Category Archives: Japanese society

“Dutch backpacks” in Japan


It’s the end of February, and our oldest daughter is nearing the end of her nursery school experience. What a ride it’s been. Now she and her classmates are learning the “goodbye, our nursery school,” song which they will sing … Continue reading

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Taking Leave: 2015 in review


Taking Leave: 2015 in Review! Continue reading

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Summer Festival: Beat your own drum!


Four months ago, we gave away our long-used/abused baby barriers. Yesterday, we helped our children celebrate their nursery school’s summer festival. Time flies… Once again, my wife volunteered to be a member of the Ai-go-kai (愛護会, literally “love protection association,” … Continue reading

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More updates on Amazon Japan’s child porn and abuse images


I previously posted in October about the child abuse images and pornographic materials being openly sold on Amazon (also on Rakuten and Tsutaya). An online protest was started shortly thereafter, and Amazon Japan responded by (partly) removing the most offensive items. … Continue reading

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Cultural relativism? Hardly. It’s the LAW


“This is not an “it’s OK, it’s Japan, it’s a different culture” issue. It is a violation of an international treaty signed by Japan… Continue reading

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UPDATED: Amazon Japan removes some, not all. Tip of the iceberg…


Depictions of 13 year olds wearing leotards in sexual positions are OK, right? Amazon continues to think so. So does Rakuten. And Yahoo Japan Shop. And Tsutaya… Continue reading

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An open letter to Amazon Japan: Stop selling child pornography


Until Amazon Japan removes “candy doll collection” products from its web site, I will not buy any products at any Amazon web sites…Remove these products. Now. Continue reading

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