tmarie comments

Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

Alex, like it or not, English is the EFL of the world. Japanese is used in... Japan. Chinese is used in China and other countries/areas with large pockets of Chinese but nah, it is NOT a dominate language. Why be stubborn about it? Nearly every non-English speaking country is trying to improve their English levels. Including Japan.

And yes, the Chinese tourists I see use... English.

And using JLPT as an indictor is useless because there is no spoken component of the test. Chinese and Koreans do very well on the test itself and many struggle to continue a conversation. I've had Korean and and Chinese friends talk about how useless the test is for them for their daily lives - but it was certainly good to get that student visa.

Japan can remain stubborn on this issue if it wants. Hurts themselves in the end.

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

Dis, that's just it though. Japan really, and truly does seem to think that English is useless but look at their economy and business. How are Japanese companies doing globally besides a few? Not well. Why? Because Japan really doesn't get that they aren't all that important and refuse to change with the times. Start using English, start realizing that foreigners have great ideas and rather than try and squish them if they work in a J company, work with them. Yeah, yeah, we all know that is common sense and it won't happen. Pride truly kills anything in this country when things aren't working out.

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

Japan needs to seriously deal with the fact that their language really isn't a priority in the world. They want foreign workers to come here and work. How about they find a language that most people CAN see a benefit to using - like English. Japan honestly can't expect these foreign workers to come here, work their butts off for three to five year and become fluent in Japanese. AND THEN GET SENT HOME! There is no need to force these people to any decent standard of Japanese if Japan wakes up and starts using English to deal with foreign workers. Japanese have years of English eduction so it isn't like they are forced to learn something new (I'm laughing, as yes, I know) to accommodate these workers.

We've seen this issue numerous time - anyone remember how many non-Japanese passed the Japanese language test when that program was set up about a decade ago? I think the number was four. Japanese language really and truly is used as a way of keeping non-Japanese in check when it comes to employment.

"This is Japan" many of you will cry. Yep. It is. And it has a serious population issues, a serious shortage of staff and if it wants to lure hardworking folks here, it is going to have to meet people somewhere in the middle. Language will have to be one of those places. These people are clearly disposable to Japan so why force them to study something that really and truly will benefit them very little in the long run? Japanese is for Japan only. English would be a much better bet but that would take effort on the part of the locals who desperately need staff.

I hope this guy wins but let's be honest, practically no chance he will.

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Posted in: Doctor suspected of sexually molesting 4 women during health checks See in context

licensed attendants / nurses presence should always be required during examinations

Because male doctors can't be trusted? What's the reasoning?

Don't know about the boonies but it is quite easy to find female doctors in Tokyo.

Not everyone lives in Tokyo. And it's not easy, even in large cities. More so if you are getting a medical provided onsite and don't have much say in who examines you.

If the first girl would have said something to her employer right after her exam then maybe the other three girls would not have visited that doctor. If they were groped why didn't they stop the examination and say something to the doctor our call the police ?? Hard to prove he did anything wrong, He just maybe a good doctor. They could have asked for a female nurse to be in the room during the exam.

Victim blaming at its finest. Its the fault of the women because their male doctor can't control himself?

In 2016, women accounted for just 21.1% of all doctors in Japan, the lowest level among all OECD nations.

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Posted in: Doctor suspected of sexually molesting 4 women during health checks See in context

Try to find a female doctor next time.

Do you have any idea how difficult that is in this country? More so in inaka places? How about instead of putting the onus on women to find a female doctor, everyone expects male doctors to be professional and not grope women they examine?

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

1000s of DV cases, child abuse cases, groping cases, and assault cases and this is what the police decide to use their time on?

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Posted in: Mixed results for LDP; 'Osaka metropolis' advocates win gubernatorial, mayoral races See in context

Why are people celebrating this? This has Hashimoto all over it. These guys are rightwingers who want to crush anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Being “young” doesn’t make themany less evil than the old gits in power. Banning of tats, no dancing after certain hours, illegal surveys and attempts to fire people due to them. These guys are from Hashi’s “Japanese people need a dictator” loins. This is not good for the people of Osaka.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment toward job-hunting students by alumni widespread See in context

Women with young sons need to realize that they have the power to change the situation by raising their sons differently, and that they have it in their power to do so.

Yes, because we all know it’s just the mothers who should be raising their sons to be better.

This IS the issue. Why it is always left up to women to teach men how to behave? Men aren’t stupid. These guys knew their behaviour is wrong. Where are the men calling out poor behaviour and teaching their sons, friends, dads, not to be jerks?

Why is it that even when some men think they’re being “good” they still can’t see the sexism they display? Women see this. It’s constant. Men, expect men to be better and stop putting this stuff on women to fix.

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Posted in: K-pop star arrested for filming and sharing sex video See in context

the bottom line is if women dont want to risk this type of behaviour dont get involved with these guys in the first place

Guy gets arrested for breaking the law and yet you still want to blame women for being victims? Seriously?!?! How about teaching men how to behave rather than blaming women for being victims of men who break the law?

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Posted in: Even if infidelity breaks down a marriage and leads to divorce, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the third party involved unreasonably interfering in the marriage in a bid to prompt a divorce, the third party is not liable for paying damages for the divorce. See in context

"All of that ^ said, marriage is a business contract of a sort - a promise to create a family, have and raise children together - a 25-year financial commitment as well as a lifetime commitment of upbringing and care."

I normally agree with you Maria but not on this. Marriage is indeed like a business contract of sorts but I don't agree with your view of that contract. Many married can't and/or don't want kids. Including gay couples. This ideology of what marriage is supposed to be is why many state that LGBT should not get married. The "contract" is what the couple decides themselves. Let's be honest, in Japan it often seems that "Man goes to work and provides financial support, woman is the domestic worker and looks after home and kid." Many men here cheat. Many women here cheat and frankly speaking it seems to "work" based on how many view that contract - as long as no one is slacking in the agreed upon duty they're supposed to perform.

To me, the idea of suing the third party is laughable. People cheat for all kinds of reasons. I'm not sure it's always a sign that the marriage isn't working - men having mistresses was always acceptable until recently. If the marriage breaks down, I think it is a sign of larger issues within the marriage, not that someone is off with someone else. Someone wasn't happy and went elsewhere but it still means someone wasn't happy.

And I have to ask, what exactly IS cheating? Physical? Mental? I know a lot of guys who visit soaplands and the like but don't actually have an emotional connection with the women. I know a lot of men and women who have an emotional connection with someone but nothing physical. I'd deem the emotional connection "more dangerous" than paying to get your rocks off by a sex worker but that's just me.

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

Is this happening to her because she's been so high profile? I don't recall any British male who did the same being stripped of their citizenship - or had so much publicity around it happen. More than happy to admit I don't know if men have had the same things done to them when they've expressed interest in returning home.

I'm torn on this. I think she made many, many poor decisions but think the knock on effect actually just fuels those who are like her in the UK - lost, unable to fit into society and looking for an excuse for their rage. Would this not just help recruitment? Why not take her back and try and "reform" her as best they can? There are many cases in the US of this happening and I think it would be a better line to go down.

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Posted in: How should teachers deal with young children who come to live in Japan without being able to speak Japanese? See in context

Let's be honest, Japan can't even figure out how to deal with Japanese returnee kids who get Japanese language at home and are truly Japanese first language speakers. Many end up at international schools or private Japanese schools that cater to these kinds of kids.

I once taught at a JHS who had a newly arrived Chinese kid. Kid spoke ZERO Japanese but HAD to sit in my English class even thought Japanese classes would have been more beneficial. "Kids in JHSs in Japan must take English classes." When I asked about Japanese as a second language classes I was told her got an hour or so every few days. The kid at least knew kanji so would fair better than say a Vietnamese or Brazilian kid but Japan is just not ready, nor willing, to deal with this yet. It is one reason why I really do not support mass immigration into Japan. Kids will not be supporter language wise and it will result in a cycle of poverty for non-Japanese who move here.

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Posted in: American man gets 8 years for killing, dismembering body of woman See in context

Wow. A foreigner gets eight years for murder. That’s how little busked this woman was to society. Sick.

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Posted in: Gov't cuts subsidies to Tokyo Medical University over unfair entrance exams See in context

So anyone people actually held accountable? Anyone fired?

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

“Best solution against this is to teach daughters and women to be strong and stand up for themselves”

intersting. I would think the best solution is to teach sons and men to learn to keep their hands to themselves. But hey, what do I know?

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro offers free food to ease crowding on Tozai line See in context

Yeah, I’m sure companies are all of a sudden going to allow flex time because the subway is giving out free food.

Why is flex time such a hard concept for this country? I’ve got family members who have been on four day work weeks for years. Japan? I don’t know many who can work from home or work at a place that offers flex time except one or two.

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Posted in: 28-year-old mother arrested after 2-month-old son dies of malnutrition See in context

If she’s got two kids in care, why would the state think she can manage TWINS?!

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Posted in: French gov't presses Japan to accept Renault-Nissan merger See in context

This just keeps getting more interesting. Abe I’m on this now? Saikawa must be stressing out big time.

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

Saiko, you’ve missed the point. Entirely.

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

I can only laugh that that the men here think I was referring to them rather than posters that hang in stations.

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

Where are all the posters telling gropers to keep their hands to themselves?

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Posted in: What advice would you give to a high school girl on what she should do if a teacher makes unwanted romantic overtures toward her? See in context

Report it. But let’s be honest, little will be done.

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Posted in: Tickets for all Japan games at Rugby World Cup sell out See in context

And let’s not forget that you had to gamble. People now have far too many tickets to matches they don’t really want to go to but gambled in hopes of getting anything. And now they can’t “give back” the tickets so those who really do want to go to those matches, can. They’ll end up trying to sell them - and might make money off them because organizers messed this up so badly.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup 2019 general ticket sales set to begin See in context

Yep. Why are tickets being sold now when I was in the lottery before for the same seats but they weren’t all sold? They had a lottery. The tickets should’ve been ALL sold to those people who applied for those seats. People who didn’t apply before can get tickets now even though there are those of us who applied before and got nothing. How on earth does this make sense?

And it’ll be like when WC soccer was here. Empty seats in inaka places and people won’t know about them.

Organizers messed this up big time.

Abd lets not forget opening the sales time. 20:19. So those Europe are just getting up to get tickets while the rest of us in japan are asleep if/when are turn comes.

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Posted in: Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling as diplomatic row deepens See in context

What’s missing from this article is that this guy was a repeat offender. He was arrested and sentenced in Canada for selling. The Canadian judges warned him to clean up his act. He clearly didn’t listen. I don’t support the death penalty, am not fan of China but the guy was given a second chance and blew it. I’d like Canada to not get involved over this. Bigger fish to fry than a punk drug dealer who played with his fate.

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Posted in: 'Tattoo OK' hot spa map released for Rugby World Cup host in Japan See in context

When is Japan going to get over this?? It's discrimination. Period. I was at an onset this past weekend. I walked in a saw one women with two tats and figured she wasn't Japanese. Her mates came in while I was undressing and sure enough, Chinese. We exchanged nods as they saw mine and we had a moment of "Is anyone going to tell us to get out?" Japan is fine with Neymar and Beckham having them when on a CM but heaven forbid someone get in an onsen. "They might be yakuza!" Last I checked that wasn't illegal. And laughed when you consider how much the J government replies on yak money and workers for construction and getting things done.

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Posted in: Ghosn case raises issues beyond one man, one company See in context

Gaps between super rich and poor are not very big. 

It this a joke? 50% of single moms in this country below the poverty line. One in six kids lives below the poverty line. You tell them that there isn't a big gap between their lives and Abe and his wife's.

This whole case is making Japan Inc look xenophobic and incompetent. Nothing new to any of us who have been here for a while.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

Why not have a poster asking women to stop wearing make up and be free?

What does make-up have to do with sexual harassment? Being "free" would mean not having to worry about safety constantly. The only way women will be "free" is the badly behaved men stop being entitled jerks.

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Posted in: Discussions ongoing over Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon timing to avoid heatwave See in context

Honolulu marathon starts at 5:00 am. All that needs to be said.

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Posted in: Released 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes See in context

Why did the woman get a much lighter sentence than the other eight? Looks like Indonesia is following the Australian model of unequal gender justice.

Let me guess, you have an issue with the metoo movement and women in general, right?

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