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Posted in: Japan proposes U.N. working group to tackle ocean microplastics pollution See in context

Beach in Awaji was as disgraceful as above photo when I went.

Microplastics? They should clean up the regular plastics.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

Once I went to a talk for foreigners at a university by the Legal Affairs Bureau

It started off like "Does anyone know what human rights are?.... So no one knows then"

And then they cited the McLean precedent, and said foreigners don't really have human rights.

Which aside from being quite misleading, I really wasn't sure why they came at that point, and I just sat through the rest. I don't think they knew what they were talking about. Hopefully the people in your jurisdiction are better trained.

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Posted in: More Muslim prayer rooms open in Japan, but relatively few takers See in context

Lol "you cannot rest here only pray"

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Posted in: Japan steps up claim to S Korea-held islets at 'Takeshima Day' event amid tensions See in context

@Showchinmono

I agree that the bamboo naming argument seems to be clutching at straws.

Two points, in English outside is the same as external

And narrative often implies that the story told may not be an entirely accurate reflection of the facts, because it is a story that conforms to an overarching aim or value. Both the Japanese and Korean narratives are just that. So giving an article from the Japanese MOFA does not make the facts any clearer.

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Posted in: Japan steps up claim to S Korea-held islets at 'Takeshima Day' event amid tensions See in context

@showchinonimo

* "*I gave you good outside source"

@browny1

Yes. It's not an "outside source".

Whenever I have heard my Japanese and Korean friends and otherwise talk about such issues, they always seemed to me to be trying their best to follow the official line or narrative of their country's respective governments as far as they knew them.

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Posted in: Even if infidelity breaks down a marriage and leads to divorce, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the third party involved unreasonably interfering in the marriage in a bid to prompt a divorce, the third party is not liable for paying damages for the divorce. See in context

So is this a change in precedent. The Supreme Court are limiting the scope of the situations where you can sue. I think this is good.

In other countries we cannot bring an action to sue the other man at all (the action has been abolished), because it tends to make the woman seem like the property of the husband.

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Posted in: Japan steps up claim to S Korea-held islets at 'Takeshima Day' event amid tensions See in context

@Gambare

War over the island is the last resort. But if it happens, Japan will finish it off within days. Even if South Korea is backed up by PRC

Please don't!!

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, was born in Britain

I don't think governments should be able to strip their born citizens of citizenship.

The criminals among your citizens have to be dealt with in the usual way, not offloaded somewhere else.

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Posted in: We should clearly include the SDF’s existence in the Constitution to put an end to the debate about its constitutionality. See in context

How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

In latter Supreme Court judgements it was no longer considered as such.

The disparity is getting less with efforts being made to reduce it

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Posted in: We should clearly include the SDF’s existence in the Constitution to put an end to the debate about its constitutionality. See in context

The SDF is not going to go away because of debate. It hasn't yet. On the contrary it is an obviously important part of the Japanese system. So it is clear it is constitutional.

I think Abe would be well aware of that and is only trying to push his policy through, though we are not told of the exact aims yet. Which I think is sneaky.

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Posted in: Interpreter under fire after calling African runners 'chimpanzees' See in context

So was that a joke in relation to her not being able to understand their accents?

That kind of slur may be acceptable in Japanese society but not to anyone anywhere else.

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Posted in: What are your suggestions for the new era name to be announced by the Japanese government on April 1? Sensible answers only, please. See in context

Just thought that it in this time Japan as an entity is fortifying itself, in various ways, some circuitous

Something nice and happy and uncontroversial

And easy to write, read

And different initial letter to previous eras

Should be our criteria.

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Posted in: Itochu worker detained in China for 1 year over espionage See in context

Japan also detain foreigners without cause

Not like China does. I think we would all agree. If you've been a foreigner in Japan that is.

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Posted in: Ghosn hires new defense team in change of strategy See in context

Even the Japanese lawyers don’t understand it.

There are issues, including those related to the case above, but the Japanese legal system isn't that bad............ Come on.......

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Posted in: S Koreans declare start of Japan firm asset sale over wartime labor See in context

Great, liquidate those assets

The plaintiffs and their legal team won't be bullied by the Japanese Government

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Posted in: Itochu worker detained in China for 1 year over espionage See in context

Well done Chinese authorities, you have detained a Japanese Shosha man / salaryman on a business trip

For a whole year without giving a charge.... What will the world think of that........

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Posted in: What are your suggestions for the new era name to be announced by the Japanese government on April 1? Sensible answers only, please. See in context

永光

Or something else beginning with 永

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Posted in: Ghosn hires new defense team in change of strategy See in context

I think the photo shows the old defence team

I'm sure his defence team consult with people who are non Japanese, the nature of the case bring as it is.

@zonestosurf

It is hard to study and understand Japanese law as a second language speaker, many times harder to become qualified in it, but nothing is impossible.......

Law school is not a necessity, there is just an extra pre exam to pass before the bar exam. But you have to study it some way or another. Like at a juku type school.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

If you don't speak the language it's reasonable to expect that someone might speak English....

Japanese is a difficult ask because of the written system and because it isn't spoken widely around the world. Obviously if you live in the country you should have motivation to learn the language though.

When I lived in Germany and Italy, I had to learn the language while working there, I didn't expect the local people to speak Japanese or to know about Japanese culture. Its stupid to think that way.

Why would anyone think that way? That's ridiculous

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

manifest errors

Of course, I would agree that it would most definitely not be the majority view among the legal profession in Japan. Their "affiliation" as you call it suggests that they are a minority, as Korean special permanent residents are a minority group in Japan. I even know Japanese lawyers who made derogatory jokes more than once about Zainichi Koreans to me, which I was a bit surprised at, as I couldn't share their views, being from a country far from Japan or Asia.

I agree that the way SJ is posting is a bit unusual, but I fail to see the "manifest" errors in the lawyers' argument that you see.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for watered-down sexual harassment countermeasures See in context

Also, there is no "requirement" or "obligation" morally, ethically, legally or otherwise that Japan or any other country "must" keep up with or conform with what is happening in the rest of the world

I would argue that it is in fact a moral obligation for the powers that be in Japan to end sexism and sexual harassment.

Sorry that it isn't a Japanese original concept.

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

The AI analysis will also look at other factors, such as school absenteeism and academic achievement, 

That's a no brainer, you would expect in looking at many cases that being bullied would be correlated with low grades and absenteeism.......

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

@tiring

They are the special permanent resident South Korean Lawyer's Association.

Which begs the question are their claim based on a legal dispute or a political one?

@showchinmono

Uh I now see why you said you were skeptical in other thread.

I don't think it is unnatural that lawyers who are interested in this issue may also be interested in issues to do with Korean "special permanent residents". Such lawyers may speak Korean, have familiarity with background to issues their clients face etc.

So I ask you, why do you think it would affect their credibility?

I will add that if your point were valid, Japanese people interested in this issue would not be credible either, because the issue involves Japan.

I trust either of you will give a reply.

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Posted in: What differences in regional food culture in Japan have you noticed whenever you visit various parts of the country? See in context

I was amused when I went with a Japanese guy to a Michi no Eki on the way to Shikoku and he commented "oh yes, notice the difference in the toughness of Kagawa noodles". Lol

But yes some places seafood is fresh, some places have a special type of tea that they serve etc.

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

@nanotechnology

Why is Japan justified in punishing South Korea's financial system?

Because their courts made a decision the Japanese don't like, isn't a good reason.

To pressure the South Korean courts to change their decision is even worse as a reason.

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Posted in: Man cons woman out of ¥6.35 mil in romance fraud See in context

She should file a civil suit if she thinks she has a chance of getting her money back. I guess she could depending on what arrangement was made.

As for why the arrest was made.... I wonder if the police were wanting him on something else.

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Posted in: Labor ministry officials knew of improper wage survey since 2006 See in context

When opposition MPs criticise the corruption in the Diet, the PM can say "well it happened on your watch too"

I think this could be their strategy too. Deflecting blame.

The labor ministry "is examining whether it is possible to calculate" real wage data to reflect actual conditions, Abe told an upper house plenary session.

Also backed up by option of saying it is not possible anyway

(I have a feeling the statement makes more sense in Japanese....)

Abe said the government is considering revising the data on monthly wages for Japanese workers.

And that it was Abe's government that improved things. By investigating and revising this and other government statistics.

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Posted in: Hundreds gather near Japan's embassy in Seoul to mourn S Korean 'comfort woman' See in context

@Nicolás Palacios

To hate Japan is the reason for Korea’s existence.

That was a very long comment, you had a nice go at Korea.... Odd conclusion...

@Ganbare Japan

The truth is, South Koreans are educated, brainwashed to have a hatred of Japanese from a very young age. Japan is being bullied. Enough is enough!

If that were true, from what I've heard Japanese people say amongst themselves in my time in this country, it sounds like it's the same situation on your side too. I'm sorry.

@thepersoniamtoday

It's okay to apologise multiple times........... But don't if you don't want to, or because the other person wants to hear it ...... That would be insincere, and the other person would observe that.

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

The editor is correct, the Japanese don't want to read anything bad about Japan, even things that happened 70 or more years ago.

As for the "newspaper" itself I don't need the International New York Times included. Or the sections for people learning English (or those for learning Japanese). I want to read news in Japan.

Which is sad. It doesn't have to be that way.

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