And maybe we can learn a bit from other countries on how to handle this virus.
Unfortunately, many absolutely do not. Countries of a seemingly higher democracy, or freedom of speech like the USA and UK are more about selfishness, "It's nothing. Why should I wear a mask? They probably would have died anyway. 2020, the year our liberties were taken." Etc. Poorer nations have a higher death count typically from a lack of education or huge population. Wealthier countries do not have these excuses, only "What about my rights?!" It's embarrassing.
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The nuking of Hiroshima and then Nagasaki were two of the most disgusting and cowardly war crimes ever committed.
They were little more than a brutal and cynical live human experiment on women and children. The depravity and racism of the US government and military is apparent from Harry Truman's demented giggling prior to his announcement of the mass murders at Hiroshima:
Interesting. I wonder how you feel about the cowardly war crimes committed by the IJA against e.g. POWs under Japanese control? You know they starved, overworked, toyed with the POWs using swords and guns: murdering captured, enlisted men, as well as civilian women and children? Brutal, cynical live human experiments of depravity and racism, hmm? How about the infamous Nanjing massacre? Mass rape of over 20,000 women and girls; horrific murders of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings: Brutal, cynical live human experiments of depravity and racism, hmm?
Again I say, the two bombs dropped on Japan were an atrocity, however, they only served to make people like you and rest of Japan FORGET the brutality and depravity served by the IJA against millions of other men, women, and children.
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Those two bombs were a blessing in disguise for Japan: what do Japanese people in general remember the most about WW2? How THEY suffered at the hands of the Americans, and not how they made millions of others suffer at their hands. As terrible as the bombs were, Japan wrecked far more terror on Chinese, Korean, British, American, Australian, Singaporean... Etc. The bombs mask far more terror committed by Japan.
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Risking illness, or abuse, to even death (murder) for 50万... She's either hard as nails, or indifferent. No sympathy from many, of that she can be assured.
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To the author, Ben K,
What 'many other countries' have this problem? Any such claim should be backed up with empirical evidence. You have cited no source to this claim.
Until doing so, Japan remains one country alone that this phenomenon is prevalent, and well-documented as such.
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Mild is now being proven untrue. Lasting effects from mild to severe are being recorded around the world. Mild cases in some have led to other physiological or anatomical problems. If that doesn't bother you, go on with your 'freedom'.
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You are literally contradicting yourself. Your direct response to me is one of, 'everything here is fine and we made the right choice to return to Japan'. In your next post, "My children get tired of it and they should as they are Japanese and citizens."
So are your children tired of labels or not?
My daughter is not, because here, outside Japan, she never gets labelled it. As life should be.
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This is the key reason my wife and I left Japan to raise our HALF daughter in a country in which xenophobia and racism is actually illegal. Even as a baby born in Japan we had 50% Japanese people saying how cute she looked while the other 50% grimaced or stared in disbelief. What kind of parents would we be to subject our daughter to such a label? If you can't change Japan, and you cannot, you leave.
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Can't understand how people can accept living in such a policed society in which you are always guilty before innocent.
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Pay taxes. Check
Pay pension. Check
Permanent residency visa. Check
Japanese family. Check
When are you going home Gaijinsan? How long are you staying?
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Too late: the world already believes it and you cannot stop this train.
China will pay.
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Told my 7 year old the same thing yesterday, so, do I get in the papers?
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The Japanese government would pursue incarceration of the flight attendants? This is stooping to an all time low. If we can't punish a man not yet proven guilty, let's go after everyone else instead. We want our pound of flesh. Disgraceful.
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Japanese society simply refuses to change. This culture of blame, bullying, and ostracision should have ended already: too much to ask, clearly.
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Osaka: lived there nearly 18 years. Yes there are some rough ish places, yes there is poverty in certain areas, and yes the police can be very, very disrespectful or even criminal themselves. The people... Friendly yes, narrow minded yes, welcoming - depends entirely on where you are and who you are. It's a normal city of good and bad.
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Where's my recognition for 18 years of service to Japan?!
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Travel to the country that most likely manufactured this virus? No thank you. Visit the country which bans its citizens from communicating with foreigners? No thank you. Travel to a country with low value of human life? No. Thank. You.
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Posted in: The fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is wasting taxpayer money to contain the plague of foreign criticism is indicative of a government that has handled this more as a PR crisis than a pandemic. See in context
Japan dispelling negative comments towards itself. It's unheard of! The world perpetuates this golden view of Japan, why? Because negative comments are erased.
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Arrested? Criminal prosecution? Human resources WASTED. Typical complete over reaction by the police on such a minor infraction. A stern warning would have frightened this officer plenty.
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Most of the governments around the world are not handling their pandemics very well. Italy, Spain, France, UK, Japan and America.
I live in Bergamo, Italy, the once epicenter of the virus of Europe. Initially, Italy handled it badly, but within a couple of weeks, major lockdown, then a week after that absolute lockdown. We have been in total lockdown for 5 weeks now, the strictest of all in this continent: parks forbidden, children go out of home forbidden, one adult only and within 200 metres of home if walking and must wear a mask.
Please remove Italy from your list as we do it far more strictly and have taken this far more seriously than the other countries in this part of the world.
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So instead of improving human rights, they have reduced. Women 'asking for it' became a denied excuse decades ago in the West. As per usual Japan struggling and failing to protect innocent people.
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I live in Bergamo, Italy, initially the hardest hit area of Europe. I lived in Japan 18 years just so you know. Anyway, me, my wife (Japanese) and our daughter have been in full lockdown the past 4 weeks, that is, only my wife goes food shopping twice a week as the virus hits women much less than me. Schools have been closed 6 weeks now so my daughter hasn't met another child physically in 6 weeks. I haven't met another human being in 4 weeks. We survive. The reason we haven't been sick is due to our typical Japanese/Asian reaction: we were the first to wear masks two weeks even before isolation began.
I can tell you one thing for sure: many, if not most of these deaths have been unnecessary, that is, could have been avoided if this full lockdown had begun at least two weeks before it was finally implemented. Countries like Spain, the UK etc. are worse/more ignorant as they had Italy as a perfect example of how ignoring the danger could explode.
Law or not, Japan has to decide the value of human health versus financial health. Do you want to have financial difficulties (my salary is 30% less this month and will be worse next month), or do you want health problems, such as the inability to breathe without assistance?
It is not a difficult choice.
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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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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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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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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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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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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: Tokyo reports 206 new cases of coronavirus