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Posted in: What, for you, are some of Kyoto's hidden attractions that tourists don't know about? For example, neighborhoods, events or experiences? See in context

Wild horses couldn't drag the names out of me on a public forum! Keep them secret, keep them safe ;)

In all seriousness, since a lot of stuff in Kyoto city has a long history, they are in the guide books--but get skipped in favor of Instagrammable, more convenient locations. Japanese history buffs who want to see the garden Oda Nobunaga made to curry favor with the last Ashikaga shogun, or pilgrims who want to visit a shrine dedicated to the god of acting to find the names of their favorite celebs on ema tablets there, do trickle into the "lesser-known" areas (there I gave some hints!)

My advice: study up on Japanese history as it pertains to the Kyoto city area and you will naturally find places that still exist today that you can check out, not all of them enjoy the same fame among tourists today that they had in the past, so you can find "obscure" but historically interesting places.

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

The document also listed the date of death, nationality, age, sex and occupation of the interns, who were aged from 18 to 44 with nearly 70 percent of them in their 20s.

So 70% of the 69 who died in the two years between 2015 and 2017 were in their 20s, comes out to about 48 people. In this article there is no number of how many "technical interns" total were working during those two years ( we only get the "as of October last year" number, I guess it's hard to measure as numbers fluctuate), but compared to a cohort of Japanese peers in the same time frame, is the rate high or low? Is this sinister or a clickbaity presentation of data?

Either way, it's a sad world when 20-year-olds, Japanese or foreign, are dying. It means something went wrong.

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Posted in: Edo Cat Cafe closure postponed as 50 cats still need foster parents See in context

Oh my, husband might come home from his business trip to find our family has expanded...Abu!

People think negatively of rescue cats, due to ignorance.

All the rescue cats my family owned were gems, smart and affectionate, the dog too.

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

After the spate of accidents last year I asked my dad (retired Navy) what he thought was going on, his opinion was these days a lot of training that had been lectures (face-to-face instructor, writing your own notes by hand) is now being done online to reduce costs, hands-on simulator time also reduced for the same reason compared to when he was young, he thinks procedures stick in the mind less than the old way. That's the opinion of an old fart, there are probably other factors as well.

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Posted in: Do you find it stressful trying to figure out what to give family members and friends for Christmas each year? Do you shop well in advance or wait until the last minute? See in context

"Presents that are not food for adult family" isn't part of my Japanese side of the family's culture, for them I wait a week after Christmas and bring onenga edibles for the New Year, so that's not a problem. Husband and I stopped doing bday/anniversary/Christmas presents years ago, we go out to eat instead so no worries there either. It is hard to think of and send presents back home to U.S. family who continue to send me gifts when you've not had a face-to-face conversation for years. Thanks for the reminder JT I should do that this weekend so I can mail them off promptly!

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

"He answers normally, 'I'm fine.'"

Like a boss! He could be as guilty as the devil, either way I just hope this high-profile case coupled with his strong will can expose unjust prosecution practices. I'm not holding my breath for sweeping system changes though.

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Posted in: U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo See in context

Can't say I'd miss it that much, it's never been a favorite and what with the amount of covers done by popular singers, it gets in the shuffle on the Christmas stations way too often.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

The headline says it all.

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Posted in: JAL begins sales of new codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines See in context

Love my hometown, love Alaska Airlines, but yeah as a Kansai resident I'm still wishing for nonstops down my way.

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Posted in: What are the ethics of baby gene-editing? See in context

But agreeing global regulation "isn't easy because cultures are different -- we don't think of human beings in the same way in China as in the West,"

Hm, not a very reassuring statement.

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Posted in: Hare today See in context

Reminds me of that animated movie of Watership Down that gave me nightmares as a kid. The eyeball is what does it!

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Posted in: Former marathon runner gets suspended sentence for shoplifting See in context

I hope she gets the help she needs.

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Posted in: Some do’s and don’ts for drinking at 'bonenkai' See in context

I have a very grinch-y opinion of corporate bonenkai. As opposed to the typical nomikai we had several in a short amount of time, right at the end of the year one of the busiest months already...and then it seemed things got wilder than normal nomikai, with ridiculous performances of that year's hit songs: husband had to wear a T-shirt his sempai coworker had written "kuzu" on in big letters, female employees dressing up in naughty Santa outfits (I kid you not!) all the "-hara" harassment words not uncommon, etc...we're very glad that era is over for us.

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Posted in: How many "meishi" (business cards) would you say you give out each month in Japan? See in context

Zero. My job is with internal stuff so all my contacts are within the company, I don't have contacts from outside. When I want to connect with someone I meet in private outside work we just use social media.

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

The cage (its size and how long the bear had been kept there) is an issue but whether the wild animal is caged or in a larger enclosure, you do NOT ever get in there with it. To clean or whatever you have to lure the animal into a section of the enclosure with a locking partition. The question is why did this guy get in there with the bear?? Why was a bear being kept in the first place?

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

If he is guilty of something or suspected as being guilty then file charges and go to trial.

Why are the police here afraid of interrogating someone with an attorney present?

Why is it right to detain someone without even filing charges?

It is cruel and unusual, the detention sounds like prison which it shouldn't be.

The major difference between the Japanese system and others is that Japanese prosecutors hate to be wrong and rarely proceed with borderline cases. If they get too many acquittals it's viewed as poor job performance.

If that's true, it's so wrong, and a breeding ground for injustice if it's all about someone's "image" and "job performance", especially as those sinister rumors I sometimes hear suggest, the detention and interrogation isn't just prosecutors twiddling their thumbs and waiting for a confession, but involves techniques to mentally break the detainee.

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Posted in: Fearful of bias, Google blocks gender-based pronouns from new AI tool See in context

As if AI isn't being used to target users for advertising purposes based on gender stereotypes.

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Posted in: Popular store Loft reveals their top 12 most popular items sold in 2018 See in context

I want to try 1-9. The teeth whitening stuff sounds kind of scary.

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Posted in: Japanese folk rituals approved as UNESCO intangible heritage See in context

Interesting traditions of kids crying in fear while adults look on laughing, and the harder they cry, the luckier/healthier they will be that year, etc. I guess it can help harried moms give weight to their threats of "behave, or the oni will get you!"

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Posted in: Hands-free umbrella looks like a giant condom for your head See in context

I'm glad they thought to make the front portion transparent.

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Posted in: 4 of the most powerful (to date) feminist movements in Japan See in context

Feminism gains ground fastest in an individualistic society. It will be slow progress as long as the Japanese government continues to view women as gatekeepers (producers, or not) of kokumin population.

I question the relevance of the genitalia artist's struggles to everyday lives of those of us women who are not genitalia artists, but the numerous anecdotes (stories from my own friends back them up) of being harassed or let go by an employer due to pregnancy are really infuriating. To judge how well a society is doing with gender equality, check the poverty rates of single mother households.

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Posted in: Survey shows more Japanese married men, single Japanese women cheating on their romantic partners See in context

Did the whole idea of cheating/adultery come to Japan via Western influences? I thought in Japan's history that made knowingly had several partners at the same time. 

I don't think so, some Japanese folktales have male characters who cheat and end up in scary situations (the women turned out to be a fox, a ghost of a famous beauty long dead, etc. )

Things might have been looser in the ancient past but no, the ideas of "ie" family lineage and legitimate vs. illegitimate offspring for example are quite old influenced by Confucian Chinese ideas of society and governance that Heian period Japan adopted (around 1000 ad). Government registration of households was tried but not widely enforceable until the Tokugawa regime in the 1600s, interestingly it began life as a "survey" of religious beliefs to stamp out Christianity. We still have the koseki family registry system that evolved from it.

Perhaps you mean in the past, it was common practice for men with money to have mistresses, romance, and fun on the side (since romance/sexual satisfaction and marriage were considered two very different things belonging to different spheres). Winked at by legitimate family members as long as it was kept in the category "illegitimate" and didn't interfere with their lives. It was only a very foolish man who would throw away his wealth and position in the ie lineage for the sake of a mistress, who was supposed to function as his bit of fun away from obligations and duties of home, but then you do get the huge Edo-period popularity of love-suicide stories perhaps arising from this system.

The ideas that marriage should be for love, not arranged for the continuation of bloodline lineages, and contain romance and sexual fulfillment of both parties and that cheating can be grounds for divorce/break-up are perhaps recent Western influences.

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Posted in: Osaka to launch disaster info service for foreign tourists before Expo See in context

I still remember getting pamphlets from the ward office when I first moved in almost 10 years ago, about emergency services, location of evacuation areas etc (it was a coastal area with tsunami risk), and it was all in tiny print Japanese that hadn't been updated in years. I thought "what do the people do who come here not reading any Japanese?"

Even now, foreigner friends who come to visit can't get info on weather and train delays etc. thanks to scant wifi in public places and very little info in other languages.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes bill to expand foreign labor through lower house See in context

Japan Inc must be saved at all costs.

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Posted in: The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce an ordinance against child abuse that will ban parents from using physical punishment as a means of discipline. What do you think of this proposal? See in context

I guess if you could banned it, you could charge abusive parents with more crimes when the truth comes out? I think it would only be a helpful prevention measure if it brought about more awareness/education on the issue which could help abusive parents realize what they're doing isn't normal or acceptable.

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Posted in: 5 misconceptions about trains in Japan See in context

Funny, resident foreigner in Japan here, but I had never heard the no-eating rule. From time to time you see people munching kashipan or onigiri and yeah, on bullet trains they even wheel a cart of overpriced snacks through the cars. It's just annoying when someone's brought on a bag of hot takeout food that funks up the whole car.

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Posted in: Ladies & the Law: The case that got sexual harassers the punishment they deserve See in context

The criteria for whether an approach is harassment is whether it's "wanted" or "unwanted"... correct?

That is correct in at least my country's legal definition though a stronger case could be created if the unwanted behavior was repeated more than once, and/or repeated despite the target communicating the fact it is unwanted.

Did you even read the article though? The stuff these guys did was not about flirting or trying to get dates, the purpose was dehumanizing humiliation of the employees targeted. Other commenters have quoted it.

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Posted in: Japanese company trips: Workers 'absolutely hate' them, so why do they still happen? See in context

Shain ryoko feels like a meaningless vestige of another era, it should be scrapped along with going to play golf with your boss on Sundays, use the money saved to pad our bonuses please.

The worst was husband's trips that were "mandatory" but he also had to pay about 30000yen to go. Then it was 2 days of drunk people from the first bullet train ride. He and another coworker he was supposed to be rooming with didn't sleep at all because when they went to their room they found some lady had fallen asleep on his bed after puking all over the floor. He came back looking and feeling awful. What a joke.

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Posted in: If you are an employee, to what extent do you trust your boss to look out for your best interests? See in context

I trust them about as far as I can throw them.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

Having said that though, insensitive comments such as those in this poster do not constitute sexual harassment

They very well could be, if they are unwelcome, and part of a repeated pattern of behavior contributing to a hostile workplace.

Sexual harassment in the U.S. is defined as:

*Unwelcome **sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:*

· Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, or*

· Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or*

· Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. 


Some sexual harassment, especially if it is physical, can be considered such just in one incident. Other kinds of less-serious unwanted behaviors like innuendo-laden jokes, have to be repeated over time to be considered a "hostile environment."

Sexual harassment is much more complex than just what the perp's face looks like as Concerned Citizen seems to think. There could be a power imbalance involved, or a refusal to take no for an answer. If your "compliments" are in a condescending manner, or to discredit me somehow, or if you never talk to me except to express how my appearance pleases you, it doesn't matter a fig to me how objectively handsome you are, that's scary stuff. It shows me you view me not only as sexual but also as somehow below yourself.

The poster only seems illustrate male-to-female sexual harassment when it can be perpetrated by both sexes and not necessarily to the opposite one.

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