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Posted in: Kamikawa queries women's worth without giving birth in election speech See in context

Humans, like most animals, are designed to reproduce. I think we are all there with that one.

But the salient point some of these people are just failing to understand, is that it takes fairly significant social and environmental factors to either suppress, or extinguish completely this naturally hardwired instinct in people, but especially in women.

What some honest navel gazing would do by the LDP is, expose the reality that there are social and environmental factors in Japan that simply need reforming and change to rekindle the desire to have kids. Things that you can just solve by throwing money at it - that's the lazy approach. The lawmakers need to implement meaningful social and corporate reform, which would be predicated on them acknowledging that Japan isn't perfect. This is the part they may struggle with the most....

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Posted in: Israel pushes further into parts of north Gaza; new cracks in Netanyahu coalition See in context

Round refugees into a corner, then drive into them with all of the military might you have, and kill, kill, kill.


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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Yep, this is a major issue in Tokyo, both as a pedestrian and a driver.

Cyclists want to use the road and sidewalk interchangeably and flout the laws of both, if there are any that actually apply to them. Add to this, the completely ridiculous blanket law in Japan that says that any incident involving a car and a cyclist, or pedestrian is automatically the car's fault, regardless of circumstances. What I see from this as a driver, is that cyclists almost play chicken with cars and balk them into stopping by threatening to move onto the road at intersections etc. They clearly know and behave as if they are exempt from responsibility, which is true.

My wife recently hit a cyclist (minor bump, luckily) who flashed across an intersection riding down the wrong side of the road. The cyclist was 100% to blame and damaged the car, but the woman on the bike was haughty and unapologetic. My wife reported the incident to police, to do the right thing, and was told that if the the woman chose to press charges, it would have been my wife's fault, simply due to the nature of the law.

So yes, I fully support these measures, but they need to go further and amend laws pertaining to responsibility for accidents.

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Posted in: Hamas says Gaza ceasefire efforts are back at square one See in context

So, at this point it becomes crystal clear that Israel simply don't want to negotiate and are intent on fully driving their genocide of Palestinians to its farthest extent. In some ways, this is a political masterstroke by Hamas, because they now have completely exposed Israel for what it is at this point - the mask is off and any facades they have attempted to maintain through this process have dissolved away now.

You have a modern terrorist state on the loose.

Terrorism /ˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m/: Noun. The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

Genocide /ˈdʒɛnəsʌɪd/: Noun.The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.

The Palestinian people need more help than this. You really need to ask why the world is not helping them out.

There are lots of people who won't like the truth of that answer though.

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Posted in: Man arrested after woman stabbed to death outside Tokyo condo See in context

The Japanese police are lax on stalking, or they need stronger laws they can leverage to lock these guys up for a couple of years minimum to ensure the safety of the women. You simply hear of this happening waaaaay too often in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan tells U.S. that Biden's 'xenophobia' comment is regrettable See in context

Jeez, a stream of consciousness brain fart by the President of the United States. What's new?

Countries like Japan have every right to determine their own immigration policies, and if they aren't keen on mass immigration, I'm fine with that.

Unlike the US, Japan is a cohesive, ridiculously safe and harmonious nation. Medical care is phenomenally cheap and accessible, social outreach programs are caring and extensive, and there is oxygen given to bizarre lunatic fringe social experiments like the pronoun movement.

I know where I would rather be.

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Posted in: Japan's lower house passes child care aid bill to tackle falling birthrate See in context

They just don't get it, do they, but frankly, what can Japan expect from the conservative ojisans they continue to put into power, every election? This is the most hard headed group of dogmatic thinkers in the country, who don't see any of this as a symptom of the patriarchal corporate Japan Inc society they strive to protect. Pushing money at the problem shows; 1. A complete lack of creative and divergent thinking, and 2, They refuse to accept that the reason young people, but particularly women are opting out of marriage and childbirth. Yes, they say childrearing is too expensive, but after that they say that too much of the childrearing burden falls on women, and there are too few jobs that are compatible with child rearing - both of which come down to Japan's corporate culture and working conditions.

So, if Japan really wants to slow the birthrate decline, it has to change its corporate culture, which they refuse to do.

They say 'adapt or die', and in a couple of hundred years, this may very well be a university textbook case of how a country refused to adapt, and died by 50% or more.

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Posted in: Israel, Iran play down apparent Israeli strike See in context

I am finding the way the Western Media report on this quite fascinating, as well as how prominent countries respond to the actions by different sides. Last week, there was mass coverage about Iran's attack, with prominent Western Governments being loud in their condemnation of Iran's attack. I don't think the same is true this week at all. The US notably silent on the attack, which means they are likely completely complicit in what happened. Knew about it, probably assisted Israel in planning, if not executing the strike.

But like the strike in Damascus, is it just my imagination here, or are things pretty.....muted again this time around?

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

I assume there is no inkling of irony or shame in what he was saying, right?

God, the US are something else. When it suits and serves them, they are happy to encourage the modern nation state they created some 70 clicks back down the road, to now becoming their arms manufacturing backup plan.

The world needs less US weapons, not more.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl falls to her death from balcony of high-rise apartment in Hiroshima See in context

Come on. All these people trying to insinuate that somehow the parents weren't vigilant enough, or the laws aren't protective enough in Japan is just shrill guff.

Little kids aren't robots and unless you keep them locked in a cage, they are never 100% safe at any point because they do unpredictable things you simply cannot anticipate - from the very first time they start moving right through to when they are young adults.

This is just a terrible accident, and they happen. I feel for the mother, who is most probably beyond distraught right now. The very last thing she needs is people who don't know any better, pointing their fingers at her.

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Posted in: Iran upends decades of shadow warfare in direct attack on Israel as tensions mount at home See in context

It's funny. Israel outright bombed an Embassy in a neighbouring country, assassinating several people in the process and levelling the building, and there were....kind of muted murmurings about it, in a broad diplomatic sense. Restrained, tut tutting, if you will.

To think about that in another way, let's say China (who aren't this reckless or stupid by the way, but just for the sake of the argument) bombed and destroyed the Japanese embassy in Seoul with a missile strike fired from China. Imagine the International outrage that would follow.

Israel does it though, whilst they are in the midst of an active genocide in Gaza, and you get this kind of muted, restrained objections by the international community 'urging restraint' etc.

Why the double standards for Israel? Why are they special?

Iran strikes back, and the world goes into meltdown over it. The double standards being applied here are simply appalling, the hypocrisy astonishing.

This is the double standards of the Realpolitik, backed by the US.

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Posted in: Iran launches drone attack at Israel See in context

BBC reports that Iran have launched 'Wave of Ballistic Missiles at Isael'....

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Posted in: Iran launches drone attack at Israel See in context

Well, Israel can't expect to attack Iranian targets with impunity, so this feels inevitable.

The US has also been doing 'rounds of diplomacy' in the region, telling various groups to stay out of the conflict, whilst they themselves have been striking whomever they please. Talk about epic hypocrisy - the same kind of hypocrisy that they have been conducting themselves with in that region for decades and decades and has resulted in deeply engrained resentment towards them in the Middle East.

The only question now is how far does this go? Israel has very few friends in that region, and their recent genocide in Gaza has only thinning the small list out further. Armageddon is a religious concept, but if the gloves really come off here, this could get very, very ugly indeed.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

How much money must you be making to not notice that 16 mill is missing?

Nice, Shohei!

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Posted in: Israeli settlers rampage through West Bank village, killing 1 Palestinian and wounding 25 See in context

The killing came after an Israeli raid overnight killed two Palestinians, including a Hamas militant, in confrontation with Israeli forces.

Israel's current definition of a Hamas Militant: All Palestinians.

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Posted in: Fan outcry over K-pop star's date highlights 'harsh' industry rules See in context

This is the absolute height of social stupidity. Think about how this panders to, and is controlled by patriarchal societal standards that creates fantasies for entitled and mal adjusted men who don't want their 'Idols' to be real people with real lives, but a type of performing doll.

The girls must be paid a lot of money to endure this nonsense.

Korea needs to be take control of this, it's a joke.

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Posted in: Calls for 'smartphone free' childhood grow in UK See in context

I admire them for trying, and I wish them well. But, I feel like the Genie is already well and truly out of the bottle on this one, and let's be perfectly frank here, it's not just kids. Kids are being told 'put the devices down' by parents with a smartphone in their hand. I'm typing out a message on a computer at 6.42am in the morning.

The world is different and we are controlled by our devices. On a bus or a train, people are almost exclusively on phones. Walking on the street, people are on phones.

How do you expect the kids to be phone free when no-one else is?

Closing the gate after the horse has bolted.

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Posted in: ‘Shogun’ reimagined for new generation of TV viewers See in context

How good is Fuji though. My favourite character.

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Posted in: North Korea-Japan qualifier in Pyongyang canceled by FIFA See in context

This is very bizarre indeed.

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Posted in: 25-year-old man arrested for abducting minor after meeting her online See in context

I would argue that what he did does not fit with what abduction is.

The police, who have the full story, disagree with you mate, so stop flogging your dead horse. One possibility is that he invited her to his house and then refused to let her get back on a train to Miyagi - something that the Police would have established when they tracked them down in Chiba.

'Miss, are you OK?"

"No - this guy won't let me go home.'


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Posted in: Russia warns Japan of 'serious consequences' if Patriot missiles made there end up in Ukraine See in context

Russia is no friend of Japan and Japan owes it nothing. Japan is free to do as it pleases.

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Posted in: Australia defends its U.S. ambassador, Kevin Rudd, after Trump attack See in context

It's just funny to see Trump say; 'he's not the brightest bulb'......about anyone else.

The irony is just too sweet.

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Posted in: Japan society on transgender issues to drop 'disorder' from name See in context

2 years ago, it seemed like transgender identity was the most pressing issue on the planet, pushed hard by a militant and extreme minority in the West, so this; 'expressed hope that the name change would help increase public awareness of transgender people', certainly isn't an issue there. The pronoun thing remains one of the biggest loads of social nonsense and hysteria I have ever witnessed.

But Japan and other countries in Asia do things at their own pace, according to their own values and social perspectives, and I respect this about them - I admire the fact that they don't bend to the extreme agitation and hype of the social media generation from the West, and chart their own course according to their own cultural norms.

See, the 'D' in DEIJ is about respecting a diversity of views and perspectives on all issues, and you can't be liberal and tolerant if you don't allow others to think differently to you. So if Japan, and other Asian countries need to work through these kinds of definitions at their own pace, I have no issue with it whatsoever.

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Posted in: Ship with Gaza aid preparing to inaugurate sea route from Cyprus to war-ravaged strip See in context


The frustration is aimed at Hamas, its supporters, and UNWRA, because there is no blockade by Israel on any humanitarian aid.

At the same time, Israel is supplying food, medicine and other necessities to people in Gaza.

What is Hamas providing to those people?

A lot of people have been very slow on the uptake over a number of decades over just how badly the Israelis have treated the Palestinians, and much they have been oppressed, marginalized and blamed for their own predicament.

But now, the cat is out of the bag, the Genie is out of the bottle and no amount of pro-Israeli propaganda posted by you, or others, can hide that any more. The world can finally see the situation for what it is. Israel are killing with reckless and wholesale abandon, and whether you bomb people in homes or hospitals, or shoot people trying to get to food trucks, or starve them to death, the result is all the same.

This is Israel's great crime, Israel's great shame. A murderous rogue state.

The world can see.

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Posted in: Trump backs Israel's war in Gaza See in context


Is the US really going to go there again???

Dumb too.

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Posted in: City in Saitama Prefecture to require multilingual trash rules posted for foreigners See in context


Ah, that old conservative well-worn meme.

Studies show diverse teams outperform in areas like creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making. Exposure to different backgrounds fosters new ideas and perspectives.

You've never spent any significant stretch of time in Japan, have you.

The Japanese don't want diversity, they ARE deeply conservative and prefer things the way they are as a monocultural country. That's just the reality, and more power to them.

No amount of you pushing a diversity agenda is going to change that one little bit.

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Posted in: Netanyahu rival’s visit to U.S. highlights cracks within Israel’s wartime leadership See in context

The US are 100% complicit in enabling, aiding and arming the Israeli monster and are now having to deal with increasing international pressure to stop, whilst figuring out how to wriggle their way out of looking like this genocide that they have backed to the hilt, is actually very much their doing.

The thing is, lots have people have known this for a long time, but this conflict has actually highlighted it in very, very stark view for a large range of people who, for whatever reason, couldn't see it before.

It's rather ironic to see the US dropping relief packages on Gaza, whilst Israel drops US made and supplied munitions simultaneously.

The Palestinians need to be protected from both the US and Israel, as neither have proven capable of looking after their best interests whatsoever.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher beats up student for making fun of his body by calling him anime character name See in context

Reading between the lines on this one, the teacher had probably been enduring the insults for some time, and maybe often. If he followed a professional line of action, he would have raised this with line managers but a lack of action meant that the kid was able to tease him with impunity.

In the end, he reached his limit and taught the kid an old school lesson. People my grandfather's age would have approved.

What I find interesting here is that, by Japanese standards, this isn't seen as a heinous crime either, unlike many Western posters here on JT. Japan has retained a little of the old school, as has other Asian countries. Horses for courses. I always het a kick our of watching the judgy, cultural Imperialist Westerners stamp up and down in outrage here on JT.

What worries me more in this article is the groomer taking one of his girls for a private ride and petting session, though...

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Posted in: Biden approves military air drops of aid into Gaza after chaotic encounter left more than 100 dead See in context

CapuchinToday  08:15 am JST

There's a horrifying, twisted duplicity to America simultaneously funding the dropping of bombs and dropping of aid on the same people. Then calling for a cessation to violence and vetoing all international ceasefire proposals.

100% spot on. This is the long and short of it.

Exactly. Hamas started this, not Israel. When you have a terrorist inside your country, it is irresponsible NOT to deal with them completely until they have no desire or ability to fight any longer.

This is the one sided, myopic view of those that con not see the context and history of the whole story.

You should take a trip to Israel, it's rather revealing.

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Posted in: Biden approves military air drops of aid into Gaza after chaotic encounter left more than 100 dead See in context

This is story simply incredible.

In a nutshell. Israel have razed Gaza, killed over 30,000 people, hearded them into the south and have effectively cut off food, medicine and water so that the population is now starving.

BUT, as details start to emerge from this latest atrocity, it's even damning that first thought for Israel.

It appears that the military have tailed the convoy, then as the starving people desperate for food have rushed to the trucks, the Israeli military have shot them. I would urge people to look at the current BBC headlines into the incident, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68445973

A couple of quick grabs:

"Israelis purposefully fired at the men... they were trying to get near the trucks that had the flour," he said. "They were fired at directly and prevented people to come near those killed."

Dr Mohamed Salha, interim hospital manager at al-Awda hospital, where many of the dead and injured were taken, told the BBC: "Al-Awda hospital received around 176 injured people...142 of these cases are bullet injuries and the rest are from the stampede and broken limbs in the upper and lower body parts."

The Israeli account of the incident?

At 13:06 local time on Thursday, an IDF statement posted on Telegram stated: "Early this morning, during the entry of humanitarian aid trucks into the northern Gaza Strip, Gazan residents surrounded the trucks, and looted the supplies being delivered.

"During the incident, dozens of Gazans were injured as a result of pushing and trampling."

He said the tank commander decided to retreat to avoid harming civilians and "they were backing up securely, not shooting at the mob".

He said the IDF had opened fire in a separate incident not related to the lorries, but did not provide further evidence.

Mr Regev added: "In the incident of the truck being swarmed there was gunfire, that was Palestinian armed groups. We don't know if it was Hamas or others."

So the Israelis are involved in wholesale murder again, and are openly lying about what they have done.

The levels of horror and dishonesty here by Israel ranks up there with the very worst examples of human atrocities in history now. This is just evil, callous killing with not a shred of conscience or remorse. They are just lying to the world.

Israel is a monster.

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