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Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes See in context

It is kind of strange that the writer did not consider probably the most iconic depiction of a Japanese male in U.S. cinema during the 1980's - Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid (1984). As exotic as his character was made to contrast with Ralph Macchio's character, he was absolutely portrayed as an honorable, humble and heroic man. Also, it is relevant to point out that Hollywood actively edited screenplays to downplay any offense towards the Japanese during the same period. For example, the villains were changed in Sean Connery's Rising Sun (1993) from the novel so they were not Japanese in the film. Also, the Japanese police characters in Michael Douglas' Black Rain (1989) were portrayed sympathetically as honorable and dedicated. It seems like this writer took the lazy route of deciding on a victimization narrative and ignoring reality. There is no other way to take with a straight face to think that Hollywood films commonly invoke "stereotypical film motifs.....(including) scenes featuring “nyotai-mori,” in which morsels of sushi are artistically served from atop the torso of a nude female." Just try to name one, let alone two, off the top of your head.

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Posted in: The gun control debate: Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms? See in context

I can't get my head around why the USA allow fully automatic assault rifles to be sold in wall mart why do you need one?

This is just one example of misinformation out there. There are no fully automatic weapons sold at Wal-Mart.

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Posted in: Obama blames gun lobby grip on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws See in context

There are enough gun control laws in the U.S. The problem is that they cannot be enforced properly due to a lack of resources for prosecuting violations to the full extent allowed by the law. Trying to push new laws just leads to ridiculous debate and inaction. Instead the focus should be on providing prosecutors the resources needed to convict and send offenders to federal prison.

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Posted in: In Japan, women are usually kept in hospital for up to a week after giving birth, while in the West, if there are no complications, mothers usually go home the next day, or even less, as was the case See in context

In the U.S. the standard stay, assuming a healthy mother and child, is 48 hours after the birth. That seemed about right for my family. Hospital stays in Japan often seem excessive.

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Posted in: Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles in Mosul: PM See in context

On the bright side, the Humvees were equipped with Takata airbags so we can hopefully get most back as ISIS brings them in for recall.

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Posted in: Some countries are trying to stop their citizens from going overseas to join Islamic State by either arresting them or confiscating their passports. What is your view on this? See in context

Let them go...THEN cancel their passport. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

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Posted in: Japan proud of its high-tech toilets See in context

I appreciate good hygiene and the emphasis placed on it by the Japanese. The confusing part I find is when the toilet has a faucet on top of the toilet and there is no hand soap to be found anywhere. Train stations without soap make me shudder at the touch of the hand rails.

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Posted in: Abe eyes new action plan to boost tourism to Japan See in context

Japan needs more hotels that will accommodate families. Too many will not accept two adults and two children in one room, even in Tokyo and Osaka. So Japan loses out on that lucrative tourist market. In contrast, walk around Manhattan and there are families from all over the world taking in the sights and spending money.

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Posted in: What are some of the challenges that you've encountered when traveling in Japan? See in context

It is very difficult, even in major cities like Tokyo, to find a Japanese hotel, even major chains like Prince, that will accept a family of four (two adults and two children) in one hotel room. I think this one of the factors hampering Japan from becoming a major tourist destination. When I walk around New York's Times Square, for example, I am struck by how many international families are on vacation there. The related spending is a great boon for the city.

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Posted in: Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year See in context

It is amazing that Kanye West has apparently no shame using Auto Tune while performing with Paul McCartney.

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Posted in: Japan says hostage negotiations deadlocked See in context

Too late. ISIS just released a tape showing the beheading of Mr. Goto.

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Posted in: World leaders march in Paris to honor terror victims See in context

The march should have been routed through one of Paris' so-called "no go zones" that have been ceded to the Islamic extremists. Otherwise just seems like preaching to the choir.

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Posted in: The man was put under prefectural police surveillance, and all of the places he went to were found out. See in context

There is no privacy violation. After all, he drove his car in public and the GPS device was placed on the exterior of the vehicle. There is no difference from having him under direct surveillance by an officer.

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Posted in: Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault See in context

Sadly, Janice Dickinson is a very troubled woman with self-professed psychological problems that stem from horrific abuse by her father. This makes her an attractive target for predators because others are quick to dismiss her claims due to her unstable behavior. That is probably why she waited until others had come forward.

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Posted in: Spotify defends payout norms after Taylor Swift withdraws music See in context

I think we can assume that Spotify is great for less known artists, not so much for big stars.

Another article stated that the payout by Spotify to Taylor Swift this year alone was around $6 million.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/11/11/spotify-ceo-to-taylor-swift-is-6-million-enough/18854607/

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Posted in: Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie. See in context

Chariots of Fire, The Pink Panther, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars.

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Posted in: What the boys will be wearing next year See in context

they would get their butts kicked at any American beach if they showed up that way.

Certainly not on Fire Island.

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Posted in: 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese See in context

“Almost all of the public toilets here are impeccably clean.”

Really? That has not been my experience, especially with the JR station bathrooms. Hard not to gag.

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Posted in: Vending machine dispenses cans with 5 yen coins taped to them See in context

I'm confused. Recent articles in JT have indicated that Japanese consumers conveniently purchase most goods with a quick swipe of their phone. After all, wasn't Apple too late to the game since this technology is ubiquitous in Japan? Why would a specific coin combination in your pocket make any difference?

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Posted in: Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88 See in context

To the surprise of many, Paisley embraced his new role as Northern Ireland’s first minister with a relaxed demeanor, most strikingly when working alongside his government co-leader, former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

Not too surprising considering that Martin McGuinness was an informant for the British.

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Posted in: Scotland ready to make history; banks say they'll head south if it's a 'Yes' vote See in context

A successful vote for independence will be a Pyrrhic victory.

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Posted in: Foreign films a tough sell in America, but remakes thrive See in context

I'm not sure why the U.S. is singled out for criticism in this article since it produces the most films in demand in the international market. The same preference for U.S. movies with a few local ones over other foreign movies exists in the box office results of virtually every international market in the world. Commentators who pretend that their own country rewards decent non-U.S. foreign films with substantial ticket sales are deluding themselves. Here is a chart of the major international markets and their Top 20 box office results for the previous week:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/

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Posted in: Dolphin-hunting season kicks off in Taiji See in context

This hunt may be traditional but it used to be conducted in obscurity. Now with exposure through media, especially the cable TV channel Animal Planet, millions of kids are growing up with a negative image of Japan. Time for this tradition to be retired.

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Posted in: U.S. gun tourism grows in popularity See in context

Very tragic situation and very unusual. That is what made it national news.

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Posted in: Holder says he understands mistrust of police, pledges top investigators for Ferguson See in context

Then we hear the manufactured accounts from white supremacists who believe it's perfectly fine to execute an 18 year old kid for jaywalking.

Seriously? You spend your time putting out straw man arguments like that? Very troll-like.

he was 25 or more feet away and was NOT aggressively going after the officer. No eyewitness has come forward with that.

Brown, 6'4'' and 292 lbs., punched the police officer so hard that it caused an orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch has reported that more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated the police officer's story.

The continued protests no longer have connection to the residents of Ferguson. Of 78 protestors arrested last night for causing disturbances, just 3 were residents of the town.

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Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service See in context

The great customer services often ends when you try to return an item.

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Posted in: The extended use of interpreters by Japanese players (some, for their entire careers) needs to be looked at closely and a pragmatic policy put in place by the league to manage a situation that will on See in context

Would Japanese reporters then have to use an interpreter for the now English-speaking Japanese player?

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Posted in: Police allege Missouri teen robbed store before fatal shooting See in context

The video of Brown robbing the convenience store is here:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=464_1408123040

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Posted in: Police replaced in riot-hit Missouri city as Obama urges calm See in context

Has anyone suggested that the penalty for stealing cigars from a convenience store is death? Please, give up using the straw man arguments!

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Posted in: Police replaced in riot-hit Missouri city as Obama urges calm See in context

Surveillance video now released shows the 6'4'' 292 lbs. Michael Brown committing a strong arm robbery of a convenience store, roughing up the store owner, shortly before the confrontation with the police officer. His friend's account, which help fueled the violent protests, is now established to have been a lie.

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