An 'expert' on TV's Cool Japan once said that the Japanese use mascots to take the edge of issues that are difficult, uncomfortable, strict by nature, or, in this case, an inconvenient truth.
Let's take Moonraker's point by striving to reduce, reuse or recycle current mascots.
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70 percent of surveyed foreigners said they found it easy to grasp the meaning of the new symbol...
As a starting point... What is the percentage of foreigners that found it easy to grasp the meaning of the OLD symbol ? Revealing this would probably highlight what a waste of time and money this has all been.
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No one should be surprised, this is what you get when an 'outsider' looks in on how Japan Inc. usually does business. Tantamount to fraud given Tokyo's initial bid cost estimates.
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... the projected cost for the original Sea Forest venue on Tokyo Bay soared to nearly 50 billion yen ($480 million), seven times the initial estimate...
Say whatever you want during the bidding to get the games, then reveal the actual costs without any recourse. No accountability whatsoever and all this 'construction' - in the case of rowing and canoeing - just to see who can go from point A to B across water the fastest...
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"... some worried about how certain social norms of the geographically, and at times socially, insular nation will be perceived by the international community... "
I'm all for indoor ban and price increase, but health should be the prime mover in these changes rather than concerns about how Japan may be perceived. With so many goals and targets, 2020 is shaping as a massive year.
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This case is so sad and wrong in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start... Can't begin to imagine the pain of the husband, family and friends.
"The private detective involved, Hirotoshi Kohama, 61, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years, in January 2015." ...
But this detective knowingly perpetrates fraud, for a price, which in turn results in murder. He is complicit in her murder, aided and abetted, yet is currently free to walk the streets.
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More money wasted on an election... can't his deputy just assume the role of international jet-setting art researcher until the current term expires ?
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Despite his earnings, he still took these liberties with excessive expenses...
How about the bonus being kept as a down payment on what he will pay back ? He wants a lawyer to point out where he 'may' have done wrong - his moral compass is non-existent.
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Where would this end ? An apology in Nagasaki also ? For those in Tokyo, too, for the fire-bombings ?
He's going as a symbolic gesture in line with his hope for a nuclear weapons-free world, this is enough.
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Let's all hope that the recent quakes in Kumamoto will be deemed 'massive' enough for a delay.
Using Aso's 'logic', if the tax is raised and then a massive quake hits, will it be reversed ? If such an event is good enough reason for a delay, then it should also qualify as a reason for a reversal.
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“It’s just a way to say you did something when you did very little,”
Unique hospitality and a perfect mantra for the hosts themselves on so many fronts
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Ah, they were 'consulting fees'... Reminds me of those Olympus Games
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This is a great opportunity for Japan to learn about where they sit in many walks of life. While reading it, I was reminded of other examples of Japan's complacency - most prominent of which being the electronics industry and the failure of companies here to counter the rise of Korean competitors.
Or Sony in the last decade - being first-to-market with music players only to be trumped by Apple. The Sony Walkman was a fantastic comercial success, but the late 70's are a long time ago and the rules and players are different.
While on the international sporting stage, I often get the feeling Japan are going to lose a football match when... they score first. Their psyche to get to number 1 or in front is admirable but thereafter, adapting to or reading changes in 'the game' - sporting, industrial or otherwise - leaves them soul-searching.
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Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence' ...
If so, then foreigners should avoid mixing with the locals.
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"But I hope they’ll learn a lesson and do their best next time"...
I hope the 31 billion yen will be spent on more immediate needs, say, those in Kumamoto and Tohoku, rather than this funding black hole.
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" ... watching as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub... "
As Farmboy notes, the US/South Korea don't know where the sub is = 'missing' from their point of view. As stated, 50 of North Korea's 70 subs 'disappeared' from South Korean radar last August.
Or, the US are, in fact, observing an actual North Korean search for one of their 'rusting diesel submarines'. If this the case, it's a sad state of affairs that those on board may not have the assistance of the international community for rescue.
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Does Fukui have a police force ?
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"... our own rigorous Code of Conduct."
Time and time again their conduct has been found wanting. The lack of regulation in Japan has Japan Inc left wanting when operating abroad - too many kibishii laws that actually have some teeth, at least in terms of something that all companies understand, dollars.
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Glad they are being cautious... Take your time to look under the carpet because we all know how well Olympus and Toshiba cooked the books.
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The Untouchables, too ... what a humble legend
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Japan has apologized for something they have destroyed all records of
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Great service and friendly staff, just wish management would fit all vehicles with hands-free phone technology.
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Gray knit cap... I think I've seen that guy. I can't wait to read him say that he wanted to know what it would feel like to hit a high school boy with a shopping basket... Or, that he was drunk.
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Congratulations Korea. Regarding the behaviour of 3rd placed Japan and broadcasters, I've noticed the kind of petulant attitudes mentioned above at my local J-League soccer stadium. If the home team scores a goal, replays galore on the big screen, and if the visitors score... a blank screen accompanied by deafening silence - save for that visiting penned-in pocket of party poopers. Just saving power for Tohoku, I guess.
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What's wrong with using the logo that was used in the bidding process ? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bids_for_the_2020_Summer_Olympics#/media/File%3ATokyo_2020_Olympic_bid_logo.svg
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