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AwatemonoNov. 14, 2012 - 04:15PM JST
Having been in several chugakku schools, the message I get from JETs, ALTs etc is that much of Japanese education is "colouring in maps". The national honour does not allow non-Japanese teachers to run the English program so much of it is done by teachers who struggle in it themselves.
The fact that most adults can't offer a basic conversation in English after 6 years of study is witness to that.
Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools
AwatemonoNov. 08, 2012 - 04:20AM JST
The ongoing deceit that this is "for science" reflects very poorly - and unfairly - on the Japanese people who have little say on its cessation.
Just who is making the money to support these expeditions of death?
Posted in: Activists begin annual campaign against Japanese whalers
AwatemonoOct. 31, 2012 - 05:17PM JST
The de Lorean was an 'interesting' design but slower than most modern family cars.
A bit of show but little go and certainly NOT a 'vintage car'. How about the Honda S600 or the Toyota GT?
Posted in: Classic Car Festival to be held in Tokyo on Dec 1
AwatemonoOct. 06, 2012 - 06:32PM JST
The level of anti-whaling feeling in Australia is considerable.
It is the single most intense basis that anti-Japanese feeling exists in Australia.
Without that, there is widespread respect for the Japanese since few know about the Taiji cove clubbing of dolphins.
Posted in: Australia hits out at Japan at whale tracking tech launch
AwatemonoSep. 06, 2012 - 11:20AM JST
"Mere teething problems" I'm sure.
But you don't need them at 50 000 feet above ground.
Posted in: Engine fumes halt ANA Dreamliner's takeoff
AwatemonoAug. 20, 2012 - 08:31PM JST
Don't confuse the artists with the thug. Bushido is a more noble body of skills and the accountability to match. The mind is the last 'weapon' to be mastered.
Posted in: 63-year-old engineer may be Japan's last ninja
AwatemonoAug. 12, 2012 - 06:09PM JST
Young women of independent spirit have no need of complicating relationships.
Those who have the income would prefer to go to 'host clubs' where pretty boys will massage their ego needs while sipping expensive drinks bought for them by the girls.
In some places, there is the option of paying a little more for sexual attention later.
Posted in: Young Japanese women becoming less interested in sex, survey says
AwatemonoAug. 10, 2012 - 07:18PM JST
You were expecting quality where??
Posted in: McDonald's Japan recalls giveaway glass tumblers after 78 injuries reported
AwatemonoAug. 06, 2012 - 08:37PM JST
If the bombing of Hiroshima was "to accelerate the end of the war" (a moot point), the bombing of Nagasaki WAS a war crime.
The first was a uranium bomb, the second a plutonium bomb. The latter was a scientific experiment using the Japanese people as 'guinea pigs'.
But what about the 100 000 almost entirely non-combatants that were incinerated in the ten months before, in and around Tokyo? Incendiary bombs, bamboo and rice-paper walls are not a good combination with human flesh - less so with the frail elderly and pre-schoolers.
Posted in: 50,000 mark 67th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing
AwatemonoAug. 01, 2012 - 07:26PM JST
If push came to shove, it would be no contest with Nth Korea or China. It's a question of scale in most battles. I have no doubt that most would maintain the bushido spirit, even if some lack the soul. It's a question of training. Grt that right, get the battle right.
Posted in: Japan's military: well-armed but untested in battle
AwatemonoJul. 19, 2012 - 10:34AM JST
I have seen kyudo conducted in large groups in Himeji without a teacher - would never happen in Australia. Japanese students tend to be more dependable. But in a university?! "Oops" just doesn't cover it.
Posted in: Schoolgirl speared in head by javelin at Hiroshima university
AwatemonoJul. 19, 2012 - 10:27AM JST
Good thing they don't live in Australia where a string of days over 40 happens a few times each summer.
And that includes on the south coast, not the tropical north.
"Toughen up, people."
And don't do dumb stuff when it's that hot.
Posted in: Nearly 2,500 taken to hospital for heatstroke in week to July 15
AwatemonoApr. 22, 2012 - 04:01PM JST
If only the activists were so protective of under-aged girls in men's 'clubs'.
Posted in: Uncertain future for Japan's cat cafes
AwatemonoApr. 22, 2012 - 03:58PM JST
Anyone ever see cats wandering during the hours of darkness? Yes.
Why is an 8p.m. curfew in their interest? Seems like they are ready to party by then.
AwatemonoApr. 03, 2012 - 10:07AM JST
In a society - anywhere - where you 'mind your own business' and disregard others, everyone loses. What happens when your car breaks down and no one will stop? A multitude of minor acts of civility and care for others costs so little and humanises a community. I was told that Nihonjin were aloof and didn't talk to strangers. Because I had a smattering of Nihongo, I have chatted to dozens of strangers and often left them behind, chatting to one another, something they wouldn't have done had I not 'broken the ice' for them.
Posted in: Man’s skeletonized body found in Saitama apartment
AwatemonoMar. 21, 2012 - 01:47PM JST
Sorry: .38 REVOLVER.
Yes, there are .38 semi-autos.
Posted in: Police recruit shoots himself in head at police koban
AwatemonoMar. 21, 2012 - 01:45PM JST
I have no idea about this case but I have worked with young soldiers who were happy to 'play with guns' even if outside of regulations.
Strong probability it was a .38 and, as such, has no safety.
Hard to construe this as an accidental discharge, though.
AwatemonoMar. 01, 2012 - 10:08AM JST
Someone once said, "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."
I had a uni mate suicide in second year. I saw what it did to his loving parents.
I could never do that to anyone. Tragic then - and now.
Posted in: 12-year-old girl killed after lying down on railway tracks
AwatemonoFeb. 21, 2012 - 10:19AM JST
With an increasing proportion of educated Japanese having some skill in spoken English, maybe they could find some middle ground. Could they not employ these applicants in hospitals serving tourists and expats?
Posted in: 417 foreigners sit for Japan nursing exam
AwatemonoFeb. 19, 2012 - 12:59PM JST
I think not.
But the important question is "Where does He live now?"
I can't be sure but, as the judges say, "I am satisfied"- enough to believe.
May. 22, 2013 - 04:12AM JST
Drones kill children. Terrorism. Just because your country does whatever it wants and you are a…
Posted in: Obama to go public with his counterterrorism strategy
May. 22, 2013 - 04:10AM JST
First class flyers basically subsidize the flight for the rest of us peasants
I've even heard…
Posted in: Do you think airlines are sneaky about fuel surcharges, fees for extra baggage and other charges for various services?
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Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 22, 2013 - 04:07AM JST
During this period, Korea was primarily a Japanese colony and as such, used as fodder for…
I think everyone should check out a document put out five or so years ago regarding…