FireyRei comments

Posted in: Top court upholds ruling in favor of Japan's ban on dual nationality See in context

My daughter, though being born in Japan with a Japanese mother, lives in Europe now (three of us together). She speaks Japanese, and she loves her identity as both Japanese and English. She is proud to tell classmates of her Japanese identity and I am proud of that, too, having lived in Japan nearly two decades. However, when she becomes an adult, her parents (we) will one day tell her: No, you are not Japanese. No, you cannot return to Japan without a visa. No, Japan sees you as a foreigner.

She will be heartbroken or hate her birth place for that.

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Posted in: Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman See in context

When I left Japan after 18 years of witnessing and experiencing first hand xenophobia and at times racism, I knew I would never live there again. What has changed? How many times can you accept being asked when you’re leaving? Disgraceful news.

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Posted in: Dumb, phony and boring to the point of tears: Shows that ask foreign tourists what they like about Japan See in context

I’d love to tell my story on national TV in Japan, the nitty gritty, the cons over the pros, but Japanese people in general don’t enjoy the truth about their negative issues, so that’s out the window. I wrote a book instead:) Reviews are interesting, the most common one, ‘Telling people how it really is’, but as I say in my book, we all have our own truths. 18 years from the early 90s through the 2000s, a very different time from what it is now my friends tell me. I do miss my old Gaijin Gamers website friends though;)

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Posted in: Hip-hop turns 50, reinventing itself and swaths of the world along the way See in context

I’ve been in on the Hip Hop scene since 1982, an Englishman who first heard Whodini and fell in love, became a breaker, writer, rapper whatever like most people did back then, at least tagging or some boddypopping or whatever. I’m from the real old skool, when Hip Hop was universal, not a ‘black’ thing which many later claimed it to be. The author above forget to mention it was both a Black and Hispanic culture in the beginning, the very first graffiti writer being Hispanic. Hip Hop was about peace and love as well as realities of life like poverty etc. No-one was rejected from being in on the scene. Back in the early 2000s I DJ’d on a radio station in Kobe, playing US, UK, German etc. Hip Hop: it felt good to educate Japanese people on the global sense of the culture, particularly as they as well as Americans thought it an American thing only. We never forget the origin of Hip Hop, true, but like all music it evolves. The group I was in in the 80s and 90s produced 7 records, independently, gained a lot of popularity in Germany back then when they labelled our Hip Hop ‘Britcore’ due to its underground hardcore nature. I made three records in Japan, too, solo, in Osaka with an American producer (クリサウンド) as well as performed on stage with some Japanese rappers. Fun times 20 years ago;) Hip Hop is universal and always will be.

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Posted in: Student arrested for alleged possession of cannabis, stimulant drug See in context

Utterly pathetic story to report. In a plethora of countries worldwide, the police would simply throw it in the bin and tell you to move on. If he was distributing it, sure, that’s a story. This, is a waste of everyone’s time.

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Posted in: Decapitated head found at Sapporo home of arrested doctor, daughter See in context

Japan is still not the country full of nutcases as some Yrrals would like to describe it.

That comment right there demonstrates a lack of understanding of mental illness, which comes in a wide variety of manifestations from mild to severe. Calling anyone suffering from a mental illness a ‘nutcase’ is both ignorant and disrespectful. To add, Japan has an incredibly high rate of suicide which is strongly linked to depression, a mental illness itself. Further, simply having lived in Japan almost two decades, as well as being around Japanese people three decades, I firmly concur that mental illness in Japan is just as prevalent as most other countries.

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Posted in: No. of foreign tourists in Japan in October up 15-fold from Sept to 288,900 See in context

For my wife to return to Japan to see her family, we need to take out a bank loan for the flight costs it’s so expensive now to fly there.

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context

A prank... Highly ignorant people.

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Posted in: New trailer for 'Fist of the North Star' musical released ahead of Tokyo and Fukuoka performances See in context

No. No. No. No. Absolutely NO.

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Posted in: Man arrested for making 148 calls to 110 emergency number See in context

Desperate for attention, sad really. How many Japanese men in particular that have dedicated their lives to their job, neglecting family life and personal well-being, retire, then... Nothing. Premature death, going crazy like this guy: a serious problem for too many Japanese people who spent too long devoted to something then losing it all in a day.

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Posted in: Toyota invests in EV battery production in Japan, U.S. See in context

Strange... EV battery materials are not only awful for the environment to mine, often in terrible conditions by underage child labour, but are also in incredibly low supply. To top off the impossible task of supply, what happens to used EV batteries? More environmental waste. You simply need to research more deeply how EV batteries are simply not the way forward. How do you think they are charged? That's right, fossil-fuelled plants to produce the energy. Short term EVs seem so appealing to a person who hasn't researched much about them, but long term we are looking at a new environmental disaster with the batteries.

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Posted in: U.S. seeks resolution for naval officer jailed in Japan over fatal car crash See in context

26 days? My mate was kept in a cell 49 days, the maximum, for defending himself against a Japanese guy punching him first. That guy suffered a bruised rib, while this naval guy killed two people. Strange.

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Posted in: Do you think it is possible to remove the Unification Church's influence from Japanese political parties? See in context

People voted Yes hoping it will happen.

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Posted in: Woman, daughter stabbed outside home; suspect hit, killed by train See in context


Aside from the cleanup, that was a great way to close the case, time saving. Minus one madman.

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Posted in: Lawyers decry ban on 'menacing' eyewear at Japan prison See in context

Japan and human rights violations = commonplace. I’ve always felt Japan and China have so much in common with regard to treatment of suspects, or convicts. Amnesty International are often in contact with the Japanese government. Foreigners suspected of a crime: 45 days in a cell denied visitation except your consulate official...

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Posted in: 1995 Hachioji supermarket triple murder case remains unsolved after 27 years See in context

Racist comments... Either I can't read or the definition of the word has changed. Saying people look the same is at best ignorant. Racist would be to elevate yourself above another race treating them as lower beings. So again, what racist comments? Using that word carelessly now puts you into the virtue signalling category.

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Posted in: Why do you think some men grope women on trains? Why can't they control the urge? See in context

When I was living in Osaka, I used to go to a music rehearsal studio in Kyobashi. In the same building on a different floor there was a service, Densha de go go go (named after the train simulator) in which men paid to grope women on a fake train. As long as services like this exist, games, comics, and movies like this exist, the behaviour is justified. ‘Chikan ha akan’ does not prevent the behaviour, it’s a slogan that mocks it. Chikan exist because their behaviour is acceptable/excusable.

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Posted in: Court rules in favor of French man's wife over child custody rights See in context

Abject racism: this is, as usual in these cases, immoral.

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Posted in: Sony’s wearable air conditioners selling like cold cakes in heat-stricken Japan See in context

Sony has high standards? Their smart phones were a flop…

2022 sales are currently up compared to 2021.

Xperia phones, if you have never used them yourself, have excellent build quality: three of mine have lasted years, still taking great quality photos.

The Xperia Pro-1 is in the top 5 best phones in the world now: it’s camera system is almost unbeatable.

They aren’t as popular for one main reason: they are over priced in a market flooded by Chinese cheaper brands, and consumers slaves to Apple regardless of what they put out. You can’t fight against that cultural icon.

Xperia isn’t a flop, it’s a niche product.

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Posted in: Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors call for nuclear weapons abolition at treaty meeting See in context

As long as one country has nukes, others will have them too. Asking to remove them all is like asking Putin to beg for forgiveness = never going to happen. If we can’t ban guns or even cigarettes that kill WAY more people than idle nukes….. These mayors are living in a fantasy world.

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Posted in: How much money do you need to live in your own apartment in Japan? See in context

Yep, city tax and pension: you cannot forget those. Particularly the pension that many companies do not want to pay leaving you to pay it yourself, which is far more expensive. I needed the General Union to force my company to pay it.

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Posted in: Pinkett Smith talks hair-loss 'shame,' outcome of Oscar slap See in context

You couldn't have written this in a more racist way if you tried. What exactly makes this particularily traumatic for Black women and why would it be less so for Asian or European ones?

Notice the sentence you quoted has two commas separating particularly for Black women: that's a non-defining relative clause. Re-read the sentence without that non-definition for a better understanding.

Dictionary 'racist': "...prejudiced against or antagonistic towards a person or people..."

How is highlighting statistics racist if it's based on empirical information?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,335 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,680 See in context

Almost no-one then: approximately 0.000018% of the population.

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Posted in: Japan study shows women more likely to get skin rash from Moderna shot See in context

Interesting. I have yet to hear of anyone getting an adverse reaction from any of the C-19 vaccines in my world: epicentre of the pandemic in Italy. Adverse reactions have been incredibly minimal.

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Posted in: Human rights lawyer from Korean community in Japan undeterred by hate See in context

Well done Japan Today for posting this. For too long Asian people in Japan, non-Japanese, in particular have suffered badly in a variety of ways that the typical Japan loving foreigners outside Japan are oblivious to. It’s been merely 20 years (about) that the city/town halls made the ‘Black’ lists illegal - lists of families of a certain non-Japanese descent available for Japanese companies or others to view to see if a person is not pure Japanese, something highly racist. Japan is moving up the equality chain, albeit slowly for a democratic society, nevertheless up. Still, the government are not doing enough at all openly to openly criticise racism.

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Posted in: At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento See in context

... only the bad guys have guns.

Guns are made and designed only to do bad things: maim or kill. You have a gun, you are able to maim or kill. How can you be a 'good guy'?

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Posted in: Sri Lankan family sues gov't over immigration detention death See in context

I'm curious about who is giving negative feelings toward comments that support better human rights in Japan. People here are emotional, rightly so, about unnecessary deaths at the hands of Japanese civil servants, but obviously some people are not. I assume some people believe that the deaths would not have occurred if the deceased had not committed a crime in the first place: there is one small detail to consider - do the Japanese civil servants have the right to ignore inmate problems? Do the inmates have no right to humane treatment?

Having lived in Japan 18 years, I have at times seen these stories, known people in custody at Japanese police stations etc. and have personally had issues with the police leading to intervention to protect me from police harassment.

The bottom line: foreigners continue to receive poor treatment.

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Posted in: It's all about legs See in context

Why use English? I don't get it: this applies to the majority of people, Japanese by far, so why English? These types of warnings or complaints written with English diminish the impact by making it funky or cool or just irrelevant.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

Foreigners that have a bad experience in Japan, do not hesitate to trash Japan

That would depend on the experience. For example, the Chinese farm workers whose passports were illegally confiscated by their Japanese employer. Foreigners who are imprisoned far longer than Japanese people for the same offence. Why would you not 'bash' the country that allows such unfair or illegal behaviour?

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Posted in: U.S. paying athletes to 'disrupt' Winter Olympics: China state media See in context

Says the country that pays people and businesses all over the world to promote Chinese goods, their great CCP nation, and buys out businesses simply to expand Chinese influence, property, people etc. The CCP is using an absolute fortune to pay off the world to enlarge its grip.

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