I live in Nagoya and I've often had non-Japanese friends assume it's some rural backwater because it's not really famous for anything. They're quite shocked to hear it's Japan's fourth most populous city. Didn't Lonely Planet once dismiss it in a single sentence as "a pleasant couple of hours if you want to stop between Tokyo and Kyoto"? It's great news if they're finally starting to address this.
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"There's so much (money)," Bach said.
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Hold your horses! Those seven Japanese expats haven't even finished their test tour yet. It's almost as if it was just for show.
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So my humble, retired school teacher parents are worth more than the prime minister of Japan, simply because they bought an ordinary UK house in the 1980s? That doesn't sound fishy at all.
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From the introduction:
Domestic indicators focus on both the amount of violence and crime in addition to incarceration rates.
Why don't you actually read it, instead of just refusing to accept that Japan isn't number one at something?
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Here you go: https://www.statista.com/statistics/273159/most-peaceful-countries-in-the-global-peace-index/
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People think Japan is the safest country in the world, but according to most official rankings, e.g. the global peace index, it's not even in the top ten; sex crimes and violence against women being some of the main reasons.
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It seems like MAFF couldn't organize a milk drinking contest in a dairy.
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Imagine if she were a Premier League goalkeeper with thousands of fans shouting "you fat ba*****" in unison every time she takes a goal kick!
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Still, I'm sure there will be some cute pictures of them eating sushi or meeting someone vaguely important, so the rest of the world can get a heartwarming story about the wonderful generosity of Japan!
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Sometimes I'm shocked how many people with mental illness are in this country .
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When I was a kid, a middle aged man broke into our school at night because he wanted to sit at his old desk. I don't know if he was drunk.
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So, "dragging their feet" and "cannot give details" but confident they can lead the way. Classic Japan!
It always amazes me how Japanese politicians "hoping" to do something is considered news.
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"Japan will become No. 1 in the world,” he said.
Excellent! Always finish with a joke.
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This is a promising start, but we still have the problem of salarymen sleeping 4-5 hours a night when they could be doing additional pointless tasks for the company. Perhaps some kind of 'office beds' could also be created so they can continue to work whilst sleeping, and then our dream of a 24 hour working day can finally be realised?
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The Japanese media are experts at selective comparisons to create a positive spin. The G7 only matters when the issue is Covid, or something like gun crime. But if the topic is democracy, human rights, equality (basically anything where Japan lags behind genuine advanced countries), then they're happy to praise Japan for being the least worst in East Asia.
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These Japanese forests sound great. Any chance we could get some in our treeless Japanese cities?
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Only in Japanese politics is a 58 year old man hyped as the youth option, and a breath of fresh air!
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I've had quite a lot of hassle from my Japanese banks just for being a foreigner who very rarely sends money back home. I think they're doing enough already.
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Nice comments from Murakami, just a shame he's on his own here. Japan really needs more public figures who are willing to criticize the government. Although I won't hold my breath.
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This is pretty cool, but stories like this always give the wrong impression of Japan as the most high tech, caring place on earth. My friends back home still think I'm joking about the fax machines and the ijime!
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psychopaths in Japan really ??!! Naaaa ...
these kinds of things make me very sad
killing others because they are miserable..
In 2017, it was estimated that 4.193 million people in Japan were living with mental health issues
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The real reason Sky Brown chose to skate for the GB Team!
Actually she preferred the British Skateboarding Association for their more relaxed approach. "No pressure, just have fun". I don't think a Japanese child has ever been told that before.
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I have met many guys from different countries living in Japan who are in the same situation .. it's really sad ..they always accuse foreign men of being violent this is not new.. .. I also know women with Japanese men in the same situation.. the thing is .. the Japanese law supports Japanese so they will always take your kids away from you ... I've lived here for 16 years and I'm fed up to hear thousands of stories like that ...
Now these days I see more foreigners in Japan saying if I marry a Japanese I won't have children because I know horrible stories..
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