Martin V comments

Posted in: What’s the minimum amount of money Japanese women want their husbands to earn? Survey investigates See in context

Seems to me that it would be hard to get by anywhere in the industrialized world on just 5 million yen a year, if one is trying to support a family.

In such case, it's really sad to hear that people are so spoiled.

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Posted in: What’s the minimum amount of money Japanese women want their husbands to earn? Survey investigates See in context

On the whole, however, I find the basic premise sexist that men are chosen as partners based on their income.

Above else, it's just lame. Why I am I supposed to respect anyone's supposedly romantic relationship, if in reality, that relationship is nothing but an unofficial business contract?

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

All confirmed cases in Japan are hospitalised if possible. Even those with minor or no symptoms

I'd just add that "used to be", but exactly - the explanation to such statistics should be as obvious as it can possibly get.

It has hardly anything to do with the quality of the medical services.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

That’s a very vanilla outlook.

Aka it's the actual meaning of dignity and personal integrity, which the (modern) society has pretty much collectively decided to eradicate, given that it would make the majority of people feel ashamed and guilty about their personal weaknesses.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

Shouldn't have to state the obvious, but if the act involves two consenting adults and is done in private, then yes it is private business.

I was actually talking about the essence of the term "perversion", which doesn't have any inherent connection with illegality or public displays.

In other words, there are just legal P's and illegal P's, but the acts of those legal P's are pushed under the rug by using that bogus phrase of "private business", to muddy the waters.

Yet a non-public setting doesn't make those sexual acts any less perverse. (I'm trying not to be too explicit, to keep it as family-friendly as possible).

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

And there are some extremely vanilla people out there.

Yep, you can be sure about that. Haters gonna hate (as my few previous downvotes probably suggest) but there ARE definitely people around (especially in Japan), who deliberately refrain from intimate relations, in order to stay emotionally pure and to protect their conscience from all the deranged kinks of the moral hypocrites.

A truly respectable person stays at least reasonably respectable also in the bedroom, otherwise he/she is just a brazen con artist (in case he/she pretends to be a dignified person in public). But if that person is upfront about those kinks, then it's an extenuating circumstance.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

Well no, they are different things that often overlap, and law is regularly influenced by morality.

In an ideal context, for sure. But at least for a religious person, the (Western) society is actually full of legally acceptable perversions, because in the end, it's pretty much just a subjective classification (unless it's directly derived from a supernatural authority, such as God).

In addition, there are countries around the world, where the legal age is actually 21, while some others allow more "adult" privileges already since the age of 16. This threshold has a scientific basis only to a certain degree.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

It's been baked into law that this is an illegal perversion, as society has dictated it's unacceptable

Sorry for the previous unexpected false reference, but morality actually supersedes law. E.g. some kind of sick tyrannies could have all kinds of deranged laws (as a general comment, not anyhow alluding to that peeping issue), but these laws don't have any authority whatsoever to determine the essence of morality.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

This guy was a sick pervert, simple as that.

Yes, you are probably right. But there's no inherent reason to call people who are e.g. engaged in "non-orthodox" bedroom activities with any other name... Yet due to illogical social dynamics, that kind of thing is accepted as someone's private business.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

Hmm...the automatic reference was wrong.

@Vanessa Carlisle (11:16 am) would be correct.

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Posted in: Man suspected of filming up girl’s skirt jumps to death from 20th-floor apartment See in context

StrangerlandToday  11:21 am JST

it seems all he got to see was her underwear, something people get an accidental glimpse of every single day. 

Umm...every single day? I have no idea how that could possibly happen. It sounds like a rare occasion to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

I do not understand why people do not stay home during this pandemic my British friend took her 2 small children along with her husband on a trip.

Perhaps because they would be fired? Even when the schools are "closed" and children are at home, the teachers still have to go there EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and just sit there all together like mannequins, as if desperately waiting to get infected.

But if you refer to travelling and going out, there's a very simple answer in Japan: the government hasn't told them not to do this (and actually on the contrary, encourages them to travel), so therefore "it must be safe" tells the Japanese mind.

400 daily cases

Government: Emergency!

People: Oh my! It's horrible! It's a disaster!

800 daily cases

Government: No worries, it's fine.

People: Oh, it's safe! Let's go drinking and travelling!

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Posted in: At least 20 dead, 14 missing after floods in southwestern Japan See in context

Japan has been cursed by its weather and geology. There's always one catastrophe happening after another...

Such a beautiful land, but so dangerous :(

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

 I also sometimes think that were Japan and China to come into conflict the South Koreans would side with China against both Japan and the US.

The relations between SK and China aren't actually as rosy as many commentators here seem to think. SK was hit pretty hard by China's "unofficial" economic sanctions only a few years ago (due to the THAAD controversy), the Koreans are also annoyed by the Chinese pollution that keeps messing with their air quality, and they are upset with the Chinese version of Korean history.

That said, they'd probably side against Japan, but there are a few reasons why they wouldn't go against the US (e.g. they certainly haven't forgotten the Korean War).

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

There's a reason for that; China's not communist.

If you listen to the rhetoric and propaganda of the CCP (e.g. "people's war against Covid") and check their symbolics and conduct (e.g. during the CCP congress), then you'll find that they are still as communist as it can get.

Though for sure, in economics they've pretty much embraced crony capitalism, because they saw what happened to the Soviet Union (due to its planned economy), and got afraid.

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

Um, no. Canada's economy is the world's No. 10. However, three above it are grouped under the single Eurozone. China is No. 2 but out because it's communist. Canada clearly belongs in the "G-7."

The Eurozone is totally irrelevant here. All European countries are sovereign and, for the most part, make their own economic decisions.

Thus, Canada would belong to the G7 mainly because it's a decent, responsible country, not so much because of it's economy.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

Correct version:

Labeling racists as 'Racists' might not be convenient to the racists.

Funny how many of these "racists" would never even imagine that they are "racists", because they actually feel no animosity towards other races.

But of course, it's always very "mature" to call other people arbitrary names.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

Labeling racists as 'Racists' might not be convenient to the racists.

Funny how many of these "racists" would never even imagine that they are "racists", because they actually feel no animosity towards other races.

But of course, it's always very "mature" to call other people arbitrary names.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 47 new daily coronavirus infections on Sunday See in context

Okay, just joking. But really, they have such things? I thought all Japanese women were afraid of sex.

There are plenty of "Westernized" women in the larger cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka. This rather controversial underbelly exists without a doubt, but at the moment, such institutions are the perfect breeding ground for Covid.

However, life in the smaller cities feels very different and "tame".

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Posted in: Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

They were waiting too long with revoking the emergency in the Osaka region, and now they are jumping the gun (too early) with opening up the Tokyo region.

Kanagawa is still a bit of a mess, not under proper control. The original date (until May 31) would be totally fine for the Tokyo region. This last week of May isn't going to save the economy, but it wouldn't destroy it either.

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Posted in: Japan mulls ending state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures See in context

It's fine to end the state of emergency as long as people are willing to be responsible (themselves) and considerate (with others) regarding getting exposed or exposing others to the virus.

Yeah, it might be true on paper, but in real life, it's obvious that you should never ever expect everyone else to be responsible and considerate.

We just had a perfect example: only a short while ago, South Korea recorded less than 10 new cases for several days in a row....until one particular "party guy", who visited a nightclub after nightclub, came about and messed things up again.

As a result, SK is now faced with a new wave of infections, with around 30 new cases each day.

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Posted in: Japan mulls ending state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures See in context

@Tokyo-Engr

Even though the 0.5 new cases per 100,000 most likely doesn't express what it's supposed to express, one can still use these figures as a "unit X" to compare the situation in different prefectures.

And in such case, it only requires the data to be skewed across the whole country based on similar criteria (e.g. that the vast majority of asymptomatic carriers remain undetected in every prefecture, because only individuals with clear symptoms - and perhaps also their close contact persons - get tested).

So based on this, especially Kanagawa, but also Hokkaido and Tokyo quite clearly "outperform" the other prefectures still under emergency.

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Posted in: Japan mulls ending state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures See in context

We should continue to protect the old and people with weak immune systems but it makes no sense to quarantine healthy people and destroy the economy.

Ok, we can obviously make a distinction, whether someone is "old enough" or not, but how exactly do you define "healthy"?

This is pretty much an arbitrary label.

Though in any case, the impact of the virus seems to be significantly influenced by the genetic constitution of a particular person, not whether we officially define someone as "healthy" or not (as if it were an indisputable general status).

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

This is legally possible -suing China in China - because you can’t sue China or a sovereign nation in the US or any other country; there is the doctrine of state immunity. Taking China to court in its own court...not going to expect much results.

"The ball is in their court" is just an expression (idiom), actually. I didn't mean a literal judicial court. Because yeah, suing China in relation to the virus would quite probably be a rather hopeless initiative.

Though Australia could still at least take the retaliatory Chinese economic measures against them - just because Australia dared to ask for an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid - to the WTO, as a violation if its trade rules.

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

China covered and WHO collaborated. They’re still not going to pay. What are you going to do? Seize their assets? Treat China like North Korea?

It's about time to start treating China as the rogue actor that they are. The West is full of spineless CCP apologists who have sold themselves out for dirty Chinese money. The world must take a stand by boycotting Chinese products themselves, by publicly refusing their illegal claims to the SC Sea. It's about time for the US to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation and to stop being as spineless as the EU.

If you take the ball to the Chinese court, then it's up to them, how exactly they will respond. They have a perfect chance to be a valuable, fair, and important force for good on the global stage. And yet they have nonsensically chosen to be a pariah - but if they so desperately demand such treatment, then the rest of the world must give it to them.

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

Several commentators here don't seem to understand even the basics of a causal relationship (i.e. cause and consequence).

IF the CCP hadn't covered up the virus and its traits, and IF the WHO hadn't actively collaborated with China and reproduced its propaganda, THEN Trump, Abe, etc, wouldn't even have had the chance to mess up their response to the virus...

Because umm....you can only mess up your response to an international outbreak IF there is an international outbreak in the first place.

Is it really so hard to apply some basic logic before commenting here?

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

If we are Americas lapdog and want to destroy the WHO effort to fight the pandemic, at least our master should give us a bone

AND if the WHO had actually tried to prevent this pandemic, instead of repeating obviously fake CCP propaganda, then we wouldn't even have any kind of pandemic to fight against.

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

Almost all the countries underestimated and didn't take the virus seriously thinking it was just like SARS or even weaker and won't reach them.

Gee...I wonder, how to explain this? Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the WHO still claimed there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission at least 3 WEEKS after Taiwan had warned them about this!?

And how are you supposed to "take it seriously" if you are attacked for blocking travel even from the epicenter of the outbreak??

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

If you feel safer inside, then just stay inside. You can go about your life and maintain a safe distance, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and not touch your face without a government order.

@Sam Watters

No, you can't. If you are forced to go to work day after day, even if you have absolutely nothing to do there...or otherwise you will most likely be fired, then it's literally IMPOSSIBLE to reduce social contacts by 80% (to protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus).

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

@smithinjapan

Yeah, "State of emergency" in name only. Everything still open if the owners choose it, with no penalties if they operate between the "recommended" hours. I love how they feign surprise though when announcing new highs in infection and deaths "despite the measures taken to combat the spread"!

Unfortunately, things will be getting really bad now. I really don't want to say this, but I just have to: the Japanese people are always shocked if smth happens (which was "written in the stars", by all means), because an average person seems to have an absurd inability to analyze available data and to do some proper research on his/her own.

They closed the schools, basically overnight, with 20-30 new cases per day - and opened them with 200-300 cases per day!? Why? Because the government told so! But how about using your own brain for thinking, for a change?

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