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Posted in: Journalist Ito says she was 'desperate to protect' herself from rape See in context

@ yildiray

Your BBC report recommendation on “Japan’s Secret shame" was very worthwhile. For those who haven't seen the video, have a look. Ms Ito comes across as a very open credible person.

It's easy to understand there are negative consequences for doing the wrong thing, but much later realized the evil created from there being negative consequences for doing the right thing. Kudos to you Ms Ito. I hope you do move from being a lone voice in the wilderness.

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Posted in: British Airways introduces new amenity kit in World Traveller Plus See in context

Thanks British Airways! It only would be fair if we paid higher fees for such nice things!!

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Posted in: Wondering if your boyfriend will be a good husband? Give him the tea test See in context

Casey trying to get the ladies at work to notice he's the one making the mugicha and he's marriage material? r\niceguys?

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Japan grow in S Korea as labor row simmers See in context

In the real world, apologies = liability. Apologies that are not very carefully planned and coordinated (quietly, of course) are outright dangerous to countries, and a national leader who makes one without the most careful consideration of national interests (such as from the "goodness" of his heart) is little more than a traitor.

Since sometime after Koizumi, the news cycle seems to be gummed up with this apology issue. Post WWII Germany seems to have navigated those waters well. What kind of liability are we talking about?

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Posted in: Disney live-action 'Little Mermaid' to star a black Ariel See in context

I hope it's less about reaching a target market that maybe before didn't identify with this particular show and more about making real change.

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Japan grow in S Korea as labor row simmers See in context

Help educate me Japan:

Besides a loss of pride, what is the worst that can happen if Japan apologizes (again)? I never seem to read a news story which covers this topic.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

"The Japanese operator of TOEIC said Tuesday it will not provide its English proficiency test as part of the country's standardized university entrance exam system due to start next April, because the process is too complicated."

Why isn't the process too complicated for the seven other private sector operators who are scheduled to be part of the system? TOEIC has been around so long, they have the budget for it, and they should know the ropes. It is a huge pile of money they are walking away from.

At least they want you to believe they are the ones who are making the choice to walk away and try not to lose face. Like some of the above comments, I agree TOEIC is an outmoded system even more so especially today with the way we use computers and smart phones to communicate. Some of what is on the TOEIC doesn't match what is happening in the business world. A lot of your English language textbooks probably have similar flaws.

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Posted in: Dementia patients reported missing in 2018 hit record 17,000 See in context

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Posted in: I understand that I should not be ashamed of my daughter. I know that I should not keep it secret. But I do all the time because I’m afraid my daughter will cause trouble outside the home. I have been depressed, hating myself. See in context

I don't even think Japan has a handle on this yet. Have any preventative actions been taken to head this off? If so where, how, and by which arm of society? We just keep reading about bleak futures.

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Posted in: U.S., Russia blame each other as ships nearly collide in Asia See in context

I believe Ukraine is still trying to get their seamen and ship back from Russian held Crimea.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for stalking 9-year-old girl See in context

Not saying I might not feel a little anxious if I were the parents, but at any point was he told to cease?

Let's say for the sake of argument they were both 19, he was interested, but she wasn't and he wasn't aware of that and all other circumstances were the same. As no other facts were given could the police just come in and arrest the guy under that hypothetical?

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Posted in: What part of Japan has the best food, and what should you eat there? See in context

While the food might be better in the 90s (can't really remember), but a mere 3% change in the price does not seem to be a valid reason for any loss in quality. That's like 1 year of inflation in other countries.

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Posted in: Democrats ask Trump to rethink U.S. Independence Day speech as his plans proceed apace See in context

Blacklabel, I think there is a difference between speaking on the 4th of July and making the 4th of July about you and your agenda. It's a time for more or less neutral tones.

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Posted in: Beach Boys' Brian Wilson delays tour over mental health See in context

Brian, I hope you can be in the moment and find restfulness in the here and now. You are the most delicate of word smiths. You are loved.

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Posted in: Democrats ask Trump to rethink U.S. Independence Day speech as his plans proceed apace See in context

bass4funk Look, I thought all of Obama’s speeches were a joke

I'd like to hear more from you about this. Which speeches? What in those speeches were a joke?

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Posted in: What part of Japan has the best food, and what should you eat there? See in context

The best food in Japan was in the 90s before the sales tax was raised from 5-8%. After that food companies really started cheapening and skimping on ingredients.

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Posted in: Kimigayo: A guide to Japan’s controversial national anthem See in context

Who's more patriotic, one who stands as that is the very thing that is expected or one who remains seated despite the pressures from all sides to conform? They love their country so much to risk judgement just to convey to the land they love that it has gone down the wrong road?

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Posted in: British PM May quits as party leader, starting succession race See in context

Thank you for your service Honourable May. Benazir had an even tougher road.

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Posted in: Madonna says she feels 'raped' by New York Times profile See in context

Madonna is trying to do what she can to reincarnate herself as a top-tier performer, but hasn't been able. I'm guessing NYT hasn't done her any favors.

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Posted in: Putin says Japan's military cooperation with U.S. is source of concern See in context

Try not taking over Crimea and attempting Ukraine and having your buddy control a wide swath of the South China Sea. What is a reasonable response for Japan to take toward you and your pal's actions?

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Women, stop all this! The labor market is tight. If not wearing high heels is important to you, make asking about the dress code a priority in your interview. After that you have a choice to make. Remember there can be negative consequences for doing the right thing.

One more to add. If you want to go further, you can make a running 'beware' list of those companies which require women to wear high heels.

Nemoto makes policy. You make choices.

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Posted in: If they want, we’re willing to hire them as regular employees and train them to manage their own stores. See in context

Matsuya, you'll make money too off the franchising fees. Don't sound like you have a big generous heart when you have a self interest. while much of the risk and investment will be shifted to the foreigner.

As with anyone who wants to join a franchise. Matsuya is simply saying they’ll give foreigners equal opportunity and you have to spin a negative twist to it? I’m aware of the pitfalls and exploitive nature of franchises, but this is not about racism.

I never said it was racism. It's about a market which is overly saturated in which what is seen as growth is actually cannibalism. Matsuya is flashing this as an opportunity that it ain't. Who better to market this to than newly rivals who have the least information?

I hope Matsuya is willing to loan out money to foreign workers to help them get their feet off the ground. A descent loan from them would give me confidence.

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Posted in: If they want, we’re willing to hire them as regular employees and train them to manage their own stores. See in context

...while much of the risk and investment will be shifted to the foreigner.

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Posted in: If they want, we’re willing to hire them as regular employees and train them to manage their own stores. See in context

Matsuya, you'll make money too off the franchising fees. Don't sound like you have a big generous heart when you have a self interest.

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

If Japan really wanted to make an impact, they would create a standard that wouldn't allow companies to make products so easily throw-awayable. Some of you out there may not realize products are intentionally designed to break in say a one, two, or five-year period. Similar products designed back in the 1960s would last 20 or 30 years. Electric fans are a good example of this. They are made so cheaply today and end up on the garbage heap in no time.

Japanese Government, you're not really doing anything other than creating a false sense of accomplishment. You pull the strings and so have the means to make real policy change, but instead you choose to make as this article points out symbolic change.

That pretty much sums up what it is you do for you!

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Posted in: Yoshinoya releases new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls See in context

Maybe Yoshinoya can market these for the end times.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya releases new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls See in context

I can stack them next to my K-rations.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya releases new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls See in context

These are perfect for my bomb shelter.

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

Who chose the emotionally charged word 'slam' for this headline. I've never seen Japanese slam anything in public. What happens inside some homes might be different.

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Posted in: S Korean media criticize use of industrialist's image on new Japanese banknote See in context

Most young Japanese have such a vague clue about the sins of their fathers' during Japanese Colonial times. What gets me is the number of down votes I'll get for stating a fact. This above statement is true! It is not an opinion. These down votes tell me Japan still hasn't found a way to process and deal with the past. What I read and hear is we paid them money, now let's forget about it. It would be nice if young people actually knew what they should be forgetting about.

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