CH3CHO's past comments

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    A deficit in the primary balance means the government cannot finance its annual budget, excluding debt-servicing costs, without issuing new bonds.

    Ministry of Finance really does not learn a thing. Macro-Economics equation:

    the Total Sum of Government Debt = the Total Sum of Savings in Private Sector

    Good for nothing "primary balance" business of MOF is really hurting economy for about 20 years. This is a world record of mismanagement due to lack of intellect by the government.

    Posted in: Panel urges gov't to limit hike in social security expenses

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    Papi2013NOV. 24, 2015 - 11:27PM JST

    Japan maintains the issue, including compensation, was settled under the 1965 bilateral treaty that normalized diplomatic ties between Japan and South Korea.

    Why do the world's press (not just Japan's) keep saying this nonsense

    On September 18, 2000, former ianfu filed a law suit against Japanese Government at US court. The case, HWANG GEUM JOO, ET AL. v. JAPAN went all the way to the US Supreme Court, and was turned down.

    The Supreme Court ruled,

    (page 4) it is pellucidly clear the Allied Powers intended that all war-related claims against Japan be resolved through government-to-government negotiations rather than through private tort suits. Indeed, Article 26 of the Treaty obligated Japan to enter "bilateral" peace treaties with non-Allied states "on the same or substantially the same terms as are provided for in the present treaty," which indicates the Allied Powers expected Japan to resolve other states' claims, like their own, through government-to-government agreement.

    And the government-to-government agreement with Korea is the 1965 treaty, which settled all the war related claims. What is the point after the Top Court ruling?

    Posted in: Lawmakers from 5 nations form coalition for victims of sexual slavery

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    Lawmakers from five countries announced a plan Monday to work together to raise awareness about sexual slavery and violence in conflict zones,

    I agree.

    saying they will first seek to shed light on “comfort women” procured for Japanese military brothels during World War II.

    Well, I have to reconsider if the law makers are really concerned about the women in the conflict zones.

    The group’s “first action will be to seek to unearth the facts and call on responsible governments to officially apologize” for mobilizing girls and women from the Asia-Pacific region as comfort women.

    It has been more than 30 years since the issue became a matter of international interest. Researchers from various nations have thoroughly studied all the available materials. I doubt if anything is left.

    sighclopsNOV. 24, 2015 - 03:51PM JST

    I thought the Japanese government were the only ones that used the term 'comfort women'?

    Japanese do not use the term "comfort women". Both Koreans and Japanese use ianfu/wianbu, meaning prostitutes to describe the victims. Just read any Japanese or Korean newspaper. It is only English speakers that use the word "comfort women", because the GIs used the word during WW2.

    Posted in: Lawmakers from 5 nations form coalition for victims of sexual slavery

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    Maehara’s party,

    DPJ is hardly his party. Maehara has been openly talking that he is leaving DPJ by the end of this year.

    Posted in: DPJ apologizes for calling Japanese Communist Party 'termite'

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    a physical therapist who was demoted because of seeking a lighter workload due to pregnancy.

    She was demoted because she wanted lighter workload. That sounds only fair to me.

    How could she get lighter workload without diminishing her work responsibility?

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    This is not an easily solved problem.

    During the 2 year and 14 week maternity leave, someone else is doing her job. Now, she is back. What is fair to do with the extra worker?

    In the US, this may not be a problem, because a firm can fire its employee at whim. The situation is different in Japan.

    Posted in: Survey shows maternity harassment still a problem at workplace

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    igloobuyerNOV. 13, 2015 - 10:54AM JST

    Immigration in NZ and Canada are good examples of how there are vastly more benefits to immigration than drawbacks and certainly no chaos.

    In Canada and NZ, immigration drove the people living there to near extinction. Same can be said of US and Australia.

    GW NOV. 13, 2015 - 07:35AM JST

    This is the most correct, Japan has know for over 2 decades its population was headed south, this DIDNT start happening a few years ago DUH!

    Over 2 decades?

    Population of Japan; Birth Rate

    1990 123,611; 1.54

    1995 125,570; 1.42

    2000 126,926; 1.36

    2005 127,768; 1.26

    2010 128,057; 1.39

    2011 127,799; 1.39

    2012 127,515; 1.41

    2013 127,298; 1.43

    The population started to decline in 2011, whereas the birth rate is picking up.

    Posted in: Gov't targets boosting birth rate to increase economic growth

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    FadamorNOV. 13, 2015 - 05:25AM JST toshikoNOV. 13, 2015 - 03:29AM JST

    Wikipedia says "fewer than 10 %", citing

    Fukutomi Mamoru (March 1997). "An Analytical Study on the Causes of and Attitudes Toward 'Enjo Kōsai' among Female High School Students in Japan". Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University (Asian Women's Fund): 75–76.

    Here is the link to the report.

    There is no such description on pages 75-76 of the research paper. But on page 4, it says,

    an investigation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1996 (N=1291 from 1st grade junior high school to 3rd grade high school) showed 4.0% of female high school students and 3.8% of female junior high school students have engaged in enjo kosai.

    Maybe, 4.0% and 3.8% are "fewer than 10%". Also, enjo kosai may not mean sex, as shown in the 1998 survey of 600 high school girls by AWF.

    (page 7) Have you experienced following enjo kosai?

    Drinking Tea: 4.8%

    Sexual Act other than Intercourse: 2.3%

    Sexual Intercourse: 2.3%

    Any of above: 5.0%

    The numbers matter, because effective counter measures against enjo kosai differ by prevalence. If the number is high, awareness campaign or law enforcement would be good. But the number is as low was 2%, much wider social problems, such as poverty, child's mental health, abuse history, uncaring parents etc. needs to be solved to solve the problem of enjo kosai.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    Makoto ShimizuNOV. 12, 2015 - 07:04PM JST

    10% in 1998 according to WIKIPEDIA

    66,100 results in Google for " ENJO KOSAI "

    This fact cannot be denied or hidden and must be frankly disucssed by all serious people.

    Yes, it should be discussed. The only person who is unwilling to discuss is the UN special rapporteur by hiding her data source.

    By the way, Wikipedia says, "fewer than 10%".

    Furthermore, in a 1998 survey by the Asian Women's Fund, researchers found that fewer than 10 percent of all high school girls engage in enjo-kōsai and over 90 percent of the girls interviewed attested to feeling uncomfortable with the exchange or purchase of sexual services for money.[4]

    1998 survey of 600 high school girls by AWF shows following.

    page 7

    Have you experienced following enjo kosai?

    Drinking Tea: 4.8%

    Sexual Act other than Intercourse: 2.3%

    Sexual Intercourse: 2.3%

    Any of above: 5.0%

    The number was 2.3% rather than 13% in 1998.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    lostrune2NOV. 12, 2015 - 06:09PM JST

    Once when she was walking on the street with a high school friend, a Japanese man asked them point-black in the middle of the street, if they would be interested for how much. As she was telling me this story, the look on her face turned dishonorably indignant,

    Your female friend would show the same face against the comment by the UN rapporteur.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    letsberealisticNOV. 12, 2015 - 02:19PM JST

    Japan is sticking up for Japan's 'sugar daddys' and more worried about saving face in the eyes of the world than doing anything about the sexualisation of teenage women in Japan.

    You forgot the very important stakeholders in this 13% thing. The Japanese school girls themselves.

    Westerners have looked Japanese school girls as sexual objects for years. This 13% statement by the UN envoy would have made Westerners feel less guilty of such fantasizing, if it were left unchecked.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    roughneckNOV. 12, 2015 - 10:25AM JST

    Thanks, roughneck. But her UN excuse letter makes me more doubtful of her capability. She wrote,

    Regarding the estimate of minors allegedly involved in compensated dating (the so-called “joshi kôsei” or “JK business”), there was an error of interpretation during the press conference, and the percentage I cited (13%) was mistranslated as 30%.

    "JK business" and compensated dating(enjo kosai) are totally different things.

    "JK business" is a business such as a coffee shop where all waitresses are high school girls. No sex is involved.

    Compensated dating may involve sex, or may end just having a good time watching movie, having dinner, etc.

    She should not have confused the two.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    AlphaapeNOV. 12, 2015 - 07:46AM JST

    Look at the "Photo of the Day" pic on the front page of JT. You see a group of school girls in uniform. Ever notice how short the skirts are on the school girls, and how even in the cooler temperatures,

    it does show that the girls are over sexualized with what they are required to wear to school daily.

    They are not required to wear short skirts. School authority requires them to wear longer skirts. But girls wear short skirts as rebellion to the authority.

    Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex

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    Papi2013NOV. 11, 2015 - 05:34PM JST

    what were the kono and murayama statements then?

    on both occasions, the Japanese parliament refused to endorse them officially. They ended up being just apologies from individual Japanese citizens.

    Why do not we keep the discussion nice and based on facts?

    The Parliament did not "refuse" to endorse them. Rather, Murayama administration maintained majority of the Parliament. The parliament does not have constitutional power to handle foreign policy. Any parliament resolution on diplomacy, except ratification of treaty, is unbinding and unofficial.

    Kono was the Chief Cabinet Secretary and Murayama was the Prime Minister of Japan. They were more than Japanese citizens.

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan hold first post-summit talks on WWII sex slaves

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    FreshmeatNOV. 11, 2015 - 11:19AM JST

    there is nothing to be "discussed" in the first place. either it did happened or it didn't, this is japan's position to confirm. what discussion?

    You do not see the point.

    Korea is demanding compensation. See this Korean news report.

    Korean victims have been demanding compensation and an apology from Tokyo for decades. The Japanese government has rejected their demands under the doctrine that all compensation was settled by a lump compensation sum when Seoul and Tokyo signed a treaty in 1965 restoring diplomatic ties.

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    It was only in 2008 that they were officially recognised as indigenous in a landmark parliamentary resolution.

    Hardly true.

    1899 Hokkaido Indigenous People Protection Law Though the law is not of protective nature.

    1997 Ainu Culture Promotion Law

    2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

    2008 Japanese Diet declared Ainu indigenous people in the meaning of UN Declaration.

    Posted in: Nippon Ham Fighters remove banners after complaints from Ainu

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    Ian RobertsonNOV. 10, 2015 - 07:28PM JST

    Like so many problems in Japan - mental health, kids who stay at home forever and get mom to look after them, child abuse, exploitation of young girls - the government pretends the problems don't exist and no one gets the help they desperately need.

    The problem of Enjo Kosai has been reported in Japan for more than a decade. The government has been doing a good job of helping girls.

    What problems I see here are the stereotypes held by Westerners.

    1 Japanese girls are likely prostitutes.

    2 The government is not doing anything.

    3 It is WESTERNERS who know better and should tell Japanese what to do, though most cannot read Japanese news.

    4 So, Westerners have the right to tell lies to draw attention to the issue.

    When would they get out of their stereotype if ever? It took centuries before they got out of stereotypes of blacks. The only way to get out of stereotype is to check the facts.

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    Christopher GlenSEP. 24, 2015 - 05:24PM JST

    If you drop in any bookstore in Japan, there are piles of books on ianfu (comfort women)

    Ah, and therein lies the problem. The incorrect use of their title, sex slaves. Under that title you won`t find anything, because Japan continues to obfuscate and deny the truth.

    Read the "Open letter signed by 450 mostly Western historians including Pulitzer-prize winning scholars".

    Those world renowned scholars do not use the word "sex slave", either.

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    HaukieSEP. 24, 2015 - 02:46PM JST

    I just returned from Fullerton, California with a small group of Japanese university students. The Fullerton Museum Center is running an exhibition on comfort women:

    My students were surprised because they all said they knew almost nothing about Japan's use of comfort women.

    Quite unbelievable.

    If you drop in any bookstore in Japan, there are piles of books on ianfu (comfort women).

    There are a couple of newspaper articles on ianfu almost every week in Japanese paper.

    Most Japanese are fed up with ianfu, rather than know nothing about.

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    ThePBotSEP. 24, 2015 - 12:10PM JST

    BUT, at least the US doesn't deny the fact that they did indeed placed Japanese American civilians in internment camps. This is the biggest contrast.

    It is not a contrast at all. Japan does not deny ianfu (comfort women).

    Osaka mayor Hashimoto does not deny ianfu, either. His position is that the use of prostitutes to prevent random rapes was necessary. I do not agree with him, but, at least, he does not deny ianfu.

    The resolution stated that an estimated 200,000 Asian and other women were forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II.

    Most historians in the world do not agree on the estimated number of ianfu to be 200,000.

    Open letter signed by 450 mostly Western historians including Pulitzer-Prize wining scholars :

    Historians disagree over the precise number of “comfort women,” which will probably never be known for certain. Establishing sound estimates of victims is important. But ultimately, whether the numbers are judged to have been in the tens of thousands or the hundreds of thousands will not alter the fact of the exploitation carried out throughout the Japanese empire and its war zones.

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