Oh my Feminist

I am all for equal rights. And if you read my books you will see that the protagonist in most of my books is a strong female character or at least there is one strong female character. But and this is a big but, not at the discrimination of males.
Modern feminist just want to discriminate against men and are blind to that stupidity. Equality has to be equal to both.

2020 and 2022

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be a hard one to see happen. The reason being that the country itself is still recovering economically from the fall of the dollar. Yes the US dollar had an impact on the Japanese economy. But if it can be pulled off it may be an interesting thing. Depending on how the events are scheduled and what technology is being used at the time.
One unique point being that the Olympics are now being allowed to venture out of the hosting city. This may be a positive or a negative depending on who you are. Positive for the Olympics as it will allow for a much larger event but a negative for the locals who will see their lives put into harder situations having to flip the bill for stadiums and transportation that outside of the Olympics will have a much smaller use value. This can be seen back to the Japan Korea World Cup with places like the Toyota stadium.  But we shall see.

On the flip side Qatar 2022 World Cup should not happen. Aside from the fact that the event must be held out of season due to the temperature there is the safety concern.  Especially since Qatar solves matters with the use of Sharia Law. Well pasted below is an exceprt from the Qatar Website.  As a foreigner if I was attending the World Cup there I would pay attention to the Modest dress code and the drinking and smoking code especially the drinking in public. Then you have the public displays of affection and such.  Also the insulting of being rude or expressing negative opinions. Remember to insult Muhammad and or Islam is a big no no.  Lest we forget the lessons of Charlie Hepdo, Dutch Cartoonists, etc. I for one will not be attending or watching them as I will not support a country that bases their laws around goat herder ideology.

Smoking / alcohol / drugs

Alcohol consumption in Qatar involves several restrictions. Luxury hotels can sell alcohol to their adult non-Muslim customers. However, expatriates will have to obtain a permit to purchase alcohol for personal consumption. To obtain a permit, a letter from employer, signed and stamped by authorized person in the company, stating your position, basic pay, accommodation, religious affiliation, marital status, valid passport, residence permit and a deposit are required.

The Qatar Distribution Company is permitted to import alcohol, and operates the only liquor stores in the country. Alcohol can also be purchased on-premises of certain clubs and hotels. Drunken driving, public intoxication and other alcohol-related offenses are taken seriously and can result in imprisonment, fines, or even deportation.

Penalties for possession, use and trafficking in illegal drugs, are severe in Qatar, and offenders will have to undergo long-term imprisonment and pay heavy penalties.

Behavior / Dress code in Qatar

Islam and tribal traditions form strong foundation for Qatar’s customs, laws and practices. Expatriates are expected to be sensitive to Islamic beliefs and practises. Qatar does not permit dressing in a revealing or provocative manner, including wearing of sleeveless shirts and blouses, halter tops and shorts. Western bathing attire is acceptable only at hotel pools and beaches.

Incidents such as getting involved in foul language/gestures or insults can often result in arrest, overnight imprisonment, and/or fines, irrespective of whether the incident occurs between private parties or officers of the law. Insulting somebody in public is also considered a punishable offense.

Homosexuality is illegal considered a criminal offense in Qatar, and those convicted may be subjected to lashings, imprisonment and/or deportation. Also, intimacy in public between men and women, including teenagers, can lead to arrest.

Islamic Law (Sharia)

Expatriates in Qatar will be subject to Qatari law, which is heavily predicated upon Islamic Law, involving heavy penalties which would be considered a misdemeanour in any European state. Violators of Qatari law may be subjected to a ban until the dispute is settled, which can take months for settlement. Local authorities may detain anyone considered to be potential witness, and the relatives of persons of interest, for the entire duration of investigations, without charge or access to legal counsel. Once arrested, the Qatari police will not be in a position to release a suspect until ordered to do so by the Public Prosecution and Court Service.

Women’s Rights

Women in Qatar may vote and run for public office. Women in Qatar hold leadership positions in several ministries / supreme councils. Women are allowed to go out and drive without any male companion. Although, Qatari women wear the abaya, there are no formal restrictions for expat women, although dressing modestly is a must.


The Qatari government uses Sunni law as the basis of its criminal and civil regulations. Religious tolerance is guaranteed to a certain extent. Expatriates are allowed to affiliate with their faiths, and are allowed to follow Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bahai, provided, they are religious in private, and do not offend public order or morality.

Religious practice and religion are sensitive issues in Qatar. Hence discussing religious matters in public should be treated with care and sensitivity. Proselytizing is illegal in Qatar. Qatari law considers it inappropriate to attempt conversion of a member of one religion into another, or sharing one’s faith with a person of a different faith. Such practices are considered as violations of Qatari law, and may involve deportation or imprisonment.

Also, charitable activities of any kind require approval from Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities (QACA).


Qatar is comparatively a trouble-free nation, with low incidence of crime. However, it is better to be aware that there is the threat from terrorism that is otherwise seen in the region.

There have been occasional verbal and physical harassment against expatriate men, or unaccompanied expatriate women. Reports of petty theft are not very frequent, but, travellers are cautioned not to leave valuables such as cash, jewellery, and electronic items in unsecured hotel rooms or unattended public places.

Oh my Japan Geisha

This may seem like a running theme but it is not. Just a few posts and I urge you all not to take all Japanese this way. To do so will do a grave injustice to the countless of Japanese who support the openness and fairness of all people. Without them I would not have been able to see my son born or to have my lovely wife.
All in thanks to Ariana Miyamoto we are seeing other stories of great people in Japan who are denied the hold a certain status not because of a lack in ability but by this old mentality that you must be Japanese to hold that position.
I give you ‘A beautiful life’: The Australian woman who became a geisha the story of Fiona Graham.
This lovely story shows how beautiful Japan is and what foreigners who love this country such as I want to immerse ourselves with. There are aspects that we want to learn and master, one of my friends made a comment just last week that if I was living in a city like Kyoto I would be considered a Japanese Foreigner because I tend to live a more Japanese life than even some natural born Japanese. But This story is not to detract from the serious conversation that needs to be happening about race relations in Japan. And the people who are denied a certain station in their profession not because they lack the ability but simply because they are not 100% Japanese. I urge you to read the full story http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/01/travel/cnngo-travel-hokkaido-geisha/

By Jin Okubo Author of Love




Oh my Japan

Recently I became ashamed of my Japan. I immigrated here about 16 years ago and have just become a Japanese citizen. Now like all countries Japan has its share of racism but had never truly worn it on its sleeve as a badge of honor, as it was and is no honor to be racist. Yet I find that I wish more and more that the old die sooner rather than later.
This has to do with two people, one is the Japanese Sumo Champion.
He is considered to be the greatest Sumo wrestler of all time. He is just dominating the sport. Yet he will never be accepted or even offered the position of Master of Sumo. And the sumo association is not shy about the reason. He is not Japanese, that is it. I was and still am shocked that such dispicable behavior exists in Japan today.

And not just that but from high class people in Japan. I am not talking about the Japanese rednecks referred to as Yankies here in Japan, but people in high office and official leaders of the sport. For that very reason I am ashamed for them, of them, and disgusted by their public shaming of this great great wrestler.

The other person is a lovely person. Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto born in Nagasaki. But that fact that she is half Japanese the racism has started to come out of the wood work. And the disgusting thing about it is that the people are openly being quoted in newspapers as to the only reason they do not want her to be Miss Japan is because she is half Japanese. They do not care that she was born here, or the fact that she identifies as Japanese. And when you hear her story you, you hear a story of bigotry and racism in Japan. And this disgusts me. So how can I make Japan better. Well I speak about it. I bring the attention to people of the world that all of Japan is not as racist and bigoted as the assholes who spout such hatred and vile. I dream of the day when racism will be gone but I fear that as long as pride over birth right exists we will not have it.

I ask that you reblog this and share it to get the word out that Japan has bigotry and racism just like every other country but that there are people like me who want it to stop and will speak out against it. I am proud of these two who have broken through so many barriers and shown just how far someone can go in a country as closed minded as Japan. New York has nothing on Japan. If you can make it in Japan you can make it anywhere.

My own personal experience in my new post Oh my Japan persoanal.

Jin Okubo

My romance novel Love