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Posted in: 98% with mixed Japanese heritage experience microaggressions: survey See in context

Please keep woke madness imports out. .

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

Biden like most of the commentators above lacks the understanding of meiwaku. Any outsiders, not only foreigners, in a rice growing culture are meiwaku because you have to redistribute resources (i.e. water) and you can't grow rice alone. That shaped society. My (Japanese) landlord who bought land and built a hose in a rural community told me that it took ten years until he was acknowledged and another ten years until he was really accepted. He was a daikusan so he could contribute to the repairs and maintencance of the local communities shrine. That was his ticket. He could contribute. I am not insinuating that there aren't xenophobic people in Japan, but a lot of complains of foreigners are similar to the experiences of Japanese "people from outside" organically grown communities - including teams at work. Both India and Japan are 'old' societies witha lot of a social undercurrents which are obvious only to insiders.

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

Xi Jinping's agressive and predatory politics are inflaming tensions, not Japan and not only with Japan, but with the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan as well. What contracts and consensus means to communist China we have seen in Hong kong.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

The police overstep because most grudgingly accept it, including Japanese persons. Somebody had to make a stand and I'm grateful to these guys that they put in time and effort and go the legal correct way. Somebody had to do it.

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Posted in: Record 3.4 million foreign residents living in Japan as work visas rise See in context

Wow. When I arrived in Japan in 1972, there were 57,473 gaijin. 735,371 total, minus 629,809 Koreans and 48,089 Chinese, most of them on special permanent visas. Source: Ministry of Justice.

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Posted in: Official Tokyo Marathon T-shirts get recalled for English spelling mistake See in context

Very fun-ish. They should keep it.

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Posted in: Apple abandons electric car plans: media See in context

Apple has never made anything useful.

A truly useless comment.

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Posted in: Many Japanese outside major urban areas do not engage with foreigners: survey See in context

On the countryside people are averse to ANY newcomer, foreign or Japanese. Has to do with traditional rice cultivation and that water has to be shared by the community. Any newcomer will upset the balance. Old habits even if many are not farming anymore. And... you won't get recognized until you contribute. If you want to be noticed and talked to, join the voluntary fire brigade or donate to festivals.

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Posted in: 1,000-km nature trek helping Tohoku once again hit its stride See in context

A large part of the stretch, more than 400km is along concrete seawalls. I found it depressing.

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Posted in: Tokyo fish market opens seafood restaurants, spa complex to attract more visitors See in context

I'd rather get down and dirty in the old outer Tsukiji area then to travel to a steril place with a sanitized fake environment.

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Posted in: Kishida removes Abe faction members from his cabinet See in context

Is it allowed to say now that the Abe regime was the most corrupt post war government in Japan?

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Posted in: Renault sells Nissan part of its stake to rebalance alliance See in context

Which throws an interesting light on the Ghosn case. He was just a pawn in a bigger game between the French and the Japanese oligarchy.

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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

"Kyoto has many immature and regressive rules, I find the place tiresome."

Indeed. Lived their for eight years and learned that the Kyoto government is known for its abstruse decisions. Kyoto, like Hiroshima for example, had a tram, the Kyoto city Tram (Kyoto shiden). It had a loop route, East-West and north-south lines. They abolished the tram in 1978 because of increasing congestion and replaced the tram with buses which added to congestion.Personally I think that Kyoto has had some of the worst city managers in Japan, who had some really ludicrous ideas like building an imitation of the Pont Neuf Bridge over the Kamogawa river (which was prevented) and that aquarium to attract more Chinese tourists, which was actually built. It is these days, thanks to its city rulers, just a pretentious shadow of its former self.

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Posted in: Railway line fully reopens after 11 years See in context

Where is the map?

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

Abe was the worst prime minister since Nakasone. And Nakasone is treated as a national hero, even he has done more damage to the Japanese economy than anybody before and after - Nakasone that is.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Gaman shinasai!

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Posted in: Obama to skip Abe's state funeral; Hagerty to attend See in context

Abe was only important in Japan or with non-Japanese speaking journalists who only understood to Abe's catch phrases like the most ridiculous "Abenomics".

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Posted in: State funeral for Abe appropriate given his achievements: Kishida See in context

Which achievements besides the longevity of office?

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context


hahaha. Upvote for your humor! Sure you are probably right... But after 49 years here, I am just tired of the pointless gaman stuff. I moved out of here when Corona hit and I'm back now for closure. Gotta life (elsewhere).

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context

I arrived back today. The Quarantaine procedures were still a huge a pain in the neck, with that almost 2km walk through the airport in Haneda. I have done it twice. To put it short: it is exhausting, humiliating and pointless. Nothing to do with health whatsoever. It is just an exercise in gaman. As usual. If you can hold it, stay away or go somewhere where they are actually welcoming.

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Posted in: Why tensions are rising over Taiwan See in context

Tensions are rising due to America's "Pivot to Asia."

The view from Kitty-Land.

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Posted in: Organizers defend Bach's return to Tokyo for Paralympics See in context

Travelling from where? No quarantine. He recklessly put children and athletes he met in harms way.

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Posted in: Nagoya mayor under fire for biting Olympian's gold medal See in context


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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

In a country where drivers go bumper to bumper no matter what speed or road conditions this happens all the time. This time just more vehicles than usual.

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Posted in: Support for Suga's cabinet falls to 50% amid virus resurgence: poll See in context

Abe was corrupt and bluster. Suga is corrupt and clumsy.

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Posted in: Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid virus surge See in context

Suga is the archetype of tanoshikunai Japan. A sour looking Abe without any convincing bluster.

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Posted in: Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic See in context

Only in Japan denial equals hope.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events See in context

If denial would be an Olympic sport the Japanese would win all medals.

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