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PokeMar. 07, 2014 - 02:57PM JST
I wonder if whoever put up this poster here actually read it. It is specifically for the Tokyo Metro Police. It says "There are jobs that only the Tokyo Metro Police can do." My first thought was, like what, forced confessions out of whomever they decide must have committed a crime?
Posted in: Support your local police
PokeFeb. 26, 2014 - 12:19PM JST
Hmm, I don't think that you can blame stupid and incompetent on language barriers.
Typical overreaction and escalation from U.S. law enforcement (initially at least). I'm just surprised they did not try to lock the family up for life for questioning their authoritah.
From the story, I kind of wonder whether that woman was actually licensed to drive in Japan or any country. Or more likely, she was what they like to call a "paypaa duraibaa," who got her license at 18 after paying her 3000 dollars to some school, and never touched a steering wheel since. They probably thought, "hey, we will drive across Utah in the middle of the night--there won't be anyone on the road."
Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
PokeFeb. 23, 2014 - 04:52PM JST
Can you also arrest anyone who cruelly broke up with someone who later committed suicide?
There's a lot of things missing in this story. She was still his girlfriend at the time? Was it just a fight? Was it a joke? Was his phone hacked?
Posted in: Keio University student arrested for instigating girlfriend's suicide
PokeFeb. 19, 2014 - 04:17PM JST
I saw this article next to the headline "Man found dead in Yamanashi home." My eyes played tricks on me and I thought it said "SMAP found dead in Yamanashi." I was excited for a minute, but then I read the article about SMAP's vague plans to do something or other in Nihombashi and am no longer. If SMAP has magic powers, then could turn back the clock to before Japan built that expressway over one of the most famous sights of the Edo period. Totally shortsighted, that was.
Posted in: SMAP to collaborate on Nihonbashi Project
PokeFeb. 15, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
I just want to make a key point of clarification: the problem was not that he was drinking. The problem was that they tried to cut him off. That's when he became rowdy. I can imagine the words "Enough?! I'll decide when I've had enough!" were spoken at some point.
I hope this does not mean that they will start to crack down on over-serving during trans-Pacific flights...
Posted in: Man who caused ANA plane diversion to Alaska says he was drinking
PokeFeb. 14, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
The coach looks terrified rather than happy. That is an end-of-the-world face. Hilarious.
Posted in: Good start
PokeFeb. 13, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
I suppose that the gangster empire would know something about gangster logic.
Posted in: Chinese state media slam Abe's 'gangster logic'
PokeFeb. 13, 2014 - 12:33PM JST
Hmmm, yet he's still a 'suspect'? Does he not become the killer until he's formally convicted, even if he has said that he did it?
Posted in: Suspect in woman's murder says he started thinking about killing her last year
PokeFeb. 10, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
What a silly question behind this feature. And the nurse's problem with anonymity is bewildering. Babies left in coin lockers or dumpster have to deal with the anonymity plus a lot of other problems. There's no right to know your real parents.
Posted in: Is baby post saving lives or making it easy for irresponsible parents to dump their babies?
PokeFeb. 10, 2014 - 03:55PM JST
An argument for insulated housing, better heating systems?
Posted in: 91-year-old woman, 62-year-old son freeze to death
PokeFeb. 06, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
Bad ruling. I hope some of the parties refuse to pay.
Why was it only awarded to one victim's family? Are other lawsuits pending? Anyway, that 68 year old woman was very likely not the family breadwinner. Suing for a pile of money is not going to bring mom/grandma back.
If all the victims sue and win like this, the family and company will both soon be bankrupt. For the family of Fujisaki, this means the loss of their son might be followed by that of their home and life savings.
Posted in: Family, employer of dead epileptic driver ordered to pay damages
PokeFeb. 06, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
I hope that Murakami stands his ground and tells the city off. What, is a fictional character not even allowed the free speech of having a opinion, expressed tentatively in an offhand remark?
Posted in: Town fuming over Murakami portrayal of citizens as litterbugs
PokeFeb. 06, 2014 - 06:08AM JST
I am no fan of right-wing Japanese historical revisionism, and no doubt there was a nasty past there and deep scars...but I can't help but thinking "brainwashing" when I see protest photos like that. Most people don't let bitterness over history direct their daily lives in the present, more than 60 years later, unless they are taught to. That history has been consciously, instrumentally made into the foundation of Korean national identity, and its not pretty. I suspect that these people would not know what to do even if everyone in Japan simultaneously turned, bowed, and offered a true and heartfelt apology for colonial misdeeds. They would be completely lost without this touchstone.
Posted in: Unfriendly relations
PokeFeb. 05, 2014 - 02:50PM JST
Why does this even make the news anymore?
Posted in: Abductees' families want gov't action this year
PokeFeb. 05, 2014 - 02:20PM JST
Did Russel actually say that they need to overcome history? Those words don't appear in quotes anywhere in the article, just the title. The quotes that do appear are pretty run of the mill...not a great article. It would be interesting if a U.S. spokesman really did take a stand on the history issue, and hint that Koreans and Chinese need to move on.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan, S Korea, China to overcome historical animosity
PokeFeb. 02, 2014 - 05:25PM JST
Miyazaki is talented and all, but the fact that this was number one tells you something about the sad state of the Japanese film industry. Why is it that this country can rarely make live action films worth watching? In light of that, I'm shocked that domestic films took 60% of the sales share. Something seems wrong...and it is. Just look at how many of the top films are animated ones for kiddies. In Japan, movies are seen as being for kids...and it means that the domestic film industry is not producing higher quality, more serious fare. Kinda sad.
Posted in: Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' top earning film in Japan in 2013
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
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:32PM JST
I wonder if he'll eat Oma maguro. They sell that stuff for hundreds of dollars in…
Posted in: Abe to take Obama to Jiro's for sushi dinner
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:31PM JST
"what will be the first state visit to Tokyo by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton…
Posted in: Obama, Abe to address negative images at summit
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
@serrano, comparing sushi at Jiro's to yer neighborhood KappaZushi is like comparing dinner at Gusto to…
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:23PM JST
Oh for cryin' out loud, Bieber wasn't paying his respects to the war criminals.
Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:16PM JST
Posted in: Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of S Korean ferry