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Posted in: Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian See in context

I like to think of it like this;

If Japan would of won the battle of Midway, and later forced a treaty on the USA where Guam, Hawaii, Alaska and other US territories would become Japanese, do you think that Japan would ever cede those territories back to the US, in say 70 years? Of course not.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

"I believe most Japanese people think justice means only “seigi”, or fairness, with no law related nuance. The idea of justice in the western sense as a fusion of morality and rule of law doesn’t really exist here."

Yes, but that only applies to japanese, in many cases I have encountered, there is a different sense of fairness used for japanese and a different sense for gaijin. basically the default gaijin position is your to blame no matter what

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

"Regardless the use modern technologies, Japan is not a modern country. The culture of Japan has evolved very little in the last 200 years."

a very realistic observation. Japan is backwards, compared to other countries in many ways; too tradition based here

Another thing observed from living in japan, for ex. the tit for tat between the Japanese guy and Chinese man here), in Asia, time is seen as eternal and events are just blips on an eternal timeline. For ex. The US won the Pacific war and declared victory over Japan, but in many Chinese and Japanese peoples psyche, that war was just a tick on a time line, and those events can and will change, they are not static, as it has been throughout their very ancient history. In many peoples mind from the West, fascism was defeated in that war, and thats that, a new chapter in history has begun; out with old, in with the new. In many Asians mind, however, thats not the case; war is perpetual...this has been my observation and opinion, if others could share or argue, would like to read it.

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Posted in: Ghosn case rattles Japan's expat business community See in context

Its "safe" for a reason; not much tolerance for anything foreign. Alt right types claim its a utopia or example of all things good and right, but that just shows a disconnect and ignorance. Its what goes on below the surface that make it all work, and once you begin to understand those mechanisms, you realize its not the utopia it appears to be.

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Posted in: Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia See in context

I never liked Comey; I thought he was a weak government bureaucrat goof, like most, who only had his own self interest at heart.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic Committee president investigated in France for corruption over Tokyo Games bid See in context

"It seems that 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be called off if such bribery did happen to win the Olympic host. Is it possible? As for me, I (oppose) don't like too big Olympic games here from the beginning. Tokyo is now very crowded city and Olympics makes more. Maybe try 2040 in Hokkaido or Kyushu!"

yeah I was wondering, if this was found to be true, what would that mean for the Olympics?

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Posted in: Ghosn case rattles Japan's expat business community See in context


"then few years later Ambassador Caroline Kennedy personally intervened to get convicted drug smuggler Toyota exec Julie Hamp released from jail and sent back to USA. Go figure. sad but true."

In Hamps defense, the smuggled drugs were pain killers but the part about our dancing Ambassador doing special favors for the elite...not surprised by that at all

During the 3/11 fiasco, our embassy told us to "stay tuned" to the japan gov reports concerning radiation, while other countries were getting their citizens the hell out of japan, no questions asked. Our "kind and loving" ambassador showed great care for his host countries citizens though. How many US companies were allowed in the rebuild effort?

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Posted in: The health ministry plans to introduce standard methods to calculate the costs of services associated with medical treatment for foreign nationals, such as interpretation, by the end of March. This means medical institutions can have foreign patients shoulder an appropriate amount of the cost of an interpreter, which is an added expense for hospitals. Do you support this idea? See in context

as most medical training is conducted in English, the doctors and nurses should both be able to speak to the patient in English. Ive been misdiagnoised, and the excuse was, as usual, "I cant speak Engrish." Well learn already then.

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Posted in: Russia accuses Japan of whipping up tensions in islands dispute See in context

I think the revisionist are just exploiting the Trump hands off approach to the world, and think now is their chance to have a go at their wack intentions. They see this as a chance to instigate trouble, but Russia knows what they are doing. Id like to see the islands returned to Japan, but it aint going to happen, sorry.

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Posted in: Trump walks out of talks on shutdown; calling meeting 'total waste of time' See in context

whats all this about tantrums? the man wants a wall. the dems dont. its the dems who wont compromise. their answer is no! so thats what he has to work with.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

Excellent point concerned citizen.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says bail very difficult before trial See in context

I agree that the legal system in japan is dated but Im also interested in his case, like whats his defense against the charges he falsified his income and the claims against Nissan

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Posted in: Seeking support for a wall, Trump plans prime-time speech, border visit See in context

the dems and clueless repubs have created a mess over the last 2 decades; I say let Trump reset the mess, with his chaos, and build the wall.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

"Itsounds like this us your killer argument because you can't think of anything else"

A bit of a bizarre counter point. Actually, I experienced it, and thus have made a connection, anb by extension, am able to discuss with authority on the subject. What are you to do with trans people, who live in barracks? Do they live with the females or males, or require their own special room?

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

"I'm not sure how I'm disconnected, I live in the world, "

Nobody is saying gays or transgenders should be discriminated against or hate crimes committed without punishment. The point you are missing is that there are some occupations and institutions where transgenders cause disorder and chaos, therefore they should respect those institutions and not try to make them change for their own life choices. Yes, you are disconnected if you have never served in any of those institutions. Its like somebody giving me a lecture about Japan with a semester of Asian studies in college and a 6 mos homestay in Japan; they just dont know enough to make an informed opinion about Japan, they know just enough to be dangerous. You should let those who are connected and experienced make the choice on whether the transgenders can serve. Its very simple; if a person has a dream to be a Marine and a choice to be transgender, then they must scrap the later idea.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

"Try to change any statement to one about racial equality or between the sexes and quickly it looks pretty outdated, and in time it will be the same for this issue, because it isn't one."

another arguement that disconnected academics and liberals use; equating sexuality and racism.

Lets take a simple example, as most things in life are simple when you experience them. Racism in the USMC and other military branches was an accepted practice in the 1940s. Such an abhorrent practice would seem ridiculous today, as some of the best USMC drill instructors Ive seen were black; the race of the person is unrelated to performance. But lets use your paradigm; allow transgender people to join the USMC, and of course access to drill instructors billets. A male with breast there to greet other males? females? who arrive to basic training. who showers with who? what message does it send?. Its a ridiculous concept, and it grinds down the institution norms and values. Your disrespecting other races who fought for equality to equate the 2.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

@Shawn, I understand your opinion but the facts aren't consistent with simple binary assignments, both mental and physically. In any case no one is asking you to do anything, (except using preferred pronouns) doesn't really effect you so don't really understand the problem.

typical feel good liberal answer, but its much more complicated than that. It tears away at the very fabric of society. Bascially, what culture you have was created by the founders of that country; you can only change or modify certian things but fundamentals with never change, thats why your gentleman Obama was voted out. Its the nature of society to self correct. A man in a dress with a beard is not only absurd, its dangerous because its sending out confusing messages that tear at the fabric ( in the US case, the foundation of JudeoChristian values) and there is nothing to replace that. If you dont like the system, move to another place, like Thailand for ex. that have a foundation that tolerates that kind of thing, but dont try to destroy your own country with such ridiculous concepts. Soon you will have school teachers in drag, bizzaro. even 15 years ago this was absurd.

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Posted in: Talks to resume after Trump says shutdown could last 'years' See in context

I enjoy reading these Trump haters, and just like the mainstream media, seem to all have the same hive mentality against him. What I find interesting, however, is that these same people do back flips for japan. many of you even live here. Japan makes Trump look like a saint. From exclusion, xenophobia, open housing and employment discrimination, rude and obnoxious things said to foreigners, to electing and supporting racist politicians. Trump only want for America what Japan wants for itself. Its like you have these democrat ambassadors who come to Japan and dance and cry about how much they love japan, indirectly endorsing all the wrongs it does to others, either through ignorance or disconnect. Its a strange world.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

"I get the T is perhaps more difficult to get your head around, but if we forget the stereotype silliness, feeling your entire life that something is wrong about the gender you have been assigned must be tough."

The T, IMO, in nothing but an illness or confusion, a life choice. Gay or Straight, can understand, but something in between, is just confusion

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker under fire for LGBT comment See in context

i dont have an issue with the L and the G, I mean, a strict interpretation of the old testament does declare it to be an abomination, but I have never judged them. The T part, I think thats just an act. Whats next? I was born a chimp? So I can dress up in a chimp costume and bark at people, its my right? I think the T rights are ridiculous. a man with a beard wearing a dress...bizzaro

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Posted in: U.S. government shutdown grinds on; Trump threatens emergency powers See in context

Just build the wall already, problem solved. This steering action forces those countries who for decades, have been corrupt and lazy and sent their unskilled citizens to the US to send remittances back to their country. Force them to create a real economy, like the US did, and stop mooching off others.

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Posted in: Talks to resume after Trump says shutdown could last 'years' See in context

"i wonder whether you will volunteer to empty the overflowing garbage bins in Washington or is this job not real enough for you?"

if those gov workers you so adore and are so "real", why dont they go and volunteer to do it? I didnt go and apply for their job, my job requires effort and education to do, and get paid based on performance. tehy signed up for what they got. sorry, no pity from me. most of them are on a paid vacation at work anyway.

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Posted in: Talks to resume after Trump says shutdown could last 'years' See in context

"tell that to the government employees that wont have a paycheck for the next 2yrs"

then go get a real job. many in the private sector have to borrow from banks to make payday until the next quarter. welcome to the real world. I cant say Im feeling much pity; Ive had the displeasure of working for some of them. Absolutely worthless, actually worthless doesnt even describe how lazy and incompetent some gov workers are.

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Posted in: U.S. House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds See in context

This Pelosi...just a picture perfect lib.....:-)

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Posted in: 'I won': Trump rebuffs criticism from incoming Senator Romney See in context

"but Mitt Romney is establishment and not about to change anything in Washington."

agreed. both the establishment repubs and dems get nothing done; Trump is just what washington needs, short term. Most early American successful business leaders were obnoxious and ruthless, its the only way things got done.

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Posted in: Japan most popular choice for Vietnamese laborers in 2018 See in context


agreed. You dont see many people from Europe as well because they are seen perhaps as being unsubmissive and not docile

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Posted in: Emperor gives last New Year's address before abdication See in context

I think if we are to be honest, his father was responsible and knew what was going on during the war, far more than the right wing revisionist claim, and I think he knows this.

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Posted in: Emperor gives last New Year's address before abdication See in context


Ive always liked his majesty as well. Ive always got the impression that there was a disconnect between the royals and the current government. I can see it in their facial expressions. I think his son will carry on with the pacifist views of his father. They are the ideal image of what it means to be Japanese, and I respect them allot.

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Posted in: Yasukuni protesters from Hong Kong to face trespassing charges See in context

"Despite being open to the public, Yasukuni is still a private property.

You can’t disturb the peace/stage a protest in a private property. This is a violation"

Interesting that is private property, but representatives of the state paid by tax money visit there, while in their capacity as public servants. That seems to indicate a mixing of state and religion interest. how does that work?

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Posted in: Let foreigners enter, but don't let them obtain Japanese citizenship, doctor urges See in context

"Well, this is actually a bit of a hard one, and if you need to know why, just look as Europe as they try to swallow all those Muslims. One can hardly say there were no problems."

The Muslim Euro immigrant problem comes up allot, but really its not that complicated. Morons in charge of European governments, accepted huge numbers due to buffoons in the US gov and elsewhere who thought it would be a good idea to invade or disrupt "problem" dictatorships, but not rebuild those same (Syria), middle eastern countries. So because of this liberal guilt, they have to accept massive numbers of a people who do not think, speak their language, and have limited skills, but take priority over their own natives to train and house.

Japan would never accept such a huge number of Muslim immigrants, they are best settled in rich countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar. Japan instead will accept peoples from its former colonies, like the Phillipines, Indonesia and Viet Nam, because their culture is more aligned to Japans. Now how they get treated and assimilated, thats another story, but Japan is not so stupid to accept hordes of Muslims into its borders, then later let the chaos take care of itself as some other countries have done.

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