Nothing against Japan's imperial system. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of Japanese very much approve of it. And, nothing against the anti-imperial system demonstrations. They have their rights too (as long as they stay within the law) Would just like to make one thing clear. Not all "right-wingers" are pro-imperial system. Many disagree with the postwar family's way. Many disagree with commoners entering the family (such as Michiko and Masako). Many disagree with the way the Heisei Emperor and Empress knelt among the commoners and even spoke to them after disasters. I think the recent changes of the Imperial Family and hopeful changes in the future will help the imperial system keep up with moderns times.
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The U.S. Forces Japan controls much of the airspace in that part of Japan making landing and take-offs a major pain in the @ss. Allowing commercial aircraft into the airspace would be a much bigger help.
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A 19-year-old "man" that cannot be named because he's a minor... Come on! Which is it?
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News said he was drinking tea, choked, panicked, tried to brake but stepped on gas instead.
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I believe home brewing is illegal in Japan.
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Just wait until he tries the katsudon.
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Actually, it's not illegal to smoke marijuana in Japan. What's illegal is "possession and sale of marijuana". So, unlike "kakuseizai" (a 'stimulant' used in Japan) which they can arrest you for if they find traces in your urine, marijuana they cannot. The Japanese police have to catch you possessing it.
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"ready to engage in dialogue at appropriate time"... When Hell freezes over?
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Interesting. Would the the guys that are fed up with the "salaryman" life another option.
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However, that not happening in Japan is not a Japanese automaker problem. Trump is barking up the wrong tree. It is the US automaker that is not willing to invest and blaming a "closed market" for its own failure to crack the Japanese market. I often hear of these "invisible tariffs" that the US cars face in Japan. I myself drive a Jeep that I bought brand new here in Japan in 2014. I would like to know what difficulties and tariffs I'm paying for. Sorry if I misunderstood your comment. Not meaning to attack you.
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I can understand both sides of the story. Whaling has been around for centuries. So yes, it is a part of the "culture". However, I've been living in Japan for over 30 years and I have never heard anyone say "Hey! Let's go eat some whale!" Eating whale is more common in the whaling ports but not much anywhere else. Sort of like eating horse meat in Kumamoto. That said, I think whaling should be legalized. Meaning that the government support must stop. The way I see it, if it were 100 percent commercialized, then the whaling ships would have to pay for their own 4-month expeditions. There is no way in the world that it would be profitable at the current price/demand for whale meat. The industry is surviving only because of the government's support. Whalers would eventually decrease and the centuries old "tradition" will die.
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Here we go again. NK demanding changes already because they smiled, shook hands and hugged. Nothing else has changed yet. The message was clear from the beginning... "When the president says that he will not make the mistakes of the past, that means the U.S. will not be making substantial concessions, such as lifting sanctions, until North Korea has substantially dismantled its nuclear programs,” a senior Trump administration official said Sunday. “If North Korea is willing to move quickly to denuclearize, then the sky is the limit. All sorts of good things can happen,” the official added. Japan also has the same views. Keep the pressure on. Now is NOT the time to be all lovey-dovey.
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The news last night said that he said that he was 罵倒された which basically means that he was verbally abused. Very possibly with a "Bakayaro!!" or something like that.
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Reading the comments, many people seem to misunderstand some things.
Yes. She was arrested. "Without trial?" Yes. That's how it usually works, isn't it?
"What about clamping down on Japanese people working overtime?" Technically, the student was arrested for violation of immigration law. Not labor law.
I do agree with the comments above that maybe the students wanted to work overtime. But, it is also the employer that hires the foreign employees' responsibility to control the hours worked. I believe it was the same when our company in the States was hiring foreign workers. The employer had to be aware of the various conditions.
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I have no problems with the NK athletes' participation. They always do. However, I do not agree with the "special exemptions" from UN sanctions as we have seen in this Olympics. High-level delegation members subject to travel ban and asset freeze entering the country. Taking home luxury goods whose import to North Korea is banned. The docking of Mangyongbong (this is a Japanese sanction). Maybe the athletes should realize that their beloved country is being sanctioned.
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"soybean choking risks for children..."
Or poking an eye out.... omg.
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A mandatory GPA should be set and students cannot participate in any club activities if the go below this line. JH is to prepare students for HS. HS is to prepare students for college. Need to get priorities straight. If the students were receiving a proper homework load, they wouldn't have time for both juku (cram schools) and 24/7 club activities.
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As I have mentioned before, it's a never ending story. Whatever Japan does, it may be settled for a while (as it has in the past) until someone decides that the apology wasn't deep enough or the legal payment wasn't big enough and everything starts all over again.
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It has a use - transferring responsibility for underage purchases to the person making them.
Yes. It "may" transfer the responsibility but, we must ask ourselves "What is the purpose of this?" The answer is to prevent underage drinking. Not to transfer responsibility. If the stores were serious about preventing underage drinking, the would do a simple ID check.
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More reason to hurry up and finish construction at Henoko.
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Being a graduate of a DOD school myself, I think it's an interesting idea. It's possible, but going to take a lot of commitment from all sides. Parent, teacher AND student. The Japanese parents are going to have to be able to understand the child's homework and realize that the parent is responsible for the child's homework to be complete. The parent must also realize the in many cases, there is no turning back to the Japanese education system. In the upper grades, the child will have no time for "juku" (cram school) in preparation for the Japanese entrance exams. For the teachers, they have to no time to "babysit" had child with a language problem. The number should also be limited to prevent the Japanese speaking kids from forming groups and avoiding having to speak English. This is done in some international schools.
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omg... And what is the Statue of Peace organization paying for in return? That's the way they work, right?
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do they have proof it is the Chinese
That's why they're launching the study? And, there was a massive coral poaching problem with the Chinese some years ago so, I wouldn't be surprised...
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Interesting. All the the signs say "We will not give up". Says nothing about Osprey or crashes or anything. Must be a generic sign they use whenever they want to demonstrate about something.
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We (most people living in Japan) know that this is all just a waste of time. Whatever Japan does, it may be settled for a while (as it has in the past) until someone decides that the apology wasn't deep enough or the legal payment wasn't big enough and everything starts all over again.
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First of all, I don't ever recall seeing a foreign tourist driving a rent-a-car. Secondly, if they did, there probably wouldn't be enough cars to meet the demand anyway. I really doubt that the rent-a-car companies are going to increase their fleet for a one month event.
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I go to a 100 yen shop, buy a fake branch of sakura and go drinking at an izakaya with my students and call it a "Hanami Party" every year...
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