CardinalRed comments

Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West? See in context

No. Japanese thought processes are firmly linked to their past history. Their history is one of isolation and different ways of considering things. Painting with a broad brush here; —- Japanese folk do not directly face changes. One way you can see this is Japanese generally see no real need to speak English.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

What I saw was smiles all around. Genuine interest and friendship. Haters gotta hate. Deranged. It is OK to have a disagreement or another opinion, but hatred and name calling belittles oneself.

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Posted in: Would former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest be a factor in whether or not you decide to buy a Nissan car in the future? See in context

Nissan, guilty until proven innocent. Same predicament as Ghosn.

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

This is hostage justice. I am sure the prosecution and judges will want this all finished before the Olympics. Not to sully Japan’s reputation.

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Posted in: Ghosn indicted on aggravated breach of trust charge See in context

Shame on Japan. This is not right. Likely they will try to sweep this under the rug before the Olympics.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

..And it is not just peculiar words, but complete explanations that are incorrect. Things copied for one place that are not the same explanation in another place. — Needed to get some train tickets at JTB office, but there were no tickets at every office as the English explanation said. The correct JTB office was miles away and I was on foot.

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Posted in: Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings report since Ghosn's arrest See in context

Good!

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Posted in: Girl's cry for help in school questionnaire shown to abusive father before her death See in context

Heads should roll......people lose their jobs and be made an example of what not to do!

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Posted in: Pan roasting chicken produces moist meat and crisp skin See in context

Even juicer cooked in pressure cooker. Oops, that is KFC.

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Posted in: Ohtani, facing Tommy John surgery, has big night at plate See in context

I do not understand why people are puzzled over this, the type of forkball he throws is “famous” for putting a lot of stress on the elbow ligament. This forkball is very hard to hit, however almost no MLB players have thrown it due to the injury potential. Look it up.

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Posted in: Best-selling Donald Trump expose hits bookstores in Japan See in context

Lots of fiction in this book.

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Posted in: Meryl Streep: 'I wasn't deliberately silent' on Weinstein See in context

A very gifted actress ..... and hypocrite!

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Posted in: What do you think of when you hear the words "Cool Japan?" See in context

The folks in Japan who need their ego's stroked. Japanese folks need reassuring that their culture is good (when in fact, there are lots of problems).

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Posted in: Japanese banks tighten security after Y1.8 bil taken from 7-Eleven ATMs See in context

Well........ A max of 50,000 yen! Yes, gonna be a problem for visitors. Yes, as gogogo says, in 2020 they'll be living on the street. A warm welcome, NOT.

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Posted in: AKB48 to hold concerts at Universal Studios Japan every day starting in July See in context

Nothing written on the English version website about AKB. In fact the English site is hard to understand.

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Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact? See in context

Over the ages of time the earth has cooled and warmed --- before mankind ever had a chance to make it's mark. Looking at the hard data, the earth IS now warming a bit. Seems to be no direct relationship to humans because we are generally too puny to effect things much. The sun among things has the power to make vast temperature changes.

First, what IS alarming is how many scientists are trying to profit, either economically, socially or politically, from telling the false story of man-made global warming. I know at the major university where I work, the story changed; initially it was carbon dioxide that was the culprit and now nitrogen dioxides are the problem that man has created. Meanwhile the researchers are getting lots of funding from us taxpayers.

Second, the politicians are using the excuse of man-made global warming to redistribute incomes world-wide.

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Posted in: Are Japanese losing empathy for 3/11 victims? See in context

In my opinion folks in Japan often fail at genuine empathy. Saying hang-in-there or do your best is not really empathetic. (Of course I am painting with a broad brush here, not all Japanese are the same)

From here in the US my family and I watched the events of 3/11 and even though we had jobs and commitments, we later made a trip to Japan to at least see Tohoku and show solidarity. And at that time we could not get our Japanese friends interested in visiting the areas even though they were traveling in parts of Tohoku with us.

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Posted in: Japan-born sumo wrestler wins title for 1st time in 10 years See in context

He was pretty amazing!

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Posted in: Michael Moore 'invades' Europe to teach us all some lessons See in context

If Moore likes Europe so much, he should stay there. And don't come back!

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Posted in: If Hillary Clinton were to be elected U.S. president next year, would that be good for Japan? See in context

No. She is a liar. Will do or say anything if it helps her in the end.

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Posted in: What are some of the challenges that you've encountered when traveling in Japan? See in context

.... Well , lots of frustrations. I've had a great time over six trips but;

Yen travelers checks purchased in US - cannot cash in Japan banks, except at few in Tokyo! They'd never seen them, no policy, much sucking of wind through teeth. Cannot be done.

Cannot use my numerous US credit cards in many places. Waiting for Post Office to open to get cash. Post closed before I returned to town.

Where is the Wi-Fi? Had to rent a portable unit.

Rules, rules, rules and no bending of the rule for any reason (see above Yen travelers checks)

No foreigner in my taxi/restaurant, etc

Folks here feel no need or reason to learn English, although they think they are a part of the world order.

No high quality cold medicine allowed in country, need Dr's permit for other medicines --- no problem for the same situation for Japanese visiting US.

Could move to Japan, but; how to open bank account, how to get someone to sell me there empty home?? Received a credit card offer, but no, you are foreigner, cannot be done.

Name on ID (Passport, etc.) does not match local documents; romaji VS katakana VS English on documents --- rules say cannot complete the "deal" . Middle name & initial problems on documents, not matching. Paperwork is designed for Kanji names (space on paper allowed)

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd is asking for cash donations to help finance its anti-whaling campaign. Are you going to donate? See in context

Not a third choice here: Hell No !

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