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Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter See in context

Tradegy. What are the voices and thoughts of ordinary people regarding the numbers of Muslims studying in Japan? How about in Oita around Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University? What about in Fukuoka near the mosque? And in other parts of Japan? Is there any backlash against Muslims in Japan? Worth some news coverage.

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Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates See in context

This perhaps would be more aptly titled "The ugly world of goukan"

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Posted in: The most crowded train and subway lines in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are ... See in context

Wow, plenty of excess capacity in Osaka and Nagoya areas, I see.

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Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan See in context

By retiring one rank lower, Harrison stands to lose a substantial amount of retirement pay.

Now, what about the woman who lodged the complaint. And the colonel about whom she lodged the complaint. What is to become of them? Has the Army made any statements, brief or otherwise, about them?

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Posted in: Half a million advised to evacuate as heavy rain lashes Japan See in context

Where, where? Did the original media report where the 500000 people were to be evacuated from? City or prefecture? Where was the river that overflowed and killed the chickens? Foreigners who read Japanese news don't consider Japan an monolith.

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Posted in: Thousands languishing in children's homes in Japan: Human Rights Watch See in context

What is the connection between this article about children languishing in children's homes and another article in today's Japan Today - Number of children in Japan falls to new low - about the declining birth rate

Ironic that these two articles are here on the same day. They both seem to show that children are generally unwanted liabilities in today's Japan. In many regards, Japan is not a child-friendly country. Apologies to all those doting grandparents we see.

My wife and I adopted two children when we were living in Japan. I know of another American family who adopted three siblings. Another American family has adopted two Japanese children and two American children and are raising them all in Japan. Adoption is not difficult if the children in children's homes are released for adoption when they are relatively young. As I said before, Japan in many regards is not a child-friendly country. It is sad.

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Posted in: Pink park See in context

@ Nessie - Moss phlox is an acceptable term for phlox subulata; "moss phlox" is found in several different descriptions on the Internet. Why do you think that it is an incorrect term?

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Posted in: Ryoko Hirosue's management deny she is having an affair with actor Takeru Sato See in context

Bogi - Thanks for letting us all know about the stuff you don't know about. In the time it took you to write the comment, an internet search would have told you that both individuals are very famous actors and the magazine is one of the biggest selling in the country - about half a million copies a week I think.

Me - I'm not interested in even taking the time to do an Internet search, thank you. Change the names and you have a hundred other Japanese actors and yet another handful of Japanese magazines. The comments here are helpful, though, in explaining why these particular characters are in the vogue today.

888naff - What are you doing commenting about it then on a Japan site then...ever watched Japanese TV? It's not hard to spot them. If you were commenting on a non Japan site and then that would be a different matter, but even outside Japan people watch Japanese tv and these have been in some of the most famous and watched Japanese dramas.

Me - Sure, I've watched Japanese TV. Do you really think this is a "Japanese" site? How many comments here are from native Japanese people? Most of the comments are by gaijin living in Japan, it seems, who are happy to complain about idiosyncratic Japanese issues that impinge on their lives. You caught me though, I live in insular Kansas, and haven't been in Japan since last December; I haven't lived in Japan since, oh, let's count back, 2007. I'll admit, I am not up to date on current Japanese actors or heart-throbs. I was first living in Japan when Yamaguchi Momoe was a teen-age singer.

Nenad Jovanović - So why comment ?

Me - A great question. How often do you get to a JT article that has no comments yet? It is like a clean slate, and you get to start a discussion. So, asking what the significance of an article with no comments yet seems a legitimate question. I appreciate your answer. It and Educator60's answer helped fill in the gaps in my current cultural curiosity.

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Posted in: Ryoko Hirosue's management deny she is having an affair with actor Takeru Sato See in context

Hmm, I am not familiar with either of these names or the significance of this headline. Not familiar with the Josei Seven magazine, either. Yawn.

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

This story is weird all the way around, and it is interesting to see the difference between the comments here on JT and the comments on the Yahoo rendition of the exact same story. Driving on I-15 in southern Utah, where the speed is 130kph (80 mph) shouldn't have been a difficult place to worry about US traffic signs and whether you are on the left or the right side of the road. Perhaps the couple was used to the husband sitting on the right and driving and the wife on the left and resting, so instead of switching sides of the car, they decided to switch drivers. So many possibilities for short stories here; fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

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Posted in: 4 Okayama schools serving wild boar, deer as part of lunch program See in context

Wild boar has in the past been known as yama no kujira, or mountain whale. This was likely a Buddhist nomenclature justifying eating of boar by a society that was vegetarian (fish and fowl OK to eat). Likewise, rabbit was a perfectly fine food as it 'flies' and the counter for rabbits is the same as for other birds even today. Little known facts of Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos See in context

Raymond ChuangFeb. 01, 2014 - 08:49AM JST

I think one reason why tattoos are not well-liked in Japan is their historical association with the yakuza, the Japanese organized crime syndicates. That's why--like them or not!--many onsen in Japan do not allow people with tattoos. As such, sad to say, it does not surprise me the female worker will have to remove those tattoos given Japanese mores.

Hmmm, I may frequent the wrong sentos and onsens. I have seen several men with full body tattoos. Some are downright scary, with scowls and narry an aisatsu to anyone when they come in. Others are quite friendly and social. The last I saw was in Beppu at Netsunoyu in early December. He was a nice bloke, although the people who came in with him did show a lot of deference to him which led me to suspect him to be a crime figure.

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Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos See in context

Nenad Jovanović -- Here better article on this subject , And In this article show that one kid was scared when he saw tattoo on her , one of the reasons why this ban is there, no matter what you say, tattoos are rare in Japan

Interesting article - it doesn't say what you say it does. A child was frightened when it saw a tattoo on some male worker in Osaka, not necessarily at this school. You should read more carefully and use logic when you draw conclusions. In this case, you are mistaken.

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Posted in: Man clearing snow from roof falls to his death See in context

Pretty dark at 6:30 pm these days, especially for such an old man to be out on the roof.

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Posted in: University student arrested for kicking stroller with baby in it See in context

Mirai Hayashi-san, thanks for posting the additional ANN broadcast info, it really helps to see the extra information.

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Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for notice banning homeless people at outlet See in context

I wonder if any of the people objecting to the sign have ever gotten on a train with a homeless person in one of the carriages. If you have, then I would think that you'd understand the reason behind the sign. One homeless person and the smell they carry with them can clear out a whole carriage, and part of both carriages on either side.

Batakusai na gaikokujin da.

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Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for notice banning homeless people at outlet See in context

I'd rather be homeless than heartless. Heartless is more profitable.

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Posted in: Lawmaker breaks taboo by handing letter about nuclear fears to emperor See in context

The Kunaicho will crumple that letter and put it away. -- Maybe Kunaicho will crumple the letter and the Emperor will never read it or respond to it, but neither Kunaicho, the LDP, nor TEPCO can crumple and hide the sentiment that delivering the letter illustrated. A direct petition to the titular supreme power of Japan - a pretty strong symbolic act here.

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Posted in: Couple in China sells daughter for iPhone See in context

That's more than I paid to adopt my daughter in Japan 23 years ago. And she is worth every yen of it.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift sets songwriting record See in context

Nashville, although not much of an international city, is not quite as insular as its country image might suggest. At least one Japanese musician, Charlie Nagatani, is a member of the Grand Ole Oprey. Charlie organizes and hosts Country Gold each year in Kumamoto.

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Posted in: Panic at Tochigi holiday resort as monkeys surround car with 3-year-old girl inside See in context

Hurrah monkeys. I wonder if these were motherly monkeys wanting to take care of this poor little girl. They do have a strong maternal instinct. Perhaps the Abe administration can properly clothe them and send them to Fukushima to surround the most pressing problems there, although I think the monkeys would head straight to Uchisaiwaicho, and Nagatacho to find the real problems. Where are monkeys when we really need them?

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Posted in: Why elderly Japanese women have names in katakana See in context

What does the poem have to do with the article, other than that the poem is written in katakana?

They've bloomed, they've bloomed, the cherries have bloomed.

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Posted in: Colonoscopies could reduce cancer risk by 40% See in context

I went in for a colonoscopy yesterday. I also had one eight years ago when I turned 50. This one was a piece of cake, and only took seven minutes. I declined the anesthetics and so watched the whole procedure on the screen. It was fascinating, and I have a clean, healthy colon. The doctor pointed out things as the tube when up, including the area where ihe appendix and liver are attached, and the connection to the small intestines. He explained what he was looking for - any danger indicators. W/O anesthetics you feel a bit of the air and water being pumped in and the suction whenever any extra liquids are sucked out. You can feel a bit bloated, but the procedure itself only takes about seven minutes. And the recovery is only about four, including getting dressed afterwards. The prep the day before is not pleasant, but even the laxatives you take taste better than they did eight years ago. It is a small price to pay to know that any blood in your bowels is just from hemorrhoids, and not from any festering cancers. If you aren't squeamish, I suggest doing without anesthesia and watching the procedure. And, w/o the gas passer, I was able to drive home afterwards and didn't have to sleep all day because of the gas.

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Posted in: NRA says Fukushima water leak risk exaggerated See in context

What is Tanaka Shuniti's background? Did he land his job at the NRA as a golden parachute after retiring from TEPCO? Or is he completely independent from the mess. I agree that the media ought to be able to report more accurately for the laymen readers. I worry when an official laments the free flow of information.

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Posted in: Female station attendant subdues violent passenger with judo throw See in context

Pass the word, Hiroshi Ebina whipped by a girl when he got abusive. This will demean him more than any prosecution.

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Posted in: Russia, Japan begins talks on territorial dispute See in context

If Japan needs energy, perhaps a renewed claim to Karafuto would be in order. Karafuto has much more in the way of energy reserves than the Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and Habomai islands. Why did Japan ever give up its claim to the Karafuto area (aka southern half of Sakhalin island), an area it won fair and square in 1905?

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Posted in: TEPCO says 300 tons of contaminated water leaking from Fukushima tank See in context

I'd love to see an analytical piece explaining the significance of this leakage. The paucity of real information (other than basic facts) is disheartening.

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Posted in: WWII underwater mine detonated in Kanmon Straits See in context

Nice that the JMSDF has those two minesweepers garrisoned at Shimonoseki.

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Posted in: 500 cats & dogs legally killed in Japan each day See in context

In the American press there is a story about a US judge stepping in to stop the slaughter of horses in the United States. Here we see a story of the killing of dogs in Japan. I question the reasons some Americans are protesting the eating of horses. Now I wonder why the many Korean BBQ shops in Japan don't take advantage of unwanted dogs and start serving gegolgi. Good food is good food. Both horse and dog are delicacies, much more tasty than whale or than horomon, known in America as chittlins.

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Posted in: 33% of Japanese think marriage is pointless: survey See in context

Seriously, won’t someone take my pig wife away??

I thought that tonsai (pig wife) was an archaic term. Surprised to see someone using it in a comment in this day and age. I sometimes use the word as an example of picturesque Japanese of a bygone era, along with tonji (pig son).

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