Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: What are the most and least attractive hobbies for Japanese men and women? Survey investigates See in context

I had not realized that eating, watching movies, listening to music, reading manga or liking animals were ‘hobbies.’ Apart from the liking animals, I thought these were all pastimes.

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Posted in: What did you do in your down time before cell phones were common (if you are old enough to remember)? See in context

I read books. Now I can also read books on my phone when I am out and about, which is more convenient than carrying heavy paper books.

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Posted in: The Nikkei index closed at an all-time high Thursday, breaking the previous record set in 1989. What does that mean for Japan's economy? See in context

The Japanese stock market has finally reached the point where it was twenty-five years ago whereas the Dow is now fifty percent higher. It does not seem much to celebrate.

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Posted in: Japan, Pacific islands strongly oppose change of status quo by force See in context

Ho,Japan did not object to changing the status quo when it unilaterally claimed possession of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands despite a previous agreement not do so.

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Posted in: Japan repeatedly spots Chinese coast guard and warships near disputed waters See in context


As it says in the headline, they are disputed territory not Japanese. They are not worth starting a war over

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Posted in: Chinese coast guard vessels enter disputed waters in East China Sea See in context


They were owned by China, Japan only claimed them in the lead up to the invasion of Taiwan. Japan. They should have been returned to China after the war, but America was using them for bombing practice, and when they did come to hand them over, they had become ant-China and so gave them to Japan. Under Prime Minister Tanaka Japan agreed to shelve the problem of ownership and everything was fine until the American rightwing think tank, Heritage Foundation, got the mayor of Tokyo to upset the balance.

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Posted in: A mini-kotatsu to keep you warm See in context

it just looks like a small electric carpet placed on its side.

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Posted in: City hit hard by quake had highest rate of old homes See in context

My house is 160 years old and I would much rather take my chance in an earthquake than live in a soulless modern building. It al depends on what you want from life.

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Posted in: 'We don't give a damn about the feelings of Japanese concerning the so-called Northern Territories:' Medvedev See in context

Japan knew that they would not get them back it signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

"Articles 2 and 25 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty (1951)

(c) Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of September 5, 1905."

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Posted in: Charges dropped against group that allegedly broke into vending machine after Noto earthquake See in context


"Why not just buy the drinks from the machine?"

No electricity?

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

The ownership of the islands is disputed and Japan agreed to shelve the issue so the Chinese have as much right to order Japanese fishermen away as the Japanese do to chase off Chinese and Taiwanese fishermen.

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Posted in: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry finally stops using floppy disks See in context

Security-wise it was probably a good idea as nobody else would be able to read them.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to reshape LDP by moving away from faction system See in context


"If the LDP Inc Boyz were serious they would have done this ages ago."

They did, thirty years ago to be exact, but you can see how successful that was. As soon as the fuss died down, all the different factions reappeared.

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Posted in: Aso to keep faction within Japan ruling party despite funds scandal See in context

The various factions within the government were banned 30 years ago but they soon came back. This appears to be one of the problems with a one-party democracy.

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Posted in: Israeli drones attack hospital in southern Gaza, Palestinian Red Crescent says See in context

Elsewhere on the net: "Washington has seen no evidence that Israel deliberately committed war crimes in Gaza, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday"

Perhaps Washington should open its eyes then.

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Posted in: Record 87% of Japanese 'do not feel friendly' toward China: survey See in context

The power of propaganda

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Posted in: U.S., S Korea and Japan conduct naval drills as tensions deepen with N Korea See in context


Surely, as the US went nuclear first, they started it, North Korea is just catching up. Or do you believe that the US is the only nation that should possess nuclear weapons?

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Posted in: China 2023 economic growth tipped to be weakest in decades See in context

[China has] dethroned Elon Musk's Tesla as the world's best-selling EV maker.

Not only that, it has dethroned Japan to become the world's largest car exporter.

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Posted in: Taiwan tells China to 'face reality' after election See in context

@Garypen and Yubaru

But Taiwan's biggest backer, the United States, stated today that it does not support the independence of Taiwan.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka: Hero or villain? See in context

the now discredited Black Lives Matter movement

In what way was the movement discredited? Surely it is still relevant today

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Posted in: Passengers' cooperation in deadly JAL crash made for 'miracle' escape See in context

@Elvis is here

Pets are kept in the hold so how do you suggest they could be rescued?

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Posted in: 3-meter tsunami reached nuclear plant after powerful Japan quake See in context


There was plenty of historical evidence of high tsunamis in the area, even as late as Meiji, but this was ignored, in fact the land was lowered before the Daichi plant was built.

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Posted in: Fukuoka police officer arrested for fatally beating sister See in context

@Politik Kills

Not just here

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Posted in: Apparent Israeli strike kills senior Hamas figure in Beirut and raises fears conflict could expand See in context

More terrorism by Israel.

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Posted in: Many people these days opt for more personalized burials, such as scattering ashes in natural surroundings, as it becomes difficult to expect younger generations to continue tending to family tombs due to a shift toward the nuclear family. See in context

With the dropping birthrate and the movement of young people away from their birthplaces to the major cities there are no children to care for the graves so obviously graves are becoming considered an unnecessary expense.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context


What on earth is the connection between the expression 和製英語 and American Joke? There is nothing in the Japanese term that refers to American or joke.

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Posted in: Add an old English twist to your holiday cocktails with sloe gin. Here are 4 recipes See in context

Umeshu (plum wine) is similar to, but much better than, sloe gin.

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Posted in: JAL flew some domestic flights without required checks See in context

@Paul Spira

It was the S.D.F. not J.A.L. who handled the rescue operation and this rescue. The Japanese government ordering the US military to not participate and the S.D.F. teams waiting until the following day before entering the crash site contributed to the large number of victims.

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Posted in: JAL flew some domestic flights without required checks See in context

@Paul Spira

I believe that Japan Air Lines flight 123 crashed due to structural failure caused by a faulty repair by Boeing technicians following a tailstrike incident seven years earlier. So was Boeing's poor safety standards and maintenance that were at fault, not J.A.L.'s

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