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HiroicciDec. 19, 2013 - 01:28PM JST
It's pronounced "Ibaragi", not "Ibaraki". "Ibaraki" is a prefecture. If you write about Japan, just get it right, Japan Today.
Posted in: University student arrested for kicking stroller with baby in it
HiroicciDec. 19, 2013 - 01:25PM JST
He was known for working hard himself and giving good working conditions to his staff --- a rare kind in the generally exploitative food industry.
Posted in: Gyoza restaurant chain boss shot dead in Kyoto
HiroicciOct. 14, 2013 - 11:45AM JST
WHICH banks don't have deposits by dark hands though?
If they probe, probe it thoroughly, not just this bank, not just the account that's been revealed. Gangsters use different names and identities. Expose them as well. The banking system will be in chaos for a while, but it's worth a try. Other banks should stop shivering and voluntarily reveal the extent to which they have gangster money.
Posted in: Police to probe Mizuho over loans to gangsters
HiroicciOct. 09, 2013 - 09:01AM JST
Leave this kind! Raid those yakuza-related regular ranches! Where's your "Respect for the Aged"???
Seriously though, this is tantamount to denying that senior citizens also have the right to sexual pleasures. Unless they are extremely rich business or entertainment lords, who could find women (or men, for that matter) of all age ranges, they will have little choice. The society has been shy away from discussing senior sex and what to do with it. Until it has, just give it to them through ANY safe sources.
Posted in: Elderly man busted for arranging sex for senior citizens
HiroicciSep. 13, 2013 - 11:03AM JST
I've never seen Japan take bantering well and easy. With every negative or satirical comment from outside, the Japanese say they are deeply hurt. How 9 year old! Or is bantering a sure sign of Western decadence??? I think not. Cultural maturity and tolerance it is.
The bottom line of all this caricature is that there are many people actually worried about it. The worry comes largely from the way the J gov and TEPCO have been handling the whole thing: not handling it and concealing it. The best way to refute the French cartoonist and others is to show them what's really happening in Japan and nothing further left to show. Show them and all of us that it's totally safe! Then they'll shut up (or not).
Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint
HiroicciSep. 13, 2013 - 10:39AM JST
I don't see anything wrong with the pictures. It's called freedom of expression. I know that suspicions are all around and there are many people who see it this way. Fair enough. No need to apologise. If you don't like it, you could just shrug it off as nonsense, because they'll write and speak their minds, no matter what you scream.
HiroicciJul. 03, 2013 - 08:49AM JST
Would condom factory explosions count?
Posted in: John Paul II on brink of sainthood after miracle approved
HiroicciJun. 13, 2013 - 01:16PM JST
What are things in common among the following organisations, TEPCO, Olympus and NPB, ?
Seriously, it's not just about this association that we should be looking at. This sort of attitude, - the we-better-not-say-it-as-it-would-confuse-others attitude - taken as a Japanese virtue of being considerate of others, can hurt people more sharply and bring bigger trouble to others in the end. How many more examples do the Japanese need before they realise this attitude often doesn't help???
Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:10AM JST
Now he has NO friends, even nominal ones.
He's not much of a maverick, is he?
I wonder if his political career is as good as finished.
Posted in: Former PM Hatoyama to leave DPJ
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
One of the most important teachings by Buddha is to get rid of all desires, isn't it?
Mamma mia, he couldn't wait until he got home. Just looking at the vid packages??? I have never been THAT aroused (have you?), or I don't recall such a strong feeling rising at all.
Posted in: Buddhist monk arrested after exposing himself in video rental shop
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
400 year history??? No way, Jose.
Well, there was a period between 1639 and 1854 in which Japan was an isolationist.
Also, Japan cut its diplomatic relationship with Spain in 1624. The relationship wasn't restored until 1868.
Posted in: Crown prince marks Japan's 400-year history with Spain
HiroicciJun. 08, 2013 - 08:16AM JST
95 yen to the dollar is still acceptable, methinks. I've read that most of the exporting companies will be able to make profits at 80 yen to the dollar maximum. Besides, the strong yen will buy them cheaper materials abroad, while petrol intensive industries can take advantage of better oil prices. Keeping the exchange rate within 90-100 yen to the dollar is sensible for these reasons.
Posted in: Gov't cautious over yen's spike but says no need to panic
HiroicciJun. 05, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
Great way to mobilise otaku boys for social good.
Posted in: Future idols collect 100 mil eco-friendly bottle caps
HiroicciJun. 04, 2013 - 01:55PM JST
Non-alcohol beer...Can it still be called "beer"?
Posted in: Is it safe for minors to drink non-alcohol beer?
HiroicciJun. 04, 2013 - 08:35AM JST
Why will the partying minors go for non-alcohol beers though??? I guess they will go straight to the real beer, the happosyu or the daisanno biru.
HiroicciJun. 01, 2013 - 07:49AM JST
Encouraging news, but the UN report is silent on how long it usually takes before radiation affects human bodies. Besides, "UNSCEAR’s findings appeared to differ somewhat from a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in February which said people in the area worst affected have a slightly higher risk of developing certain cancers." The WHO report seems to say, "Not yet, but one day they may..."
Posted in: No rise in cancer seen from Fukushima nuclear disaster: U.N.
HiroicciJun. 01, 2013 - 07:42AM JST
Yesterday, there was news saying that 97 water taps were stolen in Saitama, and today, so much rice disappeared in Ibaraki. What's next? Yes, rice cookers.
Posted in: 210 kilos of rice stolen in 8th such theft in Ibaraki
HiroicciMay. 31, 2013 - 08:13AM JST
Well, check Yahoo Auction or Rakuten one now, cops?
Posted in: 97 faucets stolen from four sites in Saitama
HiroicciMay. 28, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
What sort of inequality are we talking about?
As long as most people are rich enough to enjoy their lives, while others being super-rich, they'll be ok, in spite of occasional grudges about that inequality.
Many people are increasingly worried, because they've seen some evidence that some people work hard but can't live decently in Japan today. This is not the kind of inequality that people will not tolerate.
So, yeah, some types of inequality are bad, while extreme equality doesn't work.
Posted in: Does inequality help growth - or hurt it?
HiroicciMay. 22, 2013 - 11:33AM JST
Let him fall.
Thou hast flown so high with thine mouth, so thou shalt crash on the ground with thine mouth.
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
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