If Princess Aiko were to take the throne, it would mean her child, whose father would come from an ordinary background, would be only linked to the imperial family through the maternal line. That has never happened in the past at least more than 1,000 years.
I sincerely doubt that this is true.
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The Japanese people place importance on peace and are not xenophobic.
Has Abe never met a Japanese person?
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I'd be curious to hear what he said in his apology to the girl and her parents. I wonder if he really thinks he did anything wrong.
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Respect to the anonymous caller.
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We've had several of these stories in the past 2 years. Many people from outside Japan who donated after the disaster are feeling like naive suckers on hearing of the slow and inappropriate use of disaster relief money. People who donated were under the impression that Japan's authorities would do everything they could to ensure fast and efficient recovery and relief for survivors of this tragedy, with total dedication to the task at hand.
Japan may have a hard time receiving foreign donations when the next disaster hits.
I know people will point out that this is Japanese tax-payers' money that keeps being diverted away from disaster-relief. But to outsiders it feels like Japan's government is saying "Now we have all these foreign donations for Tohoku, we can spend more of our own money on hats and scarves."
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I hope that the teacher will not be ostracized for telling the police. The school bosses may not like this exposure and may wish to punish this "informant".
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Maybe appointing a French-speaking ambassador with a German first name is supposed to convince people that Japan is a country that tolerates people's differences, celebrates diversity and shuns petty discrimination.
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This is a testament to the deterrent power of the Japanese police.
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Unfortunately, there is the possibilty of a suicidal student or salaryman ruining that special day. Something to keep in mind before applying.
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Previously we were insincere, arrogant and dishonest. But we're not anymore. Honest.
Who would trust a politician who actually told people they were now sincere and honest, as if it was some dynamic new forward-thinking innovation?
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Rather than revealing the benevolent nature of mankind, the babies may have been drawn towards the weaker party because it gave them a feeling of superiority. Or that they have a better chance of survival if they distance themselves from the bullies.
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The Governer of Tokyo recently said:
"The only thing Islamic countries have in common is Allah and that they are fighting with each other, and they have classes."
I'm not sure that such comments will help to establish Japan as "a Muslim-friendly environment."
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I saw someone give up the priority seat for someone in need once.
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Anyone else from outside Japan starting to feel stupid for donating?
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Article 97 guaranteeing fundamental human rights would be deleted.
This is the really scary part. This could prohibit dissent or protest on the grounds that the government thinks it "violates the public order".
If the Japanese people decide that this is the way forward then they probably deserve it.
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Go back to the Korean peninsula!
Man, that's gotta hurt.
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Hmm. Of course, changing Article 9 would also allow Japan the luxury of raging unprovoked war against China and Korea in the name of collective self-defense.
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Brings to mind The Crucible.
In Japan if you want to ruin someone's reputation, employment status and family life, accuse them of groping.
Guilty or innocent, their life will be destroyed.
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They should also tell them they could be the victim of a sexual offense if they ride the train.
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It is regrettable that one of our own personnel has been arrested.
Not "it is regrettable that a girl was molested"
"It is regrettable that this has been brought to people's attention" probably more accurately conveys his thinking.
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