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SchopenhauerSep. 20, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
Increase domestic consumptions? When prices and tax go up and salaries remain the same. How?
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan
SchopenhauerSep. 17, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
Dolphins belong to whale species and for the people of Taiji they were the same. Dolphins may be eaten only in the district of Taiji as a local tradition. I have never eaten it. In the past, whale meat was sold at fish shops in Japan. For long Japanese people believed whales were a kind of fish since they live in the sea and ate without any sense of guilt. The time has changed. We have to give up an old idea.
Posted in: Season's first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
What would happen in New York if the same scale of an earthquake which hit Tohoku in 2011 occur? Will hightowers of New York be safe?
Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
Correction: Pork consumption is 2,341,000 tons
Posted in: Nations square off at whaling conference
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 09:34AM JST
Recent statistics of meat consumptions in Japan.
Chicken: 2,340,000 tons
Pork: 1,094,000 tons
Beef: 1,550,000 tons
Whale: 4,000 tons
I personally don't care our whale meat consumptions becomes zero in Japan. It is ridiculous we go to as far as to the Antarctic Ocean to preserve our "culture" of eating whale meat.
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 08:24AM JST
Most of the Japanese people are indiffrent about the rows involving Japan's whale hunting. We are looking at those activists "strange people" and wondering why western medias report it often and impetuously. I have not eaten whale meat for more than 50 years. It does not affect ordinary Japanese people's eating habits any more. We ate whale meat immediately after the WW II when foods are in short. .
SchopenhauerSep. 13, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Living long without money is not very much enjoyable. I have many neighbors who stay in their houses spending most of time watching TV. They don't subscribe to newspapers to save money. They go to super stores after dark where they can buy foods cheaper. They rarely travel. Also, they come to need help of others to live which is not welcome by their families. It is not necessarily a happy thing to live too long.
Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high
SchopenhauerSep. 13, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
While many are living longer in Japan, sumo wrestlers are always the shortest living people in Japan. Generally athletes do not live long doctors as well.
SchopenhauerSep. 11, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
China is a very dangerous country where people are not given right information and their minds are controlled by the propaganda of the government.
Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll
SchopenhauerSep. 10, 2014 - 06:25PM JST
Defensive weapons can change to offensive weapons instantly. There is no defensive weapons in the world. It is only a play on words. Our peace constitution constrains the uses of weapons offensively in peace time but when the time comes we need to use weapons offensively, it will be explained as a constitution-transcending situation.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo
SchopenhauerSep. 08, 2014 - 07:24AM JST
Why Abe gave to this immature and mediocre politician ( she was elected only for a reason that her father was a prime minister) the important job of Japan's minister of indurty? Answer is Abe wanted a person whom he can control easy to materialize Abe 's intention of restoring Japan's nuclear power industry.
Posted in: New industry minister Obuchi visits Fukushima plant
SchopenhauerSep. 07, 2014 - 10:29PM JST
I am not worried about the huntings of whales by Japan since Japan's consumption of whales is no more threatening to the species. People should pay more attentions to Japan's tuna fishing. Japan's consumption of tuna is a threatening scale.
Posted in: 4 ships start whale hunt off Hokkaido
SchopenhauerSep. 06, 2014 - 07:31AM JST
Japan is Japan. We have our own way. Medias are too much sensational on this subject and our neighbours uses this subject politically for their advantages. Is there any Japanese politician who visit the shrine advocating rearmament of Japan? No! Today's Japan is the most peace loving nation in the world.
Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine
SchopenhauerSep. 03, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
There are many politicians waiting to become ministers. They have to shuffle the cabinet occasionally to reduce frustrations of them. Becoming a minister is a prize for them making them easier to be reelected in the next coming election. Is this a phenomenon only in Japan? Let me know. Thank you
Posted in: Abe to reshuffle cabinet in bid to boost his agenda
SchopenhauerSep. 02, 2014 - 07:57AM JST
They have to accept the contaminated soil there. When other prefectures are reluctant to accept them, if they refuse, who will accept? Environmental minister Ishihara well said to the opposing local residents that it is a matter of money after all. He was right and the more money is settled the issue.
Posted in: Fukushima agrees to interim nuclear waste storage facilities
SchopenhauerAug. 28, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
What is the use of bringing back a negative historical past and damaging the present and future relations?
Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression
SchopenhauerAug. 21, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
I meant financial burdens.
Posted in: Landslide
SchopenhauerAug. 21, 2014 - 09:37AM JST
Insurances for the results of landslydes exist as an option. I wonder how many opted for that.
SchopenhauerAug. 21, 2014 - 07:39AM JST
I see relatively new houses in the disaster pictures. If they are still paying housing loans, they not only lose their houses but also have to continue to pay remaining loans for their lost houses. It is awful. The Japanese government does not help them. What happens in such cases in America?
SchopenhauerAug. 20, 2014 - 12:08PM JST
Japan tried several times in the past to export Japan's popular gamble "pachinko" to America and other countries in vain. Please tell me why the pachiko cannot attract Americans and others.
Posted in: Pachinko parlor politeness
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