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    paulinusa Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:33AM JST And there's the difficulty facing gay rights in Japan, an increasing, aging population who are more likely to vote and get the ear of politicians.

    When considering hostile working conditions in Japan, many older workers will encourage to allow for the possibility of the worst behavior in the workplace. Threats of termination, hiring discrimination, and overt hostility, the majority of LGBT people in the workplace complain about feeling isolated because of their sexual orientation or gender variance. Fear of isolation is what keeps many LGBT people in the closet. The isolation is created by the lack of social interactions with colleagues, especially conversations on personal life.

    Posted in: Small step by Tokyo's Shibuya Ward could be giant leap for LGBT equality

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    Antthom Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:13AM JST Changing the mine set of only big companies offer a future, increase basic pay and the list goes on. Generally if people are happy (quality work/life balance), employment opportunities are good with relatively good pay then the population will grow organically without the need for mass immigration.

    All solutions are going to be tough and brutal. No one wanted to pay for what the J-government spent this money on. The older generation is still benefitting from the system enormously, but the younger generation will end up paying the price. The biggest benefit for full time workers is a legal protection and retirement benefit. But the number of lifetime jobs has been declining for decades. Part time workers in Japan makes up staggering 40 percent of Japan's labor force. Problem is that most part time job earn about 40 percent less per hour than full-time positions. Abe should try protect the part time workers. Many of these part-timers often work 40 hours a week with no benefits. They account for all of Japan's job growth in the past decade. The rise of this part-time economy explains why Japan is the only developed country where the average pay has consistently fallen in the last 15 years. In the Japan’s rigid labor market, temp work is rarely a steppingstone to something better. It’s a permanent, low-wage existence and it's a big problem.

    Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo

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    What's wrong with Japan being less crowded? Japan already has areas with deserted villages where the inhabitants have moved out and owners are unable to sell their houses, places where the property market no longer functions. This is a phenomenon which will probably spread and parts of the economy will simply close down. Unfortunately increase in immigration won't happen because the politicians and a large number of the people don't like foreigners (particularly Asian foreigners) and don't want them in their communities.

    The increase in Immigration to Japan could definitely play a useful role in filling gaps in the Japanese labor market, in certain sectors of the economy or in certain regions of Japan. Ultimately, though, the issue of sub-replacement fertility would have to be solved by the Japanese themselves. The global tendency, after all, is for fertility rates to fall below replacement levels, and the effect is all the stronger for the second generation and following of immigrants in low-fertility countries. Japan has heavily invested in other nations. So they are actullay using labor dividend of othet countries. Korea and China are following similar strategies.

    Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo

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    hnson23Mar. 05, 2015 - 08:06AM JST Based on the confession " not complying with requests from fire department officials.: seems like a clear cut case.

    It's more of lack of enforcement by the city. The inspectors could've shut the hotel until the changes were made, but they didn't. It is not surprising that there were many violations that resulted in losses of life. Yet, those in charge of enforcing the building code to protect the community should be in a position to recognize buildings with these deficiencies and act before the next event occurs. Regulations are often enacted following such tragedies.

    Hiroshima prefecture need to improve building and fire codes and require improved fire protection features, including automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire detection systems. The level of code enforcement and the qualifications of those involved in has to improve. There should be a relatively simple and effective ways to effectively protect the building and its occupants to allow for a complete building evacuation. It will be costly, but it will also save lives.

    Posted in: Ex-head of hotel operating firm faces charges over fatal fire

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    turbotsat Mar. 05, 2015 - 07:15AM JST There's a significant difference in the average SAT scores of admitted students when grouped by race, at some schools, so that Asians effectively need a much higher score to get in than the equivalent white person, goes the theory. I guess a counterpoint could be that schools are all about balance and extracurriculars these days, so maybe the Asians are just not as balanced.

    The way it works is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other high-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots. If you know you're going to be discriminated against, it's absolutely justifiable to not check the Asian box. Asian students have higher average SAT scores than any other group, including whites. Top schools that don't ask about race in admissions process have very high percentages of Asian students. The California Institute of Technology is about one-third Asian. The University of California-Berkeley, which is forbidden by state law to consider race in admissions, is more than 40 percent Asian. The actual dynamics of how it happens are really quite subtle. Most Ivy League schools have roughly the same percentage of Asians. Highly selective colleges do use much more than SAT scores and grades to evaluate applicants. Other important factors include extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, maturity, engagement in learning, and overcoming adversity. In the end, elite colleges often don't have room for Asian students with outstanding scores and grades.

    Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?

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    In Japan, murderers and other criminals are being released from jail everyday after serving only very short and lenient sentences. Many criminals are juveniles who commit adult crimes. They are being tried every day in juvenile courts, they are receiving shortened sentences, and they are being released continue to live their lives in peaceful and happy bliss, all while their victims and their families are left to suffer forever. Because the Japanese courts believe that second chances should be given to youths who commit crimes.

    When it comes to trying teens in court as adults. That teens should be held accountable for their actions and tried as adults. Put yourself in the mother’s position, if your son or daughter just died, how would you want their killer to be punished? How would you feel if you never got to see your child alive again while their killer served only a short sentence before being released from jail?

    Now then, some people believe that we should stop putting teens in adult prison. They believe we should be lenient with them and give them easier sentences. These people argue that children are capable of learning from their mistakes and because they are children, they can be rehabilitated. Others say that teens are too young to understand the consequences of there actions, or that they don’t know their limitations. Why should juveniles be treated any different than adults when the crimes they are committing are every bit as heinous as adult crimes?

    Posted in: Kawasaki murder victim's mother releases statement to media

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    OssanAmerica Mar. 05, 2015 - 02:57AM JST Instead China has strengthned it's authoritarian grip on the country and directed it's wealth towards building the biggest military machine in Asia.

    China has 1.4 billion people, and they are spending approx. $200 billion per year in total military spending. Japan with the population of $126 million is spending $46 billion per year. The facts are China has 11 times greater population than Japan. If you compare China and Japan based on per capita spending, China should be spending around $500 billion annually on defense to be comparable to what Japan is spending.

    Posted in: China to boost military budget by 10%

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    nigelboy Mar. 04, 2015 - 08:27AM JST Yes. That's what the review report revealed which is also in line with Higashi's statement who was directly involved in the formulation of the Kono Statement. This is why Kono Statement in of itself was questionable for it gave the false 'impression'.

    So what your saying is the conclusion by U.S. House of Representative is wrong?

    Many of those involved in the 2007 US House of Representatives Comfort Women resolution 121, for instance, including Dennis Halpin, a former senior Asia policy staffer, said in September that: “There was ample documentary and testimonial evidence from across the Indo-Pacific region to support the fact that Imperial Japan organized and managed a system of sexual slavery for its military.

    source: www.globalresearch.ca

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    nigelboy Mar. 04, 2015 - 08:09AM JST That's why it's backed by Yoshinobu Higashi who was a member of the Cabinet Secretariat (who's also a Counsellor of External Affairs

    Kono has aleady affirmed that many of them were employed through coaxing, coercion, with the administrative/military personnel directly involved in their recruitment. Are you saying Nishioka (a civilian teacher) and opponent Higashi with the different point of view is the one you trust the most?

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    Nigelboy,

    Who cares what Professor Nishioka saids. He doesn't represent the goverment, nor does he have secret clearance, or intelligence access.

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    Nigelboy,

    Kono, being the head of the Japanese goverment had top secret clearance with access to many of the classified goverment/military information that is not available to media or people like you. He made the decision to apologize based on facts.

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    nigelboy Mar. 04, 2015 - 02:41AM JST This is one of many problems with the Kono statement itself for the entire passage gives an impression that Japanese military did take part in the coersive recruitment as a policy

    It's not impression. Nobody forced Kono, who represented Japan goverment to admit the problem, but they did. This is called confession. In 1993, the Kono Statement which apologized for the immeasurable pain caused to the comfort women and also affirmed that many of them were employed through coaxing, coercion, with the administrative/military personnel directly involved in their recruitment. Sure, the statement did not go down well with Japanese nationalists who challenged the claim that these women were ‘physically coerced’ by Japanese officials. But this is the history that you cannot change.

    Abe announced that Kono Statement will continue as is. However, Abe’s goverment went ahead and announced a review of the drafting process of the Kono Statement, and released a report stating that the content in the statement was drafted jointly by both nations, perhaps hinting at a probable ‘Korean influence’ on the statement. Another denial. Abe's goal for a long time has been to re-educate the Japanese and international public into believing a sanitized version of the ‘comfort women’ history. In the minds of Abe's history, there was no forced recruitment of women by the Japanese military, and Japan's behavior was no different from that of other countries in wartime. The current Japanese government has a generally denialist approach. Abe's government has been working very hard to undermine Kono's credibility. Dismissing the matter by merely calling them professional prostitutes, is actually dishonoring a set of people who felt violated with the treatment history.

    If some people think that 1965 treaty was finalized, meaning a done deal, and no further negotiations, why would a former PM Koizumi send written letters of apology to some of the former comfort women many decades later, along with contributions made on the basis of the Kono statement? Many have rejected this letter and payment.

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    Dara DanhMar. 02, 2015 - 10:41AM JST I know of very little Japanese music artists that actually base in U.S. to really try to make it big. Most J-Artists or bands/groups just tour the U.S. in either small lives/livehouse or invited to play for a couple of concerts. Big or small music acts by big record/management labels or even indie bands have small fan base in USA which is why they tour the US. but none have really put in the effort or dedication to make it as an artist in the US music scene.

    There is a group call Hiroshima that has lasted for four decades. These Japanese-American musicians based in L.A. plays primarily instrumental jazz laced with pop, funk and assorted Eastern sounds. The group's mellow, relaxing soft jazz sounds has caught the ear of many throught the world. Hiroshima does play complex, multicultural music. It's not throwaway music. Hiroshima has substantial white and international audience.

    Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing?

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    genjuroMar. 03, 2015 - 04:53AM JST Now I wonder what kind of punishment will the law dole out to the 18-year-old and his accomplices for murder?

    Current law in Japan sets the minimum age for capital punishment at 18. Death sentences for minors (those under age 20) are rare, those who commit capital crimes at age 18 or 19 may be legally sentenced to death. In this case, single murderers rarely face a death penalty in Japan, but expect that the recent trend toward harsher punishments, backed by the growing public support for capital punishment, would encourage the court to sentence to a long prison sentence.

    Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him

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    zones2surfMar. 02, 2015 - 08:17AM JST Korea, for its part, is conveniently ignoring the payments it received from Japan as part of the 1965 Treaty which were supposed to settle all claims.

    Huh? Show me where in the 1965 treaty that "comfort Issue" was resolved? It was not resolved. In 1965, the Japanese goverment asked Korean goverment to show the concrete number of conscripted workers and soldiers, dead and injured and how much unpaid wages were. They asked to "show the evidences and they would pay". Korea agreed and investigated them. What I want to clarify here is that Korea didn't claim the compensation for the war time prostitutes. Why didn't they? It's because there was no abducted prostitute. Nobody said at the time in Korea, those prostitutes were abducted. Everyone knew there were many women who were so poor that they sold themselves to live and the Japan army didn't have to abduct Korean women. There were many Korean volunteers for Japan army at the time. Therefore Koreans didn't claim it at that time. The Korean goverment did not disclose and pursue the comfort women issue at the time. It's still an open issue that has not been resolved.

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    nigelboy Feb. 27, 2015 - 03:47AM JST Not really. If the prostitution is legal in those states, the government of the said states regulates them much in the same fashion as Japanese military did by imposing regulations. Your double standards are simply appalling.

    Same fashion as Japanese military? The survival rate of these comfort women (mostly Koreans) was calculated at a dismal 30%. Majority of these Korean women didn't live long.

    Posted in: 2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

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    bass4funkFeb. 25, 2015 - 09:21AM JST What deal should Obama make when it comes to immigration? Look the other way and let these illegal Aliens break the law and reward them for doing it? Unbelievable!

    Now, the majority of illegal aliens cannot be detained or deported without specific approval from leadership. Nothing says don’t arrest, but it clearly says don’t waste your time because the alien will not be put into detention, sent back or deported. There is literally no reason to arrest an illegal alien because they are specifically telling Border Patrol there will be no consequence for the illegal alien. It is a waste of time and resources to arrest someone who is off limits for detainment or deportation and the documents make that fact clear. Border Patrol agents are now being trained to be social workers, not law enforcement.

    This is not how it was before. Border Patrol used to arrest, process, and turn the illegal alien over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the courts. Under the new program, the majority of illegal aliens will be released directly from the Border Patrol with no appointments or expectation that they ever have to show up for a hearing.

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    It’s a cultural problem that will never change. Language shouldn’t be viewed as a subject as it’s way to complex for that. They got it right where grammar and vocabulary is important, but you only really need basic grammar and up to intermediate vocab and the rest will fall into place when you actually try to use it on your own. After you memorize the basics (which is a must) then you start to use it speaking and reading…which will add to what you already know or reinforce it. Japanese have an image of what is supposed to be (on many things for that matter), rather than just taking the proper steps and going for it. Also they do to many things at once and learning a language needs a lot of focus. If you are around Japanese long enough you will see how they deal with many things in the same manner. The only people who can do well are the weird ones who step out of the Japanese box.

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    There is nothing new about this. Many years ago, in the post WWII era, when "rich Americans" were flooding into Europe as tourists, they used to talk about "ugly Americans", that is, ugly in behavior. And it is true, they were. But times change and eras pass. The problem with "ugly Chinese" is that they are new on the tourism scene. It is not a result of racial differences. Chinese are no more and no less rude or polite or intelligent or sincere or kind than any other ethnic group. They are just inexperienced in how to be a good tourist. This, too, shall pass. And then, in a few decades, the Chinese can complain about the horribly rude tourists of, well, whatever emerging nation exists at that time.

    Posted in: The tourism business wouldn’t survive without Chinese customers, so we don’t want to complain about them. It’s 50/50, give and take. We appreciate them coming, but we wish that they would come with a little more cultural awareness.

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    After end of WWII, Japan which spent basically from 1950's through mid 90's under the same conservative LDP government, which is why there was no change in thought or attitude. At best, the Japanese government was able to buy off the Chinese and Koreans, providing ODA loans and grants while those governments kept nationalistic sentiments tamped down. When the LDP hold was toppled in the 90ss, the coalition government was so weak that even though it began reconciliation with a formal apology, it couldn't make much progress before the LDP came back to power one year later. Japan needed a strong center-left party to lead the way. Unfortunately, Murayama and the Japanese Social Democrats were simply too weak. Japan's delay in the process has only made it more difficult for any real reconciliation. Had they done it back when Japan was at its peak, Chinese and Korean nationalism were somewhat under control and Japan had bought some goodwill through economic aid, they might have gotten their message across more smoothly. Instead, now you have Japan in a weak position, China and Korea ascendant, and both those nations experiencing near-rabid nationalistic sentiments, it'll be much harder for all involved to come together.

    Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'

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