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Posted in: Japan may include Taiwan among nations giving flowers at Abe funeral See in context

Taiwan delegates are also not likely to be invited to an event Tuesday night after the funeral

Japan is two-faced

Of course!

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Posted in: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan See in context

If they actually ignore him and his missiles, he would probably stop. He's just looking for attention

He also thinks he’s the Asian Guile from Street Fighter.

HAAHAHAHAHA!!!! Brilliant!!!

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Posted in: Why is Japan called ‘Japan’ and not ‘Nihon?’ See in context

While Japanese people usually refer to their country as Nihon or Nippon these days, in early texts, the names Oyashima (mother island) or Yamato (which was written with the Chinese characters for great and wa, see below) were used. However, even in those early days, there is evidence that Japan had other names in other countries such as Wakoku (a name for identifying Japan at the time) by the Chinese.

I've always loved the name Yamato. I remember as a young lad watching the anime Be Forever Yamato

and falling in love with Japan.

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

The authors write that people are against the funeral for two reasons, the Unification church and Kishida's way of forcing the state funeral on the country. But it is all about Abe! The people know how corrupt he was with the myriad of scandals, croynism, and utter lack of respect or feeling for the people of Japan. His three arrows were a joke, made to line the pockets of his corporate overlords. That is the real reason people are against this.

THIS!

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

swindle and cheat and be marred with various scandals and you get a state funeral??

go figure

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Posted in: U.S. vice president to discuss Taiwan during trip to Japan, S Korea See in context

Dear Kamala..

I like you, but first solve the inmense social problems of your country..

Pretty sure the VP of the US doesn't care whether or not you like her.

Nor does she care about your opinion

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

When Tokyo-based event organiser Murayama was revealed as the only bidder - and therefore the winner of the 176m yen contract - for the state funeral, eyebrows were raised as it was the company Mr Abe used to host an annual cherry blossom party where he faced allegations of cronyism."*

the corruption and rot continue from beyond the grave. unbelievable

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Abe’s state funeral has drawn ample comparisons to the recent state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in Britain.

I fundamentally disagree with this statement. There is NOTHING linking the 2 individuals. The queen was a beloved monarch. Abe was a reviled right wing ultranationalist. Nothing links these 2 together. Nothing

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

“We want to show where we stand,” she said, noting dictators were being invited to the state funeral. “Just because he is dead, we aren’t going to forgive Abe.”

this is important. Just because he was assassinated doesn't mean his corruption scandals should be forgiven or forgotten.

State funerals in Japan have been historically reserved for the emperor. The decision to hold one for Abe was made by the Cabinet and did not go through parliamentary approval. Some lawyers’ groups have challenged its legality.

This is bizarre on so many levels. It diminishes Japan's standing on the world stage to hold this funeral that almost no one from the developed world wants to attend. There is absolutely no good reason to do it. not 1.

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Posted in: Rare footage of Beatles' 1966 visit to Japan to be screened in censored form See in context

Japanese officialdom riddled with insecurities and fear of the people have never been able to get fully on board with democratic values and summon up the self-confidence required to wean themselves off their dependence on censorship to maintain face and their peculiar sense of self-importance. When the Beatles showed up at the Nippon Budokan they went into panic mode fearing they would be upstaged and lose control to the sensational foreign fab four and their teenage fans.

exactly

So it is not only the CCP in China that engages in a little historical revisionism and censorship of pop culture history.

not at all. But then again, the LDP is really no different from the CCP, except that the former panders to the US and its global interest which is why they get a free pass when they are virtually every bit as oppressive as the CCP.

This is the best "Japan is crazy" story I've read in a while, but it is crazy in a depressing way, not in a funny or interesting one.

Read alot about their visit to japan and from what I can gather this was the impression the beatles had of the country. They all didn't like it and they never came back.

A police film of what is supposed to be a fun event with all the public faces obscured and with no sound sounds creepy to me. The product of a paranoid and repressive society.

Which is EXACTLY what Japan is- a paranoid and repressive society.

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Posted in: 'Anko' red bean paste the new chic way to stay in shape See in context

Anko and Basashi are the only 2 Japanese foods I HATE with a passion.

After learning of anko's low fat content

Personally, I think this is the reason why autism in children and senility and parkinson's on the elderly , as well as obesity exists. This fat free craze is very damaging to our health. Fat is not a culprit. Our brains are made of fat and water.

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Posted in: Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains See in context

simple. don't make them deliver on scooters during a typhoon. simply let them deliver in cars. Safer and more comfortable for them.

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Posted in: Japanese police to try system for sending video during emergency calls See in context

this is what happens when those in control are old as hell- this is new and novel to them

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Posted in: Young women in Japan want only one child or none at all: survey See in context

Yep. Japan is screwed

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Posted in: Why do you think South Korean movies, such as "Squid Game" and Parasite," for example, are achieving greater success and recognition abroad than Japanese films? See in context

Because they are made with a global audience in mind. Exactly the same with K-pop, whereas Japanese movies and music are created purely for domestic consumption.

beat me to it

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Posted in: Growing number of people working into their 80s and 90s See in context

hilarious how this article makes it sound like the elderly want to work into their 80s and 90s. Most are doing it because of mismanagement of funds by the LDP and a lack of a comprehensive immigration system that forced the nation to age and the aged to work.

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Posted in: Crown prince, 6 other imperial members to attend Abe state funeral See in context

More proof that the Japan today is filled with Japan haters.

No, no it isn’t, unless you define Shinzo Abe as Japan.

Exactly! Well said!

And his account has already been deleted! That was fast! Well done Mods.

Hilarious!

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Posted in: Crown prince, 6 other imperial members to attend Abe state funeral See in context

Shameless Japan government has invited Myanmar junta to this state funeral next week.

That's because they're desperate.

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Posted in: Crown prince, 6 other imperial members to attend Abe state funeral See in context

Further proof the Japanese Royals are prisoners in their own country.

true. this is starting to look more and more embarrassing for Kishida and Japan in general.

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Posted in: Friend of mother who starved son to death sentenced to 15 years See in context

In June, when passing judgment on Ikari, Tomita acknowledged that the mother could be considered a victim, giving her a five-year sentence, much shorter than the 10 years sought by prosecutors.

where do they get those judges? 10 years minimum.

As for the "female dog" that manipulated her, 15 years ONLY??

What the hell is wrong with the Judges here? She should have gotten life.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait

Good. Let China bark all it wants.

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Posted in: Man arrested for using smartphone to film up teenager’s skirt See in context

A great post of whataboutism and ignorance.

Has nothing to do with the article and compared to Japan most Western countries (have you heard of Portugal,Denmark,Liechtenstein for example)

Don’t have as many pervs as here.

you said it William!

Do not be surprised.

There are always unshakable Japan supporters who downvote every comment which not confirm their image of "all perfect Japan".

So true. But let me say this. Whatever happens guys, always speak truth to power. Never be concerned with up and down votes. What's important is that we all speak our minds unhindered.

After many years spent in Japan, and after meeting hundreds of western living or studying in Japan, I can firmly say that almost 90% of them are anime-manga-games lovers, thinking that Japan will solve their incompetence in their home country, seeking a Japanese partner and believing in “Japan is heaven, the rest of the world is hell”.

Yeah. they are usually VERY wet behind the ears with a minimal grasp of the language and culture outside of their Anime/Manga/Cosplay bubble, and think they know it all.

I can also say that almost all of them have a traumatic awakening after the honeymoon phase of living abroad finishes and especially after starting to raise children in the Japanese school system (and, concerning the topic of this article, especially if they are raising a girl).

Oh their rude awakening happens even before that, and they are usually the first people to hightail it back home after singing the praises of this country for so long. Go figure.

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Posted in: Japanese man sets himself on fire in apparent protest at Abe's state funeral See in context

No I dont advocate self-immolation!

I know mate! Just having a laugh!

YES! Would love to see a million people march in front of Kishida's residence, and have it blow up all over the world news wires!

Just as this has hit the news wires around the world already!

hear hear!

I have stated on a number of occasions that if there is ANY silver-lining in the cloud of Abe's assassination, it is this!

That and he won't be able to influence J politics anymore

I totally agree the actions of one man, in this case here, and the one guy who shot Abe, will and have caused shock waves throughout the country and world.

If REAL change occurs because of it, then their deaths and deeds will not be for naught!

(I do not mean the actions of the man who killed Abe, but that maybe Abe's death will mean something. In life he was a problem for sure, but his death may have meaning, if the above mentioned change occurs!)

agree

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Posted in: LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church See in context

LDP to update list of members

that’s kinda like a drunk on keeping tabs on his hotel honor bar…….

HAHAAHA! Brilliant!

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Posted in: Japanese man sets himself on fire in apparent protest at Abe's state funeral See in context

Imagine if Abe wasn't shot. Would the Unification Church be in the news? Would its ties with politicians be out in the open? Sometimes the actions, often very dramatic actions of one man can make a huge difference.

excellent point

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Posted in: Japan has disappointed many people who love Japan and have a potential to like Japan. The border closure not only made many tourists who had plans to visit Japan upset, but it also will make them more cautious of Japan at least for the next few years. See in context

The sadness of it all is that citizens of Japan are welcome to visit most countries in the world, but do not allow others into their own.

Personally, I don't blame the J gov for this. I blame the western governments who did not reciprocate the travel ban on the Japanese. Had they done that, the public opinion here would have shifted to opening up the country due to the fact that the Japanese themselves couldn't travel.

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Posted in: Japan has disappointed many people who love Japan and have a potential to like Japan. The border closure not only made many tourists who had plans to visit Japan upset, but it also will make them more cautious of Japan at least for the next few years. See in context

Covid exposed all of Japan's always there xenophobia and lack of reciprocation. People may be willing to forgive and funnel their hard-earned paychecks into Japan's tourism industry but they definitely won't be forgetting anytime soon how Japan upended so many university students' academic careers, kept families apart, and bathed in hypocrisy when it came to border control.

exactly! although I really doubt that people will forgive. I think its left a bad taste in people's mouths. I could be wrong.

Japan is back to square one. The amazing strides they made for tourism in the last seven years are all flushed in the toilet!

And unlike some, i believe that this is a permanent state of affairs.

I agree with the professor. I think there is now real concern about how Japan views foreign tourists, and how it will deal with them, both in day to day interactions, and the moment someone, somewhere on the planet catches something unusual, or a new variant emerges.

Personally, it's rekindled my desire to immigrate to Canada. I never thought I would see that level of xenophobia here. Not to this level. I would not even think about coming to visit Japan if I was overseas. Now, I'm just keeping my head down and trying to find an avenue for immigration to Canada. Fingers crossed.

Some tourists will come, but it will take several years for others to forget about Japan making it difficult for visitors and even resident. Worse, in the meantime, the global economy is marching towards recession and depression over the next several years, and likely war. Few people will have the money to travel and global warfare will also reduce pleasure travel.

Opening up the to tourists properly, whenever Japan gets around to it, will help provide some badly needed foreign funds, but it won't be enough to save the sinking ship that is Japan. For that, the nation needs a complete makeover and a completely new government.

Agree 100%

The banning of returning permanent residents, students, and people working here did serious harm to the image of the country.

Absolutely! And I don't think the Japanese gov and the people here realize how much. And its certainly helped put S Korea on the map. When it comes to soft power, S Korea is already beating Japan to the punch.

The image of cool japan is dead in the water. And the Japanese are oblivious to it.

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Posted in: Japanese man sets himself on fire in apparent protest at Abe's state funeral See in context

Damn! And I thought I was vehemently opposed to the state funeral! Respect to this man!

Now if the rest of those who are against this memorial service, should look at this, get off their butts, and hit the streets in protest!

Dont let this man's protest be for naught!

Just to clarify- we don't all have to burn ourselves though right?

going out into the street with a verbal opposition is enough, no?

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Posted in: Kishida leaves for New York to deliver speech at U.N. General Assembly See in context

s amazing how we always see him traveling from one country to another while foreigners are generally not welcome to enter Japan due to its unreasonable restrictions.

Exactly!!

what does japan have to offer for people to invest in?

tax payer olympic money?

abenomasks?

non opened boarders

The lack of corona free foreigners but loaded with corona filled Japanese?

Exactly! The audacity of the J gov to call on the outside world to invest in Japan when Japan itself has shown itself to be nothing more than a hermit nation and closed to the outside. And they want foreign investment?? They are dreaming.

Not to dig up dirt but however since the end of the war Japan has undeniably proven to be incapable of being a world leader without the USA constantly telling the Japanese government what to do.

That's not leadership !

It's following !

well said!

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