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Posted in: Abe says Japan is 'best partner' for Asia See in context

All talk. Yeah, big chunk of Indonesia's population are islamic. How many refugees will "they" be allowing in?

The question is, how many would choose to remain after looking at the list of joyo kanji?

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Posted in: 5 places to meet a robot in Tokyo See in context

Darn, you beat me to it lostrune2

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant sandwiched between two active train tracks See in context

This place used to be a railway museum ages ago wasn't it? Those were different times...at least what I think about Akihabara, did you know they used to sell electronic appliances instead of cartoons for adults?

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Posted in: In Japan, even the train evacuations are orderly See in context

Give me a break, look the only difference in human behavior here compared with other countries is that nobody is talking to anyone else and they are mostly expressionless.

Japanese don't usually socialize outside their little social circles. The affable ones you see outside Japan or on a night out in Roppongi are the exception.

You've got to remember, this the country which chose to isolate itself from the world for 250 years and relied on their ancestral clans and lands to better themselves within their designated castes.

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Posted in: Plenty of space See in context

Does this represent some Sino-Japanese existentialism mantra that goes something like: BLUE SKY, MAN, POTTY

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Posted in: Abe says Japan is 'best partner' for Asia See in context

Abe's pitching Japan as the ideal business partner for nearly 3/4 of mankind, and the example (and might I add, the only example) he chose to illustrate Japan's unparalleled feats in supporting the Asian economy is the flavor of ramen noodles other than pork. May the world adore Japan for such piety and benevolence :P

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Posted in: Record 16.3 mil foreigners visited Japan as of Oct 31 See in context

I remember some 20 years ago Japan was regarded as too expensive for most foreign holidaymakers. How far we have fallen...

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Posted in: Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a 'kamikaze' attack? See in context

Isn't the original meaning of kamikaze as the "Divine Wind" that miraculously wiped out the Mongol-led fleet? Associating that with the WW2 suicide pilots is more of a stretch compared to associating suicide bombers of all shapes and colors.

Since you mention the word 'Mongol' it's probably a good time to remind ourselves how Westerners gave new meaning to this name for an ethnic group as 'a person with Downs Syndrome'. Just like how the word 'kamikaze' is synonymous with any suicide bombing, it should be acceptable as long as we only look to superficial comparisons and ignore details in depth, yes?

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Posted in: Compelling account of Canada’s treatment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II See in context

Good on cultures like Canada that are strong enough to openly admit they made horrible mistakes and don't feel so insecure that they have to hide and distort their negative history.

There's no need to feel insecure distort history when only a handful of people care to tell about it in the media.

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Posted in: DPJ apologizes for calling Japanese Communist Party 'termite' See in context

Termites form collectives that are socially cohesive and highly productive. Surely, political parties could learn a thing or two from these creatures.

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Posted in: Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a 'kamikaze' attack? See in context

I'm pretty sure that kamikaze attacks on warships were legal during the war. But why anyone would want to compare a legitimate military action with a terrorist suicide bombing is beyond me.

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