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Posted in: 56% of hotels in Japan bar visitors with tattoos from bathing facilities See in context

Accept the cultural difference, folks. Don't expect everything to be the same as in your country when you travel. Also, do your research before you travel so you won't be disappointed.

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Posted in: Ready or not, Japan on the way to becoming a nation of immigrants See in context

Japan does accept immigrants and has done ever since the Meiji Era. The country just does it gradually, at its own pace. That's the only way it can succeed in older, established cultures.

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Posted in: Japan Inc supports bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll See in context

Social stability is far more important than economics. Study Europe carefully Japan before you make their mistakes.

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Posted in: Japan announces changes to refugee system See in context

Japan is quite properly looking after its national interest. Fortunately, it has always refused to be swayed by the mostly western siren call to open its doors to every economic chancer. The appalling situation unfolding in Europe confirms the wisdom of Japan's policy. What's more, whinging gaijins on this site aside, most people abroad now agree.

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Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories See in context

I never buy Made in China goods if I can help it.

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Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France See in context

I imagine that many of the contributors to this debate are foreign residents who are married to a Japanese national. Some will have children who go to a Japanese school and are blending in happily with the host society. This organic (for want of a better word) assimilation is the only way that immigration can be a success in any country, I believe. Such gaijin are (usually) accepted by the spouse's family and by extension the larger society. They become family. By and large they respect and appreciate Japanese culture as in many cases that was what attracted them to this country in the first place. Contrast this benign trend to Europe's disastrous policies where huge numbers of people of very alien cultures and religions were encouraged to come, solely for economic reasons. Naturally, they grouped together in ghettos, some determinedly ignoring or despising the host nation's customs and way of life. Japan is doing the right thing by its gradualist approach.

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Posted in: How do you feel about couples who get amorous in public places? See in context

No objection, as long as they let me take part.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers? See in context

Ever since the Meiji era Japan has been wise enough to learn from other countries. The disastrous consequences of uncontrolled immigration from hostile, unassimilable cultures should ensure that this country will avoid the calamitous mistake made by European countries.

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Posted in: As Japan burns more coal, climate policies under pressure See in context

China's hypocrisy knows no bounds. It is China's air and seaborne pollution that is exacerbating Japan's environmental problems, not the other way around. Or don't the Chinese know that the prevailing wind and sea currents travel from west to east?

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Posted in: Russian breaks koban glass, hoping to be sent home See in context

Don't forget he has to pay for the broken window, as well.

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Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market See in context

It isn't just beer. What about the ludicrously high price of butter? Now Japanese producers here say they can't keep up with demand and there's shortage. Why don't they import it from New Zealand and other producing countries such as Ireland?

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Posted in: Erdogan says Islamic explorers discovered America 3 centuries before Columbus See in context

If I was Turkish I'd be embarrassed by this clown.

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Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success See in context

“...after drinking delicious coffee, you want to smoke tobacco”, says Sekiguchi. After reading that comment I want to punch the geriatric on his insensitive nose.

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Posted in: Diana Ross to tour Japan for first time in 19 years See in context

With that voluminous hairdo she'll have trouble getting through the stage door here.

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Posted in: Longtime anti-suicide crusader patrols cliffs of Tojinbo See in context

This reminds me of Beachy Head on the south coast of England. Sadly, a few years ago a Japanese-English couple jumped with their disabled son. There's a special phone box there run by the Samaritans, a volunteer counselling organisation. Is it active in Japan?

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Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution See in context

It's bad PR for Japan at a time when it needs as much international support on weightier issues it can get.

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Posted in: Japan insists no mystery behind skulls at Chicago consulate See in context

There are so many inconsistencies in this report that it's difficult to know where to begin...

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Posted in: Consultant urges 'one-of-a-kind' immigration policy for Japan See in context

I'm a European, Kyushubill and I've lived in Japan for decades. All Europe countries bitterly regret their reckless policies of allowing mass immigration. It wasn't meant to be that way; Germany, for instance, invited in "gastarbeiter" thinking they would go home after their contracts expired but lo and behold most of them stayed put and didn't return to their countries when Germany's economy went into recesssion. As you point out, Japan's bureaucracy isn't the most competent so it is unlikely to do a good job in this regard. Better to downsize the economy to match the declining population. At least then the country will still be their's.

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Posted in: Farm tariffs to stay, Japan tells Pacific trading partners See in context

Harrington-san, China wasn't a topic of the article granted but my comment was about food quality, raised on this forum. Japanese consumers are willing to pay a premium for food produced by Japanese farmers. They trust it as safe and of high quality. Due to several incidents of contamination, Chinese agricultural products are generally shunned. Price isn't everything in an advanced country, especially when it comes to food and many Japanese (my wife, for one) are worried (rightly or wrongly depending on the case) that implementation of TPP will result in lowered standards re pesticides, hormone use in beef (a concern shared by European consumers about US beef), etc.

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Posted in: Paul McCartney cancels remaining concerts in Japan See in context

Here's an alternative explanation from your sour, cynical opinion JoshuYaki. He's got more dough than you can ever dream of having so he isn't doing it for the money. He just loves performing and playing his music. Maybe he even has some nostalgia for his Beatles days. What's more, plenty of people, young and old want to see and hear him live. You wouldn't have made such negative comments, would you, about Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald who continued performing to the end.

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Posted in: Farm tariffs to stay, Japan tells Pacific trading partners See in context

Howard Stern's right. I'd add that, most importantly, Japanese agriculture is superior to polluted Chinese food. Even Chinese consumers agree on that.

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Posted in: Consultant urges 'one-of-a-kind' immigration policy for Japan See in context

Mass immigration? Don't do it Japan (unless you want to commit cultural suicide).

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