shouldn't all of you be blaming the mother of the child and her relatives and not the government? they should bear the brunt of your indignation.
and this is a key line in the article that many of you willfully ignore:
But as she started saying she wanted to go home, the center concluded the abuse was not serious and ended her protection as of Dec. 27 that year so she could stay with relatives.
the gov't released her to her relatives, not the father. and the relatives actually agreed to give the girl back to her parents 2 months later. so did the system fail or did her mother and relatives fail her?
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this tight labor market is benefiting me already. my company just started allowing all employees to work from home twice a week. and microsoft yesterday announced a 4-day work week. hopefully all these benefits will trickle down to many other firms.
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I think a lot of people don't understand transgender because even they don't know what being one is. Some transgender people completely "cross" over, and they have no problem with having surgery to remove all of their former gender. But some transgender people only dress the part or get hormone treatment, etc. So how do you classify these people? 1/2 Trans? 3/4 Trans? It gets so overly complicated so why not have just one definition like Japan and the majority of the world has? The author, and some commentators make it sound as though japan is unique or barbaric to have this law, but this is how gender is viewed in the vast majority of the world.
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surprising to see such negative comments on something the gov't is trying to do...you complain when they don't help and complain when they try to help. is it any wonder why even foreigners hate foreigners?
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but elin essentially divorced her wife when she became transgender since the marriage was registered between elin's former name and midori. i just don't get why elin expects her marriage to remain legal since japan doesn't recognize gay marriage. fine, change your gender, be happy but don't expect your life to be exactly the way it was before if you chose to live in japan.
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Yes it is, look what's happened in Canada
So you actually believe that Canadians who were antigay marriage before it was legalized suddenly welcomed it? That's hogwash. Most Christians will never change their minds about this subject.
Ms. Ogawa was trying to say that if she had been legally married at the funeral then suddenly her parent's friends would not have asked questions or would have been accepting of her lesbian relationship . That's BS. Those people who acted like arseholes still would've stuck their nose up at the arrangement. Making something legal doesn't necessarily make it acceptable to all of society. That's my point.
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Ogawa said many relatives quizzed her on who Oe was.
She explained: "I was tired, sad, and in such an extreme situation it was agonizing to explain that we are a lesbian couple, that we are the same as a regular heterosexual couple."
wait, you don't need a marriage certificate to explain to your parents and their friends that you are a lesbian with a girlfriend. this has notihng to do with the main issue here. and legalizing gay marriage isn't going to suddenly make people more accepting of gays. look what's happened in america.
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if it's a person's initials, then what's the problem? this is PC culture gone too far. people need to grow thicker skins or learn to ignore the small stuff that doesn't really affect them.
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Gone With the Wind not in the top 5? 100 times better than that H. Potter rubbish.
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Typically if someone is THAT drunk the should be a hell of a lot easier to subdue!
not really. usually the more drunk someone is, the more agressive and dangerous they become once pissed off. it's called liquid courage, or in this case liquid idiocy.
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and a Koban on every second corner, and brand new police cars abound
what does that have to do with catching burglars? lots of the kobans are just one-man operations.
the combined population of ota and suginami wards is over one million people. throw in yokohama and you have several million people. it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
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in other words, it's just a big, fat vending machine.
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If this case makes it to trial I would be shocked.
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the honchos at sekusui better start stretching their backs because the bows and apologies are gonna be raining down soon.
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I don't get it. So many of you rail against Japanese parents being so reckless with their children (e.g. not buckling them up in cars, not placing helmets on them while biking , etc.), but when one of their reckless actions causes the death of their child, suddenly it would have been unjust to prosecute them. FYI a 16 month-old child is old enough to sit in a bike seat and definitely old enough to wear a helmet. This was a preventable tragedy on so many levels if the mom had any common sense.
So I'm not sure she should have been charged with manslaughter, but at the bare minimum reckless endangerment of a child.
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offer economic plans that benefit all citizens and will win over swing voters.
you mean like the one's the republicans passed that benefited the rich and corporations?!
violent and bully tactics of ANTIFA
unlike the peaceful tactics of white supremacists.
racism against whites
wow, i mean it must be so hard to be white, and male, these days. the suffering that you must go through on a daily basis is unheard of compared to people of color and the lgbtq community.
How sad the corruption and demise of the formerly working class Democrats.
how sad the total capitulation of conservative values by republicans. you used to be the law and order party, but you have given trump carte blanche to run his mobster-like presidency without the checks and balances of the house and senate. you no longer care about free trade, about being the beacon on the hill, or about international organizations. reagan is turning over in his grave right now.
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for those of you who are advocating putting her in prison, i'd like to see you care for a mentally disabled son for for 49 years, and for the last ten years that child was bed-ridden. i'm sure you'd change your mind after a few weeks!
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this hiring system works in almost every developed country, but some japanese people think it can't work here? give me a break. what's needed is year-round hiring, the ability to be promoted based on skill and not seniority, and hiring middle-aged workers to fill in any gaps that a company has. i could go on and on.
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dumb question but can okinawa secede from japan? because honestly that is the only solution. electing all these governors who will try with "all their heart[s] and body[ies]" to withdraw the bases from okinawa has done, and will do, nothing. the governors are trying to give the impression of the "immovable object meeting an unstoppable force" scenario, but that's a false premise. the central government has the power to do whatever it wants whenever it wants. when push comes to shove, the immovable object will be moved.
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i can just imagine a drunk oyaji punching one because it couldn't understand what he was saying.
but joking aside, i see this as a positive development. and just throw in a translation function so it can help foreigners, too.
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let me guess: not listening to them= the baby was crying and wouldn't stop.
does moron and moronette have any clue about birth control? 3 kids in 3 years answers my question.
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the tax is meant to "ease congestion," but that is the exact opposite of what the government wants, which is to double the number of tourists to japan. and one way to "improve tourist services" is to make more affordable lodging available. this tax does neither. so that means it's going into some bureucrat's and his crony's pocket, like the company that printed the leaflet made by the city.
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Why is it the government's fault that this woman did this? It's ridiculous to assign blame here since you have no idea about this woman's situation. And do you read the news from other countries? You seem to always imply that this only happens in Japan. No, it does not.
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smithinjapanToday 04:31 pm JSTSorry, doesn't help. Still not going to get enough volunteers so long as you expect them to do everything and pay for it, too.
well then it really wouldn't be "volunteering" then would it. the spirit of volunteering isn't that you get anything of value in return. it's being a part of special once-in-a-lifetime event. i think the free food and (partial) reimbursement of travel is fair enough. all you people deriding it are just being cynical (as usual).
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ThomToday 11:33 am JSTCouldn't he shot the suspect alive?
if someone is coming at you with a knife within close proximity (inside a koban), i doubt if the first thought in your mind would be, "where can i shoot this person without killing him?"
and i don't think any amount of martial arts training is going to protect you when an assailant is sitting next to you and surprises you with a knide.
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you make some fair points but then you throw these illogical statements at the end:
By bringing in more and more people like this and not increasing wages.... Japan will eventually be reduced to the 3rd world country all the foreigners are coming from. Especially if the companies that employ them do not modernize and increase productivity.
even with these additional foreign workers, the percentage of gaikokujin will barely approach 3% of the total population. and these workers aren't given permanent work visas (they typically end after 5 years). furthermore, if companies "modernize and increase productivity" that doesn't correlate to higher wages for workers. it would only mean a decrease in the number of workers needed. and one last point is that low skilled and low paying workers does not turn a country into a third world country, unless you are implying that the US and most of western europe are third world countries since they all do this, too.
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kawabegawa198Today 04:28 pm JST
These people need to get a grip, seriously.
Does it make you feel superior to disparage something other people like? I don't get it. To each his own.
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Funny how the nation embraces her as their own when two years ago almost all of the same people pointed out she's "only hafu"
"the nation" as in every single japanese person? i think there is some weird fascination with the gaijin crowd about how japanese people feel or perceive hafu. with a name like osaka and a brown face, most people don't have to "point out" that she's hafu since they can clearly see it. and for the most part, hafu isn't used as a perjorative by japanese people, only gaijin see it that way.
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the def of due process: fair treatment through the normal judicial system, especially a citizen's entitlement to notice of a charge and a hearing before an impartial judge.
how is due process not being served if the defendent has stated that he wants to end the trial as soon as possible? a lengthy trial will do nothing but cause pain for the families of the victims. if there is incontrovertible evidence and a confession, then just sentence him and get it over with.
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Pillow fights? Colleges do this every year! Lol "College Students Break World Record for Largest Pillow Fight" https://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/college-students-break-world-record-for-largest-pillow-fight-190035879.html
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