Close your public social media account? Have someone else monitor your account? She must have read every single bad comment to drive herself to suicide, rather than some obvious alternatives. Give people higher punishment? The courts would love that: they would happily prosecute a person for using a bad emote... The Japanese prosecution system has no qualms with severe punishment if given the green light. Why not lock up a foreigner for 49 days?! Right, the police can:)
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And so the dreamy image of Japan goes on... Well done Japan: only good light shines upon you. But many of us know the dark side of the moon, too;)
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Louis, thank you for the information. Obviously the last thing my wife would want is getting in trouble with the law if she were caught out when supposed to be in (quarantine). However, given the circumstances she would most likely be able to go in a family car, and leave soon after. For now her mother is stable, but obviously close to the end. We are preparing for that, but this whole pandemic has seriously damaged quality of life. Her best friend died earlier this year and couldn't go for that funeral... Still, millions around the world have experienced the same, unfortunately.
The irony though: she is more likely to catch Covid inside Japan with its much higher numbers of infected than bring it with her into Japan - we are experiencing very low numbers in Italy now.
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Recently my wife's mother went into a coma, close to death so I told her to return home (Japan). She told me that Japan enforces a 15-day quarantine on even Japanese returning fully vaccinated. Seeing as funerals in Japan are typically the following day, that is going to be a missed event. Please don't complain when it's the other way round: now you know how we feel.
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Bergamo, Italy: The first and one of the worst hit regions in Europe. Villages saw half or more of their elderly population die in the first two or three months of the pandemic. Full lockdown for 10 weeks saw a dramatic drop in deaths and those effected. Few businesses went bust, many were carried by the government - given strong financial support. The citizens received 70% of their list income, some lost nothing at all. Now, 80% of the region's citizens are fully vaccinated, and business is pretty much normal. Covid numbers sit around 500-600 daily in a population of almost 10 million. Italy remains a very good example of how to deal with the pandemic, and the golden rule: we are in this together, everyone has to sacrifice something for your sacrifice is little compared to the 16k dead so far.
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Any male who punches a woman is not a "man".
Hold on. What if the woman is twice the size in stature and muscle, and she's physically abusing him? Or do you think all women the weaker sex? What if the woman is holding a knife at your throat? Get real, many women are twice as manly as many men: they can give harder than you and take it - look at female boxers or wrestlers. No person male or female should be punched, and neither should we automatically assume all women weak and all men strong. I've seen plenty of girls or women as fighters.
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There are clearly 2 standards for justice in Japan: one for Japanese, another for foreigners.
In my 18 years in Japan, I have witnessed multiple times this double standard. It is indeed part of the reason I left, and why I will never live in such a place again. I am human now, no longer Gaijin. It's liberating.
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No public spectators which means a dramatic cut in people attending.
Face mask wearing mandatory for staff, and athletes unless competing.
Athletes contained in assigned housing, then shipped to and from the events, on separate transportation.Many people are vaccinated, though the number is unknown to us.
'Superspreader'? No. Spreader? Yes. How much it spreads depends more on the people who live in Japan and their action when a cluster appears.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
Infected people, severe cases etc. remain incredibly low in a country with such a high population. When you're getting 10k cases per day in one region alone, then you know what 'danger' is. 2k in Japan? That is lower than countries who have only just started opening up to more normality.
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Acute stress disorder, or Acute embarrassment?
They were chatting? Drinking? And he went for it? They were chatting, and she encouraged it?
Regardless, without any evidence on top of the fact that this is such a minor incident... Newsworthy?!
Without any facts, withold your judgement.
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So up again!
Up? You think +2k in a population of 127 million up?! It's miniscule.
Japan has never had it badly. The infected/death rates are tiny in comparison to so many other countries.
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I do not find kneeling simple, ever. I do it for something or someone I revere or love. Kneeling to a sweeping group of people who I neither know nor revere will not have me bowing to them. Hand shaking, hugging, saluting, yes I will do these things. Requiring or demanding these things though teaches nothing but the ability to obligate and get what you demand.
0 ( +3 / -3 )
When do we normally kneel to someone? God. Gods. Royalty. Proposal of marriage to show a willingness to serve, protect etc. Every person who isn't the same colour as me is my peer, my equal. To kneel to a person means to regard them as higher than yourself in some way. This, surely, is NOT equality. I kneel to no-one equal to me. If that is racist, then the word racist and its definition has certainly been changed dramatically.
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15 years back? In Osaka the police put up a website for Japanese people to report suspicious foreigners. A similar period I was stopped three times in a week by the same two officers demanding my passport, ignoring me telling them we do not carry it, instead the ID card: reported them to my consulate who spoke with the chief of police - harassment stopped. I have lots of other juicy stories about myself and friends or colleagues harassed by the police, but why bother? The xenophobia was strong enough to push many a foreigner to leave Japan. Yet so many have not experienced this, so for them, they deny said behaviour exists. Oftentimes foreigners protecting their safety bubble in Japan is worse behaviour.
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Back in 1993: VHS videos with Polaroid photos of girls with ages such as 11, 12, 13... For real.
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300... How quaint!
Try 5,000 plus daily in your region. Last year we had 10,000 plus daily in the worst hit town in Italy.
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Seriously this is still going on?! Obviously 75 years on they are strapped for cash so why not indulge the Japanese government run by the children and grandchildren of the criminals...
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Your numbers remain VERY low in comparison to other countries. In Italy we have double the figures with half the population. If you were to hit 10x the number (nope, you won't touch wood, fingers crossed etc.) then you might want to worry. As long as you remain vigilant, you'll have little to fear.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
These people who believe they are losing, have lost, and even believe may never again see freedom clearly have little concept of what a pandemic means. These people clearly rely on general media or social media not medical journals nor the empirical evidence provided by and backed up by medical and pharmaceutical professionals. This strain of influenza is far worse than any other currently circulating, and it is rapidly hurting, damaging, or destroying lives. We are temporarily being told to reduce our freedom of movement, temporarily having to be controlled. If you fear this more than the viral threat to yours, your friends or families lives, then you clearly are incredibly self-centred.
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One only has to compare national economies: while so many nations are in decline, China's economy has been on the rise for months now. They are profiting.
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Not sure if those two words constitute a crime: should you walk around telling people, "Do it", and they do whatever it is they are considering, it's surely in their hands the majority of the consequences.
Telling the driver to speed up, and they do, the law clearly puts the responsibility on the driver.
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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.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
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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