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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

Just wait until he tries the katsudon.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

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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Posted in: Moon says North's Kim ready to engage in dialogue with Japan at appropriate time See in context

"ready to engage in dialogue at appropriate time"... When Hell freezes over?

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Posted in: Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks See in context

Interesting. Would the the guys that are fed up with the "salaryman" life another option.

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Posted in: Japan carmakers association says it has tripled its U.S. workforce since 1990 See in context

@gogogo

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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Posted in: Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes See in context

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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Posted in: U.S. bolsters Asia ballistic missile defense See in context

Keeping the pressure on. Show that the US is prepared to go either way. "The ball is in your court." I totally agree.

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Posted in: N Korea says Japan must adapt to join diplomatic fray See in context

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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Posted in: Police officer shot dead in koban; 19-year-old colleague arrested See in context

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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Posted in: Ramen chain faces charges for making foreign students work illegally See in context

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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Posted in: IOC to facilitate N Korea's participation in 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

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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Posted in: Authorities warn parents of Setsubun soybean choking risks for children See in context

"soybean choking risks for children..."

Or poking an eye out.... omg.

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Posted in: Tokyo Fight Club Bar & Show Restaurant opens See in context

ONE YEAR LATER:

I'm pretty sure that's already part of the plan.

"visitors can see live martial arts competitions and other exotic shows"

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Posted in: Teacher says Japanese schools’ mandatory extracurricular activity rules don’t benefit students See in context

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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Posted in: Moon calls for 'heartfelt' apology from Japan over 'comfort women' See in context

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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Posted in: Seniors annoyed as Japanese convenience stores adopt touch-screen age verification See in context

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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Posted in: Window falls from U.S. Marine Corps helicopter onto school grounds in Okinawa See in context

More reason to hurry up and finish construction at Henoko.

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Posted in: Gov't to request American schools in Okinawa accept Japanese pupils See in context

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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Posted in: San Francisco mayor accepts 'comfort women' statue; Osaka to end sister-city ties See in context

omg... And what is the Statue of Peace organization paying for in return? That's the way they work, right?

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Posted in: Nissan suspected of forging inspection documents See in context

やるねぇ・・・NISSAN

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Posted in: Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching See in context

@Disillusioned

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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Posted in: Okinawa residents demand all U.S. military Osprey aircraft in Japan be grounded See in context

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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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for official apology over 'comfort women' See in context

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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Posted in: Japan to introduce English road signs ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

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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Posted in: Air-hanami: Could flower-viewing without flowers be next trend? See in context

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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Posted in: Sayonara Quarter Pounder: McDonald’s Japan takes iconic burger off its menu See in context

Too bad... I remember when the Quarter Pounder started in Japan. I was working at the only McD's in Hiroshima at the time when I was in high school.

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Posted in: Sword of one of Japan’s last samurai discovered in house in America See in context

Very interesting.

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Posted in: LDP panel calls for capability to strike enemy bases See in context

I agree. Some people say that Japan should only defend itself. But, in all reality, if Japan were to be attacked it's not going to work out like "Rurouni Kenshin".

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Posted in: Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers See in context

It is becoming known in Japan that there are quite a few people, not only teenagers that wear the mask year round as some sort of barrier to separate themselves from the rest of their surroundings. It helps them feel "secure"...

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Posted in: Netflix releases first trailer for its live-action American adaptation of anime 'Death Note' See in context

What was wrong with the Japanese version?

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