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Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests See in context

As usual we don't get the whole story here. We even got a slanted version. After digging through the inter-webs I got to the protesters Facebook page and now I understand why they were against the display...or not. They feel that the painting was not represented well by the museum. It seems that the event didn't educate visitiors like it states, but just allow them to pose... exactly like the painting. Meaning, not understanding the culture but just dawning a costume and having fun playing dress-up. The protesters wanted the painting explained...These are their words from Facebook," WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS THE MFA INFORMING VISITORS ABOUT JAPONISME? About Monet’s personal collection of Japanese artifacts? Why not that Japan was an isolationist nation until 1854 when the United States forced Japan to open its borders at gunpoint, and that’s how japonisme got its start. Nor that japonisme is part of the larger narrative of Orientalism within the context of places colonized by Europe and the U.S. as a means to generate iconography that reinforces stereotypes that justifies imperialist domination and enslavement. Orientalism exoticizes (read: others, demeans and obscures) many cultures including South Asian, East Asian and Middle Eastern traditions, and resulting aggressive attitudes (both micro and macro) towards Orientalized peoples persist to this day. Also, what is the ‘better understanding’ they hope visitors to come away with? If the MFA wants to make a point about dressing up being a respectful and authentic cultural experience, then why call the event ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ when in fact the garment is an uchikake?"

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Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever See in context

If Japanese people were wild animals they would be at the "danger of extinction" level on the endangered species list. The population needs to curb the steep decline before they pass the point of no return.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl jumps to death from train platform See in context

As some of the above posts have said it's really hard to know if someone will commit suicide. Those who wish to die will die, there is very little you can do to stop them. That's why it's important for family members to talk. I'm not surprised by the mother's statement. Most Jr. high and high school students are busy seven days a week. They have class and then culb until 7 or 8 in the evening and then commute home. Where they usually eat dinner, take a bath and go to bed and wake up and repeat. I would be asking classmates or teammates what was happening, which is most likely what the police are doing. What a waste of a young life. R.I.P.

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Posted in: Wakayama's famous stationmaster cat Tama dies at 16 See in context

I remember this story... RIP little kitty.

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Posted in: Obama urges China to cool cyber, maritime tensions See in context

I think this is a case of "Don't do as I do, do as I say."

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Posted in: Congress hands Obama major win on trade legislation See in context

Here we are, the good idea of capitalism gone wild in a really bad way. I think it's time to kick the old guys out of Washington. This doesn't serve the people in anyway. It will make slave-wage labor the way to go and export most jobs to those areas... how does that help anyone. A very bad day for workers everywhere.

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Posted in: Abe calls on Putin to work toward Ukraine peace See in context

"Abe called on Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday to play a constructive role in finding “peaceful and diplomatic solutions” to the crisis in Ukraine..." Mr. Abe has done so well with the Russia-Japan territory problem that he believes he can change Putin's plan to annex the Ukraine. I think not.

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Posted in: Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise See in context

This is the time where the UN needs to have a real fighting force. If they placed three large training bases in each tribal region it would curb most of the fighting. The base would stabilize the region, with an economy, employment, education and medicine. People who can live well don't want to screw themselves.

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Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies See in context

I also think it should done. This is not the 1930s, people should show respect for their country. This is the nation that allows them to disrespect their government, flag, and anthem. For that alone they should show respect. The men an women who died building this country were not just those who fought in WWII. I always stand with my hands clasped together infront of me when I'm at an event where the national anthem is played, out of respect for the nation of Japan for giving me a job, a home, and a safe place to raise my children. The citizens of this country should at least appreciate those things. Stop living in the past, instead look to the future with the lessons learned from the past in mind.

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Posted in: U.S. woman attempting to row across Pacific rescued after SOS See in context

It's called a human endurance challenge for a reason. The woman who swam from Cuba to Florida tried about 12 times. It takes years of training to do these things. If she were to continue through the weather possibly damaging her boat or getting sick then the training and money would have been for nothing. Good call on her part. She still has her boat, health, and most of her supplies. I wish her luck on her next try. Why be normal?

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Posted in: Japanese firm sells human pillow cell phone holder See in context

Why that's not creepy at all... (o_o)

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Posted in: McDonald's to let parents, kids cook burgers at its stores See in context

I agree with most of the posts here the positive and the negative. I believe that McDs is looking to build a personal relationship with the children, or future customers. Once they have an emotional connection with the restaurant they will want to go there regardless of the press or public opinion. This is a transparent attempt at getting kids hooked on their junk food. With that said, I'm guilty of going there for a chicken burger where there is a time or money issue. I hate that they are the only real option for a burger, of any kind in Japan. I would rather pay extra and get the veggies, instead of just nasty meat and bread.

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Posted in: Cyclists knocked off bikes by car, then robbed in 2 incidents See in context

This is a very dangerous game the thieves are playing. One slip up and they will be wanted for murder instead of robbery. I hope the police catch them before it gets to that point. It is very common for office workers to go home late after late night drinking, unfortunately not by choice. I'm sure they would rather be safe at home in bed.

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Posted in: Working to death in Japan: Health warning over 'no overtime' law See in context

Supey11 Well said! Well said! Without drastic changes Japan and the culture are going to go the way of the dinosaurs. Nowadays companies are putting profit before all. That means that nothing will change. With Prime Minister Abe's plan it will accelerate the demise of an aging population. Sad, sad days ahead for Japanese workers.

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Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort See in context

That is an active volcanic area. The pressure is constantly being released by a man made ventilation system. Due to the earthquakes the ventilation system could become ineffective and cause a volcanic explosion. As it is now with the pressure being released if it erupts most likely it will only be a lava flow. But I would not like to gamble with either one.

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Posted in: One finalist for AKB48 draft this year is just 11 years old See in context

Shirley Temple lead a pretty normal life after stardom... yes there are positive points for the child, money for her future and education, great experiences, and a taste of fame. There are horror stories all over the place about child stars and the bad things that have happened to them... the stories are the same for normal children as well we just don't hear about it as much because there is not much money involved. I hope her parents watch her like a hawk and keep her safe from all forms of harm. Children are not mentally developed enough to make life changing choices, that's why she has parents to guide her and keep her safe. If my daughter wanted to do this I would keep her in my line of sight until she was in her 20's. If anyone got too close I would give the a friendly warning only one time. I'm not the meanest man in Japan but I would keep my daughter safe by any means necessary. That's a fact. Be famous, but be safe from creeps.. good luck to this young child.

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Posted in: Risa Yoshiki is back to yell at us, help us become better workers See in context

Ahhh...I like it... it gives me a funny feeling somewhere. Can I keep her?

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Posted in: Wearable device to track your child See in context

I have never been told that school kids can't wear watches. I live in Yokohama. Both my kids wear them.

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Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored See in context

This is why it is important to remember the past and live in the present. We shouldn't repeat history. War is hell on Earth, it should not be entered in to lightly. Governments have a responsibility to their people to avoid war unless all other options have been explored. Their are many victims in war, no human that has been exposed is unharmed physically or mmentally, these are the lessons we must not forget. Ask any veteran they will tell you, "There are no winners."

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Posted in: China urges Japan not to lose its conscience over WWII guilt See in context

Dead horse... whip whip! China's propaganda machine hard at work. China needs to get over it's self. Every other country around the world is past WWII. Bad things happened, Japan got nuked, China got what, war crimes committed aginst them that were done in a war. Move on. No one is listening becasue nothing can be done about it now, it happened in a time no one can remember. That would be almost 100 years ago.

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Posted in: High-tech contact lenses zoom with a wink of an eye See in context

So I have to admit I want these! Wonder how long it will be before they become afordable to the eeveryday user.

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Posted in: Magazine publishes name, photo of minor held in Nagoya murder case See in context

Let's be honest... this girl used a hatchet to kill and admits to popoisoning a classmate in the past, it's a little late for rehabilitation. Life behind bars ought to rehabilitate enough for the next cycle of life.

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Posted in: Japan envoy in Jordan hopeful about release of hostage, pilot See in context

Why is it that I have a bad feeling about this. This group has shown they care nothing for human life. We should expect the worst but hope for the best.

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Posted in: Fukushima rice passes radiation tests for first time since disaster See in context

Sorry, but l'll pass on this rice.

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Posted in: Indian police arrest 3 for gang rape of Japanese scholar See in context

This is terrible news. This should not happen in this day and age. We must always remember there are bad people in every country. This is sad beyond mesure, I hope this young woman recovers and continues her studies on India. She seems to be a strong minded woman, she excaped and made it to the police. I hope she will be able to live a full normal life.

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Posted in: Jeb Bush resigns from remaining board memberships See in context

I can tell you who will win the election, it will be the Koch Brothers. They along with Big Business have bought the US government. Bush or Clinton, doesn't matter. The American people lose.

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

I think a better argument for her is that it is art. I believe it is, art to shock people into debate. Which it is clearly doing. It's art therefore not illegal.

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Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance See in context

I smoke because I enjoy smoking. I smoke at home in the kitchen under the vent fan. I smoke in my car and smoking areas. In public I go out of my way to find a place where I can enjoy my cigarette. If it bothers someone then I can't enjoy it. I think I'm considerate of others and I tell non-smokers not to start. With that said if someone comes to my house to complain, it will be a bad day for them. Because I would get my pipe and go back to the door and tell the to get the hell off my property. What I do in my home is noone's concern but my own.

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Posted in: Gov't considering 2.5% corporate tax cut from fiscal 2015: Nikkei See in context

This idea of cutting taxes for businesses and raising the peoples taxes is working well for Americans..... Sorry I mean American Businesses, the people are in very bad financial shape. And it is also a factor in the civil unrest on the US.

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Posted in: Husband, wife die after setting themselves on fire See in context

This is just crazy! Why would they feel the need to do this? And in public? Side note a passerby most likely called 110 for emergency services. Unless Chiba is in the United States.

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