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SamuraiBlueDec. 10, 2013 - 08:59PM JST
Auhhh, Christmas was originally a pagan festival to celebrate the winter solstice which was adopted by Christianity to make it easier to convert from paganism. In other words it's commercialism from the start. The only difference is the product that was peddled to the people.
Posted in: What do you like about the way Christmas is celebrated in Japan, and what don't you like about it?
SamuraiBlueDec. 10, 2013 - 06:38AM JST
I would take this piece with a pinch of salt consider that most figures coming from PRC is fudged. I believe PRC announced a similar figure concerning export to Taiwan that it increased by 3% or more only to be slammed down by Taiwan announcing import from Mainland China went down by 5%.
Posted in: Chinese exports power ahead on demand from U.S., Europe
SamuraiBlueNov. 25, 2013 - 08:31PM JST
One thing about American cars that they will never want to be reminded in the 70's they were the #1 importer by nation with 300,000 units imported annually mostly used for limos. They didn't what other car manufacturer that took their place, listen to their customers and improve their product.
Posted in: Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market
SamuraiBlueNov. 23, 2013 - 03:57PM JST
For starters they haven't invested in developing their dealership. Even if you combine the dealership of all three German automobile manufacturers (MB, BMW and VW) it still be much smaller then the Honda's dealership.
When Japanese dealers only needs to cover 4 sq Km while the other needs to cover 50sqKm. It's game over.
People will not drive 20~30Km just to see or test drive a car when the nearest Japanese dealer is only four blocks away.
The Foreign dealership following the same dealership strategy as the Japanese has no way of winning with the sheer difference in numbers.
Posted in: Tokyo Motor Show opens with eco-friendly theme; U.S. makers stay away
SamuraiBlueNov. 21, 2013 - 09:01PM JST
Smart used to make cars in Kei-car specs and received the same tax breaks as any all other kei cars sold within the market.
If the Europeans were willing to invest and produce in Japan they would be more competitive which Japanese manufacturers did around the world instead of complain and go to their governments to call foul.
Posted in: Japan not ready yet to pass non-tariff barrier test: EU trade chief
SamuraiBlueNov. 21, 2013 - 06:52AM JST
Talk about one sided talks. While Japanese corporation invest heavily in those regions building production sites to over come the heavy tariffs they place to protect their own market, they talk about protectionism in Japan's face without dropping not as much as a drop in investment for production site in Japan.
SamuraiBlueNov. 16, 2013 - 12:46PM JST
Love to hear your conviction to what you had just wrote IF and WHEN you get framed in the same fashion.
Posted in: Japanese politician arrested in China on drugs charges
SamuraiBlueNov. 16, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
It depends on how it was handed to him and more importantly how long it was in his possession before the police walked up to him and asked what is in the bag.
Imagine this a guy comes up to him and ask him to hold his bag while he take out his phone and as soon as he hold the bag the police walks up and ask what's in the bag. He tell the police that it is not his and points to the man standing next to him that it is his bag in which the man holding a phone in his had tells the police that the bag is not his and adds that he just got there.
In China a frame-up like this can easily happen.
SamuraiBlueNov. 04, 2013 - 02:04PM JST
The distance between Tokyo and Odawara is approx. 100Km making it 14 yen per Kilo,not that expensive if you think it that way.
Posted in: JR East to build train system in Bangkok
SamuraiBlueNov. 03, 2013 - 08:47AM JST
Yes, PRC may hold 2+2 meetings with India and/or US but for what?
The last I heard PRC does not have any defense cooperation with either nations. I believe that is the difference.
Posted in: Japan, Russia agree to expand defense cooperation
SamuraiBlueNov. 02, 2013 - 09:07PM JST
For good reason I believe. The Japanese that were caught in Manchu were relocated to Siberia and held at a labor camp till the mid 50's with some being imprisoned up until the early 60's the numbers were in tens of thousands, many passing away from exposure, malnutrition, etc. doing hard labor and brainwashed.
Posted in: Japan, Russia cozy up as China dispute simmers
SamuraiBlueNov. 02, 2013 - 02:21PM JST
Japan made a general announcement concerning the drones since the drones were not properly marked with a national insignia. That is why Japan stated drone of unknown origin. PLAAF is probably now busy painting a red star on all their drones. LoL
Posted in: Japan rejects Chinese protests over sea drills
SamuraiBlueNov. 02, 2013 - 11:59AM JST
That happens all the time in competition sports like baseball, basketball and so on.
SamuraiBlueNov. 01, 2013 - 09:14AM JST
The door swings both ways, PRC is allowed free passage through Japan's EEZ into international waters but Japan has the right to maneuver where ever she please as well.
I guess PRC got hit by the door during her way out, ouch.
Posted in: China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills
SamuraiBlueOct. 29, 2013 - 11:43PM JST
I reserve doubts on labeling them as ethnic Muslim Uighurs just yet. That is too simple and convenient for the CCP government but realistically very difficult to pull off since they are various restriction placed upon them and shadowed by secret police when they travel far. Don't forget PRC is still a totalitarian nation in terms of human rights.
With all the uproar happening in the rural farm villages where local government unlawfully confiscating their farmland for personal gain, I would not be surprised if it were former farmers that did it out of rage in which case we can expect more to happen in the near future.
Beginning of the end of another Chinese dynasty.
Posted in: China suspects deadly crash at Tiananmen Square was suicide attack
SamuraiBlueOct. 29, 2013 - 09:13PM JST
Japan does not recognize a dispute plainly because there is no dispute, it is simple as that. PRC can easily make it a dispute by either declaring war over the islands OR ask international moderation through ICJ.
I don't see PRC doing either.
Posted in: Chinese coast guard keeps up pressure on Japan in island dispute
SamuraiBlueOct. 29, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
Have any links since that is the first I ever heard.
SamuraiBlueOct. 28, 2013 - 11:03PM JST
Before WW3 PRC will fall into pieces. Historically mainland china follows the same route.
Posted in: U.S. 'pivot' to Asia gaining strength: admiral
SamuraiBlueOct. 27, 2013 - 08:52PM JST
Although they are barred from direct combat but that does not mean they are exempted from boot camp. They do as much hard training as the fresh male recruits.
Posted in: Forward march
SamuraiBlueOct. 25, 2013 - 11:33PM JST
Look as if someone is desperate.
A nation and people that can't admit the truth, going for land grab by force when Japan had vowed to not do harm. A nation that back step a treaty of peace. A nation that denies judgement through international moderation through ICJ. A nation that white wash their own history.
A nation that can't face FACT.
Posted in: Japan readies huge island war games amid YouTube PR push
Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:55PM JST
The PRC has been talking with a forked tongue.
It tells Japan and the world that…
Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China
Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:54PM JST
It's time someone brings the fight to Japan. Screw you, Japanese judicial system. Us foreigners have…
Posted in: U.S. House pressures countries on child abductions
Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:47PM JST
TIA - This is Africa.
Posted in: Sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial a fake
Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:46PM JST
From my own experience I can tell you that anyone can be raped. This crime does…
Posted in: Olympic judo champion loses appeal over 5-year jail term for rape
Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:45PM JST
I first heard Cash on a duet with Dylan on Nashville Skyline. Dylan sounded like a…
Posted in: New Johnny Cash album to be released next spring