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Haven taken a Japanese course in college and recent events cough cough Hashimoto's comment. I have gotten interested in Japan and their current news. If this is well received, ill try to post weekly news involving japan weather politics, laws, business or entertainment. Hope you guys like it and give you an insight as to how different things are across the globe.

First news sounds straight from a eroge. How so? Well the police arrested 26-year-old Masaya Ogawa for the indecent assault of a 23-year-old woman aboard a commuter train. Adding a bizarre twist to the story, Ogawa claims that she was asking for it.

He doesn’t mean that in the lame wearing-a-mini-skirt-is-asking-for-it way that other sex offenders use. Ogawa says that this was a prearranged session of “molester-play” set up online between him and the woman. As one wasnt enough another person also join in and the ride lasted abut 20-30 minutes. Passengers even testified that the lady said "please stop" a few times. Fortunately a old lady was the one to intervene and garbed his hand and dragged his perverted ass to the police station. Japan has a bad reputation when it comes to sexual harassment and rape. There is an estimate that only 11% of rapes victims come out. Mainly because rape victims are not seen as victims and help is not easily offered.

Full article http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-molesting-woman-after-being-invited-to-do-so-online

Next up is a bunch of very courageous ladies. Women on Okinawa have demanded an apology from Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto who suggested U.S. troops there make use of its thriving sex industry. This is also the prick that said earlier this week that “comfort women” served a “necessary” role during World War II in keeping soldiers in line, sparking outrage in China and South Korea.Most historians agree the women were pressed into sexual slavery for the Japanese imperial army.

Twenty-five women’s groups in Okinawa issued a statement claiming the island chain “still sits in the midst of unhealed scars from war and daily violence imposed by the military”.

“We strongly protest against the Hashimoto comment and demand an apology and retraction of the remark,” the statement said.

“Regardless of whether it is war-time or not, a view to use women as a tool (to let out sexual frustration) is intolerable,” said Masako Ishimine, a senior member of a local women’s body, quoted by the Okinawa Times. “Does he mean women should simply take it because men work hard?”

The reaction came on the day Okinawa marked the 41st anniversary of its reversion to Japan at the end of post-WWII U.S. occupation.

Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII, according to many mainstream historians.

Its good to see women take a stand in a society where it is basically a man's world.

Full article http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/okinawan-women-demand-apology-from-hashimoto
Posted 5/15/13 , edited 5/15/13
This has already been discussed in at least one other thread. If it's not around, it' been closed or moved to the appropriate forum area.


Source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-803523/japanese-mayor-wartime-sex-slaves-were-necessary

and the following is the actual thread that is still active.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-803413/wartime-comfort-women-were-necessary
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Sorry but did you even read lol i mentioned his comment but that wasnt the news i talked about.
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I didnt talk about hashimoto's comment. i talked about a guy who molested a woman on a train and a group of woman that demanded a an apology from hashimoto. I didn't discuss anything involving his comment i just added his picture that all.
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I beg to differ. It's the same person with a few extra people's comments thrown in. Common sense.
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Excuse me what are you talking about i even linked the full articles. Please read before you start saying nonsense http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-molesting-woman-after-being-invited-to-do-so-online <- thats the article i talked about not hashimoto's comment.
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hellz_yeah305 wrote:

Excuse me what are you talking about i even linked the full articles. Please read before you start saying nonsense http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-molesting-woman-after-being-invited-to-do-so-online <- thats the article i talked about not hashimoto's comment.


I will let the post stand because you discuss the other issue of the train incident first, but you are talking about Hashimoto's comment one way or the other. If you want to keep the thread going as you move forward make sure to discuss issues that aren't already being talking about in other threads.

So leeway given, but don't go crazy with it you hear?!?!?!?!

EDIT: Also moving this to the Japan forum since it is well... about Japan.
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I actually like this idea.

The only thing I'm concerned about is politics and crime because American politics is discouraging enough, don't want that same feeling towards Japan (even though American politics is just for show. Politicians get along fine but the news agencies need headlines, ratings, revenue. Which is understandable from a business point of view and is typical of all news agencies in general . But I digress).

One of the main reasons why I like Japanese culture is because of the perception of it being a good society.

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ContributorGuy wrote:

One of the main reasons why I like Japanese culture is because of the perception of it being a good society.



You'd be surprised what they think about us....



The grass is always greener on the other side, my friend.
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daftgiro wrote:


ContributorGuy wrote:

One of the main reasons why I like Japanese culture is because of the perception of it being a good society.



You'd be surprised what they think about us....



The grass is always greener on the other side, my friend.


I agree somewhat but just so that I can get an idea, what do they think about us?
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ContributorGuy wrote:


daftgiro wrote:


ContributorGuy wrote:

One of the main reasons why I like Japanese culture is because of the perception of it being a good society.



You'd be surprised what they think about us....



The grass is always greener on the other side, my friend.


I agree somewhat but just so that I can get an idea, what do they think about us?


Well, in a roundabout way, as much as the average American person knows about Japan is roughly equal to what the average Japanese person knows about America.

Sure, this may be a more Japan-centric community, but there are many here who really have no clue what life and perceptions are in Japan.

For instance, I met so many people in Japan that are absolutely fascinated about American culture. They think we're cool. Now, many of us here admire much about what we seem to know about Japanese culture, but you have to remember that they're literally half the world away from us. It's difficult to imagine what it's really like there based solely on media (be it books, anime, music, or whatever).

Japan, and many a country for that matter, is still a wholly fascinating society. The thing to remember is that so little of what actually represents the country gets through to us (or vice-versa). And just like you have inside jokes with your friends, entire countries will have nuances that you may never come to understand.

There is much of American culture that is completely backwards to Japanese people, but the important thing to remember is that no matter where in the world you are, humans tend to share a vast amount of similarities.

It's a little crazy to realize how much we're influenced by our own culture and society, but deep down we're all the same. Within that, there are many Japanese that don't really care to conform to the typical norms of their country. Some of them may even be a little outspoken. Sometimes you'll meet some of those people that move to America for just that reason. It's a valid reason.

I don't want to burst any bubbles, but life can suck no matter where you go. It can also be excellent. It all depends on your own perception and outlook of things. Regardless of all of that, many of us here still share (to an extent) an appreciation of something outside our own culture. I encourage everyone to explore that to a greater degree.
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daftgiro wrote:


ContributorGuy wrote:


daftgiro wrote:


ContributorGuy wrote:

One of the main reasons why I like Japanese culture is because of the perception of it being a good society.



You'd be surprised what they think about us....



The grass is always greener on the other side, my friend.


I agree somewhat but just so that I can get an idea, what do they think about us?


Well, in a roundabout way, as much as the average American person knows about Japan is roughly equal to what the average Japanese person knows about America.

Sure, this may be a more Japan-centric community, but there are many here who really have no clue what life and perceptions are in Japan.

For instance, I met so many people in Japan that are absolutely fascinated about American culture. They think we're cool. Now, many of us here admire much about what we seem to know about Japanese culture, but you have to remember that they're literally half the world away from us. It's difficult to imagine what it's really like there based solely on media (be it books, anime, music, or whatever).

Japan, and many a country for that matter, is still a wholly fascinating society. The thing to remember is that so little of what actually represents the country gets through to us (or vice-versa). And just like you have inside jokes with your friends, entire countries will have nuances that you may never come to understand.

There is much of American culture that is completely backwards to Japanese people, but the important thing to remember is that no matter where in the world you are, humans tend to share a vast amount of similarities.

It's a little crazy to realize how much we're influenced by our own culture and society, but deep down we're all the same. Within that, there are many Japanese that don't really care to conform to the typical norms of their country. Some of them may even be a little outspoken. Sometimes you'll meet some of those people that move to America for just that reason. It's a valid reason.

I don't want to burst any bubbles, but life can suck no matter where you go. It can also be excellent. It all depends on your own perception and outlook of things. Regardless of all of that, many of us here still share (to an extent) an appreciation of something outside our own culture. I encourage everyone to explore that to a greater degree.


I agree with a lot of what was stated except most people don't feel that same way about other cultures. I don't feel the way I do about Japan if I were to travel to Europe or Africa. Just not as enthusiastic about other parts of the world. And for people that decide to travel out to another country, it's always best to do research and not only go there because of solely one thing (such as watching anime and think life is good and dandy just like it).

There are countries that luv American culture and society but in the other hand, countries in Europe, have negative perceptions about Americans and even go out as to insult us under their breaths. Happens even in Japan and the whole "Gaijin" thing.

There are Pro's and Con's about almost everything in life. That should be a given regardless of traveling abroad or making day to day decisions.
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ContributorGuy wrote: Happens even in Japan and the whole "Gaijin" thing.


The whole Gaijin thing is true for any foreigner in Japan. The thing is, there is basically a bible's worth of unwritten rules in Japanese culture and no one will probably ever write that book. Ever.

Seriously....ever.

It's trial-by-fire for Japanese people. They just grow up being shown the ropes or being forced to learn many of those lessons on their own. It's generally accepted that any foreigner will never truly understand. That's the way it was explained to me. It's not even something they're trying to be rude about, even though it may come off that way, because, honestly, it's a bit condescending.
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