While I appreciate everyone in Japan will be routing for the home team, including companies like JAL, there is a missed opportunity for JAL to show support for all players and that winning is not the most important goal. (The words in Japanese show support just for the Japan team) . Think of how nice an impression it would make if a player from another country saw the plane voicing support for all the countries participating.
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But the mention from the suspect, who embraced Nazi imagery and voiced support for fascism, nonetheless cast an uncomfortable light on the way that the president has been embraced by some on the far right.
This is the troubling part for me. Leaders who do not denounce this diversifying far right ideology immediately as the NZ PM did are going back to the days of the 1930's and 40's. I hope the people in the USA will stand up to the benefits of diversity agreed in the UN declaration of cultural diversity.
The Universal Declaration makes it clear that each individual must acknowledge not only otherness in all its forms but also the plurality of his or her own identity, within societies that are themselves plural.
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@Steven C. Schulz It stays in Futenma then.
There are many other alternatives. (I've mentioned them before such as Ibaraki Airport. The heart of the issue is government has not discussed and refusing to discuss alternatives.
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It is interesting to speculate why the General Election is not being held this year -- does this indicate change in Japanese society? The AKB phenomenon does illustrate a number of important elements contained in Japanese society, and therefore valuable to marketing in Japan and Japanese studies worldwide. Here is an example http://japanesestudies.org.uk/ejcjs/vol12/iss2/jung.html
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Telling the collector I have an iPhone worked to convince the collector I did not have a TV receiver in my phone.
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I hope the verdict explains the reasoning of the judgement based on the laws. Too often in Japan, the reasons how the judgement was arrived at based on the law is not clearly understood.
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I've heard Hainan island is an unspoiled resort area with luxury hotels, and wants to attract more tourists. This new direct connection to Japan will certainly make it more convenient to visit. The requirement for a travel visa is still a problem however.
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I wonder what Qantas thinks of this? JAL already has short-haul LCC called Jetstar.
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Yes I hope the marine animal (whale) will survive. A humpback whale surfaced near our zodiac boat once, (west coast of Canada) and I will never forget the magical encounter. We knew the humpbacks were nearby because of the radar and radio communication with others. I hope there is some similar communication strategy put in place to protect both humans and the marine life.
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This is very refreshing news! Creativity is very important now in the workplace and this skill is obviously what the company is looking for. I've attended meetings with several large companies HQ, and the designers etc are all dressed in T-shirts and jeans. I no longer dress in a suit or tie and the meetings are much more productive!
Good to see the trend!
PS The local kindergarten is holding their graduation ceremony today and I was happily surprised to see amongst all the black suits one young man had a very bright yellow suit!
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From the article: "I'm not sure it's right to criticize other systems simply because they are different. "Shin Kukimoto, a deputy public prosecutor
Yes, the same thing can be said by the leadership of North Korea etc. If Japan wishes to receive the benefits of participating in the international community, then the country also must also consider the concerns of the international community.
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@drlucifer "Hostage Justice" to me it is "ijime or Harassment (Bullying) justice. Bullying is rife in all facets of life in japan.
I agree! You have identified the basic issue very nicely. Society in Japan, including the justice and government, really doesn't have the same understanding of what "ijime" is . The issue with hostage justice is strictly "ijime".
Glad the world is taking notice to help Japan understand the concept.
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@Yubaru.....The prosecutors only take cases to court where they KNOW they will gain a conviction.
I see one very BIG difference this time. The world watchdogs are looking on, and changes in society will take a much deeper into the laws, consider deeper the human rights, and society and world ethics. I expect this will be a turning point in Japanese law and I'll do my best also to comment on the issues.
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I think the expression on her face showing care for the athletes is more important.
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They may have met for the first time in November, but I suspect they could be texting each other for a while as part of the friends group.
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Lady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper will perform a live duet of her hit song "Shallow"
Fantastic! Lady Gaga and Bradley singing Shallow live! Best song of the year in my mind!
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They are just bullies and no doubt they learned their bullying skills in the Japanese education system.
Agree, very plausible indeed!
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There is a huge problem in Japan with violence towards kids, which is almost always fished out some kind of twisted disciplinary action.
Agree completely here. Parents tell me strong discipline (ie physical punishment) is designed to make them strong or give them "backbone". My reply is that is pre-1960s thinking! Thankfully I've also seen a number of mothers handle discipline issues by bending down to the child's eye level and discuss the problem like adults (often 4-6 year olds!). If I am with someone, I always point how well the communication is between the mother and child. Changes in society require education and building awareness through the media, society and government!
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Apparently the new slots are only available between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm so that puts some restriction on which airlines can take advantage of the openings. I'd like to see a better balance too of flights from other regions of the world.
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For me childhood is about exploring and understanding things around you in the world so that you can survive. UN report reminds us all that children are individuals and their opinions matter. The issues I see in Japan is the way parents and society look at children.
I've had parents tell me and their children that children's opinions don't matter because they are not adults yet!
Really? This attitude needs to change before the system will change.
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Arent the cops on the Yakuza payroll,
Sort of, the police (and government) rely on the yakuza to handle certain parts of society they cannot. However there are a set of rules and areas. If the rules are broken such as shooting someone then the police get involved like they are now. This guy crossed the line.
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The speaker of the house is supposed to set the rules of the house -- isn't that what she is doing all along and not being bullied by the president to accept his agenda? I agree with the other posters - Pelosi upheld the honor of the house procedures as the post requires.
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But on Friday, McCallum told The Vancouver Star that it would be "great for Canada" if the U.S. dropped its extradition request.
@Kobe - After the first controversial comments to the press early in the week, Mr. McCallum continued to make comments on Friday. I would say that was the issue that did him in. You can't keep putting salt into the wound when you are told not to! Sorry to see him go but he should know better.
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An example of grandstanding at its best!
Agree with ChipStar. It's not a given that Canada would approve an extradition request from the USA and will simply hand over Ms Meng. The request needs to go through the Canadian justice system and the decision will be justified with a reason for all to see.
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as recognized by USA
Where did you find this information?
An opinion in the North Carolina Journal of International Law suggests the issue is not so clear cut
Amy B. Quillen, The Kuril Islands or the Northern Territories: Who Owns Them - Island Territorial Dispute Continues to Hinder Relations between Russia and Japan, 18 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 633 (1992). Available at: http://scholarship.law.unc.edu/ncilj/vol18/iss3/4
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Excellent! I am glad to see he is challenging the system but requires seems to require some empathy and creative thinking skills on the judgement side. Japan, and indeed business organization Keidanren and education ministry recognizes more creative thinking skills are needed in society to work in the global. With the worlds eyes watching, I certainly hope the judge will recognize the issue this time!
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I agree it does look like the two parties have gone back to their respective corners demanding their way is the only righteous way, and as such the dispute cannot be resolved satisfactorily without a compromise on both sides.
The justifications of both sides look to me as a rather imperialistic view. There is another viewpoint which is being ignored in the media and that is about the people who inhabited the areas before the Russians and Japanese. One compromise which could resolve and save face for for both sides would be for the region to be recognized as the territorial land of the Ainu, and let both sides negotiate with the Ainu. After all, the Ainu inhabited the area before any Russian or Japanese did, didn't they? This is another way to look at this dispute that might help both sides to cooperate and create a better life for the people living in the region and others who wish to do so.
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