FireyRei comments

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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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

As long as it happened in international air space, all they can do, and all they should do, is send him back, job done.

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Posted in: Black flag: How to avoid working for a shady Japanese company See in context

'Minority of companies...' Yeah, right;) Very diplomatic, as is why it gets published. In the Eikaiwa business, let's say a plethora are shady or black. Things have changed I am sure, but only because the foreign led General Union hunted down these illegal business practices, not the Japanese out to protect workers. Japan typically gets forced into making changes.

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Posted in: Released memo points to Hirohito's role in Pearl Harbor raid See in context

Japan is thus lucky to have kept its monarchy. Italy, the Italian people were disgusted by their king's complicity in WW2, and his open support to Mussolini. For that, the Italian monarchy was abolished, and the royal family kicked out of Italy. A monarch should have no involvement in politics, but this document supports Hirohito's support...

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Posted in: A reminder of why you shouldn’t be quick to judge who’s sitting in Japan's priority train seats See in context

The biggest issue here though isn't the misunderstanding, it's the inability for so many Japanese people to speak: say something. She could have said politely, "May I sit here?". Nope, Japanese people are so afraid to talk. And they say Japanese people are so polite... Pushing a person out your way rather than saying 'Excuse me' is just plain rude. Expecting people to read your mind is your own inadequacy.

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Posted in: A reminder of why you shouldn’t be quick to judge who’s sitting in Japan's priority train seats See in context

The younger woman sat fiddling with her smartphone... So, the younger woman blatantly ignored the signs and common knowledge that you do NOT use a smartphone in those seats. The 'shouldn't be quick to judge' failed.

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Posted in: Germany most popular country in the world; Japan No. 4: BBC poll See in context

Japan's popularity is based on tourism, and nothing else. Tourists should try staying, working, and living, and then see the reality of Japan - still unable to accept foreigners.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

First came in 1992 for a couple of years - Tokyo. Have now been here in Kansai since 1998.

Better: Foreigners are very slowly, and a little more accepted by some Japanese people; English is very slowly, and a little better taught in schools; more Japanese people are getting tattoos which makes it slightly more acceptable for us foreigners with them too; foreign foods are much more easily available making life a little easier for those of us who want it.

Worse: Manners - way worse. Japanese people in general have gotten so paranoid, especially in the bigger cities, that they stay well away from each other, avoiding even apologizing for doing something worthy of an apology. So many people will not even say Excuse me when moving past, opting to just push their way through or even elbow their way through (Osaka); train seats for the elderly etc. - young people sit on them, middle-aged etc. ignoring the fact that they shouldn't be on them - showing a total lack of consideration or care for those who need them; aggression - way back I hardly saw aggression in public, but in recent years, I see it often, Japanese people openly arguing or shouting at each other in public; in the past couple of years, especially after the problems with the island disputes - a growing animosity toward foreigners by many Japanese people - open, anti-foreigner sentiment which I have experienced three times in the past year - 'This is our country, you leave, you go to hell foreigner'.

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