AkashiAussie comments

Posted in: School textbooks to be revised to reflect gov't view on history See in context

School text books are so out of date, they are in desperate need of revision. The other day I asked 300 JHS kids what the Senkaku islands were and only a handful knew what I was talking about. History text books focus a lot on ancient Japan.

History changes all the time as new evidence becomes available and revisionary versions arrive on the scene. It is not something that is fact and remains exactly as it was 50 years ago. A government not willing to revise their history syllabus to make it more relevant to the lives of young citizens would be negligent IMO.

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Posted in: Hunting: The newest growing hobby of Japanese women See in context

I live in Akashi and I investigated getting a license and even doing some bow and knife hunting of all the boars north of Kobe, which are in plague proportion. The cops were not helpful at all and just thought I was crazy. Knife hunting was a definite no go for them and the process you have to go through to get all licensed up in Japan is out of this world. Added to that, like all government institutions in Japan, they are never open when you need them to be, so I gave up getting it all sorted in the end. If I was an innocent young Japanese girl or an honest old Japanese man it might be a different story though... :)

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Posted in: Japan collective self-defense should include others, not just U.S., says Abe adviser See in context

It looks like Japan has its sights set on North Korea. I don't think Abe wants to sit idly by the next time North Korea start playing with their missiles and threatening other nations. Also, China are potentially in the cross hairs too methinks.

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Posted in: Sashihara, Yamamoto named Best Smile of the Year Award winners See in context

If it encourages more people to brush their teeth, who cares?

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Posted in: Blade lodged between subway seats cuts 2-year-old boy See in context

Conveniently placed weapons for mugs on trains. But wow, imagine the payouts if you got stabbed on a Japanese train. I'd milk it to get free massages for the next two years. ;)

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Posted in: Ishihara's support for casinos changes with the times See in context

Japanese people are already addicted to gambling and gaming, so a few more avenues are not going to hurt. I don't think the future of the gaming industry is in bright lights and casinos though - the future of the gaming industry is online. Japan needs to use it's super fast internet to create hubs for global online gaming networks - that is where the money is.

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Posted in: China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills See in context

Sure Dog. The USA will be more than happy to have the Chinese set up shop right next to their largest military installations in Asia. No problems there. If Japan lets China get away with these bully tactics, where will it stop? Who will be able to stop it if not Japan? There is more at stake than just a few goats.

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Posted in: Japan's coastal sea hunts threaten species with extinction: eco-group See in context

I know what you mean about the naming system. Try and give a lecture on crocodilians when the only word for crocodile/alligator etc is わに.

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Posted in: Nagano farmers sell damaged 'typhoon apples' online See in context

1kg = 3-7 apples 3kg = 6-13 apples Ok?

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Posted in: Japan's coastal sea hunts threaten species with extinction: eco-group See in context

I have been involved with boats and fishing for years now. Fishing around Japanese people sickens me. Every place I go to is being systematically raped by fishing trawlers and other commercial fishing. You can be anchored in the middle of nowhere, but be surrounded by traps and nets galore. I am surprised that they leave anything for recreational fishermen - it must surely only be because they missed a few that there are any for other people to catch. The recreational fisherman is not much better though. There is no thought of sustainable recreational fishing or that there needs to be some thought put into the process if there are to be any fish in the future. Size limits are non existent - in fact the smaller fish are perfect pan size fish. Bigger fish are non existent as they are all caught when they are small... Bag limits are also non existent, but are rarely reached anyway. Japanese fishing disgusts me. With all the fish farm technologies they have, they should be able to do things a lot better.

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Posted in: China criticizes 'self-deceiving' Japanese politicians See in context

There is a section on the Nanjing massacre at the Yasukuni Shrine museum. It questions the number of people killed, but does not dismiss the whole event. I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of this? I have never met anyone who denies the massacre - just ignorant people who don't know.

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Posted in: China's behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says See in context

Wow, the Chinese posters must enjoy posting here. If this was the Chinadaily, any post that disagreed with the official party line would be censored straight away... I understand where both sides are coming from. China was the target of bullies for centuries and copped it from the Europeans and from Japan. The Japanese on the other hands have been sitting and offering apologies and repaying their debt to the Chinese for generations. Now, they are starting to get a bit of economic might and are getting their sails up and full of confidence. Think of a kid who was picked on at school who then turns around and goes looking for fights with those who were mean during high school. It's very petty.

The Japanese on the other hand are sick of the complaints from a government which is in no way grateful for what the Japanese have done for them and provided for them over the past few decades. Several generations have come and gone and the current generation are still being blamed and endlessly criticized for what their grandparents and great grandparents did. The Chinese have adopted a victim mentality and are whinging and complaining about everything from these islands, to changing the constitution, to honoring war dead.

The current generation however, is not to blame for what their grandparents did, and a country has a right to honor those brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice and fought and died to defend their wives, children, towns and country. To deny people that right especially after so long is disgraceful. I know that China is prepared to sacrifice millions in a potential nuclear war and obviously a few dead people means nothing to their government, but to a nation such as Japan, honoring the dead is a necessity whether China likes it or not. Perhaps the Chinese don't understand that individuals are not responsible for the actions of a nation.

Either way, I feel sorry for both the people of Japan and the people of China. The antics of governments are threatening to drag countless more people to their deaths. It is a disgrace and i thought the world had moved past such petty disagreements. I sincerely hope that both sides can come to some agreement in the very near future before things get messy.

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Posted in: Hankyu Hanshin Hotels president to resign over menu scandal See in context

He's actually taken a different position. He's stepped down from that position, but as usual nobody gets punished for this type of behavior and Japan keeps churning out cheats. Tepco, Hankyu Hanshin, Olympus, MiZuho... Same sht, different day.

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Posted in: Doctor with TB examined more than 600 patients See in context

Frungy, I doubt five of those people would have died. Japanese people go to the doctor for even the smallest ailments and doctors spend their time handing out bucket loads of unneeded medication which they receive commission for. If they really were sick they would have called an ambulance, or they'll just call the ambulance anyway because they're too lazy to get the bus or ride their bike down to the clinic. Maybe the doctor had some insurance claims come in which they can charge top dollar for and didn't want to take the day off? Once registered as a doctor in Japan, doctors are not required to sit any further test or participate in any professional development which is why you have some dinosaurs getting around with no idea about advances in medicine beyond 1984. For such an advanced country, the ability of some doctors is woeful.

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Posted in: Doctor with TB examined more than 600 patients See in context

Didn't you know... The mesh in Japanese face masks is so fine that it prevents the spread of microscopic viruses and bacteria...

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Posted in: Abe pledges to bolster economy, defense in Diet policy speech See in context

Japan is at a stage of maturity as a nation that it should be required to assist its allies to uphold peace within its region, especially as the budget constraints of its largest ally grow with each passing day. I'm not just referring to the Chinese threats. Japan is not the same nation that went to war in the 30s and 40s. Remember too that history is written by the victors.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/pko/pamph2005.html

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Posted in: Abe pledges to bolster economy, defense in Diet policy speech See in context

Smithinjapan, are you serious? Of course participation in international peacekeeping is beneficial to the defense of a nation. As a developed nation in a global community and a less than stable region, it is Japan's duty to become more involved in international peace keeping initiatives. Only China and some doomsayers in Korea are against Japan altering its constitution. Reality check time for you.

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Posted in: Ex-soccer star Maezono released after night in jail for assaulting taxi driver See in context

Boohoo Mirai. Money talks in Japan. If you had the power to pay your way out of such a situation, you'd probably take that route too. Jealousy maybe?

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Posted in: Police to probe Mizuho over loans to gangsters See in context

Just on this, the former VP has already quit. He knew everything that was going on and retired with big bonuses. Now when questioned he digs his feet in and says he doesn't have anything to do with MiZuho and doesn't know. Slime.

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Posted in: Stalker hid in closet at girl's home before killing her See in context

Can you imagine how many proper crimes the cops wouldn't be out there solving if they were running out to save every girl who claimed some guy was stalking her? Can you imagine the power women would have if the cops were jumping through hoops for them? This case was unfortunate, but you can't blame the cops.

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Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park See in context

There's been one there for years. I went swimming with dolphins in Taiji in 2011.

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Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll See in context

"... mother coming home from aerobics or lunch with her "friend"..."

Hahaha. No, but don't you remember? There was an article recently saying that Japanese wives don't cheat or aspire to cheat on their husbands remember? :p

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Posted in: Japanese pro boxer condemns law for classifying him as a dangerous weapon See in context

You can throw people no problem at all. You just aren't allowed to hit/punch them. When the average Japanese guy is 160cm and 60 odd kg, throwing them to the ground is no problem at all. If you are a punchy type, look forward to a quick deportation - unless you punch another foreigner...

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Posted in: 1,130 tons of tainted water dumped in sea after typhoon See in context

Obviously a different kettle of fish, but when the Americans discovered the gas manufacturing hub 'Okunoshima' in Hiroshima prefecture after the war, they dumped all the gas they found (5000tonnes +) into the Pacfic. The poor Pacific has copped a hammering at the hands of Japan.

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Posted in: Nearly 290,000 people still living in shelters 2 1/2 years after Tohoku disaster See in context

I saw photos of these 'shelters' though, and really even though they are pretty crappy by international standards, compared to what people live in where I live in a rural part of Hyogo, they are not that bad. If they won't leave the area, options are limited.

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Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos See in context

I have two normal sized non threatening tattoos. Unless I hide them and lie I am unable to join health clubs or visit swimming pools and am unable to visit onsens. Sentos are fine though. I have quizzed staff at all venues on why it is. One girl told me that she thought it was because tattoos could give people hepatitis and that other swimmers could catch hepatitis from swimming in the same pool as me. Another girl told me that it scared kids? It's obviously just a case of following rules for the sake of following rules, and nobody really knows why the rules exist. I have had several polynesian friends come and go from Japan and get very frustrated with the attitudes of Japanese people. The sad thing is, so many young Japanese now have tattoos anyway, but like with most other failing and failed systems in Japan, the kohais are too scared to stand up to their sempais and tell them that the way they have done things for the last 40-50 years is not the best way of doing things. Japan needs to grow up a lot if they want to successfully host the olympics in 2020.

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Posted in: Abe, Inose discuss how to make Tokyo more visitor-friendly See in context

I will provide you with my wealth of information if you employ me and pay me for my services.

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Posted in: 10 simple ways to ruin a Japanese wife’s day See in context

Any wife of mine will not be sitting at home on her arse all day with enough free time to worry about a lot of these things. I don't care that Japanese women see marriage as a cop out from doing any real work and an excuse to not have to work - if she's married to me she will be working too. Suck it up princesses - welcome to the 21st century. Lazy women need to be forced back into the workforce given that a huge % of Japanese working age people will soon be retired.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shinjuku to ban street solicitation from September See in context

Street solicitation is already illegal in the bulk of places in Japan where it is common practice. As has been suggested, with no penalty, nothing will change. I would have thought it would be a useful revenue raising tool if they did start throwing a few fines out there. White_Shinobi - good on you. I am too paranoid about my visa and any repercussions every time I'm up that way to hit one of them, although there have been a few times I've wanted to.

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Posted in: 500 cats & dogs legally killed in Japan each day See in context

And people here thought that they would actually make an effort to find that dog that is supposedly loose around Mt Fuji...

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