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    No Miso

    不倫is close (different radical) and maybe more apt for Japanese "talento" world. Might even be a best 不倫ist award?

    Posted in: 輪 chosen as kanji character best representing 2013

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    No Miso

    Should Japan continue to use nuclear energy when it failed to build safe nuclear power plants?

    I'd only partially agree with that. I'd say that they failed to operate them safely. Might sound petty, but I think a lot more could have been done on March 11-15 IF they put emergency generating capacity at a higher level (roof, etc) and IF they had retained power. I know it sounds like a weak argument, but so much more if they had just put those generators up higher.

    Posted in: Nuclear to remain key Japan energy source, gov't panel says

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    No Miso

    Too much % and not enough numbers making this unreadable. If Honda sales jumped 211% that could be a move from just 100 cars to 211 cars. Quite small. Hyundai is 1% down, but 1% of what?

    Posted in: Hyundai Motor feels heat from Japanese rivals in China

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    No Miso

    It's the driver NOT the car! I would put my "K" up against just about any production car on the line today in a quarter mile test of speed. I will also add that mine is a production model without any added enhancements.

    Correct - lightweight, so doesn't need so much power - if only all cars were engineered so.

    Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers

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    No Miso

    Why not go for a tax system like UK where the amount of CO2 produced is the metric used for taxation. It has accelerated development to more fuel efficient cars and those people who want to drive a 6 litre gas guzzler pay more than the 1.2 litre petrol sipper. This seems fair to me. However don't forget that this initiative may be to appease the US in TPP negotiations who claim they Japanese market is closed because of the favouritism on kei car taxes. They could make kei cars themselves, but as the unit cost is relatively low, not too much profit to be had.

    Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers

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    No Miso

    My friend in america asked me about this and I made a video challenging the myth....

    Full marks for trying the language, and I hate to criticize when anyone tries to communicate in another language, but sadly have to agree with Probie. The staff's reaction was more of "What is he trying to say??"

    Posted in: Freshness invents wrapper to help women feel comfortable chomping into a burger

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    @DudDeuce

    She's going to really have to work hard if she wants to be successful with Broadway. She won't be able to be able to rely on being "ハーフ" and having a filthy rich daddy this time around.

    She has a goal and a dream (read the article) and she is going to chase it. Good luck to her.

    Posted in: Angela Aki to put musical career on indefinite hold

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    No Miso

    > The Japanese are among the world's most well educated and wealthy people. They have the largest circulation newspapers in the world.

    Hmm, but Japanese education is all about reading and learning "facts" and not too much about getting out there and finding things for yourself (based on me watching my two kids in the Japanese system), this continues in later life as people read sensationalist newspapers and think that they are reporting facts. They just don't know any better, if they did, you could argue it is prejudice.

    Posted in: Is Japan really racist?

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    No Miso

    @papigiulio

    Im not a haafu so I cant really know what they are feeling, but I think they shouldnt be so negative.

    Er, I think the good work his project has done has pointed out that it might not be them that is being negative - they are reacting to others treatment of them. Posted something similar on a different thread that this is mainly ignorance, and can be resolved by education. A very "sensational" media machine doesn't help, and nether do the Hafu tarento who tend to be seen or portrayed as amusing, and very rarely intelligent.

    Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society

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    @JSTOKYO

    Not sure this is true, since the likes of Ishihara and Hashimoto have held considerable power and support.

    Got me there, agree that these chaps are very pro Japan, but I don't think they are in the same league of racists alongside UKIP. Moreover, Ishihara was the guy who brought the Tokyo marathon to town, and all of the foreigners that this brings as well. He knows that there is money to be had from opening up, and has exploited the opportunity.

    if you are basing your opinion on this one interaction you had with a Japanese guy at a bar in Shibuya while you were out drinking.

    You may have missed Ausieboy's point here, to me it looks like he is pointing out that a few bad interactions shouldn't tar the whole population which is what many posters SEEM to be doing. Look at CanadianJapan's post as one example of someone who really doesn't understand what is happening around him.

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    I think the key for me is hate driven racism - of which I find VERY little in Japan. The rest I would put down to ignorance (in the politest sense) which can usually be resolved by education AND people like us flying the flag of "goodness" to prove that we aren't all that bad after all.

    Posted in: Is Japan really racist?

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    No Miso

    Interesting debate. For me, I encounter all kinds of stuff, and most of it makes me laugh. Technically, Japan is very isolated as not that many people speak foreign languages well enough to understand what happens overseas, and many people (not everyone, and probably not the majority) will tag on to articles in cheap Japanese newspapers that target Japan-Good, Foreign=Not so good style messages. In the few decades I have been here, I have seen a reduction in hate style racism, and relatively no change in the passive racism. But then I compare to the UK, and political parties like UKIP, NF and other groups that actually have a chance of getting some power thanks to an evolving hatred of immigrants into the UK. It is really ugly, and gets worse each year. I don't see that style gaining momentum here just yet.

    Posted in: Is Japan really racist?

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    No Miso

    Increasing aid package 3-fold shows that initial announcement of "10 million" WAS silly.

    Yep, like you or me donating to any charity or good cause and saying that's it, I'm done - never doing that again, right? Wrong, it was always just an initial pledge to get stuff moving, as evidenced here.

    Posted in: Japan triples Philippines aid package to over $30 mil

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    No Miso

    Aso vows crackdown on mob loans after Mizuho chief testifies in Diet

    I can't wait for the follow up to this one. Almost as good as Koizumi's Nuclear Zero Japan, after he insisted it was necessary!! I Love Politicians!!! So topical, so predicitable.

    Posted in: Aso vows crackdown on mob loans after Mizuho chief testifies in Diet

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    No Miso

    It is untrue! It is depending on where you have lived before. You can not ask homeless people from Fukushima to donate some money for Typoon victims of Phillipines.

    Zenpun, you are waaaaaay off the pace IMvHO - the people affected by disasters know first hand how it feels and actually go out of their way to offer whatever they can. You would be surprised what humanity can achieve, there is a hell of a lot of good out there.

    Posted in: Japan to send SDF team to Philippine typhoon zone

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    No Miso

    The police must apply to the courts for permission to monitor communications – a limited safeguard at best, says Kaido, given that the courts approve, literally, 100% of all such applications. “The courts have never,” he says, “turned down an application.”

    The answer for this is very clear if the article was written correctly - “The courts never,” he says, “turned down either of the applications.” !

    Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls?

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    No Miso

    Jeez guys, its a start. No-one really knows the size of the issue yet, bodies are still being counted. This money is a first step to get things under way, more support will follow.

    Posted in: Japan to donate $10 mil to Philippines; 106 Japanese unaccounted for

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    No Miso

    I went to Avis self drive rent-a-car and the one I had did absolutely NOTHING by itself. I had to do all the driving. Pathetic.

    Posted in: Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

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    No Miso

    @spuds - some more info :Nissan provide OEM cars to Renault for resale under the Renault Brand. Don't think it happens the other way around. Something to do with quality I thought. Can't think of many cars with the Maryland brand. Toyota are excellent at applying forward thinking into practical everyday cars, and people buy them. GM, Ford, etc rely on patriotism for their sales. Guess who builds the better cars?

    Posted in: Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

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    No Miso

    How can I enter these competitions?

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    No Miso

    Pretty awful article, it is sneering and I don't think it paints a completely accurate picture of the amount of good stuff that gets done. I do agree that it is important to get an understanding of the goal first, and local agreement, before embarking on any project. The time for huge numbers of volunteers to help cleanup I think has passed, and rebuilding is now the work in progress. As kind hearted as it is for volunteers to queue up to help out with projects here and there, PLEASE make sure that you are not taking a job from a local builder, etc, who may be having a hard time re-establishing their business due to the huge amount of free labour. Also, when you are there, find the local shop run by locals to buy your daily goods and spend lots there. Get their economy going again (please).

    Posted in: Disaster 'aid' Japan doesn’t want

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