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    Sensato

    Based on first-hand experience, I thoroughly dislike these "management" companies which I see as even more exploitative than the Hollywood agents for child star hopefuls.

    These companies actively "scout" for very young girls in the streets of Shibuya and elsewhere. They have no qualms about preying on very young girls, and encouraging fans (many 30 to 40 year old adults) to fetishize them with the backing of overly-ambitious stage mothers who will stop at nothing to achieve vicarious fame. It's a shameful industry, and leaves a lot of broken victims in its wake.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

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    Like the article notes, Japan's economy contracted by 7.1% in the April to June quarter (on an annual basis). I think Abe is having second thoughts about raising the sales tax further, after seeing the devastation from the first round of hikes.

    Obviously, though, he can't admit that the tax increase was a mistake, so instead he is taking a "neutral" stance regarding round two of the hike.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

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    Mitsui, Japan’s second-biggest trading house after Mitsubishi Corp, has spent over $18.6 billion on acquisitions since the start of the current decade, with 43% of that in the energy sector

    Mitsui's energy portfolio, particularly its LNG investments, could generate huge profits for the company over the years to come. It would probably be best if the company put less emphasis on the iron ore segment and more on energy.

    Posted in: Mitsui may miss metals profit target on iron ore slump

  • 8

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    China's belligerence toward its neighbors is causing them to build closer military/economic ties with one another to counter the threat, and to increasingly give up on hope of productive relations with China. China is even turning the screws on Hong Kong, smothering the goose that laid the golden egg.

    This certainly reflects exceedingly poor political/diplomatic judgment from China, in that its actions are causing its neighbors and the rest of the international community to see it as untrustworthy and unpredictable, thereby foregoing ventures involving China that would otherwise help its citizens and economy. China needs a change in government.

    Posted in: Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

  • 1

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    What an amazing life. RIP.

    From Wikipedia:

    She was credited as Shirley Yamaguchi in the Hollywood movies Japanese War Bride (1952) and House of Bamboo (1955). She was once nicknamed The Judy Garland of Japan.

    Posted in: World War II film idol Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94

  • 4

    Sensato

    A 70-year-old company executive was robbed of approximately 20 million yen

    That's about $200,000 USD.

    You would think the bank would have arranged, or at least strongly encouraged, some sort of armored transport or other service. Common sense was sorely lacking here both on the part of this man and his bank.

    Posted in: Company exec robbed of Y20 mil by three men

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    Police said they had received a report and visited the apartment once and spoke with the parents.

    And the police did nothing, as is so often happens with what they consider "domestic issues" here.

    In some cases a visit by law enforcement that results in no action on their part sends a message of tacit approval to the perpetrator, actually causing the person to ramp up his/her abusive behavior. If this is the case here, it is possible that the mother also felt she had no recourse, knowing full well that the police and child welfare authorities would turn a blind eye and refuse to help.

    Posted in: Man arrested for fatally abusing 4-year-old daughter

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    Apparently the school in question here is Aoyama Gakuin Elementary School, nearby Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

    I feel sorry for the teachers of the school. They end up spending countless hours intervening in squabbles among adults in addition to their responsibilities for the children.

    Posted in: Makiko Esumi's ex-manager says he acted on his own when spray painting actor's home

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    Nagashima’s wife was the “leader” of a group of mothers of children said to be bullying Esumi’s daughter at the private school she attends...Esumi also hinted on her blog that she was being ostracized by the same group of mothers

    The endless stream of theatrics, pettiness and back-stabbing that goes on amongst mothers (mostly housewives) behind the scenes at private schools everywhere in Japan astounds me. In my case, there is not a month that goes by where I don't hear about something like this going on at my kids' schools.

    There will have to be a sea change in what is considered acceptable female behavior in Japan before Abe's goal of more women filling top corporate slots can be realized.

    Posted in: Makiko Esumi's ex-manager says he acted on his own when spray painting actor's home

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    At the very end of the FNN news segment shown here the reporter says that 3,800 investigators have been put to the task of putting an end to ("annihilating") the Kudokai (捜査員3800人体制で工藤会の壊滅を目指すとしています。).

    I am surprised that a top leader of the crime syndicate would himself perform the dirty work of taking out the leader of the fishermen's cooperative. Gang boss Nomura must have really had it out for the guy, because almost invariably the yakuza's MO is to pawn these hits off on low-level patsies or poor saps drowning in high-interest gambling debts owed to the mob.

    Posted in: Yakuza boss arrested over 1998 murder

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    For example, the happy shouts of children playing around a water fountain at a park in Nishi-Tokyo City were adjudged to be “noise,” leading to the fountain being turned off.

    And then people wonder why Japan's population is falling.

    Japan is becoming much too adult oriented at the expense of children and families. This sort of killjoy mentality is a sad symptom of an increasingly geriatric society.

    Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users

  • 8

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    For at least three decades politicians and media pundits have been talking about decentralization as a means of more evenly distributing Japan's population. It seems like a no-brainer, but very little has been done aside from initiatives like Tsukuba "science city" in Ibaraki Prefecture which acts as a sort of Japanese Silicon Valley.

    First, Japan needs to create university towns in rural areas. Nearly every one of Japan's top universities is in Tokyo now, but most of them should be moved to locations more conducive to academics where costs are much lower. Also, the central government should be moved elsewhere.

    Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas

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    Apparently law enforcement has found some DNA that they think belongs to the suspect.

    Although they have been able to analyze it with technology not available 18 years ago, it didn't match any DNA in their database. Let's hope this enables them to pinpoint the perpetrator.

    Posted in: Police ask public for info regarding murder of Sophia University student in 1996

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    Sensato

    Did anyone else notice how the group photo has been arranged in terms of what the ministers are wearing and where they have been positioned?

    The men are all wearing identical black tuxedos with white ties, which aptly reflects their conformist attitudes. Each of the women are wearing whatever they felt appropriate for the occasion.

    Also, rather than a random arrangement of cabinet members, there's Abe in the front and center, surrounded by a cocoon of female ministers, with the female ministers surrounded by an outer layer of male ministers.

    I wish Japan would loosen up a bit on these occasions — less rigidity, more spontaneity.

    Posted in: Abe looks forward to winds of change from women in cabinet

  • 0

    Sensato

    Does anyone know if this is Shimizu-ku or Shimizu-cho?

    @justbcuzisay

    The school is Shimizu Junior High School in Shimizu-cho (静岡県清水町立清水中学校), close to Mishima Station.

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

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    Sensato

    If this man was found guilty of the same offense two years ago (and given a suspended sentence), this would obviously make him a convicted sex offender. Japan's education ministry undoubtedly knew of his criminal record, yet allowed him to remain in the classroom. (Maybe the teachers union makes it impossible to fire these sorts of teachers once they are employed and in the union.)

    This then begs the question — how many other convicted sex offenders are currently in Japan's classrooms? I'm sure the education ministry knows the number, but would never release those figures.

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

  • 8

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    A junior high school teacher, who was arrested once before for taking photos of girls in a school toilet, has been detained a second time.

    And it was just yesterday that we read in JT a story about a mother who murdered her child, after having been given a suspended sentence several years earlier for murdering another one of her children (http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/3-year-old-boy-dies-after-being-thrown-against-wall-by-mother#comment_1841006).

    It seems this country is lenient when it comes to any form of violence or perversion against children committed by an adult in a position of authority. Japan has a poor track record when it comes to children's rights.

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

  • 6

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    Apparently, she has been refusing to let CPS visit her home since April.

    With here criminal record, I find it shocking that she was able to refuse those visits. RIP Yusuke.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

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    Police said Tamura was arrested in 2010 over the death of her second oldest son, but she received a suspended sentence.

    If the father had been the one who killed the first son, he definitely would have been given prison time, and there would have been much more outrage directed toward him.

    Even though child abuse by mothers in Japan seems to be more prevalent than abuse by fathers, the courts/society nearly always seem to let these abusers off easy. They hold tight to the myth of a universal maternal instinct to have the best interest of the child at heart, going as far as to even justify horrendous behavior on the part of mothers (ie. it wasn't her fault due to postpartum depression, it was the husband's fault for not giving her enough support, etc.)

    When will they ever learn?

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

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