Michal Hrouda comments

Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games See in context

Humans are thinking species and we come with excellent excuses. Let give this guy what he asked for, justice in his own country. It's either going to make him or break him.

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Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility See in context

I couldn't agree with Murakami-San more. That's exactly my attitude.

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Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper See in context

I don't know what it is though that some westerners take it as a personal offense if one of those japanese motorcycle groups happen to drive by while regarding western motorcycle gangs as something cool, heroic or even romantic. I dislike noise they make and shake my head in disbelieve over the vanity of their actions as much as everybody else does but for the Christ sake, leave them alone and don't inflict any physical injury upon them. One day they will grow up just like we all did, am I right?

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Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs See in context

And NHK parade of absurdity goes on....

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Posted in: Microsoft board to look at gender pay gap, male culture See in context

You guys have nailed it!

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Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses See in context

It takes strike if genius to invent something of a tangible value. Now, I have found over the years, that busier I get the less intuition come out of my head. To the contrary, the freer my head become the more hunches I tend to have. Speaking of Japan, people are routinely overworked and pushed to the breaking limit which is not an ideal condition to foster creativity. What Japan have been traditionally good at is incremental improvement and manufacturing of already existing technology.

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Posted in: For Kim-watchers, N Korean anniversary on Friday is pivotal See in context

Could it be that he was expelled through coup and is now inspecting forced labor camps as inmate?

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Posted in: Write or type? Recruiter lays into laziness of young Japanese job hunters See in context

The bloggers argument is based on anachronistic values and he pulls argument from a thin air. Handwriting is important skill and be it as it may, it may become increasingly obsolete skill as the Information Age progress.

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Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State See in context

These days one have to watch out for knife wielding man. It makes me feel like go shopping for electric shocker.

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

Many of my japanese colleagues write well in English yet have hard time to strike meaningful conversation. They are also less likely to misspell English compared to other non native speakers. They would be better off have they loosen up and chat with anyone who comes their way. Long story short, japanese tend to develop great grammar skill but have poor command of verbal language. Ciao

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea See in context

US military bases do issue warning. I occasionally listen to AFN Okinawa where warning of all possible nature are issued on daily bases. I feel sorry for those boys. Hope remaing two boys are hanging in there.

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Posted in: Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules See in context

I work across the street from Nakagin building. Some units are obviously abandoned and or used as storage. Interior filled with card boxes and other stuff of unknown nature sticks out from windows like a sore thumb. The building dilapidates as owners indifference escalates due to uncertainty. I would rebuild, those units are too small for just about any use.

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Posted in: Nomura, JP Morgan among Japan Post IPO underwriters See in context

Why not using the money to pay of staggering government debt? Government officials often think using same cash flow pattern of someone in financial trouble. Spend it all and if you have no more, borrow or print more and spend it too. We need government that operates based on business model.

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Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games See in context

No politician in modern German government claims that assassinated officials or military brass of WW2 era are victims or otherwise the assassins are terrorists. Tokyo on the other hand labels Korean who assassinated senior japanese official during brutal japanese occupation of Korea a terrorist. To this day, people of Europe celebrate their own WW2 heros who fought against nazis. Some of them parashoted into the German territories with aim to carry out assassination of nazi senior official. Germany doesn't complain about this but Tokyo obviously can't see this issue from Korean side of history. I don't know if that's for lack of empathy or ignorance of historical fact but many people that I have met here subscribe to the same sort of philosophy Tokyo so vehemently broadcasts. Many people that I've met also think that japan is actually a victim of WW2 events and or that Pearl Harbor attack was orchestrated by usa as pretext to enter a pacific war. Makes me cringe my teeth every time I hear those deluded people speak out, seriously.

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Posted in: Honda sets up compact hydrogen station in Japan See in context

FCV's made by Toyota will be subsidized too. Honda and Toyota are setting a stage for paradigm shift in auto industry. New technology is breathtaking but comes with high price tag and government is taking a step n right direction by offering incentives.

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games for stealing camera See in context

The fact that this news still remains posted after several days have passed and due to the fact that this athlete is supposed to represents Japan oversees and yet can't keep his hands in pocket must be quite embarrassing.

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Posted in: Sharp eyes job cuts in Europe See in context

It's good to hear that Sharp does all it can to benefit all concern parties.

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Posted in: Mrs Watanabe jumps on yen-selling bandwagon as tide turns See in context

The notion that Mrs. Watanabe has tangible control or influence over exchange rate of the currency pair that she trades is exaggeration. Only large corporation that shift profits accord the borders or large institutional traders that trade extemely large contracts have such magnitude of influence.

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Posted in: Tokyo market seen to enjoy continued investor optimism See in context

Predicting future price of any financial product is inevitably fraught with error. Having said that, I am bullish on Japanese equities. As for me, it's definitely BUY.

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Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State See in context

That's what happens when dark age meets 21st century. In the past, those evil thinking countries or groups couldn't have done as many damage and commit as much atrocities as they can now with state of art technology like planes and modern weaponry alongside with social media to solicit sympathizers. That's why developed world always attempts to prevent countries like North Korean or Iran from from possessing nuclear technology and weapons of mass distraction.

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Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture' See in context

Japan for centuries knew nothing but a war. It's not overstatement to say that Japan has experienced cultural paradigm shift which began by Japan's defeat in WW2. The notion of eliminating the war culture rises many fundamental questions and should the peace on Earth take roots, we need to adopt to continental or better yet global politics.

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Posted in: Data on 750,000 JAL mileage club members leaked See in context

Why JAL can't stay out of trouble while ANA can manage to stay relatively trouble free? Why do I get the feeling that someone at JAL is now asking the same question :-)

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Posted in: Japan's bullet train hits half century See in context

I agree with titaniumdioxide on this issue. There certainly is a human factor that played a role in the unfortunate bullet train accident in China. Moral of the story is that it takes more then great technology to achieve 50 years of accident free operations. Great job JR, keep it up!

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Posted in: Rest stop in Shiga mistakenly sells poisonous mushrooms See in context

My Czech family are mushroom hunters for over 3 generations now. No one ever fell sick after eating traditionally bountiful harvest of porcini mushrooms. Having said that, it does happen on some occasion that we colect mushroom but later have to dispose them when we find out, during clean up, that they are actually not eatable or even outright poisonous.

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Posted in: Generic drugs: The best medicine for Japan’s economy? See in context

As someone who pays taxes here, I am pleased to hear that Japanese government is looking at area of opportunity to save on it's outlays. I only wish this trend will take off like cool biz did :-)

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Posted in: Hundreds of thousands rally worldwide over climate change See in context

A single team of scientists/inventors does more to cease our dependence of fossil fuel than thousands of protesters. Having said that, I for myself would join the rally just to get the kick out of it and of course to broadcast the message of how our energy needs pollute our planet.

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