The above comments are made with absolutely no understanding of the reality and of a family experiencing such a tough situation... taking care of an ill family member whether by oneself or with the help of other family members. Please give a second thought of what you would do if you were in his situation. I spent millions over 4 years taking care of my inlaws with the help of their daughter (my wife) and 2 sons living hundreds of miles away. Lots of things go through your mind...pity, self-pity included, fatigueness, time consuming, and all other negative factors in care-giving. The only solace being that both of them are out of their misery and happy in heaven .. but they led fantastic and honorable lives when they were young.
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This warning comes 2 years late as I lost my mother-in-law during in the winter when she took a bath and the tragedy happend as the article says "The agency cautioned that when taking a hot bath, you can pass out due to blood pressure changes"
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Hope they have fixed some of the red torii gates that were down when I visited. Plan to go back later this year and hit a jackpot with that overhead donation box. I gave it around 30 tries and couldn't get my 5 yen in. Also hope to do a little fishing near those rocks below.
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I think this whole subject actually attracted a lot of attention because of the continued highhandedness of the IRS and Immigration officers towards those living peacefully abroad by saying "pay taxes or lose your passports". This is beginning to sound like the US cops "Freeze or I'll shoot".
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Although it isn't fun to be Japanese as we we have our problems I do hate to be in the shoes of expariates in Japan who work and pay taxes to Japan and are now expected to pay taxes back home where the "buffaloes roam". Buffaloes almost went extinct and I predict that given the chance many American would prefer to live outside the USA living the country for grabs by people of less intellect and prefer the rule of the new world order.
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What the people want is how it should be. I wonder how many people in China want to be like Taiwan if given the freedom to vote?
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In my lifetime I have organized many events and some of them were very difficult. This Tokyo 2020 Olympics is not only very difficult to manage but almost impossible. The Tokyo Olympics of the 60's was the real impetus to it's recovery from the devastation of the war but to me the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 will undo all that our fathers and mothers worked for in the postwar Japan.
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They shouldn't have destroyed that former Olympic stadium before other matters like this one was resolved. This reflects exactly what is wrong and going wrong with Japan under Abe. I predict Japan will be the laughing stock of the world instead of being a proud nation it wanted to show by hosting the 2020 Olympics
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I don't think the 2020 Olympics will be derailed by the long overdue earthquake but by a manmade Japanese blunder and bureaucratic stupidlity.
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If the Americans think that having arms in their attics and basements would protect them if their enemies were to invade them they are in for a surprise. First if the enemy reaches your shores that means your army has been demolished.
Any American who refuses to surrender their private arms would instantly face certain death which probably would include their loved ones. It's not like the colonial days when the revoluntary soldiers (terrorists?) could run from one tree to tthe other. This is the 21st century.
Lastly, it's so odd when an American president can decide at a whim to invade another country and yet cannot solve the gun problem in his own yard no matter how hard he tries.
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As a Japanese tourist who speaks fluent English I almost had a confrontation in the outskirts of rural Washington State. I missed the turn to Steptoe viewpoint and wondered far into the Palouse hills where to my fortune, almost a misfortune, I was approached by a police vehicle asking me if he could help. I told that I was looking for a road that would take me up to Steptoe moutain. He said that I had missed the turn up the mountain several miles back. Just to be on the safe side, I said laughlingly "Are you sure". His eyes started glaring and didn't spot my "friendly apprehension" until I said "Thank you" and closed my window. I told my Japanese dignitaries that I was lucky he didn't arrest me for missing the turn. Power certainly has gone to the heads of these American policemen.
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The rest of the US military branches, the AirForce, the Navy and the Army, are having jitters over the Marines arrogance and conniving with the Japanese government in trying to secure more favors while the going is good with Abe in power. I expect to see "inter-service rivalry" pulling strings at the Pentagon as events surrounding this base relocation issue gets out of hand. Also, the military echelon knows that the reason Japanese government wants to build up Henoko is for their own future purpose. Look at Naha AirBase after they got rid of the US Navy there in the 70's and the new runway they are building pretending it is for Okinawa's tourism growth. Look at Mitsubishi trying to build an airport in the southern islands. True the Okinawans are very easy to trick since they are poor and take things too easy until it's too late.
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Yubaru, Okinawa thanks you for your unsolicited and unimportant " pat on the head" gesture.
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Yubaru, What are you implying? What Think Tank do you work for?
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Does anyone know if this story hit CNN or The New York Times? This would backfire on those CC's (Capitalistic Communists) and show the world their true skin color.
Still tired from my overseas trip having just returned hours ago but this story just eased my jetlag.
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Now that Japan (Abe) has decided to follow in the footsteps of assisting US and other western powers by making changes in the constitution Japan can be sure that enemies will come to its shores someday. Japan will no longer be safe either.
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They should have used this trick on the calvary. The native Americans, as an indigenous tribe didn't get anything from their contribution except a lot of empty thanks. Their reservations are pitiful.
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Don't distort facts Yubaru. The airbase grew around the Okinawan villages after they shooed the original inhabitants.
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The UN is effective no more than the League of Nations were before they folded. Once you have so called permanent nations enpowered by their veto vote on things they don't like, the organization is finished and has no credibility.
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Yubaru, the information you have been " sharing" on Okinawa comes from a lot of one sided military resources that you may have had access to in the past but no longer. Always enjoyable to hear people trying to sway the thinking and wishes of an island people with an agenda centered on their own distorted views. Keep your comments coming as your are shedding some good information for readers who are probably astounded by your posts.
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Yubaru, your point of view is very suspicious and self-serving.
-2 ( +3 / -5 )
This is a great day for Okinawa no matter what Yubaru says.
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Mitsubishi has no credibility in the Japanese auto market so why should the Americans purchase their inferior product even when they cut their prices drastically or offer cash backs. I for one was one of the consumers taken in by Mitsubishi Motors hiding their mechanical problems to avoid massive recalls in the late 80's. My brand new Mirage lasted just 3 years and after I angrily junked it Mitsubishi was caught with their hidden defect data in one of the company lockers. Anyone remember that?
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Toshiko-san, Your're right about the grammer however my hopes are that the symbol of the sakura - kindness, the softness and delicateness of human lives are traits that will be reflected by the youth of tomorrow. This is missing from the Japanese leadership today as they are purely remnants of the materialistic Japan that place instant gratification and glory for their own purpose. Yamato signifies something of the inner self identity, pride and determination. Traits that I hope will not go the other way and make our youth self-centered and full of empty pride. I may be wrong with using Yamato as many rural Japanese may feel like outcasts or discriminated due to the bureaucratic government since Meiji.
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It's a longshot call but any possibility that this energy in our Japanese youngsters will turn to something similar like "Arab Spring"?
The media should start thinking of what to call this new revolution just over the horizon here in Japan.
May I propose "Yamato Sakura"?
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Police should realize that this Yakuza monster is just changing into a more lucrative organization in the form of the Uyoku (rightists). These gangsters are now enjoying changing their uniforms from black business suits to military attire and going around with their military music going full blast. These punks must be laughing as the Japanese police are scared of their new shape and form.
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The handwriting is on the wall now for the old Japanese generations who voted for their own comforts and allowing the LDP to rule selfishly for so long. Japanese youngsters, using the latest communicative technology is awakening ! Professor Clark at Sapporo Agricultural School is known for his famous saying "Boys Be Ambitious". I like to add and say "Boys and Girls, Be Ambitious and Save the Future of Japan".
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At least let me say "Rest in Peace"
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It seems most of the donations got through this time. With the Tohoku Tsunami and Earthquake only a small percentage got through as most Japanese tended to trust their donations to Japan Red Cross. I think receipts should be given in many of these cases to the donors. It only takes a few seconds to ring up a receipt. You see it all the time at parking lots.
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Come on it's not only men who do this. If the male is handsome and sexy , and the timing and place is correct women will do the same thing and steal his underwear. Am I wrong?
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