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    CH3CHO

    First picture

    People do not wear high heels when practicing sward.

    A shinai should be held using both hands. If one holds a shinai by one hand, he is not ready for an attack and is just carrying it.

    When you have Mt Fuji and a lake, there should be a reflection on the surface of the water. Just look at the back of your 1000 yen note.

    Third picture

    Cherry trees bloom in late March to early April. During that period, your do not need an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun, nor have a watermelon which is available only in the peak summer August, nor have chrysanthemum flower on the hair which symbolizes September. The color of the grass is too dark for early April.

    Fourth picture

    The peak of the mountain is hidden by the cloud, which makes the picture less impressive.

    The carp streamer is usually made up of a pair of carp, one black/blue male carp and one red/pink female carp. The woman holds two pink carp. What does that supposed to mean? Is she advocating same sex marriage?

    Posted in: New ad campaign features Japan in all its stunning glory

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    Bad taste.

    What are those girls doing? What is the meaning of their acts? What do their acts have to do with the landscape?

    The pictures have no comprehensible message. That is why they are bad taste.

    By the way, why is the driver of the cart a black man?

    Posted in: New ad campaign features Japan in all its stunning glory

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    Christopher GlenNov. 21, 2014 - 01:24PM JST

    You are disseminating - that info is already known, thus whales can be researched by non-lethal means.

    How can you take a liver out of a whale by non-lethal means?

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    Mr. PerfectNov. 20, 2014 - 01:14PM JST

    You provide a link to a narrowly focused study on hepatic Hg and not total mercury (THg) liver/muscle ratio. The study you linked does NOT conduct ANY tests on whale muscle tissue which is what the Japanese consumers ingest, not the whale's liver which is why a total mercury (THg) or concentrations of mercury in muscle and liver tissue would be of use to the general public and there is a difference in HG and THg testing and testing methods nor are tests performed on other whale species taken in the Antarctic hunt.

    The mercury concentration in the liver is the highest of the various body parts of a whale. I think it makes a lot of sense to study the liver to know the mercury contamination level of a whale. In addition, if the mercury contamination of the liver of a whale is at certain level, we can safely conclude the contamination in the muscle is below that level.

    In any case, the study is scientific research of whales, and is not a food contamination test.

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    "Many of the European beers cannot be marketed as beers in Japan because of insufficient—according to the Japanese legislation—malt content or because they have some ingredients such as coriander," it said.

    That is more of blessing than problem. If it is classified as beer, heavy beer tax is levied, whether import or domestic. Japanaese beer makers are trying so hard to make their "beer" classied not as beer but as sparkling alcohol.

    Tax table

    beer: 220 yen per litre

    sparkling alcohol

    40% or more malt: 220 yen per litre

    25% or more malt: 178 yen per litre

    less than 25% malt: 134 yen per litre

    0% malt: 80 yen per litre

    Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market

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    Brian WhewayNov. 19, 2014 - 04:20PM JST

    if killing these whales is in the interest of science, can we see this date that is gathered? Iam sure it will never turn up, but any cut in the killing of whales is good news.

    Here you are. http://www.iwcoffice.org/jarpaii-review-workshop-feb-2014

    I can see 58 papers in 2014 alone.

    MrBumNov. 19, 2014 - 05:35PM JST

    But seriously here's an article summing up what we've learned from all their "research." http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/what-have-we-learnt-from-24-years-of-japans-scientific-whaling-program/story-fnjww010-1226871173847

    The problem of that biased article is that the writer thinks that it is OK to distribute misinformation for the paramount cause of protecting the environment. I actually rank environment activists below used car dealers in terms of integrity of information.

    Mr. PerfectNov. 19, 2014 - 06:13PM JST

    Why is it that there are no papers to be found on the toxins and heavy metals contained in the meat which most people would put as the most important issue to be studied?

    You can see one in the list. https://events.iwc.int/index.php/workshops/JARPAIIRW0214/paper/viewFile/547/536/SC-F14-J23.pdf

    "Pattern of mercury accumulation in the Antarctic minke whale and its prey based on JARPAII data"

    I am getting tired of misguided arguments here. Why are they so easily carried away by propaganda?

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    Nicola BerniniNov. 18, 2014 - 08:53PM JST

    LDP will lose about 30 to 50 seats.

    Actually Abe is going to election but his own will and with a program that essentially consists of postponing taxes how can you say that he is going to have problems with this ?

    Because all the opposition parties agree that tax increase should be postponed. Delay of tax hike does not give LDP any edge. In addition, LDP is now saying the delay is limited to 1.5 years and that tax will increase in April 2017 regardless of economic situation at that time, whereas the opposition is arguing unlimited postponement.

    In summer 2010, DPJ lost upper house election because it proposed consumption tax increase.

    In December 2012, DPJ lost lower house election because it passed a bill to increase consumption tax.

    PM Abe actually increased the consumption tax and the economy is now in recession.

    LDP will have a hard time in this election. People will not be fooled by limited 1.5 year delay.

    In addition, LDP has about 50 so called "Abe children" who are unexperienced LDP parliament members elected first time in the 2012 election and has no grass root support in their constituency. Many of them will be wiped out this time.

    Posted in: Abe set to call election, delay tax hike

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    CH3CHO

    The 1984 moratorium of commercial whaling was supposed to be ended by 1990.

    What is unfair is that the moratorium is still continuing 24 years overdue, and that it is continuing even after the justification for moratorium has been lost because the stock of Minke whales is large enough for sustainable whaling.

    http://www.iwcoffice.org/convention

    International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946 Schedule

    10 (e) Notwithstanding the other provisions of paragraph 10, catch limits for the killing for commercial purposes of whales from all stocks for the 1986 coastal and the 1985/86 pelagic seasons and thereafter shall be zero. This provision will be kept under review, based upon the best scientific advice, and by 1990 at the latest the Commission will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effects of this decision on whale stocks and consider modification of this provision and the establishment of other catch limits.

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    CH3CHO

    We had this news just 2 months ago, didn't we?

    "Key Pacific panel agrees to 50% cut in young bluefin tuna catch" http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/key-pacific-panel-agrees-to-50-cut-in-young-tuna-catch

    MrBumNov. 18, 2014 - 03:52PM JST

    The problem with farming bluefin is that they're pretty high on the food chain. They eat other fish and eat a lot of it, so you end up putting a strain on those other fish populations.

    What does that have to do with fish farming? Do farmed tuna eat more than wild tuna?

    Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction

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    CH3CHO

    But commentators across the spectrum agree that Abe, who enjoys approval ratings around 50 percent, is likely to stroll home in the popular vote, and point out that the premier’s real target is rivals within his own fractious Liberal Democratic Party.

    LDP will lose about 30 to 50 seats.

    At present, LDP has 294 seats in the 480-seat Lower House. With Komeito, the ruling parties have 325 seats which is more than 2/3 majority of 320. This large majority is mainly due to criticism against DPJ at the previous election.

    But the pendulum will go the other way this time due to the recession and tax increase. LDP may maintain small margin majority, but criticism against Abe will be inevitable within LDP and he will lose party presidency in the LDP leadership election in the fall next year.

    Posted in: Abe set to call election, delay tax hike

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed never to use force to achieve Beijing’s goals, including in maritime disputes,

    Then, why do we see Chinese armed boats near Senkakus almost every day? Threatening neighbors using military force is a kind of use of force.

    Posted in: China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

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    CH3CHO

    Is it possible to have a nice conversation using two languages?

    E: すいません。

    J: One moment please. May I help you, sir?

    E: 注文をお願いします。ラーメンとチャーハンをお願いします。

    J: Certainly, sir. Let me repeat. A ramen and a Chinese fried rice. Would you like something for dessert?

    E: いいえ結構です。

    J: Thank you.

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

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    CH3CHO

    The dispute taps into a vein of historical resentment. Previously an independent kingdom, Okinawa was annexed by Japan in the 19th century and was under U.S. rule for almost three decades after World War II.

    Okinawa was annexed to Japan in 17th century.

    Posted in: U.S. base relocation opponent elected Okinawan governor

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    CH3CHO

    Judging from the number of down votes against tolerant comments, the multiculturism has failed in the West.

    But if you go for "when in Rome" all the way, you shold also stop speaking English in Japan.

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

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    CH3CHO

    A customer has the right to know what he is eating.

    KariHarukaNov. 14, 2014 - 08:46AM JST

    Why should Japan change its everyday way of living to accommodate foreigners?

    Why not. We are talking about hospitality industry.

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

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    brianpragerNov. 14, 2014 - 04:42AM JST

    Misframed questions about who is the better parent cannot really be addressed in a news forum like this one. What people asking about this case's particulars may not understand is that international parental child abduction is and has been at EPIDEMIC levels in Japan for decades. Unlike those states worldwide that have joint parental custody and laws protecting the representation of children in the legal system, Japan has thousands of abducted children within its borders with no meaningful legal recourse available to parents.

    Why do not we fix the facts? The article says,

    Hundreds of U.S. parents have complained that they have been left unable to see their children. At least 120 have filed cases in Japan, invariably to no avail.

    I think "hundreds" is already exaggerated expression, but "thousands" is way too far. It is a drop in the sea, not EPIDEMIC. I think time and money should be better spent on more pressing issues than cleaning up someone else's aftermath of affair and divorce. Even in doing so, wellbeing of children should be first.

    In addition, it is not about who the better parent is, but about where the better environment to live is. If a kid is returned to the "habitual residence," he is stuck in there and cannot move out till he gets majority. He cannot even go to his country of nationality. In any country, a foreign national does not receive the same rights as a citizen due to visa restriction, political or national security reasons. The court should look into the case for the best interest of the child rather than automatically return the child to "habitual residence."

    One last thing. The countries that have joined the Hague Convention are minority of the world nations, rather than majority.

    Posted in: Japan returns boy to Germany under new child custody treaty

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    Christopher GlenNov. 13, 2014 - 02:29PM JST

    Read the 1965 treaty. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Agreement_Between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea_Concerning_the_Settlement_of_Problems_in_Regard_to_Property_and_Claims_and_Economic_Cooperation

    Article II

    1 The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally.

    3 As a condition to comply with the provisions of paragraph 2 above, no claims shall be made with respect to the measures relating to the property, rights, and interests of either High Contracting Party and its people which were brought under the control of the other High Contracting Party on the date of the signing of the present Agreement, or to all the claims of either High Contracting Party and its people arising from the causes which occurred prior to that date.

    The essay you linked discuss,

    Therefore, Japan cannot argue that the continuous obligation for compensation on the grounds of non-punishment was resolved by the 1965 agreement, which has no provision for any criminal matters.

    I think that is a very far fetched argument.

    When President Pak Sr. signed the 1965 treaty, he fully understood that the lump sum payment settled everything and any further claims must be paid by the Korean government. He used the money for development of Korea and every Korean today is a beneficiary to the payment. It is ironic that his daughter is denying what he did.

    Posted in: Abe, Park chat at APEC dinner

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    Mark QuijanoNov. 13, 2014 - 02:10PM JST

    They cannot even get a driver's license here in Japan because their country doesn't belong to G20.

    Oh, really?

    Posted in: Japan returns boy to Germany under new child custody treaty

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    Pukey2Nov. 13, 2014 - 10:00AM JST

    Things are not simple in any divorce case, and returning a child to his "home" may or may not be in his interest.

    You may be familiar with the well- known US Supreme Court case, Abbott v.Abbott. A Hawaii born US citizen moved with his parents to Chile, where his parents got separated. His American mother got custody rights and his British father got visitation rights with ne exeat. But his mother took him to Texas with her, saying she could not find work or rent an apartment in Chile due to visa restrictions in Chile. His father filed a return request. I wonder how they could make living if they were returned to Chile. The legal procedure took years discussing legal technicalities without considering the best interest of the child. This is what will happen if the treaty that prohibits courts to take best interest of the child into consideration comes into effect.

    CNN News story of Abbott v Abbott http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/14/us/scotus-child-custody/index.html?_s=PM:US

    US supreme court ruling http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?navby=CASE&court=US&vol=000&page=08-645

    Posted in: Japan returns boy to Germany under new child custody treaty

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    Christopher GlenNov. 12, 2014 - 06:51PM JST

    If you bury your head in the sand, everyone else can still see you.

    Well put.

    I thought he was taking about Korea.

    South Korea may in the end settle for not getting compensation for the sex slaves.

    That is what happened 49 years ago,by agreeing Korea Japan Basic Treaty of 1965.

    Posted in: Abe, Park chat at APEC dinner

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