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Posted in: Japanese women categorize male friends by levels of intimacy, from hugging to bathing See in context

Ages ago I published a short story that incorporated the topic under discussion. Some years later, I began to wonder if I had exaggerated this business. I see now that I had understated it!

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Posted in: Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home See in context

I have to emphasize that this was political crime. Sulli was out spoken against all lot of conservative and sexist views.

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Posted in: Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home See in context

This lovely, talented, intelligent and outspoken young woman died by her own hand. But it was the cyberbullies that drove her into deep depression and death. In fact it was the cyberbullies who killed her. They deserve jail time. Maybe for life.

I've dealt with cyberbullies. Fortunately, I've been politically involved since my teens and have developed an strong psychological shield against malicious people. Still, dealing with vituperative types is no easy matter.

If cyberbullying is not a crime in South Korea, it should be.

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Posted in: S Korean PM to attend emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Please note. South Korea's prime minister will be in Japan on courtesy call, not to sell his country out.

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Posted in: 33 dead, 19 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan See in context

I am sad for the people who died and suffered in this natural disaster. Stay safe everyone.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

On the other hand, she might.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Maybe they were sure that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao would not say anything creepy.

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Posted in: The Japanese government says the consumption tax has to be raised to help pay for the nation's ballooning social welfare costs. Do you agree with this view? See in context

Japan's skyrocketing and useless military expenditure. The ease on corporate taxes. Wake up, Japanese.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Well, now you know what America's representative really think of the Japanese/

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

Get into a time machine and go back 50 years and fight against global warming that people knew about and looked the other way.

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Posted in: Death toll from arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio rises to 36 See in context

These poor artists. The swine who did this ought to suffer to the full extent of the law.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher bullied by colleagues; curry rubbed against eyes See in context

Names. We need names. Names are usually published when someone is accused of a crime. We need these accused bullies names made public.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher bullied by colleagues; curry rubbed against eyes See in context

If there was physical assault the perpetrators should be arrested. Maybe they should be put into. substitute prison. They should in any event be fired and never be allowed to teach again.

I was bullied, along with others, at institution I worked for. One of the victims died from a stroke, others retired or accepted transfers. I was the only one who survived thanks to the colleagues who stood by me. Still, it was hell, but nothing compared to what went on at the elementary school reported on above. Finally, the bullies were outed. Several were forced to resign and one was demoted. I, on the other hand, was promoted. I owe a lot to those who stood by me and others.

While the bullying was going on at Higashisuma Elementary School apparently nothing was done to stop it. This is not only endemic to Japan. It is universal.

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Posted in: Japan’s toxic drinking culture no one talks about See in context

The good thing about company or university communal drinking is that it is a ritual. It is expected you'll get tipsy and so you leave your car at home. Everyone knows that people say really daff things when they are drunk and so that is forgiven, The drinking is accompanied by food, which absorbs much of the alcohol. There are also diversions like speeches and songs and bingo. By the time its over people generally happy and ready to go the second place for more drinking. This is how a lot of guys end up barfing at the train station. The train station of course have signs on how to barf (away from the rains) so you don't get electrocuted. Lately seats have been arranged so that drunks don't walk on to the tracks.

A few things. Women are not supposed to drink a lot. That is only for men. And a guy has some kind of health problem that is usually respected (at least in my experience.

I've traveled in Russia and alcohol over consumption is a major problem, as always has been. That to vodka and stronger stuff the average life expectancy is 65.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

There is an easy way to tell the Maiko for the ordinary girls in Kimono in Gion Machi. The ordinary girls in Kimono all have selfie sticks. They bunch up in the middle of the road to take pictures of themselves, thus blocking traffic.

Since they are not foreign tourists they can get away with it.

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Posted in: The Japanese government says the consumption tax has to be raised to help pay for the nation's ballooning social welfare costs. Do you agree with this view? See in context

No, the consumption tax is being raised for the record breaking military budget, that is Abe's daydream of turning Japan into a warfare state like the U.S.

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Posted in: Greta Thunberg: Climate savior or puppet? See in context

Not a puppet. In fact, she is a self-starter.

Did you know she convinced her parents to become vegans?

No, she is a self-starter and a very persistent and convincing self-starter.

For the Right-wing crowd who claim she is a "puppet" let them identify the puppeteer, the Svengali lurking in the background. They can't.

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Posted in: No grant for Aichi art festival after 'comfort women' exhibition fiasco See in context

For seven and a half decades Japan has done its best to hide, obscure, lie about, downplay and deny its wartime crimes against humanity. This is yet another example. Shame on Aichi-ken.

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Posted in: Frayed Japan-S Korea ties should not affect security issues: Abe See in context

Another typo: Please read "...even the guy you hope would choke on his chop sticks.

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Posted in: Frayed Japan-S Korea ties should not affect security issues: Abe See in context

This is from the English Asahi, 25 Sept. 2019: "Japan opted not to invite South Korea’s Navy to take part in a Maritime Self-Defense Force fleet review scheduled for October because of the dire state of relations between the two countries."

That was Abe yesterday. The above article is Abe today: "Frayed" relations between SK and Japan should not affect security issues.

Yesterday Abe was saying you can't play in my house. Today Abe is saying let's be really good friends.

One can see that Abe is ruled by his emotions and not reasoned opinion.

Diplomatically, inviting South Korea to the fleet review what have been a small gesture that would likely have not made things worse and maybe in the long run made things better. I learned as a kid it better to invite even the kid you couldn't stand to your birthday party. I learned something like that as an academic. At the university you kompai everyone, even the guy you would choke on his chop sticks.

I think good international diplomacy is like that.

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Posted in: 'Bully insurance' now on the increase See in context

Surprised it took the insurance companies this long to cash in on bullying. The schools have always been lazy about stopping children from bullying other children. Maybe if the school administrators could make money stopping bullying we would have no more of it.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Noting the confused response from the Chiba prefectural authorities, the 18 Sept. Mainichi editorially noted: "The central government was also slow to respond to the disaster. It was not until Sept. 13 that the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, which supervises the electric power industry, set up a task force on countermeasures against the power blackouts caused by the typhoon."

What was Abe doing in the meantime? The headline 18 September Japan Today notes Abe was reviewing an "honor guard" in white uniforms and talking about Japan's air force becoming a space force.

My question, which is not rhetorical, is the sustained mess in Chiba as much an issue of indifference on the part of the Abe government as it is of preparedness?

I'm a survivor of the 1995 Hanshin earthquake. There were monumental screw-ups then yet I sense the response we did get was far better than what Chiba is getting now.

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Posted in: Australian hiker rescued after crawling for two days with broken leg and wrist See in context

I learned it from reading Jack London: Never travel in the wilderness alone.

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Posted in: Russia carries out mass raids on Kremlin critic's supporters See in context

R.I.P. Russia's short-lived democracy. Putin is an autocrat and capitalist crook. Welcome to modern Russian, the worst of both worlds: State autocracy and capitalist exploitation.

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The 17th century was then, this is present day where the rising sun flag is a Navy ensign. It has been that, unchanged, at least since the 19th century. It is NOT the national flag. It is NOT whatever symbol you want it to be. It is the official Japanese Navy flag. If you have any pride or even affection for the Japanese Navy you should respect the rising sun flag for what it officially stands for and NOT what you want it to stand for.

The biggest abusers of the rising sun flag, the Navy ensign, are the ultra-rightists. If you go to the Olympics with the intent of waving the Navy ensign instead of the national flag (of which there is only one) you are abusing the rising sun flag and your own country as well. Ultra-nationalists who hate Japanese democracy are not real patriots. If you mimic them your patriotism is degraded.

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Always the last sentence. It should reading: "If you wave the Navy flag and you are not waving the national flag it is in a way that's a kind of betrayal."

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Quote from above: " [T]he beautiful Rising Sun flag has been around for more than 400 years as a national symbol of Japan and is here to stay." That's all very nice but the rising sun flag is not the national flag. It is a Navy ensign. It was that in the 19th century and continues today unchanged.

Unfortunately, the rising sun flag has been co-opted by the Japanese ultra-right. You can see those people around Yasukuni displaying that Navy flag while wearing vintage army uniforms.

Unfortunately and unfairly (perhaps) when people see the rising sun flag at the Olympics they won't think Navy but Japanese ultra-rightists. It will cause trouble. Leave rising sun flag to the Navy and wave the national flag.

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Posted in: Seoul, Busan pass bill to boycott 'war crimes' Japanese firms See in context

Oh the awful typo! "Koreans (Chinese) should read "Koreans and Chinese."

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Posted in: Seoul, Busan pass bill to boycott 'war crimes' Japanese firms See in context

Well, the evil things that happened to Koreans in the last two centuries have been the fault of the Japanese. Colonization trashed Korean society. (We Americans did not do that to Japan. during the Occupation; quite the opposite we created industrial Japan). Comfort women, so-called and slave labors, all the fault of the Japanese. The slaughter of innocent Koreans (Chinese) all the fault of hateful and ignorant Japanese. A divided Korea, all the fault of Japanese imperialism. There is more to say but this is enough.

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