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Posted in: TEPCO president apologizes to Fukushima fishermen See in context

An apology is not a news story - reporting on it only gives the apology unwarranted weight.

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Posted in: Japan puts troops on display; says SDF role to grow See in context

Peace is something to be proud of, war isn't.

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Posted in: Yakuza gang publishes magazine for members See in context

Target Audience: Low-level Yakuza that run the taiyaki stand are your local pre-OBON festival.

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Posted in: Big election win for Abe could strengthen vested interests See in context

Elections should not be called by those in power - there's a basic safety in balance. The world is crazy, I say.

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Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments See in context

The core point here is about accepting responsibility. Just because things exist, and other countries do them, and there was a war going on - this doesn't eliminate responsibility.

Beware the politician who continually tries to dodge owning up to actions.

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Posted in: No more blunders, Japan Olympic chief tells colleagues See in context

Dennis - he apologized for what he said, so that remark does not exist anymore.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000 See in context

...within 10 years.

Whoa...slow down there. Don't do anything drastic with bringing these human tape-recorders into the classroom. Maybe a 50 year plan would be less disruptive and less shocking for students and staff.

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Posted in: Over 80 Japanese nationalists approach disputed islands See in context

ugh, the send sentence should be quoted, as well.

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Posted in: Over 80 Japanese nationalists approach disputed islands See in context

When my 2 year-old grabs a toy, doesn't let go and says 'mine'...I try to teach him about sharing and playing nice with others.

Yeah but you got the easy part, you don't have to try and teach a billion of so children about playing nice now do you?

If their parents did the same, adults on both sides might be able to solve this dispute without making themselves look like children.

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Posted in: Over 80 Japanese nationalists approach disputed islands See in context

When my 2 year-old grabs a toy, doesn't let go and says 'mine'...I try to teach him about sharing and playing nice with others.

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Posted in: Osaka gov't survey on employees' union activities called unfair practice See in context

Regardless of how it turns out, checks and balances on any of Hashimoto's methods are important. He's a guy that defines himself as 'pushing limits and showing strength', thus those limits need to be clearly defined.

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Posted in: LDP education proposal includes TOEFL prerequisite for univ entrance See in context

Start kids learning at a younger age, rather than putting more 'test result' pressure on them in their teens.

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Posted in: Napster See in context

awwww, that's cute.

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Posted in: Gov't to hold ceremony marking 1952 return of sovereignty See in context

Sounds like something North Korea would do...and the rest of the world would laugh at.

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Posted in: Youth gets 5-8 years for killing 3 with car See in context

He had no driver's license and they were joyriding - it makes no difference if he was sleeping or not.

5-8 years for killing 3 people in this situation isn't enough. This is embarrassing and sad.

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Posted in: Soak in a nice hot spring bath with Ted See in context

mindless comedies are great - this one just isn't done that well. There are a few parts that made me chuckle, but I didn't laugh like I wanted to.

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Posted in: Dogzilla See in context

Don't take a photo...put the camera down and help the dog!! Save him!!

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Posted in: Gov't to review statements on wartime history, revise textbook guidelines See in context

I'm sure any revisions will include the phrase 'doubleplusgood', or something similar.

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Posted in: Aso says elderly should be allowed to 'hurry up and die' See in context

Lead the way, spoiled rich kid.

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Posted in: Subcontractors reportedly ripping off Fukushima nuclear accident workers See in context

Isn't this called regular business practice in Japan? It's nothing a slew of apologies can't fix.

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Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan See in context

When you buy something and the clerk puts in it like seven bags, while a line of people waits behind.

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Posted in: Stimulus addict Japan gets huge fix from Abe See in context

Abe needs to take a day off every now and then....

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Posted in: Hashimoto apologizes to parents of student who killed himself See in context

I swear The Hash just looks for opportunities where he can voice an extreme opinion, so his followers will feel "he's a strong leader who's not afraid to say what he thinks".

Besides that, however, I hope he does eventually back-up his statements here. I'd like to seem some change seriously implemented. A zero tolerance stance might be needed for a while.

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Posted in: Abe accuses China of letting Japanese firms be targeted during isle protests See in context

This is an important & valid point by Abe. However, I'm not sure China will appreciate being called-out like this...maybe it would be better to raise such an issue behind closed doors.

Abe already won the election, no need to keep up the rhetoric so high.

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Posted in: Student commits suicide after being beaten by school basketball coach See in context

Go to any mall restaurant 10 minutes before opening, and you see the same mentality: some manager ripping into their employees with a 'pep-talk', talking down to them about the same things they've been talking down to them everyday since they started working there...because they feel it's motivating and good for them.

Bullying is very embedded in this culture....I think it would be difficult to simply erase. Japan needs to take on the related suicide problem dealing with the current atmosphere, working towards enabling kids to cope and grow from experience, for now, rather than just hoping the bullying will go away. It won't anytime soon. It'll be a generational change.

They need to focus on teaching kids how to communicate. This is the first step, I think, then change will come from this.

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Posted in: The gang's all here See in context

I wonder....

....where do they keep all of these 'first day of school' photos? There's gotta be a billion of them by now.

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Posted in: Abe to review Fukushima crisis before deciding on restarting reactors See in context

Anyone for nuclear power in Japan, an earthquake prone country, is using only one measuring stick: money.

..and that's a poor, unbalanced way to live.

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Posted in: Abe to review Fukushima crisis before deciding on restarting reactors See in context

A lot of people nailed it here. Why would this even be news if it wasn't setting up a "Well, we reviewed the findings, so it's ok to start them..."

The headline should read "Abe to do what his job dictates he do, before making a major decision".

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Posted in: Abe, Obama discuss importance of alliance See in context

Sarrano - do you ever think this guy should be held to a little higher standard than people like me or smithinjapan or any other clown on the street? He was just given a second chance that he didn't deserve, and he was given that chance by a huge margin. He should be a bit more meticulous.

Your comment about his disease isn't valid, either. This is a major factor in his ability to do his job...not because of the limits of the disease, but because he quit from it once before.

Keep making excuses for him, like the voters did, and watch him act with entitlement.

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Posted in: Abe likely to appoint LDP veteran Aso as finance minister See in context

Reminds me of that scene in the movie Slap Shot when they introduce all those notorious goons from past lore.

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