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HomeschoolerJun. 03, 2013 - 11:11AM JST
I would say the question should be more how can Japan sort out it's dangerously inadequate out of hours medical care system, and scarily inept ambulance service.
Get seriously ill on a public holiday or out of hours, and your chances of being treated are woefully low. Ambulance crew here are little more than taxi drivers, and often can't even get their patients into a hospital willing to treat them.
Posted in: What is the best way to discourage people from calling ambulances and using hospital outpatient services when they are not in need of urgent treatment?
HomeschoolerFeb. 07, 2013 - 01:12PM JST
Within reach from Tokyo, Owakudani is rather lovely, Xeno. Nikko is also fun. Ild also put in a couple of days at a good resort onsen. I liked Kusatsu onsen, the food was nice too.
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HomeschoolerFeb. 07, 2013 - 12:02PM JST
The classical period of Japanese history is loosely parallel to the middle ages, Cleo, is it not? When lay people talk of historical periods, they go to what they know, which I suppose in this case is not Japanese history.
HomeschoolerFeb. 07, 2013 - 11:52AM JST
Kyoto is lovely by the way, and you don't need a lot of money to enjoy it. A car and guidebook is enough. As always in Japan you don't need to spend a lot of money to eat well, though a decent hotel was at least as expensive as you would pay in Tokyo. Personally I prefer temples and castles to shopping, but either way, it's very beautiful outside of the city centre.
HomeschoolerJan. 30, 2013 - 04:17PM JST
I honestly have no problem with a few magazine covers with adult women dressed in bikinis. I guess I don't frequent places with anything harder than that on show. I do have a problem with people blaming young girls for what is either bad upbringing or poor choices, and demanding the rest of these girl's lives is ruined to teach them a lesson. I think life has already taught them some pretty tough lessons.
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HomeschoolerJan. 29, 2013 - 08:13PM JST
Oh, and for what its worth, not ALL parents are good parents and I have never defended mothers who let down their children. These teenagers have been let down, and their mother's need to take a good long hard look at how they raised their kids.
HomeschoolerJan. 29, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
To compare presumably adult women, who chose to pose skimpily dressed on magazine covers, to underage girls working in the sex trade is a little naieve, don't you think?
No Marie, you give yourself far too much credit, Im not morally outraged at women posing in pretty much what my kids can see on the beach, whereas I AM very much so, by underage girls working in the sex trade, and being put into a very vulnerable and potentially dangerous situation, at an age where they should be in education, or training to make themselves a good life. I do find women who end up posing in those magazines to be very sad, and disheartening, to be honest.
I suppose if they pay tax, you wouldn't much care how they earn their cash....after all noone shanghai';s those poor victim men and forces them to pay girls for physical contact.
HomeschoolerJan. 29, 2013 - 06:38PM JST
Take me through the logic, tmarie. Just say you are right, and these girls, these human beings had been raised to be nothing more than prostitutes, how does that make them to blame? Their parents, the school system, Japanese culture, I can see how someone would blame them on taking an innocent child and turning them into a whore.
To blame the child herself, for having the bad luck to have been born into a family which did not nurture her, and, as you say - raised her to be a toy for men in return for cash, well that seems a little crass to me.
How do they know what they are doing is wrong, if they have been "raised to see men as cash machines"? Surely an upbringing so deficient, does not give them self awareness.
These girls are victims, so far as I can see, and their home lives need investigating. I don't know what you were like as a teen, but i sure as hell made some very very bad choices. Teenagers are well known for making considered decisions, and to suggest the rest of their lives need ruining because of poor parental supervision, lack of self esteem, and making a bad choice, is, well harsh.
All I ever see in the combini on the front pages of magazines, as I pass them, are girls with no nipples or bare crotch on show, in fairly revealing outfits. Gives me the perfect chance to say to dd, ah, how sad those girls are doing that job, and my son looks the other way. I am his mother, after all. I dont ever stand in front of the magazine stands looking at them, so its not an issue.
Marie, I dont think you and I have any common ground at all, fwiw.
HomeschoolerJan. 29, 2013 - 05:10PM JST
I really don't understand the logic of charging the underage girls. They were exploited, have been let down by those protecting and guiding them, and then abused by the men who paid for their "services". The girls do not need to be stigmatised, they need their self esteem boosting and some decent career and educational guidance. The johns though, they DO need to be dealt with by the law.
Porn is porn, Marie, as long as my husband doesnt bring it into my house, its none of my business what people do, as long as everyone is of a suitable age.
HomeschoolerJan. 23, 2013 - 01:08PM JST
Zichi there is no point preaching humanity to those who are so devoted to money and only money and so passionate about preserving only what is theirs. Perhaps those who are so antisocial should live in a tax haven or make their own brave new world society somewhere, just don't expect me to play any part of it.
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HomeschoolerJan. 22, 2013 - 12:50PM JST
Can you imagine the conversation? "Well Mrs Tanaka, you were a stay at home mother, you raised four children, and have 12 tax paying grandchildren, but you didn't work after they were born? Well you certainly didn't pay into the state, and you were a bon bon eating loser. Im make my apologies, but Im afraid I will have to insist we no longer give you your heart medication. Now now, don't cry, its for the good of Japan. Say goodbye to Grandma, kids."
HomeschoolerJan. 21, 2013 - 01:57PM JST
Taxes paid go to all manner of things our family doesn't benefit from - military spending, health care for people who smoke themselves silly, payments for people who don't work, public schools. That said the taxes are paid and we vote for whichever party is most suited to our views and needs. Yes SAHM's get pensions and healthcare, and their husbands pay into the system, as we all do.
How infantile to single out stay at home mothers, when there are all manner of things taxes go on which do not benefit you in particular!
It also is not even of passing importance to any other woman if other women stay home, nor is it acceptable to characterize them as "bon bon" eating idiots. People scrimp and save and do without in order to stay home with their children, to live their lives as they wish to live them. My husband adores me, and appreciates the fact I've raised his children, that I educate them, that I clean the home, cook his suppers, that I'm the backbone of the family and am content to live my life in this role.
The old school feminists have a lot to answer for. If certain western women are happy with their lot as worker bees, then fabulous, all power to you, but you have no right to be so rude about women who choose a different path. I am highly educated, and have not been in paid work for ten years. I am content, happy, productive and loved, and if other western women who have chosen another type of life are as happy as I am, perhaps they would be less critical.
Running down Japanese women, or mothers who choose to stay at home doesn't make you more desireable or better. It just makes you look bitter. I think its partly due to the fact that Japanese women age wonderfully, are desireable, slim, gorgeous, and not totally bought into the lies of modern feminism. Its enough to put any western woman's back up and start to justify why their husbands should have married them!
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HomeschoolerJan. 20, 2013 - 06:07PM JST
It is none of my business if someone else wants to get married or not. Its a matter of personal choice. However, the mantra of live and let live doesnt seem to extend to stay at home mothers. SAHM's don't "leech" of their families, they input into family life in a way which is not financially compensated, but if no less valid as a life choice, providing the person they marry is on the same page.
I detest this behavior in non Japanese females in Japan, which consists of being very derogatory about Japanese women, and anyone who has not made the same choices as they have, in what appears to be an attempt to make themselves seem more special, valuable and generally morally correct in comparison.
Live and let live indeed.
HomeschoolerJan. 17, 2013 - 05:15PM JST
The oden stewing away in pots stinking to high heaven. The pizza in a non-chill cabinet with meat and mayo on it. I cant see how people are given food poisoning by them.
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HomeschoolerJan. 17, 2013 - 05:12PM JST
That was really lovely. I wish them a really happy life together!
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HomeschoolerJan. 17, 2013 - 05:09PM JST
While I wish this evil old man never gets to see the light of day again, this is Japan, and its highly unlikely. He hurt himself which will be enough for the useless system here, and no doubt will express his "regret" and justify taking a young life and walk away with a caution and a little time inside at the most. RIP little girl.
Posted in: Man suspected of killing 9-year-old granddaughter
HomeschoolerJan. 10, 2013 - 08:18PM JST
Well at least they are admitting there was radioactive contamination. We have moved on somewhat in that regard. I suppose we should be grateful that people are still not being labelled hysterical panic-mongers.
Posted in: Gov't apologizes to Fukushima residents for sloppy decontamination work
HomeschoolerJan. 07, 2013 - 07:13PM JST
If they go ahead with the restarts, and there is ever another nuclear incident in Japan, then I do not want to hear one complaint from the people. Not one sob story, request for aid, or hour long tv show about a family missing their dog/farm/house. Not one. It's their choice, and if they make a deal with the devil, they had been be prepared to stand by it.
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HomeschoolerDec. 26, 2012 - 11:21AM JST
Japanese rarely adopt, this poor little girl will most likely spend her life in institutions, knowing her mother threw her away.
Even a "distressed teen" should have had the sense to leave the baby somewhere safer, even if they didn't have the ability to sort out an adoption. The "mother" must be totally lacking in even basic human decency, and if they do find her, she should be punished for what was a heartless act of child abuse.
Posted in: Newborn girl found in bag near highway in Saitama
HomeschoolerDec. 20, 2012 - 01:44PM JST
I just don't see how its possible to remove all the guns even there was a ban put in place, or tighter controls. From the UK which has stringent controls you can see with Dunblane and the case in 2010 in Northumbria (I refuse to name these men and let their names live on), gun control does not stop a determined and intelligent person from committing mass murder.
If someone is bent on mass murder, high tax on bullets wont stop them. The only way I can see to make things any safer is to put better mental health care more easily available, and making it a hell of a lot easier to have someone put in secure care.
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Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
A country like Japan which is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, thousands of active fault…
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This woman is a BLOODY IDIOT!! She needs not only to be FIRED but make her…
Posted in: LDP policy chief apologizes for Fukushima disaster gaffe
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:04AM JST
Democracy was a method of government developed in Ancient Greece 3,000 years ago. It had a…
Posted in: Rumors of democracy's death have been greatly exaggerated
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:01AM JST
President Hamada worked very hard for this, but it was impossible. He was also trying to…
Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:00AM JST
@Charles M Burns,
So you never eat out? Never go for a beer or drink with…
Posted in: TEPCO finds highly toxic strontium in Fukushima plant groundwater