in context

From start to finish there was so much inclusivity, from Black to Asian to Gay etc. Not to mention many non Caucasian winners. Point: it still wasn't good enough for some. This is where you get that reverse racism...

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese people really think about Marie Kondo See in context

Trust me, here in Italy, no-one gives a flying. She's an idiot. what she does is common around all of Japan. Her poor English, and irritating kawaiiness is insulting.

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

Not sure that inviting more people that Japanese people have difficulty getting on with is the right idea. Intrinsically, the average Japanese citizen is OK, but NIMBY (not in my back yard)... The question I was asked more often than any, over a 17-year period in Japan until recently, was, "When are you going back (to your home country)?". I've gone, congratulations.

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Posted in: Sumo plagued by violence in scandal-tainted year See in context

I started watching when it was Takahanada/Wakahanada, and I loved it. But I wonder, was such behaviour going on behind closed doors back then? Are these current problems merely the same as things have always been? Are current wrestlers being punished for what they have always been a part of? If you join a society in which, e.g. bullying has been the norm, then how can you expect current wrestlers to be against what they have been raised to accept? In a nutshell, what we see today could easily be the result of their own superiors' behaviour.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

I do not have any qualm about Japan's judicial system since I have never troubled them as a good citizen. Have you?

Oh... You really believe that being a good citizen will keep you away from the judicial system? You think all people, every single person involved in the system guilty? What if say, a person gets pulled into a situation they do not start? What if say, a foreigner gets harrassed by a Japanese person then the police called? Do you really believe the police will approach the situation fairly? Yeah right... Foreigners are foreigners, 外人は外人だけ. Stereotypes are rife. You are guilty until proven innocent in Japan: fact. And the most interesting part: it is forbidden for lawyers to be present in the interview room with the police. You think they write everything objectively? Dream on. If you ever even get close to trouble in Japan, the police will rain on you, and your life may well be ruined, as it does happen, to many foreign and Japanese.

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Posted in: Supporters of foreign workers call for same pay, permanent residence See in context

Confused as to why some people blame the countries, I assume governments, of the immigrant workers. One of the greatest, perpetual issues we face is the incessant falsehoods spread about how 'wonderful' Japan is. That is not to say that some wonderful things don't exist, but it's ignoring, and denying the negative aspects that causes basic ignorance of what actually happens in Japan. If the media insist on focusing on Samurai, Geiko, high-tech blah, and ignore inequality, then the immigrants can't be blamed for not having known the realities of said unequal pay.

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Posted in: What do Japanese think about Trump’s 'I remember Pearl Harbor' comment? See in context

Er... In 17 years in Japan, as a teacher, thousands of adult age students, more than 50% of them don't even know what Pearl Harbor is... Let's get real here: WW2 to most Japanese today equates to one thing, "We suffered two atomic bombs", full stop.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

Wow, just wow: what the judges think it should be beats what it actually is.

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