Jul 30 2017

Marriages are down in Japan…

Category: A + Japanese Dating,Uncategorized,World FriendsIchiban @ 3:56 am

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Jun 10 2017

Cycling Around Japan

Category: Tokyo Olympics,UncategorizedIchiban @ 4:44 am

Every year more and more tourists are exploring Japan by bicycle.
Compared to many other countries cycling in the city or the countryside is relatively safe and easy. The mountains can be challenging but the scenery makes up for it.

There is a great series on NHK which can be viewed on their homepage with lots of good routes.

Check it out here.

If you have any questions and advice about cycling in Japan join the forum at The Tokyo Cycling Club homepage.

 

 

There is all kinds of cycling…

Rent a bike and ride around the cities, join a cycling club and enter some races.

Buy a cheap shopping bike and just potter around…

I love riding the rivers out from Tokyo and up into the countryside…

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Mar 03 2017

Forum

Category: UncategorizedIchiban @ 1:28 am

We’ve switched the forum back on again.
(From Community Menu Tab)

Have a quick look at the old posts in there.
If we have a spambot attack I’ll switch it off again.

It used to be a busy friendly forum. Facebook destroyed a lot of good online communities.
Maybe one day they’ll make a comeback.


Feb 03 2017

Trump & Tokyo

Category: Japan News,UncategorizedIchiban @ 8:56 am

Tokyo on fire discuss Trump!

Check it out.

Like a groggy grizzly bear, Tokyo on Fire is back from hibernation in 2017! Are you ready for extra innings of inside baseball? We sure are!

This year’s Tokyo on Fire starts with looking at the US-Japan relationship, which is either huger than ever or on the skids depending on which pundit you ask. With the Japanese media already heavily reporting on President Trump moving into the White House and implementing many gold curtains (and some executive orders), the Tokyo visit of the new U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be closely watched. What’s the outlook for US-Japan cooperation in 2017?

In Tokyo, Governor Yuriko Koike is on a political crusade to conquer the upcoming Metropolitan Assembly elections to accelerate the demise of her enemies in the LDP old boys’ club. Her latest maneuver has broken all precedents and seems to be a slam dunk: she’s fielding 40 candidates as if she were starting a new political party, despite still being a member of the LDP. Will she succeed or will the old boys get their revenge? What’s going to happen in the Tokyo Met. Assembly elections?

The LDP-Komeito alliance, which has existed for the past 16 years, could be coming towards an end in the next national election. What’s the beef? If they part ways, what does this mean for the vitality of both parties?

As of last year, Prime Minister Abe seemed to be the only viable candidate for the PM post, and this was even further reinforced by the LDP’s decision to allow him a 3rd term to stay in power. However, the beginning of 2017 has shaken this up: it looks as if a new contender has emerged. Is post-Abe happening sooner rather than later?

Join Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in 2017’s first Tokyo on Fire!

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Sep 02 2016

Marriage New Year Noodles

Category: A + Japanese Dating,Uncategorized,World FriendsIchiban @ 2:56 am

Most Japanese want to be married, but are finding it hard
Sep 3rd 2016 | TOKYO | The Economist

 

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A local official in Aichi prefecture set out a daring proposal. Tomonaga Osada suggested that the authorities could distribute secretly punctured condoms to young married couples, who would then get to work boosting the birth rate. His unorthodox ploy won few supporters,…

SEIKO, a 35-year-old journalist in Tokyo, is what the Japanese refer to as“New Year Noodles”. The year ends on December 31st, and, by analogy, the period when a Japanese woman is deemed a desirable marriage prospect ends after 31. It could have been worse: the slang term used to be “Christmas cake” because a woman’s best-before date was considered to be 25.

Soon a new expression may be needed: men and women in Japan are marrying later, or sometimes not at all. Since 1970 the average age of first marriage has risen by 4.2 and 5.2 years for men and women respectively, to 31.1 and 29.4. The proportion of Japanese who had never married by the age of 50 rose from 5% in 1970 to 16% in 2010.

Something similar is happening in other rich countries, but Japan leads the way in Asia. (The proportion of South Koreans who have never married by 50 is 4%, for example.) And whereas, in the West, the decline of marriage has been accompanied by a big rise in the number of unmarried couples living together, only around 1.6% of Japanese couples cohabit in this way. So in Japan fewer marriages means fewer babies—a calamity for a country with a shrinking and ageing population. Only 2% of Japanese children are born outside marriage, compared with over 40% in Britain and America.

Some of the reasons for the flight from marriage in Japan are the same as in other rich countries. Women are better educated, pursue careers, can support themselves financially and don’t see the traditional family as the only way to lead a fulfilling life. Some of the details are different in Japan, however. Couples are expected to have children shortly after getting married, so women who want to delay childbearing have a strong incentive to delay marriage. Even so, a large majority of Japanese still want to get married eventually: 86% of men and 89% of women, according to a survey published in 2010 by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, a government agency.

Economics is a big part of the problem. Women seek men with financial security. Men want to be able to provide it. This is hard, however, when more and more young ones are stuck in temporary or part-time jobs. “I don’t want my wife and children to miss out on experiences because we can’t afford them,” says Junki Igata, a 24-year-old trainee at an international hotel chain, who says he will put off marriage until his mid- or late thirties. Men in part-time jobs are less likely to be married than full-timers.

The opposite holds for women: there are more unmarried women among full-time professionals than part-time ones. The problem for them is the persistence of a traditional view of marital responsibilities, which makes it especially hard for a Japanese woman to juggle a full-time career with children. Her husband will often want her to give up work. (Seiko’s boyfriend asked her to do so after only three months together; she refused.) Also, domestic chores are unevenly shared in Japanese marriages: men do only an hour and seven minutes of housework and child care a day, compared with around three hours in America and two-and-a-half hours in France.

People are finding it harder to meet, too. The days of omiai, or arranged marriage, are more or less gone. University students spend their free time joining clubs to bolster their CVs as good jobs become scarcer. Workers toil for long hours. Some reckon men in particular have become shyer (or lazier) about approaching prospective mates.

High expectations pose another barrier. Takako Okiie, a “concierge” at Partner Agent, a sleek matchmaking agency manned by perfectly made-up women, says clients are often all “me, me, me”. They want a dream partner (Ms Okiie says it takes 18 months to knock this out of them) or, at the very least, what Japan refers to as the “three averages”: average income, average looks, average education.

The difficulty young Japanese have in pairing up is one reason why the fertility rate has plunged. The number of children a Japanese woman can expect to have in her lifetime is now 1.42, down from 2.13 in 1970. Little wonder the population is shrinking.

Some fret about a rise in the number of isolated people and “parasite singles”: people who live with and depend on their parents well into adulthood. The state can provide economic support, but the sort of civic groups and community associations that help people feel integrated into society have weakened in Japan as elsewhere. The once-tight connection between workers and their company has loosened too with the decline of jobs for life. “I worry about what will happen when these people’s parents die,” says Masahiro Yamada, a sociologist at Chuo University who coined the term “parasite single”.

Not many singletons have boyfriends or girlfriends, even if they are neither otaku (men who are obsessed with anime or computer games) nor hikikomori (those who lock themselves away in their rooms). Mr Yamada reckons that if people aren’t marrying and aren’t dating, they must be doing something to satisfy their need for intimacy. He is researching whether they are opting for sexual and romantic alternatives such as prostitutes, romantic video games, celebrity obsessions, pornography or pets.

Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, is concerned. His government wants women to have more babies. It would also like marriage to remain the basis of family life. It has paid subsidies to towns that organise dating events, tried to create more nursery places and this week announced a bid to scrap a spousal tax break that discourages married women from earning more than 1.03m yen ($10,000) a year.

Such tinkering may help at the margins. So too would shorter working hours and—more important—an acceptance by Japanese men that they can’t get married on the terms their fathers did. Governments are mostly powerless to direct such cultural change, however. Japanese men and women will either have to figure out ways to live together—or remain alone.

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Aug 31 2016

Housekeepers

Category: Japan News,UncategorizedIchiban @ 3:36 am

Japanichiban has a huge following from the Philippines. Maybe in the near future we can help you come to Japan and secure a job in housekeeping or babysitting as the rules are being relaxed.
I know a lot of ex-pats living in Tokyo already hire full time live in au pairs.

Housekeepers from abroad may be allowed in Tokyo
By NAOKI TSUZAKA/

The Tokyo metropolitan government will consider granting foreign housekeepers visas and permits to work in Tokyo to plug a hole in the work force as Japan’s population is expected to shrink further in the future.

The Tokyo government has changed its tack and decided to study the possibility of creating a “special zone” that would allow deregulation of certain laws in a specified region, in this case allowing foreign citizens to be employed as domestic helpers in the capital.

Under Japan’s Immigration Control Law, allowing foreigners in to work as housekeepers is banned, but in a special zone those who meet certain criteria, such as having one or more years of work experience in housekeeping, may be granted a work permit.

If the plan is realized, Tokyo will be the third municipality to make this move following Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city.

It is likely other municipalities may follow if Tokyo, which has been reluctant to deregulate, adopts the new policy.

The metropolitan government has invested in housekeeper training programs to boost the number of people to take up such employment, rather than allowing foreign domestic helpers in. The government did this in the hope more women could work outside the home, boosting the work force.

It is understood that the change in Tokyo’s attitude resulted from a greater acknowledgment of the problems of a shrinking population and work force as well as the fact that Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city have introduced the special zones.

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Apr 11 2016

Yes

Category: A + Japanese Dating,Japanese Girls,UncategorizedIchiban @ 2:15 am

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Jan 08 2016

Invincible Handicap Movie

Category: Japan Entertainment,UncategorizedIchiban @ 1:51 pm

Comes Out Tomorrow (Jan 9 2016)

Wrestling with Japan’s physically challenged…

In 1994, I reviewed “Invincible Handicap” (“Muteki no Handicap”), a documentary by scriptwriter and filmmaker Daisuke Tengan about a professional wrestling group called Doglegs whose members were both physically challenged men and able-bodied volunteers. Started in 1991, the Doglegs hardly fit the template of pitiable unfortunates being aided by selfless caregivers, so often found in local media depictions of those with disabilities.

Read the rest at THE JAPAN TIMES

“It’s really confrontational,” he explains. “A bunch of dudes with heavy disabilities just going at it, beating up each other. Then the next match can be very humorous — a kind of dodgy, dokuzetsu (trash talking) black humor. They’re taking the piss out of each other in a serious way. You think, ‘Should I be laughing? Is this OK to laugh at?’ It’s this very uncomfortable feeling. Then the next one can be a straightforward match where you’re cheering on the wrestler you like”

Screened at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Austin Fantastic Fest, where Cozens won best documentary director honors, “Doglegs” will open at two theaters in Tokyo on Jan. 9, followed by a nationwide release. All screenings will have English subtitles.
Personals Japan

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Jul 24 2014

No Brainer

Category: A + Japanese Dating,Japanese Girls,UncategorizedIchiban @ 1:59 pm

Joining up!!! The Friend Finder Personals section!

Why waste your time elsewhere???

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Japanichiban Personals offers a FREE membership that allows access to much of the functionality on the site, including our popular Groups and Video Chat. There is also a Premium Membership tier that offers access to all features on the service.

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English is used by most Members for their Profile and Messaging.

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We are adding about 25,000 new Members a week. They come from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the USA and increasingly from Europe.

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Over 80% log in daily. More importantly, they respond to your emails, smiles, chat requests. And they are fun to communicate with as Japanichiban Personals is not as “transactional” as the traditional dating sites.

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Groups are very popular as they allow you to meet people who share your interests. It is an easy way to start a conversation. Video Chat also generates a lot of interest, especially from women who want to practice English. The Trip Notification is also growing in popularity.

And yes, to get results you’ll have to pay a little….the longer the term the cheaper the rate!

Still not convinced? Just try it for a month and see how busy you get fending them off!!!

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Apr 02 2014

Cherry Blossom Parties

Category: UncategorizedIchiban @ 1:42 pm

Were at their peak today…rain till the weekend. Hopefully the petals will last till the weekend.

Gogendo Park

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