A few pictures might have helped garner some interest in preserving this part of the national heritage.
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There is a curious distinction in this article between "Japan" and "elderly people." Are elderly people no longer part of Japan or are there two nations?
Of course banking interests want a "cashless" society; at each transaction a little money flows into their coffers and that adds up greatly.
On the whole, people with plastic cards instead of cash spend more and risk credit card debt with obscene interest payments.
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The practice in international affairs has always been that leaders meet with leaders and subordinates meet with subordinates, but even here Trump had to make it about himself. Of course, he cannot comprehend any world event more cataclysmic than an embarrassment for Donald Trump.
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I have just read the article again and I don't get: any water tap is a "refill station." I've been refilling for years and have never found myself in a place in Japan, rural or urban, in which refilling was even slightly inconvenient.
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Don't worry; the tap water in Japan is very good and indeed tastes better than a lot of bottled water. The whole bottled water thing began in the States with an author who was plugging his own brand and later went to jail for fraud. Much of the bottled water there is less pure than tap water except, of course, in places like Flint, Michigan.
There's a lot of money being made in the bottled water industry, much of it from false or misleading claims of nonexistent health benefits and also of health dangers.
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Two interesting points here. Yes, carrying that amount of cash is not unusual here in Japan. When we bought our house, the bank that loaned us the money gave it to me in cash: I was very nervous, to say the least, until I got to the seller.
Another difference is that news in the United States regularly celebrates those who turn in lost money instead of stealing it. The assumption there seems to be that normal people are criminals and the exceptional are not.
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There are a couple of misconceptions here. The flag pictured is the Japanese naval ensign, not a "colonial" flag or "war" flag. Many navies, including South Korea's have ensigns separate from national flags. The British ensign is well-known; it is a white flag with a red cross of Saint George quartered by the Union Jack. What is odd is that Japanese fans would think to carry a navy flag at sporting events in place of the national flag.
The second misconception is that this flag would have been familiar to Koreans not serving in the Japanese Navy during the colonial period. The average Korean certainly would have had occasion to see and resent the Japanese Imperial Army flag, but not the navy's. The army flag was similar, but the sun was centered while the ensign's sun is placed towards the hoist. In short, the Koreans are complaining about the wrong flag.
Having said that, I still that the ensign's use should be restricted to its proper and honorable role on the ships that defend us. In a time when one can no longer depend on the United States, and faced with a bellicose and possibly mentally unstable regime in North Korea as well as a China threatening territorial aggrandizement against weaker nations in the Pacific, unity of purpose between Japan and the Republic of Korea is essential. Rebuilding that unity should not be diverted by pointless squabbles that demean both nations.
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I hope that the fish are safely dead before shipping. We've had enough problems with escapees such as the nutria. Oh yes, Mr. Goode: Minke whale tastes great.
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The question is really camaflage for a larger question: does Japan wish to take sides in a dispute between Saudi Arabia, backed by the US, and Iran? To put it more simply: does Japan wish its policy to be dictated by John Bolton and Donald Trump?
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wo only vaguely related points.
The constitutional prescription against female emperors was written by the American occupation forces, as indeed was the entire constitution. It has had only one postitve aspect, that of economy. In Britain, all the members of the royal family, male and female, are supported by the taxpayers, so there is a growing bill - royals, apparently, don't come cheap. In Japan, once a female member marries, she receives a family name, becomes a Japanese citizen and loses the state subsidy, keeping state expenditure on the imperial family relatively small. Obviously, this is no justification for preventing the accession of an empress; it is, however, a problem to be faced.One contributor brought up the question of the emperor as god - a common interest among westerners who think of a god in the Abrahamic sense. When I suggested that the emperor might not be a god, my wife was rather upset, pointing out that if the emperor is not a god then neither are her parents and neither will she be, or me, for that matter. She also suggested that an old sneaker can be a god and she was not joking.
As for me, I honor all the gods, wherever I am.
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If the goal is to discourage drivers from driving on certain routes at certain times, the variable toll system will only work if most drivers have the option of driving at different times or on different routes. Unfortunately, this is not the case: emplyers are not going to refigure personel schedules and deliveries still must be made on time. The only way that it could work is for all businesses in the area, from giant corporations to family shops to reschedule their times and coordinate that rescheduling with all other businesses. Oh, and free buses everywhere and at every time would help, too.Failing that, what you will have is a new transport tax, the cost of which will inevitably be passed along to consumers in Tokyo.
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Try Minke fried like chicken - a tempura batter will do - marvelous!
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Train crews are prepared for all sorts of incidents but wow, I bet the driver was surprised...
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The reality that we have always faced is that, in any thermonuclear exchange that hits China or Russia, wind patterns would guarantee the death of the Japanese people.
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Our prayers are for the souls of the victims.
By the way - about the reporting - why is the English translation of the criminal's words written as "I'm gonna kill you," instead of "I'm going to kill you?" Is there some idiomatic Japanese that the reporter wished to convey in English?
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Over and over again Trump attempts to convince the American people that he is somehow part of the imperial transition. That he happens to be the first national leader to visit His Imperial Majesty since the accession to the throne was the decision of the Prime Minister, and not the Emperor. His visit is not something that has not happened for two hundred years; indeed it is an event of minimal importance. Fox News, by the way, is claiming that Trump is the first American to give a trophy for Sumo - am I alone in having fond memories of the Pan Am Cup?
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Surely the university already welcomes those intending to become priests as well as the monks mentioned in the article? Woud it also be possibile to enroll lay people, perhaps internationally, wishing degrees in theology and comparative religion?
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Christ- another! "eventually," not "eventuially."
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Correction - "permanent," not" permanet." Looks like I'm getting spelling tips from the Donald.
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I asked a policeman your question once. He told me that they avoided arresting bosozoku because most of them eventuially quit the gangs, get married and go on to normal lives. This would not be possible if they had arrest records. It makes sense; in the United States, at least, there is permanet underclass of people forever burdened by records of offenses committed years before.
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What's the point? The pleasure of coffee is the pleasure of coffee in a nice china cup and saucer as part of morning service at friendly coffee shop.
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I"ve been here for quite a while and I can't recall any time that women or children seemed reluctant to enter convenience stores.
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The purpose of the IWC is to help the whaling business, not Greenpeace. Countries that have no stake in the whaling industry should not belong.
The minke species is not endangered; it is officially graded as "of least concern" in regard to species survival: the same rating as the Norwegian rat, the common cockroach and Homo sapiens.
The threats to the environment are real and deserve our full attention. By mixing boutique issues that are easily shown to be false yet are favored over more complex and serious issues by wealthy and unthreatened dillitantes, Greenpeace risks putting in doubt the reality of the crisis that our planet is facing.
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What? Already fifty-one and only one child? Since, by her own statement, the function of women is to be brood sows for men, her life has not been very "productive," has it?
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Surely, at her age, humanity will understand if the world's grandmother is indisposed with the flu or something during the creep's visit.
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Either the headline needs changing or the chart needs an explanatory caption. The chart, as read, would be assumed to be an affirmative answer to the headline's rhetorical question and negate the information contained in the story.
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