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Japanese Culture..........
That is a doctrinal belief that Japan was the VICTIM in WWII. Has a hell of a lot more to do with traditional Japanese religion/culture than what China is fixing to do to them.
(07-18-2016, 12:01 PM)John L Wrote: Yohan, have you seen this link which was posted on another thread?

Japan Reverts to Fascism

What is your take on it?

This headline is plainly wrong.

As you know, Japan has a functioning Communist Party, which is receiving about 10 percent of the votes, since decades.

As you noticed maybe during the last days, the new governor of Tokyo is a woman.

Tokyo’s new female governor will run the biggest city-economy in the world - she is not even a member of the LDP, Abe's party anymore.

This does not sound facist to me...

About constitution changes, this is very questionable if such requests will pass the Lower House and Upper House (Shugi-in /Sangi-in in Japanese) - I strongly doubt if a majority can be found to do that.

However some additional spending for the Japanese military cannot be avoided. With neighbors like China, Russia and North Korea next to Japan, there is no other choice.

Other countries are unstable,  Taiwan (is this now China or not?)
Philippines is impoverished, Vietnam is not very trustworthy too with this present Communist leadership.
South Korea has a lot of problems, a small place with a long border to North Korea.

What will not change in general in future is likely the military co-operation with USA, might be some troops might be moved or sent back to USA etc, but basically the same as during the last decades. It's the most important co-operation for both, USA and Japan.

Unclear for me is still how strong is Japan really considering its military.

Some internet sources are listing it as no.4, some others only as #7, not so weak, worldwide seen.

 All sources I see so far agree that regarding military power USA is no.1, Russia no.2 and China no.3.
Yohan, Fascism is probably not what you think it is.  In fact, its really the biggest political system in the world.  In a nutshell, "fascism is a political-economic system in which the means of production are controlled and heavily regulated by the State."  The US has been moving toward fascism for decades now, ever since the Progressives gained so much influence.  

Remember, the Nazis(NSDAP),The National Socialist German Workers' Party,  were socialists, not fascists.  

I'll have to go back and read the article again.

This really has me mystified. Doh

For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

Yohan, I have heard that teenage boys tend not to be interested in girls their age. Is this a frustration factor being involved here?

(05-19-2017, 11:24 AM)John L Wrote: This really has me mystified.  Doh

For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

Yohan, I have heard that teenage boys tend not to be interested in girls their age.  Is this a frustration factor being involved here?

What you read here is some 'real+fake news' mixed together.

Quote:Although the age of consent in Japan is technically 13...

Ago of consent is also 13 in South Korea, and 14 in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and some other countries in Europe.

What is not mentioned of course in this article is that this minimum age limit is a part of the Japanese constitution only. 

However there are some other laws, for example while prostitution is under certain conditions legal in Japan, the regulation says clearly that all people participating have to be at least 18 years old.

Another regulation is about parents rights, which are unusual strict in Japan, parents might interfere anytime into their children's sex life at least up to 18 and we do not have do-gooder child protection laws in Japan, no anti-spanking laws etc.

There are other regulations too between adults and minors, like patient/doctor, student/teacher.

To serve beer and talk to male customers and show them her undies (lingerie is non-nude) as a 17-y.o. girl and to get money for that is not illegal in Japan as long as the girl is not drinking alcohol too, if parents allow that activity.

However it is not a real school uniform what you see with this article and picture, it is a fake school uniform, a super-short mini-skirt etc.

If any girl would use a real school uniform for 'dating paying men' and the school finds out about that, she would be expelled the same day.

You misunderstand maybe the idea that all Japanese schools are using school uniform in Japan. This is not true. Only upper class schools, where parents have to pay school fees insisting on uniform. Many ordinary public schools have no school uniform, not for boys, not for girls.

Young men and young women not interested in a long-term relationship has economic reasons. It is easier to be alone in a small rented room for a young man with unsecure employment compared to be with a wife and children living in a condominium unit or house repaying loans for 30 years. 

For young women it is easier to stay with her parents, who in return are eligible to high tax-breaks if the daughter is not yet 20 and prefers higher education.

I hope this answers some questions.

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