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    GJP2006

    I tuned out to Japanese TV years ago and now it is all I can do to stop my child from watching it! I need to be more vigilant before his mind turns to mush...

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese TV variety programs?

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    GJP2006

    These Mercer stats are for expats sent abroad on expat packages. So then, the rents in Azabu and other exclusive areas are going to factor in, international school costs for kids, etc. This has no relevance to most expats living a local lifestyle. As many of you have pointed out, one can maintain a reasonably comfortable lifestyle here, especially if one is willing to commute and live in Saitama or Chiba - rents are much less expensive.

    Posted in: Tokyo 2nd most expensive city for expats after Moscow

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    GJP2006

    Knowing how to put on a case for a jury is not the same as being trained as a critical thinker.

    I beg to differ - critical thinking skills are essential for putting together a coherent and compelling case for a jury - as well as the emotional appeal you cite.

    Posted in: How effective do you think the lay jury system will be when it starts in Japan next year?

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    GJP2006

    Older JCP members wonder if the new recruits are even aware of Marxism’s background.

    I am sure most aren't and this is likely yet another "trend" in Japan. There is not much "soul" to be found in modern Japan and I think that is why folks are attracted to cults and fringe groups infused with ideology and propaganda they don't understand. In no way do I mean to take away from the right of workers to organize and bargain, I just don't think many folks get that here on the deeper level. Who knows? Perhaps that will change.

    Posted in: Popular novel on Marxism draws young people to communist party

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    GJP2006

    I have many of the same concerns other have expressed here. Judges in Japan are the elite of the elite - they are chosen from among the best test takers, or those passing the bar exam ;-). They are notorious for being detached and completely unaware of what is going on in the life of the average Japanese - imagine them sitting with a group of folks with whom they have nothing in common and then imagine this group of laypeople will be unlikely to challenge the wisdom of the esteemed "sensei" and so who knows what will happen. I think it is for show as many things in Japan are and that is really a shame when one is dealing with the criminal justice system and such serious matters.

    I am also interested to see how legal professionals in Japan work within the system as Japanese attorneys are basically trained as technicians and not as critical thinkers trained to put on a case for the jury. We shall see.

    Posted in: How effective do you think the lay jury system will be when it starts in Japan next year?

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    GJP2006

    The US economy is turning south and in a few years there will be equalization between the US and its southern neighbor. I guess that is appropriate given the excessive way Americans have lived. So, our standards of living (Mexico and the US) will meet and future generations will never know the lifestyles of their parents and grandparents. I am just surprised that it happened so fast. I guess we could call it a "failure" of the Cheney Administration - I don't know; I think it was inevitable.

    Posted in: House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure'

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    GJP2006

    I recall a comment from President Dick Cheney a few years ago when confronted with the failure to create well-paying and stable jobs in the US, etc. He said something about those folks making money on eBay...I couldn't believe it - or, rather maybe I could. I think if you haven't been a part of that working poor - without health insurance, it is so easy to dismiss others who have been there as Cheney did and USAR did - totally clueless.

    Posted in: House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure'

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    GJP2006

    I just read an analysis of the unemployment rate in the US and some put the figure closer to 10% and then of course, there are the working poor and underemployed and part-timers, etc. Good stable FT jobs are hard to come by in the US these days.

    Posted in: House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure'

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    GJP2006

    I just won't pay that much for monthly fees. I see not incentive to switch and I am a Mac fan and user.

    Posted in: Japan cautious in iPhone's bid for world dominance

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    GJP2006

    Once many years ago, I listened through my door and watched through the peephole as one of these sales creeps harassed a female university student living next door. I think he was trying to force his way into her apartment and she even let out a few screams. I opened my door and rang her bell to check on her and let her know that I was watching him. Now when they come to my door they take one look at me and assume I wouldn't subscribe to a Japanese paper and move along. Many of these guys give me the creeps.

    Posted in: 2 Yomiuri newspaper delivery agents arrested for allegedly raping woman

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    GJP2006

    As I was walking through Tokyo's sauna subway tunnels today I had to laugh as I can just imagine all the spectators and visitors here for the 2016 Olympics and sweating and complaining because Tokyo's lack of air-conditioning and ventilation in its subways.

    Posted in: Tokyo 2016 is making the environment an absolute priority as we bid to unite Green with 2016. This is a concrete commitment that we will offer the world.

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    GJP2006

    Landowl, I get the gist of what you are saying and I agree, in an ideal world, there would be no crime committed by service members in their host countries - but of course, we don't live in that ideal world. I also believe that life on base and the perceptions and experiences are vastly different than for non-Japanese civilians here. I am not trying to discount your experience, yet for foreigners living and working among the general population here, many of us are more keenly aware of the perceptions of foreigners in the media as criminals, etc. and so, I suppose I am more removed from the reality that you experience on the base and witness up close. I think in a broader sense, in a country with nearly 130 million, acts of US service members are very minor compared to the overall crime rate in Japan

    Posted in: The serious crime rate for U.S. service members off their bases is approximately half that of the Japanese population.

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    GJP2006

    This doesn't surprise me, in fact, most US service members in Japan, and most Japanese citizens, are law abiding. The media and local populace as well as politicians here just explode and exploit a crime by a service member but couldn't care less about other types of violence such as rape against women in general and committed mostly by Japanese men in this country.

    Posted in: The serious crime rate for U.S. service members off their bases is approximately half that of the Japanese population.

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    GJP2006

    How many Japanese people go abroad and demand to have tatami rooms!

    None, because most Japanese who travel abroad sleep in beds when in Japan. Tatami sleeping is and has been on the decline in Japan. While many of us here would welcome a cozy futon, I can see as someone else pointed out, this is a working trip for most foreign delegations and perhaps their rooms weren't sufficient for work. Also, for some folks with physical/mobility issues sleeping and sitting on the floor is just not possible.

    Posted in: Tatami rooms don't agree with G-8 visitors

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    GJP2006

    was as low a point in politics as I can remember.

    Give me a break - this has got to be a joke - a low point in politics because a candidates wife made an off-the-cuff remark referring to being proud of the political process? Then, I assume another low point would be when McCain stated that he didn't, "...really love America until he was deprived of her company." as a POW. Let's not be dramatic here. I can think of low points in US political history (the entire nightmare of the Bush Administration comes to mind)and Michelle Obama's comment isn't even on the radar.

    Posted in: Americans cool to Michelle Obama, don't know Cindy McCain

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    GJP2006

    TCBY has been doing this in Japan since at least 1991.

    TCBY folded several years ago - at least on the main island of Honshu - are they back?

    Posted in: Hip new frozen yogurt retailer hopes to be Japan’s next big thing

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    GJP2006

    I discussed this topic a few weeks ago with a functionally bilingual Japanese man, who studied abroad for many years. I proposed to him that a reason Japanese are not as proficient as other second language speakers of English could very well be cultural. It's residual cultural resistance to all things foreign. These are the lingering burdens that have prevented most Japanese from fully embracing foreign ideas, concepts and languages. I am not talking about brand goods and other trendy items - I refer to the essence of a culture and that encompasses language. Japanese are plenty smart and intelligence and educational levels are certainly not issues; though educational methods likely play a role.

    Posted in: Why don't Japanese speak English better than they do?

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    GJP2006

    Obama needs to support free and fair elections in the US and stay out of Zimbawe's mess. haven't we already had a painful lesson in interventionism these past eight years?

    Posted in: Obama says U.S. should lead drive to force fair elections in Zimbabwe or unseat Mugabe

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    GJP2006

    I don't know that Tokyo is adequately prepared to host the Olympics (or the Special Olympics which typically follow). The continuing lack of access for physically challenged folks is a real issue here and the infrastructure is already bursting at the seams with commuters and improvements have not kept pace with the need. I also think the language barriers continue to be surprisingly significant for an international event of this caliber. Outside of the gaijin ghettos, Tokyo is not an international "user friendly" city.

    Posted in: Which city would you like to see get the 2016 Olympics?

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    GJP2006

    timorbordwe - sorry, I just assumed the enthusiasm and intensity this particular year was well understood. I predict we will have an unprecedented turnout - perhaps 65-70% of eligible voters...

    Re: McCain - political expediency is what this boils down to. The right thinks that a war hero will trump an inexperienced Obama and so they go with this hero because he is seen as a winner. They can hold their noses and pull the lever even though they disagree with McCain on a host of other issues and don't believe him to be a true conservative. Also, the Republicans didn't field a very strong group of candidates this year and so McCain won by plugging along and presenting himself as Mr. Reliable who will keep Americans safe - security a big issues for Republican primary voters. So yes, he is being pushed by (some) of the same forces - many have yet to rally around him as they did for Bush. The age issue - it is slowly emerging and has been raised by the media with respect to the choice of a running mate. It is also evident by watching and listening to McCain - he seems to be a walking gaffe machine these days and so inevitably, the age issue comes up. The guy also doesn't appear all that physically agile - like say, Reagan who was always very robust and fit into his late 70s. Just some thoughts...

    Posted in: Obama says he won't take public campaign funds

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