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Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context


That makes no sense. I think you have that backwards. If they were afraid of contracting STD from the local population, then it makes sense to use controlled military prostitutes who are medically checked

It does make sense. What some people are saying is that they used women that are already prostitutes employed by the locals. What I am saying is that they didn't use women that were already prostitutes employed by the locals.

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Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context

Also, the biggest key point in the argument is that they specifically wanted to limit the spread of disease. If they didn't want local diseases, this would increase the reason as to why they wouldn't use prostitutes. They would force local women into being sex slaves instead.

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Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context


The records prove Japan's point. They were prostitutes.

Apparently you did not read the article. It clearly states that there were no mention of whether they were coerced or came of their own accord. All the records shows is that the Japanese government officially requested that women be sent to certain locations. Also, where some of those women were to be moved from.

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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context


Contractions and recessions are extremely common after the Olympics leaves a country. Before and when the Olympics arrives, these economies see a large boom.

prompting a call for fresh fiscal stimulus to support a fragile economy, a Reuters poll showed

Companies wanting the government to pump more money into them are simply running from what they have to do which is increase pay. Companies here have already shown that no matter how much profit or government funding they receive, they won't do anything other than increase their own savings.

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

The problem with everything that is happening now is that if they move this event, every single event can make a case as to why they should be moved out of Tokyo. But these changes are going to start making things ridiculous. These moves come at the expense of tax payer dollars and it makes the IOC look childish as well as unprofessional. The weather in Tokyo has been no secret. They didn't properly do their research.

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Posted in: Man arrested for pepper spraying customers at supermarket in Gifu See in context

This idiot is a monster and they need to lock him away.

he wanted to see the expression on a woman’s face

Watch a movie or find an online video.

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Posted in: High school student 'forced' to quit school sues Kumamoto Prefecture for a single yen See in context

Man. I'm jealous of his school's hazing rituals. The hazing for the football team, wrestling team, and lacrosse team during my freshman year in high school was far worst. When I pledged during college it was also much worst.

Hazing isn't for everyone. Some things can go way too far. For people that perform hazing, it tends to be seen as a rite of passage into a family. For some that are subject to hazing, we see it as a necessary step to part of a family that you will fight side by side with. But for some, it can come off as bullying, harsh, inhumane, and worst.

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Posted in: Local gov't hard drives with personal info sold in online auction See in context

I would have honestly believed government hard drives were destroyed onsite. I don't know Japanese rules, but most companies hired to do this in the US must destroy them onsite

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Posted in: Economist outlines skills sought in freelance workers See in context

Too often when people talk about freelance, they focus on narrow unskilled work such as Uber or food delivery that is part of the gig economy.

Thank you. I mention this consistently in Japan. Freelance here is too vague.

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Posted in: Japan had over 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017 See in context

Because Japanese doctors are overprescribing medication for incorrect situations. So when something that needs that medication arises, your body has already built up a resistance to the drug. Furthermore, existing bacteria has as well.

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context


It's about time to slap a nice hefty fine on Dentsu for this!

Clearly the government is perfectly fine with issuing warnings for violations. Especially since it's not a first time offender.

In October 2017, a court ordered the ad agency to pay 500,000 yen in fines after labor authorities concluded the previous year that Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old new female employee of company, committed suicide in 2015 due to excessive overtime work.

Also, fines like this won't. They avoid paying way more than that in hours that employees work. If my employee is putting in over ¥2,000,000 in overtime and I have multiple employees doing this, yet i am only fined ¥500,000 if one of them does. Then it isn't really a deterrent.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

@Bugle Boy of Company B

First “ret**ded” was a no-no.

The reason behind that word is because "Mental Retardation" was and still is a correct medical term. However, those outside of the medical field used the word "ret**ded" loosely and only in a negative connotation that the medical term also because unacceptable. So they changed it to intellectual disability.

Words can be very powerful weapons.

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Posted in: For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine See in context

This article is 15 years too late. Banks have been doing this over a decade and it was covered all the way back then as well. How do you think AMEX comes up with those well timed offers?

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Posted in: 62-year-old man turns himself in after robbing post office See in context

That's exactly it. The winter is upon us. He just needs shelter and a meal. Will be out by the spring or summer and repeat the cycle next winter.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

@Burning Bush

The issue isn't the word being used. The issue is that it was completely irrelevant to anything. Whether the contractor was disabled or fully abled person, their schedule to work and do the job is just the schedule they operate on. Mentioning that it was a disabled person was completely irrelevant and in no way necessary.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context

While it is enacting a new law that is positive. In essence it won't change anything except the appearance that something is being done by those outside of Japan. The same way many media outlets, for generations, have said that Japanese people don't work as much overtime as other people, or that parents can both take up to a year off to take care of their chileren; however. None of these things bear fruit. The reason is that there is a severe lack of enforcement and a severe lack of penalties.

Also, the culture is set from the top down.

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Posted in: Japan drops in OECD scholastic ranking; China leads in all categories See in context

@Ganbare Japan!

Greatest % of university graduates than any nation on earth. Leader in robotics, AI.

I'm not bashing Japan. But don't start giving Japan non factual credit for things they don't deserve. As a University lecturer in Japan, let me say that it is easy to have a high percentage of graduates when they are not able to fail classes for any reason other than absences.

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Posted in: Japan drops in OECD scholastic ranking; China leads in all categories See in context


While "China" comes out top, I would not read too much into this, or the other countries that hog the top spots. China just uses students from few affluent cities. City states such as Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong also fall into this category.

Isn’t that what all countries do? They pick their best and send them to these competitions?

Also, why wouldn’t China be doing well in education? Education reform has always been a big push by Xi. Especially since they invested billions into the Disney corporation for their education services on language and reading.

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim sends defiant signals with new horse ride, rare party meeting See in context

Yep. Nothing is more scary than someone on a horse in 2019. Developed nations must be terrified.

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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation recognized as world's best-selling game console See in context

The article isn't properly written. They are saying Playstation has outsold Nintendo for the best selling console brand. They counted the Nintendo game consoles of past and present. But Sony has now outsold Nintendo in the console department. Nintendo still holds the record for the handheld department.

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Posted in: Supreme Court upholds ruling commuting death sentence to life for man who fatally stabbed 2 people See in context

@Vince Black

I personally think lifetime sentences are much worst than death for criminals. If the prisons are anything like the detention centers that they hold foreigners in, then this is exactly what he deserves.

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Posted in: South Korean actor Cha In-ha found dead in latest K-pop tragedy See in context

Sad to see so many young people going down this road.

projects a wholesome image on stage and screen

Clearly this writer has never seen anything K-Pop related.

asked the public and the media to refrain from spreading stories about his death

Maybe I am being negative. But it sounds as if the company is just trying to cover themselves.

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context


@Bugle Boy of Company B

The both of you raise a good point. But those lazy people are products of the system that they created. The system that awarded people based on long hours and perceived hard instead of actual production. There was no benefit in productivity and were forced to work long hours. So that is what they became.

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context


When you see how many people line up for the "double points" days at the supermarket, you know something is wrong with wages.

While there is a problem with wages. I think that is just smart shopping. Same way I only buy meat on Sundays and Wednesday evenings when they are heavily discounted because the expiration date is next day. I buy that meat and freeze it.

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Posted in: Activists push to halt sexual harassment of job-seeking students See in context


Please do give me links that show Japanese activism is 'awfully low' as compared to many other industrialized nation's. And down voting this post is not a proper response.

What you are asking people to prove is unprovable. The same can be asked of you. Provide proof that Japanese activism is on par with the other industrialized nation? The burden of proof would fall more on you as you are going against the popular opinion.

The only thing you can factually state is that Japan has a culture based on not rocking the boat. Furthermore, when it comes to doing those things, they tend to see it as "めんどくさい." Also, stating that problems are under reported or pushed under the rug here is something that the Japanese media and govenrment agencies has stated.

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context

Rengo will also demand employers offer equal labor conditions to workers regardless of their employment status and take measures to prevent any kind of harassment at the workplace, even if a worker is not a member of a labor union, it said.

I think this is great. The increase in minimum wage isn't. Foreigners in particular tend to always be on completely different contracts from their Japanese counterparts. Some people like to say we get paid more for doing the same job. But our difference in pay tends to be a few hundred. Their bonuses easily outclass that.

Mandatory annual pay raises is far better than increasing the minimum wage. While Japanese companies are perfectly capable of paying their employees higher wages, they have already expressed that they will not. Therefore, forcing a higher minimum will simply mean reduced staff and higher cases of overwork. Mandatory pay raises can help keep staff happy and be a soft compromise for these companies that have too much power.

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

Correct me if I am wrong, but I do believe that outside of the photo's the rest of what you wrote here is a is not illegal on a job application, particularly when it is needed for background checks. as it is a necessity to complete the check accurately.


I can't speak for most countries. But that information is optional. Also, background checks can only begin after offering you the job. Prior to that, they can't perform a background check.

Resumes only require your name, contact information, employment history, education history, and relevant skills.

Applications require date of birth because they can't have minors sending in information or in certain industries where there is an age requirement (bar).

Race, sex, and marital status isn't required. They are optional, can be left blank, and cannot be forced to fill it out.

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Posted in: Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money See in context


I remember that growing up. I always hated that. "Stop licking your fingers and giving me what you touch with it." It's even more disgusting with money. Money has exchanged hands with countless amounts of people. It has been through all types of situations and gone into many places. You don't want that in your mouth.

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Posted in: Nissan's new CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival See in context

I don't feel sorry for his pay. But I feel sorry for what he has inherited. He's going to be forced to pull a rabbit out of a hat every single moment. He will have to try to distance himself from Ghosn stigma in Japan and outside of it. He will have to distance himself from the Saikawa stigma.

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Posted in: Activists push to halt sexual harassment of job-seeking students See in context

The internet age and social media age really does force changes. These issues are not recent and they are not one offs. These are cultural problems. By culture, I don't mean Japanese culture, but culture of people in higher positions that believe they can do what they want and have what they want. It's why businesses have always gotten away with this behavior. It's why monsters like Jeffrey Epstein was able to get away for so long and create all those victims.

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