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Posted in: High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor See in context

Some choice...Another reason for being grateful that we do not live in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Actor Dabney Coleman, villainous boss in '9 to 5,' dies at 92 See in context

In You've Got Mail, he plays Joe Fox's father. There's a great scene in which, on his boat, having just been dumped by his umpteenth female mate, he sips a martini and munches on nuts, as he refers to his second wife. Joe reminds him: "My nanny." Surprised, he responds: "She was the nanny?...Now that's ironic."

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Particularly in Japan, behavior improves through consensus, though such can be aided by laws. Smoking is a good example. I did not pay much attention to bicycles in Japan until I started riding one myself. Accustomed to strict rules in northern Europe, I was surprised at how otherwise admirably law-abiding and considerate people could become anarchists on wheels...But again: consensus. Part of the problem is the difficulty of making bike lanes on already narrow streets and roads...By the way, as I understand it, people my age are allowed to ride on sidewalks. I do so--riding very slowly.

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Posted in: Teenager referred to prosecutors for using smart glasses to cheat on university entrance exam See in context


"If you can't pass entrance exams for high schools or universities in this country nowadays,you must be severely lacking.

Plus the obligatory Kyodo gaslighting last paragraph to include 'foreigners' in the crime.


As someone who once participated in preparing university entrance exams, I'll readily concede that they are far from a perfect measure of knowledge or aptitude. But that they are nonetheless quite competitive. It's survival of the fittest (of sorts)--弱肉強食...I don't see any "gaslighting" here. I taught both Japanese and non-Japanese, and the cheaters (a minority) were of all nationalities.

My own view is that the system should be reformed, with a reduction in the "hierarchy." Universities should be relatively easy to enter, with much stricter standards applied, so that those who are either unable or unwilling to study seriously are weeded out. What graduates actually know and can do should be much more important than the "brand" on their diplomas.

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Posted in: Aso's comments about Kamikawa expose Japan's ongoing sexism impasse See in context

Being an old reactionary, I hope that Japan “advances” to at least 140th. But Aso is an obnoxious blue-blood. If he did not exist, the “progressive” media would have to invent him.

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Posted in: Hawaii may allow Japanese tourists to pass border checks from Japan See in context

Those who mention the current exchange rate should be reminded that Hawai’i was a popular destination when the yen was much “weaker” than it is now. The Japanese love affair with the islands will continue. (I speak as an absentee landlord with a red passport.)

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot by police after Osaka apartment quarrel See in context

Who among the commentators here is qualified to second-guess the police?

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Posted in: 'Like a video game': Japan's gangs hire online See in context

Even the fatherless, such as Risa Yamada, learn somewhere along the way: "Thou shalt not steal."

I wonder what percentage of the crooks get caught--and whether those near or close to the top are ever caught...

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Posted in: Okinawa pub posts 'Japanese only' admission sign based on some shaky logic See in context

Captdingelheimer: Well put! I knew 出人, a self-seeking provocateur…I am one those Euro-Japanese, and though holding a red passport, do not look like Yamada Yukio. I remember when there was what can fairly be called discrimination. There has been a transformation…Are there still glitches? Yes…My elder daughter, back from years abroad, tried to open a bank account, showing her red passport and speaking her first language, Japanese. The clerk wanted to see her visa status…Annoying? Yes. But not the end of the world.

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Posted in: Shibuya mayor says 'Don't come' for Halloween See in context

I'm with Meiyouwenti (没有問題) and don't understand the thumbs-down...I was in Ibaraki one afternoon many years ago, when I found myself in a kissaten called Halloween (in katakana). Back then, Halloween was all but unknown in Japan, so I asked the middle-aged proprietress whence the name. She looked anxious and asked whether it was somehow insulting. Iie, I reassured, her, saying I thought it rather kawaii. She said that her children had suggested the name...Halloween began as a, yes, pagan Celtic custom, celebrating the beginning of autumn. It then spread to America with Irish immigrants and became thoroughly Americanized, having nothing to do with All Hallows Eve. I remember how it was first introduced in Germany, much to the disgust of those around me...There's nothing inherently wrong with the custom itself, but even in 19th-century America it became an excuse for vandalism and mayhem...I support the mayor!

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

To Gene Hennigh: Didn't you learn the metric system in school? I think that American pupils all learn it--or at least used to learn it, before their curriculum was watered down and ideologized...kaimykahi's explanation is excellent...By the way, the size of Japanese bicycle tires are measured in inches, as I remember.

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Posted in: Gov't may seek to dissolve Unification Church: source See in context

It's Sо̄ka-gakka (創価学会) 'value-creating society', not *Sokka-gakkai, so those who spell it incorrectly may not know what they're talking about...My family is well acquainted with ardent members of SKGK, and whenever there is an election the matriarch comes round to us, asking us to support their party. We listen politely and then vote otherwise. No harm done...The Unification Church is a very different kettle of fish.

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Posted in: Wedding in Paris See in context

Jonathan Prin, je suis d’accord avec vous! I adore la France, except for the Paris and the politics.

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Posted in: In Japan, which bans dual custody, a table tennis star refuses to hand back her son to her ex See in context

Those who blame it all on “xenophobia” art misguided. Our ex-daughter-law, Japanese, alcoholic, abusive, and adulterous, walked off with the daughter of our gullible son, also Japanese, knowing that the absurdly unjust law was on her side. Not being able to see his daughter, now for years, has sent him into a tailspin…All those we know, including former Ai-chan fans, are disgusted with the piggish ping-ponger.

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Posted in: From English to Japanese: A word’s journey into another language See in context

For instance, a well-dressed older man is referred to as a ダンディ (dandi, or “dandy”) in Japanese. While the term is dated, it’s still comprehendible. The same cannot be said for クラクション (kurakushon, or “klaxon”), the outdated proprietary eponym for “car horn.”

"Klaxon" may be obsolete in English but not in French and Italian.

The Oxford English Dictionary's last entry for "klaxon" is as recent as 1973.

Another example of words for tools derived from brand names is ホチキス (hochikisu) 'stapler'.

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Posted in: South Koreans get younger as traditional age system dropped See in context

When I lived in Korea, I was happy to add two years to my "real" age, as I wanted to appear older; being a cheolmeun saram (a young person) tended to put one at the bottom of the totem pole. Ah, but that was long ago! Sixtieth birthday celebrations were a big deal, as many didn't reach that age. Life expectancy since then has risen by more than twenty years.

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Posted in: Student in Tokyo arrested for giving illegal haircuts to thousands See in context

Seigi-san, you can get your hair cut for a most reasonable price in Japan…And why should the barber be able to speak English? ここは日本ですよ!

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Posted in: Foreign tourists pick top 10 inconveniences about traveling in Japan See in context

The Korean in the 焼きそば sign is also amusingly wrong, as is, I think, the Chinese.

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Posted in: Diet passes controversial bill to revise immigration law See in context

There are many dreadful nations from which any of us would seek to escape, were we there. But even relatively just, peaceful, and prosperous nations cannot absorb an endless supply of refugees. And let us not forget that those who manage to flee tend to be the relatively privileged. I expressed this same view, with reference to the irresponsible and cynical “policy” in America, and had my comment removed. The excuse? Off topic. No. Not politically correct. I speak as a Japanese citizen…

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Posted in: Japan to ease airport rules for foreign private jet arrivals See in context

Yes, just what Japan needs…I hope the well-heeled visitors bring us lots of crickets…

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Posted in: AI threatens humanity’s future, 61% of Americans say: poll See in context

My guess is that among the 61%, most can’t spell, without relying on spellcheck, which they may not be able to use either…AI is simply a tool, a tool that can be misused—by humans, Machines are not conscious and never will be.

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Posted in: Four minors detained after Rolex store heist in Tokyo's Ginza district See in context

Teenagers can be breathtakingly stupid—gullible and impulsive. These kids may be rehabilitated, but the necessary measure will be terribly harsh: no smartphones for the next seven years.

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Posted in: 51-year-old man arrested for allegedly paying minor for sex See in context


In Europe, parents would just call this as a 'phase' in a teenage girl's life..."

There are irresponsible parents in (northern) Europe, particularly in the supposedly "educated" upper-middle classes, who put their unmarried daughters on the pill at a young age. But even they do not condone prostitution.

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Posted in: Half of unmarried people under 30 in Japan do not want kids: survey See in context

I have four grown children and, to date, four grandchildren. That does not entitle me to feel morally superior to some of the commentators here, though I do think: Thank goodness that they, being so happily wrapped up in themselves and so very smug, will not become parents.

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Posted in: Paying for paradise? Hawaii mulls fees for ecotourism crush See in context

My wife and I own property in Hawai'i and pay taxes on it. When, decades ago, we lived there, we enjoyed going, for example, to Hanauma Bay, where we would snorkel. One parked one's car and walked down to the beach. Now one is lucky even to be able to park just off the highway, and then one must pay. Non-residents must pay another fee, a hefty one, to go down to the beach, and one needs a reservation to boot....We don't particularly care, as our "beach days" are long over, but there are two sides to this story. Yes, there are "bad tourists," but then laying guilt trips on those who are sinful outsiders from the Hawaiian paradise is an old and all too familiar game.

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Posted in: 70% of Japan flight attendants report photos taken of them secretly See in context

Whenever I journey overseas, I prefer Japanese airlines, as Japanese flight attendants are both kind and competent. Though an aging male, I am not unaware of how charming they are as well, but that should be all the more reason to treat them, with full respect.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 104th in gender disparity rank in World Bank survey See in context

Men and women are profoundly the same in their humanity and profoundly different in so many specifics, whatever contemporary ideologies may claim. Most of the commentators here seem to presuppose that Japan should become an American clone—or forever live in shame. No! Japanese women are neither weak nor stupid. If the silly people who “rank” countries in their Alice-in-Wonderland way place Japan next time at #105, hurray!

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Posted in: Polyamorous man, ex-wife arrested for brainwashing, raping girl See in context

Why “polyamorous”? It suggests that Shibuya is promoting an ideology and is not simply a sex criminal. That would further suggest that he is somehow a victim of prejudice and discrimination. No. If he did what he is alleged to have done, he is one bad dude. End of story.

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Posted in: Refugee-averse Japan welcomes Ukrainians after Russia war See in context

"Refugee-averse Japan..." Given the opportunity to escape from poverty and/or war, millions upon millions of people would attempt to go to (relatively) rich and peaceful countries. But to paraphrase Dirty Harry, those countries have to know their limitations. Japan clearly does not wish to wind up like "border-security-averse" America.

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Posted in: Emperor opens festivals marking 50th anniversary of Okinawa's return See in context

I remember the mood at the time of the reversion. It was not a “right” vs. “left” question, though one sensed that for some people there was more fervor for the cause of reversion in the abstract than for the actual welfare of Okinawa’s citizenry. Fortunately, that is not true of the imperial visitors, past and present.

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