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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Discrimination is a fact of life. We all discriminate on a daily basis. We discriminate by choosing one food over another, one restaurant over another, we discriminate by choosing who to be friends with, and most of all, we discriminate when it comes to dating and marriage. All of you here have discriminated against other countries by choosing Japan. Some people only date certain kind of people, others only befriend certain kind of people and so on.

The discrimination based on nationality or race is no different than the others i just listed above. The basis for all discrimination is the same. Discrimination based on nationality or race will weaken only when the number of people from different nationalities or race increase. Even in the US which is a country of immigrants there is still discrimination. Even in cities like London where half the population is foreign born, there is still severe discrimination. The foreign born population in Japan is about 2 percent, i don't know the exact figure for Tokyo, but it's tiny. You can't seriously except to NOT be discriminated against.

I expect things to get much worse before they start improving. What i strongly suspect is going to happen is that, up until now, the groupism in Japan was Japanese/non-Japanese, and therefore discrimination against non-Japanese was fairly equal. But as the foreign born population increase, sub-groups are going to start appearing. They will start dividing the foreigners into even smaller groups similar to how Europeans do, i.e. there will be discrimination against certain nationalities only, but not against others.

Groupism, group stereotypes and group thinking is really the core issue. There is no way you can stop discrimination unless you deal with the core issue.

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

Or cut spending instead?

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Posted in: U.S. seeks quick deal on tariff cuts with Japan See in context

Every country has a legitimate interest in preserving its own agricultural capacity.

Correction: Every agricultural industry has interest in preserving itself. The interest of the Japanese consumers is to have more alternatives and more choices so they can choose the cheapest one with the best quality. It is not in the interest of the Japanese people to have to pay high prices and have no alternatives.

It should not be a top priority, or any priority at all for the central government to take money from the people to support the farming industry just so they can keep living in the farm. In a dynamic economy, you move where the jobs are, it is not the job of the government to try to keep people in the farm. Japanese people pay something like 4 times more for agricultural products than the world market. This is neither raising their standards of living, nor helping them, it helps the agricultural industry on their expense.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

Scientist: But the key is that each country, each region, each group, each institute, brought something in kind, and they brought their expertise, and they brought their work.

NHK Reporter: Who brought the most, though?

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Posted in: Seoul cancels permit for new Japanese embassy building See in context

Someone please explain to me what this is.

Something like "I am really sorry for what i did to you", as oppose to "it is regrettable that many people suffered during the war". One contains admission of guilt and remorse, the other one does not.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs free preschool education bill See in context

So, it's a free education program.. but funded by sales tax? So i.e. people are paying for it, only in an indirect way via the government. If schooling is to be guaranteed to all, and paid for with people's taxes, then the best arrangement would be to pay for it with a school voucher. I.e. instead of giving the money to schools, give them to parents in the form of a voucher. That way there will be competition among schools for your money, and the parent will be charge. Giving the money to schools gives them no incentive to satisfy or even care about kids at all, since they will get paid at the end of the day whether you are satisfied with their service or not.

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Posted in: UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content See in context

@Jimizo

We can only speculate. My guess is that they sell in England because they tell people what they wanna hear. Scottish and Welsh people don't identify themselves with the British Empire to that extend, wheres for the average English, that's a core part of his identity. He needs to hear that England is great and better than others, and that's what the tabloids do, and that doesn't resonate with the Scottish. Another factor could be that England being over 60 million people have a larger uneducated, illiterate underclass who are more prone to being manipulated, wheres Scotland is just 5 million people.

I am in favor of free speech, but i also think there is a difference between having a different opinion, and maliciously deceiving people. Those headlines are nothing but malicious deception. Just last month, Eurostat made a survey in Germany, and a big percentage of Germans have said that they want Germany to take a taught stance in the negotiations with Brexit, the next day, the tabloid's headlines were: Germans hate England. That's just malicious deception, pure and simple. If you aren't allowed to scream fire in a cinema, or openly call for violence, i think you should also not be allowed to maliciously deceive people like that.

I have seen couple of them, yes. I can't remember what event it was but i watched early this year i think MSNBC reporters in England talking to an English politician (i think), and the American reporter said that he was shocked at how extreme the newspapers were, and the English guy tried to laugh it off saying English newspapers are competitive, and they are trying to attract attention and stuff like that. A Japanese version of this conversation would be a foreigner saying he is constantly rejected by landlords and his Japanese friend saying - oh that's because the landlord isn't confident in his english skills and he doesn't wanna be rude and that's why he is rejecting you. Total BS.

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Posted in: UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content See in context

@Jimizo

I am talking about England only, Scotland and Wales are different.

I lived in the UK until I was 24 and didn’t see it once.

Yes, and i know a lot of foreigners who have lived in Japan for over 20 years and "have never experienced racism. Dunno what you're all talking about". Sounds familiar.

It really depends on your circumstances, and on whether or not you want to see what's behind the mask. We see what we know, and some people don't know much.

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Posted in: UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content See in context

I would say that the English tabloids are a lot more harmful than Facebook.

Headlines such as: "Muslims tell British: go to hell!", ''Immigration: enough is enough!", "Romanians are destroying British culture!", "Migrant invasion!", "Immigrants bring more crime!" etc. are a lot more likely to incite violence than anything you can find on Facebook.

The press standards in England are so low, that passes as news in England would be considered sci-fiction in France, and will most certainly not even be allowed on the streets. For those of you who think nobody reads that yellow junk, well, you're wrong, in England, the largest "newspapers" by daily circulation are all yellow tabloids like DailyMail, the Sun, Metro, Daily Express etc.

Google "English tabloids" and take a look at what im talking about.

England, much like Japan, tries their best to put up a nice facade to the rest of the world, but the reality is quite different. I have seen a lot of Americans being completely shocked after seeing a newspaper booth in England, and then their English "friend" trying to quickly make up excuses for it -- "oh, no-no-no this is nothing, ok, nobody reads this, let's go look at that big watch again".

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Posted in: Mixed results for LDP; 'Osaka metropolis' advocates win gubernatorial, mayoral races See in context

I am SO happy both of them won. These two are the most badass politicians Japan has had since Koizumi. Literally the entire establishment statusquo old dinosaurs were against them, and yet they won. Their campaign was perfect. Also, this article forgot to mention that there was a survey yesterday and 59% of the people in Osaka said they were in favor of the Metropolitan plan. Clearly people's opinions have changed, which also explains why the old establishment doesn't want to allow a second referendum, because they know what the results are going to be. After this victory, i am now more optimistic about the future of Osaka and the realization of the metropolitan plan. If Osaka manages to implement this, this could spread to other cities who might also want to get rid of their double-layer of administration. Once again Osaka leads the way.

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Posted in: Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants See in context

The way you combat falsehoods is by debunking them with truthhoods. The way you combat misinformation aka cherry picking half-truths or facts to advance or push a one-sided false narrative is by providing other alternative view points and facts so people can be exposed to other sides of the story, thus be able to choose among alternative purveyors of supposed truth, and decide for themselves which narrative to believe. The problem with misinformation and fake news is the one-sidedness. Banning all alternative and non-officially approved information will only make the problem so much more worse.

I do have to admit that there is a big problem with exposing people to alternative non-mainstream view points. The internet was supposed to democratize information so that people can be exposed to what the little guy had to say, but ironically in some ways the opposite has happened. Social platforms like YouTube had only amplified the mainstream voices to an even bigger level while suppressing and dwarfing the little guy with no voice. It's a lot more difficult to get people to hear your alternative view point if it does not conform to the ''accepted'' mainstream narrative. Think about how many of the various mainstream narratives that circulate the internet and the globe have any alternatives to them? Very few for the simple reason that the people who might have an alternative narrative that does not conform to the mainstream one are likely an underclass who don't have the skills or even opportunity to grow online to a level that would allow them to challenge the mainstream views. To sell a narrative, there has to be people wanting to buy it, but if your narrative is against the people with the purchasing power, well then nobody is going to buy your narrative. There is no market for it, so it becomes difficult to sell it, and popularize it.

Think about it this way. Churchill said "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on", well, the internet has made it a lot more easier for a lie to travel around the world, and a lot harder for the truth to get its pants on, simply because people are not seeking the truth, they are seeking a narrative that validates their opinions. Think about which narrative conforms to what the majority of the internet population wants to hear and believe.

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Posted in: In latest shot at Mexico, Trump proposes U.S. penalty for drugs See in context

Blaming Mexico for illegal drugs in America is like blaming McDonalds for your food-addiction. The drug cartels exists for two reasons: 1) Because there is an enormous demand for drugs IN THE UNITED STATES, and 2) because drugs are illegal.

The war on drugs is even more ridiculous and dumb than the prohibition. Probably millions of innocent people have been killed or arrested, trillions of dollars have been wasted, and what is the result? Nothing. This to me is so ridiculous i have no words to describe it. It's like the North Korean regime trying to stop people from watching foreign movies. Did the war on alcohol worked? No. Did the war on sugar worked? No. Did the war on tobacco worked? No. Did the UK war on corn products worked? No. Did the Soviet war on foreign products worked? No. Then what the hell makes you think the war on drugs will work when it hasn't worked for over 10 years now? Mindlessly idiotic. You can never stop the supply of something popular. That's a LAW, remember it.

Also, for those of you who wonder why are there so many illegal immigrants in the US, and why don't they just get on line, here's a simple illustration of the answer: https://reason.org/wp-content/uploads/files/a87d1550853898a9b306ef458f116079.pdf

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Posted in: Japan's emperors: From divine commander to 'comforter-in-chief' See in context

Do people actually think the Emperor was in charge during the Empire days? Anyone who thinks that haven't studied any Japanese history at all. Japanese Emperors have never had any actual power throughout the entire history of Japan, except for perhaps a very short period during the Heian period. Japan throughout history have never been a centralized State like China and Korea, but a very decentralized place with many city-states fighting for power over the whole territory.

The idea of as single unifying Emperor came about when various clans came together to form a confederation called Yamatai, later known as Yamato. The put a Queen called Himiko, the first actual Emperor, to represent the power of the confederation, but even then, the confederation was made up of many Clans, but ruled by the most powerful one of them, and ever since then the competition has been going for which clan would rise to power and control the Yamatai.

The Emperor has never been anything but a symbol figure. Even during the Empire days, the real people who were in charge of the country were the military generals, namely Tojo. Since Japan doesn't have any religion, the Emperor was used as a religious figure the same way European Kings would use God as a justification for their power.

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Posted in: Ghosn's detention extended until April 14 See in context

Where's the opposition in Japan? Why isn't anybody in the media or government criticizing their legal system?

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

Oh the horror! Unforgivable act worthy of beheading and life sentence! Jesus. The guy sprayed graffiti a freaking train, it's not the end of the world. Who cares. All these people outraged over this BS should be outraged over their backward primitive legal system and all the other problems they have in their society.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

It's pretty obvious now that they are trying to silence him.

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Posted in: China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattling U.S. See in context

American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers.

And Chinese leaders have seen the South and East China Sea as off limits to other powers, and yet America has several dozen military bases all around the Chinese backyard. Trump said his favorite word is ''reciprocity'', well, reciprocity be it then.

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Posted in: Labour's Corbyn says Theresa May has not moved enough on Brexit See in context

I really hope the EU doesn't give them anymore extensions.

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Posted in: Gov't says official translation for next era name Reiwa is 'beautiful harmony' See in context

I wish the new era name would've been something like ''progressiveness'' and ''tradition'' to indicate that Japan will continue to progress or become more open but also maintain their core values, or something of that sort. The kanji for ''openness'' or ''progress'' would've been more appropriate for Japan in the upcoming era.

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Posted in: Japan launches new visa system to bring in more foreign workers See in context

345,150 is not enough, but it's a good start.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

Going to be interesting how folks here will translate this one. Rei.....has numerous different meanings, one of which is "command, or order" and of course "heiwa" is peace.

"command peace" or "harmony through coercion" sounds like a good description of Japanese culture.

Abe said the name means that culture is born and grows when people come together and "care for each other beautifully."

Well that's technically not true at all. Cultures change when social norms change.

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Posted in: 70% of parents who abused their own kids were mistreated as children: survey See in context

Meaningless figure because the sample is hardly representative. However it does make common sense to assume that people who were abused as a child are more likely to abuse their own children than people who had a good childhood. People need to understand that children learn through imitation of adults and people around them. Children don't learn what you tell them, they learn what you DO. If you are hypocritical, like many Japanese teachers are (ex: ban smoking, while they smoke themselves), they will quickly pick on that just by watching and observing your behavior. That's how children learn. If you show them that problems can be solved through violence instead of reason, that's what they will learn, even if you tell them otherwise. They imitate your behavior, not words.

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

I honestly think no deal will be better for them. I've watched a lot of the arguments against no deal, and i think most of them are false. Elitism and the aristocratic mindset are prevalent all across Europe, but especially strong in England, this coupled with economic illiteracy makes it really hard to watch.

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Posted in: Yakuza population hits record low in 2018: police See in context

I've always wondered if they know who the Yakuza are, why can't they just arrest them?

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Posted in: Facebook bans white nationalism, white separatism on its platforms See in context

Another mindless emotional response. Really idiotic. You can tell these adult children have not even read the killer's manifesto. The guy didn't even use Facebook, he literally explained in detail why he is doing whatever he is doing, and these mindless children running the media and government continue with their mindless emotional responses. How does FB even define ''white nationalism'' and ''white separatism''?

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Posted in: Brunei's new Islamic criminal laws including stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft See in context

Turkey is a secular country, although Erdogan is trying to chip away at that.

Turkey is a Muslim country, and even in big cities most people wear Hijab, and there are mosques everywhere. Despite being a Muslim country, people seem to be civilized and don't want to stone gay people. Why is that? Could it have anything to do with democracy and economic prosperity?

Yes, it does. It is strict Sharia. It’s not unheard of in other countries which apply strict Islamic law.

I've heard many definitions of Sharia Law. Can you give me an example of a democracy Muslim country that stones people?

So it does have something to do with religion. It’s a very useful tool if you want to enforce revolting punishments and solidify power.

Using religion as a justification to solidify your authoritarian rule over people, NOT using people's religious beliefs to manipulate them to give you power. God wants me to be your King, all the laws i pass are approved by God, so i am justified vs I believe this is what God wants, elect me if you agree. Big difference.

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Posted in: Brunei's new Islamic criminal laws including stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft See in context

While I don't have data on Brunei or these specific punishments, the majority of SE Asian Muslims do support sharia law. This has a breakdown of such support across most other nations with large Muslim populations:

Ah yes, my favorite argument - "The Statistics Say..", the more sophisticated version of "I once caught a fish this big".

Well, i don't agree with these statistics, or any statistical data for that matter for many reasons. First and foremost, these results are based on no more than 1000 people, so the sentence "X% of Muslims in X country agree with Sharia Law" should really read "X% of 1000 people of X country agree with Sharia law".

Also, it very much depends how was the question was asked and what is these people's definition of Sharia Law, it also depends on who exactly were these 1000 or so people, probably even less, and how were they selected.

Those are just some of the reasons all statistical findings are a load of crap. Just tell me what narrative you want being pushed, i can find you statistics somewhere that "prove" that narrative. I also remember reading many times in the past PRC public polls on various topic that i know for an absolute fact to be false. There is a reason why in America, a poll conducted by Fox gives you one set of results, and a poll conducted by CNN gives you another. Same happens in Japan by the way.

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Posted in: Brunei's new Islamic criminal laws including stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft See in context

Your daily reminder that, yes, cultures are different and in specific instances, such as this, ours is betters than theirs.

But what is your definition of the term ''culture''? Is stoning gay people really their culture? Brunei is not a democratic society, and their government is not elected, and therefore the people running the country are not representatives of the people's will. Do most people in Brunei really want or approve of this law? Culture means social norms, i could be wrong, but i am highly skeptical that most people in Brunei believe in this ''norm''.

And also, who is ''ours''? Japan is not a christian country, and Japan does not stone gay people. India is not a christian country, and India does not stone people. Turkey is a muslim country, and they don't stone people. Indonesia does not stone people. Who is ''we'' and who is ''they''? This has nothing to do with religion because do i have to remind you that Christian nations used to do much worse than stone others? This has to do with dictators using religion as a tool to solidify their power and control.

No single country can claim monopoly over democracy, or personal freedom. Those are natural things that all humans aspire to. People like you who claim those things as part of ''your'' culture are chauvinists who think they are superior to others. But i can't blame you that much since there is so much propaganda pushing this narrative, i would be surprised if you didn't subscribe to it.

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Posted in: Japan OKs use of textbooks citing islands disputed with neighbors See in context

South Korea teaches that Japan invaded Korea, a historical fact = anti-Japanese education!

South Korea teaches that Japan slaugthered thousands of Koreans, and enslaved many more, again, a historical fact = anti-Japanese education.

Japan teaches that islands which they stole from Korea, and that are occupied by Korea belong to Japan, not a historical fact = bravo Japan, good job! (?)

Japan indoctrinates its children with anti-Korean/chinese education, and then points the finger at Korea for teaching the actual world-wide recognized and verified facts and accuses them of having anti-Japanese education. You can't make this stuff up. Some people really do live in a parallel universe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U88VoZ3YnkY anti-Korean/Chinese education.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

Obviously the deal is not favorable to South Korea.

Morality is what gives a law legitimacy. Laws that people regard as immoral have no value to people.

The deal between SK and Japan was made when South Korea was not a democratic society, but an authoritarian dictatorship. The deal was signed without the concent of the Korean society and people. Obviously Japan was eager to sign the deal and strip itself off of any further responsibility as soon as possible. The Korean dictator at the time was eager to establish diplomatic relations with Japan as soon as possible in order to receive financial support to rebuild their country, something Japan received from America without even asking for it.

Under those circumstances, in the eyes of the Korean people today, the deal has no moral weight, and therefore no legitimacy. It was never concented with them in the first place, nor was it concented with the actual victims of the war. The lack of democratic process makes the deal illegitimate.

But of course people like you have been encouraging their brattiness and hooliganism because you are sorry for those women.

Aren't you? If not, then that speaks more about you than me.

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