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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

Fox Cloud Lelean, interesting post. Japan is racist to the extent that right-wing nutters can legally drive vans into areas stacked full of Koreans and demand they are destroyed. High school girls can stand up in public and demand the slaughter of Japanese Koreans, without making the news:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oOW6QJfeoo

Compared to Wales though, and their attitude to the English, Japan is a picnic.

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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

I'm yet to meet a single non-Japanese person hired in Japan by a Japanese company on a full-time basis as a true seishain. That's after 20 years in the country. The racism here is ingrained and the Japanese are raised to believe in their own superiority by birth right and are do not even understand they are racist half the time. They think it is okay to not rent to a non-Japanese, for example, they don't see it as racism.

There are no domestic laws against racial discrimination and those black vans can drive into Korean areas and scream for the local people to be culled without penalty, or even comment in the media. There is racism everywhere, but to claim Japan is no different from anywhere else is not really true. The truth is that white people here are not usually on the receiving end, so many people on a site like this may think the issues are all minor ones. Well, I have a couple of friends from Bangladesh and another of South Korean stock. They could tell you what it's really like.

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Posted in: Stalker who killed ex-girlfriend got address from city hall See in context

Maria, yes, absolutely. I don't think many of us long-termers are expressing much surprise. It is appalling that a violent partner or ex-partner can find someone in hiding so easily though; that is disturbing. In such cases the information should be absolutely inaccessible. In reality, from Facebook to emails to twitter to city hall, there is very little real privacy of our information, even in a country with incredibly strong privacy laws.

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Posted in: Stalker who killed ex-girlfriend got address from city hall See in context

The family records go back generations and have long been used for checking "burakumin" by companies. They guess by addresses near rivers matched to various surnames and so on. You're Japanese, you must know this even if you don't want to admit it still goes on. Pont is, none of these records are truly private.

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Posted in: Israel furious as Kerry heads to Iran talks in Geneva See in context

There's nothing new about Israel not honouring international agreements. Israel is the world leader in this field.

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Posted in: Stalker who killed ex-girlfriend got address from city hall See in context

Companies can get this information easily. They use it to make sure no potential employee's distant ancestors were butchers, or something similarly horrific. There is no privacy to the system, and Japan's stringent privacy laws were put together by ignorant old men.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal See in context

Read through a list of Japan's apologies. They are many and varied:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

Interestingly, 2 of these "apologies" were made by Abe's grandfather in 1957, a man accused of, but not charged with war crimes. Unfortunately he "regrets vexation" or he "expresses sorrow for what occurred". There was nothing really resembling an apology. In the 1960s the expressions were "regrettable" and "remorseful". in the 1970s Japan was "conscious of the damage caused". By the 1980s Japan had "become aware of its responsibility in inflicting damage". In 1984 the Emperor himself said it was "regrettable" that there was an "unfortunate past". Nakasone again expressed "deep regret".

In 1989 Japan again "regretted" and was "conscious of" its past, and expressed "sorrow" for its actions. in May 1990, PM Kaifu uses the word "sorry" for the first time. It took 45 years for Japan to get anywhere near even using the word. Miyazawa in 1992 apologized both for the war and for the comfort women, and further apologies followed that seemed to be sincere.

Japan has clearly gone backwards. It's leading politicians are extremists like Abe, Aso, Hashimoto and Ishihara. Japan still has elected politicians who are revisionists and the current leader had a grandfather who was accused of war crimes. Abe denies Unit 731, Nanjing massacre and the comfort women, and has repeatedly said the real apologies that started in the nineties should be rescinded. That's not good enough. I believe some of the past apologies were sincere, but Japan is now run by a right-wing extremist who denies Japan's atrocities and wishes to rescind apologies. I'm not pro-Korean, and am fairly anti-Chinese, but if I were President of South Korea, I could not possibly hold a summit with a man like Mr Abe.

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Posted in: What defines the Japanese character? See in context

There is a preference for making things take a long time, like paperwork in the office, and the Japanese can be passive-aggressive, but if one really generalises, the rest of this articles is basically true. Respect for cleanliness though. Really? There is no soap in JR toilets and many men don't wash their hands after having a sit-down. There is rubbish all over the beaches and concrete flung everywhere as the Japanese have no sense of aesthetics. I am not sure any claim of cleanliness can really be applied here. The concept of Japaneseness is missing from the list, the "nihonjinron" that means Japanese people often do things mindlessly because they are Japanese. Japan is awash with fairly pointless ceremony, justified by an (often incorrect) sense of tradition. And of course the Japanese obfuscate all the time, which clashes with the honesty notion.

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Posted in: China's behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says See in context

Sentiments, I really doubt that. China is actually quite a smart country. China is the new kid on the world block and unless it implodes internally will probably take over the US as the world's number one economy within 20 years. China controls its population with the anti-Japanese rhetoric, but Japan does a similar thing with China, especially since the extremist Abe took over. China will not acknowledge Japan's control of the waters around senkaku because they dispute ownership. They will continue to enter these waters, but they won't land or attack because they would risk the mother of all beatings if they did.

Japan would be stupid to shoot at any Chinese vessel in disputed waters or disputed airspace, but even more stupid to believe the US would actually back them in a war with China. What the US says and what the US does are totally different things. No one should believe America honours any interests apart from its own and a war with China is not in America's interest. The cat and mouse will continue for another decade at least, because China knows she is not yet powerful enough to do anything else. Japan should not give China an excuse to have its mobs out against Japanese industry again though, because this hurts Japan more than China.

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Posted in: Bus, rail companies to hike ticket prices in units of Y1 for card users See in context

spudman, especially the one-yen coin. They should introduce an 8-yen coin as a special stimulus in April...

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Posted in: Japan industrial output up, as recovery takes hold See in context

The biggest increases in outlays were for public transport, at 10%, and school fees, which jumped a whopping 55%. Purchases of bicycles doubled while vehicle purchases fell 15%.

I've never heard of an economic recovery based on the doubling of school fees, fewer cars and more bicycles before. Double the number of bicycles (that's not possible) and 15% fewer cars? Really? People increasingly can't afford to run cars and take more buses and trains. That's positive is it?

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

Abe wasn't talking about equality, he was talking about women doing crappy minimum wage jobs around their motherly duties. This is his idea to prevent increased immigration and to allow corporations to "employ" more hourly-contracted staff so as to increase their profits.

Japan's biggest problem is low productivity, which is caused by staggering inefficiency in the work place. The women are just as inefficient as the men if they are employed full time. It's all Excel sheets, meetings and projects. Japan would boost GNP greatly if it banned people from spending more than 45 hours a week at work, forced them to take their paid holiday and tried developing a meritocracy, but perception rules here, and the Japanese need to be seen as hard working.

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for fracturing newborn son's skull See in context

This is a very strange story. According to the article the child has been in a coma for one year and nine months and an arrest has only just been made. How is that possible? These injuries and the likely cause for them must have shown up in January 2012. No investigation for a fractured skull in a 2-month old baby? Nothing from the hospital for nearly two years? Where's the mother? This story is really weird, even for Japan.

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Posted in: Secrecy act stirs fears about press freedom, right to know See in context

Whilst it is tempting to think this is connected to Fukushima or nuclear power, this is the same type of agenda Abe had in 2006 when he was Prime Minister then. That time his idiotic rubbish only lasted a year before his scandal-ridden government fell apart and Shinzo quit with tummy trouble. This time he has been hailed as the new messiah by Japan's extremely compliant media, who never question him on anything. With the level of compliance he has, it is diffcult to understand why he wants to curtail media, but he has an extreme right-wing agenda, sees himself as Head Samurai in a feudal village and doesn't like the populace questionning him or his policies. He wants to make out China is the great threat to Japan, whilst removing the basic freedoms that make Japan unlike China. Pathetic really, but highly prictable.

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Posted in: Abe says he is ready to be more assertive against China See in context

Fox Cloud Lelean,I agree, there was no Argentina when Britain first settled the Falklands. Did you notice the amount of support we received from our great ally the USA when Argentina attacked sovereign British territory though? Despite all the treaties with the USA, despite being the USA's best friend in NATO, we got nothing at all from Uncle Sam, not even a positive vote in the UN, despite having been attacked by an army sent by a tin pot dictator. Japan would be extremely foolish to think the USA would involve itself in a war with China if Japan starts shooting Chinese vessels in disputed waters. There is no support for this war in the USA and China is a nuclear power that could switch off the US economy. All Abe wants to do is portray the Chinese as a great threat so he can push his right-wing extremist agenda and get the people looking away from his absurd economic policies.

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Posted in: M7.3 quake strikes off coast of Fukushima; small tsunamis observed See in context

I thought that was the big one for a while as it just kept going. Sometime there will be a Tokyo mega quake, maybe tomorrow, maybe 100 years from now, but we all need to be prepared. Anyone who doesn't have 50 litres of drinking water and enough canned food for 2 weeks and a couple of a fire extinguishers wants looking at. Tokyo got the wake up call; we all need to be awake.

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Posted in: Haruka Ayase kicks off KFC's Christmas campaign See in context

I love KFC and eat loads of it. American food is bloody great. I am obese, but happy.

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Posted in: Asylum-seeker dies after collapsing at detention center while doctor at lunch See in context

He should have flown to England, where the Labour government would have welcomed him and his extended family with open arms, free schools, free education for his children (with support in their native language), financial support and a free house located conveniently near to a mosque. Japan is notoriously difficult for asylum seekers. Looking at the state of the UK now, the Japanese policy is incredibly sensible, although denying anyone health assistance is disgraceful and this part really needs to be addressed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child's release from care See in context

Absolutely terrible. I understand proof is needed, but the system has failed on so many levels it's disturbing.

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Posted in: Warm Biz campaign gets under way in Japan See in context

pochan, absolutely true. I looked on (largely in horror I admit) as my own 3-bedroom house here was constructed. The main materials used were wet timber, old packing cases, staples and a wrap-around plastic sheet. There is insulation (plus alpha) but if a building is made of wood and plastic, the insulation is fairly useless. They have designed houses to be baking hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, then have a hoard of overpaid bureaucrats issue silly advisories about use of air-con, eating nabe and wearing leg warmers. TIJ.

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Posted in: Warm Biz campaign gets under way in Japan See in context

I've never known the temperature in my office to fall below 26 degrees celsius, which is apparently absolutely freezing and requires the OLs to wear sweaters, coats and scarves.

I came up with some definitions to help non-Japanese people understand warm and cool biz here:

Saving energy: Spending all summer at 28 degrees Celsius or above to save energy, then heating the building to 28 degrees in the other seasons, wasting huge amounts of energy.

Air-con: An electric device invented in America, but revamped by the Japanese to make sure that no one ever feels too comfortable in the work place unless they like being too hot.

Air-conditioning: A system of increasing the temperature of a room to either too hot or much too hot, as determined by General Affairs.

Cold (adj): Between 27.9 - 27.1 degrees Celsius.

Very cold: 27 degrees Celsius or lower.

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Posted in: Apple unveils revamped iPads; on sale Nov 1 in Japan See in context

wtfjapan, quite right. You can get a better tablet than an Ipad2 for less than half the price. You can expand the memory and you can have a tab that you control, not one that controls you. I have an Ipad2, and it's good kit, but I wouldn't replace it if it broke.

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Posted in: U.S. denies drone strikes break international law See in context

No surprise at all that there are posters from the US who believe a terrorist can be defined as anyone the US thinks might be a terrorist. These suspects should be immediately executed by being blown to bits by drones of course, along with anyone else who happens to be anywhere near them. No judicial process, no proof, no nothing, just a drone flown by some squaddie at a console somewhere. Do they want to extend this to their internal legal process and just have anyone in the US suspected of a crime be blown to bits in a public place along with any civilians who just so happen to be standing anywhere nearby? Do they really think this kind of action prevents terrorism? If you want me to turn against you, try blowing up my friends and family, because that is one sure way of doing it.

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Posted in: Tamori announces end of 'Waratte Iitomo' after 32 years See in context

How on earth are they going to find something less funny to replace this with? I guess the slot will have to go to yet another program dedicated to watching people eat everyday mundane food and declaring it extremely delicious, perhaps with a panel of little known tarento watching on.

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Posted in: Corporate Japan to save gains from tax cut in challenge to Abenomics See in context

Of course most companies will save the cash. People keep saying that Japan's corporate tax rate is high. which it is, but 70% of companies pay nothing at all. So the average corporate tax rate in Japan is actually very low, far lower than the global average of 24%. All Abe has done is give a tax reduction to 30% of companies (big business), but 70% are entirely unaffected. Only 10% of this 30% (3% of Japanese companies) are even considering passing this on. This is what Japan's state-controlled media refers to as a "stimulus measure" which is supposed to "offset" the fact that we are all going to ay an additional 3% on all our purchases from April next year, and another 2% on top of that the following year. As always with Abe, the figures do not add up.

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Posted in: Top court says no retrial for 1961 poison killer See in context

Overturned due to a lack of evidence in 1964, then sentenced to death in 1969 with no new evidence. So obviously all they had was a confession they beat out of the man in 1961. And that is enough to sentence a man to die in Japan in the year 2013. Scary.

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Posted in: If TEPCO is broken up, as some are advocating, who will supply power to the eight prefectures it serves, who will employ its thousands of workers and who will pay compensation to victims of the Fukush See in context

The same people as now will supply the electric, employ the workers, and welcome new hordes of aging oyaji to the amukudari ranks. The taxpayer will get to pay for the clean-up and compensation. TIJ.

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Posted in: 13-year-old Tokyo boy killed by train in suspected suicide See in context

Maybe the fact that on a Sunday afternoon at 5pm he was on his way back from school is not entirely irrelevant. School should be from Monday to Friday.

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Posted in: LDP to make proposals on TEPCO; breakup an option See in context

Breaking up TEPCO will likely mean having taxpayers directly pay for the disaster and clean-up, while the rest of TEPCO returns to profit, so allowing the cosy relationships and amakudari jobs for the boys to continue.

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

The only immediate answer is for countries like the USA to refuse to allow the Japanese parent to leave the country with the child unless the other parent (usually the father) is present at the airport and gives his approval for the child to leave the country. All countries concerned about international child abduction should immediately apply such laws. This could be done in a matter of minutes.

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