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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

The lawmakers, in their written request, argue that separate surnames could result in the collapse of the social system.

Agree with the other comments from the posters here. If these 50 lawmakers feel so strongly ~ please show us the evidence, please. Otherwise, it is just being controlling.

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Posted in: Motorcyclist arrested for stopping suddenly in front of truck on expressway See in context

finally rich - I do the same as you ~ slow down very slowly and pump the brakes lightly to get them to pass or back off. I feel there is an underlining attitude to seek revenge or power through road-rage because of the social pressures and lack of mental support in the country.

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Posted in: U.N. urges global COVID vaccine plan; warns of dangerous inequity See in context

Absolutely agree! The world needs to focus on ensuring supplies of the vaccine reach everyone - not just the rich nations. This is another reason the Olympics could be cancelled. There are more important things to focus on.

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Posted in: Another LDP lawmaker quits over nightlife visit See in context

Agree completely, Trevor. Thank you for mentioning the upbringing. Parents, educators and the media are major contributors. Speaking up against these practices is the first step in creating a more inclusive society.

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Posted in: Olympic minister Hashimoto reported to be top pick to replace Mori See in context

She would be required to resign from her post as Olympic minister if she decides to head the organizing

I would say she is needed more as an Olympic minister working with the Olympic CEO. I hope she says no.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

PS Roblib,

We need ideas from everyone ~ especially the other 50% of the population (female)

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context


 They all accept their role and do their best to contribute to the greater good of the whole without standing out to say this isn't fair or we need change.

Ah yes, the 'shoganai' (it cannot be helped) attitude. That's the result of the conditioning of the education system, parents, work culture, media and bullying, all directed by the generation Mr. Nakai belongs to. (but not their true thinking)

I see this comment section as a way for me to practice sharing thoughts to better explain to others when the opportunity arises. I look forward to hearing more from you!

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

@Roblib - the majority of comments are from foreigners and we are supposed to believe that this represents the real opinion of what the Japanese are feeling and thinking about the state of affairs??

I agree this comment section is targeted at English-speaking people, but with Google Translate in a home browser can quickly translate all the comments into Japanese within a few seconds. There probably are many non-English speakers taking a look too.

Sharing and actively looking for ideas is the first step to improving inclusiveness in society. I think that is one of the main reasons why we are all here commenting.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

But it is important for the party's female members to "look" at the party's decision-making process, he said.

"It is important to fully understand what kind of discussions are happening. Take a look, is what it is about," Nikai said at a news conference late on Tuesday.

Eh? This sounds very much like a command a drill sergeant would make when training recruits! Nikai needs to go as well because what he said too is discriminatory and he doesn't know. Accountability, please.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to pick Mori replacement; is a woman likely? See in context

A job description would be nice to see. I imagine the position needs someone with experience running a company or non-profit organization at the CEO or director level, preferably related to sports organizations.

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

@Lamilly The problem is Mori was head of an organization that values gender diversity and inclusion throughout the world. As the head he needs to be the prime role model s who shows they support these views. His comments showed his thinking was opposite to the values, so he needs to go.

I look forward to seeing a young non-political female leader. There is a lot around!

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Other news outlets are reporting that sponsors started speaking up against Mori, so that is a major issue that sealed Mori's fate. Yes, speak up!

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Mori did not uphold the values of diversity that the Olympic movement. This is a requirement of the leader, so of course, he has to go. Otherwise, he would be booed so loudly wherever he went. Glad reflection from the committee and pressure from the public helped move this fundamental issue—a salute for diversity and inclusion.

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Posted in: BioNTech 'confident' it will meet Japan's COVID-19 vaccine demand See in context

@kurisupisu - That's not how vaccines work. Whatever group you belong to the more people who are vaccinated in the population, the fewer hosts the virus has to use.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID crisis reawakens deflation fears as cash hoarding returns See in context

@Leo You cant win with economists in my opinion. They are afraid of deflation and inflation. No win.

Absolutely correct. Economists are not trying to "win" but keep a stable equilibrium in the middle between deflation and inflation. Economics is not an exact science. Granny always has something different in mind:-)

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Posted in: Senior lawmaker to quit Diet post over hostess bar visit during state of emergency See in context

Drop your other citizenships and live as Japanese regardless of your colors. 

I don't think there is a special rule to "live as a Japanese". Everyone can create their own lives here. Public offices are looked on as role models for government policy so they need to be accountable and be the first to follow policies.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Games See in context

I agree, it is going to look very bad if large companies (such as Japan Airlines) are laying off staff and suffering losses, and then spend a lot on Olympic advertising.

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Posted in: Japan set to extend state of emergency for up to another month See in context

Good for TV Tokyo! There is no need to ask the opinion of the viewers. The media are often regarded as role models so another way to show the seriousness of the current state of the world.

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Posted in: ANA posts record net loss of ¥309.58 bil in April-December See in context

Nothing surprising here. Many companies and households are experiencing revenue decreases. It makes sense to a "become leaner" operation, so there is a better balance between revenue and expenses, but there is always a human factor involved.

This is a great time to upskill yourself and enrol in English or technology courses you can use in the future. I hope more companies will think of supporting the retraining efforts of their staff. I've read some news from Australia about how pilots are using their skills to drive large mining trucks in the outback.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

No need to apologize, just ask for them to resign.

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Posted in: ANA to offer employees leave for up to 2 years See in context

Encouraging staff to retrain or upskill is a healthy plan for employees, but there seems to be more to the story? Will employees immediately get their full salary back after the sabbatical is over?

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Posted in: Household electric appliance sales hit 24-year high amid pandemic See in context

An interesting trend on the items. I imagine the shipments of notepcs (laptops), another essential household tool nowadays, should have also gone up dramatically.

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Posted in: Man arrested after refusing to wear mask on plane refuses to wear mask in custody See in context

I feel his issue is that he doesn't like to be controlled. Has anyone mentioned to him the purpose of wearing a mask? While masks offer some protection, the purpose is to prevent droplets from leaving your mouth. Fewer droplets in the air mean there is less chance of spreading viruses. Strictly a manner issue, so I hope someone will explain this to him.

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Posted in: Suga faces mounting pressure over pandemic response See in context

demanding he provide detailed answers to questions about the COVID-19 crisis and the Tokyo Olympics set to start in less than six months.

Yes, we need a timeline for vaccinating the public—project management 101. Corporations here excel at creating plans.

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Posted in: Sendai high school cancels entrance exams day before due to virus concern See in context

Schools also get a large portion of their income from entrance exams; the more students who pay the test fee, the larger their income.

So in other words, education is only for those who can afford it? I agree with Nator, I would like to see high schools (and universities) get rid of these entrance exams and use more long term and equitable evaluation method. As for the lost revenue - I'm sure there are other options........

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Posted in: S Korea seeks 'amicable solution' to comfort women issue with Japan See in context

I don't think this is a joke, but a very serious issue. It is related to the inclusive talk that is being discussed around the world. It is clear to me from this hint, South Korea just wants Japanese society to sincerely understand the reality of the past. i.e. watering down the issue and objecting to memorials.

So can we work on recognizing this part of history in Japan?

Japan, meanwhile, should make "a genuine effort to restore the victims' honor and dignity, and heal wounds," it said.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

It's not the time for celebration, like holding the Olympics, but focus on addressing the covid enemy the world should be focusing on. This is the sentiment in most of the world right now.

I understand the post-war generation feels leadership shows that you tried your best to the last minute, but that is not how leadership looks on now in Japan. Leadership is showing you care about making the decision that shows concern for the people involved.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to See in context

get salaries up in real terms

I agree. Raising the income by lowering taxes will provide a stable life for young people. I'd start with a fixed rate for health insurance for everyone!

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

Lady Gaga is the new Lady Maga!

Lady Gaga gave a beautiful performance for the time with such emotion that many are feeling. Turning to the flag was just beautiful!

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

I love how the couple is holding arms in the photo as they enter this new assignment together. It is beautiful to see such a caring and supportive relationship between two people.

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