Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
ImpersonatorApr. 19, 2013 - 12:51PM JST
Already Japanese fathers find it incredibly difficult to be able to see their own children after a divorce, much less getting the custody. It is a fact that the rulings are determined not by reason, but by the cultural stigma that kids ought to stay with their mothers. As such, what hope can a foreign father have to get a favorable or, at the very least, a reasonable ruling?
A country can sign in one hundred conventions just to not be out of the international loop, but compliance cannot be enforced. Appearances is the name of the game.
Posted in: U.S. hopes for new Japan stance on child abduction
ImpersonatorFeb. 14, 2013 - 01:02PM JST
What a tragedy. I find offensive the fact that this murderer has the option of a bailout.
On a side note, after being poisoned by so many reports in JT of hideous women mistreating or killing their children, I am deeply moved by the woman who died protecting her children. I hope I can summon the same courage as she did if ever I have to be in a similar situation.
Posted in: 3rd victim dies after Guam rampage; suspect held on $2 mil bail
ImpersonatorFeb. 08, 2013 - 01:21PM JST
“I lost my job in 2012 and I started fearing I wouldn't be able to properly raise my children,”
It seems his fears became a reality.
But seriously, the working system here promotes specialization, meaning that if you lost your job, you are psychologically unable to do anything else.
There is always manual labor, and lots of it. A person who really needs money and is willing to work will never find himself short of options.
Posted in: Man held for slashing son, daughter with knife
ImpersonatorFeb. 08, 2013 - 01:13PM JST
Yeah, well, it would seem that some yakuza become ex-yakuza when busted.
Anyway, aren't bribes illegal?
Posted in: Ex-yakuza arrested for defrauding construction company
ImpersonatorFeb. 08, 2013 - 01:07PM JST
Regardless of who these islands belonged to in ancient times, modern treaties have the last say in the matter. Who knows whose territory is this now, but it sure ain't Japanese, because they gave it up in the last treaty they signed.
Posted in: We protest
ImpersonatorJan. 12, 2013 - 07:31PM JST
It goes to show that any form of art can be enjoyed no matter its level of quality. Not everything has to be masterful or perfect. People can enjoy mediocrity or plain garbage too. No sense in criticize other's tastes too, even if you know better.
What I would like to criticize is the tactics of this AKB managers which consist in awarding fans who buy multiple copies of their CDs with a chance of shaking a poor idol's hand, etc. Sales get then artificially inflated and other artists or groups just have no way to compete.
Posted in: AKB48 scoops 8 Gold Disc awards for CD sales
ImpersonatorJan. 12, 2013 - 12:34PM JST
What FPSRusia said. Ishihara threw stones at the beehive.
Posted in: Abe accuses China of letting Japanese firms be targeted during isle protests
ImpersonatorJan. 12, 2013 - 12:21PM JST
Posted in: 9 phrases that make Japanese men fall head over heels
ImpersonatorJan. 08, 2013 - 11:54AM JST
Posted in: Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths by scientists
ImpersonatorDec. 30, 2012 - 09:09AM JST
Yeah, a tough job for this, or any person. I this was my job, how would I respond to the demands from my boss to zero compromise regarding the disputed islands, and the belligerency and bitterness of my neighbor nations? I would feel like the lone guy patching up leaks in the Yamato the day it was sunk.
Posted in: Ishida says he'll work to patch up relations with China
ImpersonatorDec. 30, 2012 - 08:54AM JST
Rest in peace to the little girl, and I wish a promptly recovery to the other victims.
Gotta love how comments swing. Some some bash the woman driver and some are even sympathetic to her, some bash the victims for the admittedly high probability of not wearing seat belts, and one even bashed the article based on the irrelevance of her employment status. End everyone is sadly right.
Here, her only written defense was "not noticing the red light", which translates to not noticing the traffic lights at all. The case is clear and there is no need to say anything, other than good wishes to the victims.
Posted in: Driver runs red light in Mie, hits car, killing 11-year-old girl
ImpersonatorDec. 30, 2012 - 08:26AM JST
Rest in peace for the poor baby, and s speedy recovery to the two year old infant.
I bet there has to be a long and really messed up story we are not seeing here. Even though attacking her own kids is the most idiotic thing she could have possibly done, I just doubt she was just leadind a peaceful and comfy life and suddenly, one morning, she just decided to do this.
Posted in: Woman arrested for stabbing her child to death in Saitama
ImpersonatorDec. 25, 2012 - 11:34PM JST
What a rough start for this little angel. Nevertheless life is a precious gift so, in a way, she is a lucky one.
The truth is, I don't want to read or hear about things like this happening anymore. I feel my heart going sick.
I wish I was in the economic position to adopt one of these babies, but even if I was, I understand the Japanese adoption system tries it's best to not give any kids on adoption by it's impossible requirements.
Posted in: Newborn girl found in bag near highway in Saitama
ImpersonatorDec. 19, 2012 - 09:17PM JST
Yeah, I had not considered it, but it is possible she was on some drug. I still can't assimilate the idea of parents killing their own kids, so this sounds like a more convincing explanation.
Rest in peace, little girl. You won't have to suffer anymore.
Posted in: Woman held over murder of 5-year-old daughter
ImpersonatorDec. 19, 2012 - 01:38PM JST
"Cultural differences". Too bad they do not admit any wrongdoing. It is not about the money, but about the attitude towards these problems.
Posted in: U.S. fines Toyota $17 mil for delayed safety reports
ImpersonatorDec. 19, 2012 - 01:28PM JST
I don't think a Korean artist, model, singer, whatever needs to state his PERSONAL opinion about anything, much less such a delicate topic as the islands in dispute. Keep professional matters and personal sentiment separate.
Posted in: Nationalist jailed for hate campaign against firm that used S Korean actress in ads
ImpersonatorDec. 15, 2012 - 12:50PM JST
tkoind2Dec. 15, 2012 - 10:31AM JST
Now if you can only see this in on dimension that is truly sad. A mentor, a leader is one who can share experience and help others avoid similar mistakes and similar suffering. That is why Japan has this opportunity. It has nothing to do with "sucking at war" which is in my opinion a juvenile interpretation of a very clear opportunity.
Completely agree. I would rather ask the advice from some guy rotting in jail for his mistakes than the advice from some priest who has no experience on the world whatsoever.
Posted in: Japan has apologized for waging aggressive war and oppressing its neighbors, but those apologies have fumbling and awkward, and often been undercut by revisionist statements from senior politicians.
ImpersonatorDec. 14, 2012 - 07:43PM JST
Too many comments are bashing the young, while the article clearly states that there is no interest in attracting votes from them in the first place.
The way I understood it, a politician who wants to maximize his chances of success will groom the elderly because they are the ones who cast more votes (maybe because they are easier to agree with since they are in the same age range). Consequently, using social media would be meaningless since the elderly cannot use it (also, everyone seems afraid of new technology and/or change, so let's support the old proven formula).
If all of this is true, I feel even more saddened by the current state of affairs. I understand that a politician would want to enrich himself as much as possible while he is in office (that happens everywhere and is all but inevitable), but how come it seems there is no foresight, no plan for the future, no vision? Are they just content that they will not be around when the country has completely sunk? It is just so hard to believe, but the evidence is there, plain to see.
God help us.
Posted in: Japan's alienated youth overlooked in elections
ImpersonatorDec. 14, 2012 - 12:16PM JST
Don't they have televised debates here in Japan, you know, where the political candidates are all gathered together and are made to respond to questions from the host and public?
Posted in: Anti-nuclear parties fail to specify how energy gap will be overcome
ImpersonatorDec. 13, 2012 - 12:21PM JST
Maybe they met an overseas offering?
Posted in: Canada widens search for fighter jet beyond F-35
Jan. 31, 2015 - 11:35PM JST
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them and may…
Posted in: 5 young men and women killed in Takamatsu car crash
If the MIddle East is populated by so many kind souls, how come the Japanese have…
Posted in: There are many types of work, such as supporting refugees, that cannot be done unless we actually visit the countries that need help. We're worried that more people will shy away from going to Middle Eastern countries (because of this incident).
Jan. 31, 2015 - 11:34PM JST
It seems it is Americans that never evolve no matter how much generations go through.
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
Seems to me that this couple deserve each other.
Marriage is about compromise, listening, understanding.
Posted in: Phone-hooked husbands neglect wives at their peril
Jan. 31, 2015 - 11:31PM JST
That battler spirit! Happy for my country :) Poor Kruse left the field with what looked…
Posted in: Australia downs South Korea 2-1 in extra time to win Asian Cup final