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PokeDec. 03, 2013 - 03:09PM JST
This is sad sad sad. One, how easily manipulated people are by their inane TV shows. And come to think of it, this whole survey was probably manipulated anyway (yarase). Two, some of these words do not even qualify as catchphrases. "Omotenashi"? That's just a plain old word. Why not "kuruma?" Its sad how sunao this culture is...and I don't mean it in a good way.
Apparently, "selfie" was chosen as the Oxford word of the year in English. I think it is a stupid word, but at least it was an organic outgrowth of communication on the internetz, and not crammed down people's throats by the talking heads on TV. I'll take it.
Posted in: 'Jejeje,' 'omotenashi,' 'baigaeshi,' 'imadesho' voted top buzzwords for 2013
PokeNov. 11, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
Honest question: I'm curious why this is headline news in Japan, on Japan Today. Is it because she will never be allowed in Japan again after having been publicly tainted by the demon-weed?
Posted in: Miley Cyrus smokes a joint at MTV Europe awards
PokeNov. 06, 2013 - 09:24AM JST
No denying that the Japanese empire did reprehensible things on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere in East Asia, particularly during the war years.
But even so, is it not problematic for a South Korean president to say that there is no point in holding a summit with a Japanese leader? There are still a lot of issues of common concern (and mutual interest) IN THE PRESENT that the two could work on. Refusing to consider anything else because of anger over things that happened 70 years ago seems both irresponsible and disingenuous--like a performance for certain domestic (and Chinese) audiences that should not be encouraged.
The upswing in Japanese nationalism in recent years gives me pause; but Chinese and Korean nationalism strikes me as more destructive in the present day.
Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal
PokeJun. 12, 2013 - 03:48PM JST
There's a lot more to life than not dying. I hope the reaper takes me before I look like the melting wax statue in the photo. But I don't mean to knock the late Jiroemon; I'm just surprised to see people so impressed with longevity without regard for substance. It says something sad about your values. I have more respect for someone who lived a short but meaningful life but left some major contribution behind, over someone who lived a long quiet life and saw a lot of things happen.
Posted in: World's oldest man dies aged 116
PokeJun. 12, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
I'm seeing comments like "fabulous life" "wonderful life" etc...but what exactly did he do other than living a long time? Perhaps he did live a really interesting life, but none of that is written. I don't think we should be so impressed by quantity. He worked in a post office for 40 years...exciting. He did some farming. He spawned a lot of children. Meh.
PokeJun. 12, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
Count me unimpressed? Dj Cop? I think this guy would be qualified to work the megaphone at the front of an electronics store or supermarket. But he lacks the flair of a dj. Low bar indeed.
Posted in: 'DJ Cop' at Shibuya crossing a hit on YouTube
PokeJun. 02, 2013 - 05:52PM JST
ugh. that says it all.
Posted in: First picture from set of live-action 'Kiki’s Delivery Service' released
PokeJun. 02, 2013 - 05:48PM JST
This is all fake crisis if you asked me. I could be wrong, but I doubt there are really that many complaints about child noise. It is an excuse to run some media panic over the falling birthrate--a perennial favorite. Then, again, old Japanese people do like to complain about certain kinds of meiwaku (but not others, like the political loudspeaker vans etc). It is an urusai country, and yes, even the children seem to be more irritatingly urusai than those elsewhere. Maybe because there is no such thing as child-rearing here? Kids are basically encouraged to be howler monkeys until they enter intermediate school and have the life sucked out them. To do things any other way would require thought and discipline on the part of parents. God forbid. Just turn them over to state.
Posted in: Aging Japan complains over the noise of children
PokeJun. 01, 2013 - 12:15PM JST
Hmmm, I wonder why no one has commented on this item yet. Perhaps because it is not news (a commercial for a commercial?) and no one cares? I'm sure the CM is a masterpiece.
Posted in: Ken Watanabe, Keisuke Honda appear in new Docomo commercial
PokeMay. 12, 2013 - 04:35PM JST
Does anyone else think that Japan, because of its obsession with "safety first" and doing things in the "right" way, by the book, is excessively disrupted any time something mildly unexpected happens? This fire, for instance. 90 minutes putting out a kitchen fire? Or the fact that the Shinkansen can be stopped for hours because of a plastic tarp. What's the point? Then, when a real disaster happens, the country is still completely unprepared. It seems like the "memorize the manual" approach should be replaced with a little bit of respect for improvisation that responds to actual circumstances.
Posted in: Fire in Shibuya Station arcade disrupts operations
PokeMay. 12, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
In my vast experience, Japanese nurses are not very intelligent. Its not the field that the smarter Japanese women go into...and not a very bright pool to begin with.
I say give her a few weeks in jail for failing to properly dispose of a body. But maybe her baby was stillborn or there were complications. I dig the anarchist move of giving birth in her own room. The karaoke trip was also a nice touch.
Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested after infant's body found in her room
PokeApr. 24, 2013 - 04:26AM JST
I'm no fan of these nationalist groups generally (and what an annoying, cloying name for that group), but I am impressed at how disciplined and composed they appear to be. Is there a learning curve here? They vow not to land on the islands to avoid making the situation worse, and they will avoid direct conflict, violent or verbal, with the other side. This seems like it could be a solid strategy. Let the other side show their incivility first. Can you imagine what an interview with their Chinese counterparts would sound like?
Posted in: Over 80 Japanese nationalists approach disputed islands
PokeApr. 24, 2013 - 04:14AM JST
Hmmm, she emphasized that "I need to focus on singing well." That would be nice. But, I have an idea: why not focus on having a soul? For example, writing your own lyrics and music and treating music as expression and not just a product? Maybe she does, but the article doesn't seem to mention it. This article talks about "quality content," but not surprisingly no one hints at what that might mean, other than promoting artists from talent shows and indie labels. That's a start I suppose, but I sense a disconnect.
A lot of my favorite musicians aren't necessarily great singers, but they are original and interesting to listen to.
Posted in: In Psy's musical wake, K-pop tries substance over style in star search
PokeApr. 08, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
R.I.P....Rest in pieces. The guy was a hikikomori by definition. They're very difficult to deal with, and don't want help. The sisters were justified in leaving him be and letting nature take its course. He did himself in by not eating, most likely. If only more pointless people in that situation would similarly show the same commitment to removing themselves--end of a social epidemic.
Posted in: Woman puts skeletonised brother in trash after realizing he's dead
PokeMar. 27, 2013 - 03:35PM JST
Motive=crazy, overwhelmed by having 4 kids before you're 30. People should be forced to get a license to reproduce. It would be great if Japan became the country to pioneer this idea, but it will never happen. Too much paranoia about the need to maintain the Japanese race.
Posted in: Woman tries to kill son while husband, 3 kids sleep in same room
PokeMar. 27, 2013 - 03:15PM JST
That is an extremely sad thing that happened to this man, and I feel for him. But I still want to chime in on the side of those who think this is a lot of money, especially for a Japanese ruling, and maybe even too much. It is definitely more than this victim was going to earn in his remaining working years, and more than his penson--which he will still get. Sure, I agree you can throw him some money for pain and suffering, but how much? Its hard to put a price on that. I think that he and his family will be pretty well taken care of. He should try to quietly enjoy his retirement and more time with his family. The money may run out if he lives 20-30 years more...but how long do people really need to live anyway, in retirement, severely disabled?
Posted in: Paralysed man awarded Y189 mil in damages after bicycle crash
PokeMar. 20, 2013 - 07:24AM JST
Good. I say down with the Japanese agriculture lobby, down with Nokyo, down with rice fetishism. And if an 85 year old's hand-gardened rice is so good, people will still buy it. This is not, however, to say that I support the U.S. lobbies' positions either. You can't force Japanese consumers to buy American automobiles when they've been told their entire lives that the product is inferior.
Posted in: U.S. senators want no exemptions for Japan over TPP
PokeMar. 18, 2013 - 10:00AM JST
It took me a while to figure out that we were talking about the Universal that runs the movie studio, theme park, etc.
Posted in: FBI probe of Universal focuses on $25 mil consultant fee company now disavows
PokeMar. 15, 2013 - 05:32PM JST
Mercy killing. The son sounds barely human: "He would shout loudly and hit the walls." Just those two points, yet I get the picture. I've seen an unusually large number of people like that in Japan.
Posted in: Woman confesses to killing 25-year-old mentally disabled son
PokeMar. 13, 2013 - 06:03PM JST
They should really do more to protect the Chinese police force...this is appalling.
Teach the cops to swim, maybe.
Posted in: No. of dead pigs found in Shanghai river almost 6,000
Dec. 13, 2013 - 06:36PM JST
fair enough apologies then
Posted in: Cabinet OKs Y5.5 tril stimulus package to cushion impact of sales tax hike
Dec. 13, 2013 - 06:33PM JST
Hahaha....... the guy was just doing the girl a favor - the girl would had shortened…
Posted in: Man arrested for cutting schoolgirl's skirt in train car
I love vending machines, especially the station ones that allow me to use a pre-paid card,…
Posted in: What do you think of vending machines in Japan?
Dec. 13, 2013 - 06:32PM JST
pochan You got me wrong. I have no superior attitude. Remember I'm not native English speaker.…
Dec. 13, 2013 - 06:31PM JST
Kim should also execute his hair stylist.
Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA