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AkashiAussieFeb. 13, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
Mike Will -
I didn't know that Rhodes Scholars could be considered yobbos?
I earned 3 times as much as your average English teacher in Japan my first year out of university by working in a remote part of Australia. I always cringe when Americans tell me that they cannot get a job earning as much money back home as what (insert dispatch company) will pay them here. That said, the cost of living in Australia is quite high.
Posted in: Australia, Toyota at odds over manufacturing halt
AkashiAussieFeb. 13, 2014 - 08:07AM JST
God damn unions and their never ending quest for more money for less work.
AkashiAussieFeb. 08, 2014 - 12:36AM JST
In Australia, the Chinese have overtaken the Asian Studies departments of every university. Full fee paying Chinese students are keeping the Australian University system alive, and the universities are bending over to keep it that way. There is an agenda in place to brainwash the next generation of Australians to hate Japan and side with Japan in the event of future conflict. I can only guess that Musashi is a victim of this manipulation.
While the rest of the world is criticising Russia endlessly over anything and everything, Abe is journeying to Sochi in a show of support. Despite the annual rally for the return of the islands, this can only mean good things for the future of Soviet-Japanese relations. Don't forget that despite their recent joint military operations, the Chinese and Soviets still have some contentious border issues of their own. China and the Soviets were ready to nuke each other in the 60s and 70s over border disputes, and lots of people are not happy with the agreements that have been reached over the last twenty years.
Posted in: Russia rejects China's offer to help with Japan dispute
AkashiAussieFeb. 01, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
History can be fabricated and twisted to suit any argument and if you repeat something enough, people will start to believe it. This seems to be very much the case with a lot of the information permeating out of China of late.
Considering that the USA have warned China not to establish an ADIZ in the South China Sea, it will be interesting to see what their response is. It will also be interesting to see if any response will come from the Chinese this time around.
Has an unwillingness to criticize China by greedy nations not wanting to upset the investor created delusions of grandeur?
Posted in: China considering new Air Defense Identification Zone over South China Sea: report
AkashiAussieJan. 03, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
As we already know, the Chinese government does not rate the UK or the people living within it. Given that the Harry Potter series is so popular there, they are probably trying to discuss the Japan issue in terms they think the people in the UK can understand.
Posted in: China's UK envoy compares Japanese militarism to Voldemort
AkashiAussieJan. 02, 2014 - 09:39PM JST
Just reading some of the comments off your link obladi... Wow?!
What a loser!...........trying to go there to make a statement to the Japanese but only ended up needing them to rescue him............if you don't have the ability to make it there, rather drown in the waters then to have the Japanese rescue you............Remember that the next time you try such a stupid thing.
Posted in: Chinese cook rescued after hot-air balloon crashes near disputed isles
AkashiAussieDec. 31, 2013 - 02:46PM JST
I'm sure if the government got strict on enforcing the visa status of the current generation of Chinese and South Korean 'comfort women' in Japan, there would be a lot of women in Japan provided with one way tickets back to their country of origin. The CCP and Mrs Park wouldn't have much to say I bet.
Posted in: China says Abe not welcome after Yasukuni shrine visit
AkashiAussieDec. 29, 2013 - 12:08AM JST
Anyone who thinks that the Americans didn't know that Abe was going to the shrine beforehand are kidding themselves. Of course they knew and despite the public outcry against the visit, they have now hit enter and are waiting to see what the Chinese do before moving a few more battleships into East Asia in their real life game of Civilizations. Japan is part of the US global network and the Americans are fully in control.
Posted in: China must retaliate for Abe's shrine visit, state media urge
AkashiAussieDec. 28, 2013 - 11:32PM JST
To all the anti vaccine people out there, here is a link for you.
But to all those people scared because they might get a cold --- please harden up a bit. It's winter in a very cold and very densely populated country. If you think every person with some kind of ailment is going to stay home, you've got another thing coming. As a foreigner though, it's your god given right to take your sick days even if your Japanese friend wont, so perhaps just look forward to getting the flu, then you can sit on the couch all day and eat ramen. ;)
Posted in: Health ministry says flu season has begun
AkashiAussieDec. 26, 2013 - 01:45PM JST
First for education? Boring, underfunded classes of 30-40 students, all force fed information out of text books using the same methods as 30 years ago. Has there ever been Computer in an elementary class? Do Japanese students know what a smart board is? First for education????
Posted in: Japan ranked 6th in quality of life for children
AkashiAussieDec. 25, 2013 - 10:10PM JST
If they didn't call it 47 Ronin it would have been a great movie. I watched it with my Japanese girlfriend and she kept reminding me throughout the movie that the forests, the armor, the islands, the forests, the kimonos, etc were not accurate. She seemed really upset that the story was not told accurately too. I enjoyed it though - despite the updates.
Posted in: Review: Reeves comes off bogus in 'Ronin'
AkashiAussieDec. 22, 2013 - 12:57PM JST
Posted in: Japan elects cutest hiragana character
AkashiAussieDec. 22, 2013 - 12:17PM JST
Has anyone seen this?
Posted in: China slams Japan defense spending plan
AkashiAussieDec. 18, 2013 - 11:35PM JST
Being in Japan where a million and one kids tell you their name and where a million and one cute girls who all look the same as the next girl introduce themselves to you, it would be handy to have a set of those glasses with facial recognition, but for some reason Google are 110% against it.
Posted in: Google Glass eyewear lets winking snap pictures
AkashiAussieDec. 13, 2013 - 03:46PM JST
Why is Rudd being quoted? He's in love with China and is a nobody in Australian politics at the moment.
Posted in: Biden assures Abe that U.S. doesn't recognize China air zone
AkashiAussieDec. 10, 2013 - 07:34PM JST
Katakana adds emphasis to a word.
Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter
AkashiAussieDec. 09, 2013 - 02:39PM JST
Good on them. For many, police are seen as distant and potentially dangerous characters. If this helps soften their image and means that some girls are more willing to seek their assistance, then good job Nagano. Police must be sensible about the way they handle cases though and manage their time appropriately. Regarding the death of that stalking victim recently and your comments about the police 'refusing' to take stalking cases seriously, the way some girls are over here, if the police jumped through hoops every time some princess claimed she was being followed or that someone had said something mean to her, they'd have no time for anything else.
Posted in: Girls fawn over Nagano police station’s new pretty-boy mascot characters
AkashiAussieDec. 09, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
Exactly sf2k. Teenagers in Japan wouldn't know what is going on in the UK because they don't even know what is going on here. Ask them about any current events and you'll be met with a blank stare. How a link between two random attacks of women and a criminal trend in the United States can even be considered is beyond me.
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
AkashiAussieDec. 05, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Don't like deserts.
Don't obsess over trains.
Don't watch anime.
Couldn't even name one idol.
Come at me ladies. ;)
Posted in: Five hobbies that prevent guys from getting a Japanese girlfriend
AkashiAussieDec. 04, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
There are good and bad in all groups within society. As a foreigner in Japan though, you get some very strange receptions from some old people. In Australia, a lot of old people still hate Japan and Japanese with a passion and will say racist things to Japanese tourists. I get that same vibe in Japan. Some of them still treat non Japanese with disrespect, so I find it hard to treat them with the respect I would normally give the elderly.
White_Shinobi, I had a similar experience with an old person in a gym in Japan. I had just been for a swim and as happens when you are in water, I got wet. When I went back to the change rooms, I sat down on the change room bench and a bit of water dripped underneath me.
This old guy came over and started yelling at me and rolling his Rs in the same manner a yakuza speaks to someone or an angry school teacher talks to his worst students because I had made a bit of a puddle in front of his locker. I didn't understand all that he was saying, but got most of it, including where he said, 'This is not your country,' so I replied in a similarly disrespectful manner. I told him it was a public place and people normally get wet when they are in a pool. I also told him not to talk to me in the manner in which he was talking to me.
The angry old man didn't understand what I was saying, but he did not appreciate it. I assumed that in his day he was some sort of low level manager who got where he got in life by yelling at people and intimidating people - there are plenty of elderly types like that who no longer have power, but still have the attitude.
In the end he looked like he was about to pop he was so mad. He started saying some more racist crap about how this was not my country and I should be subservient to him. In the end he got up close and pushed me, probably waiting for me to hit him or something. Given that I am 6'3 and over 100kg and this guy would have been lucky to be 5'2, I just laughed at him. I have heard too many horror stories about foreigners who have stood up for themselves over here...
Some old people in Japan need to learn to relax. They are stuck in the hectic salary man mindset they lived for so long.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:46PM JST
Actually, to hock something is to pawn it, so the word was correct, but it was…
Posted in: Dove’s 'Real Beauty' commercial a big hit in Japan
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
If my computer got 150,000 attacks per second, my natural reaction would be to pull out…
Posted in: Mt Gox faced 150,000 attacks per second, media report
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
I think, If I was about to open a major corporation, and needed a home for…
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Very cool photo. What a wonderful thing this priest is doing to try to help the…
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Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
Kinki Daigaku has a fish farm where they can produce tuna from eggs. They sell to…
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