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Posted in: Fourth time lucky: Kim Kardashian passes 'baby bar' law exam See in context

Yes, she is rich, Yes she had help raising her kids. But she is constantly with her kids. No doubt more than most dads are in this country with their own. The sexism here regarding her is laughable. Men love to hate women who play the system well. She has played it well. Kudos to her.

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Posted in: Fourth time lucky: Kim Kardashian passes 'baby bar' law exam See in context

All these men trashing a woman who has literally more money than she'll ever need in her life who has studied and passed an exam. It says so much about you trashing her for again, studying and passing an exam. With four kids, going through a divorce, and being trashed constantly.

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Posted in: Nurseries' attempts to cut operations during pandemic spark confusion See in context

Daycares does not mean nursery school.

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Posted in: We are prepared for the government to publicly name our restaurants for non-compliance. See in context

They didn’t learn from pachinko naming and shaming doesn’t work?

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Posted in: Meet Kyuta: the 10-year-old, 85-kilo sumo wrestler in training See in context

This sounds like an obese child suffering child abuse.

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Posted in: Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan See in context

Ignored does not equal hidden.

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Posted in: Politician voted out after accusing mayor of sexual assault See in context

The missing word in this article is “rape.”

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Posted in: Walmart to sell 85% of Seiyu to KKR, Rakuten See in context

This is IKEA’s second crack at the Japanese market.

I’ll stop shopping there if they pull out the foreign food and ASDA wine options and snacks!

As usual, international businesses overestimate themselves and Japanese prefer Japanese companies not matter how bland - IKEA, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Wendy’s, the French grocery store chain that crashed and burned and was bought out by AEON....

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Posted in: Japan to create database to prevent sexual predators from babysitting See in context

And yet still nothing for school teachers, juku tutors, coaches... Anyone can legally change their name here. Why criminal background checks are not required here to work with kids is beyond me.

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Posted in: Japanese elementary teacher busted for hiding students’ shoes; writing 'die' on their belongings See in context

While I understand disliking your coworkers, I’m guessing there have been many unpleasant issues with him. No one calls the cops on three stolen shoes so what else has this guy done that’s not being reported?

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Posted in: Japan expects fewer newborns in 2021 as pandemic affects pregnancies See in context

So when do we get news on the divorce rate? I’m guessing an increase. I laughed at the comments who suggested there would be a baby boom. The reality of having people work from home here wasn’t fun for many from what friends have said.

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Posted in: In court for 3rd day, Depp denies violence during 'tailspin' marriage See in context

Don’t know about that, but trashing a room does not equate to violence towards others.

You can certainly search for it and it will come up. A man with a history of drugs and trashing rooms is more trustworthy than a woman. That basically seems to be your stance. A man who drew pictures with his own blood in a drug rag. But you still want to blame the woman.

I think she has a lot of issues as well and needs to be held accountable for her behaviour but her behaviour doesn't make his behaviour okay.

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Posted in: Seoul mayor found dead after sexual harassment complaint made against him See in context

Bigyen, did you read the article? "If Park does prove to have killed himself..."

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Posted in: In court for 3rd day, Depp denies violence during 'tailspin' marriage See in context

I doubt it is 100% her fault, but she’s definitely the main cause of the problem there.

A man with a history of trashing hotel rooms isn't?

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Posted in: Seoul mayor found dead after sexual harassment complaint made against him See in context

A man accused of sexual harassment supposedly commits suicide and we get an article about all the wonderful things he's done and little on the claims. Right up there with Brock Turner having his swim times written about.

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Posted in: Disney+ coming to Japan in June See in context

So are the going to remove the Disney Channel? We have that with a package and I wonder if this is the way they’ll go as they’d make more money. Well not from us as we’d just not bother.

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Posted in: Japan to approve its first antigen coronavirus test kits See in context

Marcelito, glad it’s not just me.

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Posted in: Japan to approve its first antigen coronavirus test kits See in context

Did I misread things? These tests are made by a Japanese company? Did the government withhold testing so a Japanese company could profit of this or? I mean we’ve seen Abe certainly “rewarding” his mates with this all so I can’t help but suspect once again, the government has refused to use things because they weren’t Japanese.

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Posted in: Foreign workers feel the pain of 'corona job cuts' in Japan See in context

expats marry, have jobs, kids, Japanese friends, pay tax, local tax, health insurance, pension, join neighborhood associations, community work, spend income on Japanese products and businesses...we fit in and although we crumble, we care about japan and its future.”

Expats do not expect to stay for the long run and are often western, white, and in white collar positions. What you’re suggesting as “expat” is more like an immigrant. Immigrants don’t always “fit in” and more so in a country like Japan where third generation Chine or Korean descendants still don’t “fit in” nor are accepted

These workers, for many at least, are immigrants. So are migrant workers. Regardless of their status, as usual, they are exploited and seen as disposable. It’s like they’re treated like women here in terms of labor - cheap and disposable.

The comment about how fragile these companies are is bang out. Japan is a house of cards right now and there is going to be a world of hurt for many, regardless of nationality. Still doubt Japan Inc will wake up and start becoming more flexible and cable with the times.

I feel for these workers but yes, anyone coming to Japan in the last ten years should’ve done their research. The crisis and sending people back to Brazil and Peru over a decade ago was the red flag to all.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 39th straight year to record low See in context

“having sky high expectations has repercussions, simple as that”

Expecting men to parent and attempt to look after themselves and their offspring is “sky high expectations?”

Plenty of women here want careers. They end up giving up because men here do not step up. How many men on JT step up? I see a lot of women being blamed for the population crisis but from where I sit, it’s not the women at fault. Who holds the power to make changes so both men and women can have better working lives? It’s not the women.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 39th straight year to record low See in context

Free nursery school for stay at home moms doesn’t fix the issue of a lack of daycare shortage for women who want careers. Daycare is also not free for 0-3 so again, the government is punishing working women who want careers AND kids. That’s not going to solve any issues. It’s window dressing.

A population crisis but not enough daycares so they make kindergarten free for families that can clearly afford to have one parent staying home or working a PT job to stay under the spouse benefits salary cap? Where’s the logic? I get it helps those families but again, not helping career focused women. And that’s what japan needs but “womenomics” truly is about using women as cheap and disposable labour. Women will continue to not have kids until this government sits down with women aged 18-30 and asks them what they need in terms of support.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 39th straight year to record low See in context

“I suggest for a mother with four kids, give her 15 man yen every month for 20 years apart from the child support. So that he can take care the children well, She can take care the parents well ( no need care home support). If she have 5 or six children then increase the support to 20 man a month.”

Your Post is exactly why many women here don’t want kids. You’ve put all the onus on mothers and forgotten that dads should also step up and parent. Why is the birthday declining? Because women know they deserve better.

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

Japan is not a third world country, no patient should be turn away from hospitals, 

this is real shame

Japan has a history of turning away patiences in ambulances dating back as far as I've been here - over 20 years. It might not be a "third world" country but in many, many, many ways, Japan is a developing country and the rest of the world is finally seeing that. I believe the US and Japan should be next to each other on the list of developing nations because both are playing very dangerous games with their public.

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Posted in: Osaka to name and shame more pachinko parlors defying closure request See in context

While I understand the frustration, packed trains and packed offices. Why is pachinko the be all and end all? Soaplands and hostess clubs still open, daycares are full of kids, life as usual for many because Japan still can’t figure out how to work from home. Ask pachinko patrons to sign a contract stating they won’t seek medical support if they get sick. I’m guessing more than half would stop going if smoking was banned.

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Posted in: Japanese auto industry vows to protect jobs worldwide See in context

And yet have any of these companies closed for a few weeks, without using paid holiday, or asked their staff to work from home? No? So money over safety the Japanese way.

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Posted in: Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home See in context

Take a look at how many men kill their partners vs how many women do. It gets exhausting reading the comments on these kinds of topics on JT because so many of you think it’s a joke. “What about men?!?? They suffer too!” Yes, they do. Most often at the hands of other men with regards to violence and why men kill themselves regarding work stress. A shame you’d rather blame women then address the issue of men’s behavior.

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Posted in: Virus scrapped your marathon? In Japan, there's an app for that See in context

More like “In China” as the app being used by the Nagoya marathon is Chinese. “Joy Run” and it’s horrible. Stick with Strava.

And it’s one app, two option. And the app isn’t even mention by name in the article, the info is incorrect. What’s the point of this article?

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Posted in: Guy deliberately bumping into women regrets it when he tries it on pro-wrestler See in context

Yes “me too” men, we get it. You too can be victim but the reality is, this is a very common thing for women to deal with. Regardless of country. Welcome to being female for those of you unaware of the daily microagressions women face for merely existing.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't ready to boost fiscal spending for virus-hit economy See in context

What outbreak? It seems compared to Korea, Italy, China, Iran... there are no huge increases in numbers. It’s almost like the government isn’t telling us something

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Posted in: Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years in doping case See in context

About time.

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