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Posted in: Japan oil giant Eneos says misconduct against woman led to CEO resignation See in context

Snow Peak Inc announce that its president has stepped down, saying Risa Yamai offered to resign as she dated a married man and became pregnant

Interesting case of questionable behavior by a Japanese female company president. However she and this married man obviously agreed to this sexual relationship. The only victim I see is the married wife of this stupid irresponsible guy.

Sugimori groped the hostess and forced a kiss on her. She sustained an injury requiring two weeks to heal, with her rib broken 

Idiot, this guy has plenty of money, he needs only to request an escort to visit him in his hotel room. There is no excuse for being violent and to injure and to sexually harass any woman, bar hostess or not.

the former prime minister's remarks accusing women of talking too much

This was a general remark, not very nice, but he did not sexually harass and injure any woman.

Not sure how to compare these 3 cases mentioned in this article and why they are reported within the same article - they are quite different from each other.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

ChibakunToday 03:03 pm JST

Japan is going end up being a country filled with elderly because mass immigration will never happen.

Filled up with elderly is not only limited to Japan, other economically advanced or advancing countries have the same issue.

About mass immigration, the question remains if this is really a good thing for Japan, you can do that in large countries which are still underpopulated, like Canada or Australia for example, but there are already 125 million people living in Japan which is a rather small country and there is still a fairly large land area which is unfit for housing.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

toraToday 02:33 pm JST

You actually don't need much money to raise children. People are just rejecting the very notion of having a family.

Honestly, are you serious? It might be true that you don't need much money as long as the children are still very small. But when they are getting older, you need an acceptable living space for them and you have to pay for their education. Do you have any idea how much this all costs in Japan?

Our two daughters are adults now, but it was a hard time for us and we were often almost out of money, luckily I had a regular full-time job with stable income and my wife could do some part time job to pay for all those bills.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

The main problem in Japan is with jobs and housing, especially for young men. Either you stay in the big cities, earn a good salary, but why should you consider a family, if you do you are deeply in debts and have to repay loans for decades - or you prefer to live in small cities, cheap housing, but no regular jobs, only part-time, seasonal work ... and in such rural areas often young men outnumber young females by a huge margin.

Many young men don't really know what to do, they just rent a small room and do some occasional jobs - their workplace cannot offer them much, just a basic income, good enough only for themselves.

To find a female friend is not easy for a Japanese man either, many just gave up living only for themselves, not even willing to try. As a young man working in a car repair shop told me why even to look out for a girlfriend, he has nothing what he could offer to her and if she meets any other guy she will leave him anyway.

On the other side, you might argue, some reduction of the population is not really such a bad thing. 100 million people is enough for Japan, the country is quite small.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion See in context

diagonalslipToday 01:55 pm JST

well, if China and the U.S. war over, and in, Taiwan, whatever the outcome, doubt there would be much of Taiwan left,...

You have to see it from both sides, not only Taiwan, but those large cities along the Chinese coastline will be also destroyed, like Shantou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Fuzhou.. only these few Chinese cities have a higher population than all Taiwan and not to talk about their high industrial output.

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Posted in: 60% of people with foreign roots questioned by Japanese police: survey See in context

After living in Japan since more than 40 years, I have no complaint about the behavior of police - I was stopped sometimes while still living in Tokyo/Yokohama area, but I always carry my residence card and driving license with me and it’s just a friendly talk. I had some checks when riding my motorcycle during late night, but police cannot know if I am a foreigner or Japanese, using a helmet and streets were rather dark. Just checking if I am drunk and if I have a driving licence and I continued within a few minutes.

After retirement and moving out of Tokyo 5 years ago to a rural area in Kansai, I was a bit worried as I am the only foreigner living there, maybe local Japanese will approach me and ask me this and that, or a patrol car will stop and police officers will check why I am walking around near my home, but so far nothing...

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 207,000 child abuse cases in FY2021 See in context

letsberealisticToday 03:38 pm JST

From living in Japan for 15 years, reading news reports and talking to many Japanese over the years I would say Japan is unsafe for children and women compared to most developed nations.

I have no idea, after living in Japan for more than 40 years, from where you got this impression.

My Japanese wife, our two daughters and now also our grandchildren are not worried at all to walk around, using train and bus, going to school and back home, regardless if it is daytime or nighttime.

I don't know even a single place in Japan which I consider as unsafe.

I do not know about any international crime statistic, which mentions Japan to be a dangerous place for living.

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Posted in: Woman attacked by man as she walks home See in context

Michael MachidaToday 08:22 am JST

If Japan is such a safety country, why do I read stories like this on a daily basis?

What do you expect from Japan, honestly? Do you know that Japan has 125 million people? Japan is a crime-low nation but of course it is not crime-free. A crime-free country does not exist!

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 207,000 child abuse cases in FY2021 See in context

MioToday 07:59 am JST

We’re always told what a safe(ty) country Japan is.

Because it is . In the US there are over 800,000 cases a year.

Of course Japan is not crime-free, but comparing it with many other countries for sure it is crime-low.

It's not only about children and comparing Japan with USA. For sure Japan is generally considered worldwide to be a very safe country. I do not know about any international crime statistic which is listing Japan as an unsafe place to live.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 207,000 child abuse cases in FY2021 See in context

DisillusionedToday 08:12 am JST

The US has four times the population of Japan 

Thsi is not true, USA does not have 500 million citizens.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating wife in Sapporo home See in context

momocloToday 10:56 am JST

With news like this I am surprised any woman wants to marry a man.

What about to see the other side of the story? Maybe women should be more carefully and reconsider their criteria how they choose their male partners.

There is no shortage of men of any age here in Japan who will never harm a woman and who are lonely and looking for a nice female friend.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sticking sewing needles into buttocks of ex-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son See in context

This crazy guy is in urgent need of jail and should also face a psychiatric evaluation. No normal person is doing something like that. The hospital did the right thing by reporting this case to the local child welfare center.

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Posted in: Construction of Fukushima water release facilities to begin Thurs See in context

The question remains what else could they do with this huge amount of radioactive water in all these many storage tanks? To release it slowly into the ocean seems to be the only realistic solution.

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Posted in: Capsule hotel inside Narita Airport is like a futuristic spaceship See in context

Yen 5700,- per night in a capsule hotel for a single traveller is not cheap at all. I can only comment about Osaka Kansai Airport, just a few minutes away from airport, around railway stations there are several business hotels and they will charge you less for a room, sometimes including breakfast.

If you are a couple you are clearly better off to book a hotel room near to airport. No need to pay yen 5700 x 2 = 11.400,- - hotels a few stations away from airport will charge you for a very good room for two less than what you are supposed to pay for 2 capsules.

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Posted in: Land ministry criticized for all-male lecturers' lineup in online course See in context

The ministry announced Tuesday it was accepting applications for the free-of-charge course that will last until around February, 

It would be good to know how many applications did they receive and how many of these applications were from women...

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Posted in: Japan nuclear regulator OKs details for Fukushima plant water release See in context

China on Friday renewed its protest over the planned wastewater release and urged Japan to carry out the disposal in "a scientific, open, transparent and safe manner.

China talks about 'a scientific, open, transparent and safe manner'?

The question remains however, what else can they do with this huge amount of radioactive water but to release it slowly into the ocean?

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

I am surely not against strict school rules and to keep discipline in the class room. However this is ridiculous, by far over the top.

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Posted in: Kyoto man arrested for throwing large plastic bottles full of batteries into canal See in context

40 to 50 batteries a day for keep a phone running? This guy is crazy.

There is no excuse for fly-tipping of batteries.

Now we are using mostly rechargeable batteries in our home. However I never had a problem with disposal of batteries.

Small batteries of any kind are collected 2 times a month in our area as recycle trash, together with glass, cans, spray cans, pet bottles, cooking oil, paper and some other items.

When I bought a new car battery, the service shop kept the old broken battery. No extra charges.

Only one time I had to get rid of an old large heavy battery of a computer power backup unit of the company I was working. Everywhere refused. Finally I contacted a battery factory and they told me, if our company is willing to pay for the delivery fee, I should send it straight to their battery recycle facility and they will accept it.

They gave me an address to where to send it and a phone number of a company which came to our office to pick it up. The fee was fairly cheap, about the same you pay for delivery of a heavy suitcase from airport to your home..

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested for making 9,313 false reservations on luxury trains See in context

To hold a reservation up to 15 minutes without payment before the train departs is too late, there should be an earlier deadline, maybe 2 or 3 days before departure in case of special trains. Their reservation system for special trains should be changed to prevent misuse in future. Not sure how, but maybe accept reservations only by registered members using a creditcard or against 20 % cash deposit. In case of 'No Show' the deposit will not be paid back or the creditcard will be charged....

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

Japan ranked 120th among 156 countries in last year's rankings.

In Asia, the Philippines remained the best-performing country in 19th place, while South Korea ranked 99th and China 102nd

Best performing? True, in Philippines ordinary men and women are equally poor.

However I would say, life is still better for women in Japan, South Korea and China despite the gender gap.

HiroJuly 13 06:55 pm JST

When i heard China is ranked 102nd, i know for certain this game was rigged. Who would believe that nonsense? This Swiss base think tank should mind it's own business.

It's not rigged, but distorted, totally ignoring important criteria like the size of those countries and living standard of their citizens in general. To compare Iceland with its 370.000 people with Chinas 1400 million people is a way to nowhere and to claim women have it better in the Philippines than in Japan is plainly misleading.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing 2 girls in Sendai See in context

A case for a secure mental ward. This guy is plainly crazy.

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Posted in: Average condo price in Tokyo area sets new high in fiscal 2021 See in context

ChikuyokeiApr. 20 04:11 pm JST

Condos in Tokyo are cheaper than in Toronto!

I think so too, there is not so much difference in pricing between Tokyo and London, Paris and other major cities in Europe, Northern America, Australia ...

However Tokyo is indeed by far the most expensive city for housing in Japan, if you compare it with many other smaller cities everywhere in Japan.

We moved to Okayama City after my retirement and our centrally located condominium was maybe 70 percent cheaper compared to what you have to pay in Tokyo. Nice view to 3 directions, lot of greenery nearby, 70 m2 3LDK + 30 m2 balcony with roof. Parking lot within the building in the garage is yen 8000,- for 2 cars and for my motorcycle yen 300,-.

We were happy when we were able finally to move out of Tokyo. However for foreigners, if you have still to work, in smaller cities it is not easy to find a job.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,776 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,899 See in context

painkillerApr. 20 08:20 pm JST

Okinawa numbers are extremely high still!

For good reason, by far the lowest number of 3rd (booster) vaccination shots in all Japan, only 36.6 % of its population.


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Posted in: Japan considering high-level dialogue with S Korea See in context

Former President Moon Jae In was always dreaming about a good relationship with North Korea and was very successful at the beginning. This good start was only possible because he was blaming Japan for all and everything what happened in the past in Korea. However while he could blame Japan for everything up to the end of WWII in 1945, he cannot blame the Japanese for the follow-up Korean War 1950 - 1953 which caused the huge destruction of the Korean Peninsula. The Japanese Army did not even exist at that time.

He managed even to bring North Korea and USA to meet each other face to face, but there was no progress and there is no progress up to now. North Korea remains to be a very strange isolated country.

Moon Jae In could blame only Japan to please North Korea. However he could not blame USA, because without USA South Korea would not even exist today. Of course North Korea did not agree with that...

The follow-up president Yoon Suk Yeol has now two choices, either to continue somehow like former President Moon Jae In or to turn away from North Korean issues and to negotiate a more friendly political climate with Japan.

I think really he should try first of all to create a better relationship with Japan, that's better for both countries. About North Korea, I see no progress in the near future - he will need strong assistance of China, otherwise nothing will change.

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Posted in: Russian-language sign at station in Tokyo back on view after being covered up See in context

How can signs showing directions in a foreign language in a railway station used by many foreigners in a major city anywhere worldwide be discriminatory or make you feeling uncomfortable?

In Japan there are many signs not only in Japanese, but also in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese ...

No idea what might be wrong with that.

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Posted in: Japan plans to send SDF plane for Ukraine refugee aid this month See in context

Gabor FabriciusToday 12:53 pm JST

Japan should not get involved in the Ukrainian-Russian NATO-provoked civil war. 

I cannot call it a civil war, it is a war between two different countries, started by Russia invading Ukraine.

It has to be noticed that Japan is sharing a narrow sea border with Russia and has its own problematic issues with this country since end of WWII.

Generally said, Japan is doing something, but not really so much to assist Ukraine, accepting a few refugees, sending some useful items for civilians, some political support, a few sanctions - Japan did the same also during other conflicts in the past.

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Posted in: Pregnant workers in Japan's controversial intern program face abuse See in context

AntiquesavingToday  10:47 am JST

Sorry no sympathy!

If you cannot afford to have a child, or having a child will interfere with your plans, then use your head and don't get pregnant or get someone pregnant their are many choices to use to avoid unplanned pregnancy and if none is acceptable in your religious beliefs then probably sex isn't a good choice until you can handle a child.

Could not say it better, especially if you are ready to leave your own country and prefer to work overseas because of better income. Pregnancy is by choice and not an illness. 

You cannot expect as a foreigner that citizens of the host country will pay for you all medical expenses and maternity leave in case you get pregnant shortly after arrival from somebody and you stay away from your working place for months after giving birth. Maternity harassment is a misleading word for such a situation. 

You should consider pregnancy only if you can afford it. It is not easy to take care of children, while living away from your native country as a single mother. Is this so difficult to understand?

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Posted in: Pregnant workers in Japan's controversial intern program face abuse See in context

@Dave, about the same experience in the company I worked before. Two young female employees (one Japanese and one foreigner) got pregnant at about the same time, and after birth, about one year later they became pregnant again - the same situation - during their long absence the other staff, mostly not so young women after menopause had to do their work as overtime.

It was not such a problem for us, a bigger company with enough staff - but I understand a small business in Japan which has only a few employees will find itself surely in trouble.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

AntiquesavingApr. 10 08:11 pm JST

Not a single "pure" Japanese I know has ever been stopped as a "routine check".

I cannot confirm this, I have seen frequently Japanese police questioning Japanese people riding bicycles and motorcycles, young people in a group walking around in parks and also checking car drivers especially during late night going home from Tokyo to nearby cities.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

I had no problem as a Western foreigner from Europe since more than 40 years living in Japan, I was stopped several times when riding my motorcycle or driving my car, especially during nighttime but police could not know that I was a foreigner. Just checking driving licence, alco-test, not even asking for the residence card.

One time I was stopped by a group of very young police officers in Tokyo while going home and one elderly officer watching nearby told me, it's for training, they were ordered also to stop Japanese people riding bicycles, entering shops to introduce themselves and asking if there is any complaint, surely no bad intention.

So far, I was stopped only in Tokyo and Yokohama area, after retirement 5 years ago and moving to Okayama-ken it was never the case, not in rural area, not in Okayama-City, despite there are no Western foreigners living near my home.

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