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Posted in: Couple at center of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty over fraud See in context

Meanwhile, another couple at the center of the ABE cronyism scandal gets away with it completely. Business as usual.

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Posted in: If you have not yet retired, at what age would you like to retire (if at all)? Do you think you would get bored with retirement? See in context

As a student, I haven't even started my working life, so I guess it'll depend on how I find it. My grandparents both have fulfilling jobs that they love, with my grandfather still working at the age of 80. I'd like to find something like that, but I also like the thought of a longer, chill retirement to do with what I want :)

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Posted in: The South Korean film "Parasite" won four Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture. Yet, foreign-language films with subtitles have a hard time drawing mainstream audiences in English-speaking countries. How do you feel about films whose dialogue is not your native language? Do you like watching such films with subtitles? See in context

Coming from a small country, I haven't had much choice about it haha. So I'm very used to subtitles and appreciate them. There are great movies from all over the world, and I definitely find subtitles preferable to dubs.

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Posted in: Top court upholds fine on designer for child porn computer images See in context

Soo... I guess he had actually pornographic images of children, but that's fine? Priorities....

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Posted in: The surprising truth about cheating on one's partner in Japan See in context

You're not single if you have a bf/gf! It's such a weird distinction and not the first time I've seen it from Japan.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

A bit weak, but it's better than nothing in Japan I guess. The flexible way of working is a bit of progress too.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

What a non-apology. Nothing new there.

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Posted in: What are your highest hopes for your life this year? See in context

Finishing my Masters and finding a good job.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Luckily I've been having a pretty good year, so nothing really stands out as 'worst'. Some positive highlights are summer vacation in Japan and finding a new apartment.

Happy New Years everyone!

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Posted in: Fewer than 900,000 new Japanese babies this year for first time on record See in context

Many Japanese men and women want to change the status quo - men want to be more involved with their children and women want to do other things than being at home. The problem is mainly the way businesses are being allowed to control their employees, with tons of overwork and long working hours, usually for the man in the couple, since you almost can't run a household with two people working that way. There are also incentives to keep it this way from the government, like the tax-breaks someone mentioned further up. The people in charge seem like they don't wanna handle the real issues, Womenomics is a joke.

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Posted in: Asakusa: A guide to Tokyo’s traditional and spiritual downtown See in context

I stayed in Asakusa for the first time this summer and absolutely loved it. It's a great area.

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Posted in: Washington pulled apart by partisan divide over 'facts' See in context

I'm really impressed by how well this comment section proves the point of the article.

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Posted in: Japan to keep pushing coal in developing world despite criticism See in context


What's fake about it? That Japan is being criticized or that they are backing coal?

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Posted in: Rethinking of gender roles is a prerequisite for raising Japan’s birth rate, experts say See in context

@Burning Bush

Sorry, but that doesn't match Japan's history at all. In pre-industrial society, gender roles were less pronounced throughout most of the population, many children or not. You needed everyone helping as much as possible. Of course it was a different story for much of the rich elite, but they've always been a tiny percentage of the whole population.

With the Meiji restoration, the gender roles of the elite were being spread to other classes, and after WWII they solidified into what I guess you mean by traditional gender roles, meaning wife at home, husband at work. With this nuclear-family, fewer children became more common. However, for many this was still an ideal, a fairly large percentage of Japanese women still worked in some capacity.

It's a big mistake to think Japanese women have fewer children and work more because they're selfish and immature. Most women do want kids, but there isn't the time and money needed.

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Posted in: Zero-hour on climate, but U.N. talks in another time zone See in context

Just came from another article about one-day-delivery from companies like Amazon, which have bought jets to keep up. This kind of consumerism will need to stop, people will have to accept sacrifices like that.

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Posted in: A recent Jiji Press survey showed that about 10% of Japanese people in their teens and 20s do not watch television, with the majority saying they find video-sharing and streaming sites more attractive, or it is more fun to play with smartphones and game consoles. How much television do you watch each week? See in context

Haven't had TV since I moved out on my own, and when I visit the parents and watch a little, I don't miss it one bit. Like the people here, I prefer streaming or gaming.

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Posted in: Single? I'm self-partnered, says British actress Emma Watson See in context

You can think what you will about the term, but I think it's important to make people aware of the fact that they are whole people by themselves, you don't have to have a partner to be complete and fulfilled. Of course it can be a great thing to have, but it seems like a lot of people want to be with someone just to be with someone. In my view, it's a good thing that celebrities like Watson brings attention to this issue.

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Posted in: Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40% See in context

They're doing the same thing at my partner's job, and he's not completely happy about it. To him, a 3-day weekend is too much - he says he almost goes into vacation-mode and has a harder awakening on mondays. This change also happened at the cost of flexibility with things like remote work and working hours, so it isn't for everyone.

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Posted in: Trump says he will make Florida his permanent residence See in context

Seems like the infamous "Florida Man" will get some competition...

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks currently on the market? See in context

I just love Umaibo.

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing part-timers into employee pension system See in context

I think it's a good idea. More and more Japanese, especially women, work part-time or contract and it can be hard to go full-time. It's just the new reality.

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Posted in: Busty blood drive anime girl artwork not recognized as sexual harassment by Japanese Red Cross See in context

I wouldn't call it sexual harassment, but as a woman I would feel pretty awkward being offered this as a thank you-gift...

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Posted in: Lawmakers eye restoration of ex-imperial members to ensure male succession See in context

Let's see Abe's response, if he's really serious with his Womenomics and making a "society where women can shine."

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Posted in: 5 classic Japanese horror movies to watch See in context

I've read Murakamis Audition and it was great, maybe the movie is worth checking out too.

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Posted in: What do you think about diplomatic immunity? See in context

Sorry, @cracaphat. That was an awkward typo, not my intention.

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Posted in: What do you think about diplomatic immunity? See in context


I wasn't talking about that case, didn't mention it at all. I was answering the question put forward about diplomatic immunity in general. But this particular case is one of the reasons I mention the need for regulations.

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Posted in: What do you think about diplomatic immunity? See in context

I understand the reasoning behind it, and do think it is somewhat necessary. The problem is that there are too many instances of it being abused. Foreign ambassadors seem to be especially bad when it comes to things like speeding and parking tickets. I think there should be some sort of regulation so it couldn't be abused like this.

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Posted in: Jolie good time See in context

Japanese singer and actor Miyavi is in the film too, a little surprised they didn't use a picture with him included.

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Posted in: Women treated as eye candy in films even when they play leaders, finds study See in context

It's so great to see all you men talk about how this is a waste of your time...... As a woman, this comes as no surprise to me. Most of what popular culture has taught me is I have to be hot and servile to men to succeed. I'm glad to see people talk about it, because it does affect me and many others around me. You sound so incredibly narrow-minded and selfish with some of these comments.

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