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    iammeJUN. 01, 2016 - 03:04PM JST

    I just thought that not knowing the reason behind such a large number of suicides was quite surprising.

    But people can only guess the most probable cause of suicide.

    Posted in: No. of suicides falls to 24,025 in 2015

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    iammeJUN. 01, 2016 - 01:19PM JST

    Knowing the reasons is the first step in taking preventative measures, so I hope they focus on these investigations as well.

    bullfighter's link has this table about cause of suicides.

    Total 24,554 (100%)

    Family Problem 3,641 (15%)

    Health Problem 12,145 (49%)

    Economic Problem 4,082 (16%)

    Workplace Problem 2,159 ( 9%)

    Love Problem 801 ( 3%)

    School Problem 384 ( 2%)

    Other 1,342 ( 5%)

    Health problem is the biggest cause of suicides. Of the health problems, mental illness (such as depression, schizophrenia) accounts 62% and physical illness accounts 32%.

    So, it boils down to depression prevention and depression cure. Nothing special.

    Posted in: No. of suicides falls to 24,025 in 2015

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    Aly RustomJUN. 01, 2016 - 12:35PM JST

    Another criticism of the law is that it “lacks teeth.”

    And rightly so.

    As I said, the road to hell is paved with good intention.

    If we give severe punishment to hate speech, people become defensive. Naturally, they come up with the good idea to prevent themselves from committing a hate speech, which is "not to talk about and not to talk with foreigners." If one needs to talk with or about a foreigner, one should not have a candid conversation but should repeat what is politically correct.

    Congratulations. You will never hear a hate speech in Japan any more, because no one will ever talk to you and no one will ever talk about you.

    The road to hell is paved with good intention. Make your wish wisely for it may come true.

    Posted in: Hate speech in Japan

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    Jim McBrideMAY. 31, 2016 - 10:54PM JST

    Resident Koreans in Japan already enjoy many special privileges? such as a a fourth generation not being allowed to become Japanese citizen

    No. They refuse to be Japanese nationals. Just talk with a Korean association, Mindan or Soren in Japan. They insist that applying for a Japanese citizenship is betrayal to their homeland.

    Posted in: Hate speech in Japan

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    ThunderbirdMAY. 31, 2016 - 07:33PM JST

    What are these people doing they can't outlaw such a simple thing.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. As much as you hate racism, hate speech law can be easily used to oppress minorities and minority views.

    Posted in: Hate speech in Japan

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    Well written article. I hope mainstream media live up to this level when reporting about Japan.

    Posted in: Hate speech in Japan

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    Assumption upon assumptions.

    In 2010, the same team at MHLW estimated the annual death due to passive smoking to be 6,800 per year.

    The estimate in 2015 more than doubled to be 15,000 per year due to change in assumption.

    The team is not studying actual deaths, but is purely playing with numbers. There is no statistics of number or amount of passive smoking in Japan. Their estimate is a prime example of garbage-in-garbage-out.

    Posted in: 15,000 people die annually from passive smoking

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    sangetsu03, you are spilling too much of BS here.

    sangetsu03MAY. 30, 2016 - 09:14AM JST

    Japan's starting the war caused the invention of nuclear weapons. And had Japan not started the war, these weapons might not been built by the thousands, and threatening every living thing in the world. It is a sobering thought, far too painful for them to contemplate, but certainly possible.

    During WW2, the main concern of Americans was the war in Europe, and the war in the Pacific was overshadowed. In addition, US government would have made the scientists invent A-bombs regardless of Japan, for it could not lag behind the development race of nuclear weapons with Germany and Russia. Saying "Japan's starting the war caused the invention of nuclear weapons", is rewriting of history.

    In war, bad things happen, atrocities occur, both sides commit them. But the party which starts the war is responsible for all bad things and all atrocities committed by both sides.

    No, it is not. Think of this case. Iraq started the war in the Middle East. Is Iraq responsible for Abu Ghraib? Obviously, the country which violated the international law is responsible for the violation, regardless of which started the war.

    Had Japan not started the war, tens of millions would not have been killed, the bombs would never been contemplated, developed, and dropped.

    Killing of civilians is prohibited by Hague Convention on War on Land. The country which mass slaughtered civilians bear the responsibility.

    sangetsu03MAY. 30, 2016 - 11:45AM JST

    Hiroshima was the headquarters for Japan's chemical and biological weapons program,

    That is most surely untrue.

    Nagasaki was one of Japan's largest ports.

    Being a civilian port does not make is a military target.

    The war was unwinnable for the Japanese, but they refused to surrender.

    Because US insisted on "unconditional" surrender.

    to claim as much of Japan as Soviet territory as possible, further extending his reach into Asia. Had the bombs not been dropped, Japan would have become a divided nation, like Germany or Korea.

    Regardless of the A-bombs, Japan surrendered and accepted US occupation to avoid communism. This is clear from the Japanese documents during the last days of WW2.

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?

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    sangetsu03MAY. 30, 2016 - 09:14AM JST

    On the other hand, Japan has repeatedly invited heads-of-state to Hiroshima for decades.

    No. Wikileaks showed Japanese government actually discouraged President Obama's visit to Hiroshima a few years ago.

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?

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    It is just a ceremony that opposition demands resignation of the Prime Minister at the end of a Parliament session.

    The current Parliament session ends on June 1st. Ceremony as usual.

    Posted in: Opposition demands Abe's resignation over possible tax hike deferral

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    The decision ahead of the House of Councillors election this summer comes as the Japanese economy is experiencing sluggish growth due to tepid domestic private consumption and the slowdown in emerging economies, especially China.

    Abe can blame only himself for the bad economy as evident in the very low growth in recent GDP. He cannot put any of the blame to China.

    Posted in: Abe to forgo planned sales tax hike in April 2017: sources

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    BOOKSNIFFERMAY. 27, 2016 - 10:41AM JST

    If Japan wanted to "exonerate" the colonies from Western powers - why she attacked Manchuria, Formosa, and other non-colonial territories like Australia and New Zealand by sea?

    Your link does not seem to work. So, I have not read your link.

    Japan did not attack Formosa. It attacked mainland China over the sovereignty of Formosa.

    Japan did not attack Korea. It attacked China and Russia over the "special interest" in Korea.

    Japan did not attack Manchuria. It attacked China over the sovereignty of Manchuria.

    They were "freed" from the rule of China, though I do not buy this logic. If you dare ask why, this would be the answer.

    Japanese insatiable attacks against innocent peoples and mass atrocities implemented during WWII are on a par with today world terrorism.

    Which is more atrocious, a war or a terror? I think a war is far, far more atrocious than a terror and I believe everyone would agree. And we are talking about WW2 which was the worst war in the history.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

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    Differing views, in different countries, exist among historians, politicians and the public about the atomic bombs, specifically, and the war in general. That makes shaping a message very tricky.

    Differing views do not mean they cannot find a common ground. All sides will welcome his commitment for nuclear disarmament. No need to apologize.

    Posted in: Obama's every gesture will be scrutinized in Hiroshima visit

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    ScroteMAY. 26, 2016 - 09:02PM JST


    I'd be interested in hearing your justification for the deaths of thousands of civilians at the hands of Japanese at Unit 731.

    You write as if it were an established fact that Unit 731 killed thousands of civilians.

    After the end of WW2, the Allies confiscated a lot of documents concerning Unit 731, but they did not bring any charges against it to the war crime court. So, the allegation is far from established. Unit 731 did exist as a medical unit in the Japanese army. There is no physical evidence the unit killed thousands of civilians. If it had done so, there would be no justification, and I would have no intention to justify it. But first you have to establish the facts, and I think you cannot because even the Allies at that time could not.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

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    ScroteMAY. 26, 2016 - 01:31PM JST

    The Japanese government and emperor Hirohito are responsible for the consequences of choosing to fight on. Perhaps Abe will apologise on their behalf for the unnecessary deaths resulting from their pig-headedness.

    The Hague Convention on War on Land prohibits killing of civilians in a war. Using A-bombs targeting civilians is violation of International Laws. Killing of civilians is by no means a justifiable way to make to the enemy surrender.

    All kinds of bad things are committed in a war and both sides are to blame to certain extent.

    In addition, the war continued because the US insisted on "unconditional" surrender. Unconditional surrender used to mean that the winner can do whatever they want on the losers, such as mass murder, mass rape, and mass enslavement, just as Americans and Europeans did on the native people around the world.

    Historical revisionist Abe has no plans to visit Nanjing

    Japanese soldiers killed thousands of Chinese soldiers in the battle of Nanjing. That was soldiers killing enemy soldiers and is nothing wrong. Many Chinese soldiers hid their weapon and their uniform, pretended to be civilians and refused to surrender. Japanese soldiers found and killed those un-surrendering Chinese soldiers in hiding. That was nothing wrong. In the battle, many Chinese civilians were mistaken as soldiers and killed. That was regrettable but such unintentional collateral damage was inevitable. Also, China is partly to blame for employing the tactics to use plain clothes soldiers, which was prohibited by International Laws. By deducting the number of soldiers killed in the battle and by using more reliable death toll than 300,000 alleged by China, civilians death is much smaller. The problem with Nanjing is that the facts are way distorted by communist propaganda, and visiting there would give endorsement to their rewriting of history.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

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    This is what Abe said.

    As for a visit to Pearl Harbor, Abe said: “At this moment I don’t have any specific plan to visit Hawaii.” He did not foreclose the idea of a visit entirely, but clearly sidestepped any suggestion that reciprocity was called for, as some have suggested.

    This is what the US news agency reported.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday rejected the idea of visiting Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima later this week.

    I feel some malignancy on the side of the journalist.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

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    FadamorMAY. 26, 2016 - 04:33AM JST

    "Who started the war?"


    OK, two can play your little game. The USA "started" the war by demanding that Japan cease its aggressive attempts to takeover the entire Southeast Asian region in order to support the war it was already up to its ears in with China. So I'm going to throw it right back in your face and state that JAPAN started the war against the allies by entering a war they couldn't sustain against China without having to "acquire" much more territory by attacking allied colonies.

    It seems I need to give you some lecture on international laws. Back in those days, if two countries are at war, a third nation must choose to be either a neutral party or a combatant party. If a country choose to be neutral, it must stay neutral and is prohibited to support either side of the war parties. A neutral party may not provide a combatant party with weapons, ammunition or other supplies for war efforts, or lose its status as a neutral party and face attack by the combatant party for the breach of neutrality. The US chose to be neutral to the war between China and Japan, but secretly supported China, breaching the neutrality. It also chose to be neutral to WW2 in the first years, but secretly supported UK, breaching the neutrality, calling itself "non-combatant party", which was against the international laws at the time. It is unfair to hide behind neutrality but engage in a war by supporting one side and to call foul when the other side attacks for the breach of neutrality. If the US wanted to support China in the war against Japan, it should have declared war much before Pearl Harbor, than secretly support China under the guise of neutrality.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

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    “They found a badly protected ATM network in a low-risk country, guessing that the fraud analytics software would not automatically block the transactions.”

    It is credit card companies (card issuing banks), not the ATM companies, that employs fraud detection software. Or, do ATMs stop paying even when card-issuing banks authorize the payment, these days?

    Posted in: Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

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    Coal is the biggest climate change culprit, generating more carbon pollution per unit of energy generated than oil or gas.

    This does not apply to state-of-the-art coal power generators planned in Japan. CO2 generation of a coal plant differs dramatically depending on the burning method and quality of the coal. One cannot say the CO2 efficiency of all coal plants like that.

    By the way, Germany has a large number of out dated coal plants. It also produces lowest quality coal.

    Posted in: NGOs slam Japan for investing abroad in carbon-polluting coal

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    This kind of law creates more problems than it solves.

    Here is the link to the law.

    The law only protect those

    who are from a country or a region outside of Japanese territory and their descendants, and

    who live in Japan legally.

    So, GLBT are not protected. Tourists are not protected because they do not live in Japan. Blacks or Whites are not protected because they are racial group and not geographical group. Ainu and Okinawans are not protected because they are from within Japan.

    Criminal code already has laws against defamation and threat. All they need to do is to enforce the criminal code, rather than enacting good for nothing new law.

    Posted in: Law against hate speech enacted, but critics doubt effectiveness


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