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Posted in: Japan ranks 118th in 2024 gender gap report See in context

Are we surprised by such statistics?

we know this from decades,like it or not Japan is a country where changes occurs very long time and the strong patriarcal, misogynist culture is hard to eradicate if schools and family start to rethink their way of teaching to children the importance of women in their society.

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Posted in: Japan now able to deport people with multiple failed asylum claims See in context

I even wonder why people from developing countries would choose Japan at the very beginning.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinking, although slightly less than previously thought See in context

This is the consequence when you have a country ruled by a de facto one party state with no innovation, misogyny and xenophobia.

Each country deserve what people voted.

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Posted in: Japan aims to quadruple overseas market for anime, games See in context

Manga and Anime are a nieche,even in the West it is a product for selected youngsters or a limited audience.

Personally I am not into these things ay all,and about video games Western are miles forward in this besides some specific Nintendo titles.

The “cool” Japan thing artificially created will be pushed to the limits with little revenue.

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Posted in: Japan expresses continued support for Ukraine as defense chiefs meet See in context

Nato has it’s own fault as well with this war,Russia reacted to a massive provocative from the coalition.

Imagine if Russia was going to build bases in Canada and Mexico,do people think that the US would allow it?

Russia is no good country in it’s government but the US is hypocritical as well.

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Posted in: U.N. rights group says Japan needs to do more to counter human rights abuses See in context

Good luck with that,Japan Inc is so ingrained in this strict and abusive working system against visible minorities and women that it is hard to change.

And even if it will,it must come from pressure from outside,but still it might take decades to see some real improvements for human rights standards in the working enviroment.

If you want to live and work in Japan with good and fair enviroment then work for a foreign company based in Japan.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Earth is approximately 4.5 billions years old.

Modern Homo Sapiens Sapiens around 160.000 years old and Japan claim as it has ben here for 2000 years has the right to slaughter these beautiful animals in the name of “culture”

In the very brief history of nations more ancient civilizations ended brutal practices that once seemed either amusing or necessary ad part of our evolution as specie.

But I guess stubbornness and self mantra of uniqueness are hard to overtake over logic and nature.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

Interesting news.

The very weak yen plays a fundamental role in this.

In the previous decades France and Italy topped the chart but the Euro is a strong currency so not everyone can afford to go there.

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Posted in: Japan's new whaling factory ship sets sail on first hunt See in context

I am sorry for that poor little child that had to send them a letter brainwashed by these mono ethnic xenophobics that keep this cruel and outdated practice in the name of unique Japanese tradition.

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Posted in: Japan gov't again ordered to pay damages over Cameroon detainee death See in context

And this is all in the end, throw money and move on.

A human life ended because of the cruelty and negligence of people that suppose to protect.

But as we all know Japan’s constitution unlike many other true democracies doesn’t state that every human has the same right but every citizen has such equalitarian rights.

So this mean if by any chance there is a foreigner and especially from a developing country it won’t matter for them.

In the end the responsible of the death of this person are unnamed, left free and even protected.

There is even not an apology or regret about the tragic loss of a person’s life.

And as we do well know this is not an isolated case as in many degrees such kind of discriminations happen often in this country.

People shouldn’t be surprised if Biden mistakenly said something true the other day about Japan.

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

And this shows how Japan use cheap labour from developing countries as disposable human material.

A wage that is insignificant compared to any developed European country and few rights.

Not a rosy prospective for this country.

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Posted in: 'Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests' – Governor against charging tourists more than locals See in context

Cudos to Mr.Kuroika for pointing something just but I fear he is in the minority in this topic.

After all Japan and especially it’s LDP party have a chronic xenophobia and even if this is denied by the government and many apologists even in this site it is an undeniable fact.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly having sex with minor at welfare facility where he works See in context

The article should use the proper word in this matter which is rape.

Japan as a society should move forward and teach it’s men to respect women not just in words but in facts!

Rapists in this country do not get the harsh punishment that they deserve.

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

In many areas and in this specific case which is part of gender equality Japan is seriously far behind.

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

This is the consequence when a country is left under the rule of outdated ultra conservative hawkish old boys unwilling to change and adapt to modernity.

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Posted in: Kishida plans to attend Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland in June See in context

An irrelevant PM tries to attend an irrelevant summit.

To make peace talks in a state or war it takes both sides involved.

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Posted in: Japan tells U.S. that Biden's 'xenophobia' comment is regrettable See in context

It wasn’t diplomatic for sure but I guess the truth hurts.

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Posted in: Japan, Philippines agree to work for early conclusion of defense pact See in context

Japan and the Philippines,well I can’t see there two nations work in a grand scale world wide but good on them if they have some common grounds.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to tackle global challenges with South America See in context

Your LDP leader need to show that he’s doing something in order to keep his narrative alive.

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Posted in: 'Monster' Inoue, Nery prepare for Tokyo Dome world title fight See in context

Let’s be honest here,at least for us Westerners such light weights are even not considered box at all.

a small regional area is interested in this.

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

They can protests as much as they want but doesn’t change anything.

I can’t speak for India as I never been there but Japan in certain degrees was always xenophobic.

Maybe some posters here forgot not long ago when the Covid started PR foreigners where not allowed to re enter to the country but national Japanese could for the sole base of national ethnicity and without any scientific proof.

If this wasn’t xenophobic then we must create a new word for such things.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

Well, he DID call Japan "xenophobic." Yet Biden does raise the operative question-- why are the US and other Western countries exhorted bring in vast numbers of people overwhelmingly from the developing world, while Asian nations like Japan, S. Korea and China, whose demographic profile is more skewed than most Western countries, are not? 

If Asian countries' refusal to embrace mass immigration is not "xenophobia" (or racism), then what is it?

You have a very good point here,I noticed as well that for these east asian countries racism is referred with white-black people issues.

Especially Japan has this self built belief as a homogeneous ethnic society.

Furthermore what Biden said should not really outrage Japan as we all expats know that there is a strong xenophobia in this country which is not to be confused with racism.

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Posted in: Kishida to stress rules-based global order, support for emerging nations at OECD meeting See in context

His words are just to impress the domestic media of his country as here in the West and in our G7 countries such words are even not news of Japan leading the world in something.

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Posted in: Kishida leaves for France, South America See in context

The most irrelevant leader of the G7 is trying to gain some votes in his country as the LDP is fairly unpopular .

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Posted in: Weak yen boosts tourist wallets in Japan See in context

Japan is impoverished and the expats like us suffer of such conditions and primarly the locals as well.

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Posted in: Japan grants special residency permit to Russian man opposing Putin See in context

All Russians residing in Japan should be requested to reject any allegiance to the current fascist regime. If they decline, cancel their visas and send them back. 

Talk in such absolute terms shows a one sided mind and how little you know how people coming from a country ruled by a regime work.

As Russia is a dictatorship and not a free country russian expats who live in the West or Japan can’t easily come out openly against Putin.

And if they do so their family and friends in their country will have severe repercussions.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

Ally Rustom wrote

can't speak for everyone else but I'm not trying to change anything. I am applauding people who are taking their grievances to court AND are challenging police practice within the confines of the law.

I genuinely agree with you Ally.

These posts are not about bashing Japan or make it feel bad.

It is about improve it and make it a better place to live.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

I have been living in Japan for a while,I am a Westerner caucasian man and I have been stopped and questioned without any logical reason by the police here about 4 times.

In  my country of origin which is the third advanced economy I feel secure when I see the police but here in Japan when I see the cops I try to turn the other way as I am traumatized by their abuse of power.

And such cases happened to other of my friends as well.

Japan need to educate it’s police in being civilized and just and not to question and harass people just because of visible minors.

I truly hope this action will change something.

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Posted in: Kishida's U.S. trip may raise odds of general election in Japan in June See in context

The arrogance of this Prime Minister and his party in general are beyond words.

Now in any other true democracy there would be a new party leading the country.

So to summarize after all the scandals of corruptions,a stagnant economy,a Yen so weak that is impoverishing the majority of the population, no efforts made for the Welfare and still no improvements in the gender gap keeping Japan still far below any modern developed democracies Kishida think that visit his master and talk (again) about boosting defenses which mean use our money for the military will make him popular.

If Japanese keep voting his party and him then in the end they deserve to decline.

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Posted in: Kishida addresses Congress amid skepticism about U.S. role abroad See in context

As a Western European from a G7 country and member of the EU and pro NATO and West in general I feel perplexed of how Japan and the LDP in general have this evident servility toward to the US.

In this country on a daily basis all the media focus on the bilateral relationship with the United States and this seems really one sided.

Japan should be close friend of the US but also regain a bit of it’s sovereignty and not do whatever Washington suggest them to do.

This relationship to my European eyes look more like servility to a master and it is frankly sad to see how hard Kishida is trying to please them with his words and behaviour.

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