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Posted in: Mother accused of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs pleads not guilty See in context

 From 15 years old, girls should get free contraception. Any man frequently sex establishments and doesn’t use a condom should be fined ¥100000 or 3 months in prison. Let’s be safe out there.

And let the 15 year old males, who can have more kids than a single 15 female having the same amount of sex, get nothing? Why not insist men get snipped at 12 and if they want kids, get the survey reversed? Less evasive for the guys than women. Probably cheaper than women buying the pill. Oh right, it would mean men would have to take responsibility...

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Posted in: Sean Penn: Much of #MeToo movement divides men and women See in context

Isn't this the guy that toed Madonna up and beat her within an inch of her life?

Yes, too much for men fro women to see themselves as equal and want to stop being treated as less.

Can't wait to see how many thumbs down I get for this.

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Posted in: Japanese sprinters race to gold in 4x100 meters relay See in context

Ah Japan and sports. When they embrace "hafu" and foreign born Japanese. A shame this isn't the norm.

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Posted in: 19-year-old man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend pleads guilty See in context

It tells a lot about the lack of help these young women can get, or the difficulty to get an abortion in Japan.

Compared to most developed nations, it is ver easy to get an abortion here. What is lacking is sex ed. And let's not forget the stigma attached to teenage mothers, single mothers and the like.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

Although this problem came from the wife's affair while married, these archaic rules are kept to help men who step out on their wives, or get involved with foreign women run away from their responsibilities if they choose.

Way to blame the victim. She was a victim of DV. Any idea how hard it is to get a divorce in this country if your partner is a selfish, difficult, brat? I know far too many people, women and men, who have had to wait years because of the way the system is set up. The woman was moving on with her life. Was it an "affair" in the legal sense it was but come on. Look at the circumstances.

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Posted in: Madonna still shocks at 60 See in context

The comments are exactly what Madonna spoke about in her famous speech mentioned. Is she my favorite? Nope. But I love her for what she’s done to empower women, their sexuality, and pushing boundaries so others may follow, be it the music industry or not. The woman is clearly a genius to still be making music today and upsetting so many who think her time is long gone.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

If they're so worried about the health care system what is being done about the elderly who use clinics and hospitals as places to meet up with and hang out with their friends? They pay what, 10%? And let's not forget all the housewives who've never personally paid a yen into the system since they stopped working. Once again the Japanese government is targeting foreigners when they should be looking at the locals who take advantage of the system currently in place. Too scared to change the system though because they know the elderly and SAHW would toss them out of power.

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Posted in: Social media users praise Japan for spotless locker room at World Cup See in context

I can't help but wonder who cleaned the room because I'm guessing not the players. Also can't help but wonder if this is nothing more than a PR stunt due to the last WC with the images of fans cleaning up stadiums. Either way, those of us married to Japanese, those of us who live in Japan, and those of of us who have been here long enough for the rose tinted glasses to fall off know the realities vs the myths of how clean Japanese folks are.

Regardless, good on whoever cleaned up the mess!

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Posted in: 'Ocean's 8,' a glamorous crime tale for the #MeToo age See in context

Look at all the little boys making negative comments about a movie that’s not even out yet. Some men truly are afraid of women being seen as equals.

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Posted in: Mayor in western Tokyo quits over sexual harassment allegations See in context

Cricky, I 100% agree. The constant defensive comments from some are telling.

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Posted in: Aso returns year's salary over scandal; 20 other finance ministry officials punished See in context

Why is he not being charged?? Honestly, this country thinks it's okay for men to throw money at their crimes and allows them to walk away free. It's pathetic. He should be fired and arrested, not giving up his salary for a year and being allowed to keep his job. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Mayor in western Tokyo quits over sexual harassment allegations See in context

These days you can get in trouble for telling a female coworker that she looks good today or asking her out.

Can you post a credible new article where that has actually happened? You guys seem to miss that women don't go running and complain after ONE incident. After numerous, they might chat to someone but no one goes and complains about a one time thing. Some of you guys really don't seem to understand and want to paint women as hysterical. We aren't. Many are just getting fed up with the daily microagressions that they put up with. A shame you can't see that.

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Posted in: Mayor in western Tokyo quits over sexual harassment allegations See in context

I'm guessing the cases stated are just the tip of the iceberg for what this guy did. The forcing of a woman to drink from a cup might have been the only thing she had a witness who spoke and agreed to the story. No one is going to go and complain about drinking from the same cup unless there was more going on. I'm guessing lots went down but either no one around or everyone is too scared to speak up. Hence, the forcing to drink from a cup.

Regardless, it is harassment.

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Posted in: 'Pregnancy rotas' add to working women's woes in Japan See in context

All kinds of comments here about how moms on childcare leave cause issues but not a single person has suggested the dads also take some time off to balance the issues. If any of you dads took time off to stay home while your wife worked, you might be a little less harsh on the moms.

I’m also having a good laugh at a guy with a stay at home wife complaining about subsidizing a mom’s choice to work. Have you looked at how YOU benefit off the backs of single moms and dual income families? More so those without kids? Subsidies all over the place for those with a wife at home, kids or not.

As for how these women should be “grateful” they can find a job after quitting, many were pushed out of work which is why they quit. They get paid peanuts. How about you be grateful for the services they offer and the taxes they pay? These are educated women getting screwed by society for having kids.

I always laugh when western men tell me how sexist and chauvinist the local men are. Look in the mirror some of you. Some of you are no better. In fact, some of you are worse.

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Posted in: It's not written in the Imperial House Law, but no divorcee would ever be considered a possibility. See in context

I love how there is zero consideration given to the thoughts and feelings of the person getting married...

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Posted in: Mayor in western Tokyo to resign over sexual harassment See in context

Why do taxpayers have to put up with morons like this guy?

Because a lot of tax payers really don't care how men treat women. Look at Trump for a fine example of a well known pig who still gets voted in.

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Posted in: Japan passes law to get more women into politics See in context

Bringing more women into politics? Great! But you need a law for that? Especially one with no teeth. 

Shouldn't we be focusing on skills instead of gender?

The sad reality is that unless their are laws/quotas/punishments in place to address the imbalance, the skills on women are usually overlooked. Research has supported the idea that women get judged more harshly over men regardless of what job they do. So even with the best of intentions by "good guys", if you base on supposed skill, women still supposedly come out short.

Though let's be honest, this will do nothing. Not a thing. Remember Abe said he would have 30% female government by 2020 and backed down over that when even HE realized it was a joke. Nothing will change here unless a quota, incentives and punishments are involved. But this is Japan. We al know this is lip service and that the men in power certainly don't want capable women calling them out on their behaviour and leading the way.

Besides, if we went on skill, none of the people in power now would stand a chance. Family name trumps all here.

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Posted in: Tourists deface iconic bamboo trees in Kyoto's Arashiyama See in context

Can't help but remember this. Trees will grow back. It's poor behaviour of course but nothing that can' be fixed or replaced.

https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/italians-amazed-at-fallout-in-japan-over-graffiti

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Posted in: 55-year-old woman arrested for pinching baby's eyelid at supermarket See in context

Crazy woman and I hope the kid is okay. The behaviour some parents allow from their children is just all around annoying - and dangerous. Tell the kids to stop running, tell the mom her kids will get hurt, call over someone on staff but for heaven's sake, don't assault a baby!! More so one in a stroller who clearly wasn't running around and being a pain in the butt.

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Posted in: Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana; say 'We wanted to be like foreign musicians' See in context

Just think of how much better the country would be at English is all teenage boys wanted to be like foreign musicians....

Once again, blame the gaijin. Plenty of Japanese "role models" here well known for liking their weed.

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Posted in: Honda puts boot into fired Japan coach Halilhodzic See in context

Oh Honda, stop being a cry baby. Japan won't win a WC in my life time no matter how hard they try.

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Posted in: Women in Japan reveal their worst dating experiences See in context

All of these complaints have the distinct reek of self entitlement. 

it goes both ways, did the women in these stories make an effort?

All of them except the family restaurant are concerning due to safety for the women involved. If anyone is reeking of self-entitlement I would suggest it's the guys who think they are owed sex because they're on a date.

As for "both ways" you have no idea what these women perhaps suggested to these guys. Women here are usually socialized to allow men to "take the lead". A shame that because those dates sound painful. Hope they spoke up in the future and found better guys.

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Posted in: Man arrested over 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

Did the poor girl tell her teachers about this? Did the school call the police? If not, why not? There are far too many creeps roaming around the streets and too few people speaking out about it.

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Posted in: Male Hollywood stars must take pay cuts, says Salma Hayek See in context

She should be setting a good example of what to do by actually setting a good example.

You mean by speaking out and demanding better, like she's doing?

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Posted in: Few surprises in survey of most unpopular foods See in context

Cleo, agreeing with you. Include all mushrooms into your mould comment!! Blech.

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Posted in: Japan's 3 megabanks consider operating ATMs jointly See in context

Call me jaded but I just see this as a chance for them to demand payment for EVERY transaction you make if this happens. I currently have free withdrawal as long as it's between 9:00-19:00 (I think it is!). I can see that ending and their excuse being "but we have to charge because we have to process which bank the withdrawal was from. And what's this cutting down type idea? There are zero ATMs near me unless I go to a conbini. If banks want to cut back on cash, great. Welcome to 1995 and the debit card. Now convince shop owners to allow credit cards and cash cards to be used - without trying to bill the user. I STILL can't pay for my flights by card with the travel agent I use unless I agree to pay a 4% charge on top of my flight.

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Posted in: What do you think of banks in Japan? Have you have any problems in your dealings with them? See in context

free ATM's 24/7, free ATM's overseas

From my understanding they are going to start charging for all of these type of services. Everyone talks about how great Shinsei Bank is but it seems like it is going to start becoming just another Japanese bank in the near future.

Expat summed up the numerous issues with banks here nicely. The more serious ones are pathetic interests rates, the number of hours you spend get simple transactions done and the attitude that they are doing us a favour by being our banks. They are closing up shop in terms of locations because more are using online banking yet the service inside a bank is still horrific.

Let's not forget that many don't even offer international cash cards and if they do, they don't always work. Not that I speak from experience or anything. I still carry a bank card from my home country when I travel as I have zero faith in my Japanese cash card working abroad. Had issues with a SMBC card just last year in Bangkok of all places.

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Posted in: Yamaguchi to quit pop group Tokio over kissing scandal See in context

The girl should now record and release the old 50s hit, 'And Then He Kissed Me'.

Yes, because a song about a girl consenting and a situation here an old man forced himself on a teenager has so much in common, right?

Well I hopes she's happy. She's lured him into kissing her, cried wolf, then sucked some money out him. 

His career is in tatters and his reputation destroyed. He had no choice but to settle and resign.

I hope this teenage trickster and her family make the most out of their newfound fortune, however sneakily it was acquired.

And this my friends is what a man with women issues looks like. A TEENAGER vs a man in his middle 40s. Yes, we know the poor man is victim and just couldn't control himself. Women her age set out to destroy the career of men double their age! Well done teenager, well done!

Seriously guys, good guys, this is what "we're" up against. Speak up, speak out. Please.

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Posted in: Japanese actress accuses director; starts #MeToo group See in context

Yuko, yes, let’s tell women not to apply for jobs because some men don’t know how to behave. That will fix the problem!

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Posted in: Japanese actress accuses director; starts #MeToo group See in context

 But, that's just a Canadian man speaking his mind, from what I believe is the world's most multi-cultural and tolerant country, where we really look down on offenders.

Please tell that to all the victims in Canada. More so families like Rateah Parson’s, who lost a daughter because she was slut shamed so badly after being raped she killed herself.

Take a look at the comments on any type of “me too” or sexual harassment/assault. Many non Japanese men here like to think this is a problem that only Japanese men are guilty of. It’s simply not the case.

I applaud this woman coming forward and hope to see more continuing to do so in the future.

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