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Posted in: Items that survived U.S. A-bombs to be displayed in Oslo See in context

An excellent and poignanti idea. The world must never forget.

Clamenza: No one has. Not a single country has attempted a sneak attack on the US since 1941.

Yeah, but that has not stopped the US to wage wars all over the world. If that makes you proud of being American, then so be it. But don't wonder why and don't cry when people express their dislike of US governments and US' foreign policy.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

 @AgentX: The fact is that, deservedly so, the flag is offensive as so many have now pointed out

“Deservedly so” or not is up to the commenters to decide and as many have said (written) above that flag should not be considered offensive as it is not the one which the Korean fans believe it is.

I think it's proper those proponents to take note of the offensive action,

You want a great number of people to be considerate of the mistaken understanding of a bunch of pop music fans but when people give you proof that those fans are mistaken in their understanding you show zero consideration. Right. A very good approach to a constructive discussion. Not.

I have simply called out those that are perverting the course of this discussion.

Remember the pot, kettle, etc?

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

 you need to read about the true facts of WW2 and the atrocities that flag represented at the time. If you still feel proud about wear it on a jacket then your the one that needs to look at yourself in the mirror.

But once again, the flag on the jacket is not the flag which the Korean fans think it is. And yes, it is ignorance but this time not on the Japanese side.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

Looking at the cost breakdown on my latest air ticket, there is a Y2090 international passenger service charge and a Y520 passenger security service charge.

Those are charges which benefit the airport, which is a business organizations and operates to make profit while offering certain services. Those charges have nothing to do with the new tax which will flow into the coffers of the government.

I recall Kansai Airport had some kind of airport tax in the past, maybe still. Some would arrive unawares without cash (maybe 2600 yen?).

Not just Heathrow. Manchester’s the same. In fact, it’s a UK-wide tax.

An airport tax is imposed by every single airport in the world. The amount varies depending on the country and airport though. In most countries the passengers are unaware of it because it is part of their air ticket and most passengers simply do not check the breakdown of the ticket price.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

but its also a flag of Japanese wartime aggression.

It seems that some people never even try to check their facts before commenting. It is a different flag from the flag used during WWII. At present, the flag above (the one on the jacket) is the insign used by the Japanese navy and, yes, it is true! Japan renounces war.

Indeed, Ossan, how do you undo decades of brainwashing?

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Posted in: LGBT groups, educators call for diversity in school uniforms See in context

Gokai: You should put us to work solving the national debt problem that you 98.4%ers caused. You sure can't solve it.

Landofexcuses: I very much fear that if you people are confused by something as simple as gender, economics just might be a little over your head.

Only that it is not the LGBT people who are confused about their gender. Rather it is the rest of the world, predominantly those who cannot accept LGBT people as they are because their gender-identification does not fit the old-fashioned gender norms and expectations set by (deeply religious) societies centuries ago.

BB: And can anyone tell me my nudists are required to wear clothes in public and in school.

You seem to be overly concerned with nudists but they have no bearing on the topic of gender and sexuality and, though you obviously don’t agree, on school uniforms.

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Posted in: LDP unveils election pledges, including Constitution revision plan See in context

The LDP chapter in japanese politics is luckily set to recieve a heavy blow! I'm tired of Abe, the country worked just as fine without him!

I am not sure you can call the political indecisiveness of DPJ prime ministers “fine work.”

 Yet the people gleefully settle for this every time they are given a chance at change.

Well, the people took their chance in 2009 and what happened? There was a political mess and the economy did not improve one bit. Only when there is a strong, reliable opposition, you can say that the people are given a chance to vote for change and criticize them if they do not take it.

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Posted in: Carb-free sushi? Restaurant ditches rice in new menu items See in context

Sounds more like modified sashimi. Sashimi rolls, anyone? ;-)

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Posted in: Japanese car rentals include stickers that read: 'A foreigner is driving' See in context

These are meant to let other drivers know that the person driving the rent-a-car is unfamiliar with the roads and give him/her some air instead of blearing their claxons for his/her being somewhat late at times. I have a Japanese drivers license and at the few occasions when I rented a car in Hokkaido, I was never offered such a sticker.

It is funny how such a simple thing which is meant to help people on the road can be  spun into an outrage at presumably nationalistic intentions...

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

Japan did have that ridiculous airport tax, ¥2,000 per person.It is just tacky and expensive and leave a bad taste for a visitor to Japan.

Airport taxes are different from the tax which the article talks about. Airport tax is paid for the use of the airport not for PR of the destination the airport is located in. Airport taxes nowadays are included in the price of airtickets so many passengers are not aware that they pay that tax.

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

This is something only Japan would think of.

Not really. Many countries already have it. The US, for example, uses the money paid for acquiring ESTA for tourism PR (though originally the government said that the money would be used to strengthen security at airports, they later changed the tune and now the money finances the PR activities of Brand USA.)

 And really, we all know that this tax will not be used for PR, it will go to building more useless roads and bridges

Well, there is really no way to know if this is true or not at this point of time, is there?

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context


Yes, because in their minds pointing  a finger at a foreign enemy's crimes absolves them of  all responsibility for dealing with the current situation at home. And also gives them grounds for asking for more money.

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context

@erbaviva: A boy named SK was beng bullied. His neighbor JP always slaps his chest. So one day he came up with an idea. He strapped dynamites on his chest. The next time the neighbor slapped his chest, he blew the bomb. Now the neighbor has no hand.

And if we follow real-world logic, the boy with the dynamites is alive no more. His neighbor, though having only one hand, is still alive and enjoying his life.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

When youve had a good long hard look at yourself and can truly say your innocent then you can pass judgement on the enemy

Only that it is not the Japanese who pass judgement. Rather people who have not been educated in US schools and have not learned from US-authorities approved textbooks. And those people (me being one of them) do not consider the US their enemy.

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Posted in: Trump says opioid crisis threatens everyone See in context

I really wonder why the Amerivcan nation came to this. Painkillers are prescribed in other countries too but we do not see such problems there. Are the American painkillers different? If so, how and why?

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

There have been numerous genocides throughout mankinds sorry history. Why do you vehemently deny the one perpetrated upon the Japanese people?

Because for people like the poster whom you addressed your question to it was “us” who did it. And “us” also happen to be the winners of the war. And because, (I am aware that my post may be deleted) some attitudes towards Japan (and other Asian nations) which made it easier to justify the bombings still persist, helping some people sleep well at night.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context


Sorry, I was referring to the numbers of foreign visitors to Japan, never to the numbers of Disney in the USA.

No, Disneyland was not built in a city, but before the park was even opened, investors and hotel operators bought up all the land in the area, eventually pushing up land prices to as high as $10,000 per square foot. No property in Kyoto comes anywhere close to that value.

Are you trying to imply that investors should buy up all the land in Kyoto so that they can build hotels there?

Eventhough the two Disneylands  in the US made huge profits, there is still no base for comparison between them and Kyoto. They were built only for the purpose of accepting visitors. They can expand and have new hotels built relatively easily. Kyoto is a city where expanding roads, parks and any other facilities, when possible, takes a huge amount of time and where local residents also have their say. Oh, and when I talk about "infrastructure" I mean much more than simply accommodation facilities. Kyoto's infrastructure (with the exception of accommodation) is used by the locals, too.

 am not familiar with details but it is also a way to decrease the already huge number of visitors whom the present infrastructure cannot accommodate anymore. 

It is nothing of the kind. The present infrastructure is already changing to accommodate more visitors, on my visit last year I stayed at a brand new Tokyu hotel.

But if the numbers continue to grow at the same rates as now, soon the few hotels being built in the city will not be up to the task.

If Kyoto wants to fark itself in the backside by biting the hand that feeds it, people can just spend an extra day or two somewhere else in Japan.

I fail to see how that would be a bad thing. You will have happier Kyoto residents,  happier local communities in other parts of Japan, a more relaxed destination and probably more considerate  foreign visitors who are ready to pay a little more for a better place to spend their holidays in.

Japan is riding a wave of popularity as a tourist destination right now. Waves eventually run out, so Japan must exploit this popularity as much as it can, so that it can become an established tourist destination.

Well, there are different ways to look at this. Japan can exploit its popularity until it wears down and then shut down as a travel destination (more or less) or reign in the growth and introduce a more sistainable development/long-term advancement of the industry and urban environment. Improving infrastructure ("expansion" does not mean "improvement" BTY) is important when you are trying to establish yourself as a brand in the long term.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

 1.An intelligent way to create some control on numbers is to restrict hotel space and restrict Air BnB.

Hotel space is already restricted. AirBnB is obviously not but hopefully will.  

 My analogy about comparing Kyoto to a profitable business was purely a point about using your increased profits to deal with your own infrastructure, not by taxing your customers.

Fair enough. Yet, the new tax is going to be imposed on lodgers per night (I guess it will be collectable upon paying for your stay at any accommodation facility within the city. If this tax puts some people off visiting Kyoto, then it might become easier to deal with congestion which, though not articulated well in the article, is obviously one of the major reasons for the introduction of the tax.

Also, you first talk about restricting the hotel space and then say that you need to use the increased profit to build more infrastructure. So, it seems that we are back to the points of limited space and sustainability over growth gone wild.

2.Taxing the tourists already spending good money is bad PR. Especially when the notion of taxing local businesses making good profits has not even been raised.

It depends on how you look at it and what you want to achieve. For overcrowded all-year-round tourist destinations it is often a blessing in disguise. Re local businesses, sure enough, they pay taxes, too.

But again, we do need to consider the local people, too. The phenomenon of getting tired of tourists rumbling around day and night is not unique to Kyoto. It has been observed in a good number of travel destinations (mostly cities which are popular year-round) all over the world and local authorities have only now begun to look into how they can strike a balance between the benefits of great visitor numbers and residents who'd rather have fewer visitors and more relaxed everyday life.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

One of the reasons why Japan has not been an attractive tourist destination is the high cost of coming here. Between the long and costly flight, expensive food and lodging, etc, garden-variety tourists can't afford it.

The numbers during the past 3-4 years fully contradict your statement. Even the number of visitors from East-Asian countries which are not yet considered “developed economies” is still on the rise.

If there is a surge in tourists, hotel operators will build more hotels. That's how things are supposed to work.

Considering how overcrowded Kyoto already is, this is not the most obvious solution for the city.

Disneyland sees upwards of 18 million visitors every year, not one taxpayer dollar was used to build the numerous hotels in the Anaheim area. The park and the hotel operators had no trouble at all finding a way to lodge ever increasing numbers of visitors.

There is one huge difference though. The Disneyland was not built in a city. Can’t see how you can use it as an example for building new hotels/lodging facilities in a city like Kyoto.

 Kyoto has been designed over the years to encourage tourists to come and visit and spend their money. Numerous restaurants, shops, hotels etc have been created to develop the tourism industry.

 Yes, it was a travel destination for the domestic travelers. Until ten years ago. Since Japan started promoting itself in overseas markets, the number of visitors grew to the point where the existing infrastructure could not accommodate the new numbers.

I am not familiar with details but it is also a way to decrease the already huge number of visitors whom the present infrastructure cannot accommodate anymore. I think we should not forget that local people can be on the receiving side when we talk about the negative effects of tourism (and yes, these do exist.)

Imagine owning a business where revenue goes through the roof. This leads to pressures on your machinery and staff expenditure. Do you think you would increase your prices to your customers? And not use your increased income on capital expenditure?

If only it were that simple. Kyoto is not a single company. The resources for building new infrastructure are limited. The residents should be able to live comfortably, too. Capital expenditure is good when your customers are increasing. But keeping the number growing all the time is impossible. I am not sure how it is in this case, but sustainability might be more important than constant growth when you consider the limited resources and the interests of the residents.

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Posted in: Businesses look to attract more foreign tourists to rural Japan See in context

Dan, me too. For me, the point of such visits is to help the locals realize the current situation (be it good or bad) and  find out what they can do to turn their area into an appealing place for foreigners. Spending a day or two with a local family in a rural area holds a relatively high attraction to certain market segments and one of the purposes of marketing (and DMOs, too) is finding what an area can offer to a certain customer group so that both locals and visitors get what they are working/looking for. Promoting the area to customers who might be interested in it is another job "reserved" for marketing companies (and in some cases DMOs. ) A holiday for many people does not mean spending two weeks in the same place or visiting a museum after museum every day or lying on the beach day after day till your vacation is over. There is a myriad of holiday styles so what you find unattractive, might be what others are looking for.

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Posted in: S Korea starts review of 'comfort women' deal with Japan See in context

There's nothing that could possibly justify sexual exploitation during war-time.

No, there isn’t. But the war finished 71 years ago and as far as humans are concerned, we cannot go back to fix the past. The only thing we can do is to work for a better future.

It's not up to Japan to decide wether their apologies is enough or not.

True, but when you are told that you have not apologized enough even after the n-th apology which takes place 70 years after the end of WWII, somehow the “it’s not up to you to decide whether you have apologized enough” argument does not hold water any more.

Having comitted such crimes against humanity in the past brings with a lot of heavy responsibility in the future.

True and fair. But then again, those who like to perpetuate their victim status never say “enough is enough.” I hope I am mistaken but the notion of “forgiveness in order to move forward” seems to be totally unknown in large parts of Asia.

It won't take an easy century to ease the pain for the victims.

Almost all the victims have passed away. May their souls rest in peace. In any other country (my home country included) this would mean that hard feelings should be left to rest because the people who live now have the future. But the South Korean government does not seem to want to let go.

It's like France and Britain, where bitter memories from the Napoleonic-era (1799-1815) still remains, even 200 years later!

Hmm. Yet, we do not see Brits & French (and their governments) try to extort money from each other, do we? Or point fingers and picture their neighbor as the baddest guy on the block…

But as I am not British, I would love to hear the comments of the Brits and the French who frequent this forum on this. I might be mistaken after all…

You can't delete memories and bitter responsibility by just paying an amount of "charity sum" to South Korea.

You might want to read on the number of apologies made over the years and the amount of money paid since the 1950s. Please also pay attention to why the money - which by no means is a “charity sum” - was given to and how it was spent by the Korean governments and how much of it was distributed to the victims by those same governments.

There is plenty of info on the web about this.

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Posted in: NHK sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest See in context

According to the article, the T-shirt had an anti-war message on one side and a peace sign on the other. If this is true, what is the fuss about?

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Posted in: Ex-bureaucrat alleges Abe office's involvement in new school approval See in context

 Hopefully, not just of this clown, but of the whole LDP

To be replaced by what? LDP has been in power for so long for reason. They are the puppet actors who obviously learned from the loss in 2009.

Yubaru is right. If LDP crashes, the power vacuum will ensue chaos and unfortunately be a stimulus for some belligerent though small neighbour countries to try their luck.

Isn't policy formulated by the bureaucrats.

In general, yes. But they have to comply with pushy politicians who want things done the way they want and fast (the article above is only one example.) No matter the color, once in power, politicians tend to learn the game very quickly.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for official apology over 'comfort women' See in context

Abe is useless. For 5 long years, he can't cut the deal. If Abe can't make East Asians happy, he can't make anyone happy. That should be his number one job.

My first reaction was to laugh at the above. But then, if you think that Abe was elected by the East Asians to work for them... Well, all right. I guess some people can choose which universe to live in.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan reaches 2.29 mil; record number for May See in context

 I think Japan has done a poor job advertising the rest of the country.

This happens with every new destination. The first several years, tourists flock into the most prominent and easily accessible places. Gradually, some visiotors start to come back and form the repeat-visitor base. Many of them will be going to places other than Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Japan is still young as a travel destination so the repeat-visitors should be increasing from now on. As the country laready has most of the infrastructure making access to local areas relatively easy, those areas will be getting more attention in the near future. Local governments have realised the potential and many are opting for DMOs to ensure that they will be put and stay on the visitors' maps.

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Posted in: Abe, cabinet ministers promote Super Cool Biz See in context


Thanks for the laugh.

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Posted in: Yokohama mayor apologizes to boy bullied for being a Fukushima evacuee See in context

TEPCO were clearly to blame for the disaster which was "a profoundly man made disaster" according to the subsequent enquiry.

I guess you are talking about the nuclear accident because the earthquake and tsunami were the real disaster. Racer is right. The objective truth is – like it or not – that the nuclear accident killed nobody while the double natural disaster stole the lives of thousands of people. The accident was triggered by a natural disaster of a scale which nobody had experienced in the thousand years before it occurred. What is perceived as human negligence became a reason for the accident due to the unprecedented scale of the natural disaster, namely the tsunami. The accident never really turned into the nuclear disaster which it has been blown up into. Yet, it has been politicized and used by people who were never there and therefore were never involved in controlling it and in dealing with the hysteria that came after March 11.

You see, the VICTIM of bullying is not the issue here. The issue is, "Why do people who are doing their best deserve social derision far far out of proportion to some alleged risk they pose?"

 I have been wondering the same. No redemption for the sinners. No redemption for the innocents.

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Posted in: Abe delays goal of no waiting list for daycare centers by 3 years See in context

And by waiting lists for daycare centers, is he talking about Japan or just Tokyo because in places like Aomori, Fukushima, and other hinterland areas, there is no waiting list. So, basically, Abe can't even run one city let alone a whole country.

Abe’s job is not to run one city. Cities have mayors to run them. The problem with day care centers in cities with big concentration of working-age parents who need DC is not so much the financing as to finding plots which can be used for building DCs. In some districts in Tokyo it is impossible to get a plot big enough for a tiny doll house let alone for a functioning day care center. Yet, in the ward which I live in, we have seen more than ten new DC opened during the past two years because the population has aged, some houses have become uninhabited and some small businesses have closed down and sold the land they used to use. Such plots are now  been used for building DC here but in many wards such development is impossible for the foreseeable future.  You cannot force people out of their homes because you want to build something else on the land their houses are on.

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Posted in: Trump budget calls for deep cuts to social safety net See in context

@Article: The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years

 Ha-ha. Is Trump planning to stay in the WH so long?


@Article: "You have to have compassion for folks receiving federal funds, but you also need compassion for folks paying it"

 Hmm. Talk about widening the social gap… But yeah, this was on the Reps’ agenda since the beginning. Never pay into a social benefits system which has somebody else receive the benefits.


@Article: The State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency would each see their budgets cut by about a third, while defense spending would increase by more than $50 billion, or 10 percent above 2017 levels.

Wow. Left speechless.


 @Article: The proposal also adds $2.6 billion for border security and immigration enforcement -- including $1.6 billion for building a wall on the US-Mexican border, one of Trump's controversial campaign promises.

 Laughed out loud. What happened with the rhetoric on Mexico paying for the wall??


@Article: Mulvaney stressed that Trump's budget request reflected an effort to "bring some fiscal discipline" to US spending, and stressed that the 2018 budget was a pro-taxpayer affair.


Any shortsighted  tax-payer who cannot see farther than the tip of his/her nose would be happy with this request. The problem though is that short-term solutions are never good in the long term. And Trump is definitely not going to be in the WH to see the results in 10 years.


@Article: "We have plenty of money in this country to take care of the people who need help, and we will do that."

Yeah, most of the Reps definitely needed help to make sure they keep their money for themselves. Social security nets??? What are those dems talking about? We do not live in a Utopia Land, do we now?

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Posted in: Japanese men list 7 traits that would make it impossible for them to date some women See in context


My unmarried J girlfriends are independent, knowledgeable and mature. Unfortunately, most of them say that the reason for them being single is that J guys do not like their gf/wifes to be independent, knowledgeable and to act their real age.

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