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Posted in: Fuji TV newscaster Aiko Kaito poses in high school uniform for CD See in context

'Aiko'. I hope her name's kanji doesn't translate to that Diana Ross song from the 70s: 'Love Child'. That would be cruel and unnecessary for any single mother to do to their future newscaster daughter.

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Posted in: Fuji TV newscaster Aiko Kaito poses in high school uniform for CD See in context

Because the target sales audience is 40 year old Japanese men with no girlfriends.

Just back from Family Mart and there it was: this CD-- cellophane-wrapped in the deluxe edition, complete with a bottle of skin moisturizer and small pack of tissue. What the~?

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Posted in: Fuji TV newscaster Aiko Kaito poses in high school uniform for CD See in context

Maybe you are like me. I was happy to leave my high school years behind me and, at age 26, transition to 'independent young adult' with a university degree and a new personal fashion style to reflect eight years' personal growth and development. Not in Japan, I guess.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

Believe me, buyers car far more about trade-in value ($) than they do about a delayed recall that didn't directly affect them (i.e. accidents, breakdowns). That is about .5% of said buyers. Toyota will be just fine in no time. Unlike American car companies, Toyota has tens of billions of $ in the bank for their rainy day. American car companies, in contrast, have borrowed tens of billions of $. Next!

It's all about $, which translates to trade-in value to owners.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

Where does it say Toyota is banned in docks?

I just don't want to see a 40-car new Toyota pileup at the bottom of the ramp that goes from the transport ship to the dock due to stuck accelerators and faulty brakes.

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Posted in: Like any sport, sumo needs colorful characters to keep fans interested and to bring in new fans, but following Asashoryu's downfall, where should the line be drawn on what is and isn't acceptable beha See in context

To those of those with the "Without Asa sumo will die" mentality, I have to remind you that there was sumo before him and there will be sumo from now. Go to any cemetery in the world. You'll find 'giants' in their fields like Henry Ford, Walk Disney, John Rockefeller, JFK, Marilyn Monroe (together again!), the founder of Honda Motors, Sir Edmund Hillary, Elvis, soccer's Pele, Tiger Woods, and countless others around the world. Somehow.. somehow!, after they retired or died, the world kept turning. Asa's dominance for awhile was a mere blip on the centuries-old sumo radar. The JSA did the right thing in sacking him.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

Sorry-the reason I ask is because CPR, the heimlich manuever, and even calling 911 are "learned" actions- not common sense like running away from a fire.

Like they teach you in any driver's course: if for any reason you cannot stop a moving car (while driving), pull the transmission in 'N'-- also a 'learned' action. It works EVERY time. As I said before, yes, design flaw by Toyota, but use your brain as a driver too.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

Way to shift blame. There isn't a standard for keyless ignition autos. Some have you press 3 seconds, some one, some three presses. When one is barreling down the road, one is not apt to systematically try all permutations hoping one can find the right one in time.

Speaking of 'shift'.... What's the 'standard' (your word) for putting the car's transmission in 'N' when the car is 'barreling down the road at 100 mph'? I don't need to think too much in a panic situation like this. House on fire in the middle of the night? Run out of the house! My kid is face down in the pool? Jump in and pull him and out give CPR! Grandpa is choking on a chicken bone? Perform Heimlich maneuver and tell someone, 'Call 911!" Bad Toyota design, poor reaction by driver. Next!

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Posted in: The dumbing down of Japanese students See in context

I would also add that unlike more difficult English, Japanese via roumaji is simplistically phonetic and so easy to spell and read. If only English were as easy. 'colonel'... 'kernel'.... hmmm.

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Posted in: The dumbing down of Japanese students See in context

when it comes to Japanese language...

they should have followed the post WW2 U.S. recommendation and made the transition of written Japanese from kanji to the world standard: the Roman alphabet. It's worked for other Asian countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines. Miraculously, every word in Japanese can be written using the Roman alphabet. Without writing it out by hand much (and who does these days), I'd forget kanji too after leaving school.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

has something to do with a whole family dying in a fiery crash after their Lexus flew down the road going over a 100 mph and not being able to stop due to a stuck accelerator.

Or dying because dad wasn't smart enough to turn off the ignition key and/or put the transmission in neutral. The brakes and ignition wiring were still working fine. Defective Lexus design, but when does common sense kick in?

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Posted in: Fuji TV newscaster Aiko Kaito poses in high school uniform for CD See in context

She said she wanted to present a cute and fresh image. “I hope not only students, but also adults, will be reminded of the radiance of youth by listening to these CDs,” Kaito said.

Wow. I don't know where to go with this quote. A "cute and fresh image"? How is it either one? You're 26 and presumably an adult now! This marketing idea is more in line with what I would expect to find on a porn DVD here.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

“Toyota is so big and famous, so it’s an easy target,” said Masahiro Yasunaga, a 24-year-old tech company employee. “Its brand image has been hurt, but the media reports are too much.”

Yeah, you wouldn't expect a company as BIG and FAMOUS as Toyota to do something as STUPID and IRRESPONSIBLE as delaying necessary recalls and dealing with the problem directly before it snowballed into the PR disaster it is.

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Posted in: Japanese ask: Is U.S. backlash on Toyota a ploy to boost American auto producers? See in context

“I think the Americans are going overboard,” said Hiroyuki Komiya, 40, a Tokyo restaurant employee. “Maybe it’s Japan-bashing because the trouble at Toyota, which has the world’s No. 1 share, is a big opportunity for its American rivals.”

Really? Maybe this fool forgets the 30 years of American car-bashing done by AMERICANS that made Toyota and Honda (and other Japanese makes) number one in AMERICA. Americans love Japanese-made cars and the rejection of their own American-made cars helped in the recent bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler. Toyota made a HUGE and deadly mistake in dragging its feet on safety recalls, and now they a PR disaster of their own making. So, Hiroyuki, you just go back to washing the nabe pots and o-hashi, OK?

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Posted in: Japanese whaler, activist ship Bob Barker again collide off Antarctica See in context

I am quite anti whaling, but emotions are running far too high on both sides. I will be upset to see deaths, but it may happen if this continues.

And if it does, you can thank the Sea Shepherd captain, who breaks about 50 international maritime laws every time he takes his boat out.

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Posted in: Japanese whaler, activist ship Bob Barker again collide off Antarctica See in context

Japan has no constitutional right to shoot anyone...let alone in Antarctic waters.

I'm willing to make an exception for the Japanese Navy in this case: torpedo and sink the morons on the Sea Shepherd. Whether you agree with whaling or not, the Japanese are not breaking any int'l laws. When you provoke and endanger vessels in international waters, as these Sea Shepherd pinheads do, expect retaliation. Next!

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Posted in: Like any sport, sumo needs colorful characters to keep fans interested and to bring in new fans, but following Asashoryu's downfall, where should the line be drawn on what is and isn't acceptable beha See in context

I disagree sumo wrestlers need to be colorful.

Exactly. Someone pushes another one out of the ring and wins. That's all sumo needs to be. Using this formula, it somehow worked for hundreds of years. I don't need the outside-the-ring asinine "drama" of drunkenness, fighting, bad language, and loud-mouthed arrogance to make a boring sport 'more interesting to put the fans in seats'. Asa belongs in the sideshow of pro wrestling, not dignified sumu.

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Posted in: SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai to be TBS' main commentator for Winter Olympics See in context

why nakai? does he play any sports?

duh! Sports, Music, Assemble, People = SMAP. You can look that acronym up if you don't believe me.

It's telling that this story is listed in the 'Entertainment' section and not 'Sports'.

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Posted in: Japanese media criticize Toyota chief for slow response See in context

BBC Worldservice yesterday (Friday) was decrying Toyota's tactics, but whether this will have long term effects is uncertain.

It could. The BBC's 500 or so listeners have friends and family they can talk to about Toyota's problems of late. Bad news travels fast.

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Posted in: Japanese media criticize Toyota chief for slow response See in context

Japanese companies' PR people should now have learned that you sometimes have to upset the 'wa' and do and say things directly. If it embarrasses anybody personally or temporarily tarnishes the company name, too bad-- lives are at stake. Deaths occurred because of Toyota's reluctance to be open and forthright and issue recalls far earlier than they did.

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Posted in: Bar employee wanted for murder of newspaper delivery woman See in context

Amen, brother/sister my2sense. If you feel you really must find trouble, no better place than a cheap drinking establishment.

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Posted in: Bosses uptight over newbies' ignorance of phone protocol See in context

I GUARANTEE the CEO or vice president doesn't answer every ringing phone, why should the newest guy?

I take it you are new to the world of business.. or were recently let go from it. The CEO, the new guy-- yeah, there is some hierarchy and workplace responsibility differences involved there.

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Posted in: Bosses uptight over newbies' ignorance of phone protocol See in context

my experience with the young generation is just the opposite of what these articles describe: they are the ones who are much more able to think out of the box, understand customer requirements and respond flexibly. Much more effective to work with.

Really? They're not working at my local post office, the Softbank sales counters, or my kuyakushou, where I deal with them in Japanese. I see very little ability to problem-solve, think on their feet or "think outside the box" as you say. I don't blame them personally, though, I blame the rigid, rote, educational system that reared them.

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Posted in: Bar employee wanted for murder of newspaper delivery woman See in context

This is Japan. Within a day or so he'll walk into a koban and confess to it. I guess that's noble, but I've never quite understood the human psychology of it.

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Posted in: Man arrested after applying for driver's license renewal while drunk See in context

I suppose the cops deserve a round of applause for getting this clown off the streets.

Easy with the 'omedetou' there. The guy wasn't arrested because of diligent police patrolling. The drunkard stumbled in to the koban. Only after Officer Yamada woke up, took a piss, and smoked a couple Mild Sevens was the guy arrested.

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Posted in: SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai to be TBS' main commentator for Winter Olympics See in context

nakai in tbs and becky in nhk. you have the remote control to decide

Yes, and it's a good thing my remote has an 'off' button.

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Posted in: Sapporo Snow Festival See in context

Isn't it the boat from Disney Sea?

The Disney Sea hit an iceberg too? A lot of good that sailor suit-wearing Donald Duck is.

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Posted in: Sapporo Snow Festival See in context

On the left side, why did they have to recreate the horrific crash of the Titantic into the iceberg that sent a couple thousand screaming people to their icy deaths? Morbid, man!

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Posted in: Sapporo Snow Festival See in context

Snow, nature, winter, pristine beauty..... with Mickey and Minnie to best represent it at a snow festival. How did I know.

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Posted in: SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai to be TBS' main commentator for Winter Olympics See in context

Whew! What a relief! A mediocre singer-dancer 'tarento'will share his wisdom and insights about the competition with us. I'm glad they didn't go with a former gold medal winner or someone who actually competed in an Olympics or two. Again, the powers that be choose style over substance. And poor style at that.

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