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interuni321Apr. 21, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
The real problem is not marriage in Japan, but work in Japan. Married or not, most Japanese men (and female full time workers) are total slaves to the companies they work for. Women in contrast are forced out of the work force to a large degree and thereafter either look after children (pretty much on their own in most cases) or have the largely forced status of kept women, which is good in some ways and for some people, but very limiting and depressing for others. Most Japanese couples/families hardly get to spend any time with each other, leading to a lot of misery, defective relationships, and in some cases (like above) resentment. This is all aggravated by the fact that many Japanese couples don't really marry out of love, but more the men marry women as trophies and the women marry the husbands for status and income, production of children is like a business partnership. This is not all Japanese couples, but I'd say still more than half, depending on how you measure it.
Primarily Japan needs to free company workers from slave labour conditions (even if they do generally get paid well for their slavery) as well as promoting proper equality in the work place, thus freeing women from dependence on male breadwinners and allowing more marriages to be based on true compatibility.
The concerns about treatment of men in divorces is also a problem that needs addressing.
However, I don't think men in Japan can say they have it any worse than women, not when you consider it from all angles.
Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage
interuni321Mar. 15, 2015 - 02:32PM JST
Leave them alone I say, yes I have serious concerns about the way that while business works, but that's no reason to hate on the women themselves. Seriously if AKB48 are your biggest concern, you are not nearly adequately in touch with the serious problems currently facing Japan and the world.
Posted in: Many Japan Today readers hate AKB48 and insult them every chance they get. Yet the megapopular all-girl group has tens of millions of fans in Japan and Southeast Asia. Why so much hate for the group?
interuni321Feb. 26, 2015 - 01:40AM JST
The TPP will simply accelerate the movement of wealth from the 99% to the 1% or maybe 0.1%
Provisions in the TPP massively undermine democratic sovereign power in favour of rule making by large corporations, it's an affront to democracy.
In Japan though, especially it will have a devastating impact. Pretty much everything that's good about Japan relies on the corporate socialism system, this would be wiped out overnight if Japanese companies had to compete under the TPP.
Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, which seems to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.?
interuni321Feb. 24, 2015 - 07:42PM JST
A better and more realistic question would be low paid worker with kind personality vs richer guy who is a sociopath. It was too easy to discount the good looking guy and too easy to accept the rich guy.
Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie
interuni321Feb. 06, 2015 - 02:55PM JST
Japan is very safe from day to day sheet violence and petit crime, but it has as many, possibly more mentally ill people. Also because cringe is so low psychopaths address not filtered out early in life by the judicial system. I doubt think it helps that there are so many violent horror movies, often including deaths of children, it gives ideas to psychopaths and other crazy people.
Posted in: 22-year-old man held over murder of 11-year-old boy in Wakayama town
interuni321Jan. 03, 2015 - 11:38PM JST
Almost certainly this woman is suffering from terrible depression, depression that will only be made an order of magnitude worse after what she has done. My heart goes out to the baby, the father and the mother, a failure to identify and offer help to this woman quickly enough.
Posted in: Woman held for trying to strangle 6-month-old son to death
interuni321Dec. 30, 2014 - 12:38AM JST
There's another country famous for locking up artists... Does Japan want to be seen as a worse country than China?! I'm really quite surprised as Japan is usually so tolerant of art and sex.
It is absolutely despicable that she was locked up for a month without charge. I suspect a conspiracy by some group of right wingers to torment her.
Posted in: Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges
interuni321Dec. 30, 2014 - 12:35AM JST
The quality of Japanese hospitals varies so much. I have been in some luxurious hospitals that were utterly spotless, I've visited quite a few that were spotless where you could easily see dirt but were quite dirty as soon as you looked a bit harder and I have seen some that look like refugee camps. Not sure why this is. I would say that currently Japan has a fairly good record when it comes to MRSA. Also worth noting that the quality of care and kindness that you generally find in Japanese hospitals is second to none.
I wonder if it's an another example of the Japanese tradition of not hiring professional cleaners but expecting all workers to clean their bit. Which in reality tends to result in them doing a very half hearted job while being distracted from their real work. Glad to see more and more firms contracting proper cleaners. I also notice there are a lot of older people hired as cleaners and I wonder about their eye sight and attitudes to hygiene (I don't mean personal I mean in terms of technical infection control).
Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected
interuni321Nov. 08, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
I think there's already enough evidence to detain him if not charge him with sexual assault from the last time he was in Japan, should he ever dare to set for on Japanese soil again.
Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests
interuni321Nov. 01, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
7 years?! I'm usually the first to advocate liberal, shorter jail times, but seriously making it 30 years would probably be too light in this case. Such a short sentence will almost certainly encourage other crazies to follow in this guys footsteps.
Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl
interuni321Nov. 01, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
Long over due just doesn't quite cover it.
Posted in: Japan's wireless carriers told to unlock phones from next May
interuni321Oct. 08, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
This is all true, but let's show a little appreciation for the fact that almost all Japanese leave school with at least the ability to attempt the pronunciation of English words and have some kind of a basic understanding at worst, others of course do learn enough to allow them to become proper speakers with a bit more experience or tuition. Unless you've tried to teach English to people who have never had any English education you'll take this for granted.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
interuni321Oct. 08, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
It's not really a matter of opinion is it? The factual answer is that the higher quality digital downloads do offer better quality than either vinyl or CD.
Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music?
interuni321Oct. 03, 2014 - 04:06AM JST
Yes of course it should. Other countries should be grateful Japan has cooperated with the UN to such an enormous degree without demanding it up to now. A huge part of the UN budget comes from Japan, the is no excuse for Japan not too have a seat.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move?
interuni321Sep. 28, 2014 - 01:33AM JST
Whatever the history and whatever the risks, you just can't leave something as evil as ISIL roaming around raping and committing genocide with impunity. You have to do something, even if you don' t know the outcome and risk making things worse and indeed even if you caused the problem with your own greed or stupidity in the first place. People that say we should sit back, have no comprehension whatsoever of what its like to be a civilian on the ground when these kinds of people come calling.
Posted in: Britain votes to join U.S.-led airstrikes against jihadists
interuni321Sep. 28, 2014 - 01:30AM JST
I can't imagine falling further than giving up life in Japan for life in the Islamic state. Nightmare just wouldn't do such an experience justice. They really are naive fools, whatever their motivation. But every country has its ignorant and mentally unstable I'm afraid.
Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State
interuni321Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
Japanese people are not stingy at all, Japanese companies are rather stingy though.
As for the "science" around serotonin, sounds like utter rubbish to me. All humans are extremely closely related, so such a large difference in brain chemistry is highly unlikely.
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 09:08PM JST
These kinds of incidents happen in every country every day, and always have, it is simply someone who is mentally disturbed, there has never been a time in Japan's history that this kind of thing didn't happen. Japan is still one of the safest countries on earth, if not the safest.
Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka
interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 08:36PM JST
Surely 4 numbers from a plate cross referenced with the description of the car and the local area would have only brought up a manageable (even it was a few hundred) number plates, sure in this case the police managed to find her in time, but in many cases this might have been too late.
Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car
interuni321Jul. 10, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
Many police officers are not better than the thugs they are supposed to be stopping, both want the power to bully and abuse others.
Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl
Apr. 26, 2015 - 06:42PM JST
... and demanded hiring more engineers and appointing fewer outsiders to the board of directors.
Posted in: Sony's Hirai faces attack from activist 'old boys'
Apr. 26, 2015 - 06:34PM JST
"After collecting the bits from the crematorium, aren't you free to do what you like…
Posted in: Fragments of human skull found in supermarket toilet
Apr. 26, 2015 - 06:28PM JST
While we are on the subject of apologies for atrocities, I wonder if Abe is going…
Posted in: Past and future hang heavy as Abe heads to U.S.
Apr. 26, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
@ kurisupisu at Apr. 26, 2015 - 07:43AM JST
"Will this be another court case or…
Posted in: Tokyo MX drone lands in British Embassy in Tokyo
Apr. 26, 2015 - 06:24PM JST
China, not having any allies of its own
China has more allies than you think.…
Posted in: When U.S. allies are fighting with each other, China thinks it can divide us all. That gives us a big headache.