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Posted in: Trump's claim Akie Abe wife cannot speak English generates buzz See in context

So... can she or can't she speak casual English? You'd think this would have been proven immediately in the J-news, but I couldn't find anything other than a prepared speech she gave. Definitely not good PR for her, nor for her being a role model for English students -- to feign lacking English ability??!! Not good at all.

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Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English? See in context

Nobody will learn any foreign language unless they really want to AND need to. There is no need to speak English in Japan, nor even read it -- how many signs are there in English in your city, or notices in English sent out by the local government, or any helpful information in English in your community (e.g. monthly city newsletter, tax or health insurance info)? And, more specifically, how many role models are there who can actually use English well? Ever hear the Emperor have a lengthy conversation in English? or PM Abe? MEXT leaders? How about any of your local Board of Education reps or even school principals? And on and on -- singers, movie stars, TV personalities, famous athletes.

Remember: Japanese is the sacred language of the land (key words: unique and kokutai). English education was very successful during the early Meiji period when many classes were held in English only, when Japan saw the need to become a part of the real world (think Clark of Hokkaido and Janes of Kumamoto and their influence on some amazing young men who went on to change Japan).

Perhaps Japan could use another Yukichi Fukuzawa or Arinori Mori right now...

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Posted in: Arizona shooting once again ignites gun control debate See in context

A simple online search on "highest percentages of murders committed using handguns" or "highest incidence of handgun murders per 100,000 residents" will show you the real situation. Guess who commits these murders and why.

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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

There is no one 100% any race. Best to refer to them as "mikkusu," unless you know the percentages. Then feel free to say someone is hafu, or even shikusutinsu, or if you are pretty sure, satisekando. In the US, we have quite a few shikusutifosu.

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Posted in: Officer loses gun on the way to toilet aboard train See in context

Lost? Should be "collected" or better yet, "carelessly left." The big question is, "When was the last time he actually fired the gun?"

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Posted in: Hatoyama pledges on world stage 25% emissions cut by 2020 See in context

Hey, how about everyone cut CO2 by not dispensing and opening up any more soft drinks. But they should keep bottling the products to use up existing CO2. Oh, and stop beer production -- awful amount of CO2 produced, over 10 million metric tons per year.

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Posted in: Japanese-American graduate recalls wartime ordeal See in context

About 6,000 Nisei spent WWII in Japan -- not in internment camps but living pretty much as other Japanese. Some were recruited to help as interpreters and engage in propaganda activities (such as the Tokyo Rose gals) for the J-Govt. This probably had something to do with the suspicion of the Nikkei in the US. The big issue many can't seem to get is that the US had to do something with all the Issei who became enemy aliens after the Pearl Harbor attack. Imperial Japan sure did something with all the enemy gaijin in Japan, and in all the countries it invaded. It's odd that those who renounced their US citizenship were eligible to receive compensation from the US Govt.

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Posted in: Clinton visits Meiji Shrine See in context

As expected, some of the Japanese press use the term "sanpai" to describe her visit. The term means "visit worship," which is exactly what she looked like she was doing. There goes her claim to anything Christian in her.

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Posted in: Ginza See in context

Wonderful message any time of the year -- Jesus Christ is the only Way, and He saves only those who are sinners. The phrase is from Acts 4:12 -- "There is none other Name... whereby we must be saved."

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Posted in: Animator Hayao Miyazaki worries about children's future See in context

Miyazaki should be worrying. His films add nothing to alleviate the spiritual vacuum among Japanese youth. The only spiritual message "children's souls" get in his major films is mysticism and the occult. What is sapping youth's strength are books and movies of this caliber. Miyazaki would do well to invest in what these kids really need -- a godly foundation.

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Posted in: How airlines deal with 'customers of size' See in context

It's a seat issue, not human proportions. Airline seat rows are designed for maximum human occupancy. Cram them in. Airlines need to see how trains handle seating. Bench-type rows may be the answer.

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Posted in: Japan to give nationality to illegitimate children: Nikkei See in context

Don't they call these children "bastards" anymore? Shame on the fathers! And shame on the "entertainers."

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