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    Pidestroika

    In this case the cane was mightier than the sword and I wonder if we'll see a lengthy trial...

    Posted in: 95-year-old man arrested for killing wife with cane

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    Pidestroika

    From the costumes I saw:

    Best: Great Britain and Colombia

    Coolest: Thailand, Ireland and South Africa

    Most WOW: Argentina, Finland and the US

    Sexiest: Lithuania

    Most Borring: Slovenia, Brasil and Israel

    Worst: Canada and Dominican Republic

    Posted in: Japan's national costume?

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    Pidestroika

    Back from Athens and Rome. In Athens forget about public toilets. Very very few and you don't really want to go there. Stores don't usually let you use their WC. You're trained from childhood to empty yourself completely before you leave the house. We used one in a coffee shop, the mens' was ok because it was early in the morning, the womens' was told it was horrible. Lucky if you could find toilet paper. In our hotel WC was top notch. Rome also has no public WC I could find. You need to go to a restaurant of coffee shop. Sometimes good, sometimes terrible. I didn't use the Vatican WC. The cue was longer than the one for St. Peter's cathedral.

    My absolutely worse public WC experience in Japan was at the train station in Mobara/Chiba where the "drop, drop deep tank" was full to the brim and had to battle a cloud of mosquitoes for the few seconds I had to be there. Having said that I have no major complaints about the WCs in Japan. Easily accessible everywhere and most in excellent condition. For those who say they find only dirty ones, they should perhaps start visiting other stations than Shimbashi or the like where sararimen flock. Never found a dirty toilet in any store, restaurant or coffee shop. My only complain is that occasionaly in the "western" WC booths the door is too close to the toilet boul making it extremely difficult to sit down or stand up without hitting your head and to get your clothes proper again. Don't even want to imagine what a sumo wrestler would do in such a tiny booth.

    Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense

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    Pidestroika

    I love Charlie Hebdo. I love their sense of humor and I am offended by those who say it's trash. Do I need to get my kalashnikov and deal with you? Who decides what is offensive and what isn't? Obviously the courts of each country judging by the laws of EACH different country which were placed by the people of that country. If France accepts and allows CH to come out, who are you to say otherwise? Sue them and sue them again to eternity. That's democracy. Just as I respect the laws of S. Arabia and I don't go out in Mekka and shout obscenities against Allah, just as I don't go out in the centre of Bangkok and curse their King, just as I don't throw chewing gum on the streets of Singapore, in exactly the same way I respect the laws of France and everybody else should. You are absolutely free to disagree but just as the "muslims" (which ones exactly of the 23% of world muslim population?) demand respect for their religion, France demands respect for their democracy. Are these terrorists the representatives of the muslims of the world as they are made to be? Obviously not. Anybody, for whatever reason might get offended by something. If a Christian gets offended by the latest joke about president Bush, does that mean that all Christians are offended and therefore Bush is out of bounds? Or perhaps his voters (people he represented and believed in him) should start protesting. One more thing. In Afghanistan, the very first demonstration after the fall of the Taliban was when the US forces handed out football balls with the flags of all the countries of the world. The demonstration, during which 2-3 people were killed if I remember correctly, was because the S. Arabia flag has verses of the quran and therefore the demonstrators were offended because the children would kick that ball. Ignorance and religious fanaticism are offensive and obscene. Unless you want all of us to abide by the shariah laws. What if some muslims come out and say that they find the Christian depiction of god, which is the same god with Islam, offensive and demand that all churches around the world remove any images of god? Should the rest of the world yield? Where would this stop?

    Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

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    Pidestroika

    How short-sighted to see “Je suis Charlie” as only about freedom of expression. It's a symbol against intolerance, religious fanatism and terrorism. It's all about freedom, democracy and respect to the victims and their ideas of "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité". So, I have absolutely no reservations to say “Je suis Charlie”. I wonder what those who agree with J-M Le Pen and say "Je ne suis pas Charlie" are for. And how about JT? Will we ever hear if JT is "Charlie"?

    Posted in: Following the murderous attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie -- has gone viral around the world as a show of support for free speech. However, there is also a growing number of “Je ne suis pas Charlie” — I am not Charlie — messages online, triggering a debate about free speech and its limits. Where do you stand?

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    Pidestroika

    We're having a wonderful time in Europe, not missing even a tiny bit of Japan's kohaku, oshechi and the BEEEEELS! Happy New Year everybody!

    Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with 'Kohaku,' prayers, shopping and blizzards

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    Pidestroika

    Apparently one more posting is necessary as obviously some here are too opinionated... Putting aside the "gaijin" that "atarimae" don't understand the language therefore their opinion is "not worth listening" (then why do you reply to them?) I posted that among Japanese viewers "only 8% really find the J-TV interesting. 32% are towards finding it interesting and the overwhelming 60% find the J-TV little or not interesting at all (10% hate it)." In other words 92% of the Japanese find their own TV of average or bad quality. "afanofjapan" admits that "TV in general is mindless crap" but has issues if someone says so. "ebisen" has difficulty to understand that the existence of a few good documentaries does not mean the J.-TV as a whole is good. "Disco" keeps repeating the same mantra without proving us that his/her Japanese is good enough to form an opposite opinion. People keep telling him "we understand Japanese perfectly well" but somehow it doesn't register. To him/her Japanese TV is full of unique philosophical ideas that only a native Japanese could understand and therefore no "gaijin" should ever say anything. It's extremely difficult to understand the "concept" of tarento going to a restaurant eating food and yelling "oishii", every day on every channel. Only he can understand and appreciate. Enough with this. Keep watching!!! Have a good one everybody.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    One final posting from me with some food for thought. Found on the net that only 28% of the Japanese, who obviously don't have any "language or cultural problems" really like their TV, 46% are inclined to like it, 20% are inclined to not like it and about 5% don't like it at all. On the other hand only 8% really find the J-TV interesting. 32% are towards finding it interesting and the overwhelming 60% find the J-TV little or not interesting at all (10% hate it).

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    DiscoJ, apparently you are confusing TV with Radio. You don't need to understand the language to form an oppinion whether a program is boring or fun to watch. If the acting is horrible or great. If the director has done a good job or not. If the music, the costumes, the plot and many many other things are of good guality. I enjoyed so much a music show on Indonesian TV and a game show for teenagers on Taiwan TV even though I couldn't understand the language. Excelent rhythm, presentation, director and decoration. Overall great fun to watch. When 10 of the 20 minutes of a Japanese drama is close-ups and the rest are shot in a house or school this should tell you how cheap the production is. If different actors perform in exactly the same way in every drama (and yes, my Japanese is enough to understand drama language) then obviously there are issues with quality. Two "commedians" standing on a stage doing nothing else except talking and constantly hitting each other on the head could be hilarious to you but to me it's RADIO. Not TV. Somebody out there is very confused. You and a few others presuppose none of us visiting here understand good enough Japanese to enjoy J-TV or we have cultural issues. You're wrong.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    afanofjapan, I have no idea what you're talking about. Read more carefuly what I wrote. You and a couple other guys feel you have some short of obligation to defend J-TV or you think it's another Japanese bushing cultural attack by the ignorant gaijin? Everybody here states their opinion. It's called "criticism", what you do when you say you like a movie or not. In my opinion, Japanese TV in general is unwatchable and absolutely terrible. The few exceptions prove the rule. The little I saw in other Asian countries I've been to is far better.

    Keep enjoying J-TV if you like it so much. I won't.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    An answer to the typical "language", the "gaijin can't possibly know" and "the TV in other countries is worse" arguments... In all the South-East Asia countries (5) I've travelled to and stayed for a week on average, I found that the TV was FAR BETTER than the Japanese in any respect, even though I didn't understand the language. Even the TV in Cambodia was better than the Japanese and my J wife agreed too. Just because you like a few programs on some channels, that doesn't mean that the J-TV as a whole (11+ channels, broadcasting 24/7) is good. Quite the opposite.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    Where do I start? It's absurd to compare J TV with other countries' and find excuses like "oh, you know in my country TV is worse, so J TV is not that bad". We are not discussing other countries' TVs. We're talking about the JAPANESE TV.

    A J. friend working with one of the channels explained that most of the programs are there to provide filler for the commercials. That tells a lot.

    News. Ugly casters with buffoon haircut and vintage style clothing running to tell some news, constantly interrupted by cms. Analog weather reports using pointing sticks and cotton to show clouds. Talk about the country of hi tech.

    A J visiting another country. His/her words are subtitled, the voices of the locals are dubbed and subtitled. Apparently the TV gurus have decided that nobody in Japan is interested to hear people from other countries speaking.

    "Downtown" used to be great. 15 years ago!!! Now they are just a bunch of supposedly genojin talking about how they spent their week. WHO CARES???

    Pachinko decoration background everywhere with kitsch waterfalls, fake flowers and lot's of sparkling stuff! Absolutely, definitely need to sparkle!

    Change the channel, change the program there seems to be the same director everywhere. Who's that guy?

    There is no comedy after Drifters. Only the constant head-top hitting. Glowing exception, the "old men on the pillows".

    Quit watching after a 2 hour special detailing which is the favorite hamburger of AKB.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Pidestroika

    @lucabrasi

    "Barbarians"? Well, winter is coming. I prefer this one: "A large number of educated speakers and writers, for whatever reason, object to disinterested in the sense 'uninterested, unconcerned'--a sense it previously had but lost for awhile--and want the word to have only the meaning 'impartial, unprejudiced.' The criticized use has nevertheless gained such ground that it has practically driven out the other one. That change causes no harm to language as communication. We have merely lost a synonym for impartial and gained one for indifferent." (John Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language, 6th ed. Wadsworth, 2010)

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Pidestroika

    With a 15y English teaching experience in Japan I can say that one of the main problems is the luck of a clear objective. What does the school education is aiming at? What is the English level the students are supposed to reach? Pre-intermediate? Intermediate? Conversation fluency? From my experience I see students who have never practiced reading and actual listening and therefore have absolutely no sense of rhythm and punctuation. Many never practiced composition, essay/letter writing and therefore have minimum skills at expressing themselves in writing. If English at school is just another lesson like all the others then it as useful as the rest of the material students usually forget after graduation. If it's supposed to actually help students to learn then I'm afraid you are asking too much. We are talking about a different form of education. Inspirational, interesting, creative...perfectly valid attributes that frankly speaking shouldn't be applied only to English but every other subject lesson. Another thing is that if English is not to be examined like all the other lessons, students lose their interest. If it is to be examined then it becomes another school subject that is to be tested in a similar way as all the other subjects. You cannot separate English teaching from the way other subjects are taught and examined in a Japanese school. And in my opinion that's where the problem is.
    As I see it, at the moment, the whole thing is a complete mess. Students are stuffed with lots of grammar and vocabulary, ALTs are doing their best to teach pronunciation and communication and all is done haphazardly regardless of level or clear objective. Not to mention messing with British vs American English. Personally I think English education in Japanese schools should bring the student to a pre-intermediate level, clearing all the basic grammar, with basic vocabulary and fair pronunciation and those interested in continuing their English studies to a higher level they could do so at a private school/lessons.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Pidestroika

    The sign is not racist but plainly stupid. The first part "Karaoke is Japanese culture" obviously is for non-Japanese, English speakers. I'm sure there is no "いらっしゃいませ日本人", therefore what's the point of the redundant word "foreigner"? "Welcome" would be enough. Unless they are inviting the band "Foreigner"...

    Posted in: Step in

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    Pidestroika

    Scolari after the 7-1 defeat by Germany: "The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice." "My message for the Brazilian people is please excuse us for this performance".

    Zaccheroni after the 4-1 defeat by COLOMBIA: "It was a nice game. We played well in the first half." "We all thought we would do a lot better, that we would perform much better as we showed in the first half (against Colombia) when we play intensely as we normally do and we are able to generate opportunities to win a match."

    Posted in: Germany inflict historic 7-1 defeat on Brazil

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    Pidestroika

    Yes, there is indeed a significant rise of Japanese nationalism. Japanese undoubtly prefer AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z to Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

    Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism

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    Pidestroika

    LBGT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and others

    Who exactly are the "others"?

    Posted in: Rainbow Pride

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    Ruud sadly is not ofcourse your average comentator who just found this site. Google her name and you'll see. She is looking for compensation from the Japanese gov and her whole ideology as with most Korean/Chinese ultra nationalists is revolving around the Santayana saying and is fed on hatred.

    Also I wonder how the commentators of this site feel having their comments translated in Korean. http://www.gasengi.com/main/board.php?botable=politics&wrid=55693

    Would it be possible for JT to blog any comments on such subjects like Yasukuni and Japan/Korean/Chinese nationalism? Aren't death threats towards commentators enough? Everybody has said their piece more than once.

    Posted in: Sending a message

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    Pidestroika

    "Crazy, but that's how it goes Millions of people living as foes Maybe it's not too late To learn how to love And forget how to hate"

    Posted in: Sending a message

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