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Posted in: Trickle of residents return to Fukushima's last deserted town See in context

10 years not being allowed to enter your own home is a fairly long time and it is reason enough to settle down permanently somewhere else and looking for another job - especially if you have a family with children.

Why should they really come back near to these damaged nuclear plants while they established a reasonable and safe livelihood somewhere else away from nuclear plants and the sea?

I am not surprised that most people from that area do not consider to come back. I guess those coming back are rather old and poor people still living somewhere in shelter-like condition.

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Posted in: Uber Eats cyclist indicted over death of 78-year-old pedestrian See in context

Bicycle riders are indeed a safety concern in Japan, not only for pedestrians but also while driving a car - especially during bad weather like fog or rain or in evening in dark narrow streets with only a few street lights. Very difficult to see, no lights neither front nor rear, not respecting any traffic rule, coming out of nowhere from all sides...

Police is too tolerant towards bicycle riders, talking and texting using a mobile while riding a bicycle, ignoring red traffic lights and stop signs should result in a fine.

The use of bicycles should be better regulated by law in Japan. It should not be allowed to sell bicycles without lights front AND rear and they should be switched on day and night while riding them similar to motorcycles. There should be an obligatory accident insurance - maybe a family insurance covering parents and their children using bicycles.

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Posted in: Man arrested for locking 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

I wonder what kind of family is that, the mother was with him in the hotelroom and she did nothing to prevent such a horrible mistreatment of her child?

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Posted in: 2 men re-arrested over child prostitution and pornography with minors See in context

GaijinjlandJan. 7 01:55 pm JST

Not trying to victim shame but a 17yo girl should know better than to have a 3 way with two middle aged men for cash. Then again the age of consent for girls in Japan is 13 so…

Not true. In case of producing pornography and/or offering sexual services against payment the minimum age for all people involved is 18 by Japanese law.

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Posted in: Teenager 1st to use hospital's 'confidential birth' system See in context

japanguyToday  12:34 pm JST

Good solution. But who will take care of the baby until adopted?

There are children homes in Japan, for children who are orphans or mistreated and about 30.000 children between newborn and 18 years old are living in such homes as far as I know.

About adoption it is very difficult in Japan, a lot of formalities - even to take children out for short-time or long-stay and to take care of them as foster parents is not easy, and this is true even for Japanese families with children, not to talk about foreigners.

Japanese children homes are very reluctant to co-operate with anybody for various reasons. Some of their arguments are however understandable, we have to listen to both sides of the story.

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Posted in: Teenager 1st to use hospital's 'confidential birth' system See in context

venzeToday 12:35 pm JST

Teenager first to use hospital's 'confidential birth' system :

Therefore, that is the new meaning of confidential.

Who is the father?

Where is the coward?

Will the child ever know the real father..?

If it is truly confidential for the mother, it has to be confidential for the father as well.

The question is if she even knows who is the father, or in case of of a crime like rape or incest for example and the mother is refusing to talk about the circumstances and does not want to name the father.

I see some legal problems with this 'confidential birth system' coming up for sure - but I think it is still by far much better than abortion or to give birth without any medical assistance and after abandon the newborn somewhere in a park or parking lot....

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Posted in: Mental health issues show women bear brunt of Japan monarchy system See in context

Women bear brunt of Japan monarchy system? What about the men? All women have the choice either to stay or to walk away anytime with some separation pay.

It's not really so different from other Royal families worldwide.

If I compare their life with the harsh daily life of many ordinary men and women in Japan I don't think, it's such a bad life.

Of course their freedom is restricted, but this is about the same with other people who require protection because of their status, like some leading politicians, celebrities, very rich businessmen...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally beating mother in Sapporo See in context

Johansawada Today 12:10 pm JST

maybe she had some pent up anger and resentment towards her mother for how she raised her...

This argument is not a valid excuse or justification for a 57 y/o woman to beat up her 82 y/o mother to death.

What a horrible crime.

If she cannot get along with her mother, she should have moved out and far away from her long time ago to avoid disputes.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally beating mother in Sapporo See in context

TheJapanesewayToday 10:09 am JST

...It seems that the west is having the same problem.

In Western countries the problem is indeed the same, maybe even worse than in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan held drill in November, assuming foreign occupation of Senkakus See in context

AndyToday 09:42 am JST

Clearly Chinese soil, or rocks if you wish to be pedantic.

John NounToday 12:29 pm JST

Definitely belong to China.

The Senkaku Islands belong to Japan. Japan should hurry to develop them and to keep a military station there.

China mainland is considerably farer away (approx. 230 miles) from Senkaku Islands than from non-disputed Japanese islands Ishigaki and Yonaguni (approx. 90 miles). Unlike Japan, China never did any business on these islands.

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Posted in: Nearly all Japan's school boards scrap gender field on applications See in context

Students applying to enter public high schools from next spring will no longer be required to specify their gender on the application form 

This might be a good start and if it continues up to company recruitment it will benefit straight men, as all these job quotas, women only train cars, women-only schools and salary disputes between men and women and early retirement allowances for women only etc. will disappear. A step forward to equality.

I think however feminists do not like that...

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Posted in: Nearly all Japan's school boards scrap gender field on applications See in context

AlongfortherideToday 09:03 am JST

Your either a Boy or Girl period!

Tom SanToday 09:06 am JST

That's the way I see it too.

ZaphodToday 12:06 pm JST

......It is nice wanting to appease the feelings of a tiny minority of people

I see it somehow similar, you are either a straight man or a straight woman OR something else.

I was talking a while ago with a man who identified himself as gay, but open to a very good talk. He told me he thinks at least 90 % to 95 % of all people are either straight men or straight women. - The remaining - maybe 5 but not over 10 % are 'something else' - gay, bi-sexual, transgender etc. etc.

The question is how large is really this 'tiny minority' which is divided again into various subgroups. It's OK to consider the feelings of a minority group, but it should never go so far that these minority groups telling the majority what they have to do or not have to do.

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Posted in: Man dies after being found collapsed on street in Tokyo See in context

Police said the man had no ID or personal belongings on him

Most Asian countries have laws which make it obligatory for all citizens to carry an ID-card with them all the time and nobody has a problem with that. In case of an emergency like this one police in Japan has no idea who this person is and where he is living and whom to contact. ID is only obligatory to carry with you as a foreigner, not for Japanese. Something should be changed, Japanese people should also carry some ID with them he going out.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

eiganofunToday 08:25 am JST

japan government should prohibit the gambling about pachinko, hose racing, boat racing, lot etc. i think it make the poor family.

True, many Japanese low-income people, men and women, are wasting a horrible amount of money for pachinko in all Japan. To close down these parlors would surely help many families, single and dual households, to spend their money for other more useful things.

Also helpful would be to consider the amount which families are spending for alcohol and cigarettes and otherwise useless items.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study

A lot of information is missing here, for example how many single-parent households are in all Japan, how high is their income, how many children and how old are they, and how much do these households have to spend for rent/loans and why are they single-parent households...and also where they are located, likely most of them in the large cities I guess.

It is true as mentioned in the comment above that there are also many dual-parent households with children who struggle, they need a larger home which costs more money, some fathers might be jobless and so on.

About single households, likely a mother with a child, I wonder why they do not try to find a reliable partner again, as together it is still in general easier than being alone. There are many single Japanese men of all age who are lonely and cannot find a female partner.

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Posted in: Musashino city in Tokyo rejects proposal for foreigners to vote in referendums See in context

It would be interesting to carry out an opinion poll among foreigners in Japan to find out how many foreigners are really permanent resident holders and claiming voting rights and how many are interested to renounce their present nationality and prefer to switch over to Japanese citizenship.

For me, holding EU citizenship, other issues are clearly more imporant while living in Japan: to be the owner of my condominium unit, enjoy full health insurance cover, no working permit required etc. I am now 65+ and like to be a 'Japanese' senior with reduced fare using the JR railway, half price on public bus network in my area, free entrance to swimming pools and museums....

Voting rights? About myself, I really don't care, no issue for me at all. Of course I have to pay taxes like every Japanese citizen.

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Posted in: Osaka residents find mysterious cash gifts in their letterboxes See in context

I am a gaijin, maybe this is the reason there is no money in my mailbox? Still waiting...

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Posted in: TEPCO files for approval of Fukushima plant water release See in context

The AvengerDec. 22 06:22 pm JST

I don't care if radioactive water has been treated. Releasing it into the ocean is insane.

The question remains however what else can be done instead of releasing this radioactive water into the ocean.

I see no other way out of this situation. To release it slowly away from the coast and to disperse it into the ocean starting with the oldest water in these 1000 storage tanks is maybe the only realistic solution.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 3 death-row inmates; 1st executions in 2 years See in context

Richard GallagherDec. 21  08:42 pm JST

As for just punishment: life in prison, without parole is harsh. Caged for life. Within an institution that is not only harsh, but violent. 

Prisons in Japan are known for being violent-free. Life in prison without parole is harsh? Tell this to the victims and relatives of these criminals and I wonder their reply.

Why are so many people for the death penalty? It is because they are worried about repeat offenders. A life sentence is rarely a life sentence in Japan and elsewhere and you are never sure after their release if they do not commit horrible crimes again.

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Posted in: Miss Universe 2021 Japan entry slammed for wearing 'dead person’s kimono' See in context

If somebody really thinks this fantasy dress looks like a kimono for a dead person, he needs to go to an optometrist and order eye-glasses.

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Posted in: U.S. COVID-19 death toll passes 800,000 See in context

In USA - unlike Japan - many people have no medical insurance and treating themselves with cheap and useless drugs like cleaning fluids or veterinary drugs and even poisoning themselves with a huge overdose of vitamins but are refusing vaccination with strange conspiratorial arguments - and this - 800.000 deaths - is now the sad result.

In Japan, with only 1055 known covid19 patients today and with many provinces reporting new patients = zero, totally 18367 deaths since February 2020, a high vaccination rate and only 27 people in ICU, covid-19 is almost a part of the past.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to bring forward vaccine booster shots See in context

GoodToday 06:48 am JST

I will get my booster shot just as soon as it is made available to me.

Same with everybody of my family. Considering 6 to 8 months after the first and second shot (Pfizer), the booster shot will be likely in February or March 2022.

We also got already the shot against seasonal flu a few weeks ago and are also vaccinated against pneumonia.

Some side effects after these shots but all of them totally disappeared within 3 days.

Now are very few patients with covid-19 in Japan, less than 1000 persons and outside of the large cities there are several provinces which report zero patients. Hopefully it continues like that.

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Posted in: 33% of major firms listed in Japan have no female executives See in context

33% of major firms listed in Japan have no female executives

I wonder if there are major firms listed in Japan which have no MALE executives and if yes, how many are they?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 21 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 136 See in context

What is alarming is that 13 people arrived at the airport and were found to be infected.

Every day some passengers coming from abroad are found to be infected on arrival.

Are there no tests for passengers when they were boarding those airplanes? From where are these people coming from?

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Posted in: Ghosn calls Japan's prosecution system discriminatory See in context

Ghosn continues to hide in Lebanon, a very impoverished nation and remains silent about his legal troubles in France and Netherlands that led to the seizure of millions of euros of his assets. Not to forget his situation in USA, where he had to pay 1 million USD out of his own wallet to US regulators, he is barred as CEO for any US company for the next ten years.

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Posted in: Bus driver chases down groper who targeted 18-year-old girl on his vehicle See in context

WeiWeiDec. 5 08:38 am JST

On most busses you exit from the rear, enter from the front. I don’t know of any bus where you exit from the front.

In Okayama City, on all buses and the streetcar you enter from the rear and exit from the front.

It's not everywhere the same in Japan. I know buses in Tokyo where you enter from the front and exit from the rear.

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Fresh Prince of JapanToday 03:27 pm JST

As in many other issues, Japan prefers to wait and to turn the head to the other side.

For this Japanese woman and her lawyer to wait it out and doing nothing is clearly the best way to go. For them it's all about to object and delay. During this time he will not be able to meet his children.

Without any amicable agreement between father and mother this case can go on over many years from now on, even decades, until laws are changed and/or the Japanese Supreme Court will offer a final decision which has to be respected within Japan.

His children might even be adults already at that time and the case will be discontinued.

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Christopher J. ThomasToday 02:50 pm JST

Japan will always side with the woman from domestic disputes,

But I am not putting money in her hands. NEVER!

I am the one that has to leave the apartment in my name.

Japan needs to seriously update the laws here.

Every story has two side and we should listen to both sides.

You mention you are from USA, I hear you but how is this what happened to you in Japan so different from your own country? In the States, family courts are not known be be father-friendly at all, ask men how many of them had to move out from their own house after divorce and if you don't pay obligatory child support directly to the mother on time - regardless if you can see your children or not - you might be arrested and spend a while in jail. Additionally you will be subject to pay alimony to your ex-wife.

Japan in this sense is clearly much more lenient towards fathers, Japanese authorities cannot force you to pay alimony and child support and will never arrest you if you are unwilling or unable to pay. About your home in Japan, if you are really the owner 100 % in your name, fully paid and your name is in the land title before marriage it's yours for always.

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

David BrentToday 07:05 am JST

This sort of thing just makes the Japanese dig their heels in even more. It won’t make any difference, sadly. Same with complaining about whaling; counterproductive.

To compare custody rights with whaling requires some advanced fantasy. LOL.

However I fully agree with you, this arrest warrant will make Japanese authorities even more reluctant to work out any acceptable solution regarding this complicated custody issue. Totally counterproductive action.

The only reason I guess, why the French authorities cannot refuse to get involved is the fact that these children are holding dual Japanese/French citizenship and are not living within EU territory and therefore their whereabouts are unknown, further the lawyer of the mother is refusing to co-operate for any dialog out of court.

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Simon FostonToday 12:17 pm JST

I think the underlying truth is that Japanese fathers who get divorced usually don't care in the least if they never see the kids again and in Japan the status quo generally favours men. They can waltz off into the sunset and enjoy "second lives" while the childcare is dumped on the mothers and their families, who seem to accept this as right and normal. I'm pretty sure a lot of Japanese judges, lawyers and police officers, especially if they're male and middle-aged, are baffled at foreign dads who actually seem to expect things like custody or visitation rights.

Excellent summary, and it is not only about Japanese fathers, but about foreign fathers too.

There are Japanese mothers existing as well, who were abandoned with the baby and the foreign father left Japan and disappeared to abroad. Never heard from him again.

I remember a few years ago, after receiving some complaints from abroad, the Japanese Ministry of Justice was trying to collect data about foreign fathers, who were refused to see their children in Japan, only 19 replies were received.

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