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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Japan considers showing again to the world that despite having one of the highest infection rates on the planet they are afraid of foreigners bringing and spreading something that is already here, and massively so.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church See in context

The title should read « Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers recognize they had ties with Unification Church » 

This is the result of a survey, and as in the joke about women being asked if they know who is Rocco Siffredi half of them said yes, the other half smiled.

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Posted in: 72% of survey respondents say border controls reason for not visiting Japan See in context

It would be nice instead of the PCR for incoming people to see Japan do like some other countries - like Rwanda - and impose a corona test to outgoing travelers for a ‘zero export’ virus policy.

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

@ILLYad

« Considering we evolved to be raised by two sexually dimorphic parents over the course of millions of years? Yes, it probably does matter. The data on children raised without a father figure is a devastating repudiation of this belief that it doesn't matter. »

You have the right to prefer the image of a father and a mother you probably grew up with, but I can assure you that it represents a very small, recent and heavily religiously distinct form of family in the history of humanity. Most social organizations in most times and places in the world, including today, have complex kinship and pedagogical relationships in which the role of the biological parents is only a part - if at all - of how children are raised. The fact you do not know the existence of anything else than 1950s inspired American families does not stop history and contemporary society to be much more diverse.

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_assignment

For those of you who talk about biology as if humans were living in caves and eating raw food to act according to nature, I suggest to read the History section of the Wikipedia page on sex assignment.

And yes, it’s not a problem for 99.4% of people, but it’s the same for having red hair and you don’t see courts refusing parental rights because of the color of their hair…

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

@SAME# sex is assigned at birth, yes, and while it’s usually an ´easy’ job to do that (and is different than later gender development, though mis assignment can influence it) statistically you can still literally fill Tokyo stadium with the number of people who were born with sexual characters that made assignment difficult. Even with conservative ‘zero point zero something’ estimates, there are at least 70,000 people in Japan alone that were born with ambiguous sexual organs. Biology 101 might not be enough if you want to seriously discuss sex and gender.

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Posted in: War-displaced Japanese on Philippine island stand up to claim roots See in context

"I realized people never (easily) forgot these incidents," Inomata said.

As they were not incidents but systematic occupation and war crimes and touched all people in the region (and other countries…), they were passed on with history, oral or written. Only the descendants of those who committed those crimes have the luxury of forgetting them. For those who suffered them, forgiving is possible. Forgetting, never.

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Posted in: At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church See in context

“The emperor’s new clothes” come to mind:

‘Two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of state matters. Posing as weavers, they offer to supply him with magnificent clothes that are invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent. The emperor hires them, and they set up looms and go to work. A succession of officials, and then the emperor himself, visit them to check their progress. Each sees that the looms are empty but pretends otherwise to avoid being thought a fool. 

Finally, the weavers report that the emperor's suit is finished. They mime dressing him and he sets off in a procession before the whole city. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear inept or stupid, until a child blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all. The people then realize that everyone has been fooled. Although startled, the emperor continues the procession, walking more proudly than ever.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls by record 726,342 to 125.93 mil in 2021 See in context

“Deaths at an all-time high of around 1.44 million”. Nothing to do with the epidemic of course, which has been managed brilliantly thanks to the superior cultural habit of hiding the head in the sand.

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Posted in: Lawyers decry ban on 'menacing' eyewear at Japan prison See in context

And let’s underline the fact that the ‘menacing’ guy is in prison for a traffic violation, not exactly for mafia crimes. And that the reason for taking his glasses away is both because he could look threatening to others and/or the others could bully him. So basically they don’t really know why, but they just think he doesn’t deserve to see.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

“the Korean Peninsula, which has been split between the totalitarian North and democratic South.”

The South was a totalitarian state at the very least between 1961 and 1988.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize Turkish Kurd as refugee after appeals court ruling See in context

I guess those saying he would be better off in Kurdistan are sarcastically pointing at the fact that Kurds are a people without a land.

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Posted in: The thinking that homosexuality is some sort of illness was rejected years ago, so the clear inclusion of such a passage is, to me, an expression of prejudice and animosity. See in context

@paul first of all there’s over 450 ‘creatures’ that engage regularly in homosexual behavior, some of them exclusively (for instance a good 10% of domestic sheep males refuse to engage in sex with females but do so with other males). That been said, human behavior is not ‘natural’ in most areas of life, otherwise we would be living in caves and eating raw food and probably wouldn’t use fax, which is to me the most unnatural behavior Japanese still engage in. So I don’t see what ‘normal’ means in relation to the human habits, when Japanese can’t even agree on what’s the ‘normal’ side to stand on an escalator between Tokyo and Osaka.

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Posted in: Thailand betting on 'boys' love' tourism boom, especially among Japanese travelers See in context

« Thai BL dramas often conclude with a happy ending ». I am sure the writer is proud of this little wink at those who put together homosexuality and sex tourism in Thailand, of which many seem to be in the comments here. Considering the extent of the sex industry in Japan, it is interesting to see how many associate BL dramas and Thailand to sex tourism, as if one would associate Korean romantic dramas to prostitution in Seoul.

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Posted in: Japan to host G7 summit in Hiroshima on May 19-21 next year See in context

And I bet one family jewel, not both but one yes, that other G7 citizens will still not be able to enter freely the country.

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Posted in: Nadal survives Wimbledon scare as COVID forces Berrettini out; Serena loses See in context

While there is no obligation to test, and most athletes at Wimbledon are vaccinated and far from being at risk, Berrettini acted in a very responsible way and self-tested after the first symptoms, renouncing to the world’s top tennis event where he was among the top 2-3 candidates for winning.

I have tons of colleagues and friends who clearly had covid in Japan but never tested for fear of being stigmatized and, god forbid, lose a day at work, where they kept going every day commuting in crowded trains. But I still have to see the Japanese make a sorry face and step back when I say I have family in Italy (though I haven’t been there myself recently) as if it was some kind of virus hell with irresponsible people.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese yakiniku chain introduces Vtuber meat delivery robots as staff See in context

Anything but immigration and having to interact with actual human beings, I guess is the devise of the country. Hope the robots can pay taxes and social security and support Japan pensions system.

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Posted in: 'We must change': Japan's morning-after pill debate See in context

"There's a strong paternalistic tendency in the medical world. They want to keep women under their control."

I misread ‘medical’ as ´medieval’. Or maybe I was right.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

I wonder if the change of the legal age in Japan to 18 will allow kids with dual citizenship from birth to file suits before they are supposed to choose. At the very minimum that would oblige the court to suspend the obligation until the ruling is given.

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Posted in: Japan test tour by 4 Thai people canceled after COVID infection See in context

Negative at departure.

Negative on arrival.

Positive after three days in Japan.

Sure, the incubation period. But might it be that with one million declared cases in the last 30 days, of which absolutely none tested because of a sore throat, Japan has nothing to worry about foreigners bringing something that is already here?

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Posted in: Japan to resume accepting guided foreign tour groups from June 10 See in context

So tourists, Japanese and foreign residents coming (back) to Japan will be in the same airplane, coming from the same ‘blue’ place, with the same vaccination and negative pcr tests, into a country where the virus is endemic, but the tourists need to have different rules because…?

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister hints readiness to aid N Korea over COVID See in context

Japan will contribute its strategy that has proven successful : close bars at 8pm (probably not something to worry about in North Korea), do nothing else, don’t ask don’t test.

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

« Juntendo University said in 2018 that it had raised the bar for women in the exams in order to "narrow the gap with male students" »

« Tokyo Medical University, admitted it had systematically lowered the scores of female applicants to keep women in the student body at around 30 percent »

The Japanese idea of narrowing the gap between male and female students is interesting. Keep less prepared men, in higher percentage.

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

@fish10 as long as you have a pcr test with the required information the government form can just be attached and signed by anyone human or animal. I had mine signed by a Turkish Airlines staff because despite the PCR in English from a French hospital printed and stamped and signed by the doctor she said “they only care about the government form signed”. The time before, coming from a different country, I had gone through the pain of visiting the Japanese embassy with my government-stamped PCR in English with QR coda and all and they just attached to it the Japanese government form ticking the corresponding cases and writing ‘yes it’s a government issued PCR’ in Japanese. Last time I left on a Sunday and the embassy being closed before I got the PCR results I just printed the Japanese form, ticked the right cases and signed it myself to ‘certify’ it said what it said.

The important thing is the PCR itself, although of course Japanese don’t think the same or they would get tested regularly too, since the virus is abundantly present here.

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

“Japan effectively imposed an entry ban on nonresident foreign nationals in late November”

Never tired of reminding it: Japan imposed an entry ban on nonresident in February 2020, including seven months in which it was applied to residents as well, and with the exception of three weeks in November 2021 (in theory, but in practice it made no difference because nobody could receive the visa and enter the country in that short period of time). It is now and by far the longest running ban on foreigners outside China/North Korea, only one in the G7, and wildly unjustified when there have been 50,000+ positives per day in the country for months now, and with a testing limited capacity (or will).

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Posted in: Over 407,000 on entry waiting list as Japan eases border controls See in context

“Since late November, only a fraction of nonresident foreigners wishing to enter Japan had been granted entry as exceptions.”

Not since late November: since February 2020.

Do you think 400,000 people who are eligible to live here just cumulated in a couple of months?

Aside for a window of three weeks last November, the ban has been in place for two full years, and just to let in all those who have already the right to enter Japan it will take another full year.

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Posted in: Limited Japan border easing stirs hope, worry for foreigners See in context

Also, in my plane today there were four (4) foreigners out of 243 passengers, which makes the Japanese coming back from abroad 239. Whatever you think about the two years of border limitations, I can tell you the variants didn’t enter with a foreign traveler.

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Posted in: Limited Japan border easing stirs hope, worry for foreigners See in context

Writing this from Haneda, March 1. Process improved a lot in terms of speed, not because anything changed in the content of the checks (ok, no more hanko but just a pen check, a major improvement) but because of logistics and organization having adapted with experience. Still a hundred checks.

The surreal thing is that now one is better off coming from a country with hundreds if thousands omicron cases (3 days at home) than from a country where there’s not enough omicron cases (7 days at home, can be shortened by taking a PCR on day 3). So coming from a country that manages better its pandemic response is a disadvantage.

Needless to say, the vaccination Catch-22 is there: you can skip quarantine if you have the 3rd shot, but you can’t have the third shot if you live in Japan and your second shot was less than 6 months ago.

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Posted in: South Korea's presidential race puts misogyny in spotlight See in context

@Ossan Korea ranks 102 in the Global Gender Gap report, Japan…120.

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Posted in: Japanese court orders damages over forced sterilization for first time See in context

No wonder the government will appeal, as some people were there at the time the law was still enforced and if it was for them, it still would be…Deputy Prime Minister, how are you?

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