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Posted in: Osaka court fines man for putting 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

Asiaman7

Using that logic, every parent briefly taking a 2-month-old outside in Japan’s summer heat is putting them at risk of heat stroke. Shall we start arresting?

Parents often do wacky things with their children. But they usually love them immensely and would not ever intentionally put them in harm’s way.

From the article

According to the Osaka prefectural police, evidence of what appeared to be abuse of the child was found on his smartphone and laptop.

Apparently this was a case of not just "wacky things" and more a case of "intentionally harming" so yeah.

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

@larr flint

*I live in the center of Tokyo near one of the major tourist hubs and pre covid the place was overran with tourists, my best guess would be over 50% of them on organized tours.*

Yes your place in Tokyo got overrun with those 252 tourists from overseas.

pre-covid larr, pre, as in before covid happened, as in before 2020, as in when Japan had about 20 million annual visitors.

It really is a good idea to actually carefully read the comment you are replying to before starting to type.

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

Larry Flint

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

I live in the center of Tokyo near one of the major tourist hubs and pre covid the place was overran with tourists, my best guess would be over 50% of them on organized tours. Looks like the 60's and 70's are well alive.

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

Newgirlin town

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

I have literally never heard any Japanese person say that.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan said to be looking to merge Tempest and F-X fighter programs See in context

Remember Vickers built the Kongo and other early Japanese dreadnoughts heavy cruisers etc

This was when the UK was the leading economic and naval power in the world and japan was a rapidly growing rising power in Asia.

These days, both are at the absolute best status quo powers and probably more realistically speaking has-been second tier powers. I love the Brits and the Japanese peoples, but the economical and geopolitical situation has changed too much to make this comparison useful.

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Posted in: Japan aims to maintain stakes in Russia's Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

wtfjapan

seems like Poland once they join NATO

Interesting fact for you to ponder on: Poland has been a member of NATO for over two decades now.

You may also be interested to hear that the Soviet Union has ceased to exist and radio cassettes aren't really a thing anymore,

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Posted in: Britain, Japan said to be looking to merge Tempest and F-X fighter programs See in context

Desert Tortoise

Ground based air defense radars and missile systems that exist today have already made 4th gen combat jets incapable of surviving long enough to reach their targets.

Incorrect. These systems make the task more difficult, but they can still be achieved. Every aerial launched weapon that hits Kiev, Lviv etc is launched by a 4th generation jet (and sometimes much much much older ones).

That is what drives the requirement for aircraft with all aspect low-observable characteristics. It has very little to do with the air to air threat.

fair point

Westerm 4th gen fighters with the latest AESA radars and long range air to air missiles can still detect and shoot first in an air to air engagement.

Overall born out by reality, although I would like to mention a lot if that comes down, not to the fighters, but the Western support systems (WACS, etc) and lack of said systems on the opposing side.

Aircraft radars cannot be as powerful and long ranged as ground based radars. It is the sophisticated new ground based radars and fast long ranged surface to air missiles that make entering an enemies airspace prohibitively dangerous for non L-O aircraft.

This is where I disagree. Firstly, aerial radars like AWACS and A-50 Beria have an advantage because they are flying and thus higher. This leads to longer ranges as the horizon is further away.

It is true that ground based systems can be more powerful which adds range, as they can have more heavier equipment than these airborne systems, but they also come with one massive drawback: immobility.

In any war with a technologically able opponent these land based stations will be on page 1 of the "things we are going to hit on day 1" list. As they are not moveable, they will be very very unlikely to see the sun rise on day 2.

So yes, these ground based radars are very powerful, but they are also very easily located, mapped and will be on the receiving end of multiple salvos of precision guided munitions (which are much much much more common these days) on day 1 of any conflict.

Overall, airborne radars are maybe less powerful, but much more survivable.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan said to be looking to merge Tempest and F-X fighter programs See in context

Fighto

Good decision.

It makes sense from a financial and project managament perspective, agree with that.

These next generation fighter jets will take the fight up to Japans enemies in the region in the coming decades as Japans military keeps rising.

Uhm, in reality fighters by themselves aren't the be all and end all. The combination of fighers, radar and other detection technology, information sharing, force training and many many other factors make the difference.

There is practically zero chance Japans enemies - Fascist Russia, totalitarian China and North Korea - can develop such new age fighter jet capability.

There is actually a 100% chance countries like Russia and especially China can develop this kind of capability. We know this, because they already have done so.

The Chinese have one 5th generation fighter already in service (the J-20) and another one in late stages of development (J-35).

The Russians have the Su-57 (admittedly more like 4.5th generation, but still not something to snigger at and unlike the UK and Japanese jets, this one has actually been build and can fly).

All fo these (J-20, J-35 and Su-57) are much further along the development curve than the Japanese ¥Uk fighters.

Also, you call China totalitarian, whereas it is actually authoritarian and the real totalitarian state is North Korea. If you are going to throw around adjectives, at least get them right, words have meanings and meanings matter. Don't use words you don't understand.

Furthermore, this collaboration should pave the way for Japan to - hopefully - join AUKUS and The Five Eyes military partnership. Win-win for Asia-Pacific.

I for one hope that Japan is smart and doesn't chose any side in this pissing contest, especially not the side that looks most likely to lose long term.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan said to be looking to merge Tempest and F-X fighter programs See in context

New military tech is megabucks so collaboration can make sense.

Completely agree. Shared cost and larger ;production runs are the key to cost effective programs.

Being two island nations, the requirements for new military hardware may overlap.

Not sure I agree 100% with this, mainly due to geography. The distances involved in the Pacific dwarf whatever is relevant in Europe. This is one of the main reasons why the Chinese J-20 is what it is: heavy emphasis on range and loitering time. At the same time, the F-22 has fairly short legs end the F-35 even more so, meaning they depends on tanker support, which is a massive weak point (long story short: the J-20 seems to be a long range platform which would excel in hunting assets like AWACS and tanker planes. Lack of tankers would turn the US air force from a strategic force to tactical one).

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Posted in: 24-year-old woman indicted for murder of 82-year-old man in love hotel See in context

Who said it was a love hotel? Two adults can check into any hotel they want for a quickie.

the article, it is even in the headline.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. conduct joint drills involving 52 aircraft See in context

OssanAmerica

That's a great idea. As soon as you get Putin and Xi to agree, let us know. And a way to verify their compliance.

Not saying its going to be easy, as there is a lot of distrust, but it is also not impossible. Then again, engaging in an arms race is also not easy, and its incredibly expensive to boot.

And for a way to verify their compliance?? You are aware that we have done things like this before right? Not even that, we are still actively doing it. Once again, not claiming that it will be easy, but let's not put up this false argument that "it can't be done".

https://www.osce.org/files/f/documents/1/5/14127.pdf

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

BigPJuly

You probably won’t see this report on NHK.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220713_06/

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. conduct joint drills involving 52 aircraft See in context

The best way for peace is to make aggression extremely costly to the instigators, so they never try.

"Walk softly, but carry a big stick."

The problem with that is that history shows a rather mixed result for that policy. Turns out that "carrying a big stick" leads to your neighbors investing in even bigger sticks, meaning you have to buy a bigger stick again and so on. In other words a classical arms race.

These days we tend to think that arms races are good, because the last arms race we were engaged in (the Cold War) ended with one side collapsing exhausted without a shooting war. The general thinking seems to be that any new arms race will end the same way.

Historically speaking arms races more often than not lead to war, not stability (think WW1 rather than the Cold war).

Also, the Soviet Union had a much smaller economic basis than the west (at its peak 36% of US and European GDP) which explains why they went belly up. China already has pretty much parity in regards to GDP (on an purchasing power) and continues to grow. I think we should be very very doubtful with the assumption we will spend them into oblivion.

My solution?? Arms control and trust building measures on both sides. Rather than evertyone getting a bigger stick, everyone should get smaller sticks.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

Me too. The problem is she thinks that misandry is an appropriate response to misogyny.

Once again, that is a kinda understandable, although unproductive response. The thing is however, that I don't think my response was misogynistic in any way, it certainly wasn't intended in that way. I was trying to make a point on how personal experiences can't be generalized. I would (and have) made same points to men as well, so it is rather self-defeating to dismiss what was intended as a neutral critique as misogyny.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

I think intelligent humans in general want actual evidence of a supposed trend of a society, rather than an anecdote that does not prove it. I'm not sure if that's a male/female thing as much as an intelligence/lack of intelligence thing.

I don't think it is an intelligence thing as such, more a matter of dogmatic thinking. I agree with her that by and large women get a rather tough deal in society, in Japan more so than in other countries, and it is perfectly normal for women to push back against this. Especially if someone starts victim blaming as has occured in this discussion.

Combine this with a very normal human tendency to not want to admit being wrong and it is easy to fall back on ad hominem type of attacks, which in this case take the form of "you only say that because you are a man".

The unfortunate part is that I actually agree with her on many parts, but find her whole way of dealing with criticism rather off putting,

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

I did. You didn't believe me.

Stop misrepresenting my argument. This is what I said.

I don't doubt your personal experience. However, I doubt your claim that your experience is true for the general population as that is not what I have witnessed in my surroundings.

Your attitude is so very typical of men that it doesn't surprise me at all, and I know better than to waste more of my time on trying to explain.

This has nothing to do with you being female. This is about you making blanket statements about all women in Japan. Trying to dismiss my criticism of these blanket statements because I am male is dishonest.

You may want to look at my comments in this thread alone, to see where I stand on women's rights My disagreement with you is purely based on the fact that your argument is illogical and you cant back it up with anything more than "because I say so", not because you are a woman.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

purple_depressed_bacon

Also, not to victim blame

I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online. 

Uhm yeah, you are victim blaming. You know why? A girl can meet a complete stranger in a room and that does not give the complete stranger any more right to rape her.

Your sense of right and wrong is completely off whack.

I take issue with her serious lack of judgement and common sense

Strangely enough I haven't heard you take issue with the guy actually raping her. You are only talking about what the girl did wrong. Not a single peep about the rapist.

They way you're all coddling her and defending her is not going to help her learn from her mistakes. 

Are you trying to claim you are pursuing this line of argument to "protect her"??

She needs to understand that her actions and lack of judgement exacerbated an already shady and suspicious situation.

This girl needs many things, but not what you claim.

She needs the support of her family and friends. She needs to receive access to psychological counceling. She needs to rebuild her sense of normalcy, safety and self worth, all of which were taking from her by this rapist.

She also needs society to crack down harder on rape and sexual assault and rape. She needs society to change its thinking so people (especially men) stop this kind of behavior.

What she absolutely doesn't need is some random guy blaming her for what she did wrong. I am sure she is blaming herself plenty, victims usually do. She doesn't need you for that so may I kindly suggest you keep your "advice" to yourself?

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

I'm not a social psychologist, so why would I be familiar with research in that area, or even know if such research actually exists? 

If you make a claim about Japanese society in general you should be able to explain where that claim is based on.

My experience as a woman does give me general overall understanding of the experience of women. 

No, it gives you understanding of your own experience and also about women in your direct environment. If you think you can extrapolate that to all women you are falling victim to selection bias. Just like my personal experience as a man, doesn't allow me to speak for all men.

That's what "experience" means. 

Exactly, experience means something you excperienced, which is not the same as what everyone else experienced.

So if I am telling you that I had such-and-such experience, and a lot of women I know also had such-as-such an experience, it shouldn't require a research project for you to believe it.

The thing is, most Japanese women I know are actually very well aware of the dark sides of male behavior, sex and human nature in general. They are the exact opposite of sheltered, unaware etc.

Now, this is probably because we hang around in different social circles, age groups etc. Maybe your experience is more in sync with the general tendency among women. Maybe my friends are more representative. I don't know, which is why I clearly stated in my original message "in my experience".

I don't doubt your personal experience. However, I doubt your claim that your experience is true for the general population as that is not what I have witnessed in my surroundings.

So in summary, "I am a woman, so you have to believe me" is not the winning argument you think it is because I know a lot of women who have a completely different experience.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

If you want the research, I doubt you'll find it very easily and it won't be in English.

I can read Japanese, so if you have any research to back up your claim, be it English or japanese, please share.

You'll just have to take the word of women who have lived it. And really? That should be enough for you. Believe what women are telling you.

Sorry but that is absolute nonsense. What I said was this:

Secondly, I am also not sure if overall girls in japan are more lacking understanding on the dangers of predatory men when compared to other countries. I have never seen any research on this.

This has nothing to do with lived experience, this is a statement about levels of understanding. Just because you are a woman doesn't mean you have an inherent greater insight into what the overall knowledge level of the female population is.

Just like my experience as a man doesn't give me a better understanding of the how well versed the average male is in, say, mathematics, being a woman doesn't give you a better understanding in this.

I believe women when they tell me about their experiences, but we aren't talking about experiences, we are talking about general levels of knowledge about something. Being a woman, or a man, doesn't give you greater insights there,

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

bass4funk

In reply to this:

f that technology works, yes, absolutely. Or do you think the US should stick with outdated technology just because the better stuff isn't invented in the US? That's an excellent strategy to fall behind and lose your competitive edge.

Your answer is

Ok, so China, India should use fossil fuels to continue to grow, expand, and develop their economies and we need to regress, depend more on China and pollute the environment even more by using renewable energy to get there, makes a lot of sense. 

Which is completely unrelated to what I was saying. I never said what you claim I said. Read my post again, maybe more slowly this time, and try answering to my actual argument.

Which is stupid, doesn’t make sense and is more of the reason as to why people in the US have had enough of the Democrats and their idiotic war on fossil fuel. I agree we should find other alternative fuel sources, but doing so and depriving Americans by force and pushing them to buy EV at 60-80K a pop? Not to mention while we are having a 8.6 inflation rate, this administration is expecting everyone to just switch over? They’re not dealing with reality.

Once again, as above, unrelated to what I was saying.

Then this whole mess:

The US isn't selling oil to Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba. Whom are these countries that are hostile to the US??

EVERYONE YOU JUST MENTIONED.

The top three destinations of US oil are: Mexico, Canada and India. 

Feel free to explain how hostile they are.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/05/02/why-the-us-and-iran-hate-each-other/

https://news.yahoo.com/saudi-crown-prince-says-not-130052478.html

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3573831/us-bill-‘prevent’-biden-buying-iranian-venezuelan-oil

You claim the US is selling oil to hostile nations, I point out that the nations that are hostile to the US (Russia, Iran etc.) are in fact NOT buying US oil, not in most part selling oil to the US.

Then I point out that the actual buyers of US oil are countries like Mexico, Canada and India, followed by a request to show how these three countries are hostile to the US (as you seem to be claiming). Your reply?

Some links about Iran, Saudi and Venezuela.

Which is stupid, doesn’t make sense

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

Also, not to victim blame but

Then don't victim blame, just dont.

For someone who starts off by saying he doesn't want to victim blame, you spend the remainder of this post talking about what the victim did wrong and absolutely zero time about what the actual rapist did. You may want to consider that for a second.

I feel like youths in Japan really lack awareness and understanding of online dangers. Who meets up with a complete stranger they met online at a hotel without bringing a friend?

This is textbook example of victim blaming.

What did they think was going to happen?

She thought she was going to do a modeling job. The guy changed the rules. That is 100% on him, not her.

There needs to be more transparency and education on online stranger danger in Japanese schools because more often than not, cases like this keep popping up in the news.

Also, and bear with me here, we educate the adults on the simple fact that extorting and raping people is a bad thing.

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Posted in: Abe shooter's plan to target religious head thwarted by COVID See in context

Not only was the security detail poorly inept, but the amateur Japanese media like this article is allowing the domestic terrorist to run the narrative.

We do not allow criminals to give us the narrative - we prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law. He stalked and murdered a high-ranking Japanese statesman.

Shame on Japanese media for allowing themselves to be manipulated this easy by the criminal.

So what exactly should the press have done here then in your opinion?

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

Blacklabel

oil from out strategic reserves was sold to China. To a company that has/had financial ties to the President’s son. (We don’t know which because we can’t get clear confirmation if he has actually divested of his involvement or not)

Would love to read more about this, could you provide a source.

Since you seem to be really invested in politicians having clean hands the below link must have you spitting blood. You don't come across as someone who engages in selective outrage. Would love to hear your take on how outraged you are about this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/10/us/jared-kushner-saudi-investment-fund.html

yet at sane time we need oil so bad that we need to go beg for some from the “pariah”. Fist bumps for him though.

pray do explain dear Sir.

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

fist bumping some, handshaking others. Mixed messaging.

My God!!!! Such breathtaking incompetence. This is unbelievable. Bring out the tar and feathers!!! This is a diplomatic disaster of epic proportions. How will US standing in the region ever recover?????????????

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

Bass4funk

So we should invest in more Chinese technology

If that technology works, yes, absolutely. Or do you think the US should stick with outdated technology just because the better stuff isn't invented in the US? That's an excellent strategy to fall behind and lose your competitive edge.

put even more Americans out of business

Protecting outdated sectors might save some jobs in that sector, but will eventually cost you more jobs throughout the economy. so yeah, some business will inevitably go out of business. Rather than pumping money in dying industries, put some of that money into retraining people, and subsidies to relaunch other more competitive businesses.

sell our oil to nations that are hostile towards us

The US isn't selling oil to Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba. Whom are these countries that are hostile to the US?? The top three destinations of US oil are: Mexico, Canada and India.

Feel free to explain how hostile they are.

yeah….makes sense.

I shan't comment on how much sense some people are making in this conversation, I'll let you draw your own conclusions on where I stand in that regard.

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Posted in: Ukraine grain exports deal to be signed next week, says Turkey See in context

Yrral

Who want a bunch of contaminated wheat,the whole country of Ukraine is littered with Asbestos from destroyed building,

First I heard of this. Could you back that up with a source please?

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Posted in: Biden savors Israel 'homecoming' as high-wire Saudi leg looms See in context

Blacklabel

he gonna have to spend the whole trip fist bumping people to avoid shaking hands with anyone related to the supposed "pariah". (COVID!, depsite him shaking hands with others yesterday and forgetting today when he shook hands with Netanyahu)

Trump and Trump deflection.

The article is about Biden and his Israel trip, is it not?

I am sure the liberal media will obediently push the narrative and not publish any "inconvenient" photos of Biden begging for oil or being overly friendly. But, as Obama said dont underestimate Biden's ability to f things up.

> oh so "someone was mentioned in the article" isnt really relevant when the comments about them have nothing to do with the article.

excellent.

The article also isn't about Covid or liberal media bias and yet you bring it up. May I kindly suggest you stop this rather obnoxious and overtly agressive posting style? It is not adding anything to the conversation.

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Posted in: Japan reports 94,493 coronavirus cases See in context

Sven Asai

Well, only one remark, of course they were effective only at the beginning, but now lose effectiveness because nothing has been done for three years, which logically implies, that we are more and more exponentially exposed to the viruses around at amounts those masks and repeated vaccinations can’t block anymore.

Sorry, but that doesn't make any sense. Let's break it down.

they were effective only at the beginning

There is absolutely no evidence that masks and vaccines are less effective now than they were three years ago. If you have any evidence I would love to see it.

but now lose effectiveness because nothing has been done for three years,

excuse me? Have you missed the multiple vaccination campaigns, social distancing etc. etc.? What exactly should have been done in your opinion to "maintain effectiveness"?

which logically implies

Nothing in your post contains a logical chain of reasoning. We have some unsupported assertions, without any logical link between them.

that we are more and more exponentially exposed to the viruses around

We are more exposed to the virus as more people are infected. We are not more exposed to the virus because masks are less effective as you are asserting. Just an example of how you fail to apply basic logic.

masks and repeated vaccinations can’t block anymore.

Masks are not less effective at blocking the virus. These new Covid variants spread in a similar way as the original covid meaning masks are just as effective. Unless you have evidence to the contrary.

Vaccinations as well, are doing a very good job protecting us from severe effects of the virus.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

Girl in Tokyo

It's sad that sex is such a taboo subject in Japan that girls often grow up naive and with a lack of understanding of the danger they are in from predatory men like this one.

I don't think this holds true actually. First off, I don't think that sex is a taboo subject in Japan. In many ways people are more open about sex as there is less of a guilt complex around the topic due to absence of monotheistic religions.

Secondly, I am also not sure if overall girls in japan are more lacking understanding on the dangers of predatory men when compared to other countries. I have never seen any research on this.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

Lamilly

A company employee with too much time on his hands. Perhaps loads of overtime is not such a bad thing

I think you will find that sexual assualts aren't caused by "too much time on ones hand". Many sexual predators hold down jobs, have families, friends, hobbies, etc. If they don't have time, they make time to commit these crimes. Why?? Because they have the urge to do so and make the decision that other peoples wellbeing isn't as important as they getting what they want.

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