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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context

I prefer them answering in English to standing there blinking with an uncomprehending look on their faces.

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Posted in: Kei Nishikori finishes the year ranked No. 5 in the world tennis rankings. Do you think he can reach the No. 1 spot in the future? See in context

Sure he can make number one. He got this far didn't he? Anything's possible.

But sports commentators need to get away from the excuses 'He's too short' (187cm is not short), 'He doesn't have the reach', or other ethno-centric copouts. Likewise when he finally does make they shouldn't attribute it to some ethereal quality such as 'yamato damashi'. The other number ones made it that far without it didn't they? Dude made the final of the US open. Nishikori wouldn't have got in at all if he was that handicapped.

He's a good player, he has a real shot, and I say good luck to him, on those merits alone.

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Posted in: Gov't to release flight, other info on anyone suspected of being infected with Ebola See in context

That's great because in uber-tolerant Japan there's no way that individual won't be stigmatized for life, 'miright?

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Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility See in context

PandabelleNOV. 04, 2014 - 10:42AM JST Before you hit me with a flurry of thumbs down as I know some of you will, I am not making a statement at all about the content of his opinions. They are his private opinions and he is entitled to say what he wants, and I applaud him for saying it.

BUT: Is there a reason a novelist making private comments makes international news? It's so weird.

Why does the media treat Japan so strangely? One person says this, so this is how it must be? I can't think of any other country in the world where the international reporting is so narrow in focus. Do other novelists say similar things? Different things? Where is the context?

The context, Pandabelle is the national silence on the matter whenever the wartime apologists come out. The media rarely offers an opinion contrary to the right-wing line. Celebrities risk their careers by talking politics. Well they should, as many a statesman and academic has seen his/her career fall victim over the years to the drive toward revisionism. That such a prominent Japanese citizen should speak out against the Party Line, is big news, because few others dare to contradict.

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Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility See in context

Do you think this will make it onto NHK or will the govt gag-order on any negativity over the war apply?

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Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper See in context

Though I'm not a fan of chaos, It's good to see the inkeeper standing up to bullies. Because that's what these little punks are. They sneer and act tough and finish every adjective with 'ei' and everyone just stands down because of harmony or a fear of confrontation. They feed off that and it makes them feel bigger and stronger.

One summer afternoon in downtown Sapporo I saw two kids on one bike, slowly weaving left and right, blocking both lanes of traffic and slowing everyone down. Not one horn was honked. They then had the nerve to straddle the line revving away while waiting at the lights, and again, nobody even confronted them. Everyone allowed themselves to be intimidated by these 'kusogaki'.

If people would stand up to the punks they'd think twice. In almost any city in Australia or NZ, someone would drag them off their bikes before the police even arrived.

Good on him.

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Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show See in context

I watched the show - overtime too - and I don't think Affleck was wrong. However what he was doing was putting up a straw man: the other guests, and Maher, repeatedly pointed out they were talking about an extremist minority, and Affleck kept going on about how that doesn't relate to all Muslims. He had a point, but it was not really the point of the conversation. It was like they were having two different debates.

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Posted in: Obuchi being touted as Japan's first female PM See in context

If the LDP and the media are touting her maybe that's their plan all along. A sneaky way to keep pushing their conservative agenda: put a young female face on it while the old men keep making their dirty deals in smokey back rooms.

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Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf See in context

Have these tired old men got more important things to worry about. Honestly they should just fire everyone over 60 and set a reserved number of seats for women for the next twenty years till this virulent conservative cancer has been removed from Japanese politics.

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Posted in: N Korea beats Japan in women's soccer to win gold at Asian Games See in context

The usual excuses will come forth: intestines not long enough, legs too short, not enough miso soup before the game. Or perhaps the old staple that Koreans are more aggressive because they eat meat...

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Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan? See in context

While 'anywhere is a target' I think it's more fashionable for Jihadists to attack America and the west - so-called 'christian' nations with whom they think they have the biggest bone to pick.

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Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State See in context

No surprise. ISIL is a magnet for crazies worldwide. Every loser, psychopath and people who couldn't pass the army psych exam but is just itching to kill, only needs to 'convert to Islam' and go over there and they'll give him a gun an let him fulfill his fantasies - or likely die in the attempt. They're drawing malcontents and nutters from all corners of the globe.

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Posted in: Murder suspect seen walking behind girl in camera footage See in context

rickyveeSEP. 25, 2014 - 03:06PM JST this is one of the few times where people should turn a blind eye while the police "question" him for several weeks.

No need Ricky. They've got the DNA and they'll find enough more. He's done for.

As for the police they need to learn to rely on proper police work, not 'interrogations' and forced confessions, no matter how heinous the crime.

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Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture' See in context

He could start by admitting Japan's past mistakes and offering a definitive apology; stop visiting their war criminals at Yasukuni and stop denying the facts.

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Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly See in context

Clearly choosing a 65 year old male LDP member for a 'gender equality' role is an attempt to sabotage the effort from the outset. It's not even lip service. Even if they wanted to fool the public into think they'd do something about it they wouldn't have chosen such a person. His very appointment is giving a middle-finger to any sort of progress, and they must have known this.

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Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans See in context

The Osaka bar found in 2004 that Nova was in breach of the law when it forced teachers to sign no-dating clauses in their contracts. Several teachers were transferred or dismissed for relationships with students. All were awarded compensation by the courts. IIRC Nova was ordered to retract the clause in contracts but continued to keep it in there at least till the crash of 2007.

They may still do so, anyone know about that?

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Posted in: Sony develops new camera for taking images in dark See in context

The Chikans are going to have a field day with this...

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Posted in: Video showing convenience store workers being forced to kowtow to thugs leads to one arrest See in context

A friend once told me it's not the rich customers who cause headaches, it's the ones who think they're rich. Guess this goes for 'gangsters' too.

Honestly dunno what I'd do if given the choice between Dogeza and 21 days in the slammer. Without a gun to my head I guess I' have to throw myself at the mercy of the police.

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Posted in: Pick two fingers See in context

It's kinda lame that someone who denies the comfort women would be the host for a conference on women's issues. Just goes to show the disconnect that old conservative en have with reality in this country.

The world will judge on deeds not lip service.

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Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports See in context

It7s good Asahi has owned up to the false report. Unfortunately it gives the right wing a chance to seize on Asahi's comfort women reportage as 'the only source' and claim it has been discredited. No, just that one story. the rest of the rather large body of historical evidence out there is still solid.

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Posted in: Ehime’s new women’s prison decorated powder pink 'to relieve feelings of oppression' See in context

To those who say it's a 'waste of money' it actually shouldn't cost any more than the usual construction or maintenance budget. A prison has to have walls. Those walls need to be painted. Eventually they'll need to be repainted. I couldn't care less what color it is.

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Posted in: China's top leaders remember victory over Japan See in context

Yes, this is political grandstanding by China. However if Japan had properly acknowledged its wartime crimes China wouldn't have nearly so much to bleat about.

And if Japanese leaders can continue to commemorate over a thousand war criminals as 'heroes' who fought for the 'glory' of Japan's 'greatness' then at least China should be permitted to happily remember the day they became FREE from the yoke of Japanese imperial aggression.

Anyone can see which cause is nobler.

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Posted in: World events endanger Obama legacy See in context

I find it laughable that Republicans are always complaining that it's not America's job to save the world then go on about Syria and the Arab Spring all being Obama's 'legacy'.

He arrived at a time of chaos, crises and insecurity. Some of that caused by the previous administration(s), some affected by his, and a lot caused by factors that have nothing to do with the US and that the US is largely powerless to affect the outcome of anyway.

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Posted in: Gory Japanese war film shocks, thrills Venice film festival See in context

If he wanted to show the 'futility of war', rather than focus on the victimhood of a presumably patriotic Japanese soldier, perhaps he should have addressed the brutality with which Japan treated the people it conquered and the allied POWs.

Really until the country can admit its fault in the war it hasn't earned the right to dwell on its own suffering.

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Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban See in context

Subsidizing a failing industry for the sake of kickbacks, sorry...'national pride'. Or is that nationalist pride?

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Posted in: New Gender Equality Minister See in context

LOL, being the LDP I half expected them to choose a man.

Didn't they once appoint a man to the new women's affairs post in the 1990's?

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Posted in: Will a summer vacationer bring back Ebola to Japan? See in context

Now they have a new 'quick test drug' I guess they'll be rolling it out at the airports. Of course Japan being Japan they'll probably eschew the logical course of testing everyone that lands from west Africa (including Japanese BTW) and just test every black person that comes through regardless of embarkation point.

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Posted in: J-pop group Chubbiness releases first music video See in context

Same garbage as all the other idol bands, just with a few more pounds. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

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Posted in: Abe sent support message to war criminal memorial service in April See in context

Japanese leaders play for the home audience. they know they control the media and history books here and think it's fine to lie to their own people. So the whole world is wrong about history and Japan alone is right huh? Let these politicians get up on the world stage, in front of the UN and deny Japan's wartime guilt. They'll be laughed off the stage.

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