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Posted in: Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon in 'Inferno' See in context

"Symbologist" - like Umberto Eco for those who don't like an intellectual read, I guess.

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Posted in: An actual revision of the text of the constitution will send a very negative message to other Asian countries for whom the history of Japanese aggression is still a concern. Japan’s image as a peacefu See in context

"Other Asian countries" is just Korea and China. Nobody else is concerned in the slightest about Japan. China and Korea are just concerned because they are run by ultra-nationalists themselves.

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Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition See in context

Ho hum, more bleating from the CCP. When have they ever apologized for anything? Tibet? Xinjiang? Tiananmen?

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Posted in: Facebook rolls out video calls on Messenger See in context

Or I can just continue to use one of the many other services that provide this functionality already.

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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

While I can somewhat sympathize with having to deal with cancelled reservations, there are far, far, far better ways of dealing with this than "gaijin dame!"

I suspect this restaurant hasn't yet realized how bad a hole they have dug themselves with this one, but they will soon.

The sad thing is the solution to their problem is simple, just require a credit card guarantee for everyone. But no, they had to go down the discriminatory route.

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Posted in: Japan gets bigger as new coastline emerges See in context

Yeah, don:t say anything about the possibility of a BIG earthquake.

Of course there's a possibility of a big quake. There's always that possibility in Japan. It's reported on frequently, domestically and internationally.

Apparently THIS plot of land has nothing to do with a large earthquake, though. See the difference?

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Posted in: Scalper arrested after selling McCartney concert ticket for Y80,000 See in context

If someone is willing to buy a PM ticket for 80,000, then who is he hurting

Scalping artificially inflates ticket prices. Criminal groups buy up all the tickets for popular shows as soon as they go on sale and sell them at ridiculous markups.

He's hurting your average Taro or Kyoko Tanaka, that's who.

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Posted in: Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns See in context

These jokers have been yelling that the sky is falling for decades in Japan, they were wrong then and they are wrong now.

Where were these guys in 2008, when they sky actually did fall?

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Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public? See in context

There's a lot of hugging in public, just go to sporting events.

But on the whole, no, not so much. There's not much handshaking either, of course.

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Posted in: Scalper arrested after selling McCartney concert ticket for Y80,000 See in context

Yes, folks, scalping tickets for more than face value is a crime. You can legally resell tickets for the face value or less.

Notice that when such tickets are sold on the auction sites their numbers and identifying information are obscured? This is why.

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Posted in: Got your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it See in context

So many people foaming about the article being about Apple, but why do you guys care about READING it?

Boredom, mostly.

If you don't own an Apple Watch, why do you care and get angry?

Doesn't seem like anyone's angry here.

Tell us, don't worry, you use iPhones, MacBooks and iPads in the closet, don't you?

I use an iPhone. I don't like it.

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Posted in: Got your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it See in context

I thought these Apple products are supposed to be so simple and intuitive to use that you don't even need a manual?

Instead we get an AP article on "how to use the product you most certainly don't need, likely don't have, probably don't want"

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Posted in: High radiation levels detected in Tokyo park See in context

Nothing to see here, Tepco will denied any connection to Fukushima

And the people who think Fukushima is a giant coverup that is still affecting Kanto will assume anything radioactive comes from Fukushima. Evidence is completely optional.

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Posted in: There is a risk that unmanned aircraft could be used for a terrorist attack at events such as the Olympics or the G-7 summit. We have to quickly prepare legislation and rules on the use of drones. See in context

Because terrorists are known to obey all laws and regulations.

Let's just make everything legal, then, by that logic!

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Posted in: High radiation levels detected in Tokyo park See in context

Oh, and you believe this?

Yeah, it's happened several times before.

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Posted in: What do you think about the way many politicians campaign in Japan, driving along streets, with their name being repeated over and over again by loudpseaker? See in context

Try 12 hours of ear-splitting madness in our city, daily, from 8 till 8.

For 10 days total. That's it.

Civilised media and other advertising as happens in many western democracies.

No way. This is FAR FAR FAR preferable to months of TV/Radio/Billboard blitzes that you get in US/UK. Now THAT is annoying, way more annoying than a few days of trucks that shut up after 8pm.

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Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

Smith

So why do you take offense when it's pointed out that Japan is the new China?

Because Japan ISN'T the new China. Not even close. The fact that we are even freely having this discussion is proof positive of that.

And did you read what I actually wrote, and what tons of people voted down? The Chinese government admitted - to ABE'S government, no less - that many heartfelt apologies have been made, and that China is (was?) grateful for them. That's a fact that the Chinese government seemingly wants you to forget.

Just like the current South Korean government would like you to forget that there were actual reparations made to South Korea.

But hey, keep beating that "Abe is the root of all evil" drum.

I welcome your thumbs down.

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Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

Facing up to history.

Huh, funny that. Seems China has a bad problem with this. May I quote former Premier Wen Jiabao?

Since the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan, the Japanese Government and leaders have on many occasions stated their position on the historical issue, admitted that Japan had committed aggression and expressed deep remorse and apology to the victimized countries.

Interesting that China has wiped that from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Good thing that the Wayback Machine has it.

https://web.archive.org/web/20121020133343/http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjdt/zyjh/t311544.htm

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Posted in: Camera automatically sends photos to smartphone See in context

Wireless connections to smartphones/tablets have been standard for decent quality MILCs for a few years now.

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Posted in: What do you think about the way many politicians campaign in Japan, driving along streets, with their name being repeated over and over again by loudpseaker? See in context

It's annoying, but at least it's strictly limited to a few days, and only some hours of the day. Better than campaigning and TV ads that run for months and months and months.

All of it is annoying, though.

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Posted in: Former Chiba police officer arrested for indecent exposure See in context

Drunk at 1320 on a Monday, exposing himself to HS girls. Dude has some serious issues.

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Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

What DOESN'T anger China and South Korea?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

Yubaru

just regurgitating propaganda and not based on reality

Of course the thumbs down don't matter. It's just interesting, that's all. I'm not regurgitating propaganda at all, i've come to my own conclusions over decades of thought on the matter (ever since NAFTA was passed so long ago).

sangetsu

Japan is now 50th in the world in rice consumption, even though rice is part of the Japanese culture. Why do the Japanese eat so little rice nowadays? Probably because rice costs far more in Japan than any other country in the world.

Probably because the Japanese diet is very well diversified these days. People aren't avoiding rice because rice is expensive, they just eat different things more these days.

jerseyboy

if Japan were in TPP, I could enjoy the benefits of cheaper prices of Japanese products here -- like autos

The vast majority of Japanese autos sold in the US are made in the US. Tariffs don't come into play.

the quality of their beef (ex: Kobe), pork, fruit (like apples), and especially dairy products (yogurt, cheese, skim milk, butter (if you can get it)) is appallingly bad given the prices.

I don't know where you shopped at, but Japanese produce and dairy are AMAZING. The apples you get in Japan are relatively expensive, yes, but far better than what is on sale in the US (on average). If you mentioned tropical fruits like mangoes I would tend to agree, but Japanese apples beat US varieties, hands down. And dairy? Again, fairly expensive, but really high quality.

I wonder where you did your shopping, or how long ago you lived here.

But that would have lost support for the LDP. So the 97% takes it in the shorts, so fat cats can keep their places in the Diet.

This makes no sense. The LDP are the big supporters of the TPP, groups like Kyosanto are opposed.

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Posted in: Supervisor dies after falling from crane at construction site of former Akasaka Prince Hotel See in context

Horrible way to go. RIP.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

Interesting how almost every comment on this post is thumbed down. It's as if nobody likes anything that anyone else has to say.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

This cultural economic protectionism is what is driving Japan's economy down the toilet.

I thought it was demographics? Now it's "cultural economic protectionism"?

You know, the same "cultural economic protectionism" that was in place in the bubble years, except even more so?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

Japan can not feed the population NOW

So you want to make that situation even worse?? Boggles the mind.

The average Japanese consumer over pays for just about every single food product in any given grocery store

According to you.

The consumer will get lower priced groceries, thereby freeing up household money for other purchases and increased spending

Which will be offset and then some by the unemployment created by putting farmers, fishermen, logistics people out of work. Great idea.

pull the economy out of its decades old doldrums

You say "pull the economy out of the doldrums", I say "cause rapid increase in income inequality like is happening in the west".

Free-trade and inter-linked economies bring other intangible benefits as well

Yeah, like decimation of agricultural sector and manufacturing base. I guess the folks working at the investment houses are pretty happy, though.

Japan can not sustain itself and that is a fact

People have been screaming this nonsense for at least 25 years. It's not true now, it wasn't true then. Japan is and will continue to be just fine.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

jerseyboy

Then Abe and the LDP should just stop playing games and pull out of the TPP negotiations

They won't this is their baby.

tell the 97% of the population that is paying ridiculous amounts for food

Food's not that expensive in Japan. Can eat meals for similar prices as I could in the US.

that they will not be given the choice of cheaper imports, for the reasons you mention. The 3% has won again.

Ridiculous and elitist. Such short term thinking. This sort of "reform" would damage working class Japanese in the medium and long term. Food prices are just a tiny sliver of the issue.

Thankfully, I'm no longer in Japan paying top-tier prices for beef, pork, dairy, rice, etc. for third-tier quality.

Then why are you here complaining about something that doesn't affect you? I don't go on New Jersey news sites and complain about New Jersey politics.

And "3rd tier quality" is ridiculous.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

Politics aside, the area where the average Japanese consumer could potentially gain from joining TPP was in imported food prices.

Accompanied by decreased food security and the destruction of most of Japan's ag sector. Japan will never be able to compete with low population density, low labor cost countries in agriculture.

No thanks.

Glad those folks don't represent me.

Then why are you here?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

check out Konica photo equipment (when it was still made) - they blew an entire very large market when they did that, a few decades ago, and caused this oft-published photographer to throw his two camera and four lenses in the trash

You threw away perfectly good camera equipment because of trade policy??????

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