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Posted in: Temples in western Japan wooing foreign travelers See in context

The Buddha never charged admission. Why is a company and not the temples themselves creating this project? Is their goal Profit or providing a cultural/spiritual experience? Giving people a futon to sleep on, providing them with meager meals and instructing them on how to clean a garden, copy a sutra or sit in zazen shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Charging them to do this is simply not Buddhist. Remuneration should come from donations made by the guests, not expensive fees.

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Posted in: Takarazuka all-woman troupe producing musical about Abe Lincoln See in context

Can't help but wonder if there's going to be any historically accurate information presented and how they plan to present African Americans. Could be some real racial faux pas committed here. Japanese in general are not known for their racial sensitivities.

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Posted in: Mission at Hiroshima's dome: Saving blasted bits of history See in context

**The nuking of H&N was the most disgusting and cowardly war crime ever committed."

The South Koreans have a different view of the bombing as they see it as Divine Retribution!

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki wartime atomic bombings were "divine punishment" on Japan, a South Korean newspaper has claimed.

The* article stated that the 1945 nuclear bombs were justified as a response to Japan's lethal experiments on humans during the War.

"God often borrows the hand of a human to punish the evil deeds of men," the paper said in an anonymous comment piece.

Referring to the activity of Unit 731, the infamous Japanese biological and chemical research facility that carried out the experiments, the article read: "The cries (of the unit's victims) reached heaven and the bombs were dropped on Tokyo and the atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

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Posted in: Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo See in context

“I would like to take this opportunity to state that his claims are completely groundless.” Strange that he doesn't deny the fact that his logo looks exactly like the one from the theater.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for killing 72-year-old bedridden husband See in context

This incident is just the tip of the iceberg. There must be a vast number of people in Japan with invalid elderly parents or spouses at home that require care-givers and constant attention. One must be a Bodhisattva in training to be so self-less as to put the needs of others above their own. May God help those who are trying to do the right thing.

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Posted in: Kei Nishikori trades racket for a sword in Nissin ad See in context

Too bad he's agreed to advertise a product (cup noodles) that has been proven to be extremely unhealthy. Wish he would show a little more class and concern in choosing what products to identify with.

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges See in context

No-thing is inherently good or bad, but thinking about it makes it so. The prosecutors are seeing a reflection of their own mind.

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Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture' See in context

Abe is the quintessential politician - says one thing while doing the other. Looking at the recent revisions and resolutions he's rammed through the Diet, it's obvious Japan is preparing for war. As for "removing war culture from peoples' hearts," that is simply not possible. War, or violence, is human nature. One need only to look at mankind's history to realize that. When has there not been war? How many wars are being waged around the world right now?

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Posted in: What's wrong with the way English is taught in Japan? See in context

where's the friggin article?

Moderator: It is simply a topic which we are asking readers to comment on. And never mind the "friggin." Such expressions have no place in a discussion among mature adults.

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Posted in: Ai Iijima's last days shrouded in mystery See in context

In my humble and uninformed opinion, she died of AIDS. She quit the "geinokai" to protect her privacy. Why else would she had quit at the height of her popularity? Her health was failing, hair and teeth were falling out, and she wasn't able to go out and talk to or meet people like a normal person. Overall, a remarkable life! She was refreshing and absolutely beautiful, especially when she was young before she had her operations.

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