Manuel D. Valencia III comments

Posted in: Japanese team returns home after competing in Pyeongchang See in context

Well, actually the Japanese bushido way of hard hard hard training leads to results wasn't working and only tired the athletes so they started importing top trainers for overseas with sports science and other technical degrees to fix the holes in the system and thats why the team this year is the strongest ever produced. The most medals were won in speed skating, the coaches are all from the Netherlands who are the best skaters in the world, the Japanese coachs took a step back to observe. The results speak for them self. Also, no one will come here, the Japanese skaters went to the Netherlands for two years before Sochi Olympics and didn't get results, it's the coaches not what country they train in.

So true. It’s just like saying “You have to study harder, or you have to do it this way.” People are people, not soldiers who get orders barked at. Everyone has their own way of training. Leave them to that and let them enjoy their experiences.

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

Japan, and I'm sure other countries have done this for years. It's a great organization (in Japan) that promotes great leadership and social skills. My kids love it.

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Posted in: Abe seeks Party of Hope's support for proposed constitutional revision See in context

Nice name. Is that the best they can do? I HOPE their policies and actions will be better than their name. Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Opposition lawmaker Yamao quits party over extramarital affair report See in context

What about the dude she had the affair with? No mention of him.

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Posted in: Miniature dachshund receives award from police for stopping intruder See in context

Excellent! We need more positive stories like this.

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Posted in: Japan on suicide watch as children go back to school See in context

Apparently a negative image towards Japanese education and society amongst the younger generation. Sad title indeed!

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Posted in: What is femininity? Western and Japanese women weigh in See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  03:45 pm JST

Most western women have NOTHING on Japanese women (generally speaking) when it comes to being feminine.

That being said, I can't stand being with someone who acts like a child, speaks in a baby voice, and is too weak when the time calls for it to stand up for herself.

You and me both. I also can't be with someone who has to rely on another for success while she stays home or goes with her friends frequently while the guy works himself to death and drinks with his mates.

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Posted in: Abe says he'll focus on bread-and-butter issues such as jobs See in context

How about better working conditions and more full-time monetarily paid opportunities for openers.

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Posted in: Abe's cabinet reshuffle unlikely to give much-needed poll boost See in context

Not much if any will change, give or take 20 or 30 years, but I could be wrong.

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Posted in: Japan gets new U.S. envoy See in context

I hope he's not a Trump puppet.

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Posted in: Japanese 2nd in world life expectancy See in context

I would also add good old fashioned family values in Japan. Have you noticed that there are hardly any gang activity in Japan. It's always a great feeling that you can walk almost anywhere at anytime here without much trouble. The transportation here is great and I love walking and riding my bike for great exercise. The natural (not fast food) Japanese food here is excellent, and I always love having miso soup with vegetable and rice with tamagoyaki. Yes, it might feel like lunch in the US, but it's a great source of energy in the morning. And finally, there's the peace of mind of good national health insurance without going bankrupt.

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Posted in: Enjoy morning coffee at your barber in Japan See in context

This has been very common at many barbers and hair salons. Some even give you a massage and/or a cigarette if you smoke.

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Posted in: Trump, escaping domestic troubles, visits France's Macron See in context

Any subbing or hand slapping on this trip?

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Posted in: Table tennis star Fukuhara announces pregnancy See in context

Congrats to her and to ALL ladies who are also expecting.

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Posted in: Former TV announcer Mao Kobayashi dies of cancer at 34 See in context

That is sad to hear. He was great! Thank you for the memories. RIP

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Posted in: Teacher apologizes after making LGBT comment to scold student in class See in context

Yeah, and that's going to solve everything, eh. Not. If that were my kid being scolded, expect a lawsuit, or the teacher exposed to the media. Interesting that LGBT is an adjective.

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Posted in: Over a dozen pigs run loose on Osaka expressway following delivery truck accident See in context

Three little piggies going to market.

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Posted in: Gang member shot in Kanagawa restaurant parking lot See in context

Why Denny's? Because it's foreign? Why not McDonald's? Just a suggestion because of their 100 yen menu.

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Posted in: English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018 See in context

English learning will begin in the third grade

Learning? That should read, "English studying to pass a test will begin in third grade" After many years of teaching in Japan I know they 'learn' very little - in any subject. This will just be another dog and pony show with songs, games, flash cards and no real academic purpose. The need to teach kids to read and to teach them the vowel sounds starting in 1st grade. They also should make katakana illegal!

Katagana is an evil of English learning, along with rote learning with grammar translation method without production practice and production.

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Posted in: English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018 See in context

I'm sure my 7 year old daughter, born and raised in Japan, can speak better (and more natural) English than many of these teachers. Great plan, but let's see how this will work in reality.

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Posted in: 15-year-old arrested over forcing classmate to eat insect, dog feces See in context

May the same punishment fit his crime.

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Posted in: Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan See in context

It happened to me in the "corporate world" in Japan, but I fought back. It turned out the teacher had a history of bullying issues, but I was the first to actually take action. I brought documentation and recordings to the principal and she was suspended. Just before coming back, I left. Her face was frozen after my report and didn't bother me again.

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes proposals on emperor's abdication See in context

"Joko" is an abbreviation of "daijo tenno," a title that was given in the past to an abdicated emperor.

I really don't mean any disrespect for the royal family, but I would think a better title would be appropriate. Joko sounds a little like Joker.

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Posted in: Japanese woman accused of fraud arrested after extradition from Thailand See in context

Yamaha had been on a wanted list for persuading victims to invest 700 million yen in a fund that she claimed would lend to companies and earn a high rate of return.

Who's 'Yamaha?' I guess, Yamabe.

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Posted in: One woman's mission to revive ailing kimono industry See in context

Great for her! Preserving a beautiful and traditional craft and work of art. She is an inspiration!

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Posted in: Park Hyatt Tokyo's new Chef de Cuisine raises bar at New York Grill See in context

I've seen better cuts of meat at Outback Steakhouse that's way affordable. The wine list is expensive for what you get at this hotel, too.

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Posted in: One Indonesian woman's road to a successful business In Japan See in context

Great for her! She set her own course in life and pushed through the obstacles. Congratulations!

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Posted in: Israel beats Netherlands 4-2 in World Baseball Classic See in context

They also beat Taiwan. Yes, this is really impressive for Israel. Mozel Tov!

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Posted in: Yoshinoya, Japan’s biggest beef bowl chain, now serving fried chicken in Tokyo See in context

I still prefer Family Mart karage.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

There is definitely more to beauty than just looks. People have their own beauty that they should be proud of, no matter how they look.

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