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Posted in: Public support plunges for Abe See in context

It has been a relief to see Japan have a stable leader in Abe and IMO, he is doing a good job. However I disagree with his policies on three fronts:

The first pertains to this article of his support for expanding military role; the second is his support of the temporary workers bill, and the third is his support for nuclear energy.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for fatally stabbing man on street in Aichi See in context

CrazyJoe, ditto that. Recently, there was another case where a juvenile killed 3 people and his sentence was 4-8 years in prison. The consequences for juvenile here is too light to say the least.

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Posted in: China warns Japan against 'crippling regional peace' See in context

Great example of the pot calling the kettle black.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context

I would also add intrafamily homicides.

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Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup See in context

First, congrats to USWNT for soundly beating Nadeshiko Japan. They were more prepared and aggressive from the get go. Nadeshiko looked very disorganized, their usually crisp passing and lock down defense went AWOL. Though Nadeshiko had a great World Cup overall and Manager Sasaki has done a great job overall, I would put Manager Sasaki as the one responsible for the poor showing of Nadeshiko in the finals. After beating England in the semis, the words that came out of Sasaki's mouth made it seem like it was all over as he kept repeatedly saying, now it is time for the women (players) to enjoy themselves. The head of the team should not be saying such things, much less in public, after all, how many opportunities does a team have to vie for the championship?

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Posted in: Japan beats Australia 1-0 to advance to semifinal against England at Women's World Cup See in context

Nadeshiko Japan's dribbling technique, pin-point passing, team work, and discipline are truly world class. Their games have been a joy to watch. Would be great to see them play the US for all the marbles again. Go Nadeshiko!

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Posted in: Djokovic to face Nishikori in quarters; Murray and Serena withdraw See in context

Watched the game...Kei still has a long way to go before he can crack the top 3 consistently. But there are rays of hope!

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Posted in: Djokovic to face Nishikori in quarters; Murray and Serena withdraw See in context

Though Uniqlo wishes the best for both players, I hope this is the tourney Kei upends Djokovic.

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Posted in: Youth gets 5-9 years in prison for killing Mie schoolgirl See in context

Absolutely outrageous.

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Posted in: Japan's shinkansen best in world at safety, punctuality, tech, but not marketing See in context

Japan's Shinkansen is without doubt the best in the world all-round: safety, punctuality, speed, service, price. In the mass-transportation business, there is no such thing as too high a quality--the world will learn, unfortunately, through more human casualties.

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Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English See in context

Often, when a student doesn't like a subject, it is NOT because of the content (English in this case), but because of the way it is taught. In Japan, English is taught in such a way that any young person would not develop an affinity to it. Can't blame them on this.

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Posted in: Ex-Yankee Kuroda returns to Japan for 80% pay cut See in context

During his 7 years in MLB, Kuroda was a reliable pitcher who could deliver double digit wins. He was a work horse and a good team player. He was also smart. After his initial contract with the Dodgers, he sought 1 year contracts with bigger pays and when all was said and done, in 7 years, he made more than what Matsui made in 10 years in MLB. Word has it that he was offered between 16-18M for a 1 year contract by the Padres, but he turned that down to return to Japan. He felt it was time to come back and for him, time was more valuable than money.

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Posted in: A Japanese woman’s experience giving birth in U.S. See in context

Medical care in the US is notoriously high primarily because of 2 factors:

1) The insurance premiums paid in the event of lawsuits 2) By law, they (hospitals) cannot turn away any patient (irrespective of their immigration status) who comes through emergency

On the contrary, in Japan, hospitals can turn away patients for whatever reason, and I have heard of cases where patients have died because they did not have any hospital to accept them.

From this perspective, America is a humanitarian country.

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Posted in: 19-year-old girl arrested for killing 77-year-old woman in Nagoya See in context

jpntdytmrow, I second that. The apparent religious group this girl was involved with was Jehovah's Witness.

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Posted in: JOC officials 'astonished' by Tomita's theft denial See in context

From the outside looking in, I believe there is some credence with his denial...what motive would he have of stealing a camera? When was the last time a Japanese stole a camera--bakachon or digital? Just another thought.

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Posted in: Gov't says volcanic eruption will have no impact on nuclear restarts See in context

The denial continues...

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Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final See in context

Go Nishikori Go. Be the first Asian/Japanese to win a Grand Slam!!

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Posted in: Nishikori beats No. 3 seed Wawrinka to reach U.S. Open semifinals See in context

Nishikori is a fighter who never gives up! If memory serves me correct, he has beaten Djokovic (in Shanghai) but not Murray...well, there's always a first for everything. Keep it up Kei!

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Posted in: All-nighter See in context

Nishikori won in a marathon 5 sets around 3am!!

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Posted in: Another setback for Kagawa at Man United See in context

For the sake of his career, better to move to a team where he can play regularly. As professional athletes, very difficult to improve when you are not playing.

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Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone See in context

She should be tried as an adult.

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Posted in: Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested See in context

Thank God for her recovery and hope that she will be able to recover emotionally as well. What an alert and aware mother of writing down the license number of the car. Our world could use more news like this!!

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Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine See in context

Today, we live in a VUCA world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.

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Posted in: Argentina beat Netherlands in penalty shootout to reach World Cup final See in context

Great game with a great ending...good to see Argentina moving on. The last time Argentina won was 28 years ago, and the last time Germany won was 24 years ago...will be an epic final but would be good to see Argentina win. @tmarie...could agree with you more...the Dutch players need to control their anger better. FIFA should allow refs to issue technical fouls (yellow cards) to players who demonstrate their anger/frustration like they do in the NBA and MLB.

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Posted in: Germany inflict historic 7-1 defeat on Brazil See in context

Germany held a clinic with precision and ruthlessness. Though I was rooting for Brazil, gotta hand it off to Alemania as every World Cup, they come prepared, leave everything on the pitch, and have yet to hear of them complain or blame after their departure. Would be good to see them win since 1990.

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Posted in: Japanese referee a candidate for World Cup final See in context

Now that we have seen many world cup games and lots and lots of "bad" calls by the refs, in hind-sight and comparatively speaking, Nishimura did a pretty decent job!

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Posted in: Neymar injury bombshell rocks Brazil See in context

The last 25 minutes of the game no doubt got out of control. The refs could have done a better job. So sorry to see Neymar out of the World Cup with Brazil still in it. What is equally a loss--not in terms of skill, but in terms of leadership--will be the absence of Thiago Silva, the captain who is also the glue that keeps them all together. Get well Neymar!

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Posted in: Belgium holds on to beat U.S. 2-1 in extra time See in context

Sad to see the US team exit but yes, Belgium was the better team. Echo John Becker...Howard was the player of the game...he sure earned his keep tonight! Go USA Soccer...don't mind what Ann C says.

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Posted in: Germany edge Algeria 2-1 in extra time See in context

Algeria played very well and their keeper, Rais was out of this world! Sorry to see them depart.

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Posted in: Sayonara See in context

Samurai Blue...thanks for your hard work and efforts this time around!

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