Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile And Excess In Japan by Stefhen F. D. Bryan

By Stefhen F. D. Bryan

Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs: A Memoir Of Exile And extra In Japan offers a gritty, specific rendering of a existence ravaged via sexual dependancy in a land little recognized for such wanton exploits. Born within the Caribbean, Stefhen F.D. Bryan describes in frank element an abusive formative years from which he emerged with an obsessive lust that will plague him for almost forty years. Bryan immigrated to Japan completely to indulge his severe fixation on East and Southeast Asian girls. yet instead of in simple terms penning a sequence of sexual conquests, he interweaves his tale with wide examine at the sociology and psychology of girls in modern day Japan, exploring the societal norms that made them effortless prey to the sexual deviance he couldn't keep watch over. The memoir describes Bryan's carnal adventures via a cultural lens that touches on interracial relationships, promiscuity, patriarchy and abortion. incorporated is intercourse study that one reviewer asserts "would make Kinsey proud." From the soiled streets of a Jamaica that travelers by no means see to a pastoral Japan, Bryan takes the reader on an eye-opening trip of discovery.

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However, the Koreans, with a workforce even more inefficient and grueling than that of the Japanese, have since adopted the word to their vernacular. A group of attorneys organized in 1990 to monitor karoshi in Japan, concluded that up to 2004, karoshi annually takes the lives of over ten thousand people, many literally at their desks clutching their keyboards. Among those startling statistics is a former student of mine who worked for a firm where I taught. Only 27 years old at expiration, he had started his death career as company slave at 22, where since his debut there, he had worked 16hour days until his exit by heart attack.

The widow deduction consists of four categories where deductions are reduced in the following order; widow, divorcee, single father and never married mother. A widow can deduct up to 350,000 yen from her annual income for her entire life, even if she is childless, while a never-married mother gets no deductions unless her income is dismally low. The tax code provides a larger deduction for single fathers – a rarity in Japan - than it does for never-married mothers. As the Finance Ministry explains it, the tax code is based on the principle of legal wedlock, which means that a never-married mother qualifies for less government assistance than a divorced or widowed parent.

Japan is without question, the most male chauvinistic of all industrialized countries and among the most sexist, female unfriendly societies in the world. These are characteristics of which the men are quite proud and having internalized their status, the women simply gaman or endure. Though the geriatric patriarchs refuse to admit it, this system, second to industrialization, may well be the most profound contributor to Japan’s plummeting birth rate. In this day and age when brainpower is more important than arm power, Japan’s misogyny deprives itself en masse of the superior cognitive skills of women, refusing to recognize their benefits to society in any capacity beyond that of sperm receptors.

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