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Posted in: Gonoi attends White House ceremony for women of courage award See in context

Amazing, congrats to her for her courage!!!

How ironic that most comments here are not about the substance but about the outfit.... I wonder if the discussion steered in the same direction if it was about a male award recipient...?

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Posted in: Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects See in context

Good for them, it's their land and they should decide. They suffered enough throughout the history.

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Posted in: Ukraine-born Miss Japan relinquishes crown after reported affair See in context

You mean the married man was hooking up with a single woman?

deanzaZZRToday  06:44 am JST

Not a good look. My first reaction was "Who cares" until I saw she was hooking up with a married man.

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Posted in: Swiatek, Pegula reach Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals See in context

Bravo Iga!

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving newborn son in toilet bowl where he drowned See in context

Such a sad sad story. Wondering where was the father, you need two to make a baby.

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Posted in: Cancer-suffering doctor helping terminal patients die with dignity See in context

@Paul Wishing you the best results on Monday! Best of luck to you, stay strong!

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Posted in: Wegovy, other weight loss drugs ‘no silver bullet’, says WHO amid obesity review See in context

Yes, eating healthy amount of food along with exercise is effective in over 90% cases. And yes, healthy eating and exercises, though sound easy, are not. In fact, having self discipline to control the amount of food one consumes is pretty difficult these days. Imagine, say, 70 or 100 years ago (or more), if you wanted to eat a cake you had to bake a cake. Sugar wasn't probably super cheap either. You wanted bread, you had to either bake it yourself or buy at a bakery, but how many bakeries were out there a century ago? The 24h food availability makes it hard for people to resist.

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Posted in: Female member of gov't panel brings baby to meeting at PM's office See in context

How about loving and caring father? Also, as you mentioned a place with bacteria and viruses, let's talk about preschools. Every parent knows unless it's one of those absent, conveniently "overworked" fathers who has even no idea where his kid's preschool is located.

BroncoToday  07:09 am JST

The best place for the baby to be is at home, in a comfortable environment with a loving and caring mother.

The workplace is loud, unfamiliar, full of viruses and causes stress for the mother and baby.

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Posted in: New BOJ head says banks stable; rules out major policy shift See in context

No surprise, two grandpas... doesn't look like any fresh ideas coming anytime soon

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Posted in: Newborn infant’s corpse found at sewage plant See in context

You need two to make a baby, I wonder where the father was? Was he involved in the baby's death? Was he by this woman's side during the pregnancy? Maybe yes, maybe no... we don't know...

Fighto!Today  09:28 am JST

Rest in Peace.

I cannot think of a more callous and sick crime. Karma will catch up with the woman.

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Posted in: 'Don't blame women': Japan birth rate drive sparks online debate See in context

Yes and no.

Yes because it's true the world run like that for centuries.

No because if you look at the human history, not much has changed between its inception until, say, beginning of the 20th century in terms of how much women had to say. Before then women were completely dependent on men, both financially and in terms of social standing. In most instances they were not even entitled to inheritance. Since mid 20th century it's a completely different story. Independence and a possibility to control child birth through medicine were a game changer, and so now for them to have kids they need to actually, consciously want to have them. Therefore yes, career opportunities, economical satiation, partnership in the relationship are the core factors.

Sven AsaiToday  05:00 pm JST

Neither in history of mankind nor currently in countries with the highest birth rates you’ll find something like sharing household work, career women or a highly developed and booming economy or people having any money for things that lure them out of the bed like smartphone gaming , leisure activities or traveling here and there. No, for hundreds of thousands of years the men went out on hunting, the women cared about home and children and when the men returned there wasn’t anything interesting other than immediately make the next babies. Yes, that sounds extreme and isn’t transferable to our modern times and society, but still it gives you hints and something to think about and error correcting.

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Posted in: 'Don't blame women': Japan birth rate drive sparks online debate See in context

No, not there. It's actually quite opposite, look at the birth rate in poor countries - it's always higher than in developed ones. Money is not a factor, if someone wants to have children they will have regardless of the income.

Many women do not want to start a family simply because they feel they will have to choose between work/career on the one hand and children/husband on the second one. And that is due to 1. male oriented society with uncooperative husbands unwilling to share chores and child care, and 2. inflexible and kind of hostile work environment for those ambitious women who want to get promoted and be successful. Seems like you can't have both in Japan if you're a lady.

SDCAToday  04:30 pm JST

It's neither the women nor the men's fault. Has nothing to do with values or gender or whatever you want to blame it on because one thing worked at one point in time or another.

Some point to economics, arguing the country's long-stagnant growth discourages couples from having babies.

There lies the problem.

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Posted in: An organization has sent a petition with 11,127 online signatures to prosecutors seeking a reduced sentence for Tetsuya Yamagami, who has been indicted for the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and asking that they consider Yamagami's upbringing and his mother's massive donations to the Unification Church in his trial. What's your view on this? See in context

Second that!

Mr KiplingJan. 29  07:16 am JST

Only 11,000? I think the majority of the population would support a light sentence considering the circumstances and the light now brought on the cult that will save others from the fate of Yamagami's family.

Whoever is collecting signatures needs to get more publicity.

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Posted in: Infant’s body found in Yokohama park; 20-year-old mother arrested See in context

Wonder where was the father? Maybe the guys from the comment section who accuse her of being a horrible mother know?

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting college student in car See in context

People who rated the comment below that is has more negative than positive clicks... Blows my mind! So obviously true observation made by name_not_important

name_not_important Nov. 23  07:18 am JST

Horrific for this girl, and to make it worse, he denies it. A very brave young woman to come forth.

Less than 40% of women (I'd say less) never report sexual assault in Japan (more than half that of most Western nations).

There are elements of Japanese society that encourage sexual assault (the ancient laws, manga, porn, the sexualisation of young girls, TV etc.). Radical change is needed to better protect Japanese women.

There are a few support sites (thanks Girl in Tokyo).

If anyone knows of more I'd like to know:

http://spring-voice.org/english/

https://en.opentheblackbox.jp/

https://sarc-tokyo.org/

https://lhj.jp/english/

https://www.flowerdemo.org/

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Posted in: Abe attacker tried to draw attention to church: analysts See in context

Michael MachidaJuly 22  06:13 pm JST

Why did you have to attack anyone? This was his family issue. Not ours.

If a cult group scams thousands of people then this is not a single family issue but our issue as a society, or government issue. Same as Ponzi schemes for example, that’s why they are legally regulated and prohibited.

I also do sympathize with Yamagami, as a human being I think you can’t not feel sorry for him for what he went through in his life. And his isolation is not only his or his family problem. It’s a social issue, especially evident in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan extends detention for Abe's accused assassin See in context

divinda, I was scrolling through all your recent comments, always on point. Thanks for contributing based on facts and in a meaningful way

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Posted in: With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle See in context

sakurasuki I think they put him on a life support and were waiting for his wife to arrive so that she had a chance to see him one last time.

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

Guys talking about the rules make me tired honestly... Did the student know the rule? What was it exactly? We should see her picture first to judge...

Point is, there should be no such rule in a first place. Schools are to teach kids to learn and solve problems and not to tell them how to look. I went through blonde through red to black hair color in my HS years and finished my education gradating from the top university. What's on your head is really not that relevant. What is in it - yes.

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Posted in: Shooter signaled Abe killing in letter to Unification Church critic See in context

For all those saying the shooter had plenty of time to move on with his life... well that might have been true if he came from a functional family and had some support system around. It's a lot easier to be a good citizen if you come from a good environment and loving family. Here however, according to the media reports, the shooter father committed suicide when he was a kid followed by his brother sharing the same fate some years later. Mother neglected the kids going for months to South Korea. In a country where everyone minds their own business and is reluctant to help even a neighbor it might be really hard to get out of this negative mind bubble people find themselves in and stay alone for years. It spirals deeper and deeper and later it's just too late. Not excusing the shooter, he should and will be punished. Abe didn't deserve to die. But life is not black and white and to be honest I feel this is a big tragedy for all humans involved. Btw, yes, this cult group and its ties to politicians are sickening.

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