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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

2 things: -Don't know whether J cremations are high or low-fire, but ashes and some bone parts are both leftover. Special 'chopsticks' are used by parallel lines of attendees to put the bone parts in a container; that's why handling a food morsel to someone, say at home or restaurant, by chopsticks is bad etiquette.

The Japanese have an unwritten (rule? law?) that the family has responsibility for their family members, whether deceased or alive. My b-in-law's brother had some significant debt when he died, and the police called my b-in-law to pay it. In other countries, one's individualism and responsibilities are recognized as being separate, but not in Japan.

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Posted in: Angry Iranians question authorities for concealing truth on plane incident See in context

The inept clerics are pompous *#&#@, who hide behind religion to run the country. Mixing politics and religion is never the way to go. @Velius: Sure, Trump is pompous, but he doesn't cowardly hide behind religion, and clearly, he took out a terrorist, not someone otherwise given the elevated status of a "top Iranian figure".

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Posted in: Stampede kills 56 at funeral for Iranian general slain by U.S. See in context

"..cowardly assassination.." ? Nothing cowardly about it; rather bold, I'd say. What? Because Trump didn't go up to him, say who he was, and challenge him to a dueling match? "..inalienable right" ? Depends on which country one's in.

"Obviously Trump is responsible for the murder of those stampeded to death. Anyone one with common sense can see that." Need to change one word (common) in yr statement to two words (..my twisted..)

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Posted in: Man fined ¥300,000 for online hate speech See in context

Odd . . . the article doesn't mention the hannin's name, but gives the victim's name. Isn't this backwards?

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Posted in: Man sentenced to life in prison over bullet train knife rampage See in context

kojima, obviously not the brightest bulb in the store, yelled Banzai because he feels that now he'll have a free place to live, 3 squares, and medical care - - all for free. Unknown if that was his motive back in June 2018, but now he says that's what he wants. Life sentence? Meh.. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.

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Posted in: Police officer who drove car that hit, killed 5-year-old boy to be indicted See in context

This, -again-, proves my point.  Japanese police are as useful as tiny wings on a fat pig.  In this case, their arrogance resulted in an innocent life being lost.  The Keystone Cops could do a better job.

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

Simple rule that most organizations follow: commit physical violence at work/school/other and you're fired. Bye. Have a nice life. Don't let the door hit you . . .

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

If the significance is so small, then why risk the ire of other governments and just dump it in Japanese rivers? A show of hands of all who believe the Japanese government officials on radiation issues . . . . .

That's what I thought.

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Posted in: Court rules against divorced parents seeking access to children See in context

Ditto Ex_Res.

And, the Japanese judiciary system, in particular "judges", is a joke.

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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


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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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