J-Dake comments

Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

People know going in that by reporting critical views of the right-wing or monarchy will possibly end in violence in Japan as well. Does that mean that they should not report such perspectives or news?

It's good that you know his type. I'll go ahead and be satisfied with that empirical evidence.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/japanese-journalist-yasuda-returns-home-captivity-syria-181025080242476.html

"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked Turkey and Qatar for their help in freeing Yasuda, the Japan Times reported."

"Some have accused the Japanese government of paying a ransom for Yasuda's release.

The Japanese government however, has denied the accusation."

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

Kenji. What makes you think Japan paid any money for his release? Even if they did (and they didn't from the literature I have read), the Japanese government pisses that money away in far lesser ways on a daily basis than to save a human being's life. And what about this whole ordeal makes him a coward?

I think we are ALL very lucky we don't live in "feudal samurai times"! I'll agree with you 100% there Kenji 'ol pal.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

He has absolutely nothing to be sorry for.

If only half of the journalists in Japan had his dedication to journalism and the truth in the face of risk to themselves we may not be looking at a country that has had the same bumbling narrow-minded government in power for multiple decades basically consecutively and making a complete joke of even feigned democracy.

Well done sir. We owe you a round of gratitude.

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Posted in: In major policy shift, gov't OKs draft bill to open door wider for foreign workers See in context

So let’s recap shall we?

Blue-collar (ie low-paid) workers only but must be at least educated enough to communicate in Japanese and have other unnamed skills to be enrolled in the exploitative and scandalous “technical trainee” system and cannot bring their family for up to five years

Those who are higher skilled (not blue-collar level??) COULD bring family and EVENTUALLY get residency

Did I miss anything. Are there plans perhaps to force them to volunteer for Olympic services as well?

So a racist (crime and welfare?? AND classist debacle already? Well done old men!

Why, pray tell, would people want to come to Japan to be treated no better than where they presently struggle?

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

You could start by lowering the heat on the a smidgen under roasting conditions. That'll get those sweaters on (and me not in need of a second shower when i get to work)

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Posted in: ¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel See in context

Carrying 14 million cash around in a bag he was given by "an acquaintance"? And some "random" mugger just happened to hit the lottery in a public toilet? Nothing shady here.

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Posted in: Tokyo struggles to recruit volunteer city guides for 2020 Olympics See in context

So pay them.

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Posted in: Robot station security guard unveiled to media ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

This couldn't possibly go wrong in any predictable way whatsoever.

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Posted in: New hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020 See in context

Nice. How about schools?

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Yes it is a cough medicine but if she'll give a speech, she should take it out of her mouth first. Who wants to listen to a speech with chomping sound magnified by a microphone.

We teach kids not to talk when their mouth is full, so...

Must be a massive cough drop for her mouth to be full!

Who wants to hear someone hacking and coughing through an entire speech. It;s not like she was chewing gum or finishing her lunch. It's bloody medicinal. This is so terribly obvious that it is simply an excuse by which the old boys can bully her.

"Oh, the foes will rise

With the sleep still in their eyes

And they'll jerk from their beds and think they're dreamin'

But they'll pinch themselves and squeal

And know that it's for real

The hour when the ship comes in"

The world is watching

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit and killed by train on railway crossing See in context

Because we can't baby proof everything

Yes, but maybe at least all pedestrian crossings where huge hulks of steel moving at deadly speeds constantly pass isn't asking for the world. It's downright standard almost everywhere else in this country that I have seen.

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists see the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World War II, while many other Japanese feel strongly attached to the document's pacifist ideals. What is your view of the issue? See in context

When the majority of Japanese people want the constitution changed - however they want it changed - then I think we who are immigrants here without local family or PR have no choice but to support it.

Tolerate, sure. What other choice is there for non-voting residents but "support"? Why do you think anyone would need to get behind any issue regardless of their opinion? Apologies if that's not what you meant.

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Posted in: Japan to give up on daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: report See in context

Not that I care about DST either way but where is the evidence that public opinion is against it? I see that the Asahi reported it but where did they gather such data?

"Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose the proposal" - Are the board of directors of corporations now considered to be valid providers of public opinion? I must be getting my sectors mixed up again.

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Posted in: Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees See in context

To a certain generation she will always be an icon of Sixties counterculture and the unique contralto voice who, along with late former husband Sonny Bono, gave the world "I Got You Babe."

"Sixties counterculture icon"? That's a bit of a stretch. She has done many amazing things in her career since and that cannot be argued but even then people saw that song for what it was; a cheap and tacky attempt by Bono to cash-in on Dylan and the actual youth/counterculture.

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Posted in: H&M accused of failing to ensure fair wages for global factory workers See in context

To the surprise of absolutely no one.

*Added to the growing list of boycotted vendors.

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Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

Maybe those easily offended by skin art need to cover their precious eyes instead.

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Posted in: Advice to victims of bullying, DV, neighborhood trouble: Record it See in context

maybeperhapsyes I'm just curious. In your case, what was the evidence (assuming there was some!) provided by the plaintiff that won over the police and insurance people?

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Posted in: Advice to victims of bullying, DV, neighborhood trouble: Record it See in context

Their merit is their ability to produce evidence that can’t be ignored.

While I agree with the pretense - Rodney King.

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Posted in: Half of Tokyo’s universities to use credits to 'convince' students to volunteer in 2020 Olympics See in context

Two years after announcing strict volunteer requirements for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and realizing they could not get enough help for free, 

I don't often laugh out loud reading the newspaper in the morning but this is an absolute diamond of an opening sentence.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

TigerTokyoDome those are great questions and this type of conversation is exactly what I think is a good outcome of this.

I don’t know how she should be depicted. I wasn’t personally offended by this and I am also trying my best to understand it. I'm doing my best to listen.

I didn’t at any time say he shouldn’t have drawn it or it shouldn’t have been published. I’m not for censorship. Just simply that views and feelings that are not our own maybe ought not to be dismissed so easily. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t depict African Americans or anyone for that matter in cartoons. Just that we shouldn’t all be so quick to dismiss feelings from perspectives we may not fully grasp. 

What you say in your second paragraph may all be true generally. I’m not saying that white people have not ever anywhere been in the crosshairs of racism. I am saying in the American context anyway, there isn’t the same history of racist stereotypes in cartoon form utilized to attack an entire race of people just for the audacity of being born with a different skin color. It’s perhaps more loaded for African Americans than it is for white people. 

I’ll not respond to your third paragraph as I’m not 100% sure I understand what you mean.

The part I agree with is that none of this means that the cartoonist is racist or that the cartoon itself is racist but that doesn’t mean that some people do not legitimately feel hurt by it. There is no finger pointing intended on my behalf at all but is it too much to ask to listen without being defensive, to people express how this makes them feel and the reasons for it? In some ways we have to have faith that the cartoonist did not intend to create a cartoon that would be taken as racist as much as we do that people who are hurt or offended by it are not looking to be offended or playing race cards or all the other defensive reactions when sensitive matters like this arise. It works both ways.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

If a white, skinny, long-nosed person was characterised as being extra white, especially skinny, and extremely long-nosed in a cartoon, why do we never hear accusations of racism.??

Maybe because there is little-to-no long and extremely painful history of that type of racism solely focused on Caucasians? There is of Jewish people however and you might find a similar feelings from some of that community if this hypothetical person were Jewish.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

Perhaps the problem with that is that there is no such thing as universal common sense and the people you label as PC approach life among those who are different in that way?

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

mrtinjp again, I think you misunderstand my point. I wasn't calling him racist. I don't know him or his cartoons. I wasn't even calling the cartoon necessarily racist. I was not expressing my opinion on it in that way at all. I was suggesting that perhaps some people might feel that way about it and it might not be a completely alien idea or one that deserves to be written off.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

Gremlin.Gaijin my point was not to call out anyone as racist. My point was to explain my, perhaps, some people might feel that way about this. How the cartoonist or people who are not aware of this particular history might take this in that light but how some others might. To be blunt, a caricature of a white person that exaggerates physical features and one that does so of a black person might not carry the same weight because the history is radically different. I don't know (although I could be wrong!) of any history of comics and caricature targeting white people because of their race in the West. And don't get it twisted, I'm not even implying that is what the cartoonist did here. Far from it. I'm speaking to how it might make some people feel that way because of how it was done in the past. Whether a cartoonist from Australia should be expected to understand this history and be sensitive to it may be another matter altogether. At least discussing and trying to understand it from perspectives that are not native to us can't hurt can it?

I'm not black but I would like to think that I try my best to understand this from a black person's view the best I can. Or anyone in any situation. Empathy is the goal.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

Perhaps the cartoonist did not intend to be racist and went about making a caricature the way he would for anyone. I'm certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Where the disconnect perhaps lies between many people to whom this strikes as racist and those who only see satire or lampooning is a knowledge of or sensitivity toward the history, particularly in the USA, of exaggerating features creating a primitive image of African Americans in cartoon form as propaganda weaponized against a people already struggling in a society that labelled them second class. It takes a bit of empathy perhaps unless you are black, to understand how the same approach might feel different when as an African American you live in a world or society that has yet to fully get past these silly stereotypes about you and your racial identity. Would people feel the same way if, for example, Osaka's features were exaggerated in the way that was popular in the US in wartime propaganda?

Perhaps a response of finger pointing and accusations of racism might not be the best way to handle this issue, although I certainly understand those who would react that way. Any discussions that help us to understand what it is like or how it feels to be in the shoes of another person and accepting that you may not already know that is a way that you can turn this into a positive.

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Posted in: Do you think of esports players as gamers or athletes? See in context

Unless getting in some handheld 2K during the Boston marathon...I mean, really?

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Posted in: Are more doors opening to tattooed visitors? See in context

Hamilton07,

It was a very thoughtful and considered comment. And I surely do agree with your second sentence. But I wonder what inconvenience seeing ink on someone’s skin causes them? It's nice that you cover your own tattoos but what about people who cannot cover their tattoos without something akin to a burka? I realize that is an extreme case but they do exist.

Japan also taught me a great deal about being mindful of others as I come from a more individual-centered culture. That has been a great lesson and one I try to keep with me at all times. Even when I am not in Japan.

We know why such tattoo policies were created and we can all (I think!) probably agree that it is a false pretense that all people with tattoos are criminals. So by following these rules/policies we are, in my opinion, tacitly agreeing with them and allowing the ignorant minority to rule. If this includes paying to visit places that enforce such policies then we are even more convincingly tacitly agreeing with and even supporting such small mindedness.

Overall what bothers me is not just about tattoos. It is that people can be allowed to discriminate based on what someone looks like and create policy that enforces this. If we tacitly agree to this then why not allow them to discriminate on other cosmetic choices like hair color, dental work, hair style? Where would that end?

In fact many schools in Japan have already been called out for forcing students with natural hair color that is not black to dye it black. This isn't even a cosmetic choice for that person. Should we also allow schools to force our children to dye their hair, implant some subconscious self-loathing or otherness just to appease the minority of ignorant people who use culture as an excuse to discriminate and make everyone the same?

I struggle with walking this line myself and I certainly do not have all the answers. Sometimes I wonder what constitutes “culture” and whether the heavy-handed enforcement of old rules by a minority that still actually holds to it can qualify for that term.

I personally will not cover mine if I do not feel like covering them any more than I would ask a friend to suck his gut in because other people might not like to see it and will not patronize any business that discriminates based on appearance. I guess there are many choices.

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Posted in: Nursery school head, ex-employee to be charged over child’s death in swimming pool See in context

This is my worst nightmare. If you have little ones in daycare be vigilant with the staff to make sure they are following the rules at all times and report any time they don't; even if it isn't affecting your kids specifially.

The law in this case is not enough. 2 people watching 19 kids?! In any context that's simply not enough. But in a swimming pool?

My heart breaks for the little one and her parents.

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