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Peter PayneSep. 22, 2014 - 06:02PM JST
And this is why I don't go to Florida.
Posted in: 6 children, 2 adults dead in Florida shooting
Peter PayneSep. 22, 2014 - 05:56PM JST
I thought one of the Twitter accounts said he'd been executed. Considering that we haven't heard a peep out of the government about this, I'm sure that's the case.
Posted in: Still no word on fate of Japanese national held captive in Syria
Peter PayneSep. 11, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
Actually making hard choices, including no longer making their animation in Japan, is exactly what they should do. It's business, people. If they can't find a way to create movies people will go see, too, then nothing good will happen.
Posted in: 'Spirit' fades for famed animation studio after Miyazaki signs off
Peter PayneSep. 11, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
How about other forms of cancer, like breast cancer? My daughter wants to go into this field and I'm nervous about it.
Posted in: Pilots, cabin crew twice as likely to get skin cancer, study says
Peter PayneSep. 09, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
They have neo-Nazis here? Are you sure they weren't looking at Buddhist temples on a local map?
Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links
Peter PayneSep. 06, 2014 - 01:12AM JST
If you go, you lose your citizenship forever. Simple.
Posted in: How to prevent Westerners from fighting for Islamic State
Peter PayneSep. 01, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
There are a bunch of old men in former British colonies named Hideki, named by their parents in praise of Hideki Tojo's "freeing" of British occupied lands. They were seen as heroes, in a very narrow way of course, at the time.
Posted in: Although most Japanese don't share Abe's enthusiasm for Japan in jackboots, Brand Japan suffers from Abe's revisionist views because he is the nation's leader 24/7 and the world scrutinizes all of his words and gestures. By showing a lack of contrition about the horrific suffering Japan inflicted on much of the rest of Asia, Abe has inflamed tensions with China and South Korea, and left Japan even more isolated.
Peter PayneSep. 01, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
The most backward-looking pathetic country ever. Do they share the same anger of everything the British did to them during the Opium Wars?
Posted in: With eye on Japan, China announces national 'Martyrs' Day'
Peter PayneAug. 27, 2014 - 03:15PM JST
In addition to the herbivore issue, Japanese are, as a group, older than other countries, and really kind of tired. I can't imagine this situation changing in the future, which is why, though I love Japan to death, I would never invest my money in the place.
Posted in: Japanese companies need to regain the animal spirit they lost over the past 20 years to lead innovation and sell products abroad. This is something that the government and business have to take more seriously.
Peter PayneAug. 27, 2014 - 03:13PM JST
If you join such groups, you should lose your right to return to a civilized country like Australia. And your family should have flags raised in their passports.
Posted in: 15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
At least they -- supposedly -- no longer harvest the organs of executed criminals, which is the most immoral thing I can imagine. They say they stopped, anyway...
Posted in: China executes 8 Tiananmen Square attackers
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:43AM JST
Is Hamas still launching rockets nonstop? If so, it's "sho ga nai" that they be retaliated against. If the rocket attacks when down by 50% it's reasonable that Israel's response fall by that much.
Posted in: Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Strangerland, I believe it used to be mandatory that they take approved name kanji names like everyone else. I believe it is no longer the case (though could still be the tradition).
One note on being "refused jobs," they're talking about jobs that only Japanese citizens can do, due to them being part of the 国家試験 system, e.g. police, firemen, nurses and doctors. People who want to do these jobs can easily get citizenship, but by holding themselves apart from society they don't help the situation very much.
Incidentally I live in Gunma, where there are many Zainichi Koreans of North and South descent. (Silly to pretend that they're anything for an ethnic flavor of Japanese.) I used to visit the North Korean high school to try to get students for the school I taught at. It was...not a fun experience, let me tell you.
Posted in: There are cases in Japan in which people are discriminated against, or refused work or marriage because they are Korean residents. We encourage people to come and consult us, no matter how small the matter.
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
Aren's all of these shopping arcades in decline? They make anime about them to try to reverse it, but I only go to mine to re-live old experiences from when I came to Japan back in the early 90s.
Not really anything you can say about it. Most businesses in places like this are not vibrant, don't even have websites yet. Amazon has most of what I need.
Posted in: Business is bad
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
Because anime is the realm of 憧れ akogare, or yearning for something more interesting than your own pathetic life. So we have characters with names like Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière.
Posted in: Why do so many anime characters have non-Japanese names?
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
There's a Korean-run sushi place in San Diego called Dokdo Sushi. I keep wanting to visit next time I'm home but have never had the courage to try it.
Posted in: How would you rate the quality of Japanese restaurants in your native country (if you are not from Japan)?
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
If you visit this place, try to go on Aug 15, the people you see will be...entertaining.
I did this last year, and it was fascinating. For what it's worth, I expected to see untrue statements inside the museum (which is dedicated to Japan's local history from Perry through the end of WWII basically). While it tells the story of WWII from the point of view of Japan only, offers no comment on the sadness they inflicted nor any apology, I could not find any information that was not technically true. They really checked to make sure they were accurate, within the context of what they were trying to show (history from a Japanese right-wing perspective).
Posted in: Yasukuni shrine: Some key questions and answers
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
@Supey11-san, excellent comments, thanks.
Posted in: Japan not out of deflation yet: economy minister
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
How about a law making it okay to kill any poachers without repercussions?
Posted in: 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds
Peter PayneAug. 18, 2014 - 11:49AM JST
Farmboy, excellent comments. Nanking and the sex slave issues are real, they're just blown out of proportion -- by 25%? 50%? 300%? it doesn't matter, really -- for political ends.
As usual, they also ignore the background that the events were happening in. "How could Japan be so horrible as to forge an empire out of the countries around it?" Well every country had an empire, except the U.S., which had one anyway, we just pretended we didn't for the sake of being moral. Stop and study the bloodbath that was the Philippine war against the U.S. a century ago. No one is clean, yet only Japan is eternally punished for doing what ever country did, to a degree.
Posted in: China wraps up anti-Japan propaganda campaign
Sep. 22, 2014 - 07:07PM JST
And yet they have a lower divorce rate than the west.
It's easy to avoid divorce…
Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?
Sep. 22, 2014 - 07:04PM JST
We are requesting meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, but we've…
Posted in: 200-strong Japanese business delegation visits China
Sep. 22, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
You just reminded me of the cyclist in a (small) Tokyo park who almost bumped…
Posted in: Autumn traffic safety campaign starts
Sep. 22, 2014 - 07:00PM JST
It's interesting that 200 could visit, getting a visa at the airport with no hassles at…
Sep. 22, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
Yep, a welcome sign of autumn.
Love the smell of kinmokusei, too, and the sound of…
Posted in: Sea of flowers