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Posted in: Japanese schools banning nicknames, mandating use of '-san' divides opinions See in context

One less chance for kids to exercise judgement and develop their own moral compass.

Ah, Japan, sweeping the genkan while the house burns...

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Posted in: Tokyo medical school ordered to pay 13 women over exam rigging See in context

Women mature earlier than men and therefore they do better at college entrance exams. Some kind of adjustment can be justified at medical schools or we will be seeing more dermatologists and ophthalmologist and fewer surgeons and ER doctors.

Perhaps that's because girls here are largely raised to be "sensible", while boys tend to be pampered and get all the attention. I'm generalizing, of course, but as a parent, and having worked in the school system, I've observed this trend again and again.

"Boys, be ambitious! Girls, B minus!"

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Posted in: 18,000 police officers to be mobilized during Biden's visit to Tokyo See in context

One of my friends mentioned to me that Japan has the highest police to citizen per capita in the world, with Tokyo being exceptionally high. Didn't check the stats but I can easily believe him.

Personally, I'm sure I have noticed a significant increase in their numbers over the past year or so, at least in central Tokyo.

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Posted in: 18,000 police officers to be mobilized during Biden's visit to Tokyo See in context

Hasn't the Tokyo Metro PD been in a state of "high alert" for...like... the past 10 years?

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

While I have no objection to keeping my home power consumption as low as possible, for the sake of both the environment and my utility bill, I resent the onus being put on the individual. Japan in general, and Tokyo in particular, is easily the most over-lit place I have ever encountered. According to the season, either heat or air conditioning blast out of open shopfronts, benefitting no-one. Train cars, packed with commuters in winter coats, are heated to the perspiration point.

The responsibility needs to start with the public and commercial sphere, who are both clearly the main offenders and very effective at setting the "tone" for the citizenry.

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Posted in: Canada wins gold in women's speedskating team pursuit after Japanese skater falls See in context

Hopefully the Japanese online troll army doesn't drive her to suicide.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop vandalism case against singer Onitsuka See in context

Why was this "news" in the first place?

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Posted in: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push: minister See in context

I know the initial costs are high, but is there any other reason that Japan is not exploiting its geothermal energy?

I admit I don't know much about it, but it would appear to the lay observer that this country is (literally, in some cases) bursting with it.

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Posted in: Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter' See in context

I've watched his last three specials, and despite being a long-term fan of his, I felt his trans jokes in the first one were kind of uncharacteristically hacky and out of touch. Not really hateful or anything, just lazy throwbacks that seemed kind of beneath him. Other than that, there were some funny bits.

Then, if memory serves, he spent a good chunk of the second special defending himself in the manner of a middle-aged man who's had his pride compromised, and most of the third doing more of the same, while detailing his heroic friendship with an untalented trans comic who reinforced his belief in the righteousness of his cause before she was driven to suicide by the fallout.

It was all a bit cringey, and I don't remember laughing once.

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Posted in: Japan's universities tightening background checks on foreign students See in context

The last time Japan's universities were at full capacity was 2009. A shrinking university student aged population creates an oversupply of universities with spare capacity. That leaves only 3 options, the number of universities needs to decrease, or the income and therefore salaries and services at the universities decrease, or the spare capacity is made up by foreign students. 

How about lowering the barriers to entry for domestic students – not making them devote their last two years of high school almost solely to preparing for the entrance exams, for example – but actually make them attend classes, pay attention, and maintain a reasonable academic level once they're in university?

A novel concept, i know...

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

A lot of pedestrians seem to have adopted the strategy of "If I don't look, then it's YOUR responsibility to avoid me." This plays out on sidewalks as well, with the smartphone zombies and those who just stare at their toes.

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

@borscht I think you've hit on something there. I believe it's cultural, too, but I think the notion of status also plays into it.

I have noticed that a high percentage of those inconsiderate, entitled drivers are men of a certain age who would have grown up at a time when simply having a car gave one a sort of "big shot" status. I also see this sort of attitude in people who drive for a living.

This is reinforced by Japanese pedestrians' tendency to defer to drivers, even when they have the right of way. Power, even this petty version of it, seems to be almost unconsciously regarded as inherently legitimate.

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Posted in: No texting please See in context

Pukey2, that seems to be a weird form of assertiveness here, with the bonus that one is not responsible for what one "can't" see.

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