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  • -1

    Sensato

    How come all Japanese female politicians are all smarter than male counterparts?

    @toshiko

    Mayor Hayashi of Yokohama has truly been a top-notch leader and has helped make her city a much more vibrant hub of business and tourism. In my opinion, the Yokohama of today beats any other metropolis in Japan hands down in terms of quality of life for all and a resilient international community.

    Disappointingly though, Hayashi aside, overall Japan's female politicians so far have proven not to be "all smarter than [their] male counterparts." In particular, the women Abe has appointed to his cabinet come to mind as being particularly disastrous for the nation. Still, I have some hope that more good ones like Hayashi might emerge in the coming years.

    Posted in: Yokohama hoping to host African development conference in 2019

  • 5

    Sensato

    Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, for instance, lost 7% in the April-June quarter.

    The GPIF is now making substantial purchases of Nikkei shares, and so is the Bank of Japan via ETFs (the BOJ is the only central bank that purchases equities). The Nikkei should be making huge gains with all this new money snapping up its shares, but it still marked a loss over the April-June quarter. Worrisome.

    Posted in: Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 tril loss in April-June

  • 6

    Sensato

    The Bank of Japan disappointed markets at its late July meeting when it opted to leave its..annual bond-buying programme...unchanged.

    This article fails to mention that at its July meeting the BOJ increased its annual purchases of stocks (via ETFs) to 6 trillion yen, from 3.3 trillion yen previously. So I wouldn't say it disappointed markets, given that its equities purchases are falsely inflating stock prices, particularly those of the 255 companies that make up the Nikkei average.

    The BOJ is now the only central bank in the world that buys stocks, and is posed to become the biggest buyer of stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    Posted in: Consumer prices fall for 5th straight month

  • 4

    Sensato

    ...even left wing accounts make no claim that they were coerced. All accounts by reputable scholars describe the Japanese women as already working in civilian brothels before they shifted to military brothels.

    A Japanese woman going by the pseudonym Suzuko Shirota (城田すず子) wrote a book titled "マリヤの賛歌" (Mary's hymn) in 1971 about her experience as a comfort woman after being sold into prostitution by her father. She is little known in Japan and the book she wrote is out of print now, and has never been translated to English. A Christian Church Tateyama (Chiba Prefecture) has an alter honoring her memory.

    Here is an article about her: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-07/06/content_911759.htm

    Posted in: Seoul: Surviving sex slave victims will receive $90,000

  • 1

    Sensato

    If you go to the Middle East your dress code, food, and drink will not be tolerated by the locals. So why should French locals tolerate Islamic wear on their beach?

    @thepersoniamnow

    One big reason French locals should tolerate Islamic wear, even though that tolerance is not reciprocated by certain other countries, is because France's national motto is "liberty, equality, fraternity," and abiding by that motto has long been one of its strengths. France should aim to be better than those countries in the Middle East, and not to become as oppressive as they are.

    I hold France to a much higher standard than many of the non-democratic nations of the Middle East. I also hold other developed democracies such as those in Europe, the English speaking world, Japan and certain other countries in Asia to a higher standard as well.

    One other thought, I would like to see a group of women in burkinis together with a group of women in nun's habits visit one of these French beaches and see how the authorities react.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

  • 5

    Sensato

    Why is it that this $90,000 payment is limited to surviving comfort women from South Korea only?

    This should extend to surviving comfort women from countries such as Taiwan, the Philippines, the Netherlands, China, North Korea and yes, even those from Japan (it is estimated that 40% of the comfort women were Japanese, 20% Koreans).

    Posted in: Seoul: Surviving sex slave victims will receive $90,000

  • 0

    Sensato

    Winkler/Foreman/Bradshaw/Shatner's show "Better Late Than Never" has created some buzz among former Japan residents and Japanese nationals I know living in the U.S.

    I'm looking forward to watching the episodes where they visit Japan.

    Here is a clip from the show filmed in Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwnZxpbMCwo

    Posted in: Henry Winkler bonds with icons in new show, dreams of Tony

  • 0

    Sensato

    In case you wanted to see this group in action, here is a video of one of their performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqccJFhKhjA

    Posted in: Ramen restaurant offering customers virtual dates with idol singers

  • 14

    Sensato

    I had to laugh at the name of this trade show, Life Ending Industry Expo — it sounds like a trade show for companies in the euthanasia business.

    This is obviously the official translation of the expo's Japanese name, "ending industry expo" (エンディング産業展), but "End of Life Industry Expo" would have been a somewhat better translation.

    Posted in: Resting easy

  • 8

    Sensato

    A search of their vehicles uncovered several handguns, a shotgun and loose ammunition, which were seized.

    The two tourists were also fined more than Can$1,000 ($775) and kicked out of Canada, along with their wives.

    That punishment was a slap on the wrist. If drugs had been involved the men and their wives would probably be serving prison time.

    Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home

  • 8

    Sensato

    Authorities have linked recent spikes in violent crimes to the smuggling of handguns and other prohibited weapons from the United States.

    Many in the U.S. complain bitterly about drugs being smuggled into the U.S. via Mexico (and pin the blame squarely on Mexico), but very little is said about guns smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.

    One source estimates that 2,000 guns per day are smuggled into Mexico from the U.S., and I am sure that a high number of guns are smuggled into Canada across the border as well.

    I don't like the thought of drugs being smuggled into the U.S., but I would be much more upset if it were large numbers of guns. The more our neighbors to the north and south protest this the better.

    Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home

  • 5

    Sensato

    Comments that I read in reaction to news of Abe's appearance as Mario by foreign news sources was overwhelmingly upbeat. It generated a lot of positive buzz. Many people outside of Japan are already excited about what Tokyo 2020 has in store.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

  • 2

    Sensato

    I just saw this pool on the news - wow. I've never seen a pool that packed. It looked like a bowl of human cheerios (cereal).

    @Strangerland

    Here is a photo of the crowded pool: http://goo.gl/5dwmnl

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  • 2

    Sensato

    The generation now in its 40s is in particularly sad straits.... They had “bubble” childhoods but reached the job market just as it was turning cold – “hiring ice age” was a common phrase of the time. Part-time employment surged as full-time hiring fell.

    The generation that entered the labor market from the early 1990s to 2010 had it rough. Before that until the end of the bubble years there was a massive labor shortage, followed by the "hiring ice age."

    Luckily for the current generation entering the labor market the labor shortage has returned since about 2010. However, this time around the labor shortage isn't because the economy is booming (it's not), but instead it is because the huge population of highly paid early post-war baby boomers comfortably locked into lifetime employment careers has retired, which has freed up HR budgets to bring in a much greater percentage of the dwindling population of entry level workers in their 20s.

    Many in Japan's "lost generation" who entered the labor force during the early 1990s to 2010 never gained the skills they needed to make a livable wage, and as a consequence are doomed to a life of low income.

    Posted in: Low-income over-40s: How it happens and how they live with it

  • 2

    Sensato

    There is a slight possibility that the IOC could strip Lochte of his medal for illegal and unsportsmanlike conduct in the host country during the games, and an extremely remote likelihood that the entire U.S. swim team could lose their medals (according to one source on IOC precedent).

    Even though those outcomes are extremely unlikely, Phelps and the other members of the U.S. swim team should be furious at Lochte for harming the team's otherwise stellar reputation and putting their wins in jeopardy.

    Posted in: What would 'Lyin' Ryan' Lochte do? Run away

  • 1

    Sensato

    I hope the IOC strips Lochte of his medal for unsportsmanlike conduct off the field in the host country during the games. I was initially pleased when I heard he had won a gold medal and his unexpected victory against Phelps, not so much any more.

    The remarks on news sites against Brazil as the host country were horrendous when word of the "armed robbery" first emerged. Lochte's intentional attempt to tarnish the host country's reputation should be dealt with sternly by the IOC.

    The media is also to blame for fueling negative publicity for every little problem that has cropped up. Brazil deserves much more credit for doing a fine job in its first ever attempt to host the games. Brazil deserves the world's gratitude.

    Posted in: 2 U.S. swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd one fined

  • 4

    Sensato

    Nationalism, jingoism and nationalist extremism are all unhealthy manifestations of patriotism, along the same continuum. Patriotism itself can be positive or negative. One dictionary defines nationalism as, "an extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries."

    Nationalism usually means that one whitewashes or denies his or her country's atrocities and other wrongdoings. A healthy form of patriotism, on the other hand, requires that one fully recognize and admit his or her country's current/past atrocities and other wrongdoings with the aim of making the nation a better global citizen. Doing so is a source of pride and national strength, while not doing so is a source of shame and national weakness.

    So, I would classify any event sanctioned by Yasukuni Shrine as a nationalistic expression of patriotism.

    Posted in: What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? For example, how would you classify the rightwing groups and lawmakers who visited Yasukuni Shrine on Monday to mark the 71st anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II?

  • 11

    Sensato

    Eye roll. Takeshima/Dokdo is South Korea's Yasukuni in terms of stupid places for politicians to visit for a sugar-high boost in voter ratings.

    Whenever South Korean lawmakers see their popularity slip in national opinion polls, knee-jerk nationalistic moves like this to assert their outrage toward Japan are a surefire way to boost their support. Disingenuous and disgusting move.

    I wish South Korea and Japan would work much harder on building positive bilateral relations.

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  • 9

    Sensato

    Visits to Yasukuni Shrine by top Japanese politicians outrage China and South Korea because it honors 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, along with war dead.

    This sentence from the article is the partial truth but far from being the whole truth — the tip of the iceberg.

    Insinuating that the shrine causes outrage exclusively because it honors 14 war criminals is a bit of a red herring. Yasukuni causes outrage even more so because of its overall stance on the war. The enshrinement of the war criminals is merely one way in which that stance is manifested.

    The Yasukuni Shrine organization carries a lot of political weight in Japan. It and its Yushukan "museum" blatantly whitewash and glorify Japan's role in the war, while portraying Japan as a victim and denying atrocities committed by the IJA. The museum's website has "made statements criticizing the United States for 'forcing' Japan to attack the United States in order to justify war with Japan, as well as claiming that Japan went to war with the intention of creating a Co-Prosperity Sphere for all Asians." Also, the organization enshrines South Koreans, Taiwanese and others who served in the war, against the wishes of family members of those fallen soldiers.

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers, 2 ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

  • 4

    Sensato

    Decades ago I visited Yasukuni Shrine on surrender day. Back then, there were hoards of old veterans who had actually fought in the war dressed like these nationalistic cosplayers. It was an extremely creepy circus of uyoku ultra-nationalists, but interesting at the same time.

    Posted in: Back to the past

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