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    tmarie

    No foreigner working in the university system will be surprised at this. Frankly, i'm always amazed at how well Japan ranks. I get that Todai is supposedly THE best here but graduates I met are often socially inept. Intelligent and book smart for sure but not someone I would ever want to hire, let alone work next to.

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    The pay is pathetic for the job they do. It says so much about what Japan thinks of working women and looking after children. Part of the issue is the salary cap for women for the spouse benefits. They want PT mothers whose kids are grown/in school to do this job but there are not enough interested but won't raise the pay to a living wage for those who are not married and don't benefit from this system that clearly needs to be done away with. You can't pay peanuts and expect people to jump at the chance for such a job. Pay these workers what they are worth - they are of far more importance than the paper pushers sitting at city hall making well over double.

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    tmarie

    If jukus work so well, why don't they just send their kids to them full time and disenrol them from the middle/high school? Or, if not legally possible, have the jukus become a full private school (for-profit , just as they are now - that is legal) while still following their techniques.

    Because many juku teachers are uni students who are in class during the day. I don't think juku actually has any "new" techniques. It's that kids are there to study and do actually while there because everyone else is as well. That and unlike regular school, the students are often welcome to ask questions if they don't understand something.

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    tmarie

    Starbucks is smoke-free. That is pretty much the only reason why I go there. If other places could actually ban smoking rather than have a non-smoking section, right next to the smoking section of course, I might visit but until then, crap, overpriced coffee, kids parties, few tables... or not, Starbucks is where I go.

    Posted in: In the past, the atmosphere and customer service at Starbucks was analogous to business class aboard an airline. As the company expanded, the quality of staff has declined, and there are also many customers who hang out there just to work, using the Wi-Fi, and it’s not the kind of place where you can relax. With the slow economy more people are trying to pinch pennies, and it has the image of being higher priced, so it shouldn’t be surprising that customer satisfaction has declined.

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    tmarie

    For your reading...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_animal

    Organizations, as I mentioned, deal with these animals. People find them, often injured, and organizations such as Heart, Ark... Will help with getting these dogs (and cats) looked after. I have a friend who is currently homing a dog from a Japanese organization that clearly isn't a domestic animal. But if you feel you know better, by all means continue to feel so. There is a huge issue in Shikoku will wild dogs - often from dumped animals. I don't think we'd disagree that dumping animals isn't a problem here so not sure why you'd suggest there aren't wild/feral dogs/cats in Japan.

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    tmarie

    I would much rather play 40% and have "free" education, free roads, health care... I pay a lot of taxes here and get nickled and dimed at every turn.

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    tmarie

    Cleo, some places are better than others. Shikoku is well known for wild dogs and folks dumping them. Ark, Heart and Japanese animal rescue groups exist for a reason.

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    tmarie

    If you can't afford or balk at getting a dog or cat chipped, vaccinated and neutered, do the animal a favour and do not rescue it - and please never buy one here considered 500 dogs and cats get gassed a day here cause of stupid humans. I've spent lord knows how much money on my dogs but they're worth every yen as they're family and if one complains at how expensive it is, don't become a pet parent.

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    tmarie

    Schools here don't get to take responsibility for Japan's educational rankings. Juku does. The division between the haves and the have nots are supported by the education system here. Those who have, have kids who go to juku and university. Have nots are often out of school at 16 or just graduate HS where they then enter into crap contract positions while grads get stable jobs. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

    The stress on the teachers here is shocking. The endless paperwork and needless "club" activities which really are just babysitting clubs and busy work. All while many come from families where only one parent works. This needs to stop as many families can't afford to support the system as is. Teachers should be teaching and volunteers should be coaching. Juku should NOT be something parents save to afford for their kids. Juku should only be needed as tutoring and extra help for kids who are having a hard time in regular classes.

    The system here is dysfunctional and hurts all involved except jukus. And let's be honest, the government isn't going to a) do away with juku because that would mean thousands out of work and b) they can't afford to put more money into education because they're too busy spending it on African, weapons and "party" favours.

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    tmarie

    It is amusing to note that this unimportant topic elicited 169 comments so far!

    Rather important topic to the parents of child who are biracial/bicultural.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    tmarie

    Glad to see the comments about custody and visitation rights. I am always disgusted at mothers who cut fathers out of their kids lives because they aren't mature enough to deal with it all. I am amazed at fathers who pay even though they haven't seen their child in ages - I had a friend whose ex told his daughter he was dead but he continued to pay because "she's my daughter." It was heartbreaking to hear that and I have always felt the ex needed to have her child taken away for stating something so disgusting.

    Father's rights here seem to get ignored. We can't expect fathers to step up and parent if women aren't going to support their right to do that.

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    tmarie

    Congrats to them!

    So a marriage means the end of a professional career? There's a great waste of female talent in Japan. For many women, that's all they dream of! For others no, but those are often the ones delaying or forgoing marriage altogether.

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    tmarie

    I'm half Japanese half French, after being asked "haafu desuka", people almost always ask "which country?".

    I'm glad that is your experience. It isn't mine.

    Interesting how none of the people going on about the racist Japanese in this thread commented on this comment. Not all of us live 24/7 on JT.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    tmarie

    Abe has allowed Momii to become a giant bully with this all. NHK needs to be put in it's place for once and for all.

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    tmarie

    What's in it for him?

    Paving the way for his son. Not the one he hasn't met, of course.

    Aly, excellent post. Lots of people praise Koizumi but seem to forget all the bad he did - the big one being dispatch and really screwing over the working poor with contract work and no job security.

    Posted in: Koizumi backs sick U.S. sailors who blame Fukushima radiation

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    tmarie

    **It is the third accident to have occurred at the company’s plants in about a month.

    On Aug. 20 a 56-year-old worker died after being crushed between a loading shovel and truck at the same plant, while on Aug 2 a 67-year-old temporary staff was killed after getting trapped in a conveyor belt at another plant in Nara Prefecture.**

    Why is this company still allowed to operate????

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    tmarie

    "Haafu" is just shorthand for that, and of course everybody knows that. The people who try to turn the "haafu" term into an issue are trying to manufacture a problem that does not exist.

    I disagree. The conversations with me and around me are always "half desu ka?" and very rarely is the other "half" every asked about. The focus is on one half being Japanese. Perhaps there is an assumption the other half is American but I can honestly count on two hands how many times I've been asked what the other half is. I don' think this is the same thing at all.

    If a problem doesn't exists, then why is this in the news? Why was it in the news last year when Ariana won? The reason? Because it IS still an issue here. One that hopefully will go away soon and Japan can just get over that not every Japanese supposedly has "pure" Japanese blood.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    tmarie

    I have zero issues with calling someone half Japanese. I have zero issues with calling someone half India. I have an issue with calling someone "half" as to me, it's just rude and suggests the person isn't whole. But I'm pretty sure you understand that so I won't bother continuing to explain why myself and others dislike the Japanese "half" usage.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    tmarie

    while "half-Indian" or "half" is bad.

    I don't think anyone on here said being call "half-Indian" is bad. The issue is with being called "half".

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    tmarie

    I once ticked off a colleague by calling Nelson Mandela "black". The correct term, apparently, was "African American"

    Hahaha! Mandela was American, was he?

    **So, you are a teacher and Japanese are students.

    It is utterly wrong for a teacher. Students, especially adult students with social status, are not supposed to speak against their teacher openly in this country.

    You should not use your classroom discussion as an example here. Find some Japanese to whom you are not in superiority.** Sorry but I honestly can't understand what on earth you're trying to say. As a non-javanese I shouldn't bring up such issues in class? The students were wrong to disagree with me? Your assumption that I teach adult students? That i'm to allowed to use this example of a group of Japanese suggesting that "half" are not real Japanese? That I think I'm superior to others or others find me superior because of my race and work status? Waaaaaa?????

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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