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Peter PayneMar. 08, 2014 - 02:52PM JST
My high impression of Malaysia is harmed by these posts. But good that those two will get what they deserve.
Posted in: Malaysian couple to hang for starving Indonesian maid
Peter PayneMar. 08, 2014 - 02:46PM JST
But would you pay $50 or $100 per bag? That's what Spirit charges, if you don't pre-buy.
Posted in: Carry-on crackdown: United Airlines enforces bag size limit
Peter PayneMar. 06, 2014 - 10:21PM JST
This is why it's sometimes a good thing they're so fake.
Posted in: S Korean TV station takes flak for reality show suicide
Peter PayneMar. 04, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
My take: of course South Korea (and China to a slightly lesser extend) have made a national sport out of hating Japan, and certainly add 20-50% onto any atrocity to keep their straw man arguments flying high. Japan does the opposite, downplaying anything it can, which all countries do by the way. (It took me to college to learn anything America's atrocities in Vietnam.) But since the truth certainly lies somewhere in the middle (perhaps Japan had a proper for-pay brothel system in place in the beginning, but it broke down as the war ebbed.
Therefore there is plenty to apologize for.
Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology
Peter PayneMar. 04, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
This reads like it was written by Google.
Posted in: Android tops as tablets go mainstream
America's population and economy are going nowhere but up. Europe, Japan, even China has current or future population problems in the near future. I will keep my money invested in the U.S.
Posted in: America's waning influence in the world
Peter PayneMar. 04, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
"Unofficial national sport"? It it actually the national sport of Japan.
Posted in: GPod - Let's talk about sumo
Peter PayneFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
I'm making a new coin called Petercoin. Everyone buy some.
Posted in: MtGox website disappears amid huge bitcoin theft claim
Peter PayneFeb. 23, 2014 - 11:00PM JST
Wow! What an amazing life!
Posted in: Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont
Peter PayneFeb. 20, 2014 - 08:22PM JST
Funny thing about blowing up innocent people. Sometimes you get blown up back again.
Posted in: At least 15 killed as Pakistan bombs Taliban hideouts
Peter PayneFeb. 20, 2014 - 08:21PM JST
Looking forward to spending some of my years in Penang, Malaysia. Because I don't like the coming Japanese 55% tax rate for some odd reason.
Posted in: Singapore, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka voted top Asian cities for expats
Peter PayneFeb. 16, 2014 - 10:33PM JST
When I came to Japan I got people's faces wrong all the time. And they got my face wrong too, thinking I was some other foreigner, or occasionally, a famous pro wrestler. Not a big deal.
Posted in: Jackson outburst shows problems with 'other' faces
Peter PayneFeb. 16, 2014 - 10:32PM JST
I am in favor of castration right now.
Posted in: Ecuadoran man lured 30 rape victims with job offers
Peter PayneFeb. 16, 2014 - 10:31PM JST
People here do know that only 1/3 of companies pay this tax currently, right? Because only 1/3 are profitable at all (though this will presumably change now that the yen is not in such a terrible place. It does help companies like ours, and we in turn hire more employees.
Posted in: Abe keen to cut corporate tax rate, says Suga
Peter PayneFeb. 13, 2014 - 04:23PM JST
The reason Abe is in power is all the nationalism and anger China and Korea stirred up, humiliating Japan by defacing and destroying Japanese property (or more often, property owned by law-abiding Chinese citizens which happened to come from Japan). They have no one to blame but themselves. No country responds to be cornered politically with thoughtful words and good cheer -- American certainly doesn't, when our various national pastimes are criticized by the outside world.
Abe is frankly doing good things for the economy, being active and making things better than they've been in years, showing more compotent leadership than anyone else except Koizumi. Do you guys remember the slapstick comedy that was Minshuto? The Earth literally rejected them on 3.11.11. If only Abe could avoid the right wing stuff, the Yasukuni and textbooks and statements like the NHK guy made, the world would be on Japan's side.
Posted in: Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong-Un, S Korean poll shows
Peter PayneFeb. 13, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
There are a lot of Ukranian women pretending to be Japanese.
Posted in: What do you think about online dating sites?
Peter PayneFeb. 13, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
I was shocked at the high prices (to us, coming from the outside) in Australia. If everything the Japanese car companies do is that expensive it makes sense to build cars elsewhere.
Posted in: Australia, Toyota at odds over manufacturing halt
Peter PayneFeb. 13, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
Depends on what era and genre you're talking about. But Tezuka made manga what it is today. The same could be said of Takahashi Rumiko.
Posted in: Who is the greatest manga creator ever? Japanese comic fans cast their votes
Peter PayneFeb. 10, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
Considering former Air Self-Defense Force Gen. Toshio Tamogami got canned for his statements (justly), this guy should also have been fired.
@Zichi and Jo Dod, thanks for your comments, they are very useful.
Posted in: NHK manager's Nanjing denial no problem, gov't says
Peter PayneFeb. 10, 2014 - 01:03PM JST
I'm sure this is a great time to buy a Vaio, as Sony prepares to dump the brand.
Posted in: Vaio 11.6-inch full HD transformational tablet PC
Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:03AM JST
While Mt Gox faced hacker attempts to steal bitcoins, the exchange also confronted massive DDoS attacks,…
Posted in: Mt Gox faced 150,000 attacks per second, media report
Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:02AM JST
nope. japanese still xenophobic!
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
Mar. 10, 2014 - 01:52AM JST
tamanegiMar. 10, 2014 - 12:26AM JST
They need a mascot if they want to be taken…
Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary
Mar. 10, 2014 - 01:49AM JST
@KariHaruka "Without Japanese investment they would be a irrelevant country :)"
Since 1894, Japan killed millions…
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
More like 'it found an effective messaging technique that other brands didn't (and still don't) address'.…
Posted in: Dove’s 'Real Beauty' commercial a big hit in Japan