Ishiwara's past comments

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    People will do all sorts of things for money. Once someone becomes an "adult", we can only assume they are in control of their actions, until found mentally unstable in court.

    Seems like a societal issue if youngsters are unwilling to say no to a request for something they don't want to do. Learning to say no would be the adult thing to do, right? Parents should be teaching this to their children.

    OTOH, we all have done unpleasant things to be paid for work. They call that a "job." Not many people get to do things they love for money.

    BTW, there are women who strive to be in porn, mainly because they actually enjoy sex AND like to be paid.

    theFu, agree in principle, but if you are a young 18-year old girl and surrounded by 10 men and women threatening you with lawsuits and/or saying doing porn is not a big deal, this will influence your decision-making. What if this happened to your daughter? You are going to say this is her fault for not being an adult?

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  • -3

    Ishiwara

    Japan has drawn international criticism for its tolerance of pornography.

    What does that even mean? Criticism by whom? And other countries don't tolerate pornography? The United States for starters?

    Diclaimer: not minimizing the issue here. Forcing or tricking young women to do this against their will is despicable. But the media should be more careful.

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  • 4

    Ishiwara

    Japan has a huge coffee-scene of independent coffeeshops with fantastic coffee, often free internet, and are smoke free. Japan is probably one of the best countries in the world to drink coffee, provided you are in one of the big cities.

    One thing about some traditional kissa: in Nagoya and some other places, in the morning, you'll get toast and eggs with coffee for 500 yen, that is nice.

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?”

  • -2

    Ishiwara

    Let's put it this way: I did not click on this to see these kids.

    Posted in: Night of champions

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    For everybody saying that "prostitution is illegal" in Japan, here some facts:

    Prostitution in the sense of sexual intercourse is illegal. This means everything else, BJ's, massages, etc (use your imagination here) is legal. The girls in this article work for “delivery health” (which is misleadingly translated as "outcall sex service"), and which is basically BJ-delivery service.

    I am not saying this is a great system, or taking a stance in the discussion points raised, but these are the facts.

    Posted in: Some women find escape from poverty in sex trade

  • 4

    Ishiwara

    A-san, at 55, lost her full-time job to an AI-robot. Not having enough money to pay for re-schooling, she tried to come by with several part-time jobs, some at night-shifts. Until those were replaced AI-robots or outsourced to Chinese migrants. She also has no right to a pension, since she did not work till the mandatory retirement age of 75. Meanwhile, her husband, who was laid off years ago is succumbing to a disease that healthcare does not cover. Since they cannot pay for their apartment anymore, they are considering moving to the immigrant slum on the edge of the city.

    How funny.

    There, fixed that for you.

    Posted in: By 2030, there will be no full-time employees, report speculates

  • 11

    Ishiwara

    I understand that under America's bizarre tax-system you can not pay any taxes if you loose a billion dollars.

    What I don't understand is that you can loose a billion dollars, loose so much you don't have to pay taxes, AND STILL BE RICH?

    Posted in: Supporters defend Trump in wake of tax revelations

  • 7

    Ishiwara

    No.

    Technology will be able to translate technical manuals and instructions for how to use an airport and so on, but will not be able to translate, let's say poetry, teen-ager slang that is changing every month, irony, etc.

    Posted in: Do you think automatic translation technology will get good enough one day so that we won't need human interpreters or translators?

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Well, plenty of the Japanese folk on Japanese television make me cringe as well.

    On the other hand, there are also several good news and debate programs with serious foreigners, experts, businessmen, academics and so appearing and speaking in Japanese.

    Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job?

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Don't have kimchi and orange juice together. It is bad for you.

    Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    I abhor racists who complain that she or Ariana cannot represent Japan because they are not "Japanese."

    On the other hand, I am going to throw this out: I do see the argument that Miss contests are dominated by a kind of Western beauty standard, and that Japanese (and other people) have a problem with that. Black women are not well represented for example. In Japan, the Miss contests are not very popular and are largely ignored, partly because of the slightly different beauty standards.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

  • 3

    Ishiwara

    Well, China's artificial naval- and airbases in the South China Sea, and its fleet of mercenar....sorry, fishermen in the East China Sea, not to mention their jingoistic press, "signal" a quite different message.

    Posted in: China signals growth, not political disputes, should dominate G20

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    @yubaru

    He became persona non grata because he quit the group. His name, after a bit of googling is Katsuyuki Mori and evidently has made quite a bit of cash on his own, while not in the same league as he would have made with SMAP, at least he has his freedom!.

    https://jnewseng.com/2013/06/06/mori-katsuyuki-proves-that-he-can-still-earn-millions-even-without-smap/

    Thanks for the link. Excellent that he is successful in a different career.

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  • 7

    Ishiwara

    @DenTok2009

    Anyone know what happened to the one who left in 1996? Did he continue on to be an entertainer or go on to some other field of work?

    I heard that he became persona non grata for Mr. Johnny himself, meaning no-one in the entertainment world could take him on, and even his very name was not to be mentioned anywhere on TV. (Kimutaku once defied the taboo in a special on SMAP, I think their 25 anniversary).

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  • 1

    Ishiwara

    What does it take? Well, first you need to find a location where the local oldies won't object to a daycare due to the noise. Then, you have to get local council approval with a few brown paper bags of cash and heaps of legitimate payments. Then, you have to pay overpriced and undereskilled builders to build your establishment. Then, after you have all that y have to charge the bear minimum for childcare and employ little old ladies who will work for under minimum wage just so you can afford to keep the lights on. After you have achieved all that you have to determine whether you are running a kindergarten or a preschool and deal with all the mothers that want their children educated for elementary school entrance exams. I left out all the fire and safety inspections and certificates, which also cost a small fortune. And, don't expect any tax breaks or benefits from the Abe government. They only support large corporations. Are you still keen?

    Reality.

    Posted in: No. of children on waiting list for nurseries in Tokyo tops 8,000

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others humankind has tried out."

    Winston Churchill

    Posted in: Do you think democracy is the best form of government?

  • -2

    Ishiwara

    Every year the same story. For older people in the countryside, there is sometimes little that can be done about it I guess, but for Christ's sake, cancel sporting events!

    BTW, coffee is not a diuretic. That is an old myth.

    Posted in: 820 treated with heatstroke symptoms, one dead

  • 3

    Ishiwara

    Japanese cinema has become rather self-referential: many movies are movie adaptations of manga, and there are lots of movies that don't make sense if you have not seen the TV-drama, or you don't know the actors and their characters.

    Posted in: 3 reasons Japanese movies today suck, according to distributor and producer Adam Torel

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    My McDonald's is also a McCafe, and that's the attraction for me. I am a coffee addict. McCafe has yummy coffee more reasonably priced than Starbucks. It's my coffee hangout.

    Mac coffee is cheap, but "yummy"? You should check out the amazing coffee scene this country has to offer! And I am not talking about smoky kissaten with bad coffee.

    Here, for starters:http://lifeandthyme.com/coffee/art-coffee-culture-tokyo/

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    There we go again. Last time she got married it was all over TV for weeks, showing off her diamond ring the size of a small apple, and an obscenely lavish wedding party for a pricetag equalling the the national budget.

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