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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

Sorry I don't know other politicans showing such disrespect towards other religions or culture, but maybe there are. But it is not common for politicans to do such thing and you can see how he is being accused among Japanese. and it is ignorance. Just like you mentioned jokes and racism are two different things, ignorance and racism are also two different things. and my point was that how you mentioned "rest of the world" all show respect, is wrong. I admitted already that there are such ignorant people in Japan, if you read my comment. but point is that same things can be seen in other countries, so how you said "rest of the world" is wrong. Im not saying, so Japan is alright. Im saying you are generalizing "rest of the world" in wrong way.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

Again, we weren't discussing about racism, we were discussing about ignorance. and ignorance and racism is different. Im against those things you made a list too but it's not relevant to what we were discussing here. Im not condemning bad things, Im saying how you defined Japan and ”rest of the world" wasn't accurate. Read our conversations well, your previous two comments are not relevant to context. If you want to continue talking about racism then go ahead, but don't do it as reply to me, because you are changing topic.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

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

I think that main reason Japanese people don't like this, is because of the dance. You don't see middle-aged man dancing like that here, not even on TV. Middle-aged men sometimes do stupid things here on TV but they are comedian, and they are suppossed to act stupid. Like LMFAO's Sexy and I know it, those sexual moves or videos of grown-up men disgust people here. and even worse, PSY is Korean. If it was LMFAO, the way they look is "foreign" and they are something different from them, so some people can accept it. But PSY is Asian and he doesn't really look something different from them or foreign culture, that makes it harder to accept it. Also, dance music is not really mainstream thing in Japan. Maybe if he was Japanese, he might be popular in Japan. But it would be because people have chance to know about him more, like what kind of person he is and how he talks and stuff, and people will find it funny. But like others said he doesn't show up on TV or magazines in Japan. So for Japanese this is just a random ugly chobby guy (excuse me) dancing in disgusting way.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

What? I never mentioned racism once. You never mentioned racism once. We were talking about ignorance and disrespect towards different cultures, right? Then why are you suddenly talking about racism? You said that in Japan people laugh at or give strange expression toward different culture and it is ignorant and disrespectful, and that it doesn't happen in rest of the world. So I was giving you examples that it does happen in other countries. How did it lead to racism?

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

@Maria

haha yeah, I heard some stories from exchange students who were vegetarian. They told their Japanese host family that they are vegan. Their host family welcomed them anyway and tried to avoid dishes with meat, eggs, milk, etc. but they never really got "dashi" or those little fish and little shrimps were bad.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

Politicians are involved in it? How so? Just so you know, Japanese TV program is not controled by government, unless it was NHK.(and there are many shows on NHK that promote understanding of foreign cultures, language, food, etc)

"what i said that the majority of the countries or the nations admire the Japanese culture, which means respecting the Japanese culture."

How can you say so? Do you know what happens on TV in "majority of the countries"? I know a comedian in US who jokes about Aisa and Japanese and he gets laugh. I have seen many times TV program from Japan (randam "variety" shows, Sumo, festivals, etc) being laughed at or seen strange. If you search "wtf Japan" or "weird Japan" on the internet or You Tube, you will find many results and people laugh at it or give strange expressions. I don't think that is disrespecting culture but according to your logic, it is, right? The other day, there was this article on this website about J-government promotion "cool Japan". Government are trying to promote J-Pop and animations to overseas, but what other people thought was people who like those things are called nerds or geeks in their countries. and from what I experienced, in western countries, people don't even know what Japanese culture is. Many people think China, Korea, and Japan are all the same. People watch TV program about China and think it was about Japan. Just like what happens here in Japan, in other countries there are TV shows about foreign cultures and people laugh at it or give strange expressions. (One I remember the most is that in China buses are so crowded that people have to push to get in, and viewers were all like wtf!?) I don't think that is disrespecting the culture though. and about TV program in Japan, recently there are many TV shows about foreign cultures. In some of those shows, they invite guests from different countries, and among those foreign guests, different cultures are being laughed at or given strange expressions. Is this only common in Japanese? I don't think so.

Of course, there is ignorance in Japan. But what you said was Japan is only country who does such thing and rest of the world is different and Japan should be like rest of the world. That is not true. Maybe the country you've seen was different from Japan, but I've seen countries that were not. Ignorance is everywhere.

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Posted in: S Korea sees marked decrease in number of Japanese tourists See in context

Some say "this slogan in Korea!" and others say "no! but this slogan in Japan!"

classic. Truth is there is no such slogan on the streets in neither country. There could be some demonstrations and people shouting those things, and there are people like that on the Internet, from both countries. But generally you won't find these slogans on the street.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Ali Khan

"The rest of the world truly respect the Japanese culture and the Japanese people and politicians should do the same."

hmmm... I'm not so sure about this. I've seen many times Japanese culture being laughed at, or in many cases people don't even know what "Japanese culture" is. Ignorance is everywhere in the world. I agree what he said was inappropriate though.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

@Yubaru

"it's very easy to take his comments as a sample of what Japan is like as a whole."

"Oh and so far on tonights wide-show news there has been ZERO mention of it. Keeping the Japanese in the dark makes it even worse on so many levels. "

There are many news about this on TV, newspaper, and on the Internet. Some tell just fact of what is happening, some accuse him. Just because you didn't happened to see it, don't generalize like that. If you would have tried, you could find lots of news on this on the Internet and see people's reaction (if you understand Japanese)

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

He should have just apologized sincerely in the first place! I didn't like him from beginning... I don't know why people in Tokyo voted for him!

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Posted in: 4-year-old Indian girl dies after rape attack See in context

I can only hope that she is in better place now... RIP.

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

A lot of Japanese food use "dashi" soup made from fish. ("dashi" can also be made from seaweed) For example, even in Miso soup dashi is used. Vegans will have hard time in Japan.

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Posted in: Famous faces See in context

@bass4funk

Until I read your post, I didn't know Sambo or Jim Crow and I honestly thought this sculpture isn't insult to black people. Bobby does this kind of facial expression on TV so this mask (if you google search Bobby's image, you'll see). and majority of Japanese people don't know Sambo and Jim Crow so they probably have no idea this face is an insult. (Bobby actually posted a pic of his mask on his blog and he probably doesn't know Sambo or Jim Crow either) But it is ignorance and Im sorry that ignorance hurts you but you can't expect everyone to be same as US and everyone to have equal level of sensitivity. Well, whatever I say means nothing because Im not black but google search "Bobby Ologun mask" and there are some English websites about this and you will find posts which agree with you and disagree with you.

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Posted in: Famous faces See in context

@bass4funk Bobby doesn't represent entire racial community. People are cleaver enough to know that Bobby doesn't represent black people, Bobby is just Bobby, and Bobby is intentionally trying to be a clown, just like other people on "variety TV shows" do. I don't understand because I'm not black? Fine, you can say that. But I know black people in Japan who have no problems with Bobby or with Japanese people laughing at Bobby.

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Posted in: Depressing suicide prevention posters cause controversy in Kobe See in context

@Smithinjapan

I think those example you gave, trouble with neighbors, are not really about protecting "wa" though. Starved kids on the news shows indifference. It's not about disturbing "wa". About your experience, he was an idiot to play guitar in 3 a.m. and your superintendent didn't do his/ her job. Superintendent has responsibility to do something about it, sorry yours didn't. I have many foreign friends in Japan who were warned by apartment owner for having parties late at night and disturbing other residents.

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Posted in: Depressing suicide prevention posters cause controversy in Kobe See in context

@borscht

I think the example you gave is not really "cyborgs". It is Japanese (perhaps East Asian) culture not to disturb "Wa" (harmony) of people. They put harmony before individuals and calling them just cyborgs is lack of understanding of culture. I agree some times it can be stressful though.

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Posted in: Depressing suicide prevention posters cause controversy in Kobe See in context

There was time that I wished someone would kill me or erase me because I wanted to be gone but too afraid to commit suicide by myself. I had been depressed for a few years and in times like that it's good to know that others also feel same way and you are not alone suffering. I understand those healthy people don't want to see negative messages on the daily basis but those posters don't have to be all happy and fun all the time. It is OK to put light on dark side of society once in a while.

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Posted in: Rainbow Pride See in context

@Yubaru

lol. No, I don't get why you had to defend him so much. If you like it, fine, if I don't like it, that's fine, too, right?

People have freedom to wear what they want for a parade but Im just giving thoughts that some people may find it offensive to see a guy dressed like that in public in Japan, no matter homosexual or heterosexual. I have friends who are homosexual and one of my friend still can't come out to parents and I hope that parade like this change Japanese society to accept them. I don't like this one particular guy in the pic but other than that, Im very happy to see event like this in Japan and grateful to people who took part in this.

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Posted in: Famous faces See in context

I don't get it. How does making a mask of Bobby become making fun of entire racial community? How does it lead to making a mask of Sambo?

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Posted in: Abe defends ministers' visit to Yasukuni shrine See in context

@revopeace

"Lets remember that the current territorial dispute between Japan and China was caused by Japan nationalizing the islands."

No. It was caused by Chinese ship collision incident in 2010, remember? Japan nationalized the islands after that.

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Posted in: Thousands march for gay rights in Japan's first 'Rainbow Week' See in context

@TheDevilsAssistant

Rainbow is a symbol of variety because it has various colours.

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Posted in: Rainbow Pride See in context

@Yubaru

What are you talking about? No matter heterosexual, homosexual, people can be arrested if they dressed like that in public if it wasn't for parade. There was a case when a guy wore very short pants that exposed his thighs and a little of his butt and he used to walk around neighbors, someone reported police and he was warned if he keeps wearing that short pants, he would be changed for a minor offense.

@SpanishEyez Well, probably they let him be because it was a parade.

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Posted in: Rainbow Pride See in context

@Yubaru

Minor offense Law prohibits exposure of buttocks, thighs, and other body parts "in such a way as to cause disgust to the public." SM outfits with a lot of body exposure qualifies.

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Posted in: Rainbow Pride See in context

They can march all they want, but dressing in SM outfits with a lot of body exposure like that in public, could be offensive. How many parents would want kids to see that? l think he could be arrested for a minor offense in Japan, if this wasn't a parades, he definitely would be. Other than that, cheers to those who took part in the parade.

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Posted in: Leafy Yasukuni shrine stirs raw emotions See in context

@Tony Ew

No. In 2009 DPJ announced in advance that if they won election, they would not visit the shrine. and they won the election by far. Government visiting the shrine or not, is not so important for Japanese when election.

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Posted in: Leafy Yasukuni shrine stirs raw emotions See in context

When people say without these men who are enshrined modern Japan doesn't exist, I think they mean it like in a sense of sacrifice. I don't think they mean like these men build what Japan is today. These men are one of the element that build Japanese society but they are so by dying for country. If Japan had not been in war and not occupied by US, who knows, she might ended up like current N Korea. She might still be fascist country. Because these men went war, lost lives and Japan lost war, current Japan is the way they are. I think that is how it works for them.

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Posted in: Dempsey tells U.S. troops in Japan: Avoid war by preparing for it See in context

@Tony Ew

"Your buddy Abe about to 'sell out ' Japan when he meet Putin soon. Why? Japan is so desperate to rebalance the power play in the region, I bet he will be willing to get half a loaf, two Kurile Islands, that's it and sign the gas deal. So you see politicians do things you cannot imagine."

Japanese politician who has been taking big role on the island dispute (Mr. Mori) has been saying for a long time that Japan should settle for a half of territory. This has been ongoing debate before recent tensions around this region and this is not something that people cannot imagine. People are well aware of possibilities that Japan settling for a half.

You can imagine things as you like but stop commenting your imagination and stop commenting things that are not even relevant to topic.

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Posted in: Abe defends ministers' visit to Yasukuni shrine See in context

"Japan has been defending people's freedom of religion and freedom to express since defeat of WW2, for over 80 years. "

I mean 60 years... wrong calculation...

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Posted in: Abe defends ministers' visit to Yasukuni shrine See in context

Whether you like it or not, Japanese government is not making Yasukuni shrine to do anything. They didn't force shrine to put names of war criminals, they are not forcing shrine to keep it. Yasukuni has freedom in decision making and it is all up to them. and it is all up to the person to visit or not to visit. Japan has been defending people's freedom of religion and freedom to express since defeat of WW2, for over 80 years. Yasukuni is not the special case. People have freedom of religion in any religion, as long as they don't commit crimes.

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