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Posted in: Japanese Olympians focus on ending 2022 season on post-Beijing high See in context

No 6 in the world in total number of medals (18), topped by memorable performances by numerous others who just happened to fail to finish in the top3, everyone displaying beautiful sportsmanship, is not bad at all. Well done Team Japan. You can be proud regardless of whatever groundless criticism.

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Posted in: Japan animation industry sales fall 1.8% in 2020; 1st drop in decade See in context

Still, the COVID-19 pandemic had delayed production processes at many studios

I would be interested in comparing the number of produced anime titles with that of the previous yr. I’m sure that fell too. If so, the sales decline is understandable.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 76th anniversary of atomic bombing See in context

As should also be clearly remembered why Japan suffered the consequence of the bombs


If I am not mistaken, this would imply that you are still (in this day and age) justifying the world’s biggest massacre committed within minutes, oh, and committed twice within a week. Proves why the ceremony would need to be held for decades, if not centuries to come.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 76th anniversary of atomic bombing See in context

As the japanese say to the koreans, get over it.

Randy Johnson

Missing the point (as usual?)

There is a difference between condemning the crime and the person

“Get over it” appears to carry a wholly different meaning (lacking the depth needed) when used by you

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Posted in: Measures that made Tokyo Olympics possible also left public disconnected See in context


It did get something else, though

Thanks for sharing. Shared it with all my friends.

You know how the posters usually are here, but the happier majority gets it, so don’t worry.


The Tokyo Olympics were a reflection of how efficient Japan can be. 

Exactly. And practical, realistic, positive in their actions.

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Posted in: Japan beats U.S. 2-0 to win 1st Olympic baseball gold medal See in context

This must sting since the USA got 39 gold medals and china got 38.

Randy Johnson

Oh yes, while any boasting of a mere “1” difference by the side which used to be much more dominant once upon a time is telling of the underlying fear, not simply towards the gradual shift which awaits us in future olympics to come, but more towards what this symbolizes in terms of the overall shift of power

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Posted in: Japan beats U.S. 2-0 to win 1st Olympic baseball gold medal See in context

Some points to ponder.

Randy Johnson

Your rather lengthy review is quite convincing. I hear you, I feel for you. It’s just a game, however designed, designed to make clear the better side at the time. Everyone is also prepared to hear any excuses made by the losing side to justify its unbearable loss. Japanese media is trying to figure out the recent loss to Mexico in the bronze medal soccer game. The best part is, there is always a next time for revenge. ドンマイ!

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Posted in: Ohtani hits 13th home run; Trout injured in Angels' victory See in context


This country is producing the world’s No 1 athletes in tennis, golf and now, baseball.

Once soccer also identifies someone of the like in the not too distant future I guess there wouldn’t be much left to be desired by the sports loving people here.

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Posted in: Girl's death in Hokkaido prompts probe into alleged bullying See in context

Bullying is endemic in Japanese culture. It's the main reason why the whole senpai/kohai dynamic still exists in 2021. It will never be eradicated in Japan. It would be akin to outlawing hugging or something similar back home.

There’s too much at stake to address this cultural problem. To discard mass conformity would surely risk losing power of the masses.

Many fail to understand that the problem, albeit some culturally varying aspects, is by no means unique to Japan. Blaming the matter on national culture is completely misplaced. Bullying is an issue whether it be North America or Europe Ir elsewhere.

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Posted in: Girl's death in Hokkaido prompts probe into alleged bullying See in context

Some point out the Japanese culture itself to be the cause of these cases of bullying and fail to realize that this is more of a universal issue. Very similar case recently occurred in Paris. I personally suspect there to be child-parent issues behind most cases, but nonetheless believe the institutions need to work harder in proactively resolving these cases rather than turning a blind eye and prioritizing their reputation.

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Posted in: Japan bans removal of prized agricultural seeds, seedlings abroad See in context

Whether it be matsusaka beef or uonuma koshihikari rice or akihime strawberries, completely understand the criticality of such creations of the highest grade after decades and centuries of breed improvement to be legally protected, both the names and the seeds.

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context

Surprised to see all the negative comments. Have always thought the “ladies and gentlemen” expression to be outdated and considered the move to refrain its use (as with London and NY buses and metros etc) to be quite natural. Who cares what JAL is actually thinking or not thinking. Nothing to make a big fuss about and absolutely pointless in trying to generalize and criticize the so-called “Japanese mindset” over this.

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Posted in: Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead at home in apparent suicide See in context

Agree that media reporting needs to be extremely careful and sensitive on this as with all other suicide reporting given its indeed contagious nature. This is the one particular decision that no one else will be able to fully comprehend and that which you will never have the chance to regret, which I assume many would if they did.

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

If people are putting that much stock into a swimmer, then they need to find a hobby. 

There's no way he is affecting that many people's lives, unless they are his sponsors

I take the position that the level of influence these public figures have on others should not be underestimated. Additionally, I find (more so after reading the comments) that other countries may be more morally tolerant towards “affairs” of this nature.

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

Aside from his athletic achievements, this guy was aggressively selling his public image as a sincere family man raking in numerous sponsorship deals and commercials. Thus carries great news value for tabloids. People feel betrayed, while also naturally sympathetic with his betrayed wife. No family matter.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly says he will prove his innocence without Ghosn See in context

Whatever the final verdict, don’t believe there will be much fuss either way on both sides of the border, as public interest on this is waning. Not certain if limited media attention and coverage will prove fortunate or unfortunate for him at the end of the day.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hints at more racial justice activism See in context


No, you are twisting what I said. SHE does not consider herself Japanese as she said recently she is black. She does not live in Japan and cannot speak Japanese. As for appropriateness I've no idea where you got that from my comment.

I don’t think I’m twisting anything judging from your additional comment above. You state that she does not consider herself Japanese just because she is saying she’s black.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hints at more racial justice activism See in context

But does she represent Japan? She is half Haitian and said herself that she is black.

Wow. Since when does skin color have anything to do with the appropriateness of representing Japan, or any other country for that matter.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress, Abe attend ceremony to mark 75th anniversary of WWII surrender See in context

The Japanese really got out of jail for free.

Joke of the day. Some police we have in this world.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine; 4 ministers visit See in context

ending Western European (white) imperialism in Asia

Well Western (white) Europe cannot be the sole to blame for imperialism because Japan followed the exact same footsteps eager to stay strong and avoid ending up like China at the time.

Lets also not forget the liberation of Africa.

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Posted in: Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow thanks Japanese for support See in context

People here would think she’s cute and would all the more pay huge respect for what she’s doing, but it is not as if she is taking the whole nation by storm. Sadly, the degree of interest people have towards “foreign” issues, whether it be China or the US is tremendously low. Who could blame them, relatively happy and satisfied with the things they already have here.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting movie-goer at theater in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Bad move and example on all accounts. Should have asked the theater staff to take care of the situation.

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Posted in: Japanese social conformity behind wearing of face masks See in context

What a pointless survey. Why not do a similar study on why people in Japan tend to wear seatbelts in cars.

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Posted in: Japanese social media reacts to Billie Eilish’s new animated, Ghibli-esque music video See in context

Ghibli fans will apparently fail to see the same finesse, but should be OK with at least seeing the inspiration that's clearly there.

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Posted in: Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors See in context

Last week images of Hiroshima were broadcast around the world. No one questioned why the Japanese were still banging on about the atomic bombings.

Partly because no one is specifically blaming anyone else for the bombings.

The only aim is to ensure the massacres are not forgotten, peace is maintained and history does not repeat itself by way of allowing anyone to mindlessly engage in similar acts in the future.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

Interesting how anyone with the right mind would want to even give a try at justifying THE MASSACRE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN A SINGLE DAY, TWICE, WITHIN LESS THAN A WEEK. Also interesting to see how history would be written a century from now.

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Posted in: Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget See in context

playing the victim

I would agree only to the extent that they are not the actual victims per se. I would at the same time be compelled to stress the importance and necessity of others helping to ensure people are constantly reminded that there are those who are capable (both physically and mentally) of engaging in massacres of this scale, as history has shown as recently as less than a decade ago.

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Posted in: Abe to attend Hiroshima, Nagasaki events marking U.S. atomic bombings See in context

Would have preferred he said "We can never repeat the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nor Japan's actions that led up to them.

Regrettable that there are still those who continue to cling on to such justifications..

Will probably need to wait at least another century for people to figure things out and for the massacre to be truly acknowedged for what it actually was.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

The bombings are memorialized with the theme and prayer for peace, that it never occur again

it is not used to perpetuate hate

My thoughts exactly. The conflict and the divide will otherwise continue to be fueled over time.

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Posted in: U.S. base on Okinawa confirms 36 more coronavirus cases See in context

Yesterday we heard through various Japanese reports that there was an additional 64 identified at the US bases in Okinawa, totaling 225 since July 7, exceeding the local total of 191. The news was circulated nationwide alongside the numerous photos of the military people having parties outside, seemingly enjoying themselves to the full, none of them wearing masks. So much for prevention measures and thoughts for others..

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