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OnniyamaApr. 15, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
Forced labour used by Japan? No! Never happened! All Japan's POWs stayed in 3-star hotels, had meals prepared by chefs, had laundry service, daily massages from sweet young Japanese ladies, worked an 8 hour shift with good pay, benefits and a top-notch pension plan. Can't wait to hear how Japan will deny that any of this ever happened.
Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness
OnniyamaApr. 14, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
Posted in: We're about to see the kind of wage increases never seen lately. I told the G20 I welcome such moves because they help ease the impact from the sales tax hike.
OnniyamaApr. 10, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
Nigelboy. I guess when Japan annexed Korea in 1910 they didn't take any guns with them?
Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges
OnniyamaApr. 10, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
Posted in: Who gets your vote for the greatest songwriter of the last 100 years?
OnniyamaApr. 10, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Nigelboy. At gunpoint. What? Do you think they asked them nicely first?
OnniyamaApr. 08, 2014 - 02:26PM JST
Thunderbird. I live in Hyogo and I experience what you are referring to everyday. I take the train to and from work and no one ever sits with me. Don't feel bad about it. Develop some thick skin. My view is that they are probably just afraid we might talk to them and they don't have the confidence to answer. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe they would like to run us through with a bamboo spear. My point is, just deal with it. Exult in your uniqueness.
Posted in: 'Japanese Only' banner sparks intolerance debate
OnniyamaApr. 08, 2014 - 10:33AM JST
Thunderbird. What do you mean? That no one will sit with you?
OnniyamaApr. 07, 2014 - 08:48AM JST
The same as any other white rice. Boring.
Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries?
OnniyamaApr. 05, 2014 - 10:47AM JST
Too bad Japan.
Posted in: While the details of the statue or inscription are not yet clear, Japan believes that the movement is due to a lack of understanding of our position and efforts towards comfort women, and is not compatible with Japan's position.
OnniyamaApr. 04, 2014 - 10:10PM JST
randomman. Ah, clearly there is a difference between countries and the level of supervision of children. If you drive around in your car using your smart phone while your 3 year old is standing on the front seat with a screwdriver in their hand, you will be reported to the police. If your child is not in a child seat, you will be pulled over. Not so in Japan. I have never, ever seen such examples of complete parental negligence in Canada. Here I see such things weekly. Shogannai ne!
Posted in: What’s your impression of parental supervision of children when families are out and about in Japan?
OnniyamaApr. 04, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
Except that Ashley Madison is largely a scam. Most of the women's profiles are not real. They lead you along just long enough for your points to run out, make you buy more, and then disappear.
Posted in: Adultery website shows fastest growth in Japan
OnniyamaApr. 04, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
Very lax. Kids berate their parents in public, are allowed to throw their trash on the ground and are basically allowed to do anything they want while mom and dad stare at their smart phones and utter a 'yamenasai' that would not scare even the most timid of children.
OnniyamaApr. 03, 2014 - 04:54PM JST
Heda_Madness. So it is only the fear of radiation that kills as opposed to other fears? Pseudo-science at best!
Posted in: Fukushima meltdown unlikely to cause many cancers: U.N. scientists
OnniyamaApr. 03, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
This is assuming that the numbers of 'ill effects' from Chernobyl are credible. Some researchers put the numbers much, much higher. My boss here in Japan grew up in Poland at the time. She has first hand knowledge of very high cancer rates among family in friends who have lived in Poland since the accident. I think there is still a need for a lot of concern here in Japan.
OnniyamaApr. 02, 2014 - 11:29AM JST
I am sure a lot of places/companies will take advantage of the situation and add a few yen to the price of products or services hoping most people will not notice or give it the old shogannai. The vending machine operators et al must love this. They can increase the price by about 10% in many cases as the machines will not handle 5 Yen coins.
Posted in: The Consumer Affairs Agency will strive to ensure that prices are properly indicated and that the consumption tax is reflected in prices appropriately.
OnniyamaApr. 01, 2014 - 03:50PM JST
Probably go out a bit less. Will put off buying any big ticket items until there is a sale.
Posted in: How will the increase in the sales tax affect your spending habits?
OnniyamaApr. 01, 2014 - 11:35AM JST
Mar044. I think you need to read the Ontario HST applications more carefully. The HST is not applied to some things such as basic groceries, prescription drugs, child care, etc. Japan has applied their sales tax to everything and anything (including food, which is an outrage in a country where food is ridiculously overpriced). That being said, I really think a small tax increase on the sale of alcohol (not beer) be applied. Shochu and whiskey are insanely cheap.
Posted in: Price hike
OnniyamaMar. 31, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
ratpack. Read my comment 3 above yours.
Posted in: Millions go on shopping spree ahead of sales tax hike
OnniyamaMar. 31, 2014 - 10:39AM JST
Cut spending!? Are you crazy? Why would anyone get into politics if they couldn't waste/use/steal public money? It is just a big game to them.
OnniyamaMar. 31, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
Agree with kurisupisu. Many things in Japan are still way overpriced even after years of deflation. So in the future we can expect to pay $14 for a small jar of jam like we did in the mid-nineties? I really, really see a huge slump in sales coming up. People will tighten their purse strings. Job layoffs and salary cuts will ensue.
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
The Chinese courts did not name the Chinese party awarded the compensation...... why not???
Posted in: China frees ship after Mitsui O.S.K. pays $28 mil
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:15AM JST
Ooooh, oooh! Does this mean there'll be a plot this time?!
Posted in: Summer movie preview: Bay reboots 'Transformers'
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
I really couldn't care less if Obama ate none, some or all the sushi put on…
Posted in: Obama ate only half the sushi course: media
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:12AM JST
@lostrune2APR. 24, 2014 - 07:42PM JST
Pujol's wife was upset!
Their plan was he would stop…
Posted in: Pujols hits milestone with career homer 500
Apr. 25, 2014 - 01:05AM JST
Two US Secretaries of Defense and Secretaries of State have stated that the US will back…
Posted in: Obama says Senkaku islands covered by security treaty