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Posted in: 2020 Olympics to provide cozy jobs for over 1,000 ex-bureaucrats See in context

Incredible. Great article, guys.

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Posted in: Woe to any Japanese who disregards the World Cup See in context

Woe to those who aren't part of group-think in this country.

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Posted in: Japan fans curse 2 nightmarish minutes and Drogba See in context

Japan is lame in soccer. What a great result.

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Posted in: Man arrested after child's skeletal remains found in apartment See in context

Well, the article states that the father "was divorced" from the mother. Therefore, it's likely that he had custody and could legally keep the mother away. It's another example of why Japan's single-custody system must be changed to protect children.

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Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name See in context

Perhaps Hentai University would be a better name. ;)

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Posted in: Police suspect ASKA has been using drugs for long time See in context

Um, in English, I think it's called "ecstasy."

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Posted in: Farm tariffs to stay, Japan tells Pacific trading partners See in context

TPP sayonara!

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Posted in: No trash See in context

It's amazing how fast Tokyo can be transformed into a police state...

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Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25% See in context

It's also the fault of the country's culture of overwork. When someone is on the job 50-60 hours a week, not much time or energy left to make babies.

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Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims See in context

Funny, I work for a female boss now and she's terrific.

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Posted in: AKB48 creator joins Tokyo Olympic board; petition against him circulates See in context

Does this mean that Japanese female athletes will now be penalized for having boyfriends? Will they have to shave their heads in shame?

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Posted in: ANA pulls TV ad after online furor See in context

I find that Coco Juku "international wedding" ad worse. What is it implying - if you learn English you can "steal" the girl from the foreign boyfriend?

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Posted in: Tanaka looks ahead See in context

Tanaka will last maybe a year or two in the Majors. Then his arm will give out. All the overwork he experienced in Japan will come back to haunt him.

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Posted in: Flu season See in context

Why do the Japanese need "official" government recognition of everything? We know flu season has begun - do we need the government to tell us that?

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Posted in: Rakuten ace Tanaka to hold talks on U.S. move See in context

Well, MLB scouts are already worried about his arm due to overwork. I'd be reluctsnt to give him a long-term contract if I was a MLB GM.

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Posted in: Japan Today presents The Kong Show See in context

Love the Kong show! Mr. K is a great guy. Good luck with it.

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Posted in: Who's afraid of working women? See in context

@falseflagsteve Actually, the GDP would rise if more women not only stay in the workforce but also move into management positions. That would boost their wages, creating more spending power for essentially half the population that now has little. More women in the workforce could also conceivably reduce the amount of time spent by men at work, freeing them up for more time with their families. It's a win-win for everyone but would require complete cultural change in this country.

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Posted in: Which aspects of Japanese culture will 2020 Olympics showcase? See in context

Wasteful government spending and largesse? lol!

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers seek accords on abducted children See in context

@kimuzukashii "I'm sorry, but I stand by my opinion that babies and children in the vast majority of cases need their mother more than the father."

This is the most naive comment I have ever seen on this issue. Are you saying that fathers are unable to raise their children? Dads are just money machines while mothers are always better suited to raise kids?

What about MOTHERS who are abusive. In my case (and in many others) it was the WOMAN who was violent, abusive and emotionally unstable. Yet these are the people getting custody of the children.

Also, what about the many left behind cases involving mothers who have lost their kids. At least 20% of the abduction cases involve left behind mothers.

Japan's sole custody system promotes and supports these abductors.

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Posted in: Abe pledges global focus on women's rights in U.N. speech See in context

@Hardmentoughblokes You are wrong. Several studies have shown that more women would boost Japan's economy. Google Kathy Matsui's "Womenomics" report for example.

Here's a quote: "If Japan could close its gender employment gap, we estimate that Japan’s workforce could expand by 8.2 mn and the level of Japan’s GDP could increase by as much as 15%. Against a backdrop of anemic consumption, female spending trends have been relatively resilient."

And yes, birthrates have fallen in many countries, but not as fast as in Japan, where it's the lowest in the developed world. One quarter of Japan's population is already over 60. In the future, young people will face tremendous pressure to pay taxes and fund pensions and social services.

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Posted in: Fukushima clean-up costs expected to swell to Y5.81 tril See in context

Good the government is saving every yen too and not wasting billions on things like Olympic Stadiums... Oh, never mind. Just dig deeper into that dark debt hole.

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Posted in: Strong corporate support for Tokyo Olympic bid See in context

Great. How much are these corporations willing to pay for the multi-billion dollar facilities? Or are they going to let taxpayers foot the bill and just reap profits off advertising and product marketing. I would love to see someone do a story on how much a Tokyo Games would cost taxpayers.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves child abduction treaty See in context

Totally agree with the comments by Bruce and Patrick. The Hague is just window dressing. The real problem is the systemic denial of parental rights following divorce or separation. Until this problem is fixed, thousands of children in Japan will continue to suffer.

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Posted in: ONE World Sports to televise Yomiuri Giants games in U.S. See in context

Hey SFJP. MLB scouts actually say NPB is more like 4-A, not "poor quality AA baseball."

And yes, while Nishioka sucked last year, other former NPB'ers were good to outstanding in MLB.

Yu Darvish finished with 16 wins in his rookie season. After a slow start, he was 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his last eight outings. A 20 win season is not out of his reach in the future.

We all know how great Ichiro and Hideki Matsui were in MLB. But how about Nori Aoki? The Brewers are considering him as their leadoff hitter this year after a solid season, where he batted .288 with 10 home runs, 37 doubles, 30 stolen bases and a .355 OBP.

Hiroki Kuroda was the Yankees' best starter last year, going 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA.

Finally, Ryan Vogelsong and Colby Lewis were only average pitchers in Japan. But both went on to become stars in MLB. Vogelsong helped the SF Giants to a World Series title last season with excellent pitching in the post season.

The best might be yet to come from Japan though: Hiroyuki Nakajima. He should be a star this season as the Oakland A's starting shortstop.

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Posted in: Obama unveils $500 million gun control package See in context

Okimike... why don't you compare relevant statistics like these. Number of firearm homicides per country last year:

Japan 11 Australia 30 England and Wales 41 France 35 Greece 29 Ireland 21 Netherlands 55 Spain 90 Canada 173 USA 9,146

Need we say more? The US is a third world country when it comes to protecting its own citizens.

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Posted in: Scottish author's book details efforts to locate sons taken by Japanese wife See in context

By the way, there are many more cases of Japanese child abdcution on this website. Some of the examples are heartbreaking...


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Posted in: Scottish author's book details efforts to locate sons taken by Japanese wife See in context

AiserX: "It's my experience that often in marriages like these the foreign husband just so happens to be the domineering types. Which IMO partly explains why so often the child is "abducted" (oxymoron) away. Just looking at this mans intense gaze on that picture above makes me uneasy."

That is the dumbest comment I have ever read on this issue and it belies the racism that lies at the heart of this problem. AiserX, not all foreign husbands are the "domineering types." In my case, my Japanese wife was verbally and physically abusive... one time causing neighbors to call the cops in Canada because of her screaming.

Did you know that 20 percent of the abduction cases involved Japanese fathers and foreign moms? (One case is featured in that excellent movie From the Shadows). So should we count these foreign moms as "domineering types" too?

The bottom line is that Japanese parents know that they can easily abduct their children and flee back to the safety and protection of the Japanese government.

It's an international shame and a crime against children.

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Posted in: Mother, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Where was the father?

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Posted in: Man on flight from Japan held in LA after smoke grenade, leg irons, body bags found in luggage See in context

Do you people not read this story? Second line says the flight left from Kansai Airport.

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Posted in: Clint Eastwood mocked for Republican convention appearance See in context

So wait a minute. A guy takes over from the worst president in recorded history, who left behind two disastrous wars and the largest deficit ever, complete with a banking crisis, auto industry crash, jobs flying overseas, etc... and you expect him to fix the mess in four years? Without the co-operation of the House and Senate?

What more did you expect? In his inaugural speech, Obama himself said it might take two terms to fix all the damage done by the Bush years. Do you think Mr. company closer Romney would fare any better? What's his solution, more tax cuts?

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