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Posted in: Emperor leaves for Ise shrine to mark end of enthronement rites See in context

I'm glad to see traditions being continued in Japan, where it seems some are falling by the wayside. That having been said, at a time when the natural typhoon catastrophes hit Japan, causing wide-spread damage and deaths, the imperial family and their handlers could have shown at least some restraint in their lavish spending and used some tax yen to assist the typhoon victims and even the 3/11 victims. Instead, though they were following tradition, their attitude seemed rather contemptuous v-v the needs of the Japanese people. Here, Naruhito had a chance to ingratiate himself and the royal family with his people, but he apparently chose to ignore it, other than paying lip service ("I'll pray for them."). 

@Roten & CaptD: There are non-Japanese people, like myself, who are fluent in Japanese, who have lived in Japan for many years, graduated from a Japanese university, and are highly knowledgeable of Japanese society and history, and who have opinions and insight far beyond the two-week visitor and short-term eikaiwa sensei's. Your assumptions that our opinions are somehow less valid seem misguided.

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over same-surname-after-marriage rule See in context

"use of a single surname by members of the same family is established practice in Japanese society."

Yes, Your Honors, but that wasn't the question.  It was whether it's "legal" or not.  J justice is often based on them whim of the judge(s), not purely a legal basis.

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Posted in: Emperor performs thanksgiving ceremony as key succession rite See in context

Truly unfortunate timing with the enthronement and the devastating typhoon.  Here was a chance for the new emperor (side note: there are those who say Hirohito was the last true emperor) to become one with his people by significantly scaling back the ceremonies (notice I didn't say cancel) and especially the first-class meals that are faaar out of reach of regular citizens, and using a portion of the funds for the state ceremonies to help the typhoon victims and the victims of the 3/11 quake/tsunami/radiation (remember them .. ?). 

Instead, Naruhito is giving victims lip service by saying he'll pray for them, all the while taking in the enthronement ceremony with all its accoutrements.

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Posted in: N Korea demands Japan pay compensation for sinking fishing boat See in context

.. threatening even the safety of its crew."  You mean like, when they rescued them?

NK's rhetoric and demands have nothing to do with Japan; it's all about having something to show on the Stalinistic-style "news" broadcast for home consumption.

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Posted in: JR East abolishes skirts, ribbons in women’s uniforms to eliminate gender difference See in context

Agree, the high-top service cap looks to be North Korean surplus.

Gender neutral?  Not!  The women's blouses, vests, and coats are still L to R button, whereas the men's are R to L.  How misogynistic and patronizing (tongue in cheek...)

Ditto Wobot, This pc-ness is barely, if at all, a drop in the bucket of gender inequality in Japan.  Much bigger issues being ignored.

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Posted in: Toto's chocolate toilets are disturbingly delicious See in context

~sigh~

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

Ex_Rez: Thanks for playing, but your inputs indicate a complete lack of understanding of Japanese culture.  It isn't whether Chao is or isn't doing a good job as a part of the US administration; she probably does a great job and is to be commended if so.  It's about position, of which the Japanese are very cognizant, given that their society is vertically structured, with limited horizontal aspects. This is also reflected in the language. Thus, clearly, it would be more appropriate for a high-level, Prez or VP, to attend.

Shoe on the other foot: Let's say you are the head of a company here and want to do business with the Japanese.  Suppose they send their office supply supervisor to the meeting you're holding.  Would that seem appropriate to you?  (BTW, if they did, they're telling you they don't want to do business with you.)

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan unveils new Oreo and matcha green tea frappe See in context

Stuff like this is one of the things I enjoyed in Japan.  Would that Sutaba and others in the States would show initiative and offer different/seasonal tastes.

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Posted in: Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years See in context

Ethnocentrically speaking, yes, they're called "pager" in the US.

In Japan, they were called ポケベル。

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

Ok, so BB of Co. B got the verb wrong.  But, I agree with his meaning/concept.  W/o breaking down the issues of "comfort women", which anyone here should be read up on virtually ad infinitum, the Japanese consider the issue closed (notice I didn't say forgotten) per earlier signed agreement between J and SK.  So, re-energizing the issue through something supposedly called "art" is anathematic to the Japanese and has no place on Japanese soil.

(For those who are preparing to slaughter me on this post) Yes, I am a Japanophile, but that does not make me an apologist for them nor anyone else. It means I'm highly cognizant of Japanese feeling (lived there many years) and am well read on things Japanese.  Ok, now go for it.

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation See in context

Ahh . . . His Mom must be sooo proud of him.

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Posted in: Fans allowed to bring food after shortages at Rugby World Cup venues See in context

Eat - drink - party.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat ad infinitum.

Oh, and BTW, 1 out of a thousand actually know there's a game going on, too.

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

Scenario:  At school 'A' bullies 'B' and B's parents call the police.  Police go to the school, where the principal and his/her little peeps all deny any such thing is happening at their school.  The police (read: useless tax thieves) are satisfied and the school avoids having to report to the gov't there is any bullying at the school, thus avoiding having any of their gov't subsidies cut (a main goal of schools).

Schools in Japan need to implement an educational skit in all schools that depicts the r-e-a-l-i-t-y of bullying.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Oh, pish posh.  Y'all are being too harsh.  After all, those in the city, prefectural, and national Safety Department offices have to come up with some mind-numbing minutiae to keep their jobs.  Like preachers who sin, these Safety department employees are walking/running up escalator stairs to be on time to their little jobs.

Lived in Japan for 20 years and went up hundreds of station escalators.  Never saw even one mishap.  Can't say it never happens, but it can only be a fraction of 1%.

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Posted in: 'Calorie monster' mayonnaise flavored ice cream bars See in context

Umm ... no.  Me thinks not.  P-a-a-a-a-s-s

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Posted in: I regret trusting the police. See in context

Ah .. the Japanese police.  Gotta love 'em.  About as useful as hummingbird wings on a very fat pig.

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Posted in: S Korean leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more See in context

Act 3, line 1 (Moon):  But, (whine, sob / whine, sob), I want my cake and eat it, too.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for pouring scalding water over 11-year-old boy See in context

Wish Japan allowed an eye for an eye type punishment.  I'd be first in line to boil and then pour that water on them!

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Posted in: High court nixes call to halt nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan See in context

Money = power = influence.  The residents never stood a chance.

P'shaw on the poor citizens/residents, who have to be told what to think & do by us with M-P-I.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing mother after dinner menu argument See in context

@skotmanforyou: Spot on!!

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Posted in: Court denies damages in defamation suit over 'comfort women' stories See in context

showchinmono: Agree - we should not judge the Japanese justice system by one article, whether it is or isn't well-translated. However, you rather glibly seem to educe, without any reference or basis on your own, that Uemura's "truth" isn't -the- truth. Your position doesn't seem to hold water. Following an interest in things Japanese for more than 50 years and having lived there for nearly 20 years, I've seen case after case where the "reasoning" a "judge" uses for deciding a case is based not on the written rule of law, or even the spirit of the law, but rather on his personal assessment of the dynamics (read: not facts) of the case. So, perhaps "justice" here is a relative term, served in Japan without the standards applied in many other countries that do follow the rule of law.

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Posted in: Savor the depths of nori seaweed with Yamamotoyama’s new Nori-Ju lunch set See in context

While we can get acceptable nori here in the States, the quality stuff remains out of our reach.  Wish there were some authentic Japanese restaurants here . . .

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Posted in: Woman gets 3-4 years for suffocating 16-day-old daughter in garbage bag See in context

Agree on the sterilization. If Japan allowed torture, I'd become a torturer and move to Japan, especially for cases like this.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up skirts of high school girls See in context

No one questions that his actions are idiotic. Agree, at the same time, with domtoidi !

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'rigged' rules on picking Republican delegates See in context

Spoiled, egocentric brat, that Trump. He only understands two things: himself and business deals. He couldn't manage, much less lead, a political lemonade stand. "International relations" are both words that have at least 3 syllables each; clearly beyond his ability to comprehend.

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Posted in: Man gets 4 1/2 years in prison for house fire in which 4 of his children died See in context

Justices in Japan are all about position, not justice per se. The justice system, thus, is a whimsical sham of those in other societies. Judges do not apparently have an enforced code to go by; rather, they have wide latitude based on their own feelings, not the law. The justice system in Japan is only slightly above the usefulness of the police, who are as useful as wings on pigs. 4 1/2 years? Yet another example of my points above. 4 1/2 years? I can think of ways I'd torture him that would last longer than 4 1/2 years.

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Posted in: Man creates garden of scented flowers to make his blind wife smile again See in context

Look up "love" in the dictionary; it says, "Mr. Kuroki". @clueless: True; very true.

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Posted in: Protests planned across U.S. to back Apple in battle with FBI See in context

Apple could -easily- parse the info from the phone and provide that, and nothing else, as the court ordered. And, they could do it w/o divulging the process, which has to be Apple intellectual property, to anyone outside Apple. Apple is wrong, and should comply. I, along with others, will boycott Apple.

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Posted in: Takanashi wins women's ski jump World Cup overall title See in context

She's talented, and cute! Omedetou!!

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Posted in: Falling in love is a betrayal to the fans. If they want boyfriends, they should quit being idols. See in context

Much Ado About Nothing

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