Good that the EU first and now the ACCJ pressure the J-government about this issue.
This is simply outrageous, unjust and inhuman way to treat another human being that dedicated it’s life in a country where in the end expats have only responsibilities but not same rights as their natives.
I am sure that many expats that live in Japan and settled here now regret their choice of life and with to be somewhere else.
10 ( +15 / -5 )
What a mess,they’re trying so hard to keep the narrative alive that Japan is one of the less infected countries in the world with soo low and approximate tests.
7 ( +8 / -1 )
Funny that some people here try desperately to defend such outdated and cruel system.
The European Union isn’t perfect,but for sure about social welfare,human and animal rights so as death penalty and weapons law can teach to some of these countries.
7 ( +10 / -3 )
Good that the Union push this matter and brings a spotlight to such a grave matter,this is no matter of sarcasm or jokes.
I saw soo many cases of foreign parents suffering for such cruel and inhuman unjust way to treat child custody with the foreign side denied even the right to be a parent.
Japan in many aspects is still living in the Edo era.
6 ( +17 / -11 )
The European Parliament earlier in June passed a resolution saying the European Union should take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if Beijing imposed the law.
Go for it EU,and I hope that every western democracy,including Japan will bring these bullies expansionists to the Hague.
It might be symbolic but it will show a firm opposition of the free and democratic world against this murder of rights in Hong Kong.
10 ( +13 / -3 )
It is time that we from the European Union reopen gradually the borders to relative safe countries as Japan,and it would be nice that they will do the same.
Life must restart at a certain point.
7 ( +7 / -0 )
Mr.Mroczek is completely correct, why we Europeans and I will also say every foreigner with a PR in Japan should have this unfair treatment?
If they keep like this I hope the EU will do the same to them.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
And then you ask yourself why marriages and interpersonal relationship are at the bottom in Japan.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
So basically these guys are rallying against a situation happening in a country far away from Japan.
Instead of mocking the others why don’t they rally against the Nippon Kaigi and the deep social racism and discrimination that every foreign must face in Japan?
I dislike any form of racism and I find right to fight against them,but these young Japanese people should start with their own country.
Japanese racism in many ways is even deeper than the one in the States because it’s ignored and never faced.
-2 ( +11 / -13 )
The news are positive but unfortunately we all have to face the worst in the post-corona crisis.
Not only Japan,but all the major economies in the world (north america and europe) will face major problems.
Let’s just hope that our governments will have the strength and capability to overtake such crisis.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
How convenient for the Japanese government.
When China is threading the Senkaku islands or South Korea is bullying them the J-government always ask support from the western countries,but if the west rightfully ask for freedom and protection of HK people they withdraw.
And spare me the anti-west propaganda that we were colonizer etc,because Japan was one as well.
3 ( +7 / -4 )
What a wonderful human being,the most preoccupying thing that besides his extreme action there are quiet a lot of people that have such believes.
The world somehow is trying to move forward but many people and more here are trying to revert time backward and maybe even wish to reach the pre-war era.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
I wish to know what Aso have to say about this topic,but I guess he will spread his words of “wisdom” only at his advantage.
This shows again how irresponsible are the people and it’s institution in Japan.
12 ( +13 / -1 )
Amazing how this muppet at his age is still in a position of public power.
Maybe the real answer at his non sense comment is the very low tests that his country did and still do to avoid the real numbers.
What a racist joke is this man.
37 ( +57 / -20 )
I frankly don’t see any surprise about this,especially expats long timers should know best.
Japan was always a very insular place,and the very few changes they had were simply imposed after some defeat in war.
Logic in Japan is not as important as stubbornness and just keep things the old way.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Yeah sure,we need another of these lovely Nippon Kaigi ultra nationalist for Japan,Abe and company are not enough...meh
4 ( +9 / -5 )
Another further step deep into authoritarianism,this is frankly becoming preoccupying in many levels.
Only the Japanese people have the power to revert this trend with voting to the right direction before it will be too late.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Some of you pointed very good arguments about this lack of humanitarian spirit among Japanese.
After all these Abrahamic religions have the same route.
I totally disagree that Japan is a wealthy country without poverty that doesn’t need help the poor.
Every time I go to Osaka I’m impressed by the high numbers of homeless people wondering in the streets looking for food inside trashcans.
But besides the religion I think Japanese people are just capable of strictly follow the orders from their government,boss or sempai but they lack of spirit of initiative and critical thinking to such problems,lot’s of them think it is the government or greater institution duty to take care of such people.
And I don’t think this is going to change.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
I was really surprised when I came here first time of this lack of empathy for people in hard difficulties.
For example here homeless people are just ignored, rather than treat them like humans with a heart.
I hope this society will become less cold and more giving.
5 ( +8 / -3 )
oldman_13Today 07:28 am JST
Of course the media loves to sensationalize these sorts of things, what country hasn't experienced their share of people being bullied from coronavirus, such as hate crimes and assaults (cough, United States, cough cough).
Time to reopen the world, enough is enough.
Really? Because in my country,Italy which was hardly hit by this tragedy we all stand united with our health system,we praise and respect our doctors and nurses and we treat them like heroes rather than bully them.
6 ( +13 / -7 )
My deepest respect for all these people working in establishments like combiny or supermarkets facing daily discrimination,indeed all the other activities like silly Pachinko or normal shops should remain closed but in this case without staff working in the food industry how can we even survive?
How selfish and ungrateful can be some old people in this country.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
The J-government doesn't know a clue what is doing in my thinking,every day they proclaim and urge something new.
It's like a child with a net trying to catch more butterflies at the same time but doesn't know which one to chase.
We all live in uncertain times,we wish to know a solid PLAN like many countries in the west are already doing like Germany.
But the just urge to us to stay home without even knowing what will happen after the golden week.
What a bunch of incompetents.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
These fascists should be in a prison cell,I'm proud to come from a country and a union where weapons are not sold and there is no death penalty.
This is such a disgrace and these people are basically the failure of a society to raise it's own children in a right and moderate way.
I don't hate them but I feel extremely sad for them,such elements should be reeducated.
5 ( +12 / -7 )
gashiToday 09:23 am JST
School start dates
Guatemala = Second Monday of January
South Africa = January 13
Australia = January 27
Kenya = January
Malaysia = Early January
Singapore = Beginning of January
Costa Rica = Early February
Honduras = Early February
New Zealand = Between February 1 – 5
Brazil = First week of February
Chile = Late February
There are other countries that begin later in the year:
Argentina = Beginning of March
South Korea = Beginning of March
Japan = April 1
India = June
Indonesia = Mid-July
Besides a few countries you mentioned here these are mostly developing or minors.
Japan is part of the G-7 and you should compare it with western Europe and North America.
With all the due respect for Guatemala or Costa Rica I think that Japan must follow Germany the UK and such countries.
Simply because they are economically the engine of the world.
-1 ( +5 / -6 )
I don’t like Koike but in this specific case I must agree with her,the numbers on a Monday are low due to the fewer tests.
Furthermore this statistic won’t show the the situation in the whole country.
Let’s see how this week will go and hope for the best.
26 ( +33 / -7 )
I’m sorry but I don’t buy it
And if you’re an expat you should be careful about Koike.
I give her credit that she’s playing her cards way better than the PM in charge.
But still,she belong to the same hawkish Nippon Kaigi and to the same generation of most of the cronies in power and she want to retain a very strong nationalistic and revisionist agenda and she gives me the impression to be a cold calculator.
Let’s hope that both of them,Abe and Koike can set aside their differences about the Covid (but same ideology) and work together for the benefit of the people living in Japan which includes us.
For the rest I wouldn’t keep my hopes so high on her about her political agenda.
11 ( +13 / -2 )
Well,what can I say if not this "welcome to 1950"
1 ( +7 / -6 )
commanteerToday 10:36 am JST
Surely and definitely, if those people, from the above picture, are in NZ they will be, no doubts, ARRESTED by the Police Force at once!
Sounds awful. I sure am glad I live in a relatively free country like Japan, rather than a police state like NZ. Take care.
I hope that you're using sarcasm here,because NZ is a role modelin many ways,if we compare it with human rights,social rights,freedom of press and mostly important the transparency of the government we know where true democracy and freedom stands.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
MkoreaMwafrikaToday 06:44 am JST
@SmithinJapan - My observation having visited China, South Korea and Japan is that the latter have better personal hygiene than the other two countries.
And Japan, in my view, as always been the leader in Asia - in science, in medicine, technology, etc- in so many realms in that part of the world. I think they'll come with some novel solutions to fight and defeat this pathogen!
Anyway, I don't buy into the doom and gloom about all this hullabaloo. I intend to visit Japan again ASAP! I have no reason to doubt that the indomitable and always resilient Japanese will get a way to contain this virulent SARS-CoV-2.
Keep dreaming,because in the western and civilized world where there is true freedom of press Japan lost all it's credibility.
Very stubborn to try to defend something that is no more defensible.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
The untold Japanese custom to urinate in the male public toilets and then don’t wash the hands?
I literally saw this in a daily basis when I was commuting to work and had to stop restrooms.
Or the one of guys coughing in front of your face in packed trains?
And still they want to keep their narrative to be the most clean and unique in the whole planet.
14 ( +21 / -7 )