Fresh Prince of Japan comments

Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Best wishes Vincent. It is time for Japan to wake up and face the international child abduction problem. Japan is always angry when someone says "Japan is the black hole for child abduction", but does nothing to face the problem.

As in many other issues, Japan prefers to wait and to turn the head o the other side.

Wake up Japan! Why Japan is a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, why did Japan confirm the convention in 2013, but nothing change?

It is not only the juku culture, the over-work culture, the lack of work-life balance culture, the endemic bullying in Japanese is also the problems related to family, including the child abduction, that create mentally unstable children, adults and future parents (and we can read about it every day in the "crime" section of this site).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 16 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 112 See in context

Every day the same propaganda numbers.

I expect downvotes, but let’s do some comparison.

Just a statistics game.

Compare Japan and Italy (I refer to Italy since it is one of the countries that realized a good approach to the pandemic).


Test rate: 0.37 tests per 1000 citizens.

NO NEED to have a Covid certification to enter offices, to enter restaurants…

Population: 120 million.

Daily cases (tested positive Nationwide Situation): 159 (Nov 18th).

Vaccination rate (total of citizens): 76.3%


Test rate 8.48 tests per 1000 citizens.

EU digital Covid certification is MANDATORY for alla the citizens above 12 years, to enter offices, to enter restaurants, to enter cinemas/theater/concerts/conferences, to enter gyms, to enter themeparks, to ride trains/planes, to visits relatives in hospitals…..

Population: 60 million.

Daily cases (tested positive Nationwide Situation): 10,544 (Nov 18th).

Vaccination rate (total of citizens): 73.8%

If we “correct” the Japan daily cases by using the same test rate applied in Italy: 159 cases* (8.48/0.37)=3,644 cases.

Considering the overpopulation in Tokyo and other cities, the overcrowded trains, the difficulties to be tested in Japan unless you have severe symptoms, and the nonexistence of a digital covid certification in daily life……all factors that increase the virus circulation, I would say AT LEAST a x2.5 of the cases in Japan (3644x2.5= about 9,100 cases).

In Italy there is a difference of about -2.5% of total vaccinated, therefore a higher number of infected citizens compared to Japan is reasonable.

However, it is not statistically reasonable the 159 cases declared by Japan.

But yes, ok, we must trust the government.

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Posted in: Nearest fishing port to Fukushima nuclear plant reopens See in context

Let's start with the "GO TO EAT FUKUSHIMA FISH" campaign

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested for stabbing downstairs neighbor See in context

Another one case! It is really disturbing.

"Japan, the safest country in the world"……. maye it is better to say "the country with the highest occurrence of mentally ill around".

Tons of perverts, tons of mentally ill, tons of suicides, tons of parents injuring infants, tons of national and international child abduction (world record for child abduction), tons of mentally unstable neighbors……..

Wait wait wait! I know, there are tons of crimes in any country, but Japan is usually depicted as the "peace and love country", and I would be cautious before praising a country as “the safest in the world”.

I would never say that Europe is the safest place in the world, but such mentally ill are definitively lesser than in Japan. It is most probable to be robbed on a train, but it is really less probable to bump into such types of mentally ill.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 20 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 163 See in context

What a circus.

These numbers are totally not realistic, especially considering the very low testing number in Japan.

Countries with same vaccination rate (as fully vaccinated persons), and with Digital COVID Certificate necessary for everything in daily life (to enter offices or to enter a restaurant), are still registering thousands of infected daily, and Japan (120 milions citizens without COVID Certificatein used in daily life) declare only 76 infections.

If you do not test, if you test very few persons each day, of course only 76 infections will be registered.

Of course, you are free to believe this fairy tale of 76 infections. Yes, believe, the same as “in Fukushima is everything ok” declared few months after the disaster (and everything is NOT ok 10 years later). Believe….

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

Enjoy the new life in the USA.

She will be happier than in Japan. Not only because she will be far from the imperial family and the related gossip, but also because as a woman she will enjoy a better life than in Japan.

Yes, Japan is safe and clean, but there is a big big big difference between being a woman in Japan and a woman in the west.

Enjoy! You made the right choice.

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Posted in: Woman goes on trial over starvation death of 10-month-old daughter See in context

Again?!?! Poor girl.

News about child and newborn abuses are really frequent. The “crime” section of JT has this type of news every week (sometimes daily).

Japan needs better mental health support. Definitely. Compared to western countries, Japan is underdeveloped from this point of view.

And, I would also suggest to Japan a preparental education. In this case, the mother is mentally disturbed, but I see too many childish parents in this country. Children raising children.

Childish-parents, mental problems, the low work-life balance, and the high social pressure in Japan, may become a lethal mix. So, much support to parents and much mental health support.

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Posted in: How to buy a home in Japan as a foreigner: Webinar See in context

If you plan to buy a house in Japan anytime from now,then prepare yourself to be surrounded by tens of millions of pensioners and no one to support that pension fund.You won't enjoy house parties and have to slave till the day you drop dead.

Totally agree.

Buying a house in Japan in this era of aging population problem is equivalent to buying a house next to a hospice.

And, considering the typical depreciation of Japanese homes, the home's value will be zero when you are old.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

This is the stupidest and ugliest idea I've ever seen.

There were hundreds other and better ways to boost tourism. Above all, there were hundreds of other ways to use that money in this pandemic time

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

If it is really so safe for humans, then discharge it in the Tokyo bay!

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

The condo complex in the Athletes Village are depressing.

Yes, it is inside Tokyo and very convenient in many aspects, but can't believe someone want to buy an apartment in these buildings after the olympics!

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Posted in: Battling ingrained sexism in the Japanese workplace See in context

Japan: no country for women

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Posted in: Man who refused to wear mask on plane arrested again after trouble in restaurant See in context

An unshakeable anarchist!

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

This people's attitude is not encouraging. This virus will last longer than expected.

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Posted in: Retiring in Japan: What’s the best strategy? See in context

The real point is: Who wants to retire in Japan? Seriously, in few decades this island will become a big nursing home full of elderly, it is constantly lashed by earthquakes and typhoons, extremely expensive for everything........way better to retire in a more affordable country.

Generally speaking, you can endure the inconveniences related to earthquakes and typhoons while you are strong and young. You can live in this materialist and highly expensive country when you have a salary, surely higher than the pension. What about when you are old, weak, and with a low pension?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 355 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,472 See in context

The fourth wave has begun.

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Posted in: 59-year-old 'eternal idol' Seiko Matsuda amazes fans with hasn’t-aged-a-day self-cover See in context

Skin full of plastic surgery, fake European setting, voice arranged by autotune…….the only genuine thing in the video is the bicycle.

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