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Posted in: Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at Japanese university See in context

Given that Waseda isn't a public library where general readers go to check out books to read (it's a research library), it would most likely be scholars of literature, sociology, history, translation, Japanese studies, etc. I'm not a "fan" or a scholar of his works, but he's made an enormous impact on the world of literature and his works have sold tens of millions of copies in dozens of languages and generated an economic impact that might top a billion dollars. Probably worth an archive at Japan's #1 university for literary research.

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Posted in: Tottori ultimate wagyu beef bento costs almost Y300,000 See in context

That's over 110 kilograms of of methane gas (which is 25 times more (CH4) potent than carbon dioxide (CO2)) to produce just the beef here...

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Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles See in context

Free market? Huh? There are tons of things regulated or forbidden for sale -- you sound like those stupid kids on the playground who punch each other and say "it's a free country!" "Freedom" refers to the right to compete, but always under regulations and the moral will of voters (in democracies, which Japan is).

Cultural relativists: it's also stupid to act as though

a.) because some people in Japan produce this that it's a sacred, respected, condoned part of "Japanese culture" -- go ask your Japanese neighbor or friend if they think this is cool. Do you really think anyone of them would think, "oh, these American barbarians don't understand our sacred Oriental ways?" Get a brain.

b.) "foreigners" or "Americans" have no right to contribute to the solution of a problem in Japan. A problem is a problem, and many of us live in Japan and have the right (legally and morally too) to contribute in positive ways to improving things in Japan. If I'm walking down the street in Japan and see a piece of trash on the ground, am I supposed to walk by it and say to myself, "These Japanese people should solve their own problems."

c.) related to the above, some on this forum argue that Americans have no right to contribute to the solution here, because there are problems with pedophilia-related crimes in the U.S. Huh? So even though I live in Chiba, where there were six attempted kidnaps in the last month (we got notice every single time through our kids' school), I'm supposed to shut up about pedophilia in Japan until the United States somehow magically resolves all it's problems? Again: huh? Look, a problem is a problem, and humans can work together to solve it. I'm not in favor of censorship, but I'm in favor of protecting children.

Let's get it straight: it's okay to work on local problems, even if you're on immigrant status. Pedophilia is a problem here, as it is most places. It's not a part of Japanese culture - it's illegal and not condoned by the vast, vast majority of people here. America and all countries have problems, but that's not an excuse for inaction.

d.) those of you who doubt the age -- okay, maybe a girl who looks 16 could be over 18 (or 20, the age of adulthood in Japan), but this article is talking about girls who appear to be in elementary school. That stuff exists, and there is no way a girl under 10 can have any clue what she's getting into when she's posing for pics like those.

I applaud the spirit of this article, and commend this mother of three for taking action.

Censorship and trade restrictions will not solve the problem alone -- counseling and education may help, in addition to law enforcement. But ask anyone who works first-hand in professional settings (psychology or law enforcement) with these issues -- they'll tell you that the child porn culture feeds the fantasies and is an abuse in itself.

Let adults have as much fun and enjoy as much sex in as creative ways as they want -- I'm not a conservative, but kids need freedom to explore their own sexuality as they grow into it.

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