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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

There is literally a part in it where he describes a ten year old girl being dragooned into a horrifying life of indentured sexual servitude as a positive story of her negotiating a contract of employment. A TEN YEAR OLD girl.

There is no answer for this. He is confirming the rape the went on.

My bad... Let's focus on Japan. Only country to ever do such a thing.. Right.

Just so you know. This means you're throwing the white flag in this discussion which I don't think you mean to.

The Sex Slave/Comfort Woman issue are about those who were forced to work serving sometime over 100 men a day. The prostitutes who signed up for such work is outside the discussion. Simple point.

Ramseyer mixes the two groups and tries to academically legitimize Japan's lone weak argument: they were ALL prostitutes.

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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

The Japanese man in the second video asks very typical questions Japanese like to ask. Is there in your country? The in your country is not the same as in Japan’s is it?

If you’re trying to get the inside track with a Japanese, lay it on thick. Say there is nothing like this your country. They love to hear that.

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

"He talks like a lawyer, and he thinks like a lawyer," Kitamura said. "He wouldn't do anything wrong or illegal."

False assumption to think because he is a lawyer, he wouldn't do anything wrong or illegal.

The trial, which began in September, has shown that top officials at Nissan Motor Co, including Kelly and former Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa, all knew Ghosn took a drastic pay cut after the disclosure of high executive pay became required in Japan in 2010.

Why did they need to under report his salary? Had Nissan just disclose his well worth remuneration, however many times higher than other executives in Japan, this might not have been a crime. They shouldn't have had to take a pay cut in the first place.

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Posted in: China announces over 6% economic growth target; boosts defense spending by 6.8% See in context

Myanmar is obtaining new weapons from China as I write this. China is behind the recent coup in Myanmar.

and Russia. Decades of economic growth coupled with its ongoing military modernization have enabled China to emerge as a major player in the global arms trade.

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Posted in: Suga to decide state of emergency extension for Tokyo region on Friday See in context

This country is all about respect. The quickest way to sour a relationship is to not include someone in the inner circle of information. You might lose their support if they “didn’t hear about it.” That’s why decisions are long in coming; because they run around telling all the people that matters to them that they’re thinking of doing this to be inclusive.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

Nice headline to have your breakfast with. The euphemism for that area of the body is the chrysanthemum.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics should have fans in stands: Hashimoto See in context

They could put robots in every seat and have them clap the plastic clappers and cheer at the appropriate time.

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Posted in: Early blossoms See in context

Is that the Kawatsu sakura? More pinkish than the Somei Yoshino.

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Posted in: 27-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of husband See in context

Marriage is not for everyone.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Akasaka Shukusha is close enough. Just down the hill past the hotel where the Beatles stayed and Hie Shrine.

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Posted in: Flying by See in context

Look at those cats watching from the windows.

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Posted in: Men charged in Ghosn escape plot ask U.S. State Department to halt extradition See in context

They are weighing imprisonment and perceived torture in Japan versus living in exile in Lebanon or some remote area. Imminent prison break.

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Posted in: Hashimoto resigns from cabinet to become head of Tokyo Olympic committee See in context

*Hashimoto — who is also president of the Japan Skating Federation and a bronze medalist herself in speed skating at the 1992 Winter Games — forced Takahashi into letting her repeatedly kiss him during a party after the Sochi Olympics in February.

*Takahashi’s management team had also said on Wednesday that he was not harassed by Hashimoto.

*“Takahashi does not feel he was a victim of power or sexual harassment,” Takahashi’s representatives said.

*The JOC has spoken to both Hashimoto and Takahashi and concluded that the kiss was not forced. Hashimoto will continue in her current posts.

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Posted in: From Twitter star to vaccine czar: Taro Kono's moment in the spotlight See in context

He is intelligent, speaks perfect English and I support him even if he has once, 23 years ago broken an agreement with me.

Which agreement was that?

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Posted in: S Korean sex slave survivor wants U.N. court judgment See in context

Japan needs to take care of this, and obviously it’s not been taken care of. So if the problem is a country bullying Japan and incessantly being the thorn in Japan’s side by bringing up the past, go and take care of it.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court allows extradition to Japan of Ghosn escape aides See in context

Have you ever been in trouble with police here?

I’ll tell you what, the Taylor’s have it coming for them. Foreigners are treated like crap by the police. I was detained at the police station for six hours for not having my driver’s license with me because I switched bags and left it at home. They wouldn’t let me go (random rule just made up) until my boss came into Shibuya police station to bail me out. This was on a sunny Sunday afternoon. They just wanted to shame you.

And yes, if we don’t like it we can always go home because this is Japanese Omotenashi.

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

I feel sorry for him. I know what he means. I taked to a women on the phone one time and she talked for 55 out of 60 minutes. He is not a criminal for speaking his mind.

But do you really think it’s because she’s a women that she talks too much? Men can talk just as much. I had to sit and listen to an old guy talk for more than an hour straight. It was related to work otherwise I would have got up and left.

It depends on the person not the gender of the person.

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Posted in: Toyota president disappointed by Mori's comments See in context

PR for Toyoda that’s all it is.

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Posted in: China justifies coast guard's entry into Japan's territorial waters See in context

It's a shame the communists were allowed permanent UN council seating, as that function was actually though for a democratic China, with the government that exiled to Taiwan.

Japan reals what it sows. That democratic China was busy putting an end to the Communists when Japan attacked. The CCP should be grateful to Japan without which they wouldn’t be in existence.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,214 See in context

Truly my hats off to J-Gov and the expert panels. Positive numbers drop by 90% after only one month of politely asking bars to close by 8.

These could be just Olympic numbers. Fool me once.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

She knew (should have known) about the rule when she agreed to join.

If you don't like the rules of a private school, don't apply to study there.

She’s not contesting the rule. Read again.

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

When something has been said during meetings, some prefer not to be repetitive and therefore don't repeat what has already been said. Others value less the efficiency of meetings but value more confirmation and the reaffirming of points made. Still there are those who like to be heard and will chime in just to show they've spoken. There are definitely those who talk too much during meetings male or female.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers reiterate 'we will hold the Games' See in context

This is going down to the last grandmother sharpening bamboo spears. If the world ends tomorrow, Japan will still hold the Olympics.

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Posted in: Foreign trainees hit hard by coronavirus See in context

If you read more widely, you can find that there are many more situations where the trainees are actually trained, live in good conditions, are paid as promised, and return to their home countries after 3 or 4 years to a well paying job. Only the bad situations, and they do exist, make the news.

I read about a mother who tried to kill her son with a hammer but come to think about it, there are actually many more mothers who don't even try to kill their sons. We never hear about them. You will also find that there are more children who are not abused than those who are abused.

Isn't the discussion on those who are in bad situations?

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Posted in: Aso, Yellen discuss economic fallout from pandemic, China See in context

Biden signed an executive order on Monday requiring the federal government to purchase U.S.-made goods, a move aimed at supporting American manufacturers

One way to deal with China.

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

The PCR test in Shinjuku is ¥2900 less than $30. There wasn’t a long line or anything. Just five or six people on a Saturday afternoon.

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Posted in: Man flashes girl, asks how she rates him on 1-10 scale, then pays her ¥3,000 See in context

He rates the survey takers by how much he pays them.

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Posted in: Kono says nationalism could disrupt global vaccine supplies See in context

Playing the victim card again. Japan would be doing the same if she had her own wakuchin.

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Posted in: WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that took in first COVID-19 patients See in context

What are you supposed to find? Look there it is!

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context

Blind optimism. This is like celebrating passing the university entrance before you know you’ve been accepted or visiting your sick uncle in the hospital and bringing a six pack of beer to drink with him.

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