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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

@chucky

I am not sure, because I read that Japanese comic books were shut down too. But on the link it says that the comic described above was "saved on the Angoulême stand". (This festival's name is Angoulême International Comics Festival) It also says French news paper reported they saw swastika image at Japanese booth. So perhaps this one was exhibited.

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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

Apparently, the comic mentioned above was the one that was permitted by the festival organizer? So I'm not sure what was the content of the comics that were shut down.

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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

Thanks to Chucky, I found the pictures of a comic book (of Japanese) that contained swastika image, from Facebook.

http://daisukinipponfrance.over-blog.com/2014/01/3-mangas-sauv%C3%A9s-de-voldemort%E3%80%80%E6%8B%A1%E6%95%A3%E3%81%A9%E3%81%86%E3%81%9E.html

This is in French and Japanese. I dont understand French so I just read Japanese version. What it says is that basically there are people who claim they were forced into sex slaves, but there is not any evidence. As for swastika image, comic says that Natiz told people "if you keep telling a lie 100 times, it will be the truth" and explained that this is what Koreans are doing today. It also says Korean anti-Japanese groups are connected to North Korea and Chinese anti-Japanese organization. For North Korea and China, it's better that South Korea and Japan are not closely tied. Japanese government is aware of that so they try to stay patient from Korean government's a provocative remark.

So this is what the comic says, if you are interested. (This does not reflect my view!!)

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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

@jojotoday

Still, you cant tell if the comic was praising Natiz. Their ”revisionist WWII content” could be something like Japanese rationalization of colonialism and swastika images just appeared in a cotent. Im not complaining about the shut down Im talking to those people who speculated that the cotent was praising Natiz.

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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

People,

"On top of the comfort women row, the festival’s organizers shut down the booth of a Japanese association that displayed revisionist WWII content and swastika images among the comics on display."

It just says swastika images. That doesnt mean the comic was praising Natiz.

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Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days See in context

@funny car

For me, a girl goes missing while she takes her dog for a walk, and a girl goes missing on the way back from school, are both red flag. But this case got attention because it was unique (dog came home alone), and there weren't a lot of bigger news to broadcast.

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Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days See in context

Runaway, maybe. Traumatized, maybe. Threatened, maybe. Drugged, maybe. Or its possible that police are not telling media what happened to her to protect her rights and privacy since her name and photos are in public.

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Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days See in context

@funny car

I see your point, but it's even rare that the case becomes nation wide news. There are hundreds of missing children all over the country that we have not even heard of. Last year, there were about 20000 missing (10-19 year old boys and girls). and how many missing person's photo have you seen on media? Perhaps 30? 50? Photo should've came out earlier? Yes. but you should know there are a lot of cases that don't even get to be nation wide news.

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Posted in: 'The Simpsons' pay tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli See in context

I like this South Park and Totoro parody better! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQg-_gmGOIw

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Posted in: Police release photo of missing 11-year-old girl in Kanagawa See in context

This kind of incident don't get reported immediately. Chances are that she has been kidnapped. We don't want kidnapper to know where police are searching, how many police are searching, etc. They don't want to give out information to kidnapper because they have more chance of finding her on the day or next day she went missing.

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Posted in: Business booming for yakiniku restaurants, but are customers chemically dependent on meat? See in context

@chucky

"But I still don't understand how Korean barbecue has anything to do with this, since many Japanese consider yakiniku as Japanese food, not Korean."

This article is about red meat, not about Korea or if yakiniku is Japanese food or not. They wrote "Korean BBQ" because that is how yakiniku is translated in English (sometimes as Japanese BBQ, but that is Japanese style of Korean BBQ), or to give idea what yakiniku is for English speakers who don't know yakiniku. and they picked yakiniku because it is THE popular food with meat in Japan. What you are saying is like, if this article was about Spaghetti, then they are bashing on Italy, and you know how stupid it sounds.

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Posted in: Kanji skills decline in digital age See in context

It's just my opinion, but retiring kanji doesn't seem realistic or practical. I have read linguistic study that even in oral communication, Japanese translate words into kanji in their head because it is ideogram. Unlike phonogram, sound doesn't tell you much, letters tell you. Because kanji was imported from China, kanji has two ways to read, On-reading (imported Chinese reading) and kun-reading (Japanese reading), for example, 着 could be chaku (On-reading) and tsu (Kun-reading). Words with on-reading, because it's not original Japanese reading, the sound is foreign, so people imagine kanji in their head to understand. If Japanese retire kanji, they will lose a lot of vocabulary that were borrowed from China (and there's just too many of them to lose.) It would literally be like Children talking, poor vocabulary. Also, you could space words like children's books, but still it is not as practical as using kanji. For example,

きしゃは きしゃで きしゃしました。 (journalist went back to office by train. )   にわには にわ にわとりが いる。 (Two roosters are in the yard. )

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Posted in: Kanji skills decline in digital age See in context

@lucabrashi

I don't know how Thai works, but Korean has spacing, and if you put space between different words it could have different meaning, even though the letters are the same. Japanese without kanji would be like Korean without spacing. The example I found on the Internet, きょうはくじょうがかいしゃにきた。can mean today there were complaint to company, or a threatening letter came to a company. This is not homonyms, this depends on how you space letters. You still can read sentence all in hiragana and guess from context, but it is so tiring if you are reading books, newspapers, etc.

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Posted in: Kanji skills decline in digital age See in context

They still need kanji, one reason is homonyms that other commenters mentioned, the other is that in Japanese language, there is no spacing between words. Kanji tells you instantly which letters are noun, adjective, verb, and so on, because these words are usually written in kanji, and it works like some sort of spacing in other language. If sentences were written all in hiragana, it just looks like letters one after another, it takes more time to know which is vocabulary and which is connection like は after subject or を after object. If it was one sentence or two, it might be OK, but you can't read a book written only in hiragana.

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Posted in: 3 bid cities make pitches for 2020 Olympics See in context

I don't understand why he thinks Tokyo (or Japan) is the safest place. It may be safer than some other places in other countries, but it's not safe.

One day I accidentally left my wallet on the chair at cafe in Tokyo (I didn't notice because my friend paid) and cafe staffs didn't notice because it was on the chair. About 30 min later I went back but a guy was using the table and he said he never saw a wallet. I knew exactly where I left it so he must have took it but I couldn't do anything. (maybe I could have called police? I don't know.) It had like 30000yen (about 300 in US) in it! If you lose cash in Tokyo, it doesn't return to you.

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Posted in: Lesbian romance picks up top Cannes prize; Koreeda's film wins special jury award See in context

I am so looking forward to seeing this film, Blue is the warmest color. The other day I saw this actress on the cover of Figaro and she had blue hair for this film. She looked so beautiful I immidiately fall in love with her and bought the magazine. Can't wait!

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Posted in: Companies Japanese people are most proud of See in context

Bridgestone is Japanese company? I didn't know that.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

@WilliB

No because Japanese government denies there were any orders to force women to be comfort women, it was done individually, so that logic. Whether it is true or not, that's the logic they use now. and in the other comment, chucky wrote even if those women weren't forced and they were paid prostitutions, it still doesn't justify. so I was pointing out the contradiction.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

Even if there is no hard evidence that comfort women were drafted by Japanese military's order (meaning some of them might be forced but it was not governmental order, it was done by individuals), Japanese authorities still have responsibility for not preventing it. They were their men after all.

"We are sorry that it happened, but it wasn't governmental order so we had nothing to do with it" kind of attitude is not acceptable.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

@chucky3176

"I don't see anything wrong with American soldiers having sex with paid Japanese prostitutes who offered their services after Japan's defeat in a war that they started. I'm not sure why the Japanese think they were rapes. There were no rapes, they were all paid prostitutes."

That's same logic that Japan is using for "comfort women", except "the war they started" part. and you just wrote this yourself in other comment: "So the entire argument that it was OK, because these were paid women, just cannot be justified by using the line that they were professionals."

See the contradiction?

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Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize See in context

@chucky3176

So are you saying that if Japanese politicians kept silence (even though they have different way of understanding history), Korean/ Chinese government would stop saying that Japan should acknowledge history correctly? I think that's odd. and being asked to apologize/ compensate, how can they not talk about it? If they ignore it, then that would be bigger problem.

and, yes, stating that in her first speech after election, is a big deal, if you haven't noticed.

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Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize See in context

@chucky3176

Japanese politicians keep making remarks of WW2, just like Korean/ Chinese government keep claiming Japan to acknowledge history correctly, and keep asking for apology and compensation. Korean representative stated in her speech Japan should acknowledge history correctly, when she won the election. It's not like Japan is suddenly making remarks out of nowhere.

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Posted in: New school swimsuit in Japan conservative and surprisingly cute See in context

hmmm I'm not sure about this... why does it have to be so cute? It can be two-pieces and jammer kind of style, that may be more comfortable to wear it.

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Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize See in context

@taj

Actually, those "comfort women" asked him to meet them first, and they were (are?) waiting for his response.

They have asked him to meet before, but Hashimoto said he would meet and talk to them only as official meeting open to public, not privately, and they refused, which is understandable. I wonder if this meeting will actually take place.

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Posted in: The fresh, mainstream look of vegetarian cooking See in context

@wipeout

yeah, but comparing with western countries (I mean America and Canada, because Im only familiar with these two) it is even way harder in Japan.

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Posted in: Why Japan doesn’t give a Gangnam about PSY See in context

and also, the horse-riding-dance thing is not really new for Japanese, so that's one thing.

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Posted in: Turkey accepts Tokyo governor's apology on Istanbul bid See in context

@toshiko

Just to make sure you are not misunderstanding, Necati said all Turkish people, not all people in the world.

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Posted in: Beta males rejoice! 77% of women say geeky 'otaku' A-OK See in context

Otaku literally means your home. Taku is house/ home, and O is for politeness. Otaku originally means you or your family, but it is polite and it shows distance between the speakers. If people say Otaku (as of you), sometimes it is negative because it means they are not really friends (they are being too polite to be friends.) Those who are crazy about certain things (anime, idols, etc) are sometimes unable to communicate with people outside of their circle, and they don't really make friends outside of their community. So Otaku became word for them.

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Posted in: Turkey accepts Tokyo governor's apology on Istanbul bid See in context

I've heard before how Turkish people think well of Japan, and my Japanese friends who traveled to Turkey all said people treated them very nicely. I hate Inose for being so disrespectful and ignorant, especially when they are being real good friend. I didn't want Olympic to happen in Japan anyway and I hope Inose would resign or do something to show sincerity.

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Posted in: Abe's 'stealth' constitution plan raises civil rights fears See in context

There is nothing wrong in changing constitution or wanting to make them on their own not by US, but Abe's proposal scares me. It could violate civil rights and freedom. There were some concerns about this before election, but many of Japanese were concerned more about economy, recovery from earthquake, and territorial dispute, and proposal for constitution didn't get attention as much as it should get. I hope people realize that this proposal can be very scary.

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