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Mike Cash

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Foreigners who complain about not being treated equally with their Japanese coworkers should be careful what they wish for.

If you're a foreigner teaching English at a Japanese school despite not being qualified to do so, they call you an ALT.

If you're a Japanese person teaching English at a Japanese school despite not being qualified to do so, they call the police.

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They definitely give more lenience to foreigners. I always assumed it was due to them viewing foreigners as basically primitives (true in a lot of cases). If a dude is a Neanderthal, what's he gonna do? He's doing his best to be human, etc.

I even had a an acquaintance (not friend) once outright steal something, and then get caught by police. From what I'd read I assumed they'd auto-jail anyone who did a hard crime like theft or battery. Instead he just said "yeah you got me, my bad, silly me, won't do it again" and they released him with "ok don't do it again".

Another guy I knew was a professional court interpreter. His primary cases involved "this guy has crossed the line and needs to do what he's told or be deported". A common case was a guy who knocks up a girl and then won't pay up (which I found particularly absurd - how will they get payment if he's not even in the jurisdiction? Put the f---r in a work house). Nice that breaking a law only gets you a punishment of "go home"...

The only rule I learned truly needs to be obeyed there is "no physical violence against a Japanese, even if he initiates it (swallow pride and righteous emotions and run)". Even if you smash another foreigner to a pulp, from all the stories I heard, I doubt they'd even file a report (until they then resort to the good old fashioned feud system, at which point I'm sure visas fail to be renewed).
 

Mike Cash

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You come up with more half-informed horsesh!t than any other ten people combined.

May I safely assume you neither read nor understood the article?
 

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Mike is the number one guy on the number one English-language Japanese forum on the internet.
Pretty powerful position, in my humble opinion.
I just wish he wasn't such a grumpy old man about it. Although, at least he hasn't reached glenski level yet.
I like to think that things are bigger than the participants involved. For this reason, who cares about a dismissive comment in the grand scheme of things. What I've said is what I heard & experienced. If people don't like that, and don't feel it's at least tangentially related, who cares.
 

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I just wish he wasn't such a grumpy old man about it. Although, at least he hasn't reached glenski level yet.
<perks up, looks around>

What? :emoji_astonished:
who cares about a dismissive comment in the grand scheme of things.
Oh, yeah. Ok. :emoji_zzz:
 

Mike Cash

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I've just spent too long watching too many generations of foreigners passing out too much bogus crap based on too little information, too little understanding, too much hearsay, and too much conjecture founded on apparently little more than an assumption of universal stupidity and rampant racism on the part of the Japanese. If pointing a finger at horseshït and calling it horseshït makes me "grumpy" then I'll just have to be thought grumpy.

Taking your points one by one:

1. Going by "what you read" is a dubious basis to go on, given the propensity of gaijins to repeatedly swap the same misinformation back and forth to each other like a wad of chewing gum passing between a pair of teenagers making out. Anything regarding the Japanese criminal justice system in general or the police in particular is where gaijin ignorance of what they're talking about shines the brightest.

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So based entirely on Ministry of Justice statistics, what you read about "auto-jail" was demonstrably pure horseshït; it's not even arguable as a matter of opinion. Even in Japan there exists the concept and practice of prosecutorial discretion, applied based on the individual circumstances and in consultation with the aggrieved party. The simple fact is that as a gaijin there is roughly a fifty-fifty chance one will benefit from this discretion.

2. Now we're supposed to believe that people are being deported for losing civil cases. Google 民事裁判 強制送還 or 養育費 滞納 強制送還 and tell me what you find to support that. I found nothing whatsoever, which was exactly what I knew I would find before I even looked.

Regarding #1 and #2 in particular, when you hear or read something about the Japanese or Japan that sounds whacky or stupid, stop to question the validity on a common sense basis of what you're being fed instead of just swallowing it hook, line, and sinker and then spreading it around.

#3. This one is so baseless an assumption that it's hard to know how to intelligently reply to it. It reeks of the typical gaijin presumption of total incompetence and racism on the part of Japanese police, which is just more horseshït.

You didn't read the article, did you?
 
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I've just spent too long watching too many generations of foreigners passing out too much bogus crap based on too little information, too little understanding, too much hearsay, and too much conjecture founded on apparently little more than an assumption of universal stupidity and rampant racism on the part of the Japanese. If pointing a finger at horseshït and calling it horseshït makes me "grumpy" then I'll just have to be thought grumpy.
I couldn't have said it better myself...and probably have whether here or on other forums.
 

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Many of us here have been living in Japan for some time and one thing, actually the first thing a Japanese spouse will tell you is, OBEY THE LAWS here. As a cyclist I wanted hop off my bicycle and kick in a lot of doors of these crazy drivers using their cell phones and almost running me over. But I don't want or need a police record.
 

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As a cyclist I wanted hop off my bicycle and kick in a lot of doors of these crazy drivers using their cell phones and almost running me over.
lawfully evil

I can just imagine you with a mask running through the streets kicking in drivers doors who are talking on their phones...
 
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