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KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 08:27PM JST
They are seeking refuge from war. They are refugees.
Posted in: What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 10:27AM JST
I wonder how much Starbucks and similar cafes have influenced drinking habits. Japanese are primarily social drinkers. The smoke-free cafe is a cheaper and healthier place to socialize. My favorite Starbucks is always packed.
The Japanese "nombel" of other times, the jolly guy with a glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other, is a passing phenomena. Recalling hangovers of years past, that is not a bad thing.
Posted in: Studies show Japanese people drinking less than ever
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
Thank you Megumi Shaki on two main points. One is about "going postal" and the other is about guns being part of the problem, which is to say that the NRA and its 4 million paying members are a part of the problem.
"Going postage" came into being because of a series of a killings at post offices by angry ("disgruntled") employees or ex-employees. This is not just an American phenomena but it is an outstanding American phenomena.
If you have to be in the States and deal with people in their jobs you will be disturbed to see how many service workers are not only bitter but also out of their flaming minds. A salient case in point. I have stopped using one U.S. airline for that reason. I have had to deal with ground staff and flight crews who were not only nasty but also not making sense. (Their problems invariably accelerated when I was traveling with my Japanese spouse, which leads into another issue.) I have encountered not a few whacked out Immigration officers, at least one shuttle driver (scary), bank personnel, and, yes, post office workers. I tread lightly with these people. You never know if any of them are looking a reason to blow you away. Oh yes, cops are also on edge. They can kill you and get away with it.
Mental health services need to be improved and made accessible. But first gun controls need to tightened, as they been in every industrial democracy except the US.
Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 09:39AM JST
Stand corrected. But at some point the man going is expected to blow his money on something. The place is not the Red Cross.
Posted in: Nightlife
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 09:33AM JST
The wash toilet is the savior of civilization. Saves paper. Saves time in the toilet. Saves your ***.
Trouble is that a lot of JR stations and places of interest still have those hideous benjos. Wash toilets everywhere! Sit down and cheer.
Posted in: Japanese toilet giant flipping open lid on new museum
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
This country was creepy and the hackers who released the private emails were also creepy. Apparently there were few women signed on to AM and so it apparently created phantom women. Life is short. Find somebody to love.
Posted in: Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 09:07AM JST
As essentially a figurehead, the Emperor constitutionally cannot apologize for the nation on his own. That is the job of the elected government. The elected government can (I suppose) request the Emperor to apologize for the nation. But that would still not carry the weight of an official apology from the government of Japan.
The Emperor did the best he could to counteract Abe by expressing a personal feeling of remorse. This is different from an official apology because the Emperor was only speaking for himself, his own feelings. Even there, he was walking on a thin constitutional edge. Give credit where it is due. The Emperor is a good guy.
Whoever wrote that Chinese article does not understand the division of powers in nominally democratic Japan.
Posted in: Japan protests China news agency's call for emperor apology
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2015 - 08:54AM JST
What a stupid place to blow your money.
KabukiloverAug. 28, 2015 - 09:49AM JST
Support the people's protest against their corrupt and authoritarian government.
Posted in: Malaysia to block websites promoting rally against PM
KabukiloverAug. 27, 2015 - 10:15PM JST
Standardized testing, thanks in part to the Japanese model, has been creating havoc in the U.S. , resulting in a massive teacher shortage, among other things. Meanwhile student creativity has declined since 1990. Standardized tests require only one correct answer, which creates a stale mind set. Here in Japan critical thinking and creativity are not an issue, having been abandoned long ago.
Posted in: Osaka junior high schools move up in national academic achievement tests
KabukiloverAug. 27, 2015 - 08:45AM JST
The U.S. Needs gun control.
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2015 - 07:34PM JST
Thanks, Bertie ! Maybe she could visit Nanjing while she's at it.
Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2015 - 06:27PM JST
Abe should send his wife.
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2015 - 10:08AM JST
Be as it may, the danger of giving those islands to Japan is that they could become U.S. military bases. After Japan's war crimes, which Abe and the LDP are trying to obscure, the loss of those rocks are a small price to pay.
Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
A toilet being Japanese only? The Japanese guy was probably drunk.
Posted in: Netizens support foreign comic after Japanese man’s discriminatory remark
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2015 - 06:42AM JST
There is only one way to ease crowing on trains. Decentralization of urban centers. Good luck if that. Meanwhile male only cars are the most practical solution.
Posted in: To root out the problems of groping and false charges, fundamental efforts, such as reducing congestion on trains and courts carefully examining all the facts, are needed.
KabukiloverAug. 24, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
At least he apologized instead of expressing his "deep sorrow" or some similar.
Posted in: Apple defends Dr Dre after he apologizes to 'women I've hurt'
KabukiloverAug. 24, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
These people are refugees, not migrants. They are seeking refuge from wars. They come from all classes. They have been cheated, exploited and brutalized. They have been brutalized in countries where they have sought shelter. This is a a humanitarian crisis of overwhelming proportions. Understanding that these are refugees fleeing violence is the first step in solving the problem.
Posted in: France says migrant crisis in Macedonia calls for quick reaction
KabukiloverAug. 24, 2015 - 07:58AM JST
What does that rubbishl have to do with the topless parade above poster?
Posted in: New York stages topless parade with 60 cities worldwide
KabukiloverAug. 24, 2015 - 05:48AM JST
This is to say the dead person is guilty until proven innocent, which does him no good because he is already dead.
Posted in: Prosecutors investigate deadly St. Louis shooting by police
Aug. 30, 2015 - 03:41AM JST
'Yeah and Obama' sounds to me like you're saying both are cowards. As a non-partisan who…
Posted in: George W Bush visits New Orleans disaster zone, 10 years after Katrina
Aug. 30, 2015 - 03:28AM JST
there will be growing pains but this is necessary to improve japan
Posted in: New law requires companies to set goals in hiring female execs
Aug. 30, 2015 - 03:08AM JST
a term banned by many news organisations for making desperate people sound like criminals
Aug. 30, 2015 - 03:07AM JST
What ridiculousthings to say, GW. You simply make this stuff up and present it as facts.…
Posted in: If Japan gets attacked, we have to immediately go to their aid. If we get attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us.
Aug. 30, 2015 - 02:58AM JST
Anyone who still supports nuclear power before the waste problem is solved completely, is not thinking…
Posted in: Protesters block inspection of waste disposal site in Miyagi