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Posted in: Tokyo government to launch dating app to boost birthrate See in context

Oh, I doubt most people would be willing to toil through these government-implemented barriers. Users will required to …

Submit documentation proving they are legally single

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Sign a letter stating they are willing to get married

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Submit a tax certificate slip to prove their annual salary

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Sit for an interview will to confirm their identity

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Posted in: Shanghai lifts home-buying curbs to boost property sector See in context

people were required to live there before they could buy property.

The megacity also said it would reduce the minimum down payment for commercial housing mortgages to 20 percent, as well as permit families with two or more children to buy an additional home.

Tokyo might consider implementing some of these measures to “tamp down soaring prices and rampant speculation.”

I just sold a 15-year-old apartment in Yoyogi at a price that was 39.5% higher than what I paid four years ago. The cash buyer was the very first person to view the place.

Moreover, the buyer just finalized the sale of her current apartment in the same neighborhood in a buyout by a property developer replacing her apartment block with a large, pricier housing complex.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

It’s rather impressive how this young woman has thrived since escaping an abduction attempt in Tokyo by her Japanese mother 14 years ago.

At the age of 17, she bravely recounted the ordeal in a TED talk. Link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsBSOgROu1w

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Posted in: Brazil's Lula invites Kishida to eat his country's beef See in context

Brazil's Lula invites Kishida to eat his country's beef

Humorous headline, if not borderline inappropriate. But kudos for the effort.

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Posted in: Nissan stripped of eligibility for Japan tax break to boost wages See in context

Not only Nissan. Some of Japan’s largest companies are now giving big base-up increases (up to 15%) to its regular employees, but much smaller increases (a few %) to its Muki/Yuki (indefinite / fixed term) employees — extending the wage gap further.

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Posted in: Japanese drivers try to break through in Formula 1 but face linguistic and geographical barriers See in context

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XJjcxP7kEI

”Don’t touch my mustache.”

Hilarious!

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Posted in: Tokyo crowds revel as cherry blossoms reach full bloom See in context

Yesterday, I was walking through Kokyu Gaien National Garden, located between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, and those blossoms were still mostly in the bud. Not surprising, because Tokyo’s had so little sunshine over the past week.

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Posted in: Japanese high court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional See in context

… the lack of legal recognition of same-sex marriage is in a state of unconstitutionality … but did not amount to unconstitutionality at present

What does that mean?

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Posted in: Japan's Space One Kairos rocket explodes right after lift-off See in context

SpaceX prices just went up.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill to introduce joint custody after divorce See in context

This is the kind of thing that can be cleared up in joint custody hearings.

No family court officer is going to encourage any distressed parent asserting domestic violence, real or false, to choose joint custody. And rightly so.

If you’re the left-behind parent facing an unverified accusation, I doubt you would consider the matter to be “cleared up.”

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Posted in: Japanese male office workers experience simulated menstrual pain See in context

Many men gripe when women complain about the pain

That has not been my experience. Nor have I ever seen that occur or heard of it occurring.

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Posted in: Tourists banned from private alleys in Kyoto's geisha district See in context

Good luck enforcing that.

At the upscale Sembikiya cafe in Omotesando yesterday afternoon, a European family let their two children run wild throughout the establishment, causing one Japanese woman in her early 50s to finally scream 「うるさい」 (Urusai! (Be quiet!)).

I think many in Japan are tired of seeing their peaceful corners disrespected by discourteous guests.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to require firms to set paternity leave targets See in context

It's their right, perhaps they try to really enjoy before things really hectic for raising a toddler for coming years. That's not for us to judge.

First, I would argue that the first year of raising a child is the most hectic. Second, simultaneous parental leave is not an inalienable right. We in society determine what is best, and adjustments can be made if we feel abuses are common.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to require firms to set paternity leave targets See in context

In Japan, parents receive 67 percent of their monthly salary through employment insurance for the first six months after taking child care leave and 50 percent afterward, basically until the child turns 1 year old.

I know of one Japanese woman married to a Belgian man. Upon the birth of their only child, she took a year of maternity leave. He simultaneously took a year of paternity leave. According to her, he provided zero assistance raising their daughter during that time off (and even now). How did he spend his paternity leave? Apparently frequenting pubs, spending days at the beach drinking with friends, etc.

All this begs the question, “Is it really necessary for both parents to be off simultaneously for a year?”

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Posted in: Half of Japanese firms see another Trump presidency as risk, poll shows See in context

you're defending 

This is the problem with politics in America — it’s always “us” against “you.” Our team against your team. “We” need to defeat “you.”

Just like the CIA used to pit foreign countries against each other to weaken both, America is weakened by all the political infighting, some of which is incited by foreign players.

Americans need to unite by stepping around the garbage political pundits and online influencers continually use to repeatedly flame factionalism.

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Posted in: Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names See in context

There is a Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama, and in 2010 the National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura, Chiba) held a special exhibition titled “Japanese Immigrants in the United States and the War Era,” but Japan sadly does not appear to have a museum dedicated to recording and remembering its own wartime atrocities.

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Posted in: Japan's 'naked men' festival succumbs to aging population See in context

Salacious headline. If the men were “naked,” they wouldn’t be wearing white loincloths.

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Posted in: Hafu: Dating as a ‘half Japanese’ woman in Japan See in context

I have discovered great merit in partnering with someone who can understand your full self. For example, if you are half and you date someone who cannot fully relate to all that you are, the relationship becomes difficult because you essentially have to repeatedly explain yourself or oftentimes keep quiet instead. If you partner with someone who can fully relate to your multicultural self, communication becomes so much easier and life becomes so much more enjoyable.

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Posted in: ‘I never lost a fight against a man’: The story of the only woman to join Japan’s notorious yakuza See in context

she ran prostitution and drugs businesses

We shouldn’t celebrate violent women who run prostitution and drug businesses and extol self-amputation.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike asked to stop plan to remake park, baseball stadium See in context

I support the proposed plan to preserve the vista of Yoyogi’s ginkgo-lined street, limit the height of buildings around those trees, and transition to three stadiums/grounds (from the current number of five), thus increasing open space and greenery percentage.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland apologizes for Minnie Mouse skirt-lifting incident See in context

And guess what? Even now that I'm older, some men still try to do this to me when I'm wearing a skirt.

I am not intending to be impolite, but I question the truthfulness this statement. If @girl_in_tokyo Is not an outlier, we’d see skirt-lifting happening occasionally in everyday society. And we don’t.

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Posted in: Global warming casts cloud over Winter Olympics future See in context

Why not have Tokyo host a Winter Olympics?

Tokyo has all that new infrastructure created for the 2020/2021 games. Since the city did not get much benefit from those games, perhaps it should launch a “low-cost, for-profit bid.” If we can virtually guarantee a profit, I would support a bid. But only if a profit would be nearly certain.

Los Angeles is the only host city that realized a profit from the games, mostly because the required infrastructure already existed, according to “The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games” by the Council on Foreign Relations.

What about the weather? Sochi was the warmest city to have hosted a Winter Olympic Games, with overnight low temperatures of 4 C on average in February, and average daytime highs of 10 C. Tokyo’s February low/high averages are 2 C and 11 C, respectively. Like in Sochi, skiing and other outdoor events could be placed at higher elevations outside the city — Nagano perhaps.

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Posted in: IOC lines up French Alps to host 2030 Winter Olympics and Salt Lake City for 2034 edition See in context

Why not have Tokyo host a Winter Olympics?

Tokyo has all that new infrastructure created for the 2020/2021 games. Since the city did not get much benefit from those games, perhaps it should launch a “low-cost, for-profit bid.” If we can virtually guarantee a profit, I would support a bid. But only if a profit would be nearly certain.

Los Angeles is the only host city that realized a profit from the games, mostly because the required infrastructure already existed, according to “The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games” by the Council on Foreign Relations.

What about the weather? Sochi was the warmest city to have hosted a Winter Olympic Games, with overnight low temperatures of 4 C on average in February, and average daytime highs of 10 C. Tokyo’s February low/high averages are 2 C and 11 C, respectively. Like in Sochi, skiing and other outdoor events could be placed at higher elevations outside the city — Nagano perhaps.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

The price was set between 7,000-9,000 yen.

A much cheaper and less invasive option for those with high sex drives and good communication with their partners might be a free period-tracking app, like Flo, to alert you of days when the chances of getting pregnant are high and low. Has worked well for me!

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Posted in: Cargo ship operated by Japanese firm seized in Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi group See in context

Larr Flint

WHAT WAS THE CARGO? 

WHAT THIS SHIP was CARRYING?

then you will get your answer why it was taken by Iranians. 

Of course the ship will be released after the CARGO will be looted.

Desert Tortoise

Based on what I can find on maritime websites it was carrying cars and trucks from Korfez, Turkiye to Pipavav, India.

No cargo was on the vessel.

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater actress' suicide due to overwork, bullying: lawyer See in context

The apparent toxic culture inside Takarazuka Revue is one reason I don’t attend their shows.

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Posted in: Creator of fake Kishida video says 'little joke' took 1 hour to make See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll, @Peter Neil

So surprised to see these comments opposing political satire, which has been around for at least 2,400 years. The ancient Greek dramatist Aristophanes, sometimes called the father of comedy, satirized Athenian leaders and their conduct of the Peloponnesian War.

As @aaronagstring emphasizes, “People need to lighten-up.”

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Posted in: Creator of fake Kishida video says 'little joke' took 1 hour to make See in context

Hiroyuki Fujishiro, a professor at Hosei University who specializes in social media, said, "It is difficult to see through a shrewdly made fake video at times of emergency such as during war or natural disasters."

Professor Fujishiro, we’re not at war or suffering from the impact of a natural disaster.

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Posted in: Ex-Chiba police inspector gets 13 years for raping two women See in context

@ Leo T

13 years is quite a bit for a crime like this

Really? And the guy below did not even have the rank and responsibility of a police officer.

Apr 25, 2018

*A court sentenced on Wednesday a 29-year-old former reporter for public broadcaster NHK to 21 years in prison for raping three women.*

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/25/national/crime-legal/former-nhk-reporter-sentenced-21-years-prison-series-rapes/

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Posted in: Ex-Chiba police inspector gets 13 years for raping two women See in context

Only 13 years!?

He not only raped these women but he also brutally attacked them with a knife and threatened to kill them. He abused the public trust accorded police officers.

A longer sentence would have been more just.

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