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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups See in context

Why the thumbs-down for Tokyo-Engr? Everything he says is true--well, except for Marie-Antoinette, whom history has grossly maligned. "Progressive" American politicians have glommed on to the virus as if it were foie gras and black truffle pasta: Power, power, power...The peasants must obey!

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Posted in: Pandemic-hit sex workers flock to NPO for sympathy and advice See in context

I posted my comment, curious to see what sort of nasty, self-righteous, irrational responses it would get. Well no, I fully expected it to be deleted as politically incorrect. So I am actually rather pleased..."Sex work is work," Sneezy insists. The trick, it seems, is to label any money-making activity "work." How about pick-pocketing? The Ore-Ore scam? Elsewhere Sneezy says: "Not all sex work is prostitution." Please explain...If "sex" for a fee is involved and it is not prostitution, what is it?

I am not "casting the first stone" or any stone. I am, in fact, all in favor of providing assistance to all those in need. The worker deserves compassion; the work itself does not. Those who want to wax morally relativistic should ask Japanese wives what they think of it all...It also might be remembered that the one who said "let whoever among you is without sin cast the first stone" then said to the woman (allegedly) caught in adultery: "Go and sin no more." He didn't say: "Gee, I hope you've had a meaningful relationship!"

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Posted in: Pandemic-hit sex workers flock to NPO for sympathy and advice See in context

Is this from The Onion?

The proper term here is prostitution, moral disapproval of which can be justified on perfectly rational grounds. One can be sympathetic to the female (or male for that matter) who thinks, however foolishly, that one can make a lot more money by engaging in the "sex industry" than by doing a socially useful job, and the real culprits are here, I hastily note, her or his customers...Of course, it may be difficult to find alternative employment, and this might lead a lost soul to true desperation, so that she or he winds up in the depths of, gasp, trendy journalism.

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Posted in: A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do? See in context

Ah, I think I'll try to compete for the largest number of thumbs-down--or see how long it takes for this post to be removed by Big Brother....

non party puts it well...Besides, the Chinese no doubt have some juicy videos that will keep Biden (and the Bidens) toeing the line.

The American republic is dying, and I too am on my last legs, but with shaking hands I still cling to my Japanese passport...

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Posted in: James Bond star Sean Connery dies at 90 See in context

In "You Only Live Twice," James Bond tells Miss Moneypenny that he'll have no trouble with Japanese when he gets to Japan, having taken a first (I think it was) in Japanese as a student...I remember being amused when I heard that line dubbed into Japanese...

Good man, Sean Connery. RIP

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Posted in: As anger rises, Muslims worldwide protest French cartoons See in context

"Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you."

Some readers will recognize these words...Note that the speaker does not say: "Blessed are you when you feel dissed, because it'll be a great opportunity to behead those you hate."

France is un état laîque, a secular state. One can have reservations about the system, but not about freedom of speech. If someone makes fun of my religion, I shrug it off (or even laugh, if the joke is funny enough). If people really believe in the maker of us all, they won't claim to own Him.

Vive la France!

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Posted in: Asian shares mostly fall on uncertainty over U.S. election See in context

Ego Sum Lux Mundi...I like your name, with whose meaning I very much agree, and I agree with your view, though it may not be terribly popular on this forum. I have lived a long time and have witnessed various upheavals in American society. But this one is surely the worst. I remember when the left was almost entirely the realm of the university campus, and to the extent it was known by the general public, it was loathed. The media now cover for it...My guess is that most Japanese are quietly hoping for their own sakes that Trump triumphs.

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Posted in: Japan extends olive branch to N Korea over abduction issue See in context

The U.N. recognizes NK but not Taiwan. These are dark times where the rule of despots have greater sway in the world than truth or democracy. Children were abducted, families destroyed, and lives were forever lost...


Yes, yes...This must be said again and again! Thank you!

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Posted in: Jeff Bridges says he has lymphoma See in context

He also plays a very evil man in The Vanishing. In "real life," he's, of course, a very different person, from a fine family. Let us wish him well!

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Posted in: 71% of S Koreans see Japan unfavorably as ties sink to record lows See in context

I lived in Korea, now over 50 years ago, and I still speak Korean. I was (blush) hooked on Kyeoul-yonga (Fuyu no Sonata). Koreans are easy to admire--and just as easy to find exasperating...Regarding Japan, there is a modern myth, with varying versions, north and south, which demonizes Japan.

Japan had little choice in becoming involved in Korea at at the end of the 19th century: Korea was in no condition to maintain its independence and was prey in particular to Czarist Russia. No one can claim that Japanese policy was consistently wise, enlightened, or altruistic, but the fact remains that Japan modernized the country and left a deep impact on institutions and practices, most of them positive. Korea's ongoing imitation of Japan is immediately obvious to anyone familiar with both countries. And yet Japan remains the country that Korea (or at least its government) loves to hate.

Not so long ago, Japan was wallowing in cultural narcissism. Does anyone remember 日本人論? Things have changed--I think remarkably--for the better. And the wild-eyed political fanatics, both left and right, seem to have largely faded away. South Korea will, one hopes, change too. I have personally observed how South Koreans' self-absorption (along with outright xenophobia) has eased up over the years, but there's still a long way to go.

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Posted in: Barrett may be open to reversing Roe v. Wade See in context

To 1glenn: How would you define someone with "views straight out of the 19th-century"?

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Posted in: Again, no female contenders in Japan's leadership race See in context

I find it interesting, but not surprising, that while it's politically correct (and even politically required) to consider it a scandal that there is no woman running to succeed Mr. Abe, this somehow being evidence of "sexism," it is perfectly acceptable to engage in "ageism"--with talk of "geezers."

As a voter (有権者), I would be willing to support a woman for PM, but I would be judging her by her wisdom, not by her anatomy.

We are biological creatures, and biology can be tyrannical. Societies change, and our "gender" roles can be partially (but not entirely) adjusted. There are some women who make better leaders than most men, but they are atypical. That's simply a fact of life, whatever journalists may say.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context


"Maybe you [directed at me] have not noticed but Japan has been going nowhere for 30 years!

Talk to any older Japanese (60+) and they have stories that the youngsters of today cannot even begin to imagine.

The young generation is poorer than the last-there’s progress?"

Well, I've been here a lot longer than that--and i'm old...

The young generation is not poorer than the last--except perhaps in education.

Technology has made most all of us all materially richer. Years ago the only way to get through the heat of th summer was with watermelon and a wind-bell (風鈴). Now we have air-conditioning.

It's not Abe's fault that Japan now has fierce international competitors. It's not Abe's fault that many young Japanese prefer owning a fancy car and a poodle to rearing children. In that respect, Japan is indeed poorer.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context

I'd be curious to know what the age and backgrounds of most posters are. Yes, Abe is a blue-blood--and hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer. But he's not at all the authoritarian "xenophobe" he's portrayed as being. Japan is a vastly more open and "International" land than it was decades ago. The fact is, however, that Japan has enemies as well as friends and needs to defend itself. Japan suffers from statism, from an entrenched bureaucracy. I don't know how and why those foreigners with permanent resident now stuck abroad have been prevented from returning; in any case, that's certainly regrettable. But would any other government be any different? Whenever Japan's opposition parties have gained power, they have made an utter hash of things.

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Posted in: Biden aims to reinvigorate ties with allies including Japan, keep pressure on China See in context

"Rationale adults understand that Biden will begin the process of repairing the damage to our country that Trump inflicted," says P. Smith.

I'm a rational adult. I even know the correct spelling of "rational"! What "damage" has Trump inflicted on your country? Specifics? Did he commit arson in Minneapolis and Portland? Did he accuse everyone who disagrees with him of being a "racist"? Biden couldn't find his way out of his basement, let alone lead the nation. He's a puppet of the far left.

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Posted in: Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors See in context

I once lived in South Korea, back when educated people still in their 30s or over could speak Japanese and when, ritualistic cursing of Japan aside, there were ambivalent feelings towards the land across the sea. The Japanese were routinely referred to as Ilbon-nom, but then -nom was attached to most all nouns referring to non-Koreans. I taught in a school where the vice-principal was a kindly but lazy man, who had been appointed to his position simply because he had once studied in Japan. That gave him prestige.

“'Both countries need to make concessions and reach a comprise(,” Kim said."

No, Japan-bashing is an ongoing and lucrative enterprise. Historical truth simply doesn't matter, and even many Japanese toe the same politically correct line. Something very similar is going on in America.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting woman as she walks home See in context

blahblah222 doesn't know what s/he is talking about...The man is sure to be fired and disgraced. Being drunk is, of course, no excuse. There is surely far less public intoxication than there once was, and toleration of gross behaviour towards women has likewise declined dramatically. No country offers a utopia, but one should feel fortunate to be here.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea of election delay See in context

I read this article just to see how many uninformed, jeering comments there would be from the Trump haters. I wonder to what extent they truly represent Japan's ex-pat, English-speaking community. It's a depressing thought...It might be noted that leading American conservatives are very much opposed to the very idea of postponing the election. Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, but have any of you who loathe him so much considered what the alternatives are? (I speak as a Japanese citizen who has no intention of living in the United States.)

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot after attacking police officer in Kyoto See in context

The suspect may well be mentally ill; if so, he has been apprehended for his own good. The policeman should surely be commended, along with those who have trained him so well.

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Posted in: Learn the lost art of the Ainu language See in context

Korean may sound "similar to Japanese" if one is European-language speaker because neither has a stress-accent system. Phonologically, however, Korean and Japanese are otherwise quite distinct. Japanese distinguishes obstruent consonants according to voicing (k/g, t/d). Korean distinguishes them (except for s) according to aspiration. And then there are initial glottal consonants that do not occur in Japanese. Korean has a much more complex vocalic system than Japanese; it also tolerates final consonants and consonant clusters, e.g. hangul, which winds up Japanicized as hanguru. Japanese and Koreans tend to learn the other's language well--except in regard to pronunciation.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

Oh, please! She got all of that free publicity, doubtlessly to the envy of countless other exhibitionists. Anyone who thinks that her stunt is in any way sexually arousing could only be, well, a befuddled judge...The only thing "offensive" about any of this is the "artistic" pretentiousness.

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Posted in: Violators, beware: Police finally put some teeth in cycling laws See in context

In Europe, bicycles are regarded as vehicles, whose drivers must obey the law. Japan's narrow streets make it difficult in dense urban areas to create bicycle lanes, and that only encourages reckless cycling. I have seen otherwise perfectly law-abiding, socially conservative Japanese friends and acquaintances routinely ride on the wrong side of the street, their argument being that they wish to see cars ahead of them...I don't agree with those who take a cynical attitude towards police measures, though it's certainly true that all they can do is encourage a shift in public thinking. What's needed is the famous "consensus": Once bad cycling manners achieve the same low social status as public intoxication and smoking, there will be dramatic change.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

I don't mind, as I am accustomed the practice in Europe. But I could do without the virtue-signaling...Human beings need to feel guilty, and they should, as fallen creatures. But plastic is not the forbidden fruit of Eden...When I spent a couple of years in a small town in America, I would be asked at the supermarket, "paper or plastic?" I once whispered to the young lady at the register. "Quick! Tell me which is politically correct! My colleagues are watching me and I don't want to get reported for getting it wrong!!" She giggled and replied: "I don't know."

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

When did children cease saying "haro"? It really seems to have stopped rather suddenly...I used to think that being talked up on trains likewise ended in much the same way. It may be, however, that age is a factor, that I am simply much too old and much too uninteresting...In the old days (I now shudder!), I would reply to questions in English about my homeland with: "I am Troglodyte, from Traglodia. Ees very small country, east Europe." It was worse than silly; it was mean. When I think about the utter madness in America, about the obsession with "race" and "identity," about mobs tearing down statues of people about whom they know nothing, I feel very grateful for my Japanese passport. (Who would think of attacking Hachiko?) Those of us who "look different" in this country have it vastly better than just a few years ago, and it was never so dreadful to begin with. I am not unsympathetic with "haafu": I brought up several myself, and they tell me that whereas I chose to be here, they did not. Fine. But we really do need a sense of proportion.

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Posted in: 'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color See in context

If there is an obese character, must the voice actor who plays him or her also be obese? What about a thin character? Let's see now. Which is politically correct? Weightism or anti-weightism.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

These days one must be very careful about what one says. Someone says what ought to be obvious--All Lives Matter--and is given thumbs down. Fortunately, there are many voices of reason here as well. No one has a crystal ball, but my guess is that in a few short years, those of us still alive will look back on this time and wonder...How will today's young people, having finally grown up, explain to their children how it was thought that social distancing was absolutely necessary--except when virtue-signaling?

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Posted in: Okinawan governor seeks to back anti-hate laws with criminal punishment See in context

Some of the most vociferous "haters" are leftist ideologues who, in their more honest moments, will admit that they believe that only their opinions should be allowed to be heard. Younger foreign (sorry--what should I call you?) residents of Japan do not remember when the Japanese were much more "tribalistic" than they are now. Children would scream "haro!" (not that they were trying to mean or were causing any real harm) and store clerks would, on occasion, freak out. Japan is a vastly more pleasant society for those who look "different" than it was fifty years ago (and I go back further than that)...This evening I went out shopping with my wife, both of us wearing masks. I saw two young men in the supermarket who were not. No one badgered them...In at least one foreign country I am thinking of, where until just recently wearing a mask was considered a freakish "East Asian" thing to do, there have been fistfights over non-wearers...Japan has common sense and more or less agreed-upon behavior. She doesn't need Prussian-style "laws" to enforce omoi-yari...Hmmm....I wonder how "hate-speech" is treated in Minneapolis, where looting and pillaging are taking place even now.

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Posted in: University professor arrested for stealing women’s underwear See in context

I know Keio well, as I am a retired professor of the institution...I appreciate the comments of those who express compassion for Shiratori as suffering from mental illness. (That is not to deny that he is not in the least responsible for what he has confessed to doing.) I can say with some confidence that his former employer will regard his greatest crime as that of embarrassing Keio, whose faculty members, administrators, and students tend to have a very lofty opinion of themselves...Those readers who see this sad incident as a further excuse to sneer at Japanese culture as somehow producing and nurturing strange fetishes should consider the general human condition.

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Posted in: Pope says world must rethink reliance on nuclear power; denounces ‘epidemic’ of bullying See in context

As a Catholic layman, I am painfully aware that one cannot be more Catholic than the pope, but I cannot help feeling that the Holy Father might venture to say something other than what the trendy folk--especially in the media--want to hear.

Bullying? Well, uh, yes, let's oppose bullying. Bullying really isn't very nice...Let's also oppose typhoons, volcanic eruptions, nuclear accidents, reckless driving, and excessive consumption of chocolate.

Rumour has it that the head of the Church will also please progressive folk by questioning capital punishment in Japan. Uhuh...

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Posted in: Pope says world must rethink reliance on nuclear power; denounces ‘epidemic’ of bullying See in context

"The pope is progressive? The guy who is at the head of a thousands year old organisation that still burns pieces of paper, objects to abortion, prostitution, birth control, homosexuality etc? You mean the guy who is the head of one of the longest existing conservative organizations that humanity has ever seen?"

Faulty English here--and, worse, faulty thinking...What does "progressive" mean? Being pro-abortion, pro-prostitution, pro-birth-control, pro-homosexual? If "conservative" means upholding the immeasurable value of human life and the dignity of the human person, hurray for conservatism.

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