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MocheakeAug. 22, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Semperfi, you are confusing the country vs. the general population. Japan as a nation contributes a lot to relief programs but the average citizen does not. I have never seen one of my Japanese friends or associates put money in the boxes in the convenience stores, talk about sending aid to the poor, or sponsoring a child from a poor country, etc. Most of them talk about how 'poor' they are without even realizing they are some of the richest people on the planet.
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
MocheakeAug. 22, 2014 - 10:53AM JST
Why not just go the whole way and pay for your own defense entirely? Then we won't have to continually hear or read rehashed stories about the 'burden' being placed on Okinawa, U.S. military crime, etc. I'm all for it.
Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets
MocheakeAug. 22, 2014 - 10:47AM JST
Keep your head in the sand, avoid talking about or facing it and the problem will most likely go away.
Posted in: Gambling, Internet, alcohol addictions rife in Japan: study
MocheakeAug. 21, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
He looks a little light in the loafers. Maybe she was trying to verify it for herself. Just saying...
Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi
MocheakeAug. 16, 2014 - 07:43PM JST
Goodbye Kitty. You have my permission to stay there forever.
Posted in: Japan sends Hello Kitty into space
MocheakeAug. 16, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
There are still people on the planet, that's why. When ALL people are gone, that's when war will cease. Until then, there will be no real 'peace on earth.'
Posted in: Most people wish, hope and pray for peace in the world. So why are there still so many wars going on?
MocheakeAug. 16, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
I've been ignored hundreds more times here than in all my travels around the world.
Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service
MocheakeAug. 16, 2014 - 10:01AM JST
Tokiyo, high temps don't necessarily cause less oxygen. Maybe a lack of plant life inside the pond was responsible. I have fish in my water lily planter that had to go through the same heat spell and they are still alive and swimming.
Posted in: Heatwave blamed for 500 fish found dead in park pond
MocheakeAug. 15, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
What a contradictory article! Was it the low level of oxygen in the water or the heat that killed them?
MocheakeAug. 15, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
It's time to find some criminals to keep an eye on the cops.
Posted in: Osaka police sergeant arrested for putting smartphone between woman's legs on train
MocheakeAug. 14, 2014 - 08:13AM JST
Our taxes (not) hard at work.
Posted in: Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath
MocheakeAug. 10, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
High road fatality rates in China. RIP.
Posted in: 44 killed in Tibet bus accident
MocheakeAug. 10, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
One should also know that what Tibetans call Jomolungma and the Nepalese call Sagarmatha is known to the western world as Mount Everest.
Posted in: Them's fighting words! The politics of place names
MocheakeAug. 08, 2014 - 09:48AM JST
Posted in: British police raid pub in search for "Holy Grail"
MocheakeAug. 02, 2014 - 09:56AM JST
Ito-en Koicha does the trick for me whether it's scorching or freezing. Very refreshing.
Posted in: 10 Japanese vending machine drinks that fly under the beverage radar
MocheakeJul. 29, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
Throw him in the same cell with that lying crying politician.
MocheakeJul. 29, 2014 - 09:34AM JST
Too many people in one possibly small house. Tensions rise in the summer heat and the old man goes berserk.
Posted in: 71-year-old man held for slashing 4 family members in Nagano
MocheakeJul. 21, 2014 - 11:18AM JST
I always felt Pan Am was America's unofficial national airline. My first flight was on Pan Am and even now, decades later, I still get nostalgic talking about it, maybe because the event seemed bigger due to my young age. Back then America was number one but now Asian airlines, airports and service are generally better than America's. Can't see me flying Malaysia anymore though. Two planes down so close in time is bound to rattle the customer base. That's just human nature
Posted in: Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame
MocheakeJul. 21, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
^Random crime is impossible to prevent . Good that no one was hurt.
Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka
MocheakeJul. 20, 2014 - 09:24AM JST
Kaimycahl, my thoughts exactly. No three year old child should ever be on a street unsupervised. The grandfather bears responsibility and the woman driving the car should be released. Tragic situation all the way around, however. RIP.
Posted in: 3-year-old girl hit and killed by car in Osaka; driver arrested
Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:54AM JST
Knew a couple who were extremely unhappy the husband's company (Nikkei) forced them back home after…
Posted in: Why do so few young Japanese want to work overseas?
Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:45AM JST
Everything Russia does seems to be petty or to make Russia look powerful. Russia's GDP is…
Posted in: Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war
Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
In SK movies don't need to be historically correct as long as it spurs national hate…
Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records
Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:10AM JST
朝鮮国 (spelled 'Chosun' by Koreans as in Chosun Ilbo)--->大韓帝国 （略称 韓国）--After annexation 朝鮮
Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions
Aug. 23, 2014 - 05:08AM JST
I voted China because i see China as a great threat to the lasting peace in…
Posted in: Who do you think is the biggest threat to peace and regional security in Northeast Asia?