Something to line the budgie cage.
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U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday “We broadly support freedom of speech and expression.”
Only "broadly" support the freedom of the press -- not "totally"? Come on America, surely you can do better than that?
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mrkobayashiOct. 01, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
"Aguri was the first Asian man with a podium finish in F1, not to mention the Japan Formula 3000 champion in 1988."
Does that make him a "legend"? I was the first European to import a 3-wheeled car (a Bond Bug) into Japan. Am I equally a legend?
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Have any of them ever won anything important or even heard of? I know Aguri Suzuki once came third in a Formula 1 Grand Prix -- but does that make him a "legend"? I've never heard of Ken Yokoyama, unless the article refers to means mean the punk record label founder. Kazutoshi Mizuno is a brilliant designer for Nissan, but how does that connect him with the "motor racing" hall of fame? Toshiaki Kurosawa is, as far as I can work out, an actor, and Kenta Yamashita is, as the article says, "a young hope" — so how does he qualify for a hall of fame? Perhaps it would help if, with the exception of Kazutoshi Mizuno, they were all inducted into the "Motor Industry Hall of Mediocrity".
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Abegnomics -- especially for the small minded
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Changing the 'peace" constitution? Increasing the military budget over anything that has been done before? Refusing to accept the fact ofcomfort" women? Denying the Nanking massacre? Visiting Yasakuni? Umm? Am I alone in thinking Adolphabe may be talking nonsense?
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“unless safety is restored" Japanese nuclear power stations never were safe; that is the whole point, so shouldn't this read, "until safety is established"?
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The basic, and slightly worrying problem with this story, particularly as that it is from a UK news agency, is that even if the UK will (could) lose Scotland, Britain couldn't — unless there were an unbelievable earthquake or tsunami.
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Congratulations to Nishikori, but, just out of interest, doesn't his coach Michael Chang qualify as an Asian man? He did, after all, win the French Open in 1989, meaning that Nishikori is the second Asian man to reach a grand slam final.
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What do you mean, "TOURISTS never pay the 8% tax"? They pay it on almost everything they buy in Japan (except at some special stores in places like Akihabara). Has anyone ever heard of a TOURIST (your capitals) saying to a checkout person, "Please discount that total by 8%. I'm a tourist." It would certainly be fun to try.
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Openly spitting on the street and spreading a sneeze among everybody on the tube. I also try not to publicly urinate against walls.
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"Compared with the European Union, Japan’s system has the advantage of having the product sold at the tax-free price at the time of purchase instead of collecting a refund upon departure"
Didn't anyone else notice the obvious falsity of this claim of superiority? What about the Japanese who live abroad? I'm a Brit, but am not resident in Britain, so when I go back to the UK, I do lots of shopping and I don't have to "show your [my] passport" or have anyone "fill[s] out a form which is attached to your [my] passport." I simply keep the receipts and, of course, the goods, and when I leave the country I show both to the authorities and get my money back.
Mr. Nitsu, could you please answer the following question? Under the typically heavy-handed Japanese system that is about to be introduced over here, how does a non-resident Japanese get his/her tax back?
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I wondered how long it would take the Japanese to imitate gangnam style. Now I know.
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After working more than 30 years in the Japanese publishing industry, believe me, I am so pleased that the Japanese publishing bandits are finally being brought to task. This is one of the few countries where retail price maintenance was the norm -- in other words, retailers couldn't discount books. Until Amazon entered the market, Japanese customers had absolutely no choice on price, so, of course, the previously pampered publishers are crying foul. Just like NTT, until competition was introduced, Japanese publishers have too long lived high on the hog by overcharging everybody for bacon -- and to a certain extent, still do; just go to 10 Japanese book stores and see how uniform the prices remain. Well done Amazon -- lang may yer lum reek!
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kaimycahlAug. 23, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
increase the wages and people would come out to work who wants to work for minimum wage when they can collect more from government assistance
What government assistance would that be?
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The English love dressing up in oversize costumes and playing silly games for charity -- see this from 1981: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEVaI_6yPug -- ff to 4:30 Even the royals join in, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNwtfGnBQTw. And what is more, all the other Europeans love it, see Jeux Sans Frontiers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXT--BbK2v8, often with laughable national stereotypes. When will the Japanese ever realise that having a laugh at some strange national trait means we love their originality.
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Reckless, if you remember the original story, this man was one of our tattooed, digitally-challenged friends, and, sad to say, they do tend to be a tad aggressive. Mind you, I'm glad you have made 15 years in Tokyo without coming across these nationalist traditionalists.
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What a ridiculous question; no country HAS to have a death penalty.
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"...had supplied expired meat to the two chains" Did the meat expire naturally or was it murdered? We have a right to know!
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I'm facing a dilemma now. I have constantly berated Abe as a fascist and warmonger, but now that he's been condemned by Ozawa, this country's most self-serving and untrustworthy politician, perhaps I'll have to review my opinions.
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Don't eat the stuff because I don't like it, but I did once study economics and see (at http://www.mcd-holdings.co.jp/english/news/index.html) that McDonalds Japan is forecasting a net income of ¥6,000,000,000 for FY2014 — hardly figures that would make them want to quit. I wonder what the net income of Shukan Jitsuwa is — maybe it is them, or at least the writer of this ridiculous story, that should quit.
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Posted in: Every year, a dwindling pool of working-age Japanese people is forced to support an expanding pool of gray-haired consumers. This is why Japan’s living standards are falling behind rich countries with growing populations. This means more adults are forced into spending hours doing elderly care, more taxes to pay for pensions and health care, and lower living standards for the elderly.