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Posted in: Ishihara agrees with Nagoya mayor's Nanjing massacre denial See in context

While this is disturbing it really is no surprise at all. Ishihara has been spouting the same nationalistic drivel for god knows how long and Kawamura, although he's new and youngish represents one of the most conservative cities in Japan.

BTW, Irish Chang's book has been criticised for very good reasons. The Chinese photos that are bandied about as "evidence" are complete fabrications. The best research on the Rape of Nanking has been by Japanese scholars, most of whom agree that yes, it did happen, yet the actual numbers of Chinese killed is probably a third of what the Chinese government claims.

Yet, denial of the Rape of Nanking is another thing--ignorant, and Japanese need to be educated about this important pat of their history.

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Posted in: Olympus executive in India dead in apparent suicide See in context

Or, Omori could have been sent to India in order to cover up his role in the scandal. More intrigue there if you ask me. And he offed himself for something he did and was remorseful about, so yes, I think "shame" had something to do with it as well.

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Posted in: Olympus executive in India dead in apparent suicide See in context

The stats say that more women attempt suicide but more men actually go through with it. This has to be related to the company scandal. You just don't hide the loss of billions of yen and think that there won't be consequences. The book/movie will be fascinating and a best-seller when it comes out.

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Posted in: Putting a price tag on jailing foreign criminals See in context

I'm assuming this was a translation from a Japanese article, so this misinformation is what the Japanese regularly read (and believe) about "foreign criminals". But for the reasons already given by others it's very slanted and exaggerated.

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Posted in: Top court upholds death sentence for man who killed 2 when he was minor See in context

I am not adverse to using the death penalty when the aim is "justice", but in this case, killing a criminal who was a minor with a horrible upbringing and who now expresses remorse, isn't life in prison a more "just" sentence? Sounds more like revenge to me.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

Something told me this question would get over 100 replies in less than 24 hours. Shall we try to double that? For those like myself living in the city, I also would say noise while in shopping areas could be the most annoying thing about Japan. The loud repetitive "Irasshaimase!" yelled to no one in particular, the use of megaphones (which should be banned) to amply the insanity (ABC Mart and Matsumoto Kyoshi are some of the worst culprits). The thing that really gets me, is when you ask these staff a question about their merchandise you often get blank looks or an unhelpful attitude.

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Posted in: From carnivores to herbivores: how men are defined in Japan See in context

Women's magazines don't have anything better to write about than ways to categorize men? I think we should return the favor someday.

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Posted in: Dutch workers down tools at Mitsubishi plant See in context

"down tools"? "production is set to seize"? Come on JT. Let's use language that we all understand.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of waiters in Japanese restaurants? See in context

Considering they get no tips I think they generally are pretty hard-working and efficient. Some could smile once in a while for regular customers, though.

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Posted in: Try cooking a Big Mac in rice cooker See in context

Why doesn't someone just vomit into the rice cooker? I'm sure the result will be the same.

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Posted in: What are some of the things you like most about living in Japan? See in context

My top 3:

The transportation system-You can get practically anywhere without having to rely on an automobile. The food-generally is very good. And in the larger cities you can get good variety of "ethnic" food as well. Environment-generally safe and clean (well that's two). There are few "bad" neighborhoods in Japan where you might fear for your safety.

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Posted in: What do you think of the name Kizuna, which nine DPJ defectors have chosen to call their new party? See in context

Isn't "kizuna" also supposed to be the kanji/word of 2011? So the defectors/leaders think it's a trendy catch-phrase that will encourage others to blindly join the party, regardless of what their platform is. The Japanese people are probably smarter than that.

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Posted in: Epileptic crane driver gets 7 years for deaths of 6 children in Tochigi See in context

It was a tragic accident. 7 years of incarceration is enough. This man will spend the rest of his life trying to make amends to the families of these kids.

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Posted in: How has the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis changed your food product buying habits in Japan? See in context

I look at labels of everything I buy. I won't knowingly buy anything from Fukushima prefecture and I try to buy Hokkaido or Kyushu products. What's tough is meat, since it often just says "domestic" and nothing else.

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Posted in: Living in Japan, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

I'm missing similar items to what's already been written here: turkey, cheap micro-brew and cheese, licorice, decent mexican food, and reuben sandwiches!

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Posted in: Happy New Year See in context

Pretty, but how traditional is this? Looks like an ecological nightmare.

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Posted in: Saitama woman arrested for fatally abusing 3-year-old son See in context

People who abuse children should never be allowed to have them again. Yes, human castration should be the punishment.

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Posted in: A Krispy Kreme autumn See in context

Recently the line isn't more than 10 or 20 minutes long. KK is not an exclusive brand as it once was.

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