Good. About time.
A friend of mine in Vermont married a transgendered woman. But Vermont is a very liberal state. Never met her but looking at Facebook pictures I couldn’t really tell. But she legally changed her sex to female so my friend, on paper, is married to a woman.
In japan to legally change your sex, individuals are required to undergo sex reassignment surgery which also infringes on human rights. Some people with gender dysphoria want the surgery and others don’t.
So japan should also allow people to legally change their sex to what they identify as without the need for serious surgery.
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I hate diversity for diversity’s sake. Actors are actors. I love most of Will Smith’s movies and I never really cared about the color of his skin. The race thing never really occurred to me because I grew up watching the Fresh Prince of BellAir. He is a characteristic performer. Period. I think the reason there are not more actors of ethnicity, at least in America, is because they are are a minority and you should hopefully be talented which is a rare trait for people of any race.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
I once had a pocket knife in my backpack that I forgot about in Indonesia. I left Japan, no problem. I entered Indonesia for a month and then left. No problem. On my way back to Japan I transfer in Malaysia and they find the pocket knife and I honestly didn’t know it was in there. They questioned me for 30 minutes and then confiscated the knife and let me go. I’d hate to think what would have happened if it was a gun.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
I’ve been all around Java and Sumatra over 30 times. Indonesia is a beautiful country and the people are so nice... I’ve never been to Bali but elsewhere in Indonesia it’s really difficult to even find alcohol because it’s a Muslim country. Jakarta, yeah the big supermarkets carry beer but anywhere else forget about it. So in a country where it is so hard to find a beer why would anyone think of doing drugs?
7 ( +8 / -1 )
The only thing I like about America is that there is no royal family; on the other hand, even with private insurance, healthcare is crazy expensive in America. $200 for filling at the dentist! In Japan that would be about 3,000 yen. I think it evens out in regards to tax money that goes to the royal family.
And remember it was McArthur, the American General, who basically saved the emperor and the imperial system. The Japanese would have revolted in mass numbers if the Americans killed their “God”.
-8 ( +6 / -14 )
*Correction: that’s why governments always say they DON’T negotiate with terrorists
6 ( +6 / -0 )
The guy is a journalist and, by nature, the job sometimes requires traveling to areas of danger. I think this guy has b***s. In a free country you are supposed to be able to travel freely, even if that means you are foolish and travel to a unstable country.
This guy spent 3 years in captivity. He’s denied a new passport because the government thinks he’ll go back and get captured again? That’s why governments always say they negotiate with terrorists... I have a feeling the Japanese government paid a lot of money for his release, hence the denial of a new passport.
13 ( +13 / -0 )
Pot calling the kettle black. Especially coming from a man who married a woman from Eastern Europe and somehow was able to get her foreign parents green cards...
5 ( +8 / -3 )
@zones2surf: the victims have been filing claims since at least the 50’s. That’s why Japan paid a lot of compensation money to S Korea in the 60’s. The problem is that the authoritarian government in S Korea at the time never gave any of the Japanese money to the victims and instead pocketed a lot of it and used the rest for infrastructure investment. If anything the S Korean government should be paying these people because they almost 100% responsible at this point.
20 ( +23 / -3 )
Would someone shut this guy up???
He has done the exact opposite of making America great again.
To paraphrase Obama from 2016 to Trump “in your 70 years on this planet what have you learned?”
8 ( +13 / -5 )
My great grandfather’s idea of disciplining children was to punch them in the face; my grandfather’s idea was to slap you with a belt; my father’s idea was to just yell; my idea is a time out when the kids are misbehaving. Generational differences.
11 ( +13 / -2 )
I don’t often agree with the Japanese government but in this instance Japan is correct.
After all, it was South Korea’s former president’s dictator father who used the compensation money Japan paid in the 60’s for infrastructure rather than dispersing it to the actual victims.
Korea only has itself to blame. Japan did horrible things in the war just as Germany did. But former emperor Akihito spent his entire reign basically apologizing for Japan’s past atrocities.
I don’t understand what else Korea wants or expects. It was over 70 years ago.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
Whaling is just sinister in nature. There is no reason to kill these intelligent creatures. I tried whale many years ago (I didn’t know what I was eating at the time). It tasted like bitter fat. It was disgusting.
if whale meat actually tasted good maybe there would be a market for it; but it tastes terrible and that probably explains the low consumption rate.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
I’m not a fan of Abe or Moon but this problem is wholly Moon’s fault.
The Korean and Chinese governments just use anti Japanese propaganda to stir the pot and rile up the ignorant masses.
Japan also did terrible things in the war to the Philippines and Indonesia. But if you ever visit these countries there is no bitterness, they love Japan and every other restaurant in the shopping malls are Japanese themed.
17 ( +22 / -5 )
@trinklets2, well said. If a woman loves you she will not care about what you can or cannot afford. If she does care, then it’s a sign that she doesn’t really love you and you shouldn’t marry her.
The dead can’t tell lies so I can’t make any assumptions about this poor woman. Even if she was a gold digger and only interested in men for their money, being dismembered is sickening. Just divorce instead.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
Gross. If I was that boy’s father, I would be the one in police custody because that pedophile would be in a morgue.
1 ( +7 / -6 )
You know the world has gone to s**t when the Japanese government is sending officials to the US because of Kim Kardashian. Why has the world gotten so sensitive?
4 ( +6 / -2 )
The Trump administration is going to have a hard time eradicating the HIV endemic if they keep gutting Obama Care.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
Who cares about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queers (which I thought was another word for gay), intersex, etc anyway?
I hate my coworker and he’s straight as an arrow but a terrible person; I like my other coworker and he happens to be openly gay and is the nicest person in the world.
It doesn't matter what your sexuality and most people who disagree or are homophobic probably grew up in a deeply religious household.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
I’m more of a dog person but dogs are too much work if you live in an apartment here. With cats they basically take care of their own toilet “business”.
My wife found a homeless baby kitten a few years ago and brought it home without telling me and it’s been living with us ever since. The cat loves my wife but steers clear of me so I can’t say that fond of it. I more or less just tolerate the cat’s existence in my home and life.
But to torture and kill even just 1 cat is enough to make me sick. I’m glad they arrested this guy before he moved on from killing cats to humans to get his high. All serial killers start out with killing and torturing animals first.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Toxic relationships always involve both parties being at fault in some way or another. But it’s how you react to the toxicity.
I was in a toxic relationship with a Japanese woman in my early 20’s for 3 years. She was a control freak and would slap me, kick me if I forgot to do everything she said... forgetting to take out the garbage, not washing the dishes, not doing the laundry, etc. I admit that in my youth I wasn’t the best partner but her reaction and resorting to physical violence was not right.
I’m a mellow guy and I put up with the physical abuse for 3 years. Then one night she kicked me in the face when I was laying down watching tv. My nose started bleeding. I snapped. I yelled. She started biting me. I then picked her up and threw her on the bed. She started cowering and begged me not hurt her. I guess it was at that point she realized that I’m bigger than her and could have actually hurt her.
I really wanted to hit her because she deserved it but I didn’t. I walked out and never saw her again. When you reach the point in a relationship where you have thoughts of inflicting pain on your girlfriend it’s time to leave.
I could have been this YouTuber wannabe but my reaction was not violence. That’s why that guy is more at fault than the wife. The wife was passive aggressive; the husband was physically aggressive.
0 ( +3 / -3 )
Trust me, “physical dicipline” is just a euphemism for corporal punishment and it doesn’t work. You never lay a finger on a child. Period. If they misbehave, give them a time out. Kids are smart and will get the message.
I love my parents but what they did to me as a child would probably be considered criminal in today’s world. I made a vow never to be like my parents with my own children. Unfortunately for many it is a cyclical pattern that repeats itself over and over again.
1 ( +4 / -3 )
Fumihito is one to talk about money problems... he’s never earned a yen in his life and lives off of my (our) tax money.
A 4M JPY debt? The imperial family goes through more than that in a week.
3 ( +8 / -5 )
Single mothers in this country need to have more self worth instead of shacking up with the first looser who gives them any kind of attention.
0 ( +4 / -4 )
I’d still rather take JAL than Lion Air (which I foolishly did earlier in the year)... RIP
2 ( +5 / -3 )
The J cops are not weak. But they are not as trigger happy as US cops and only use force as a last result.
In my younger days I had a run in with the J cops (my ex Japanese wife claimed DV out of spite) and it took only one j cop to restrain me... I want to point out that this was not excessive force. The cop was not violent but he had me in a hold and when I tried to move he I felt a huge amount of pressure on my arm and he told me to stay still.
I’ve been in fights before but at that moment I realized A: I’m not as strong as I thought and that the J cop could have taken me down in an instant if he had wanted to and B: if you’re ever in that situation do not mess with the J cops and cooperate with them.
If the J cops really needed four officers to bring this fellow down he either must have been extremely drunk and violent because otherwise the cops better have a good explanation.
Unlike the US, in Japan it is not common for suspects to die in custody.
5 ( +7 / -2 )
I’ve lived in Tokyo for 13 years but never vacation domestically. Aside from the crowds, the prices are an exorbitant ripoff.
I spend my vacations in Southeast Asia. Much cheaper than traveling within Japan.
Just last month I was in Indonesia. Round trip airfare was 25,000JPY/ person and a descent hotel over there is about 2,500JPY/ night. 4 star restaurant, 10 course meal plus drinks for me and my wife was not even 13,000JPY.
I have enough places to explore in and around Tokyo alone, I don’t need to waste my hard earned money traveling to Kyoto or Nara.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
She was never interested in freedom/ democracy for Myanmar... she only wanted power.
I never trusted her for one reason: she essentially abandoned her family and children in the UK and chose not to see her sick husband who was dying of cancer in the late 90’s. The Myanmar government at the time gave her permission to visit her family in the UK to say goodbye to her husband. She declined stating that the plight of Myanmar was more important and she feared she would not be able to enter the country again if went to see her family.
what kind of person does that? Now we know.
3 ( +6 / -3 )