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Posted in: Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle See in context

We talk of slavery and social stigmas in poor parts of the world but overlook one happening in developed nations. Just because the subjects involved wear a suit and a tie, and act sophiesticated does not mean this slavery is any better. Companies don`t want this culture to die. They want their employee to feel insecure and undermine their true potential. This is how they maintain the famous "japanese loyalty".

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Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf See in context

when rulebook overtakes common sense.

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Posted in: Wedding send-off See in context

I find some comments hypocritical. When we have similar ceremonies happening in the west - protocols becomes traditions, celebrations are seen more grandeur than prodigal, and all our televisions are filled with such images for weeks. I dont think japanese royal family deserves this criticism if you are in awe of royal families elsewhere.

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Posted in: India's spacecraft beams back first Mars photos See in context

correction - @Serrano - Continent is a geographical collection of countries. It breaks barriers of race and civilization. I am sure, Indians and all other Asian countries are proud of the diversity that Asia has.

Critics of the program say a country that struggles to feed its people adequately and where roughly half have no toilets should not be splurging on space travel.

You dont have to be a rich country to dream big. Clearly, this is not frivolous use of money

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Posted in: India's spacecraft beams back first Mars photos See in context

@Serrano - Continent is a geographical collection of countries. It breaks barriers of race and civilization. I am sure, Indians and all other Asian countries are proud of the diversity that Asia has.

Critics of the program say a country that struggles to feed its people adequately and where roughly half have no toilets should not be splurging on space travel.

You dont have to be a rich country to dream big. Clearly, this is frivolous use of money.

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Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA See in context

Apart from all the things in this story, i think it is safe to say Uncle overestimated himself.

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Posted in: Man of the moment See in context

I think there is nothing wrong with the picture. People at Madam Tussauds could have done a better job by portraying a similing Mandela, as he has taught the world to do, and this picture would have been just fine.

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Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter See in context

I hope there could be a more direct way to adoption, so that parents who give their kids don't feel stigmatized or burdened. Adoption is much better feticide or abortion. People should not run away.

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Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable See in context

Respect, power, responsibility and money tend to fade away with time. People have their time in the limelight when they are in control of themselves and people around them. When this light becomes dimmer and dimmer as each day passes by, in addition with darkness of ill health and loneliness looming over, it becomes harder to get in term with reality which at times can be daunting. This frustration is sort of understandable but not justifiable..

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Posted in: Canada let NSA spy on G20, G8 summits See in context

terrorist threat claims go into toilet now...

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Posted in: Kumamon visits Boston See in context

There is no harm in building Soft-Power of a nation by such things. Koreans went all the way with their Gangnam and Japan is trying for this. However, very few seem to be amused by Kumanon.

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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

There is no country that is not racist. Thinking superior or inferior to other civilizations or culture is common everywhere. In Japan, competition at all levels with western world, troubled relationship in its own region, combined with lack of exposure to other cultures has resulted in woeful social skills amongst the masses. They want to swim in other markets without getting wet. It does not work that way. Understanding at some level must exist.

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Posted in: Too fat to fly: French family stranded in U.S. See in context

at Alex

I think you have never seen anyone with such a disorder or else you won`t make such an irresponsible comment. Try having some empathy with others and keep aside your humor for sometime.

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Posted in: Q&A on operation to remove Fukushima fuel rods See in context

TEPCO should seek expertise from other countries as well. There is no shame in asking for support to deal with a problem that is huge and never seen before. I am sure they could get some good inputs from them. I hope they get this right.

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO slams Abenomics failure over online drug sale limits See in context

at dog "However he has since joined the ranks of Globalwatcher and me who always said that Abenomics was the usual LDP policies of pork barrelling and currency manipulation, coated in a different color, and that Abe is part of the problem and not a solution to the problem"

My only point of concern here is that. What exactly was his judging criteria about the health of Abenomics. It was tied to one of the things that would directly affect his net wealth at the end of the day. Direct beneficiaries should never be part of the decision any which ways. How can that be healthy. It is exactly like lobbying for something. I am not judging the merit of his case here as i am not equipped to do that. I think drug deregulation is just a part or deregulation.

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO slams Abenomics failure over online drug sale limits See in context

at sangetsu03 "Don't think that this panel was concerned only with the selling of drugs, the panel has oversight on a great deal of Japanese industry. The online drug-sales issue was to be the simplest of the matters to resolve."

I completely agree with what you have said. I also agree with the concept of breaking regulation in the drug market and allowing businesses to participate. But here, he has taken this one simplistic issue as you have mentioned, extrapolated it to the way whole economy is working and given up on the panel that could have done better work with his intellects at work. This is a clear case of conflict of interest.

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO slams Abenomics failure over online drug sale limits See in context

at Dog

"His upbringing and attitude to Japan Inc make him a threat to Japanese ruling elites and he'll probably end up doing a Horie style stretch in the clink."

If this were to be the case, why did he was sitting and cheering Abenomics when things were going his way. Just when he thought things does not seem to be going his direction, he flips his opinion and becomes a rebel and challenges the same elite. That is hypocrisys.

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO slams Abenomics failure over online drug sale limits See in context

Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani sounds greedy, arrogant and pompous to me. His opinion about the whole economy (Abenomics) is determined by whether he gets to sell drugs online or not. Thats sad to see. His advice to PM will also follow his own ambitions, its good to have him off the panel.

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Posted in: Lawmaker breaks taboo by handing letter about nuclear fears to emperor See in context

Looking at reactions of the Emperor and people around him, i think nothing will happen. They will all ignore the incidence.

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Posted in: Japan industrial output up, as recovery takes hold See in context

why is it cyclic? i dont understand, that too monthly cycles, which are so small duration..

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

why is she here? concert?

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Posted in: Who's afraid of working women? See in context

Firstly, no one is afraid of working women to answer the question. Secondly, these numbers are woeful yet rhetoric. Little more family support, flexible working hours can solve many of the above problem for which passing a law is not required. But, having less political representation is a cause of concern. LDP has ruled Japan for ages now, and can afford to bring in more women political leader internally, i think people will welcome them.

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Posted in: Vettel claims 4th straight F1 world title after winning Indian Grand Prix See in context

Donuts costed RedBull 25000 Euros, but who cares, he is 4 time world champion.

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Posted in: Film festival opens See in context

he will do everything but address fukushima.. he lives like a celeb here

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Posted in: F1 fever See in context

most popular couple in formula1... best looking as well

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Posted in: Vettel looks to clinch F1 title in Japan, again See in context

He is sitting in a car that is fastest by all means. Christian Horner and Adrian Newey are the real champions. There is an intangible aspect to great champions of the past which is beyond race numbers and title wins. Vettel is not winning with a mediocre car, that is why people like Alonso and Kimi are more popular.

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Posted in: Japan sales tax hike 'welcome first step': Lagarde See in context

Every individual will be subjected to an increased service tax, but stimulus package will come into the society as a result of trickle down effect. I hope they have thought long and hard before doing this...

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Posted in: WWII comfort women: the pain that time cannot heal See in context

It is actually very easy to put the blame on politicians and wash away the blame. Sad part is politicians are a reflection of the society and these are not totalitarian times. In this ages if people feel strongly about a issue that pains them, they can get themselves heard despite good/bad government. People feel strongly about nuclear energy and its crisis they get themselves heard. People in japan, if they were deeply hurt by what happened, could get politicians to bends and support apology. Which has sadly never happened constructively.

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Posted in: Armstrong: I'm still record Tour de France winner See in context

armstrong`s therapist is not doing a good job... he is still the jerk he was...

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Posted in: Abe outlines reform strategy; pledges to raise incomes by 3% See in context

stock market has increased by 70% since PM Abe came to power, that itself shows that stock market should not be taken as an indication of country`s economy. Life and purchasing power has not changed an iota. Stock market is enjoying this irrational exuberance and soon these fancy investment bankers will book their profits and walk away as if nothing happened.

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