J-Dake comments

Posted in: Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left See in context

 let’s face it, the President comes from a different era where people would say or do things that although may be racially sensitive by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean the person is racist.

He was born in 1946 not 1926 or 1846. He was a young adult in a post civil rights movement world. This is willful ignorance at best and yes, downright racist in reality. Yes, indeed, It absolutely means he is racist. You might make a case with me for some sheltered and isolated good old boys born before the war (the case would fail) but this is a Wharton school educated, NYC born rich kid who also happens to be the bloody President of the United States! No, he does not get a pass for ignorance. Get real fanboy.

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Posted in: Over 3 mil freelancers in Japan amid rise of flexible working styles See in context

Comedy gold. Salaries are so bad that workers need two jobs just to make ends meet presented as the kindness of the government by Japan's Pravda. What's the betting State Broadcaster will soon be running a series of stories about happy Taro Suzuki cheerfully working 16 hours a day in two jobs to pay for extra vegetables?

Exactly! Well said Alfie. Beyond that, the same bordering-on-religious-cult-loyalty will still be the order of the day for the workforce and expected by senior management types despite moving as far away as possible from the lifetime employment security that ( assume/hope) birthed such fanatical fidelity in the first place.

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Antiperspirant, herbs and spices (such as Mexican chili powder, file and Hungarian Paprika), toothpaste, oil-based/old school pomade, bitters, Virgin Islands rum, and properly fitting pants and shirts and a few bottles of hot sauce.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

@J-Daka: It is people with your liberal and by the book attitude that very quietly let people like Hitler, Pol Pot and Milosevic come to power and wreak atrocity and genocide in the world. Over and over again.

I'll go ahead and assume I am J-Daka here. Is there another way you suggest societies handle law other than "by-the-book"? Perhaps I naively thought the point of laws were to have fair and reasoned guidelines to avoid unfair arbitrary application. I'm not sure what I said that was "liberal". I was simply taking the incidents in question and applying it to my rather slight knowledge of international law as per the question. I was not being political. There was no soapbox to stand on.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

The Geneva Convention is not the relevant treaty to determine whether or not it was a war crime. The 1907 Hague Convention and its specific clauses on aerial bombardment supercede the general prohibition on targeting civilians in the Geneva Conventions.

Interesting. How do you know it is superceded by the Hague?

I agree completely about it being a rather silly question and that the moral issue is the more interesting or at least debatable question to ask.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Absolutely NOT war crimes. Adding to that I doubt that there is a single person old enough on this forum to have an accurate answer, including myself.

Different times, Untenable ongoing situation. Japan had plenty of warning of what was going to happen if they didn't surrender before Honshu was invaded.

It is a war crime to deliberately target civilians TheResident. It's is absolutely cut and dry in terms of the Geneva Conventions. Are you saying that the bombs were not targeting civilians or are you simply unclear what a crime is? Or are you perhaps turning this into some sort of military strategy or moral issue? It isn't. The question is pertaining to international law. It is a legal issue.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

"The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence, the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population, are prohibited."

 Article 51(2) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions

Opinions are not really relevant here. They WERE war crimes as they deliberately targeted the civilian population.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

In that situation you lock the car and call the police. If there is escalation, you open the window a little and scream for help. Screaming for help in the middle of the night is far far less meiwaku than reckless driving.

Call the police? Scream for help? You don't live in Japan do you?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

Sounds to me like SHE is the violent one. Driving for 4 kilometers and having someone hanging on to your hood is not normal.

Perhaps as normal and flinging yourself onto the car of someone who is trying to get the hell away from you?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

I really don't get why people would cling onto an fleeing car. Are they expecting their weight would slow down the car or break through the door or window like a terminator?

I would suspect it is an act of control. He was likely expecting her not to respond as irrationally as he. He was using force to control her. Typical behavior of a domestic abuser. And now that force and right to control looks like it could be sanctioned by the state (depending of course of the judgement).

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

I'm not saying what she did was or wasn't right I would just like to know what the proper reaction is for someone in a car being assailed by some violent maniac on their hood? Dignified face to face conversation? It isn't like he was invited by her to jump on her car. Does he not also get charged or is jumping on the hood of someone's car all fair game in terms of the law? Stalkers take note...

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist denied passport by gov't See in context

The Foreign Ministry notified him on July 10 that it based its decision on a passport law stipulating the government may not issue a passport to a person if a destination country denies that person entry. 

If the destination country (which was not Turkey) will deny entry then what's the point of denying a passport? And isn't this a situation for the destination country to handle?

Censorship veiled as thin as democracy itself is in Japan. An attack on journalism; what this government is infamous for is obviously what is happening here. Report what, where and how we allow you to or have your freedom of movement taken away.

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Posted in: What makes conspiracy theorists tick and what is the best way to combat their beliefs? See in context

Lack of transparency of official institutions, known cover-ups, covert operations and general secrecy of governing bodies around the world I would say is what most fuels the fire. An obvious example would be how the US gov't handled the killing of JFK. That one seed in particular probably grew thousands of conspiracy flowers. Whistleblowers like wikileaks tends to validate a great deal of that mindset as well, for better or worse.

Best way to combat? Make transparency a priority.

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Posted in: If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure. But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television. See in context

Since when did the USA ever rush in to protect any country simply because it was being attacked and they were being altruistic "friends"? The USA would likely put up some kind of defense but that is to protect their strategic military (self) interests and nothing more. The trade-off for the help in military defense is Japan allowing the USA to take up huge swathes of land to build bases here for their own strategic military interests and not Japan sending their youths overseas to defend America from the fallout of it's religious crusades and greed-based aggression.

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Posted in: Madonna edges out Springsteen to top U.S. charts See in context

How do you even count sales accurately these days? People under 30 all pay subscription services, they don't buy anything, they rent, 1 month at a time.

The charts have always been rigged. Especially during the clear channel and soundscan era. It's a joke. Nowadays they are completely irrelevant.

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us again with prequels, sequels, remakes and plans to make spinoffs from past films? Do these sorts of films interest you? See in context

Almost nothing from Hollywood has interested me in 20 years or more but particularly vapid, brain dead remakes. Also, get off my lawn!!

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Posted in: Japan revises law to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Though there are no penalties for offenders, the revised abuse prevention mild suggestion...

There, fixed it

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Posted in: There are some customers who feel uncomfortable seeing tattoos, and they can have an impact on the class of an inn. Because administrative agencies are not responsible for taking care of customer complaints and other problems, accommodations have no choice but to become cautious about lifting the ban. See in context

It should also be noted that not all Yaks have tats (actually many these days do not) and not all tatted folk are yaks. If you check the calendar year it is actually 2019.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

Really?

Either way, if you need CBD, you'd probably be best coming here and buying it, rather than bringing it in.

Yes indeed. I was as surprised as you. Give it a google.

I may have been premature saying you can buy without import though. I'd agree, it would require a fair bit of trust that the Customs folks know their stuff. If you don't like holdups at the airport I'd say let the postal system handle it.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

To qualify what I said above, it is THC that is illegal. And many CBD products contain traces of it. People should still indeed be careful.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

I think recreational users will know this already. The warning is important for medical users - the 57 year-old housewife who uses a CBD oil containing cream for her arthritis, coming to see her niece compete.

Actually CBD is legal in Japan. It can be purchased quite legally online even. shipped from Japan. It would appear that Mr. Muto is either misinformed about Japanese law or needed to better qualify his statement/warning.

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Posted in: There are some customers who feel uncomfortable seeing tattoos, and they can have an impact on the class of an inn. Because administrative agencies are not responsible for taking care of customer complaints and other problems, accommodations have no choice but to become cautious about lifting the ban. See in context

I guess we have two quite different definitions of "class". Mine centers a great deal on how you handle situations and not how you look. Judging people on how they look is fairly unclassy, trashy and frankly unsophisticated in my book. Much more so than someone deciding that they want someone to draw on their skin. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater is also of questionable "class".

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

Olympic opening ceremony stage act gestating...

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Posted in: Legendary New Orleans blues pianist Dr John dies at 77 See in context

We CAN all live together and prosper BECAUSE we are different and we are more than the sum of our parts like the gumbo. New Orleans is the soul of the USA and Dr. John is the embodiment of New Orleans. Oh and you can shake a tail feather to that isht too!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

RIP Mac.

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Posted in: Madonna says she feels 'raped' by New York Times profile See in context

Madge has always been polarizing. Overall I think she has had a positive affect on the culture. and she is indeed a difficult if not hypocritical figure. She took the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s that much further in the repressive and return-to-the-50s Reagan 80s. Pushing blatant female sexuality onto 80s TV screens and demanding that people accept that its OK and downright important that women be allowed to enjoy sex too. And express as much openly. She was not feminist in the 1970s sense (where many people seem to think it still sits). She was "feminist" in the sense of where it would go in the future. She very much helped it get there.

At the same time she also co-opted other subcultures seemingly not to spread the message but to spread her popularity and enlarge her bank account. Maybe this was to have a greater stage on which to spread her message and maybe it wasn't. When faced with situations where she could bring another woman down to further her own career I cannot say that she always acted heroically.

A lot of her criticisms of the media and how they have treated her because she is a woman and not a man I feel are accurate. This case? I'm not sure. I haven't read the article and I'm not that interested to to be honest. But Madge has always adapted to the age and era in which she is living. I think this is likely her doing just that.

She is no more hypocritical or difficult than the country she was born in or the era in which she is living.

I'm glad she was born though.

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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

But the passport law stipulates that the government may not issue a passport if a destination country denies entry to the applicant, or it is deemed the applicant could harm national interest.

Yes, this wording seems to leave a lot to be desired. As I understand it, this is implying you need a destination country in order to apply for a passport. And then that this universal (in that it is not used to allow one to enter a single country but as many countries as recognize it) travel document may be denied an individual if a single country denies entry to them. It would be safe to say that Mr. Yasuda is being discriminated against here on political grounds. Ultimately the decision to grant a passport to an individual is the right of the issuing authority but this does not mean that they are not immune to criticism or legal action if it is evidenced that it is making these decisions arbitrarily or based on political preferences.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

From a psychological standpoint as I see it the pros and cons of physical correction are as follows. Pros:

Possibly the approach to behavioral change which yields the quickest and most visible results. Cons: The medium is the message so while you may correct the behavior you want to correct you are ultimately teaching them to resolve conflict through violence. Often results in people who often are unable to express emotions well, have less developed reasoning abilities, sense of responsibility and self-determination. Is effectively ruling by way of fear and intimidation and not respect (they often seem the same at first to the observer). Demands more patience, consistency and faith of the parent.

It would be a logical conclusion therefore that physical correction only be employed when the need to correct behavior is immediate and urgent (ie dangerous behavior) and when the child is perhaps too young to learn in other ways before posing a risk to themselves.

But you don't have to take my word for it. University libraries are filled with journal articles written by developmental psychologists on the subject. You'd be hard pressed to find a majority who would advise physical correction as the primary means of discipline for children.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

It should be illegal to assault anyone and perhaps particularly children. That you are their parent or guardian should bestow no special rights as "owner" upon you. If the parent believes it to be justified and necessary (such as immediate correction to avoid life threatening activities such as running into traffic) they can plead their case to the judge (or perhaps social worker if that is more practical) if it comes to that like any other assault defendant. That is my informed opinion anyway.

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Posted in: Offices adding greenery as part of work-style reform See in context

If you feel disconnected from your family and humanity due to working 70 hours a week in an office where you are harassed from above and have but whiffs of vacation to look forward to in order to empower your grip on this mortal coil fear not! You can now seek solace in a fern.

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Posted in: Teachers are not anti-crime professionals. In addition to neighborhood monitoring and cooperation, there should be concrete anti-crime measures such as professional security guards in uniforms. See in context

That may help with the effects, sure.

To address the cause (what they are alluding to I don't think can be framed a simple crime problem), a serious discussion and frankly, revolution, needs to occur here (not only here) regarding psychology and mental health. Any other angle to me seems shortsighted and wildly inefficient.

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