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Postby Dark Angel » Sun 11.19.2006 8:42 pm

I was wondering, since in the US there are many different positions on things like abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc, how are such topics viewed in Japan? Now I know, if I wanted to find out the government policy on such things I could easily look it up online but I'm asking about your average, everyday Japanese person in everyday life. That's not really something you can get off of wikipedia and can only find out by living there. So for all of you who live in Japan or have been there for a long time, how are things like this viewed since I know here in the US everyone is pretty much divided equally. I'm just curious to know.
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Postby chikara » Sun 11.19.2006 8:58 pm

That's how you introduce yourself? ;)

This thread probably belongs in "Culture and Info about living in Japan"

Dark Angel wrote:
I was wondering, since in the US there are many different positions on things like abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc. ...........since I know here in the US everyone is pretty much divided equally.......

So in the USA;
abortion - 50% in favour, 50% against
gay marriage - 50% in favour, 50% against
euthanasia - 50% in favour, 50% against

:o

Are you sure about that?
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Postby richvh » Sun 11.19.2006 9:01 pm

This thread probably belongs in "Culture and Info about living in Japan"

Good point. Moved.
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Postby Dark Angel » Sun 11.19.2006 9:16 pm

chikara wrote:
That's how you introduce yourself? ;)

This thread probably belongs in "Culture and Info about living in Japan"

Dark Angel wrote:
I was wondering, since in the US there are many different positions on things like abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc. ...........since I know here in the US everyone is pretty much divided equally.......

So in the USA;
abortion - 50% in favour, 50% against
gay marriage - 50% in favour, 50% against
euthanasia - 50% in favour, 50% against

:o

Are you sure about that?


I've already introduced myself on another thread. ;)

Ok, so not exactly 50/50 but you get my point.
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Postby chikara » Sun 11.19.2006 9:27 pm

Dark Angel wrote:
I've already introduced myself on another thread. ;)

I know, I welcomed you there.

Ok, so not exactly 50/50 but you get my point.
My point is that you shouldn't make generalisations ;)

As for attitudes to these issues in Japan I can't help you but Japan does have a very low birth rate and an aging population.
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Postby richvh » Sun 11.19.2006 9:29 pm

Dark Angel wrote:
chikara wrote:
That's how you introduce yourself? ;)

I've already introduced myself on another thread. ;)

He's referring to the fact you started this thread in Introductions rather than a more appropriate forum.
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Postby Mike Cash » Mon 11.20.2006 7:56 am

Abortion is viewed as ex post facto birth control.

By and large, social activism is not alive and well in Japan.
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Postby flammable hippo » Mon 11.20.2006 6:24 pm

Hm, interesting topic, although I don't really have much to contribute since I've never been to Japan...Oh well.
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Postby Schattenjedi » Mon 11.20.2006 6:29 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
Abortion is viewed as ex post facto birth control.

By and large, social activism is not alive and well in Japan.


Albeit a very expensive form of birth control. Or is it cheaper in Japan than in the West? A friend wants to know. :|
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Postby keatonatron » Tue 11.21.2006 2:13 am

Schattenjedi wrote:
Albeit a very expensive form of birth control. Or is it cheaper in Japan than in the West? A friend wants to know. :|


Factor in the plane ticket and it's more expensive, so tell you're friend to forget about it ;)
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Postby fragulistic » Sun 11.26.2006 6:52 pm

I wa sin Japan doing missionary work and this is one of the most unsettling things about Japanese society is the fact that abbortion is the biggest form of birth control used in Japan. What is interesting to note, is that Japan takes a whole different look at abbortion than the West, where the West dehumanizes the baby and says it's not a baby and just a fetus and thhus is not a human. The Japanese believe the exact opposite they know it's a human, and has a soul of sorts, so they will have shrines dedicated to abborted babies.
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Postby Matsumoto_hideto » Sun 11.26.2006 10:06 pm

fragulistic wrote:
I wa sin Japan doing missionary work and this is one of the most unsettling things about Japanese society is the fact that abbortion is the biggest form of birth control used in Japan. What is interesting to note, is that Japan takes a whole different look at abbortion than the West, where the West dehumanizes the baby and says it's not a baby and just a fetus and thhus is not a human. The Japanese believe the exact opposite they know it's a human, and has a soul of sorts, so they will have shrines dedicated to abborted babies.


I think you need to look beyond the scope of your own belifs and realize that in japan things are drastically different from the way you view things. Most things are different.
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Postby clay » Sun 11.26.2006 10:20 pm

Matsumoto_hideto wrote:
fragulistic wrote:
I wa sin Japan doing missionary work and this is one of the most unsettling things about Japanese society is the fact that abbortion is the biggest form of birth control used in Japan. What is interesting to note, is that Japan takes a whole different look at abbortion than the West, where the West dehumanizes the baby and says it's not a baby and just a fetus and thhus is not a human. The Japanese believe the exact opposite they know it's a human, and has a soul of sorts, so they will have shrines dedicated to abborted babies.


I think you need to look beyond the scope of your own belifs and realize that in japan things are drastically different from the way you view things. Most things are different.


Actually that is exactly his point.

Matsumoto, did you mean to say you are located in 本日?
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Postby Matsumoto_hideto » Sun 11.26.2006 10:34 pm

clay wrote:

Matsumoto, did you mean to say you are located in 本日?


its japan backwards and or Today. just a play on words thats all.
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Postby keatonatron » Mon 11.27.2006 1:34 am

Matsumoto_hideto wrote:
clay wrote:

Matsumoto, did you mean to say you are located in 本日?


its japan backwards and or Today. just a play on words thats all.


No, it's only "today"...
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