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Posted in: Women are forced to make a choice between continuing work or getting pregnant and giving birth, without having sufficient knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth. See in context

For those of you saying that it's normal to not have knowledge about giving birth, an anecdote.

I was working with someone who was otherwise very well educated (Todai, business English, working in a financial services at a gaishikei), who was 8 months pregnant (and still working!) when a coworker brought his toddler into the office.

The baby had a teething ring in its mouth, and the pregnant coworker said "What is that, why is the baby doing that?"

She had no idea that a) babies are born without their teeth in; and b) that when they come in, it can be painful. This is the type of information that you'd think someone who was a few days away from giving birth would know.

I have been told that normally in Japan when someone gets pregnant their own mother would come and take care of basically everything. Anyone experience this?

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

Smashing myself into a crowded train, turns out people get annoyed when you do that anywhere else because it's dangerous and unnecessary.

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Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative See in context

Tomomi Inada, the strategist behind Cool Japan, told reporters that the updated and more global mission of “Cool Japan” would be to make Japan a country that creatively tackles challenges that face the world

Who better than a published author to tackle this mission?

Check out this list of accomplishments: "Watashi ha Nihon wo Mamoritai" (I wish to keep Japan), PHP, 2010. "Nihon wo Shiisuru Hitobito" (Criticism to people trying to destroy Japan), PHP, 2008. "Hyakunin-giri Saiban kara Nankin he" (The trial against the false tale of killing 100 people contest, and the fiction of "Nanking Massacre"), Bunshun-shinsho, 2007


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