Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

@ JustAGoodOleBoy etc.

For all you people banging on about having to write your names in katakana instead of Roman characters, Kono has not asked the foreign press to write Japanese names in kanji, just to do them the courtesy to write them in the correct order.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

@ kitzrow

Unfortunately Osaka has become recognized internationally as the name of the city, but poor Mr. Ohtani is vainly trying to get people to pronounce his name with a long 'o' as he feels that there is difference between 'Big Valley' and 'Little Valley'.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

@redelmotalking

Foreign countries already follow foreign conventions when it comes to Chinese or Korean names so why not Japanese?

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

@ performingmonkey

The Japanese media are already polite enough to write foreign names in the order used by foreigners.

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Posted in: TEPCO conducts test to halt water injection into crippled reactor See in context

While I know nothing about the subject, it would seem to me that the fact that the temperature only rose one degree would seem to indicate that the fuel no longer remains in the reactor.

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Posted in: To slurp or not to slurp: Tourists’ reactions spark online debate on noodle manners See in context

If tourists don't like it they should just avoid noodle restaurants.

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Posted in: Suspected groper arrested after jumping onto train tracks and fleeing from station See in context

@ Yubaru

Really? I have been here for over 4 decades and it would appear to have been just as bad then as it is now.

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Posted in: Driver killed in car crash during police pursuit See in context

Is there a real need for all these police chases? Every week we seem to hear about people dying as a result. Surely they could just photograph the car and arrest them later if they refused to stop.

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Posted in: Chinese court hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison over spying See in context

Schopenhauer

"In China, the court and the government are the same police as well"

And you think that Japan is any different?

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Posted in: Warm on North, chilly to South: Japan's Korea strategy could pose risks See in context

@ SchopenhauerToday

I thought that in a democracy the people were supposed to control the government, not the other way around.

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Posted in: Japan keeping tabs on Iran decision to quit part of nuclear deal See in context

If Japan wants Iran to stick to the agreement, then it should reciprocate and buy Iranian oil, as agreed. It is time that the world stood up to America's bullying.

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Posted in: Venezuela's Guaido calls for uprising but military remains loyal to Maduro for now See in context

@bass4funk

A lot of British people are forced to eat out of garbage dumpsters and can't even afford basics like food and toilet paper, and that is without the US stealing the country's money.

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Posted in: Venezuela's Guaido calls for uprising but military remains loyal to Maduro for now See in context

What a strange headline, why the 'for now' on the end? Surely a better headline would have been

Venezuela's military remains loyal to government to suppress foreign-instigated coup

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Posted in: Securing the 5G future - what's the issue? See in context

The US just wants a monopoly on 5G (together with everything else)

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Posted in: Police revise wiretapping regulations See in context

@lostrune

Or the U.S. where the NSA 'has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.'

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Posted in: Japan appeal after Ito, Hayata lose controversial final See in context

@Wesley

And your proof of this accusation is?

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Posted in: Putin says Russia may offer fast-tracked passports to all Ukrainians See in context

@ theFu

What invasion is that? Are you referring to the American-backed coup that overthrew the democratically elected government?

Considering the Ukraine regime has just passed a law banning the Russian language I would imagine that quite a few Russian-speakers will be delighted at the news.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

A lot of the problem is probably the introduction of automatic transmissions. Old people were all brought up driving manual transmissions then when they get older they are forced to change. This kind of accident is much rarer with manual transmission.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

Banning elderly drivers is not an option outside the major cities as many areas do not provide regular public transport.

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Posted in: Abe, Macron discuss G20 summit, trade, Nissan-Renault alliance, N Korea, Notre Dame See in context

It is a pity that Abe doesn't worry more about rebuilding all the homes and businesses that were destroyed in the earthquakes and floods than showing off and offering to help the richest religious organization in the world to fix up their building.

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Posted in: How to vote in elections in your home country if you live in Japan See in context

@zichi.

This has nothing to do with May. Prior to 1985 we were not permitted to register to vote at all but then Thatcher allowed 5 years, later extending this to the current 20 years (because she thought expats would vote tory). It was later reduced to 15 years by Blair in 2000.

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Posted in: Vibram leather geta sandals See in context

No they shouldn't be called geta, they are zori

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Posted in: Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods See in context

The original sword was lost at the Battle of Dannoura when Emperor Antoku died. The sword and jewel were thrown in the sea and although the jewel was later recovered the sword could not be found.

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Posted in: France to open redesign of Notre Dame's historic spire to international architects See in context

Surely the money would be better spent on the sick and starving than reconstructing an old derelict building. At least, that is what I thought Christianity was supposed to be about.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing See in context

In his defense, what they do not mention in the story here is that there had been accident at a nearby station and the trains were all halted for about 30 minutes, but the railway company did not bother to open the bars during that period.

Moderator: The story has been updated to reflect that.

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Posted in: Why do you think the ¥2,000 banknote, introduced in 2000, never caught on in Japan? See in context

It was not really necessary and people confused them with ¥1,000 notes. A ¥50,000 note would have been much more popular and useful.

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Posted in: Increasing the proportion of nuclear energy is the most realistic way to step up efforts against global warming. Ensuring a stable supply of electricity is a challenge for society as a whole. See in context

If Japan is facing an electricity crisis why not use geothermal energy which is plentiful but largely unused in this country.

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Posted in: Gov't lifts evacuation order in parts of Fukushima nuclear plant hometown See in context

Apart from anything else, with Japan's climate, the houses will all be uninhabitable by this time.

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

I wonder if it was oxygen deprivation which has been a problem with the F35s

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

I hope it was insured!

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