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KabukiloverNov. 23, 2014 - 12:28AM JST
A major problem is that no matter how you teach English there is a dearth of teachers who are fluent enough in English effectively. They are out there. Thousands. Like the grossly underpaid adjucts who make up 76 percent of university faculty in the US. They would jump at the chance of teaching in Japan if offered stable jobs. But it will not happen because of good old Japanese xenophobia. Native speaker teachers should be let in small numbers, used as human tape recorders and then fired after a couple of years.
Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade
KabukiloverNov. 22, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
Not about Japanese culture but about girls. Nice girls.
Posted in: New ad campaign features Japan in all its stunning glory
KabukiloverNov. 21, 2014 - 10:10PM JST
Let these Japanese have a meaningful American experience: prison.
Posted in: After 4 hours of questions, U.S. senators get no clear answers on air bag safety
KabukiloverNov. 20, 2014 - 09:34PM JST
Aso is right. Do not raise the sales tax.
Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again
KabukiloverNov. 20, 2014 - 08:04AM JST
This right wing hack will have a very short self life. He is the liar.
Posted in: Author says 'The Wind Rises' is full of lies
KabukiloverNov. 20, 2014 - 12:27AM JST
This guy took the long and winding road to say what many posters, myself included, said months ago. Up the consumption tax and people will spend less.it happened.
I say the next phase will be discounts. This is what happens when supply exceeds demand. Watch for de facto deflation.
And yeah, you cannot print people. When people cannot afford children they tend not to have them.
Posted in: Japan can't print people
KabukiloverNov. 14, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
Even as kid I did not find Bob Hope funny. When I knew better I realized he was a right wing bigot, His joke about the bombing of Hanoi as "instant urban renewal" was the naidir of his so-called humor. Hope was an empty man off stage. But he was also an empty man on stage if you bothered to really listen to him.
Posted in: Bob Hope's lasting legacy of more than laughs
KabukiloverNov. 14, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
Do not forget that while raising the consumption tax Abe lowered corporate taxes.
Posted in: 72% of Japanese firms want Abe to delay tax hike
KabukiloverNov. 14, 2014 - 07:39AM JST
Waste of taxpayers' democracy.
Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested
KabukiloverNov. 13, 2014 - 09:39PM JST
Our consumer boycott is working. Keep it up. To hell with the IMF. Agree with above. Tax the super rich.
KabukiloverNov. 13, 2014 - 08:12PM JST
EW: Yes the shelling has intensified. By the Kiev government. When you read the Western reports it is never clearly said who is doing the shelling. It is always put in the passive voice, as if the shelling was doing itself. Do not trust reports about Russian military incursions. Since Crimea Western reportage has been mostly dishonest. There are a few exceptions of course.
Wishing to invite Putin is one the few intelligent things Abe has proposed or done. The territorial dispute be damned. Japan does not need to make enemies at this point. It is bad enough its that two of its most important trading partners are angry with Japan (largely thanks to Abe.)
Right now the U.S. has made too many enemies. Japan would be smart not to follow suit.
Posted in: Abe wants to invite Putin to Japan next year
KabukiloverNov. 13, 2014 - 08:34AM JST
My distant memories of kissatens. Bad expensive coffee, smoke, loud TV, smoke, gross manga, smoke, loud old men, smoke, sounds of gaijin da, smoke and more smoke. That was out there. In Kobe we had cafes before Starbucks.
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
KabukiloverNov. 11, 2014 - 06:14AM JST
This is a funny request on the part of Abe considering that the Ukrainian government is now shelling East Uraine.
Posted in: Abe urges Putin to ensure Ukraine ceasefire holds
KabukiloverNov. 10, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
He should not have been allowed to skate. Same goes for Yu Han. Those young men could have very seriously injured. They should have been put in a hospital, not the rink.
Posted in: Japan officials under fire after Hanyu's collision at Cup of China
KabukiloverNov. 04, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
Good for you, Murakami.
Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility
KabukiloverNov. 03, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
Yes, ban public smoking all over Japan forever. It is simple. No committee needed.
Think of how much cleaner Japan will be.
Posted in: Tokyo to consider public smoking restrictions in preparation for 2020 Olympics
KabukiloverNov. 02, 2014 - 06:10PM JST
The good thing that could happen is that Abe and the LDP will get kicked out.
Posted in: If this accusation game between ruling parties and opposition parties continues, it could cause stagnation in national politics.
KabukiloverOct. 30, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
Masanao married into a golden cage from which there is no escape. I hope that the French was prepared well at least.
Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years
KabukiloverOct. 28, 2014 - 08:45PM JST
Abe's cabin ate is a nest of crooks. Surprise, surprise.
Posted in: 2 more ministers acknowledge political fund improprieties
KabukiloverOct. 28, 2014 - 01:05PM JST
British: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mr Bean, Harry Potter. American: Mickey Mouse, Superman, Batman, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Rip Van Winkle, Betty Boop, Popeye, Donald Duck, Goofy, The Three Stooges, Scrooge McDuck, Jay Gatsby.
Posted in: Who do you think are the most recognizable fictional British and American characters in the world?
Nov. 23, 2014 - 11:27PM JST
Sounds like Obama logic "For high-income families, the ward also announced that the cost for childcare…
Posted in: Tokyo ward to offer free childcare for all second children of families
Nov. 23, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
Everything that man has accomplished or envisioned came from thinking outside the box. I see nothing…
Posted in: Japan sees modern Atlantis spiral deep into ocean
Nov. 23, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
"The obstacle has been that jobs in agriculture don’t appeal to people born in the United…
Posted in: Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy
One mans prosperity is the result of another mans slavery. The thought of another man calling…
Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home
Nov. 23, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
And at least another 15% are malnourished. So about half the world is either eating too…
Posted in: Nearly 30% of world population is overweight: study