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Posted in: Ishihara formally launches new Party of the Sun See in context

So funny! This old goat saying that the Komei party too is too old and useless?? Hahaha!!! Just like the right wing snake in the grass that he is, showing he real colors! Dirty old right wing smelly old goat!

Aren't you the Hashimoto supporter? He's also a right-wing snake.

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Posted in: Ishihara formally launches new Party of the Sun See in context

Between this joker, Hashimoto, and Abe primed to become PM again, Japan is becoming a scary place.

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

I will agree that kids are all over playing and being kids and have little supervision. That is a parenting issue and I'd like Hashi to address THAT issue as something needs to be fine about the lack of parenting done here. He won't however go after them. Easier to blame the teachers for parents short comings and use them as the scapegoat.

Can you say you're surprised? Hitlermoto has openly stated that if his wife isn't around, he can't stay with his children for more than thirty minutes!

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

slumdog, no one is saying that the Japanese are un-thinking buffoons without an opinion of their own -- that's a false inference you've made. Criticizing the education system -- which does have many problems, one of which IS the lack of employing critical thinking -- is not the same as saying it's a country of morons. Tone down the rhetoric. You're playing the racist card and there is absolutely no justification for it.

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

slumdog, I have to wonder if you have ever set foot in a Japanese public school. You are aware that students are basically allowed to move on to the next level, regardless of their grades, right? Tests are dumbed down so that all the students, even the ones who don't study, will be able to pass. There are high schools and colleges that have more openings than applicants. More and more schools have been lowering their standards for admissions and in turn, lowering their standards for the classes.

If you think this is a recipe for good education, then you don't know anything about education.

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

tmarie, to answer your questions:

Was anyone actually asked about this? Say, parents, teachers, schools, BOE, city of Osaka? Nope.

People like Hashimoto don't care about little things like the opinions of who this will effect.

Are the teachers going to be paid more for these extra days?

They're public servants, and Hashimoto says public servants deserve no fundamental human rights. I imagine he'll expect them to do this without a substantial wage increase.

Are teachers hours going to be cut somewhere else to cover these hours?

No, they have no rights, so they can be treated like slaves in Hitlermoto's world.

Is bad kids are the problem, why is he not holding PARENTS accountable? Why should the schools have to deal with this issue when it is a PARENTAL issue?

No, it's all the fault of the teachers. This seems to be true in every country, never a problem with the parents, always with the teachers.

Aren't most kids spending time at schools on the weekend due to club anyway?

Evidently not enough in Hitlermoto's world.

What extra classes will be added? Let me guess, Japanese history and morality classes? Singing of the national anthem?

Hitlermoto's version of history, where Japan was nothing more than an innocent victim of WW2 and has never done anything bad or questionable ever. Unit 731? Nanking? Comfort women? These things never happened. They're myths, like the Holocaust.

Interesting how Hashi's kids are this age. Perhaps he just wants them out of the house?

By his own admission he can't stand his kids.

Family time. When are parents supposed to spend time with their kids and go away to grandma's for the weekend?

They should be working for the good of a nationalist Japan.

This affects businesses and the like. Have fun with this one Senri International Saturday school.

International school? That's foreign stuff, we need to make Japan strong.

Where is the proof and research that classes on Saturday will fix all of Osaka's problems?

No proof, no research, just standard scapegoating. Fringe politicians do this all the time.

Ele kids are the issue? Really? If he had said JHS or HS I might agree with him but then again, those students are usually already AT school on Sat for club.

Indoctrination needs to start young.

Doesn't this have to be passed at the national level? Tanaka, squish him!!!

I'm not sure, there may be something that can be done about this. I hope so.

This guy is a dictator and needs to be stopped.

Agreed. I wish the people of Osaka would wake up and recognize this . Hopefully parents and teachers will both realize how bad this is for everyone. Set loose the monster parents on Hashimoto!

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

Because the students in Japan always behave in class, right? Hashimoto wouldn't last a week teaching in a Japanese school.

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Posted in: Fukuoka college establishes idol department See in context


I don't care if you call this course "media promotion," it is not media promotion.

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Posted in: Twitter comment starts online debate on working overtime See in context

That’s exactly right, but if you feel this way, it’s best not to work in Japan.

This is just utterly baffling to me. Japanese people really need to get rid of しかたがない and start standing up for their rights and demanding change. Japanese natives should have a problem with as well, and their solution shouldn't be "go somewhere else." People's lives should not consist of work/sleep/eat with nothing else. There are some teachers I work with who tell me they wake up at 5 am to get ready and go to work and don't get home until around 9 or 10 at night. That's just completely ridiculous.

And then Japan wonders why it has a population decline, well maybe part of the reason is that people are too burned out from working ungodly hours to do anything else.

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Posted in: N Korea still snatching foreigners, Japanese NGO tells Geneva event See in context

I'm more than a little disturbed seeing people in these comments stand up for North @#$%ing Korea.

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Posted in: Coffee, coffee everywhere but not a drop to drink See in context

Never really understood the people who get so uptight about the vending machine coffee. Sure, it's not great, but it's not as terrible as people make it out to be. Maybe I've just been desensitized, since before I came to Japan, I worked for years in an office with really terrible coffee and learned how to swallow it down.

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Posted in: Tanaka calls Ishihara 'reckless old man'; Gemba also critical See in context

God, more from the "at least he's different!" crowd. Ishihara is a dangerous nationalist. And if you're a foreigner in Japan advocating for him, you might not like what happens. If he doesn't have China to scapegoat, who do you think he'll come after next?

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Posted in: More young Japanese women showing nationalistic tendencies See in context

All over the world, it seems there's been a disturbing rise in the popularity of "alternative" (a nice way of saying bullcrap) media that touts conspiracy theories as facts. I get that politicians in every country have been either ineffectual or outright terrible in the past decade, but siding with people who are freaking nuts just because they pose something different isn't a good idea.

Driving on the right side of the road would be "different" in Japan. It would also be suicidal.

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Posted in: Clark Kent quits Daily Planet See in context

And in regards to the citizenship thing, it was basically a non-issue. He's technically an illegal alien.

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Posted in: Clark Kent quits Daily Planet See in context

Back in the 70s, Clark Kent stopped working for the Daily Planet and began working as a television news anchor. He's also dated women other than Lois in the past.

Or in other words, why are people who clearly never pay attention to the comics getting worked up about something they don't even read?

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Posted in: DeNA, Marvel Assemble launch 'Marvel: War of Heroes' to iOS and Android devices See in context

Might want to include a note that this is NOT available in Japan...

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Posted in: Japan's indifference to 'Gangnam Style' riles S Korea See in context

One song falls flat in Japan and that's grounds for all this? Yes, let's just ignore the massive popularity of K-Drama and K-Pop and instead focus on this ONE FREAKING SONG!

I've got a better suggestion -- how about Japan, South Korea, and China all stop acting like children?

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Posted in: Shukan Asahi publishes apology to Hashimoto See in context

“Protecting human rights is the most essential rule of journalism, but this time we failed to follow that due to lack of consideration,” he wrote.

Then you should be trumpeting the fact that Hashimoto said public employees shouldn't have fundamental human rights.

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Posted in: 5 challenges of working for a major English conversation school See in context

Howaitosan, one thing to remember is that the Internet exaggerates EVERYTHING, both positive and negative. Not every school is the same. And what may be a pleasant experience for one person could be a terrible experience for another.

Plus, if you look at this article, a lot of it seems to revolve around how working at an eikaiwa will impact your social life. I'm thirty, I've got a fiancé, we spend most of our nights off sitting on the couch and watching movies, not bar-hopping.

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Posted in: Osaka Mayor Hashimoto: 'You have no fundamental human rights' See in context

I think it's quite a bit of a stretch to compare him to Hitler though, Hashimoto is not advocating anything that you are implying here.

Yet. Hitler didn't run for office on a platform of "let's wipe out the Jews." Hitler didn't even run on a platform of totalitarian rule, he testified that he would pursue political power solely through democratic elections. But whenever a politician makes statements like the ones Hashimoto is making, one should be very, very, very wary.

It all starts with one group of people being denied rights then slowly extends to more.

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Posted in: Hashimoto says he will no longer answer questions from Asahi reporters See in context

And you call him a fascist because he told his employees not to have tattoo LOL ?

Okay Hide, clearly you need a lesson on the meaning of the word fascism:

fas•cism |ˈfaSHˌizəm|(also Fascism ) noun an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. • (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice. The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43), and the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.

Look at the sentences emphasized. A belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, that definitely describes Hashimoto's policies. And insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, also fits. And a strong demagogic approach? That definitely fits.

Fascism typically starts by stripping certain groups of people of rights. Remember when Hashimoto said that public servants shouldn't expect either personal privacy rights or even fundamental human rights? How does that NOT raise a massive red flag? Do you realize the implications of stripping a group of people of their fundamental human rights just because they earn a government paycheck as opposed to a private paycheck? How can that possibly sit well with you? Hell, Hashimoto himself said in 2011 that what Japan needs now is dictatorship.

The crux of your entire support for Hashimoto is "he's different from other politicians." That may be so, but different isn't always good. Bush was different from Clinton and the results have been disastrous for America. But hey, what should you care, it's not like you're a public servant, or have tattoos, or are part of any other group Hashimoto is opposed to. And it's not like these kinds of attacks on specific groups don't lead to a slippery slope to broader attacks. That's never happened in human history, has it?

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Posted in: 5 challenges of working for a major English conversation school See in context

Maybe during your part-time uni job it was okay, especially if you worked in a bar or pub but that’s hardly work, especially if people are buying you drinks.

I'm sorry, but what? In what world is working at a bar or pub during a busy Saturday night considered "hardly work"?

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Posted in: Hashimoto meets political party leaders in Tokyo See in context

Sorry, I meant the "DPJ" not the "LDP". We really need an edit feature Japan Today! :)

There's a difference?

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Posted in: Hashimoto says he will no longer answer questions from Asahi reporters See in context

Sorry Hashimoto, but you're a public servant -- you have no right to complain.

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Posted in: Police search for more remains under house in Hyogo See in context

I am so watching my back around all the smiling obasans in my neighborhood...

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Posted in: Losing one’s identity by living in a foreign country … or defining it See in context

I understand this sentiment completely. Whenever I go back to America, I feel out of place and foreign. In Japan, I will always be a gaijin, no matter how long I've lived here or how good my Japanese is.

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Posted in: Why Haruki Murakami should not receive the Nobel Prize for Literature See in context

@cabadaje, you said it perfectly.

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Posted in: Hashimoto meets political party leaders in Tokyo See in context

Great, Japan's version of the Tea Party is taking root. This will end well...

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Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni with non-partisan group; S Korea, China protest See in context

Opposition leader Shinzo Abe, a man well-placed to become Japan’s next prime minister, was at the Shinto shrine Wednesday, prompting criticism from China.

Dear god, please don't let this nationalistic, historical revisionist piece of dung become PM again...

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Posted in: Law making it illegal to download pirated music, videos goes into effect See in context

Any advice on how to get UK TV legally? I'd be happy to pay the BBC license fee, if it were valid outside the UK.

Unblock Us also works with the BBC iPlayer. Not sure if that's what you mean here, but it will work with content not only from the US, but elsewhere (

If you ever find your account running out of money, just have someone back home buy you another card and email you the code.

And if you don't have anyone back home who can do this for you, there are tons of sites that offer gift card codes for the US iTunes store. I use it regularly and have not had any problems.

Everyone should be running "peer block" A simple piece of software that blocks known monitoring isp's from connecting your device.

The problem with PeerBlock is that it's only "known" ISPs, if there are other ones or new ones, they won't be included. I know the lists are constantly updated, but if you're going to take the downloading risk, you're much better off using a dedicated VPN that doesn't keep logs.

hmmm, sounds like this law is going to make people into hackers and force many into the cyber criminal world. Yes, JP TV is pretty bad with the occasional great program no matter how rare. There always FTA.

The entertainment industry all over the world is operating on outdated models and they're trying to hold onto those models for as long as they can so they don't have to do more work innovating. I'm fully convinced that if content providers found a way to make it easy for people to watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch, and how they want to watch it, then people would happily pay for those options as opposed to resorting to piracy.

As it stands now, though, most cable packages I had access to when I lived in the States consisted of paying a ridiculous amount of money for what amounted to maybe five shows I actually wanted to watch (I've never even looked at the cable packages in Japan and from everything I've heard, it seems like I made the right decision). I'd rather see if I can catch the show on Hulu Plus or wait until the full season comes onto Netflix -- those two combined with the Unblock Us service costs me around ¥2000 per month.

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