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Posted in: Where are all the babies? See in context

Kronos had the only reasonable post so far. talk all you want about work conditions, leisure time and the average width of beds, it's the economy stupid. big talk, but I would like to hear from a few people out there with 2 kids in college, one in highschool, and a couple others following. Let me help you out. 70000 yen- food for family of 7 20000 yen- water 25000 yen- heat/cooler/electricity 60000 yen- college 50000 yen- high school 50000 yen- high school 20000 yen- uniforms etc and school trips for hs/jh/elementary school 200000 yen- 5 bedroom house in osaka/kyoto/tachikawa/chiba. x4 if you are in tokyo proper

just the big stuff is going to set you back about 4 or 5 thousand bucks US if you decide to have 4 kids. dont forget that insurance doesn't cover maternity in japan, kids of average intelligence will have to go to juku adding a couple hundred bucks a piece if you want them to go to high school or beyond. want a phone? cell phones so you can keep track of your kids? some life insurance? train fare? a car? you think your wife is going to have any time for you now? add 800 for adult entertainment. clothes? dont forget that insurance will be crazy since you make all that money and your daycare will be 6 hundred a month per youngun ; ) the list goes on and on...

have 4 kids and prepare to see about 7 or 8 thousand a month disappear just to get by. dont even think about an overseas vacation. ever drop 10K US for a vacation? I have, needless to say, the kids dont see grandma too often ; ) the time to talk about having birthrates remain what they were, was before all the social engineering and keynesian geniuses created this runaway freight train.

japan has made their choice and it is probably not a bad one considering the social destruction that would occur with a major economic adjustment of enough magnitude to allow for the average family to have 3 kids. robots are the answer. robot factory workers, robot waitresses, robot teachers... center on technology, export it to the neighbors, provide managerial and information technology to boot and make sure all your medium skilled workers and below are foreign and make sure there are no real provisions for permanent residency so their retirement accounts can be absorbed and there should be enough to pay the pensions that will max in 25 years that williB forgot about in his utopian vision ; )

Tahoochi... let me know how that works out for you ; ) you must have a trust fund.

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Posted in: Which side do you think looks more in the wrong following Wednesday's clash between Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers? See in context

Whaling opinions aside, the large vehicle is always at fault in japan in any collision besides a rear ending. Seems the Japanese have once again failed to honor one of their time honored customs when foreigners are involved. That being said, if the whales were as smart as the SS boys say they are, why dont they just run away when warned of the impending danger? There were better ways for Bob Barker n Andy Gil to make the world a better place.

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Posted in: Patience wearing thin in Ginowan over Futenma base issue See in context

People move close to bases, garbage dumps, and other lousy places because the land is cheap. But the cheap looses its appeal in a hurry ; ) Especially when they have to build schools and infrastructure to support the population. That that is what planning and zoning is all about. Okinawans did a piss poor job of planning and they are now paying the price. Jigo jitoku.

Though I whole heartedly believe that the US should pull completely out of Japan, the problems will not go away even if that happens. Japans defense is primarily air and sea and those bases are going to exist whether the soldiers there are named Smith or Suzuki.

If Japanese people want progress, they need to think a bit deeper than just getting the damn yanks out. And if they want to have a nice place to live in, they need to adopt rational planning, zoning and embrace the laws of eminent domain. This remains the only country that I have lived in where they put the telephone poles in the middle of the roads ; )

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Posted in: N Korea calls for end of hostile relations with U.S. See in context

I absolutely can not believe the arrogance of North Korea maintaining that it has a right to defend itself and maintain and develop its defense. I also think that for NK to make a statement that the US is an aggressor and fears that it may be attacked is completely unfounded.

The US has not such track record of of unilaterally attacking countries for their own political advantage. Except for a few places such as puerto rico, cuba, hawaii, philippines, mexico, iraq, afghanistan, vietnam....

If the US wants NK to mothball its weapons program, it should pony up and buy it. And not for 2 ships of oil and a half dozen ships of food. A countries sovereignty ought to be worth a bit more I would imagine? Maybe NK would take Japan and the US attempts at negotiation seriously if they put something real on the table.

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Posted in: Wendy's closes its doors in Japan See in context

I just dont understand why decent burger franchises have so much trouble here. Mac doesn't even count. Even subway seems to have a hard time of it, had 4 here in Kyoto when I came 15 years ago, now there is one... Pollo Loco was here to with two stores at that time too, they disappeared as well. Would love to have a burger king and a taco bell or taco time in kansai ; ) Best idea yet, lets convert the wendy's to arby's ; )

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Posted in: Susan Boyle arrives in Japan See in context

great success story. go susan!

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Posted in: Fukuoka man held after throwing wife off 5th-floor balcony See in context

bisoy is right, that fight scene made the movie ; )

I hope they both learned a lesson... I have a hole in the wall from saying 'go ahead, throw it'.... I wont make that mistake again and its a good thing my wife can't lift me ; )

all kidding aside, I hope that they can find a home for the kids, this woman has not the mental capacity to make appropriate decisions and this guy does not have a deep enough understanding of humanity to enable them raise them. the time for counseling was about 15 years ago....

cant think of a better reason for extended family living situations ; )

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Posted in: Mother, two children found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

thanks fishy http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/091210/crm0912100811005-n1.htm what she called herself could have also been translated as burden, parasite, or looser... sounds like a tough marriage... either way, my heart goes out to everyone involved.

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Posted in: Mother, two children found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

bamboohat, everybody goes thru life seeking for something to make their lives worthwhile and fulfilling, do you really think that raising the next generation of workers, leaders and citizens is somehow second rate to devoting your live to making your boss/company more wealthy and influential hoping and dreaming to the chance to become the user as opposed to the usee? ; ) gimme a break...

osakadaz, this is a real man.

sure japan is a different land but I cant really understand all the japan bashing every time there is a tragedy like this. especially from people from the land of crack whores on every corner. You can get the US news full of horror stories on the net as well...I have been with a lot of j women and in my job I work with many and I cant see that there is any more of a victim mentality here.

this poor mom was just strung out, dad must have been tired from commuting, probably living in a company dorm, and now probably deeply regrets his decision. as usual with a lot of these tragedies, economics is probably the major factor and should be a wake up call to us all. myself, I am not communist but I saw a poster from the communist party this last summer that said, "not just a thing/tool" ,depending how you translate it, with a young lady pictured calling for social economic responsibility. as usual I wonder where all the christians were that are always so vocal on these posts when this woman needed someone.

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Posted in: Noriko Sakai’s financial woes may be eased by comeback in China See in context

life's hard and then you die. she led a charmed life for plenty of time to sock away some dough. I do think that she was treated ridiculously with the whole drug thing but to insinuate that she has money troubles when so many are struggling just to buy rice n kerosene is a bit absurd. she will have to sell some real estate? what a joke and beyond that it seems she entered college rather suddenly... entrance exam? she still has plenty of people blocking for her it seems ; ) all the best nori-p

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Posted in: Super Fit See in context

great fashion for soapland. cant figure out why so many j birds dress like tramps but at the same time it is just fine by me. either of these birds would be welcome accompany me to an evening of entertainment. dutch.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for selling 1-yr-old daughter to man for obscene acts See in context

I want to say unbelievable... but after years of working relief, aid, and welfare in many countries developed and 3rd world, nothing surprises me anymore...

This mother must have been to a point of desperation, and her nonsensical statements to the police, if accurate belies this... of course, who knows, she could have been thinking about economic needs that were not needs at all....

One thing that Japan desperately needs is more centers dealing with emergency aid and care for children. There are places here and the welfare system is surprisingly good but with many areas of Japanese life, the bureaucracy can be stifling...

Of all that I have seen, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the one area that Japan lacks in is churches. I know that this will rile up the agnostics and atheists but only in areas where there are a significant number of churches are there realistic alternatives to the bureaucracy that naturally accompanies governmental social solutions.

The child definitely needs to be placed in a home for now. as for mom... she needs some serious counseling and some time in the gray bar to really get a grasp of the magnitude of her poor decision.

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Posted in: Man gets 17 yrs for fatally abusing girlfriend's 2 daughters See in context

tmarie, that is simply not the case that parents have no support here. the health insurance office has classes for new moms and moms can take them again when they have another child. the classes run the gamut from how to deal with pregnancy including emotional and physical issues, birth, and child care. there are many different programs and counseling opportunities available as well thru the office. my bride cooked her first meal at the new moms class; ) she not only learned to cook a meal, use a stove etc. she was also given a primer on nutrition as well. children are provided excellent health benefits for the equivalent of 2 dollars a month at the doctor of your choice. they also schedule reunions for moms that went thru the classes, dinners and other events to help moms out.

The 4 biggest factors in child abuse here are:

the highest cost of living on the planet. we all know how we should be adult, responsible and caring but with the bills piling up and mom and dad both working overtime and trying to hold a family together it is a real chore. tempers get short and people say and do things that they would never have dreamed of with a little less pressure.

the disintegration of the extended family. with family sizes having shrunk over the last two decades, most people do not have siblings to turn to for help. coupled with the large number of people who have moved from smaller towns to the mega cities, mom finds herself with little in the way of family support.

deteriorating economic situations mean more overtime for dad, less time for mutual family support and more pressure for mom to be superwoman....

where support may actually be available from grandma, first kids being born more and more to 30 somethings means that grandma is much older and far less genki than most of our grandmas were when we were born. my grandma was 36 when I was born ; )

all that said, this guy deserves the death penalty. there is nothing worse that systematically abusing the weakest among us. RIP little ones, I can only hope to believe there is something special for those taken so unfairly.

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Posted in: Gals See in context

flatearther: dont need to be an ikemen to date one a tart like that, just money.

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Posted in: Gals See in context

trashy looking, gehin girls. just gotta love japan.

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Posted in: Police to formally charge Ichihashi with Hawker's murder See in context

they always charge em with a nominal crime here when they pick them up because they want time to get the confession before charging him with the banger. now that he is living the high life eating anpan maybe he will talk. it would be nice to get this over. lets just hope he gets a significant sentence.

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Posted in: Saki Fukuda looking for a man who is soft on outside and strong on inside See in context

she wants some cute ikemen boy that drags her around by the hair

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Posted in: Obama promises to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan See in context

well, I think that if president obama wants to bring more destruction to afghanistan in the name of finishing whatever he thinks needs done which in my opinion is to repay the monetary favors that put him in office by opening and protecting u.s. exploitation of south eastern european oil reserves and fanning the economy by kicking the military industrial complex into gear then he should get out there n do the shooting himself.

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Posted in: Obama promises to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan See in context

here's one we have all heard before... 'we' means the americans that are supposed to be being productive and fueling the economy, bringing life into the world, and making the world a better place... not running half way around the world to bring death and destruction... I thought 'change' was in the air...

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Posted in: Tokyo crowned new gourmet capital by Michelin See in context

What about Arby's?, the frenchman is so unknowing...

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Posted in: The Okinawan problem isn't about to disappear in a hurry See in context

rumor has it that bama's team is costing out the relocation of the okinwans and making it the 51st state. finally will have a place to put the gitmo prisoners...

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Posted in: Should President Barack Obama have bowed to the emperor while he was in Japan? See in context

who cares? are we so lacking in personal esteem that we need to establish hierarchy thru a pecking order of who bows to whom? give me a break. if the bamessiah felt he needed to impress the little man then who am I to slam him for it? news please

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Posted in: Airhead female fans can't get enough of 'cool' accused killer Ichihashi See in context

remember, women are equal in every respect. and the fact that we dont see large numbers of men clamoring to meet Masumi Hayashi is no indication that men are less prone to this mental illness.... you go girls!

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Posted in: Cop arrested for molesting woman on train See in context

they should give women those little baseballs full of fluorescent die to scob their attackers with.

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Posted in: Swimming Santa See in context

I hear that playing with the dolphins relaxes them.

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Posted in: Is chivalry dead on Tokyo trains? See in context

after all the zillion posts on this site from women demanding to be treated equal... it is nice to see one admit that they are the weaker sex on the average. I will not hold my breath waiting for an admission of emotional limitation however ; )

my rule is to never give a seat to a high school girl but if she seems eager I will strike up a conversation. I give my seat to attractive 20 somethings to nanpa them. I give my seat up to 30 something and older women and elderly men because it seems the right thing to do in my old fashioned mind. having a grandma give the seat you offered to her grandkids is just fine. if that is her joy, it is mine to share in as well. and yes, osaka has a monopoly on rudeness in just about any area one can imagine.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Japan should embrace more migrants See in context

TokyoLurker, If someone wants to live in a country, they need to have either a unique and highly needed skill that transcends their lacks or basic skills that enable them to be competitive with the indigent job market. A JLPT 2 rating is not in the least unreasonable, it establishes a language proficiency aprox. equal to a grade school graduate. That would mean being able to use the joyo kanji and having a working vocabulary. Japan is already significantly burdened in supporting marginally employable j folk. Supporting immigrants makes no sense at all. For those with no job? Your home country is waiting with its arms wide open. Those that posses marketable skills? Japan needs you because as many have alluded to able, j folk tend to be quite a lazy lot.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Japan should embrace more migrants See in context

of course the crime rate will increase if immigration increases. that would not be because foreigners are more crime prone it is because there is a distinct correlation between poverty and crime. immigrants will be paid less, partly because of language issues and of course discrimination. personally, I have not heard anything that yukio or his cronies have said that sounds as if it were thought out at all. pushing buttons is part of politics but this administration seems to be overly enthralled with doing so and lacking any rational plan of substance to solve any of the problems.

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