Saying Goodbye To Japan

Goodbye Japan

I count this as one of my teaching successes. One of my Japanese students is a budding illustrator, and one of her characters is Gachico. Last year when she started as a first year student, Gachico’s speech bubble read, “I don’t like English.” I teased her about it a little bit, and eventually we started chatting more and more outside of class. This year when she turned in her English folder at the end of term, Gachico’s old remarks had been erased, and this was written instead…..

The Ministry Of Sickness And Death: An unpublished chapter of Tokyo Vice

Greenpeace action against Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) at Chropyne, Czech Republic, 2001.

How could it be that the people closest to the waste dumps weren’t getting more exposure to the deadly dioxin? The figures seemed very low any way I looked at it.

Shukan Bunshun to release audio of Yamatani interview

Eriko Yamatani is a liar–and Shukan Bunshun has the audio to prove it.

Japan’s Female Police Commissioner worked with racist & sexist newspaper?

Eriko Yamatani, the head of Japan's Public Safety Commission, posing with a member of the hate group, Zaitokukai. She contributed an essay to his newsletter in which she derides Japan's democratic constitutions and suggests women should not be allowed to divorce.

It’s not just Ms. Yamatani’s ties to a hate group reviled by the UN, Zaitokukai, but in an essay she wrote for a magazine run by a member of the group, she asserts that women in Japan should have their right to divorce taken away from them as part of promoting gender equality. And of course, let’s do something about those tax dollars stolen by capricious single mothers.

Ray Bradbury, Journalism & Mr. Dark. “You can’t act if you don’t know.”

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“Have I said anything I started out to say about being good? God, I don’t know. A stranger is shot in the street, you hardly move to help. But if, half an hour before, you spent just ten minutes with the fellow and knew a little bit about him and his family, you might just jump in front of his killer and try to stop it. Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know, is bad, or amoral, at least. You can’t act if you don’t know.” (39.22)

Saying Goodbye to The Buddha Of The Yakuza (極道の仏にお別れ)

Takahiko Inoue-kumicho, was known as "The Buddha" in the underworld.

井の上さんは裏社会でも表社会でも「仏 (ほとけ)」(Buddha)として親しく呼ばれた。警察用語では、「仏」は「死人」という意味もある。彼の死を知った知人は「いよいよ本当に身も心も仏様になりましたね」と肩を落としながら弔いの言葉を述べた。

Autumn Equinox (秋分の日): Honor your ancestors, remember the departed

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While Shubun no Hi symbolizes the transition of summer into fall, the day also marks a time when Japanese people pay respects to their ancestors.

On Modern Slavery: Thoughts on Human Trafficking

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[Not only do I find it personally abhorrent, but intellectually, it] is a terrible exploit of labor that robs women, men and children of their freedom and dignity. In fact, human trafficking is too polite of a term. “Modern slavery” is a more apt expression. Perhaps if portrayed by this term, more people would share my vehemence to combat it.

Japanese Thugs In Osaka Learn That Crime Does Not Pay…if you post yourself on YouTube committing the crime

The two Japanese thugs from Osaka uploaded videos of themselves threatening store staff and forcing them to kowtow and then made off with 6 cartons of cigarettes.

Mass Exodus of Foreign Men After Japanese Women Stop Sleeping With Them

The expat in Japan anti-hero updated for modern times. This guy will never leave. Dude, the party is over. Heartland closed in January this year. Maybe it's time to to move on?

Japan’s gaijin community is set to shrink to pre-Meiji era levels as they leave in droves due to Japanese women no longer finding them attractive. While male foreigners have long claimed that their continued residence in Japan is down to a love for Japanese culture and sushi, the recent decline in women wanting to bed [...]