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No sex please - we're Japanese
USA Today ^ | Paul Wiseman

Posted on 06/03/2004 10:08:20 AM PDT by LonghornFreeper

Edited on 06/03/2004 10:17:14 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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TOPICS: Extended News; Japan
KEYWORDS: japanese
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To: CzarNicky
"Bridget Jones in London, Ally McBeal in Boston, Carrie and her friends in New York City. Now Sakai Junko has published a best-selling volume of essays on singletons in Tokyo over the age of 30, like herself, whom she calls -- in a mix of ruefulness and pride -- makeinu (losers). In "Makeinu no toboe" (literally, "The distant barking of losing dogs"), Sakai examines the causes and characteristics of makeinu".

More here Losers, winners in contemporary Japan

51 posted on 06/03/2004 4:22:33 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: LonghornFreeper
"•Births. Just 1.1 million babies were born in Japan last year, the third straight decline. The average Japanese couple now produces just 1.32 children, well below the minimum 2.08 needed to compensate for deaths. As a result of plummeting birth rates, Japan's population is expected to peak in 2006, and then decline rapidly."

So in one generation, the population of Japan will decrease by roughly HALF?

I doubt it!

52 posted on 06/03/2004 4:33:41 PM PDT by FixitGuy
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To: LonghornFreeper
"Men are getting weaker," says Takayuki Tokiwa, 23, a student at a Tokyo vocational college. "Women don't have to rely on men anymore. They can live on their own."

Now WHERE have we heard that before? Hmmmm?

My current girlfriend is from Brazil. The one before her was from Utrecht, Holland.

Those Japanese guys need to learn pickup artistry. NLP and all the rest. Or are they just getting drunk and not paying attention to their sex life? OR are the uppity Japanese women simply disgusting them? That happened to me here in L.A. Have the women they normally meet forgotten how to be women? There are going to be many single old women in the U.S. The same may happen in Japan.

53 posted on 06/03/2004 4:36:01 PM PDT by BobS
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To: sushiman

I did my part for the cause and produced two half Japanese, for which the City of Sasebo gave me 300,000 yen apiece.

54 posted on 06/03/2004 4:50:15 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: cyborg

Agreed. A little sacrifice and patience in return is a good thing.

55 posted on 06/03/2004 5:06:06 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: luckystarmom

I keep telling my children I will move in with them just so I can mess up their houses like they now mess up mine. My husband has even told our son when he's old he plans to buy a big tub of Legos and scatter them all over our son's house. LOL!

56 posted on 06/03/2004 5:13:46 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy (I'm voting for Kerry AFTER I vote for Bush!)
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To: cyborg

I want them to live a full life, and I don't want to be a burden to them.

They didn't choose to have me, but I chose to have them.

They were my responsibility, but I do not want to be their responsibility. My grandparents felt the same way. They wanted to stay in the small East Texas town that they lived in their whole lives. They did not want to move to Dallas.

My parents feel the same way. They've picked out a nursing home that is near where they have lived for 40 years. They wouldn't move to California ever, and that is where I live.

My husband and I will pick someplace nice for us to go to once we're not able to take care of ourselves.

I'll be happy if my kids are raising their own families or enjoying their retirement.

57 posted on 06/03/2004 6:01:36 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: LonghornFreeper

AT least one person with a dream or vision of China attacking the USA with Russia . . . et al . . . saw Japan Joining in with China and being given Hawaii as payment.

58 posted on 06/03/2004 6:06:42 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: sushiman

Maybe you are making a difference for the better? Maybe you are persuading friends and coworkers that there is another way? And at the same time, you are probably doing the best you can to take care of yourself and your family.

59 posted on 06/04/2004 4:42:41 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: luckystarmom
A couple of years ago my parents gave my wife and I a "Christmas present" in a plain white envelope. In it were the details of an insurance policy that will provide for the expense of my parents having to live in a nursing home, should it ever become necessary.

We were shocked and we cried. We told them that we had no problem taking care of them. They INSISTED that this was better, that we need to be living our lives, not taking care of them. They are in their early 70's and while Mom is fine, Dad has had some problems with diabetes and his heart. They pointed out that they didn't "expect" to need it for another 10 years or so (a good bet with Mom, not so good with Dad). They said in 10 years the kids (their grandchildren) would just be getting out on their own and that we didn't need one set of dependents being replaced with another.

It was a wonderful gesture, entirely selfless and thoughtful on their part. I still tear up when I think about it.

60 posted on 06/04/2004 4:59:06 AM PDT by Crusher138 (Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto "In God is our trust!")
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To: Crusher138

I think that some people are very used to taking care of themselves. By providing (paying) for their own needs, they are taking care of themselves.

I was on bedrest for 2 months while I was pregnant with twins. I was in the hospital for a week, and then I went home and was totally dependent on my husband. When I was in the hospital, I didn't mind asking for help going to the bathroom or getting something to drink or eat. That was their job. At home, I hated burdening my husband with any of my requests. It was really hard on him taking care of me, and I only really needed food and drinks. I think it would be more difficult taking care of an elderly person.

Your parents seem like they love you a lot, and I think it was a wonderful gesture on their part.

61 posted on 06/04/2004 7:53:49 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: summer
PS Maybe some men need to learn how to romance a woman. Woman who have been working all their lives in jobs don't want to get married when marriage seems to offer nothing more but the demands of yet another job.

One thing you really notice about Japanese manga (comic books) for girls is that they're saturated with romance stories. It's as if Japanese girls & young women are desperate for it, and find it only in the fantasy of these "soft-core" shoujo manga. Meanwhile, the "boy manga" (shonen) are saturated with babes, boobs, mechas, alienated biker-type guys. Talk about men from Mars & women from Venus.

62 posted on 06/04/2004 8:28:20 PM PDT by valkyrieanne
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To: LonghornFreeper

I've seen one demographic study that says if current trends continue, there will only be 100 Italians, Japanese and Spaniards in 250 years.

63 posted on 06/04/2004 8:52:47 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: valkyrieanne

Re your post #62 - LOL...maybe you've got something there. Though I still think the same problem confronts some American men.

64 posted on 06/04/2004 9:08:49 PM PDT by summer
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