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Old 2017-02-12, 09:33   Link #3581
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No Babies in Japan

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[BBC correspondent] Mariko Oi enters the world of konkatsu, the Japanese term for spouse-hunting. We attend singles events and elaborate speed dating parties in bars, bowling alleys and even Buddhist Temples. In the last few years, Japan’s government has joined this match making party. President Shinzo Abe’s administration has pumped billions of Japanese yen into konkatsu activities sponsored by local municipalities. Mariko will also hear striking evidence that Japanese people are losing interest in our conventional idea of relationships.

The term herbivore man was coined a decade ago to describe men who do not aggressively pursue relationships. But it has since come to denote men without interest in sex too. At the same time, the phrase ‘Carnivore woman’ emerged, depicting a career-focused woman rejecting the life of a housewife. Are weaker men and stronger women outgrowing each other?

Professor Masahiro Yamada of Chuo University describes how increasing numbers of Japanese young people are forgoing real life partners for what he calls virtual relationships.

Mariko will meet women who pay for male attention in Tokyo’s host bars and visits a specially designed apartment that aims to boost the flagging libido of Japan’s singles.
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Old 2017-02-12, 15:02   Link #3582
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Honestly, rule of thumb to working in Japan seems to be...you must be a specialist in a field and you must be good (for science it seemed to be minimum PhD requirement. Not sure about now. Arts like music will of course be way harder) otherwise you'll just end up no where. General labour jobs is obviously a no go (and pointless also...why would you spend so much to go to another country just to do a slave job which even locals find terrible)
From friends who have worked in Japan there are a fair of guest workers there, I guess from countries where even a general labouring job is a step up from life in their home country. Brazil & The Philippines come to mind.
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Old 2017-02-13, 09:09   Link #3583
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From Paul Krugman's column in this morning's New York Times:

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When I travel to Asia, I’m fairly often met at the airport by someone holding a sign reading “Mr. Paul.” Why? In much of Asia, names are given family first, personal second — at home, the prime minister of Japan is referred to as Abe Shinzo. And the mistake is completely forgivable when it’s made by a taxi driver picking up a professor.

It’s not so forgivable, however, if the president of the United States makes the same mistake when welcoming the leader of one of our most important economic and security partners. But there it was: Donald Trump referring to Mr. Abe as, yes, Prime Minister Shinzo.

Mr. Abe did not, as far as we know, respond by calling his host President Donald.
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Old 2017-02-25, 11:34   Link #3584
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The Long-Standing Ties between the New York Times and the Asahi Shimbun

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The New York Times has the biggest newsroom at 620 Eighth Avenue. But not the only one.

Most Times employees would be surprised to learn that on the 18th floor of our headquarters is another newsroom that looks like the rest of our space. It’s furnished identically. The journalists maintain their desks with equal fastidiousness. The resemblance ends there.

This is the New York bureau of The Asahi Shimbun, a venerable and influential Japanese newspaper and website. Four correspondents, three assistant reporters and an office manager are stationed here. They cover, for their readers who are primarily back in Japan, American society, politics, business, culture, immigration policy, terrorist incidents and mass shootings, supplementing the work of their colleagues in Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

It sounds like a very contemporary kind of arrangement: two large international media companies sharing quarters.

In fact, it goes back 89 years.
World War II put a strain on this relationship, of course. Shimbun staff members were imprisoned in the US, and Times staffers met the same fate in Japan.
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Old 2017-03-10, 11:12   Link #3585
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Radioactive boars thwart return to Fukushima

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Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets and livestock. Some animals, like cattle, were left to rot in their pens.

As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant later this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars.

Wild boar meat is a delicacy in northern Japan, but animals slaughtered since the disaster are too contaminated to eat. According to tests conducted by the Japanese government, some of the boars have shown levels of radioactive element cesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards.

Officials have also expressed concern that returning residents may be attacked by the animals, some of which have settled comfortably in abandoned homes and have reportedly lost their shyness to humans.
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Old 2017-03-14, 19:25   Link #3586
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Getting pretty lonely here in this thread

Today's bit of Japanese culture concerns former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez who just signed with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs. Manny's contract includes not only a salary, but this array of special goodies:

A Mercedes car and a driver

Optional practices

His own hotel suite during road trips

and the most important item,

Unlimited sushi all season long

Guess he developed a taste for sushi while growing up in the Dominican Republic!

http://nesn.com/2017/03/manny-ramire...onal-practice/
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Old 2017-03-14, 22:28   Link #3587
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Getting pretty lonely here in this thread
Thought about replying to the two earlier posts included in this reply but at this point I'm not sure if it would help the issue you raised with the quote from the third message. Would writing "You're doing fine on your own" make it better?
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Old 2017-03-15, 06:39   Link #3588
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Ok, here's one.

Why Is Incest Such A Common Topic In Anime?

Short answer: Incest was normal in Japan in the past before the post war era made it unpopular and taboo.
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