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Peter PayneNov. 29, 2013 - 02:34PM JST
Fox, so find an otaku girlfriend? You can be an ota-couple.
Posted in: Five hobbies that prevent guys from getting a Japanese girlfriend
Japan today: just like Rocket News but with way fewer pictures and slightly better discussion. Yes, I just complimented you guys.
Peter PayneNov. 29, 2013 - 02:31PM JST
I don't see why they don't move the bases, or some of them, to Tottori, a massively depopulated area that would surely like the economic benefit. Of course Okinawa, already desperately poor by Japanese standards, would become a third world country if the U.S. pulled out (of Okinawa, not of any Okinawans).
Posted in: It's hard to understand why the government intends not to ease even slightly Okinawa's burden (of hosting the bases) while allowing all Japanese people to equally enjoy the benefits of the Japan-U.S. security treaty.
Peter PayneNov. 26, 2013 - 01:17PM JST
Negative comments on JT? The hell you say!
Obviously Japan is an export oriented nation and a lot of these companies will prosper first...are already doing much better. My own company has raised salaries and hired new employees. The improving economy will continue, just not for everyone and at the same rate.
And you know, Japan does have to do something. It was doing nothing for years, decades, that lead to this stagnation.
Posted in: Japan on track to meet 2% inflation target: Kuroda
Peter PayneNov. 26, 2013 - 01:12PM JST
It was my first ever Dr. Who (though oddly I've watched Torchwood). I need to watch more!
Posted in: 'Doctor Who' zips around the planet in 50th anniversary TV special
Peter PayneNov. 21, 2013 - 01:39AM JST
Maria, that's why you don't try to be a vegetarian in Japan.
Posted in: What do you think of convenience store food in Japan?
Peter PayneNov. 21, 2013 - 01:38AM JST
I've found an incredible amount of success and positive energy here. Love my wife, love my kids, and have a great business. To the people who are negative (because this is JT), I can say only, "Your butthurt is delicious."
Posted in: What makes people want to move to Japan?
Peter PayneNov. 18, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
As a bilingual American who loves Japan, I want to angry with this post, but it raises some good points, especially about opportunity cost for individuals who might not stay here that long. People should read and consider before engaging in a huge program to learn Japanese.
I plan to live in Spain for 3-5 years in my old age, and I'll be happy to learn "enough but not too much" Spanish.
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
Peter PayneNov. 17, 2013 - 01:31AM JST
And part of this, I read elsewhere, is ending of "mining" executed criminals for body parts to sell for high profit to the West for implants. That's the most immortal thing I can imagine.
Posted in: China eases one child policy, ends labor camps
Peter PayneNov. 12, 2013 - 11:40PM JST
When you're an activist, you're not a comedian or actor or "talent." We don't want to watch you do goofy things on TV if you're to push some agenda.
Posted in: Media continue to hound Yamamoto over imperial taboo
Peter PayneNov. 12, 2013 - 12:55PM JST
Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls?
Peter PayneNov. 12, 2013 - 12:54PM JST
Hakone hopefully, going there next week.
Posted in: What are some of the best places in Japan to view the beautiful autumn foliage?
Peter PayneNov. 11, 2013 - 01:23PM JST
@Jean, it's what 4chan was modeled after. But 4chan actually does some good sometimes.
My son reads 2ch and its offshoots, and it's a problem. Not because it makes him a brainless right-wing, but because the cynicism about the future that's rampant there has gotten into him, yet he's only 18 years old. There's plenty to look forward to over the next 50-75 years if you're smart about things at all.
Posted in: 2 channel leaves 90% of illegal posts online despite police request
Peter PayneNov. 11, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Read Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi, an expert on the case. Oswald did it, there's a ton of evidence as to why this is so and no counter-evidence at all. Jack Ruby was lucky enough to get into the police station at the right moment to shoot him. The rest is "I Want to Believe" self-delusion and conspiracy theorists who incidentally make a lot of money off getting you to believe crap.
More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reclaiming_History
Posted in: 50 years after JFK's assassination, conspiracy theories remain over who actually killed him. Which of the following is closest to your point of view?
Peter PayneNov. 06, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
I much prefer a waterproofed iPod shuffle, which work great with a small single ear bud.
Posted in: Multifunctional waterproof audio player
Peter PayneNov. 05, 2013 - 11:49AM JST
@Chucky, I'm sure we'd all like to go back and re-negotiate treaties retroactively. You know I'm not so sure the 49th parallel is a good border between Canada and the U.S. after all, I think we should bash Great Britain about atrocities related to the Revolution War and War of 1812 until they capitulate and let us move it north a few hundred miles.
You are not dumb, you know that "the victors write the history books" right? And that every historical issue is really complex? While the subject of comfort women is a dicey one, you are erecting the poorest straw man argument to buy everything that South Korea says on the issue as true, that every comfort woman was enslaved by force. This was another era, when families with too many girl children would do things like sell one or two for prostitution, though of course only a certain amount of the comfort women will have come from this source...others were pressed into this terrible work, and it's a bad thing. If, however, you believe that the Japanese military was doing this while no others were, or that every Allied soldier went through 4-5 years of fighting without ever engaging in the services of a prostitute, you're just not thinking. And there's not much difference between a girl doing that willingly because she and her family would starve otherwise, and her being shanghaied against her will, when all is said and done.
Why not take history back even farther? Japan owes South Korea payments for forming the basis of its culture, for bringing in Buddhism and kanji and probably rice farming? Why not say that the Emperor should make payments to Korea, since he's obviously of Korean ancestry (though neigher side seems to want to do DNA tests to prove this)?
Posted in: S Korean president says no point in Japan summit
Peter PayneNov. 05, 2013 - 11:32AM JST
@OssanAmerica, thanks for your comments. Wish you'd become a guest blogger for JT and write the history of all that for us.
@Chucky3176, difficult questions. Of course no bank account remains valid after 20 years of being disused, even in our modern era. OTOH if there are verifiable records, and if Switzerland is returning the Jewish gold it stole to the rightful owners (not sure if it is doing this or not), then it would be a small thing for Japan to not take a hard line on this.
So, what are you views on the 1965 treaty? Do you, like Korea, view it as pretty much nothing, something to be ignored when the economy is in the pits and we need a punching bag like Japan to rile people up? As a legal document, I think the treaty is pretty solid, which isn't to say that Japan could be a little more apologetic about the things it has done. Not that being apologetic will get it anywhere, since nothing will ever be enough for Korea (and China, but mostly Korea).
Peter PayneNov. 05, 2013 - 10:38AM JST
Sure, EVERY SINGLE THING Korea believes happened during WWII and the colonial era happened exactly as they say it did. There's no massive self-inflicted national psychosis and brainwashing at all, nope.
The funny thing is, Japan has done nothing. Not making huge changes in textbooks, not making threatening moves against Dokdo. It's all national fappery by South Korea, bitterness that the world won't change the name of the Sea of Japan, anger that Japan's culture is known all around the world while they're far less known. And that the letter J comes before K, or that Japan's international code (81) comes before Korea's (82). All Japan did was buy a ton of Korean dramas and music over the last 13 years, and South Korea is determined to poison this because...I don't even know.
Considering the only ally against China Japan and South Korea have is each other (and the U.S., though if China ever decided to cause an iPhone embargo America would roll over pretty quickly), Korea's attitude is not helpful.
Peter PayneNov. 04, 2013 - 01:45AM JST
I like Twitter, but damn, how can it make money? <aybe forcing tweets that everyone has to look at? Not bad I guess.
Posted in: Twitter aims high, but faces hurdles
Peter PayneNov. 02, 2013 - 03:56PM JST
Apple's ecosystem is dozens of time better than Android. The quality of software on iOS is extremely high, and Japanese are attuned to that.
Posted in: Japan is Apple country. It (iPhone) was positioned as a cool gadget to have, not because of its advanced features - it doesn't have a lot of things feature phones have, no e-Wallet, no digital TV tuner - it's a lifestyle product.
Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:22AM JST
It Should read that
Consumer Affairs Agency is not under fire for not doing anything sooner…
Posted in: Night-time diet pill under fire from Consumer Affairs Agency
Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:06AM JST
What are these amigos looking for: taco. drug, cash, Inca gold coins..... ,instead they found themselves…
Posted in: Stolen cobalt-60 found abandoned in Mexico
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:58AM JST
It is a chess game for S. Korea who will take advantage of this situation if…
Posted in: Biden meets with S Korean leader; pledges Asia focus
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:48AM JST
Communist China always claim their actions are within China law, justifiable under their claims, matter of…
Posted in: China slams Japan for resolution on air defense zone
Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:40AM JST
****Oh, No! Hell's Grannies!
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable