William77 comments

Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

Amazing how this topic is so popular now in the Japanese media but in the rest of the world no one talk about it.

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Posted in: Japan's detention center gives foreign media a look See in context

"They don't have to defend themselves as in the West. They are protected,"

Why the west is always identified for many Japanese as the U.S.

In many countries within the European Union jails are relative safe and way more human than in Japan.

Norway,Sweden and Denmark are good examples,and even Germany.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

Just looking at that picture and you can figure out how strict are rules in this country.

He gets down on his knees like he committed a slaughter,I am personally against drugs but on the other hand he only harmed himself and this public shame kneeing thing is something absolutely medieval.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over husband’s murder See in context

I agree with Chip Star,social pressure is one of the major factor of these explosion of violence,for sure we don't know the whole background story of this specific story,more mental care and support should be provided by the government of this country.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

I always wondered what kind of foreign politics is applying Abe,he wants to be intimate with both U.S. and Russian presidents,inviting them for "whispering night talks" with Putin and "buddy golf games" with The Donald,realistically how can Japan expect to get the island back and keep major tight with the U.S.

It is obvious that you have to choose one side,I am totally against Russian dictatorial and expansionist policy but I also believe that Russia and Putin are not idiots that will allow to lose their own territory and on the other hand Japan raise his military under the U.S. wing.

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Posted in: EU elections: Gutted center, high turnout, rising right See in context

The writer of the article clearly don't get the point of being European.

We are not a mosaic of countries but we share the same common greek-roman culture.

Europe is like a big house with many rooms,and if we look at the total of votes the majority voted for a clear union.

Britain is different,their vote is just for protest for not leaving the Union in an earlier stage.

France and Italy got the right wings as more popular parties for several social issues.

France is totally invaded by immigrants,and Italy is the open port of such invasions.

But from 28 countries 26 voted for a stable union.

So I wouldn't be that troubled.

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Posted in: More details emerge over Kawasaki stabbing rampage, killer See in context

This is not the first time that such kind of random crazy person commit such kind of horrific things here in Japan,the media and especially the local government should ask themselves why such people tend to explode rather than just mourn the poor victims.

The lack of mental care and the high pressure in this society combined with the unwillingness to express openly own feelings is a dangerous combination that bring some of the mental ill subjects in very dangerous situation.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police on Saitama street See in context

I think in this case the police officers just acted in the right way,first fire a warning shot and then in the extreme case fire at the criminal.

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Posted in: Kono presses S Korea on wartime labor issue See in context

Kuripitsu I agree with you,it seems that a lot of people are missing a key point here.

Rather than throwing money and ask to forget the past Japan should teach by heart that that short timeline of their long history was not good.

I am still waiting to see a PM to knee in front of the victim of the crime wars as Willy Brandt did.

SK has a point.

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Posted in: FIFA rejects expanded 48-team 2022 World Cup See in context

FIFA started to put things wrong since they want to americanize and asianize our Football.

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Posted in: Man arrested for pointing laser at U.S. military plane in Tokyo suburb See in context

This person is very immature and ill,if we were in a different country I would have suggest to put him in psychiatric cure.

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Posted in: Japan's economy expands for 2nd straight quarter See in context

All the countries within the G7 are growing in different degrees,and these numbers certainly are posted judging only the local situation without looking at the grand scale.

Some posters here should stop glorifying everything it's country and government does.

To love your fatherland you also try to have a more objective point of view and try to improve the things that are not working not just pontifical every single actions.

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Posted in: Court asked to stop dolphin hunts in Wakayama town See in context

It is nice to read that within the local institutions they are starting to question such practice.

Japan,Norway and Island should stop such things.

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Posted in: Europe's far-right wooing the young See in context

Compare the right wings of Europe and Japan is very inaccurate,for historical reasons.

Every continent and country in it's history experiences in different degrees waves of racism or xenophobia.

But in this specific case we have to think that Europeans for thousands of years were always explorers and curious to know different cultures,after all the western world is son of old Europe.

On the other hand Japan due to it's geographical position was never tend to interact of extended period of time with other cultures.

Europe rightwing wave nowadays is a consequence of the ultra-liberal moves that the countries within the E.U allowed in the last 15 years,allowing millions of immigrant to mass move in a very short time and bringing an exasperation to the lower classes.

Japan rightwings are based on the believes of the old imperial time and the revisionism of some part of it's history during WW2.

So even if the two waves are ultra conservative have different backgrounds.

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Posted in: Report reveals alleged labor issues at 2020 Tokyo Olympic building sites See in context

Pardon me,I have to correct myself 1.000 Yen x hour

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Posted in: Report reveals alleged labor issues at 2020 Tokyo Olympic building sites See in context

I am not surprised at all,Many Japanese companies are well known for underpaying and take as much advantage as possible from their employees.

I remember in Kyoto that I saw some language schools that were hiring part time teachers for a miserable wage of 1.000 yen per month.

So this kind of news it's not a real surprise,but I also believe that things will never change unless the media will really take such kind of abuse seriously and talk about it publicly.

No wonder that this country is the one with the lowest GDP ranking within the G7 besides Italy.

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Posted in: Japanese women’s magazine’s list of traits for an ideal man is both understandable and baffling See in context

It is interesting how often many sites put on lights negatives of Japanese men,but let's be frank the sexless nation situation is partly also for what the females in this country expect from a man,no wonder some people ends up sleeping with dolls lol.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I can understand that some positive souls mention that there is discrimination all over the world,and this is a fact.

But this is also a very generalized statement,there are many kind of racism and they come in many degrees.

Having lived in 5 different countries including mine I can say that Japan is generally more discriminating to diversities,after all we have to think that this is a homogeneous country,and also we can't forget how Japan opened it's borders to the world,basically from the westerner pressure,otherwise the isolationism of the Edo period would have for sure be longer.

There are many good people here but also so many prejudices,I would say that foreigners here are categorized.

They all come after Japanese,and then they have a generic ranking,with westerners at the top and then Asians Africans etc.

It is really sad but it's a fact.

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Posted in: 4 era names the gov't rejected before deciding on Reiwa See in context

Of course there is a selection of names before choosing the final one.

Besides I find fascinating that Japan still retain this intriguing tradition,and to be honest I see no problem to keep both calendars,Japanese and Gregorian can coexist.

It is part of ancient Japanese culture,and it's a good one.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

Today is an important day for our Japanese friends and for us to live here.

Let this new era be peaceful and prosper for this country and it’s people.

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Posted in: Japan deploys missile units on southwest islands amid China's rise See in context

Japan deploys it’s missiles and rightfuly so.

The national government of Japan have the right and duty to protect it’s people and territories from China.

Japan is far to be perfect,but it is a democracy and a non-violent and bullying country.

On the other hand the non-democratic totalitatian Chinese government threads everyone around the area.

And to Akie,so according to your thinking all east-asian countries should be unified under China?

I hope that you’re not serious.

Then according to your distorted thinking all Europe should be unified under Greece do to it’s ancient routes.

This is really non-sense.

Japan is NOT part of China and will never be.

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Posted in: Kremlin says talks with Japan over territorial dispute could take years See in context

Some of the comments are amusing,so as I understood when Putin will be over Russia will magically change.

Maybe if you look at the history of the Russian Empire first and the Soviet union then you will realize that Russia was always an empire,a conqueror.

And even when this leader will be finished Russians will replace him with a different person or a system.

I can understand that most of the readers here are from Anglo-Saxon countries and heritage,but the way you look at history might not always be agreed with other cultures.

The island are Russians and there is no self defense force that can invade them without starting a major world conflict.

Despite our different opinions in this matter it is clear that Russia won't give up on the islands,so we better live with it.

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Posted in: Japan ranks lowest among G20 in 2018 women parliamentarians ratio See in context

I'm not surprised at all by these numbers,it takes more than promises and few minor laws to put more women in power.

It takes a change of mind and mentality,but in order to do so this kind of change must come from the educational system and the families.

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Posted in: Ghosn, family go for walk, trailed by media See in context

I think Jenni answered perfectly to Schopenauer.

But we all know well that Japan rather than lose it's face to the world media might give some momentary concessions.

I feel sorry for all the victims that are still detained with such inhuman system that might be innocent and don't have the money to pay top notch loyal and are still suffering for such treatments.

I hope that all this Ghosn story will bring a fair justice system in the future of this country for other people accused but still not sentenced.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate rises to 2.5% in January See in context

These stats are deceiving anyway,true that Japan still retain a very low jobless rate compare to the western countries,but the average wage is heavily under payed and the working hours are higher,and if you combine then with the less rights that workers have compare to Europe and North America we can easily figure out the picture.

Numbers sometimes need to be interpreted.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn makes 3rd bail request See in context

Mr.Goshn you have been punished without a sentence yet because this overly proud country with a stubborn mentality do not want to lose it's face,justice and human rights are not important as saving face for the honour of the country.

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Posted in: Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault See in context

What is happening with all this violence and abusing against children.

I agree that such elements need time in prison and face the justice,but any deterrent that it will be taken,even chemical castration which I totally disagree simply because is a mortification of human dignity won't solve the problem.

Draconian punishment won't change these people mind,the government in my point of view should work on the education,on preaching to respect children and women.

Only a good education in human values can really reduce such terrible events.

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

As a westerner I find this practice horrible,unfortunately in our point of view Asians have different values in animal and human rights than us,we can try to explain as much as we want but I think the more we do the more they become defensive.

Sadly there is nothing we can do in their domestic waters and territory,it's their call.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

Nissan won’t get away with this.

The Japanese law system and media have been exposed to the western now.

And France rightfully so won’t let things get away like this.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

The South Korean government it’s frankly getting to pushy in this matter,now ask the Emperor to apologize?

And what next? Do they want him to bow in front of the assembly?

South Koera obviously want to humiliate Japan and it’s people.

Japan should absolutely ignore these Koreans muppets.

The emperor is one of the nicest person and a man of peace which deserve respect.

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