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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And the tidily winks begin. Sea games and provocations for the next 10 to 15 years until something happens.
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Welcome to the Nippon Kaigi and cohorts fascist regime.
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I dunno mate. Make them read George Orwell?
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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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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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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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Nothing to see here people, move along.
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"No Gaijin" wouldn't that read No Foreigners?
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This is international news worthy, of the infotainment type. Police chief be like, "Doh....."
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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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“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. Churchill, Blood
whether true or not the mighty leaders ain't in a good place.
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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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Toy soldiers, in a miniature dirt war. Waste of time and resources. Ridiculous actually. More war?
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Worlds dumbest criminals.
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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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I bet he does. Obedience is bliss isn't it Mr. SDF?
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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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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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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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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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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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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: It's like we're told that bakeries are unfit for Japanese culture. I feel offended. Baker and patissier rank high among professions that elementary school girls want to become when they grow up. I won See in context
Another fine example of the mindset of the reformers. Absolutely ridiculous. Laughable.
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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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“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984
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This should be a textbook over here right now. Very timely resurgence of this master novel.
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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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