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japan

20 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Prime Minister of Japan, Cabinet of Japan

Tell Japan to shut down Zao Fox Village!

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan is the Zao Fox Village. There you could play and pet foxes. However, it is not all cute as most YouTube videos and articles make it out to be. In fact, it is rather disgusting. The foxes are often times kept in small cages either by themselves or with each other, which can cause major injuries as foxes do fight with each other. When they get injured in fights, none of the staff come by to help them and tend to their injuries. Last, but not least, the park claims to allow you to interact with the foxes, but they actually do not unless you pay a fee of some kind.  I created this petition to help improve the conditions for animals in Japan as most aren’t really the best, and since I plan on living their for a while, I want to see some changes on how animals are treated and cared for. I also want people who are planning to visit Japan and want to see something interesting that they know to NOT go here. Attached to this petition is a video made by YouTuber kanadajin3 who shows what conditions these foxes are in. There is some really graphic material, but I think it is important to watch to at least get an idea. This petition will be sent to the Japanese Prime Minister and Cabinet as there is no real government run animal protection (at least from what I saw. If I am wrong, let me know so I can have the petition sent to them as well). 

Kaitlyn R
1,051 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps

Tell the truth about Futenma airbase

On May 2, 2018, Commandant of the Marine Corps Robert Neller made a statement so blatantly false that it must not be allowed to stand. Speaking about a Marine base in Okinawa, Japan, he said: “Futenma airbase is very old. It goes back to World War II, and if you look at pictures, Futenma, when it was built, there were no people living within several kilometers. Now the cities around Futenma are right up to the fence.” (https://www.c-span.org/video/?444970-1/navy-leaders-reporters-pentagon at 40:30) While it’s extremely rare for the Japanese government to contradict the United States on security matters, Defense Minister Onodera repudiated Neller’s statement. In June, the city council of Ginowan, where Futenma is located, unanimously passed a resolution declaring that Neller’s assertion reflected “a lack of understanding about the history of Okinawa” and calling on him to retract it. For as the Asahi Shimbun newspaper notes, “the Futenma air base was built on land seized by the U.S. military from local residents. A local government building, a school and private residences used to stand on the land…. The graves of local residents’ ancestors can still be seen within the base compound.” (http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201806230028.html The photographs Neller saw must have been taken after the U.S. military had already bulldozed the area, while holding residents in internment camps. Other photos, the Asahi notes, “show American solders felling a row of pine trees that were the pride and joy of the village”. We live in an era inundated with falsehoods. Why does this one matter? As an Okinawan journalist puts it, “trying to snatch away the memories and history of the people who lived there is sacrilege.” Neller’s statement was in response to a question about the safety of the Futenma base. He suggests that the people of Ginowan are to blame for incidents involving Futenma-based aircraft – including crashes and a window falling on a school playground - because their homes, schools, and workplaces are “right up to the fence.” Shirking responsibility for safety lapses does not bode well for preventing them. Shortly after misrepresenting Futenma’s origins, Neller extols the relationship between the Marines and local residents: “we’re good friends and we’ll continue to do our very best to be good neighbors throughout Japan.” Is it being a good neighbor to erase people from their own history? Finally, a web page intended for new Marines states that honor “is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other.” If the Commandant wishes to set an example for those serving under him, he must own up to his misstatement.

Jon Reinsch
463 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to SEGA

Localize Yakuza Ishin! #SaveIshin

Since the time "RGG: Ishin" was released in Japan on PS3 and PS4 in 2014, people in the West really wanted to get their hands on the awesome story of Ryoma (A.K.A Kiryu, but not really Kiryu), yet the localization never happened... Well, guess what SEGA? The whole wants to whole hardheartedly thank you for localizing Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 6 and Fist Of The North Star, but amidst all of the praise and joy you get when you announce every new localization is the lingering question.... "Where's Ishin"? You yourselves, have turned localization of Ishin into a joke to tease the fan base. And in a lot of the community's eyes, that sadly ain't very acceptable.  Yes, we know you have told us that there's a lot of terminology and Japan related things in the story and the world of the game itself, but that shouldn't be a problem. It should be an opportunity to let more people learn about that. Alright, look at it this way: When you introduced words like "-san_, "-chan" and "aniki" in recent localizations, were people offended by it? Were they mad or confused by it? I don't think so. Why should things like these be a problem now? We don't care if you do the localization 1 or 2 years from now, we just want to experience what a big amount call one of the best Samurai and Yakuza games of all time. And if you still won't do it, we still want to thank you for all the hard work you're doing!

Jonas Beržinskas
1,170 supporters