Everybody is quick to blame the girl and while her actions are illegal and inhumane, it's worth considering that Japanese men don't love to use condoms and if a girl gets pregnant they escape more often than not, or don't share the cost of an abortion. So if said girl was broke and ashamed to talk to her parents, she probably gave birth in a bathroom, or a combini or another random place (remember the dozens of similar articles posted all the time here), was in postnatal distress which is hormonal chaos, or even full-blown postnatal depression and acted like this.
She is the perpetrator, but I believe the problem doesn't start with her. She's part of a much bigger issue. I don't believe she would be as inclined to brutally abandon her baby if she had a supportive environment and partner. I'm also thinking about the later implications of a human who has conceived, probably gave birth alone (!), then killed their baby, put them in a bag, left them in a park, went to jail and sometime they're gonna come out. Japan is full of girls and women like that, people who've had severe mental damage, but walk among everybody else. Who also has unchecked mental damage due to other tragic realities of Japanese society, such as the stigma surrounding mental health and the impenetrable Japanese mentality of suppressing one's expression and feelings in order to preserve group harmony. I love Japan and its many virtues, but it's a country full of rampant mental illness and vicious cycles of abuse and nobody is doing anything about it.
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After living and working there for so many years, this incident checks out. The Japanese being typically monolingual are living in their own socially awkward bubble, where it's perfectly normal from their viewpoint to treat foreigners like trash or try to lie to them in completely absurd ways. It's both comedic and infuriating to watch.
I have countless stories similar to that, where Japanese people in charge would come up with imaginary laws and coerced foreigners to sign inhumane stuff. I have personal stories too. I'm also done making up excuses for their behavior because of "cultural differences" like I did in the past. Japan is perhaps 1st world in technology but 3rd world in human rights and respect towards women and vulnerable populations.
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Most sources I've come across say that Aisha was just six years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad, himself in his 50s, and only nine when the marriage was consummated....They have a specific name for that where I come from and this is probably the reason we still see so many "marriages" with child brides in those nations (and secretly in western countries too). It's also the same reason why the criminal activity of those men in western nations has a specific flavor. It goes way beyond "lolicon", it's deeply ingrained in their religion and many feel entitled to it, so I don't understand when Westerners act surprised after such tragedies are committed in their "civilized" neighborhoods by those men. Thats' who they've always been.
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With this much money and this much time to escape, one of the most logical things to do is buy a property in a foreign country with half of it and deposit the other half while you build your life up from scratch.
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Right, so the Italians should also get offended and ask for the removal of their wartime leader and the Germans should do that too, yeah? Who do the Japanese think they're fooling? Only themselves. The rest of the world is laughing.
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This is "cute" in a sort of way that people observe captured monkeys at the zoo. I challenge this false narrative that Japan is safe. It's generally safer than e.g. America due to their society being mostly homogenous (but that's changing), but it's not safe.
Before looking at statistics about alleged "safety" of a country, you should assess the source and how data is being collected. It's well known that rape, sexual assault, child molestation and all things childhood trauma are severely underreported in Japan and are surrounded by toxic shame, bullying, the unwritten rule that you must not stick out or you'll get hammered down, rigid patriarchal structures where women and children are just easy targets and will be abused and be made to shut up just in case. So when people don't report crime, statistics show low crime rate. Also, Japan is known for hiding and withholding data for reasons of national pride or get a point across...
Even if you call the above BS, how is it that Japan is full of pedos, perverts and child and loli material is widely circulated within and outside the country? If it wasn't, entire industries like the joshi kosei, underage maid cafes, manga featuring underage character, blow up dolls and tons of other stuff would not exist.
My heart freezes every time I see tiny people alone on a train, or the street. They can be seized in a second, never to be seen again and I'm sure many are. Traumatising children leads to mentally ill societies and if you're a keen observer of Japanese news, it doesn't look like there's much mental health prevention or awareness in the country, hence the extreme nature of crimes prevailing in Japan (family members slaughtering each other daily, the often psychotic nature of crimes, often documented in movies, anime and porn etc), extremely high suicide rate and the general dysfunctional image many Japanese adults sadly present with. It's really sad.
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They're barely scratching the surface. The exact same if not worse thing is happening in the music industry, specifically with the idols, where it's no secret that a lot of them work as escorts on the side and even quit the band to become porn stars. We also have the Johnny's Entertainment scandals with young boys and the list is endless. Japan is still where the west was decades ago: men in charge were pretty much entitled to as much sex as they could get.
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GenZ athletes lack resilience. Getting heckled or worse is expected if you're an athlete. Look at soccer matches, they literally throw things at the referee or the players, the whole stadium is singing for or against a team or a player...I don't justify or condone any of those ape-ish behaviors, but athletes of her level should be trained to deal with stuff like that more gracefully.
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The difference could be perhaps the stark differences between Ukrainian refugees, that are actually women and children primarily, Europeans with Christian values (therefore not encouraged to violate women and children or kill, as dictated by other religions) and the primarily male "refugees" between 15-35y.o. that Europe welcomed all these years. I hear Sweden became the rape capital of the world after that, I wonder why.
Ukrainians are Europeans. Europe is their home.
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They live 50 years in the past as usual. No mental health awareness and people around "don't see, don't hear, don't speak".
The scariest thing is that Japan is still my happy place when I travel, but reading reports about extreme crime every single day and most of it committed by severely mentally ill people, I'm thinking that all this time I'd been walking among all sorts of disturbed people who had potentially committed heinous crimes and that likely would never pay for it. Blood chilling.
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Considering that purchasing explicit material featuring minors was perfectly legal until 2000, why are you all impressed there was no register for offenders and that officials are even defending them? The country has always been a safe haven for people like them, where fetishisation and sexualisation of children and teenagers is and will keep being mainstream for a long time.
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Also...bullying? I call it "Japan's national sport". Grown men breaking the bones of a poor man escaping from unthinkable poverty in Vietnam and then going back to their families in the evening content that they punished the dirty gaijin right "for not speaking Japanese properly". As if they needed an excuse to show their cowardice.
What strikes me is that the man preferred to have broken bones and terror at work every day than go back to Vietnam. I've seen Vietnam and I've caught a tiny glimpse of what that man escaped from.
Effectively, what the company just did, instead of making strict anti-bullying rules, was remove the foreigners from the picture, which is EXACTLY what the bullies wanted. No dirty gaijin among them. Clap clap, Japan.
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Well, I'm pretty sure you know, but I've heard countless stories of how a Japanese national commits a crime against a foreign national -either within Japan or abroad- and Japan is by default inclined to cover up for them. In their minds, Japan is still the nation "chosen by the gods", therefore superior perhaps? Obviously not everyone, but there are very many of them that still think like that. Certainly the bigwigs in the governments and the police.
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I love both the movies and the series
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This "Hillary" has a track record of gaslighting people who ask her questions. The reason for that being that - I assume - she had to go through this herself first. Japan is a deeply misogynistic society, not far from Arabic and Middle Eastern countries, but with more money and high tech. By "cultural differences" she means that treating women as inferior is standard practice, widely accepted. Just look at their "culture" surrounding fidelity and cheating. And also the number of lies they say to each other per day. Everyone who's lived in Japan at one point or another probably knows what I mean.
Advising a foreigner to keep accepting the abuse, is both a sadistic practice towards a vulnerable person asking for advice, (as I'm sure that Hillary knows the real answer deep inside) and also masochistic towards herself who gives bad advice, knowing that same advice hurt her in the past. The boyfriend is using an indestructible argument to emotionally blackmail the girl: "Oh it's the customers that want to go, not me, and my livelihood depends on it. Do you want me to lose my company?". Nobody knows what takes place behind closed doors, so as far as I'm concerned the guy enjoys the outing as well. This kind of infantile-level lies is what made me give up on relationships in Japan.
Westerners have different morals and are more advanced regarding gender equality (not talking about the atrocities taking place in America atm that are more man hate rather than fight for equality). Why do we have to pretend we fit into a society that is so disrespectful towards women? I used to buy into the whole "awesome Japan" kind of lifestyle, until I realized that while the country is gorgeous, making relationships there as a westerner is a one-way street: you either deny your western values and accept the abuse from your personal, business etc relationships, with all the psychosomatic consequences that will bring, or you go home. I have many friends who still live in Japan and they all have one thing in common: bad physical and mental health.
It's a tough truth I had to face living there and eventually I chose my morals and my values as a westerner.
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Who the hell downvotes comments? Hateful introverted drones who are in denial perhaps?
I found a nice 2018 article from the BBC documenting exactly that. Also actual interviews with producers of such material, where children under 6 are brought by their mothers to be photographed and filmed. I don't believe I can't link it on here, but look it up. It's called "Is Japan turning a blind eye to paedophilia?"
Now regarding the guy on the article, I'm sure they're gonna slap his wrists, just like they did with the Kenshin artist. A 1500$ fine and 7 months comic ban. This alone shows that nothing has changed, these are ridiculous punishments. I love how stuff became illegal in 2014 (!!!!!!!!) and only after foreign pressure and only because they were too scared to lose the rebuild-Japan-Olympics. I don't know what to vomit for first.
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I'm relieved most people in the comments section seems to have common sense.
Sadly, Japan is a country with an extreme amount of severe mental health cases that go untreated, due to the labyrinth of taboos their society holds on to. Also, it looks like it's the country with one of the lowest (if not THE lowest) communication rates in the "civilized" world, as in people don't communicate with each other apart from tatemae-level essential interactions, so primitive crimes like this make headlines every single day (not even mentioning the majority that stays unreported...).
It's honestly shocking reading the newsletter of Japantoday, I've never seen such gruesome crimes happening systematically in any other first world country. Worst of all, things in Japan change very slowly, so I'm not expecting mental health care or communication skills to thrive over there for at least a few decades more...Sad.
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Can we stop pretending it's the West that's producing the biggest amounts of environmental pollution? Even if we all stopped somehow, just places like China, where everything is unregulated and they produce crazy amounts of plastic, are enough to keep pushing the pollution to new levels. No one has the guts to confront them, Indian and other countries that the press avoids talking about...
While being respectful of the environment, I'm not going to feel guilty for existing and limit my entire life and waste time traveling on trains and boats, while half of the planet remains unchecked. This is all a pile of BS and it's about limiting the freedoms of western people more than caring about the environment. Just my two cents.
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Every country offers what the majority eats. If some people are gonna be picky about healthcare food, perhaps they should go back to their country or at least have the pocket to order different meals. You can't rely on a foreign country's healthcare and be super fussy about it, as if it's their mistake.
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Sure, eat insects, live in a cube, live your entire life on an annual subscription model, make do with the government monthly allowance, dystopia is here.
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Japan, the country of menhera. No one gives a damn about mental health awareness, so the umbrella solution is to resort to murder in case of doubt. The level of tragedy in this kind of crime is so high, my Western brain cannot even contain it. I can't imagine how the victim and his mother are feeling.
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Typical Japanese company attitude that wants free English work, as if English is the language of Mars or something. Studio Ghibli, stop being cheapskates and hire a professional translator.
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Looking at the crime section of this website, as well as my personal experience of the country and its people, it looks like Japan is a menhera country, a country full of mentally ill people who are not receiving any care. Mental health awareness, services and treatments are in a primitive state comparing to other evolved countries and combined with the traditional Japanese "group mind" mentality, where you're not encouraged to express your feelings or opinions in order to not upset the group balance, they end up with the most heinous crimes I've ever heard.
We're not speaking about marginalized (racial) groups in America living in abject poverty, with lack of education, substance abuse etc. These are the homogenous everyday Japanese people who are giving birth to babies in toilets and flushing them down toilets, or hiding them in attics every day, who are chopping their family members into pieces and shoving them into freezers, who are keeping the corpse of deceased parents in the next room for years, who are murdering 90+ parents, family members murdering each other daily. These are the people who won't discuss to resolve a complaint, but will show up to work with a baseball bat or a knife or gasoline to torch their company down. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this type of news is disproportionately prevalent in Japan comparing to other countries (unless again we're talking about marginalised groups, that's a different story).
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In the history they don't teach you in the U.S we learn about how Islam destroyed entire civilizations (e.g. the glorious ancient Greek one) just because they enslaved the country. After that, those countries never went back to normal. They're still decades behind other neighboring countries.
Instead of writing about sensationalist buzzwords, how about you document the weekly/monthly destruction of Christian churches all across Europe, especially in places like France? Churches are being desecrated, burnt down, the staff is mistreated by those you defend in this article.
No one said they're all like that, but sorry to say...stereotypes came to be for a good reason. People didn't just imagine it. A good number of them fit into the stereotype. You can't doubt the lived experience of people actually living in the countries or neighborhood stuff like that is happening.
If hippies in the US want to believe the average of that group is a Care Bear then so be it. See how it turns out for you.
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An openly Marxist organization that stands against the nuclear family and western values has no place in the western world. Even worse, they're hurting the same people they claim to represent. Just because the words of a sentence are true -black lives matter-, which is something accepted by most people, it doesn't mean the organization behind it is good. People have such low IQ these days they can't even make the distinction between the two. The rapidly decreasing quality levels of American education will help create even more dumb people under the sensationalist pretext that math is racist, classical literature is a remnant of colonialism or just not necessary anymore, classical music is racist etc.
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While Americans have always been notorious bullies, putting a halo on Muslims is hiding your head in the sand at best. Not all of them are evil, but a lot of them are and comparing to every other population on earth, their % of acting on their extremist ideologies is very high. Why? Because they're ideologues. Just read their books and history, the proof is out there if your eyes and ears are open. They know this all too well in Europe, because they had to fight them off to keep them from destroying all of Europe. They certainly destroyed the entire Greek civilisation irreversibly for 400 years and that alone says an awful lot.
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Not sure I got the entire context right but did this person suggest a reevaluation of publishing standards as a personal opinion, since certain manga wouldn't pass international standards, and they burned him at the stake?
It really bothers me walking into a combini and having all those heavy sexual images shoved down my throat. I wouldn't bring my kid into that store for sure. There needs to be some regulation and by that I mean not having such stuff on display, not just for kids but also for adults who don't feel like being subjected to all that imagery.
No censorship, but somehow make it work like in the west. Whoever wants the explicit stuff should go look for it in the right place. You don't casually walk down the street and see porn magazines hanging outside the kiosk anymore. It used to be a thing in the 80s-early 90s, horrible. Japan of course has the problem of minors being depicted in porn manga/anime, so I guess they gotta start from that, although there seems to be overwhelming support for the niche...
Japan is lightyears behind in certain things and this is one of them.
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This is supposed to be a website to promote Japan, not anti-Trump propaganda, but here we are. I'm neutral towards the politician, but referring to Hollywood and government pedo rings in a sarcastic way as if they're conspiracies makes you part of the problem, virtue signaling author.
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