Ricky Kaminski comments

Posted in: English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018 See in context

A great idea to start them while they are so young and genki. Only reservations are whether the teachers will be able to hit the mark. If they use the same approach to English as they do in junior and senior high school it'll just make kids hate English from an earlier age. Japan isn't exactly known for its ability to recognize nor accept fresh new approaches after all. A huge challenge、hope they can pull it off.....

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Posted in: China says U.S. warship entered its waters 'without permission' See in context

And the tidily winks begin. Sea games and provocations for the next 10 to 15 years until something happens.

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

Welcome to the Nippon Kaigi and cohorts fascist regime.

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Posted in: Riding high: Toyota eyes 'flying car' future See in context

Awesome! Back to the future wasn't far off after all. This should be the cool Japan of the future. Innovative, high tech, and forward thinking. Great Scott!

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Posted in: 'I’m glad I’m Japanese' posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users See in context

I dunno mate. Make them read George Orwell?

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Posted in: 'I’m glad I’m Japanese' posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users See in context

They picked up this story this morning on the morning news talk show. The whether it had connotations of racism or elitism however was not the discussion nor on the radar, they were all shocked that it was actually a Chinese girl in the poster. Scandalous! Hehe. Been a great thread with some good points being made. A healthy debate! Have to say most people here actually love Japan and even though we make some criticisms sometimes it doesn't mean that we are Japan bashers. (a rather vulgar term thrown out when people refuse to accept different opinions and conflicting points of view). We see the potential of this wonderful country and hate to see it losing out on chances to realize this potential.

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Posted in: Moon tells Abe history must not hamper co-operation See in context

So Ossan, let me get this right as I have a few Japanese mates vehemently denying the comfort women issue as total fabrication and a plot to make Japan look bad and extort money. It becomes a very intense discussion and now I try to avoid it as they have totally made up their minds. They bring it up though as they believe I have been brainwashed by the liberal media. Party killers actually. So the fact that there may be no documents admitting forced sexual slavery means that its all made up? I really would love to get my head around why this issue has become such a thorn. Is it the numbers, the scale, the question of whether it ever actually happened or the issue of compensation that keeps it from being resolved? You seem like quite the historian so pray tell.

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Posted in: Elderly woman, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Its been at least three or four days without a family on family murder. Very sad that they set on their own like this.

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Posted in: Japan's gov't debt swells to record Y1,071 tril as of March 31 See in context

Nothing to see here people, move along.

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Posted in: 'I’m glad I’m Japanese' posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users See in context

"No Gaijin" wouldn't that read No Foreigners?

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Posted in: More than Y85 mil in cash stolen from police station safe See in context

This is international news worthy, of the infotainment type. Police chief be like, "Doh....."

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Posted in: 'I’m glad I’m Japanese' posters in Kyoto spark outrage among Japanese Twitter users See in context

If I couldn't relate to nor begin to understand the outside world I would be proud to be Japanese as well. This is all part of the recent wave of Japan worship and glorification taken right out of a 1930s handbook. You can feel it in the variety shows and talk shows of lates too. It must feel so special to be born to such a privileged and superior race, and having to state it all the time speaks volumes. Good to hear many Japanese people calling it out for what it is. Embarrassing. Mind you, we have the whole Aussie pride thing going on back home too. Racism 101.

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Posted in: N Korea accuses U.S., S Korea of assassination attempt See in context

“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.” 

― Winston S. ChurchillBlood

whether true or not the mighty leaders ain't in a good place.

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Posted in: Japan protests over N Korean missile launch; trains temporarily halted See in context

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told an impromptu press conference. "Japan absolutely cannot tolerate these repeated provocative acts by North Korea."

you our guys are so tough.

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Posted in: Japan protests over N Korean missile launch; trains temporarily halted See in context

Toy soldiers, in a miniature dirt war. Waste of time and resources. Ridiculous actually. More war?

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Posted in: Accused groper who jumped onto train tracks to escape arrested See in context

Worlds dumbest criminals.

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Posted in: LDP heavyweight to attend China's New Silk Road summit See in context

If Japan can use the North Korea situation as an opportunity to repair relations with China then wouldn't that be grand. Whether they can build on those new stronger bonds would be a challenge for both nations but a win win for all. Imagine.

One day day we may all be thanking North Korea for being the nutter on the block that brought the neighbors together! Naive I know, but someone has to be a dreamer!

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Posted in: SDF member arrested for forcing girlfriend to send nude selfies See in context

I bet he does. Obedience is bliss isn't it Mr. SDF?

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Posted in: Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan? See in context

I was approached in Shibuya by this rogue monk conman too, or one similar. Showed me a shiny gold card of a Buddah and said i was very lucky. Then pulled out his book asking for a donation. Yeah, real lucky. Any so called holy man asking for money should always be told where to go in no uncertain terms.

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Posted in: Japan opens up combat positions to women See in context

In a time of joshi power, most of my girls students would have the boys for breakfast. More awake, more lively, more competitive , more communicative. Might as well arm them up as well ay!

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Posted in: Japan's grim population outlook makes immigration talk inevitable See in context

Id hazard a guess that this younger generation would be more willing and likely to accept a rise in immigration, especially as they get used to living and working with us. The increase in foreign students at universities too will help ease old prejudices. Its the old guard that wish for yesteryear that are going to stand in the way. An interesting attempt to stoke fears of immigration could be seen on NHKs Document 72 the other night which is usually a very warm, charming show. This one they spent three days in Hong Kong documenting an area of predominantly foreign immigrants. It made them look like a lawless, brawling , crime committing overflowing nuisance to the overworked and vigilant Hong Kong police. There was some nice stuff in there too , but the underlying theme was to be weary of immigration. it would have pushed all the right buttons for its intended Japanese audience. Couldn't help think it was made with a bit of an agenda.

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Posted in: U.S. told Japan before Trump-Xi talks of option to strike N Korea See in context

We have heard this sort of talk over the years, even 25 odd years ago the young American military conscripts in roppongi were convinced they were going to war with NK. Is it just more sabre rattling or is it really different this time? Are the North Koreans so far gone that they are willing to commit mass suicide for the great leader with an even greater haircut, and/or is America willing to bring more chaos to another region for THA man with the worlds BEST haircut? Would it be different if they were both bald?

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Posted in: Police inspector arrested for assaulting station employee over train delay See in context

Gee another bully in a position of power, how surprising ay? Obviously the train running late was this young station employees fault.

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Posted in: Finding spies everywhere, and thinking the unthinkable See in context

This is so scripted if it weren't so dangerous it would be funny. Although espionage does probably exist on some scale, 50 000 ? Really? Embassy, consulates, Chinatowns, exchange students?? Please. Actually that guy with his wok making my cheap and delicious noodles yesterday had a funny looking smile. His kitchen hand also looks too buff just to be a kitchen hand. Be vigilant people, they are everywhere! Lame level Master. Hope that xenophobia works out well for ya guys.

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Posted in: Japan's education reforms stir memories of wartime indoctrination See in context

Ossan America, cheers for the history lesson. Good stuff. Have to admit though mate I too am guilty of this pathological abhorrence of "war". Shouldn't we all be?

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Posted in: Japan's education reforms stir memories of wartime indoctrination See in context

Maybe some of the readers here in previous comments on this issue are true in stating that the pacifist constitution was simply forced on them after the war and now the true Japan is reawakening, fangs and all. You watch the way they treat each other sometimes and start to get an idea of what lies just below this surface of "harmony" . Your average Jo Blow seems pretty harmless, it's what happens to them when they get a bit of power and how they use it is what worries me. Nervous times for the whole region if this boat truly sets sail.

On the other hand, to play the devils advocate, you can see why they want to do something about an apathetic youth, but is this really the way forward or backwards?

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Posted in: Abe brushes off fears of threats to civil rights by conspiracy bill See in context

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984

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Posted in: Orwell's '1984' back in theaters in stand against 'alternative facts' See in context

This should be a textbook over here right now. Very timely resurgence of this master novel.

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Posted in: Japanese high school students fail to meet English proficiency target See in context

It's the tests that are the problems morons! This “neurotic dread” that they talk about is a direct result of poor teachers not conveying the simple truth that its ok to have a go and make mistakes. Writing ridiculous sentences on the board, translating cryptic passages, tricky sadistic grammar problems and for what? I actually asked one of the English teachers yesterday if they ever read an English newspaper, in fact anything in English at all in their spare time? Novels, magazines, journals? The answer was obviously no. So if the teachers aren't interested in reading why are they forcing their students to try and learn a skill no one really wants to attain anyway? Oh, that's right, its for the tests...

Simple task based role playing exercises useful for real world situations. string your words together kids and if you get your message across you've had a win. Let the students talk to each other , watch what happens when you throw a bit of fun and humour in the mix. Magic. Unfortunately.. wont even go on as we all know the core problem. 40th out of 48 . There's a ranking for ya JLTs.

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