A predictable outcome from a nation with inhumane and medieval system rules which tend to protect only the corporation above the single citizen.
Mr.Wood comes from a country that outshine this one by lightyears in many fields like social and human rights,I wonder why he didn’t make a life there.
Japan will never change.
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As a western European and a person that comes from one of these cities I see no wonder here.
So much for this Japanese good life myth,no wonder most nordic Europeans don’t choose Japan as a living place.
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When a small country that happens to be next to a big country sees what's happening in Ukraine, it makes you take a cold and serious look at your defenses. Nobody wants to be the next Ukraine, especially with neighbors like Russia and China.
Japan a small country?
Your definition and my definition of small country diverge quite a lot.
With over 125 million people Japan by population is much bigger than the most European populous country which is Germany (80 millions)
You Japanophiles have to justify every excuse of this hawkish government.
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Almost every day when I read about Kishida is about how to increase the military expensive,how to keep the borders close or as much complicated as possible for foreigners to get in and raising taxes and see him traveling to every single international military related meeting.
I never hear him speaking in improving the social welfare,the human rights and gender gap situation for his country.
This hawkish man is a perfect representation of his aged party and his affiliation that wants to revert to a “beautiful Japan” pre war.
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The photo is very emblematic and properly represents Japan pyramid system.
All the oyaji leaders in front and the only woman (senior) sided on the corner.
No wonder why Japan is on the 121th position in gender rights.
As usual nothing will ever change,and if it does it will take at least decades if not a century.
So much for equality and diversity.
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So this chap got arrested for a doll?
This tells us so much how little common sense is here.
-8 ( +15 / -23 )
Another waste of money from our taxes,rather than assemble these relatively small teams which are like a drop of water in the ocean why not invest more in welfare and less in weapons?
Welfare is the core of a healthy society.
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Australia which qualified but like New Zealand have been put by FIFA in the Asian group just because Oceania doesn’t have enough teams.
But to be fair that group should be called Asia-Oceania group.
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This is when you have an old and outdated political class at the helm,out of ideas and need to copy the others,and when they do even not the best models to copy.
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What does Kishida and Japan have to do with the Atlantic pact,doesn’t he know that his country lies in another ocean?
What a waste of tax payers.
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From the photo they look very nice people and their reason is right,but as mentioned by many Japan is not defined by logic or logic changes but to keep traditions,even if these traditions are out of date or with little sense in these days.
I would say to this lovely couple to either live with it,because to change something here it takes at least decades or to move back to the US or some other western country which accept their reason.
And yes,this is an absurb and even racist rule to keep the name divided only if a national Japanese marries a foreigner,
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I'm very perplexed about this,yes there should be limits to offences in real or online and such harsh verbal violence should be perishable by the law,but the way the LDP delivered this taste more of mass controlling.
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The proportion of Japanese who consider Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's response to rising prices to be inadequate came to 64.1 percent, while 28.1 percent said it is satisfactory, a Kyodo News survey showed Monday.
But they still keep voting them,the old LDP is unbreakable no matter what.
I put the blame on the voters,but they prefer keep these old corrupted elements rather than change.
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keep records of the participants' movements, including places they visited and where they sat on public transportation.
This sounds to me like a North Korean style tour guide rather than a free democratic tour travel.
Japan is again showing it’s true skin,with over complicated and draconian rules compared to the modern democracies which it’s leaders want to imitate.
With so many beautiful and exotic destinations around the world why even bother?
i hope this will fail.
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Both China and Japan have imperialists aim,both hawkish nationalist governments are doing their own game and tolerating each other.
After all who is one of Japan’s prominent ministers?
Kishi, with such a family name and history he was even sent to China.
I wonder if some of former Japan’s allies will appoint a Goebbels as their minister.
But Japan can always get away with it’s past.
-4 ( +0 / -4 )
Don’t hold your breath about a rapid change,after all this is Japan,with such a paternalistic and sexist society where women are still treated in many ways as less.
When some social reforms might take yeas or a decade in your country to succeed here it will take at least a half century to follow.
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For sure almost no western person will travel with such ridiculous restrictions.
I hope this north Korea style guided travel will fail.
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This hawkish PM and his far right group are good at always play the victim’s card in front of the world.
If someone wouldn’t have a basic knowledge of history one might even believe that Japan was the victim of an unjustified attack.
-4 ( +12 / -16 )
It is soo deeply ingrained in their mind that it won’t end up easily.
Japanese are becoming more difficult in socializing with others because of this mask thing as well.
-15 ( +19 / -34 )
The nationalist and xenophobic government is the same one but with a different administration that implemented “morals” at school to brains wash their kids with “patriotism” and “nationalism”
The media and the sheeples people won’t care much about this issue because it’s just not touching their lives.
This shows again how backward is this country going compared to the rest or the civilized world.
Wishma’s memory demands justice.
But unless there is more media coverage of this without the government propaganda people will keep ignoring such tragic issue and for all the people that will be abused and suffer because of these racists.
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This political scenario is a dream come true for the ultra right wing nationalists of Nippon Kaigi and most of the LDP.
Abe’s dream to rearm and recreate a “beautiful” Japan is a real possibility for them in order to honour their grandfathers like Abe and Aso told publicly.
Don’t forget that this current PM and most of his cabinet are Nippon Kaigi affiliate as well.
The masses are becoming poorer and there is no real deal with the welfare problems that Japan is facing.
It will only get worse,and this is how our gaijin taxes will go.
To fully rearm them.
-9 ( +11 / -20 )
This shows how insincere were his apologies,but this is how it works in Japan which is all “tatemae”
All these dinosaurs and a lot of middle age Japanese men keep this archaic belief of the man’s superiority.
And Mori could release his inner true only in front of his LDP sexist friends.
And then some people wonder why Japan still is so low in the gender gap ranking in 2022.
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Completely non sense and racialized as always in Japan.
Besides,the forced group touring might work for some limited extend with the other northern eastern asian tourists like Koreans and Chinese which mostly travel around the world in groups as the Japanese also do.
But for sure this won’t work with Westerners which prefer to travel on their own.
Japan is mocking itself around the world with these North Korean style forced group tours.
With all the beautiful location in the world most people won’t take the burn to come here for travel.
The Nippon Kaigi is fulfilling it’s dream of a Sakoko 2.0 and spreading it’s xenophobic agenda among the obedient media.
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Another young (77) and dynamic politician from Japan inc.
No wonder that with all these seniors at the government they lack behind the modern world.
-4 ( +5 / -9 )
PTownsendToday 01:46 pm JST
@Ptownsend is S.Korea a western nation?
Google, Baidu, and Yandex are your friends. But I say no, still I wonder why someone would ask that question ,based on my above comment.
It seems that you need more a notion of the definition of the “western world” and “western countries”
Culturally and historically the western world refers to all the country that came from Europe.
The actual notion of the western world is North America/Europe/Australia/New Zealand.
Which doesn’t mean a free nation or democracy.
Japan like South Korea are free and democratic nations but not western nations.
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I’m not surprised at all,but why would tourists come to a country that has a deeply and ingrained xenophobia and unable and unwilling to deal with the world in an equal way?
Doing like this is self isolating their nation from the world community and giving a low image about how they treat foreigners in general.
-1 ( +12 / -13 )
anon99999Today 07:24 am JST
What rules? Wear the mask when driving alone in the car? Wear the mask cycling? Wear the mask walking alone or with you partner in the open with no one around you? ( This is what I see most people doing daily) . In fact I thought recently the government was advising outdoors was NOT necessary.
This statement is just to appease the backlash he is facing by the Japanese masses fearful of the COVID wave that will come with the opening of the country again to foreign tourists eventhough the foreign tourists will be in supervised controlled tours not free to go anywhere.
Excellent post here,and let me add that with this xenophobic statement of Kishida it will give to some random Japanese right wing gaijin haters the authority to harass the foreigners randomly on the street,and now this will include even us residents living in Japan.
I am afraid to say that their xenophobia (fear for the outside) is becoming more evident day by day.
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These forced tour groups are making Japan look more like NK than one of the G6 (excluding Japan) countries which Kishida wants to emulate.
-3 ( +12 / -15 )
And here we go and again this is how Japan totally racially profiles people.
These tourists with mask included could totally pass for Japanese.
So much for diversity and this shows again how Japan struggles to accept other ethnic groups due to their ingrained xenophobia (fear for the outside)
This poster photo is to reassure local people with more “familiar” faces.
Nothing changed and nothing will ever change.
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