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Posted in: I made an inappropriate remark. I retract the remark and offer an apology to all family members of the abduction victims as well as related people. See in context

It’s not necessarily about hope. The second a politician accepts NK’s explanation that they are dead and ashes scattered to the 4 winds, then Jgov no longer needs to spend any time negotiating for their return, alive or their bodies.

This would kind of set a bad precedent, so I can understand these families wanting Jgov to still fight for their return, regardless of what their status actually is

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Posted in: Five things about male friendship that confuse Japanese women See in context

They won’t tell their friends about their new girlfriend until after they have one

Er... yeah. Because until you have one, you don't have one.

Until I read the article explanation I kind of took it as "A guy won't tell his friend about the girlfriend until the friend has a girlfriend too." Don't know if this is a norm in Japan though, but I do know some people who have kept it a secret for a while as to not ruin the group dynamic.

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Posted in: Google says time needed to 'forget' people See in context

I wonder what implications this will have in the overall world of search engines. There is a lot more out there than just Google. If people can't find stuff they think might have been "forgotten" by google, they will just start switching over to yahoo or the likes.

Truly the most effective way to eliminate unwanted data on yourself is to go to the source and have them remove it, rather than relying on every single search engine across the world to properly "forget" you. The EU court ruling was really stupid.

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Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not? See in context

That said internationalization doesn't mean dropping one's own culture. It simply means learning to interact effectively >in a global community. Something Japan doesn't do well now.

Depends on which sector you are talking about though. Sure, politically Japan seems closed off and the politicians seem to have trouble interacting with the rest of the world. You can go to any first world country though and ask them to name you a Japanese company and most people can. I think most big name Japanese companies fit into the definition of:

“acting globally, being able to compete on an international stage” and “being able to accept a global outlook, as >opposed to always looking inwardly.”

Pushing their definition of internationalization and globalization has served Japan well, as I doubt it could have grown as strong of a country if it stayed confined to itself.

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Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not? See in context

Japan is plenty international. It just isn't western, and that is what sets it apart from Western Europe, North America >and Down Under. The only way for Japan to be more international would be to lose pieces of self-identity, such as >language and culture. And not that I even think that that would be so bad. I think there is a whole lot of bull-headed, >self-congratulatory culture that could be chucked by the wayside that could pave the way for more important things do >be done, but I guess that is the same in any country.

My thoughts exactly while reading this article. Could Japan benefit from becoming a cultural melting pot? Sure, but at the cost of it's Identity.

They often conform into traditional hierarchical Japanese working practices

I just don't understand this. If you don't want to eat, sleep, live, and work Japanese or any country for that matter, why would you move there?

The problem with immigration in other countries isn't as much to do with population influx as it is with foreigners moving to a country only to practice the culture, traditions, and religion of their old one and completely neglect the new one. In the U.S. it's fine because we don't a distinct identity. Nothing gets to me more than people who come to Japan to complain about everything that makes it the country it is. Of course, I'm not talking about the people who move places and embrace it. I know some great people who truly love their new country, have learned the language and the culture, and I don't even consider them "foreign" because they might as well have been born here.

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