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Posted in: Israel declares war; goes after Hamas fighters and bombards Gaza See in context

It’s so comfortable to call rockets from Gaza to Israel ´terrorism’ and air strikes and land invasions from Israel to Gaza ‘targeted executions’ and ‘defense’. Truth is, if both countries had an army it would be a war, but it isn’t. It is a conflict with disproportionate means and casualties and Palestinian civilians dying at over ten times the rate of Israeli, stuck between a powerful occupation army and idiot extremists that flourish in desperation, rage and poverty.


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Posted in: Centenarians in Japan hit record 92,139; women account for 88% See in context

I am sure people 100 and above strongly contribute to the progressive and global views of Japanese society, remembering their 20s when Japan was so close to foreigners like Germans and Italians and many very active interactions with most Asian neighbors…

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 87-year-old ailing mother See in context

Maybe newspapers can finally stop stigmatizing the unemployment status, which is inevitably indicated in the first line of these news as if it was an explanation, at least when it appears very clear that taking care of the mother was the guy’s main occupation and reason for the dramatic situation.

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Posted in: Man, daughter found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Trapped, if he was unemployed it would have been written on the first line as usual. Retired is the most likely status, or the current job would have been mentioned in the second or third paragraph. Which is also why we can assume the daughter had some disability, or her job (or lack thereof) would have been indicated as well for sure. We need to use a Sherlock Holmes approach to understand what actually might have happened based on the information included or not in the article and on the usual writing standards and omissions of the journal.

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Posted in: Portrayals of duality: 'Hafu' in the media and popular culture See in context

I think aside from using or not hafu, it would be great not to use race / biracial / racially mixed / etc.

People can have mixed heritage, different cultural backgrounds and physical appearances, but not different races.

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Posted in: 30-year-old man arrested over murder of grandmother See in context

Please stop, stop writing «unemployed » in the first line as a nudging explanation but never ever

« doctor » or « teacher » the same way. We know literally NOTHING about the family and their relationships, please stop using unemployment as an easy way out from doing some actual journalism and explain what happened.

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Posted in: Over 140 Japan-born foreign minors to get special permission to stay See in context

Nobody is talking about citizenship in the article. Just the basic human right of being treated as anyone else and access healthcare, education, without discrimination and fear of being deported - to a country one might not know the language nor culture of - as a minor born and raised in Japan. Yes there’s only 33 countries giving citizenship by birth, but over 180 countries allowing legal residency of minors born in the country until 18 (when usually one can then ask for citizenship based on having spent over 10 years in the education system, for instance).

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Posted in: Over 140 Japan-born foreign minors to get special permission to stay See in context

Convention on the rights of children (minors of 18):

States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.

Japan is part of the convention and still tries to pass the partial respect of a basic human right for a kind gesture, and “this time only” as the Justice Minister says.

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Posted in: Smart girls don’t marry? Japan rushes to erase stigma for women in science See in context

« The country is on a mission to close the gap. »

No it isn’t.

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Posted in: 45-year-old man arrested for fatally stabbing father after being yelled at See in context

And one more time the magic words from the first paragraph, “unemployed” is the only explanation everyone needs to be happy with their own life. Doesn’t matter the actual story behind, he’s 45 and unemployed and that’s enough for Japan.

Japan Today please stop writing the occupation status only when the person committing a crime is unemployed. Some actual journalism would be welcome.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of common-law wife See in context

And it’s always ‘unemployed’ that is announced from the beginning as if it explained everything, never ‘salaryman’ or ‘engineer’. When the person has a job is either mentioning vaguely much later in the article or not at all. But those unemployed people, oh that is why…

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Posted in: Do you think Japan is more politically stable than the United States? See in context

It’s not stable, it’s fossilized.

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Posted in: Japan orders ex-lawmaker YouTuber GaaSyy to return passport See in context

He never showed up in the parliament or in Japan because going to prison for a YouTube video would be very stupid, but exactly what would happen to him if he comes back. Smart to stay there.

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Posted in: Microsoft adds AI tools to Office apps like Outlook, Word See in context

It would be great if they could focus on making sure the basic functions of Office softwares actually work instead of adding AI to something that doesn’t have I.

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Posted in: YouTuber-turned-lawmaker expelled for missing Diet sessions See in context

“In December, Japanese police asked GaaSyy to undergo voluntary questioning on suspicion of defamation and extortion in connection with his YouTube posts, according to investigative sources.

The police searched several locations linked to him over the allegations in January.”

Maybe those criticizing his refusal to come back in person are not familiar with how fast he will be put in prison when he does.

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Posted in: 1 in 4 still to wear masks in Japan despite eased COVID rules: survey See in context

It gives me infinite sadness that many Japanese continue to act like there isn’t a rest of the world outside that is actually living in 2023, without masks and surprisingly alive. 195+ countries, and maybe 3 still wearing masks. And when Japanese are in one of those 195+ countries, they absolutely do NOT wear a mask. Traveled to 12 places from Japan this year, not once I have seen a Japanese wearing a mask until asked to do so inside the flight coming back to Narita. But here, the show goes on.

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Posted in: When the new mask guidelines kick in, what should you expect? See in context

Meanwhile, literally everywhere else in the world (okay except China)…

Nobody has been wearing masks for over a year, including none of the Japanese traveling abroad. Who is this pantomime for?

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Posted in: WHO fires Japanese director in Asia, accused of racist misconduct See in context

The funny thing is that he’s probably still convinced that Japan did better than those countries he looked at from above, while it’s simply not true.


And it was virtually impossible to get tested in Japan for at least the first year of pandemic unless you were coughing your soul out, while other East and South East Asia nations were tracking (and counting) cases carefully. But we had Abenomasks and a superior culture, nothing could beat our pure country.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves proposals for Japan immigration law changes See in context

« a new supervisory system in which individuals are temporarily allowed to take part in socioeconomic activities under the care of nominated supporters or supervisors »

Basically you can choose between deportation or slavery. Welcome to Japan.

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Posted in: Olive oil in coffee? New Starbucks line a curiosity in Italy See in context

“I’m not a big coffee fan, that’s why I like to try drinks like this.”

Exactly, on one side, coffee and on the other side, drinks like this. Not coffee.

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Posted in: J.League looking at switching to autumn-spring season See in context

A change in the youth football calendar in line with the J League calendar would dramatically change the destiny of many young players, as currently due to the Relative Age Effect over 80% of the players in the youth squads are born between April and August, while players born January-March are virtually non existent.

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Posted in: J.League looking at switching to autumn-spring season See in context

It would be interesting to know how the youth football calendars would then adapt (or not) to the new schedule, as high school tournaments are still extremely important and the age cutoff and league timeframe coincide with the schools April-March year.

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Posted in: Foreign entries into Japan surge 12-fold in 2022 See in context

« Foreign entries into Japan in 2022 still less than 13.5% of 2019 figures »

Fixed it.

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Posted in: Bomb threats sent by fax to colleges in Yamanashi, Ibaraki, Hokkaido See in context

My son was also sent back from his Junior High School in Tokyo today because of a threat. Our conversation when he arrived home:

Me: “I am sure it was a prank but I know it wasn’t you or your naughty friends “

Him: ”How do you know for sure?”

Me: ”School said the threat was sent by fax”

Him: ”What is fax?”

Me: ”Exactly.”

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Posted in: Man sent to prosecutors over murder of 3 family members See in context

Has anyone noticed how in the crime articles we never get the job mentioned in the first lines (or at all) unless it’s “unemployed”, as if that was an explanation of anything gruesome to follow, but people find it “unbelievable” that they killed someone if the person had a job.

This week alone, seven articles about people killing people, the three where the killers were unemployed it’s immediately mentioned in the first line with the name and age, the other four it’s either casually mentioned somewhere else much later in the article (“he was a company employee “) or not mentioned at all, like here. Very conservative and deterministic approach to crime news.

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Posted in: Do you think having female quotas in college admissions, government and company management positions is reverse discrimination against men? See in context

Quotas are usually a last resort solution to impose the end of an existing discrimination or at least guarantee a limit to the existing discriminatory practices: ideally they shouldn’t exist, but the reality says none of the other measures are taken to ensure women of the same competency as men are given their due by colleges, companies and governments. Thinking that in the current situation in Japan quotas might discriminate against men is surreal, as men enjoy at the moment a wildly discriminatory culture against women. Unless you think that the low percentages of women in the places were quotas might be applied is due to women’s lack of capacity or just to random chance. In that case, you probably also believe in Santa, merry Christmas.

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Posted in: Our aim is to ensure that people line up in an orderly fashion on both sides of the moving stairway. See in context

If you pay attention, there’s banners reminding us that we are already not supposed to walk or run on escalators in Tokyo too. Same as people over 13 are not supposed to use their bicycles on the sidewalks. By law. Truth is, Japanese only abide by the rules they want to, and do as they please for the rest. As long as everyone follows, it becomes an unwritten rule and no law can beat the natural instinct of the herd.

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Posted in: More than one in three Japanese working women in survey would rather be housewives See in context

Considering 70-80% of salarymen are unhappy about their work, this is a very stupid survey and would only be interested if the same question was asked to men too. Truth is, it’s a culturally and gender biased question from which no conclusions should be taken if not that the stereotype of housewife as an alternative to work (and not an addition to work) is still alive and strong. Everyone knows that the question really being asked is “do you actually want to be only a housewife?” instead of working and being also a housewife anyway.

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Posted in: The ups and downs of being ‘half Japanese’ in Japan See in context

@REDwhiteblue the only reason why children with mixed heritage need to choose one (nationality, obviously they can keep their cultural heritage) is because Japan obliges them to.

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