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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

whatever the target for selling out child porn manga is, i think that is not an issue, in japan it seems virtually free. and that is the problem. it should be discouraged or fully restricted.

i wonder what kind of "education" or new invention is that to society in general if they are going to read such stuff, whether young or adults? cultivating pervert minds is the obvious aim.

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Posted in: Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally set for Japan release See in context

It already been 70 years and Japan still clings to ignoring, ignoring and ignoring. No wonder the entertainment industry is among the declining institutions imo.

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

a good lesson that AV is not there to give a good lasting image and peace of mind,,, hopefully Aoi set an example for more to stop showing off their various techniques and start transitioning out of the shadows.

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Posted in: 3 ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating See in context

I don't think u will receive the best out of ur employee if u will dehumanise his/her development, personal or intellectual. Japan's entertainment industry is slacking, oftentimes just boring in part because of these kinds of ruthless and mostly hidden practices, with corrupt old men on top of everything.

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Posted in: Lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine en masse See in context

MacArthur was right about Japan (igloobuyer)

that also brings to mind Roosevelt's article "shall we trust japan?" (1923). in this case, one may wonder religion should uphold peaceful purposes, one question therefore is why yasukuni owners or priests accept this till now if they know well that it is a direct affront against japan's victims. religion somehow should also impartial at least, do they think the souls' of japan's victims does not matter (or should not rest in peace)? many unanswered questions that need to be challenged rather than being put aside.

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Posted in: Two cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

It is important to honor your fallen even if they were not all kosher.

then why germany is not doing the same to hitler and his buddies.

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Posted in: Japan Inc supports bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll See in context

it is hard to change mindset and behaviour. deep inside, japanese know that outsiders are also people just like them. but, there is fear rooted (in society) and reflected in the government, and because of that fear and uncertainty, they kind of forget that we are not permanent on this planet, we are only temporary. so whether they want to solve the problem or leave it for their kids -- clearly, the latter is the case.

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Posted in: New cabinet minister seeks to stem shrinking population See in context

acceptance of 11 refugees out of 5000 applicants last year.

one can also wonder and hope that the condition is not so complicated for the accepted 11. questions like are they really welcomed well (?),,there is less coverage on their condition i think.

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Posted in: Former American POWs visit Japan, recount memories See in context

Unfortunately, the places they visit are not very common among japanese, or if they are common, not because of the sins and immorals of the captors or to raise the voice of the victims, but because of the glory of the war.

There is a one way channel of "understand us" but sorry we will not or we will never understand you.

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Posted in: Should Russia return the four disputed islands off Hokkaido to Japan? See in context

There are alot more issues at home to deal with -- the Kuril islands is a non-issue, or rather an embarrassing one, just forget about it already.

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Posted in: New cabinet minister seeks to stem shrinking population See in context

whatever incentives and efforts made, they won't make any difference. every options should be explored, and it is sad indeed that immigration is not on the table.

do they really think that money paid (for childcare, women empowerment, etc) will change behavior? it already been tried by other developed countries and it does not work. what is needed is not more money, but more ideas, new ideas not old ones. or else, taxpayers again burden the price of it, that is an easy road.

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Posted in: Group says pacifist constitution still supreme, eyes Nobel See in context

The EU received a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize a couple of years back. European nations have had 70 years of peace after many centuries of wars, so it makes sense for a Japanese group to be awarded a prize for its efforts to try to have Japan maintain its peaceful nation status after its warring history.

That's a good idea so long as they teach the right story of the war, Europe already been reconciliated.

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Posted in: Big win See in context

Great teamwork! Congratulation!

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Posted in: Rent a hot guy to make you cry, then wipe your tears away See in context

Funny article, I don't even know why they need to be covered, to make readers laugh or what.

i don't consider that a business or some kind of new enterprise, it is a sham that seems to exploit desperate emotions..

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Posted in: Q&A: A look at Japan's contentious security legislation See in context

the change the new bill will bring have both pros and cons..if japan's diplomacy is strong enough, that can perhaps ward off the need for this bill. people to people ties and the ties between cultures, that is what needed more than people to machine guns.

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Posted in: Croatia overwhelmed by flood of migrants; EU calls summit See in context

well, this is an issue, a real issue. those migrations are lucky enough as europe was built on tolerance and not ignorance, on christian values and ethics. that is the fact, not something made up.

balancing between love and humanity and tolerance vs. ignorance and hatred is very difficult to define in this situation. malthusian idea of a population bomb also looks moot in this case as it did not include values that are compatible or incompatible or how to compensate values and traditions that cannot survive in their own environment. if they cannot survive in their own, how can they survive in other areas? by bringing the kind of things that cause them to move in the first place?

and because of the mass flow of population, it is possible that at some point there is pride in what they are doing. or there is no fear. and the silentness of their fellow muslim communities that are rich enough to host them (the saudis, etc) only shows that maybe there is really something missing in the community itself.

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Posted in: More than 300 bags of decontaminated waste swept away by floods in Tochigi See in context

That why there is a need for any environmental group to put more of their telescopes around fukushima, but it now looks meaningless as many of those contaminations already winded up with nature.

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Posted in: Japan trade slowdown highlights growth challenge for Abe See in context

Japan's inward looking had caused self inflicted deflations to the economy. the internet changed the economic formula by making things cheaper, and an aging demography with fewer and fewer productive workers who can actually innovate and challenge orthodoxy. So long as they continue the superior and unfriendly card with the outside, the declining is quite reasonable.

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Posted in: Ruling, opposition parties deadlocked over proposed security bill See in context

maybe a strong diplomacy is more realistic than building up military and opting for war. The US is now pulling out from the Arabs because they realize their mistake and are now on advising, training and assisting role rather than on the forefront.

with that said, if this bill is at all passed, it can be a game changer in many ways as it will allow japan more exposure to the outside. but this one need strong leadership, and i don't think Abe is ready for that.

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Posted in: Crowd control See in context

it seems more like police joining the protest. if they subdue and try any effort to stop the protest, then those police need to be among the first to go and die overseas.

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Posted in: Japan announces changes to refugee system See in context

They learned from the mistakes of the European countries with their lax immigration policies.

and they only learned the negative ones, not the positive. ever wonder what makes those countries (europe, america, etc) strong and vibrant? it is not because of their money or military hardware, it is their belief in human values that really keep their democracy working, although a bit messy, but that is the strong, not the weak point of democracy.

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Posted in: Would you like to see Japan take in asylum-seekers from the Middle East to help alleviate the crisis in Europe? See in context

it is a moral question, and morally speaking, yes, they should. it is proactive to work with your allies and to agree on certain quotas, it is reactive to ignore what happens outside and only throwing money. there are times when money is not needed, but compassion.

and as mentioned, japan is hosting global events (like olympic) that can give short term benefits, but does not want to shoulder the burdens that can bring long-term benefits.

i'm just as afraid to host 1000s of muslims here or around my neighborhood, but letting fear to rule over compassionate and love of our fellow humans is not something civil in my opinion.

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Posted in: 10,000 migrants flood into Germany See in context

Quite frankly, the muslim world seems broken... and they would rather put their head in the sand saying everything is okay without seeing the reality and solve the problem from within, esp. from within the faith community that is ruling across the peninsula.

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Posted in: Gov't resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa See in context

I think the US is mostly working with an elected govn't and that is from Tokyo regarding issues like this. And because the gov't only choice seems to be no-where else but Okinawa, then that gonna put the US entangled with such tensions.

I don't know why the US never consider pulling out of Okinawa, there seems to be calm waters around Asia these days I think, except for few round of checkups around unused rocks. Maybe Asia is also still mostly childish politically because of the US presence -- how about leaving them alone for a while and see if they will not be able to solve problems themselves (diplomatically).

There might be a fear of US isolation, as that was the case early 1900s, and the result was catastrophic. But who knows maybe that will not be the case while information now flows rapidly.

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Posted in: Ore no Yome - the cafe where maids pretend to be your spouse See in context

Well, there is a saying 'money is ****boring'. This business is more like fantasizing human relationships, but who knows if it maybe help others, i don't know if it may educate those involved in dealing with real humans/partners, or on how to deal with money, Hopefully it will not encourage pervert behaviour.

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Posted in: Police raid offices of new yakuza group See in context

Japan’s flaccid economy have made life difficult for the gangsters and made membership less attractive for potential recruits, experts say.

i thought the weaker the economy the more attractive to join, the stronger, the lesser. but it looks like the opposite is true. or maybe it depends on personal/family preference.

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Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote? See in context

I think voting is the most inclusive of all social experiments that humans have invented. But that gonna take risks, especially from the part of leaders, and perhaps society as a whole. Quite obviously, japan have an outstanding record on engineering and technology, but there seems to be a lack of investment in the chemistry of human society, i.e. social science -- voting is a good indicator in this case. But again, that won't fall like manna from heaven, it involve efforts n leadership.

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Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote? See in context

Japan is way back when it comes to this issue. One great contribution of wealthy and powerful nations is giving voice to people who want to become parts of their community, esp. through voting. Most for those who have lived for five years.

This land is not for us to keep, it is for us to give for more generations to come. Whether we leave them a land that is more peaceful, diverse and just as prosperous, or we leave them a land with a bulk of issues and unease with their neighbors.

at least we can vote here on JT. :)

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Posted in: Muslim U.S. flight attendant says she was wrongly suspended for not serving alcohol See in context

I don't think that submission to religious vows or beliefs in this case is worth it,,it only makes ur coworkers feeling unease and can be uncomfortable in ensuring that u'r religious beliefs should be part of everyone's jobs to bow to. Or to always comfort. As if it should be in everyone's jobs description.

It is ridiculous, another extremist form that is not very combatible with today's reality. It can only led to the downfall of everyone u work with.

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Posted in: 5 myths about solar power – and the real facts See in context

Solar is not the only renewable,,if combined with the others, with ongoing R&D, they can transition traditional power to a clean source not in a distant future. There has been a shift from telegraph to smart phones only in a decade, why not for clean energy that is more controllable by local communities and individual families, not by large corporations.

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