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Posted in: Abe to become Japan's 7th PM in 6 years after landslide LDP win See in context

Things won't be better with the same bureaucratic system and the same public. The pole survey for the prime minister will drop and there will be complaints to hammer him down. There will be a change for the prime minister, while the rest of the world takes different ways.

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Posted in: 5 LDP candidates, in 2nd debate, push for hard line with China See in context

The issue of East China Sea islands is one explicit topic to attract people's attention. The people here often mention this and they are saying badly against the Chinese and stuff. This directly associates the coming election. The problem is neither LDP nor the currently dominant political party is capable of handling this type of issue. Both the politicians and citizens do not have long term perspectives even if many of them have high IQ. This is a cultural thing and the same was true with how they were during the WW2. They were lacking in strategies.

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Posted in: Honda's cumulative worldwide hybrid vehicle sales reach 800,000 units See in context

good news.

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Posted in: Man in underwear swims palace moat 'to meet emperor' See in context

hahahaha. i like this news... about a guy not having a clear political motive did this tough swimming job, and he ended up being stopped by the security.

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Posted in: Errors result in highest ever number of entrance exams retakers See in context

the system is coming to not workiing every year. it's getting worse. i observe it each year and think of japan and japanese getting worse. i took this exam in 1989, when there was no such thing as the internet or cell phones. nobody around me was using even word processor.

but we are in the globalized economy. the world has changed so much. they no longer are able to adapt to this system. - not just the system but the people's perception hasn't changed. look at them on the train or something when they are hitting books on english or some other stuffs. it's pathetic. their highest priority is set to nothing but english. gosh, it kills me. a lot more kids cheat the exam than kids 10 or 20 years back. exams are good, and so is this one. but the problem is the perception they have had on that, which has been just the same as decades ago. - now the world has changed, and the people has changed also. they are more likely to cheat on exams nowadays. meanwhile, they are still passive to learn things, which is a big side effect they have faced. they are so afraid to change.

there is a huge gap between the system and the people who are concerned with it. - and the gap is just getting even bigger each year i observe it. - but still, they are smart fellows, they are better than me. many call me i am idiot or something, and treat me that way.

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Posted in: 8 men arrested for smuggling gold from S Korea to Japan in rectums See in context

one of my old friends in college did a similar thing. he was cheating exams holding very small pieces of paper with notes written on them busily. he finally got caught on the spot by a professor, but he ate them all. he was saying "you can eat 7 pieces at a time. trust me. i did that." nowhere is more secure to keep a thing at than inside your body.

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Posted in: Body of naked man with genitals sliced off found in apartment See in context

I have heard of the same thing that happened a long time ago in Japan. The victim must have got a huge affection and hatred and all. - It's an extreme case of a love affair.

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Posted in: Prank calls made up over 20% of emergency calls in 2011 See in context

fareastfurfaroJan. 14, 2012 - 01:29AM JST

9110 is for non-emergency things. Too bad more people don't know about it (I didn't until the other day...)

Almost all of them wouldn't use this non-emergency number (9110). They want to be put in the first priority no matter how silly thing it is.

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Posted in: Prank calls made up over 20% of emergency calls in 2011 See in context

I have heard about a house wife calling 110 because she had a big argument with her husband. People can call 110 easily also when they want someone to speak with, or just want to have fun hanging up as soon as the phone is taken.

Look at those customers at Japanese stores or service companies. They are very rude and selfish, while the store clerks are always humiliated and self-denial. That has spoiled the people to be selfish and ignorant 2 year old kids.

This can happen to all generations. The middle-aged people or older are selfish. Stupid teenagers or 20 yr olds might be one charm, but stupid middled-aged or elderly will never be called that way.

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Posted in: Noda replaces 5 ministers in cabinet reshuffle See in context

useless. if reshuffle would work, the japanese government would have already been changed. it is bureaucrats that needs reshuffling. ministers are nothing more than puppets.

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Posted in: Most senior foreign exec quits Nomura See in context

the japan mansion is on fire but the people there haven't noticed and are still playing with toys like spoiled, ignorant kids.

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Posted in: 20-year-old cop arrested for allegedly molesting girl in Yokohama See in context

A Kanagawa police spokesman said Kobayashi’s actions were unforgivable and said the police would do their best to make sure a similar incident never happens again.

I have heard the same statement not just once from the Kanagawa police department. They have said the same thing and nothing has changed. I am at a loss for words. It's disappointing.

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Posted in: 20-year-old cop arrested for allegedly molesting girl in Yokohama See in context

where is the human conscience? where is the faith? where do we find good japanese individuals in this country?

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Posted in: Mercedes, Nissan to produce engines in U.S. See in context

badmigraineJan. 09, 2012 - 11:03AM JST Because the "significance" is only with respect to the Nissan/Daimler partnership. It's their most significant joint project so far.

Thanks for the answer!

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Posted in: Mercedes, Nissan to produce engines in U.S. See in context

I have a stupid question... Why is this expected to be a significant project? Why a project outside of Europe is going to be great news?

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Posted in: Noda in India on economic mission See in context

Hope other politicians and governmental officials will cooperate with him. They haven't been together all the time. Japanese citizens, too. (I know it's very difficult for them to perform because they don't think and behave with principles but with feelings.)

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies in Gunma house fire See in context

Leaving minor aged kids alone at home is pretty common in Japan. They don't think it's bad. They most likely make excuses saying "It is a good think kids stay by themselves at home, so they'll learn to be independent." - They would say it's a culture here, so get out of here.

If that's a culture here, then they must bring back other cultural stuff, such as neighbors take care of the kids in the vicinity, etc. But I know they would never want to do that. They will start saying, "It's a violation of privacy."

They have picked only what they like out of western culture. They haven't really got anything right.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Saitama See in context

I often think this will no longer be changed, it's a culture here.

I personally have an experience, 3 yrs ago or so in Saitama, there was a guy on a bike hit my daughter (she was 9 at that time) from her back when we were crossing a street. The traffic light was green and we were walking straight. The middled-aged guy with suits on ran away without looking back.

This tragedy reported here is only a part of it. They wouldn't be honest about many things. There are so many reckless people on a car, bike, as well as on foot.

The problem is each of them think they should be the first priority and they don't wait or let others go. And they seem to be rejecting any communication with others. Without this mind set being removed, this type of sad incident will be repeated many times.

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Posted in: Spiritual reminders See in context

This actually explains a lot.

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Posted in: Olympus says it did nothing illegal in controversial deals See in context

I don't see what's so wrong with this. It is because I have been in Japan for decades?

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Posted in: Japan to build floating wind farm near Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

good concept. i want to know more in details.

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Posted in: 2 dead, 5 missing as typhoon slams into western Japan See in context

I am in Aichi and I was able to get back home from work without an umbrella. It was raining on and off today. It's been windy and cloudy. Since yesterday, rain starts to fall all of a sudden with strong wind. And then it stops. Take care, you guys. Sign board and stuff might be blown off.

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Posted in: Why do you think that Christmas decorations and illumination displays are put up so early in Japan? See in context

Oh yeah? I don't see anything like that here in Toyota City...! I only see cars (mostly Toyotas), houses, apartments, konbinis and such.

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Posted in: Japan hikes taxes on cigarettes by 40% to curb smoking See in context

Still cheap... Cigarettes should be alot more expensive for more tax income.

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Posted in: We youngsters lack passion and ambition? Hardly See in context

There is a good reason for them to be like that. Passion and ambition don't work just like speaking to someone on the train or other public spots don't work a lot of times. It's a culture here.

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star See in context

“Restricting talented people is the biggest problem in the entertainment business in Japan,”

Right on, Erika-san. But this is not just about the entertainment business, but everything in this country.

And one more thing: She's too skinny... She has to eat a lot more.

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Posted in: S Koreans rally on Japanese colonial anniversary See in context

I personally think this attitude of the Koreans (and even Chinese) is one core strategy to work on the Japanese government and the Japanese nationals. I do not say it's good or bad because it should be a good tool for Koreans. As Japan becomes weakened, Koreans and Chinese would do it more to get their benefits. I can't predict the future but it may work more than it has ever made. But if those non-Japanese governments & nations do it badly, there's no more chance for them. Strong economy of Japan has helped the JP government be kept ok in appearance, which lasted for decades. This kind of conflict will last as long as the history goes on.

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Posted in: Man saves woman from train after she falls onto tracks See in context

this young man did it so great!

it was good that they (the girl and the boy) were both safe. i remembered, in the past, there were guys who lost theit lives, while trying help out a drunken man that fell down on a train track.

the girl should stay away from alcohol drinks from this day on. she was lucky she was so skiny as to be laid on the track to let the train pass over her. my wife wouldnt have been saved. (she doesnt drink though...)

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Posted in: Out for a walk See in context

whats the photographers intention?

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Posted in: Toyota unveils pint-sized hybrid concept car See in context

i like hearing this kind of news. cars appeal something to me. i get more motivated about my work.

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