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Posted in: World War II film idol Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94 See in context

Yoi Machi Gusa--Evening Primrose.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo See in context

What animated discussion. Much ado about nothing. It's part of a political campaign designed to assuage the hawkish. After election everything back to normal.

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Posted in: Apple unveils smartwatch and new, larger iPhones See in context

''Shamesung fanboys. Look how beautiful the new iphone is. Compare it to your platic galaxy s phones.''

Shame is a spiritual pain, usually caused by the strong feeling of inferiority, which, more often than not, is of economic kind: --I cannot afford an xxx, have to settle for a xxxx, and people can see that, etc. Once upon a time you could explain to yourself that the reason you settle for a lesser one is because size matters. Not anymore.

On the other side of the same fence, things work on the opposit direction. People move in society used to be conscious of the kind of watches--those Made in Switzerland--they wear. Not any more. I need to wear this plastic thing because my Tokyo Branch may - - etc.

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Posted in: Sony develops new camera for taking images in dark See in context

First there was fingerprints, then DNA tests, then CCTV, now zero lux monitoring camera. The government, communities or private homes can now render the dark side of the underworld a bit more visable, aided by these tools. Think Sony should stick to such security field, a huge market worldwide, rather than treat it as a gadget for idle curiosity.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo See in context

China has offensive weapons that allow China to project power beyond its borders, far into Taiwan, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, a move that does not infuriate Japan.

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Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll See in context

EthanWilberSep. 11, 2014 - 10:55PM JST

Since you do not answer, let me answer for you. The ensuing chain of events are, with the prospect of an America looking on without lifting a finger, with military and economy much mightier than Japan, with 'Tople small Japan' a national sports, China has no choice but to take Senkaku by force, and Japan will meet the challenge, and there will be war, which is counter to your ''Japan and China should seek peace not war because war does no country good.''

If you say Nah - -China won't do that, then my words above all lost their meanings.

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Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll See in context

''Japan and China should seek peace not war because war does no country good.''

Tell us all: what kind of chain of events will ensue when Japan refuses to give Senkaku while China insists, and USA says go ahead have fun between you two, we've had enough of it, at a time when China is much stronger militarily and economically than Japan.

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Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll See in context

Depending on US political situation 2 years later. When US gets serious there will be a formidable US, Japan, Australia, Philippine bases multi national military alliance. Then China will think twice. All challenges now are initiated by China, not others.

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Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links See in context

''He was an assistant for an interviewer, and was taking notes and photos, a member of staff at Takaichi's office told AFP, referring to Yamada. We had no idea who he was back then, but he requested a snap shot with her.(The minister) wouldn't refuse such requests.''

Before comment, isn't it that one needs to confirm whether the above statement is true or false.

When Philippine President Aquino was found posing in a photo with a woman later indicted in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal, Filipino people smiled, laughed out laud, because it turned out that the woman--a celebrity but stranger to Aquino then--was invited to a party given by a friend of Aquino's, and had requested having a snap shot with the president.

Smiled and laughed out laud because in the eyes of an adult the president's innocent, trusting pose was so funny.

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Posted in: Disney to release 'Frozen' short sequel next year See in context

Frozen, saikou. It's a movie only my kind, or rather our kind of people can love.

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Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

AlexNoaburgSep. 06, 2014 - 01:33PM JST

''so there are two kinds of people on this issue, those who don't believe Japan was in the wrong during WW2, and those who do. I wonder which will make Japan a stronger nation.''

Visiting your ancestor's tombs and worship them and plead that they help see to it that this family would never plunge into miserable troubles such as theirs is common family tradition among Japan, Korea, China and many other Asian countries. There are no rules or regulations banning people from doing that based on certain conditions or situations. Same with a nation, it's strictly internal affair common among Japan, Korea, China, and many other Asian countries.

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Posted in: Traces of fugu found in packet of seasoning in Oita supermarket See in context

Poisonous fugu fish meat is tasty and supposed to be safe if prepared by a certified fugu chef, could be the reason why added to the flavor seasoning. Question is are there certified fugu meat processing plants. Consumers need to know because label rules allow the manufacturers to label the ingredient simply as ''fish meat''.

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Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Some greatest war criminals against their own countrymen are enshrined, kowtowed and worshipped day in and day out but nobody utter a sound

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Posted in: Couple killed in Miyagi car crash See in context

Head on is mostly fatal, in that the bigger, heavier car usually survives, as it moves a bit further ahead after collision as if hitting into some kind of a cushion, whereas at impact, the hitting speed of the occupants against the dashboard in the lighter car actually increases because of the rearward movement of the car. Besides the flimsy body structure of the Kei also counts, of course. RIP the sweet couple.

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Posted in: Australia leans toward buying Japanese subs to upgrade fleet See in context

The subs are for Japan's defense as much as for Australia's: Think of the huge unattended back door--oceans of Australia, Indonesia ,India, the Philippines, Taiwan. With Australian subs partially share the job, Japan and USA can better concentrate on other matters. So how about the budget divided by three, Japan contributes key components, the shells built by Australian workers, so as to help strengthen its government's pro Japan standing.

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Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan See in context

''Huuummmm.... I struggled to get through this movie. I seemed to be mishmash of all the other Disney fairy story movies. IMHO, it brought absolutely nothing new to the table and dragged on far too long,''

Good thing you are not married to a Japanese woman lest she thrust her mikudarihan at you, like so many of them do.

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Posted in: U.S. judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung smartphones See in context

In certain countries in Southeast Asia you ask people and they will tell you, unanimously, the real winners are judges. Go there and confirm it yourself.

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Posted in: Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed by Japanese in Myanmar See in context

In a way WWII was a great event, it helped wipe out almost all murderers, tyrants, dictators, except just a few still existing and thriving. R

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Posted in: Gangster, arson-murderer hanged See in context

"About vengeance? Justice? an eye for an eye? Nah, those are for law books, in Seattle streets or Tokyo streets, it‘s determent, it makes criminals, those really bad ones, think twice."

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Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy See in context

To some let them consume each other is strategy too.

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Posted in: Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed by Japanese in Myanmar See in context

At the time Taiwan belonged to Japan, many Taiwanese soldiers fought with Japanese soldiers, side by side, probably against Chinese Nationalist soldiers in Burma, killed some of them, or got killed by them. Thus those 50,000 killed were mainland Chinese, not Taiwanese.

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Posted in: More movies with weird Japanese titles See in context

風と共にに去りぬ, ''去'' in Chinese means 'go to; go somewhere'; in Japanese Kanji it means 'gone; never return'. thus 去りぬ is OK.

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Posted in: Japan to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch See in context

July 16 2014. Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Kinki University signed a memorandom of understanding--jointly producing ''Complete Cultured Bluefin Tuna''--from hatchings to adult tuna production--starting March 2015. Target: 300,000 fish/year in the year 2020--a half of Japan's domestic need. Business plan: Facility details 6 50-ton tanks, land, office building 16 50-ton tanks Nursery output (Prep); Production: 2016/3---40,000 fish; 2017/3---60,000 fish; 2018/3---200,000 fish; 2019/3---250,000 fish; 2020/3---300,000 fish.

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Posted in: Japan to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch See in context

The shift in Japan’s policy confirms the total success and maturity of baby tuna nursery technology. Hat off to those involved in the development of the technology.

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Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State See in context

''U.S. military said it had already carried out a failed hostage rescue mission inside Syria''

There you go again, CARTER ERA.

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Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji See in context

@evian 1

徐福 was sent to Japan by Ch'in. As the Wu Hu were slaughtering the Hans, there was no way the Han tribe could manage to travel to Korea or Japan--toward the north or north-east where the Hu were waiting. Yes Han tribe did escape, but southward toward the Yantze River where there were no Northern Hus, crossed the river till Hokkien, from there, much later, migrate to Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia. These are the only regions today where people still speak the original Han language. As to 'f' sound, Han tribe had never had the characteristic Hu's labiodental consonants. --See Chien Da Hsin --''There Were No Labiodental Sound In Ancient Han Language'', The reason Japan and South Eastern Asian Hans have a lot of common language and pronunciation is through the friendly interaction during Han and Tang dynasties.

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Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji See in context

@evian 1

During Yayoi and Tumulus periods, Japanese population all of a sudden swelled, earthenware changed, bronze and iron appeared, rice plantation technique established, temples and huge tombs built---the results of an great influx of immigrants from China and Korea, for it was Waring States and Spring-Autumn period in China, the defeated Hu-Han hybrids escaped to Japan, as many as a million according to some, bringing with them those goodies, plus their acumen in politics, in palace intrigue, in Suntzu Art of War, in how to live off the Hyakushyo, thus very soon they and their descendants became Shoguns, Daimyos, Daihoneis, kanryous, politicians, all those you hate, all are powerless now because of a new Abe era. Central Plain Proto-Han migrated to Japan? Over thousands of kilometers, over the land and the sea? Remember they were victims of war lords, they were slaughtered by the millions, were brought along by Hu army as human food supply, called "Two-Foot Sheep" by the Hus.

Hu-Han hybrid has some speech disorders: in vowel they could not pronounce エ, and オ, while Japanese and Han tribe can, as in 絵本 and 下面, and 尾 and 烏,respectively. In consonant they could not pronounce キ (気、氣)ケ (毛、溪)コ (子、苦)セ (背、西)ソ (素 素) ガギグゲゴ、バビブベボ、メモ、ヨ、レロ、ン, while Japanese and Han tribe have hundreds of words of them, in common.

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Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji See in context

The 'Kan' (Han) in 'Kanji' is not China or Chinese, but an aborigine living in Far East midland 6,000 years ago, a highly civilized, socialized, agricultural tribe later trampled by Wu Hu--northen steppe barbarians. In 206 BC, the descendants of the aborigins defeated barbarian Ch'in (from which the name China is derived) , established Han Dynasty, revived the aborigine's literature and word--once destryed by Ch'in--which Japan adapted, called Kanbun, and Kanj (Hanbun, Hanji).

The aborigine's civilization lasted for two dynasties--Han and Tang--before being trampled forever by the barbarians. These dynasties were the golden era of Han-Japan friendship. The heart of the Han tribe and the heart of Japan tribe are one and the same, excluding the defeated barbarians who escaped to Japan chased by other barbarian rivals. Many goodies you see and admire in Japan today are the fruits of that era.

So you see, to Japanese, Kanji is tool, and heart. As a tool, it is one of the most advanced, most up-to-date among all. No matter how many strokes there are in a word, the computer will write it out for you, saving you trouble. New things and new ideas are expressly presented by combining existing words, not by creating new words which nobody knows in the beginning. Best of all, especially in Japanese writing, Kanji are signs. You understand the content by 'looking', not by reading. Compare the following: the sign of an arrow with an extra leg, as against the language 'traffic may be merging into your lane from another roadway'.

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Posted in: New rechargeable cell has 7 times higher energy density than lithium-ion cells See in context

How to tell if things are for real: A little leakage but mostly wrapped up in secrecy, yes, and buy; a lot of fanfare even before maturity, too much news leaks, no: probably aiming at government subsidies as well as stock market manipulations.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus See in context

A kindergarten bus is supposed to be constantly surrounded by tiny kids, some of them merely 2 feet tall, often innocently come into blind spots in front the bus or behind, making multiple monitoring cameras on the bus an absolute necessity. When even cheap cellphones have camera lenses and monitors all over its body, why can't a kindergarten bus do the same?

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