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Posted in: Japanese watch Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit with mixed feelings See in context

All of these news articles, even on CNN, omit the fact that Yasukuni Shrine is ultra-rightist and blames the US for "forcing" Japan into WWII. It portrays Japan as the "victim" of the war and that it had no choice but to invade and colonize Asia. Their official web site used to spew this propaganda and their museum still glorifies those who blindly died for the emperor. It is NOT like a typical national cemetary.

Exactly! The museum attached to the shrine is a bad joke. Poor Japan, had no choice but to invade other countries, saving them from western imperialism

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Posted in: Anna Umemiya victim of pickpocket in New York See in context

I've talked to several people who were pick pocketed on the rush hour trains in Tokyo too. They had open handbags. Thieves everywhere. Just take common sense precautions

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Posted in: Tanaka says he wants to pursue career in MLB See in context

Tanaka should be creative and simply retire from NPB. He won his title, now test out your abilities in the majors. He'll get way more cash and never have to worry about the hostage system here again.

After Nomo and Alfonso Soriano used the retirement loophole, MLB and NPB created the previous posting system with an agreement that no MLB team would hire an NPB player who "retired" from an existing contract anymore

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Posted in: MLB, Japanese baseball officials agree on posting system protocol See in context

Good for MLB teams (lower posting fees), and Japanese players (can negotiate with multiple teams, giving them a bigger contract). Losers are NPB teams who can "only" get $20mil. Remember though, only a few players would have brought more than $20 mil to their teams. Rakuten could have gotten an estimated $70 mil I heard on US sites under the old system of blind bids

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Posted in: U.S. House pressures countries on child abductions See in context

I would imagine that the mother would have wanted her child to be close to the American father for the child's sake. There must be a significant reason why she ended up separating her child from the American father.

You've obviously never encountered the hatred towards an ex when divorce happens. People do lots of stuff just to spite their ex. They don't care about the welfare of the kid, it's just a pawn to help get back at the ex

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Posted in: Tempers flare in Diet over state secrets bill See in context

Come come, The US has a 30 year time limit as opposed to the proposed 25 year limit for Japan. Nothing new here!

Due to the vagaries of the bill, "secrets" can in fact be kept indefinitely

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Posted in: Woman arrested for calling police over 15,000 times in six months See in context

@shinjuku

The article says she often called more than 900 a day!

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Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list See in context

I love all types of cuisine, but for those extolling spicy food as having taste compared to Japanese, remember that spices were basically introduced into food to hide the taste of rotting meat/vegetables in the old days. Japanese food is delicate and needs a palate that hasn't been overwhelmed by excessive use of spices.

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Posted in: Caroline Kennedy: Keeper of family flame, diplomat See in context

@vast right No regular citizen in the States cares or knows who is the Japanese ambassador, so irrelevant and unknown are they. Look at the enthusiasm in Japan with people lining the streets waving US/Japan flags and live NHK TV coverage of her. All my students know about her and are enthusiastic. The only contempt I see is coming from you

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Posted in: Kennedy meets emperor in ceremonial pomp broadcast live on TV See in context

Lol to those who claimed that the Japanese public would be insulted to have her as Ambassador due to her lack of experience. As you can see from the throngs of people on the street and live NHK coverage it's quite the opposite

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Posted in: Kennedy meets emperor in ceremonial pomp broadcast live on TV See in context

@vitaly Ever hear of a metaphor?

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Posted in: TEPCO to cut more than 1,000 jobs See in context

hopefully TEPCO can keep making the structural changes necessary to accelerate the unlocking of shareholder value.

Sorry but increasing shareholder value should be the least of their concerns.

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Posted in: 6 cities in running for 2022 Winter Olympics See in context

With 2018 winter in S Korea and 2020 summer in Tokyo, there is a snowball's chance in hell 2022 will be in Beijing.

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Posted in: Problems mount for White House in push for TPP deal See in context

The article is about US politicians opposing the TPP. If, as previous comments have hypothesized, only US corporations will benefit, why don't they support it? I think the reality is that each member nation will benefit and suffer depending on the sector. That is only fair. The consumer should benefit though from increased choice and competition

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Posted in: Twitter appeal wanes in parts of Japan, S Korea See in context

I think the writer is spot on. Line is king now in Japan, and Twitter is never going to pass Weibo for Chinese users even if it is allowed by the Chinese government which I can't see happening.

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Posted in: Twitter sets IPO price at $26 See in context

Just wait til Line takes over

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Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal See in context

@conbini I believe Yoshinoya only uses US beef

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Posted in: Japan scaling down 2020 Olympic stadium after criticism of cost See in context

Renovating the one side of Tokyo Station cost ¥50 billion. Certainly it would be better to rebuild the old stadium completely than trying to renovate and expand the capacity to the necessary 80,000. Seeing how often the old stadium is used now, certainly the new one would be used even more. At least it's not gonna be a white elephant like the Bird's Nest in Beijing

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Posted in: Apple unveils revamped iPads; on sale Nov 1 in Japan See in context

@pizzatime

Uh I think u cut and pasted a review of last year's iPad mini?? It HAS a retina screen and an A7 processor

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Posted in: 20% of Tokyo university students want to die, NPO survey suggests See in context

Actually if you read it carefully it was a survey of students in Tokyo, not Todai students. I think they have more to live for regarding employment offers

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Posted in: 3 coffee shops broken into within 30 minutes; Y1.12 mil stolen See in context

Inside job? Knew which stores, how to break in (and make it look like a break in) and knew they'd leave cash in there overnight.

Except that they only got money from the last place

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Posted in: 'Eraser' law will let California kids scrub online past See in context

I agree, this law seems unenforceable in the international sphere of the internet. Regarding Facebook, that law is excellent. Yes it's quite common for companies in the US now asking for access to your account either in interviews to check you out, or in general, to make sure you don't slag off your company etc

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Posted in: Fukushima town protests Abe's global promise on crippled plant See in context

Is there any legal process called a "recall" in Japanese political system, so that voters can remove him from PM post?

The people didn't vote directly for the prime minister in the first place, so no, there is no recall process.

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Posted in: 3 dead as powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuated See in context

Just starting in Nakano 7:45

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Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos See in context

EVERYTIME I went to the pools at Toshimaen I saw groups of Yakuza with various stages of tattoos, including full sleeves and legs. They were easy to notice since there was always a big empty patch of ground around them whereas the rest of the area was packed. No staff ever went to tell them to get out of the water park. It's easier to tell a foreigner "no" than the yaks

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Posted in: Abe, Inose discuss how to make Tokyo more visitor-friendly See in context

No smoking/Free Wi-Fi/Selling Sim cards/Better handicapped facilities/Multilingual menus/Conversion of love hotels to regular hotels/Volunteers at many places who are multilingual/Free maps at local towns Shinjuku, Ginza, Akihabara etc. I'm sure many of these will be done, I had a great time spending 2 weeks at the Beijing Games, no problems at all

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Posted in: Abe, Inose discuss how to make Tokyo more visitor-friendly See in context

@galapagos There already is a discount for foreigners. Round trip narita express to and from any station, specially printed Suica pre-loaded with ¥1,500 sells for only ¥5,500 instead of ¥7,880 to Tokyo Station or ¥10,360 to Yokohama. Huge savings! This has been around for years. I use it every time, cheaper than just the NEX ticket separately.

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/index.html

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Posted in: Abe to raise sales tax on schedule, media report See in context

@sherman This has nothing to do with fleecing tourists as you seem to imply. The benefits would be neglible. Besides, tourists can buy large ticket items with no tax anyway. It hits those of us who live in Japan however. I laugh at suggestions from the LDP that salaries will increase to compensate. Yeah right!

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Posted in: Stocks fall on rumors of Olympic bid failure See in context

With the 2018 Winter Olympics being in South Korea I think it's kinda unlikely that Japan will get 2020. Usually the Olympics are spread out

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Posted in: Judo champs See in context

Good results after dumping abusive coach

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