Japan Simplified

The world deserves to know

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Do Japanese women really wear bras with sensors in them?
If you noticed the buzz surrounding the launch of the so-called True Love Tester brassiere from Ravijour, you were probably reminded of the buzz that Triumph Japan crates with its wacky bras.  They are meant merely to get media coverage.  I reached out to several of my Japanese female friends and asked them of what they thought of the new offering from Ravijour, they all laughed.  The admitted that drunk Japanese salarymen can be a creepy at times, but they are smart enough to know whom to let in their homes and when to unhook the bra — no apps and sensors needed.

Do Japanese women really wear bras with sensors in them?

If you noticed the buzz surrounding the launch of the so-called True Love Tester brassiere from Ravijour, you were probably reminded of the buzz that Triumph Japan crates with its wacky bras.  They are meant merely to get media coverage.  I reached out to several of my Japanese female friends and asked them of what they thought of the new offering from Ravijour, they all laughed.  The admitted that drunk Japanese salarymen can be a creepy at times, but they are smart enough to know whom to let in their homes and when to unhook the bra — no apps and sensors needed.

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Why was Anwar Ibrahim denied entry into Japan?

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There is a lot of misunderstanding about how visa free entry, visa on arrival or visa waiver programs (many terms used by countries for programs that allow one to enter the country without obtaining a visa prior to boarding a flight) work.  What people forget that under some form visa on arrival arrangement between two countries, it does not mean that you are guaranteed an entry.  Ultimately the agents at the airport will check for the same requirements that are needed for a visa.  If the agent has any doubt that some requirements are not met or you are likely to overstay or that you intend to commit crime or that you maybe engaging in criminal activity, you maybe denied entry and forced to leave on the next available flight.  In some cases, you might even be fingerprinted, and entries made on your passport and in the computer system that you were denied entry.  This can impact your future prospects for a legal visa not just to that specific country but to other countries as well (no, you cannot hide that information by merely getting a new passport; many countries share that data with their allies).

Impact of drug charges and convictions:  Not only are countries like Japan very sensitive to illegal immigration or entry by criminals, they also watch carefully for people convicted of crimes related to banned drugs or political crimes.  It is the reason why the Malaysian opposition leader was denied entry.  This is a huge inconvenience to any passenger (and an embarrassment to a politician) but a small risk for anyone who travels to Japan.  Many countries like Australia and the United States have a visa waiver program with several countries but in order to use you have to get an authorization ahead of travel.  It is very fast and inexpensive but also helpful in the sense that a passenger can find out if he is on some kind of watch-list before even buying a ticket.  Still, merely getting an approval ahead of time is no guarantee either, because in the end the border agents have the final say and the decision cannot be challenged.

The main thing to remember is that a country can deny entry for no reason at all.  Traveling to a foreign country is a privilege, not a right.  Ibrahim maybe innocent in his view or many of his supporters feel so or he may have been charged with a crime that he did not commit, but  sovereign nations like Japan can decide whatever they want when it comes to welcoming aliens.

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