Thomas Twatt comments

Posted in: Foreign employees at Lawson claim unfair treatment such as forced sushi and Christmas cake purchases See in context

@kohakuebisu The dodgy English school I worked for when I first came to Japan would also pressure staff into buying lessons to meet sales targets.

At most 'English Schools' (sic) I've seen in Japan, the staff could do with some English lessons - particularly the 'teachers'!

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Posted in: Judge: Kevin Spacey must pay $30 mil to 'House of Cards' makers See in context

@Jeremiah The article mentions the MeToo movement but it’s not until near the end that we learn that Mr. Spacey has not been accused of the mistreatment of women but rather the mistreatment of men.

The #MeToo movement is a platform for all survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault regardless of biological sex.

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Posted in: Japan minister says women 'underestimated' See in context

@girl in tokyo

Women can do more than one thing at once, you know. 

We are capable like that.

You’re always banging on here about how women are so strong and independent and men so hopeless, and simultaneously whining about how hard done by women are. Make your mind up!

And as for your comprehensively negative and resoundingly hateful view of men… it’s like you think all men are evil: genuinely, with the greatest respect, just how did you arrive at that dogmatic conclusion, one wonders? I feel sorry for you.

There are good and bad persons everywhere, regardless of their sex/gender (whatever we’re supposed to call it nowadays). Give the good ones a chance. You’ll find they are not a minority.

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Posted in: Japan minister says women 'underestimated' See in context

Noda had her first child, who is disabled, at age 50 after fertility treatments. 

50! Doesn’t that seem like something that only an irresponsible and headstrong person would do?

At what age did she have her second child, one wonders?

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Posted in: Woody Allen says next movie may be his last in talk with Alec Baldwin See in context

@Lamilly He's a pedo and groomed his wife when she was still a child, i can't understand why he's not in jail.

I’ll take a wild guess: because he hasn’t been found guilty of any criminal offence in a court of law?

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Posted in: Woody Allen says next movie may be his last in talk with Alec Baldwin See in context

@William Bjornson

Allen was accused directly of essentially the same sex crime but with a much younger child that Roman Polansky was banned for but somehow slithered out from under the charge. His 'last movie' should have been in 1992 and little would have been lost from the American film repertoire. The man has neither shame nor, really, any great talent other than appealing to self-absorbed, money centered twits.

When I was 9 years old, I was falsely accused, in public, of stealing a bar of chocolate from a supermarket.

Thank god people weren’t publicly condemned and cancelled on the strength of unproven accusation only back then, or I might have disappeared forever. It was great living in a sensible society like that.

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Posted in: Train conductor arrested over groping incident See in context

@shogun36: why was this teenage girl, assuming she was between the ages of 13-17, but we wouldn’t know by reading this article. Alone on a train, that late on a SUNDAY night?

What? WHAT!?

Blimey. Don’t know where to start with that one.

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Posted in: BTS taking a break as group members pursue solo work See in context

@NOMINATION

I am curious what % of music groups that break up/take a hiatus to go solo end up matching the success or exceeding that of their original group. I can only think of a handful.

Where all members enjoy more respective individual success than they did together as a unit?

For example?

I can’t think of any!

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe dress at Met gala See in context

‘Reality Star’?

I have no idea what Kim Kardashian does, and I don’t even know what that means.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese schools to introduce genderless swimsuits with unisex two-piece design See in context

@toolonggone

In Bali, men wear sarongs, which to Western eyes, look like skirts. In the Sahara, men wear daraa or boubou, a long and loose gown. In the Wodaabe tribe of Niger, men wear makeup.

I get it! So the entire developed world must do the opposite of what it’s happily been doing for thousands of years based on a handful of spurious ‘gender’-related cultural aberrations and anomalies drawn from unrelated distant backwards climes?

I’m convinced! I’m trading in my beard trimmer and trousers for a mini-skirt and makeup and pantyhose today!

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Posted in: 3 Japanese schools to introduce genderless swimsuits with unisex two-piece design See in context

@virusrex

Seems a nice thing and will also help by replacing the unfortunately overly sexualized typical female suits. It may even help with students dealing with body image issues.

It’ll be good for fat kids too.

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Posted in: MTV Movie & TV Awards return; 'Spider-Man' leads nominations See in context

Does anybody really care about this nonsense?

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Posted in: England soccer players booed taking a knee at Hungary game See in context

“I have no idea why people would choose to boo that gesture and very often young people can’t know why they’re doing it so they’re being influenced by older adults — everyone knows what we believe and what we stand for," Southgate said. “What I would say is, I hear that still in our stadiums as well. That’s why we do it and continue to take that stand and we will keep doing that as a team.”

The 'guess what - racism's bad!' gesture has become clichéd and impotent and redundant though, hasn't it?The point has been made.

Those who applaud the gesture never needed it in the first place.

Those who boo it will continue to boo it. If anything, it will inspire them to hate harder.

It's not going to change anyone's mind.

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Posted in: Bogus deliveryman sexually assaults woman, steals her underwear See in context

@WA4TKG: I don't know why these types can't just ask a girl out.

Yeah, that baffles me too. ‘I’m into raping women at knifepoint and stealing their knickers’ is a great chat up line/dating profile.

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Posted in: Tokyo to allow foreigners to work as beauticians for 1st time in Japan See in context

@Larr Flint: Ohhh I love those Tokyo beauty salons especially with massage option. 

I always take full course.

Indeed. I visited a ‘beauty salon’ in Kabukicho and it wasn’t what I expected at all. The lady who treated me was very skilled though. (I’m sure she was from Thailand, which makes me question the idea that ‘foreigners’ have not been allowed to work in that industry up until now?)

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Posted in: Heard 'absolutely not' able to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages: lawyer See in context

She can just ‘pledge’ the money to Depp, and then claim that ‘pledge’ and ‘pay’ mean the same thing, as she did during the trial in reference to the millions she falsely claimed to have donated to charity.

Sorted.

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Posted in: Japanese society begins to grapple with microaggressions See in context

Kayo Fujiwara, specially appointed at the University of Tokyo's Center for Barrier-Free Education said: ‘I would like to spread awareness of microaggressions from the perspective of creating a just society where people from different backgrounds are each respected and can live truly comfortable lives.’

Yeah, yeah, blah blah blah, what a load of predictable superficially redundant platitudinous buzzword b*llocks.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for upskirt filming admits having done it on at least 150 occasions: police See in context

Japan has high rates of rape, dude. LOOK IT UP.

I did. (You clearly did not.) And it’s completely untrue. Japan has one of the lowest recorded rates of rape in the world.

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https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/rape-statistics-by-country

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for upskirt filming admits having done it on at least 150 occasions: police See in context

Today I took the train to the office for the first time this year. And guess what? Some guy groped me. Again. 

I'm full of rage over how women are treated. And I don't doubt the girls whose pictures were taken feel the same way.

But go ahead, dismiss their feeling and advocate for lesser punishment. At least we know where you stand.

Being ‘groped’ in public, as you say you were, is certainly an instance of ‘sexual assault’ and should be recognised and dealt with accordingly.

Being ‘upskirt’ photographed, as the females in the article were, is clearly a sexual offence, but I would classify it as a form of serious harassment rather than an assault? It is a serious offence as the potential trauma and psychological damage inflicted on victims could understandably be long term and considerable.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

“Folks like me who are Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017 we’ll be in an absolute minority in the USA, absolute minority. Fewer than 50% of the people in America from then and on will be white European stock.”

Surely people of ‘white European stock’ [sigh]* were ‘in an absolute minority’ in America the 15th century and for some time thereafter (until they began to outnumber the Native American Indians whose lands they stole etc.)?

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anyone who uses the word ‘stock’ in that context in 2022 might as well wear a big badge saying ‘racist’

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Posted in: Dolly Parton, Eminem, Richie get into Rock Hall of Fame See in context

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Lionel Richie’s in; New York Dolls aren’t.

Eurythmics are in; Kate Bush isn’t.

Bwahahahahahahaha.

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Posted in: Amber Heard testifies she was assaulted by Johnny Depp See in context

@NAM I think they both probably were in the wrong, and it sounds like a very toxic relationship. Like fire meeting dynamite. Add to that alcohol and drugs, and you have a real mess of a relationship. I think it will ultimately be difficult to say who is more of a victim or an instigator

I think that’s a reasonable assessment. Two things can be true at the same time.

I do find Heard’s testimony eminently and entirely credible: what she says rings more true than Depp’s vague and obfuscatory retellings. Depp’s calculated denials all seem less persuasive, not least due to the irresponsible lifestyle he wilfully chose to lead during their marriage. (They both appear to have been under the influence of one illegal substance or another at almost every turn. No wonder it was a, ahem, volatile relationship.)

But it’s her word against his, largely. If any one of the many despicable assaults she alleges he made on her actually happened, then he really needs to sort himself out. Let’s hope both of them learn a useful lesson from this regrettable experience, and use it to find some happiness hereafter.

Harrowing viewing, but compelling nonetheless.

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Posted in: Japan's 'womenomics' pioneer says mindsets must change See in context

One thing is for certain: It’s only when you attempt to impose American ‘progressive’ (sic) cultures and values on a community happily existing and thriving outside those impractical new American ‘norms’ that you truly become aware of how pernicious and nightmarish the contemporary ’American Dream’ has become.

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Posted in: Japan's 'womenomics' pioneer says mindsets must change See in context

@letsberealistic Have a look throughout Japan's modern history and you will see a lot of cultural, social and policy changes in Japan have occurred due to outside influence often called 'gaiyatsu'.

With the greatest respect, I don’t think you understand the domestic meaning and 21st century negative connotations (particularly, and in this context ironically, given Abe’s dealing with Trump) of the term ‘外圧’ (or its correct romanised spelling: gaiatsu).

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Posted in: Japan's 'womenomics' pioneer says mindsets must change See in context

Have a look throughout Japan's modern history and you will see a lot of cultural, social and policy changes in Japan have occurred due to outside influence often called 'gaiyatsu'.

With the greatest respect, I don’t think you understand the domestic meaning and 21st century negative connotations (particularly, and in this context ironically, given Abe’s dealing with Trump) of the term ‘外圧’ (or its correct romanised spelling: gaiatsu).

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Posted in: Japan's 'womenomics' pioneer says mindsets must change See in context

So a privileged billionaire investment banker who made all her money in the USA, the country in which she was born and raised and educated, and who never set foot in Japan until she was 21, is telling Japanese women how to change their ‘low status’ in Japanese society?

Yeah, good luck with that one. I’m gonna go and tell Eskimos how to build igloos.

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Posted in: Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series 'Pearl' See in context

It seems to me that, used positively or neutrally, the adjective ‘woke’ means someone or something that is openly and actively aware of and sensitive to injustices, iniquities, and discriminations in society, and keen to identify, publicise, and address these perceived imbalances.

To its detractors, being ‘woke’ has come negatively to signify someone or something perceived as being excessively all of the above.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman on Nagoya street See in context

…could you provide some numbers of how many similar cases happen each year and compare it to some other similar country.

Of course, googling’s convenient and easy enough.

Over 70% of dismissals of junior and high school teachers in Japan are sexual-misconduct related (over 200 teachers and sharply rising per annum since 2017-18).

In the U.K., roughly 30% of schoolteacher dismissals are sexual-misconduct-related (around 40 teachers and sharply rising per annum of late).

Depressing statistics indeed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman on Nagoya street See in context

As usual, perv will get a slap on the wrist and be at work after golden week. The norm in Japan.

If he is convicted of the offence, which seems likely, I would very much doubt that. He will be dismissed.

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Posted in: Tokyo rapper arrested for tagging Yamanote Line while drunk See in context

It’s often said that the four pillars of hip hop culture are rap, DJing, break dance, and graffiti.

Really? I always thought they were: drug use, gun violence, misogyny, and bad ‘poetry’.

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