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Posted in: Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite See in context

From the page about this debate. Below I have summarized some of the relevant points, or you can read all about the history at:

"The Asahi Shimbun published an editorial in May 2006[1] suggesting that the current system was unsustainable. In an Asahi Shimbun survey in March 2006, 82% of the respondents supported the revision of the Imperial Household Law to allow a woman to ascend to the Imperial Throne.[2] Then Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi also strongly supported the revision, pledging to present a bill to the 2006 session of the parliament.[3]" In September of that year, the now 13-year-old Prince Hisahito was born.

In the recorded history of Japan, 8 women have served as empress of the country, the last one in 1771.

The current law against women taking up this role was created in 1947 after the end of the Second World War, and had been exacerbated (as were so many disappearing traditional aspects of Japan) by the Meiji Restoration.

Please correct me if I wrongly understood any of this information. All of it was taken from the website referenced above.

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Posted in: Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite See in context

Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun and the original empress, was the origin of the imperial family. Until the unexpected (possibly genetically manipulated?) birth of the crown prince's nephew a few years ago, the succession WAS going to be given to a woman in succession to the this crown prince to be crowned in 2019. Look at that line of floral goddesses in the picture... I think Amaterasu was trying to say something.

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Posted in: Quitting whaling commission a risky gambit by Japan See in context

There are different kinds of whales. Some have teeth and eat fish, others have baline and eat krill.

I have lived in Japan for 15 years, 10 years in 5 distinct areas of Kyushu, and five years in the Kanto area. Whale meat is NOT popular in Japan. Questioning Japanese people, most young people are not interested in it. Neither are most women. Some older men are interested in eating it. The statement about oyajis is correct in my opinion. I think it has more to do with a worry that Japanese culture is being lost than anything else, and I can sympathize with that feeling, though I don't agree with it in this particular case.

There seems to be a huge effort to ignore the tuna problem. It is the most popular fish at sushi bars and they are numerous. It is also very common on franchise menus. The Japanese are clueless or simply ignore the problem, despite some efforts by NPOs to stop the overfishing of tuna.

Admittedly, tuna is much more popular than whale in Japan, but looking at this kind of attitude, who is to say that commercial fishermen would stop overfishing whale just because someone else said they should? The overfishing problem is really extreme actually in Japan, and so much fish just goes to waste. However, the government does seem to be trying to police the situation, according to this article:

In the end, as I walk around any supermarket in Japan at the end of the day, and there are countless fish that will be thrown away because they weren't bought, it seems it is the consumers who hold the power to change the situation with regard to overfishing. The whaling problem might be bad at the beginning, but when no one buys the whale in the freezers, perhaps the demand to tick them off will lessen.

As a final statement, I think that every person in every country holds consumer strength. If we all decided to change our ways, and not be upset when something we wanted happened to be out at the supermarket, it might change the status quo. We need to get used to and encourage LESS variety of fresh meats and fish at the market if we really care about a sustainable future and preserving our beautiful world.

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Posted in: Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report See in context

Japan has its own issues with immigrants... it has them, and has a love-hate relationship with them.

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Posted in: Hokkaido firm turns oil from unwanted wild deer into shampoo See in context

I don't know about Hokkaido, but Kyushu, and recently Honshu are having problems with deer and boar because of the cedar issue.

In the 40's, cedar was planted to aid in the war effort, to make houses, etc. Just to give people something to do rather than despair, I guess.

Either way, it has now created a HUGE problem. The climax forests created by cedar do not allow for biodiversity, resulting in increasing imbalances in the ecosystems around Japan. Many of the red letter plants and animals are losing their habitat, not to people, but to cedar, and though many know the problem exists, it has snowballed out of control.

Some of the animals that can exist in these extreme conditions are deer and wild boar. Albeit, they end up with illness and parasites like leeches, which would not be around if not for the lack of deciduous, complex forests. Rather than killing the deer, and trying to find something to do with them, which is just dealing with a symptom of the problem,

how about dealing with the actual problem by finding a good way to cut down, use, and replace the overly abundant cedar with deciduous trees, little by little bringing the ecosystem back into balance?

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