Sensato's past comments

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    Sensato

    The original article had the sentence "我々日本人は、世界有数の「ケチ民族」だという。" which is translated here as "“Japanese are among the stingiest people in the world," with the word "kechi" (ケチ) translated as "stingy." But, given the article's content, I might argue that a better translation would have been "Japanese are among the pettiest people in the world."

    "Kechi" is one of those words with a very broad meaning that is not always readily captured in a single English word, and the J-E dictionary gives dozens of English words as possible translations for it.

    So, this article is referring to much more than stinginess in terms of a person's unwillingness to share time/possessions/money/resources. It also refers to "kechi" in terms of pettiness, anal retentiveness, and just an overall nit-picky attitude.

    Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist

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    Sensato

    According to police, the girl, an unemployed resident of Niigata City’s Higashi Ward

    The media in Japan invariably report whether or not perpetrators are employed. You would think unemployment itself is a crime in this country.

    It's particularly strange in this case where the perpetrator is 17, and her employment status has nothing whatsoever to do with the story.

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn infant

  • 0

    Sensato

    @Mick_Hardwick

    I hope you realize that The Japan Wanko is satire — a Japan-oriented version of The Onion.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

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    Sensato

    Bob Sapp is one of my favorite celebrities on Japanese TV, and he conveys a positive image of the foreign community in Japan.

    He comes across as intelligent, gracious and down to earth, and he seems to enjoy the different roles he plays.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

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    Sensato

    I was surprised to read it, but apparently people climb Mount St. Helens year round. It is a 7 to 11 hour round-trip hike, and can be completed by beginners.

    Here is the U.S. Forest Service website on the hike: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mountsthelens/home/?cid=stelprdb5144806

    Posted in: Remains found on Mount St Helens identified as Japanese hiker

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    Sensato

    My local supermarket in Japan is an utter madhouse, with narrow isles and numerous store workers constantly scrambling from point A to point B in the process of stocking shelves and other duties.

    I've noticed that most often the workers' loud hollering of "irrashaimase" is used as a way of getting shoppers to clear the way as they pass by. They frequently come right up behind shoppers and do this. Nearly every time it happens to me I almost jump out of my skin.

    The constant high-decibel bellowing (and sometimes loud, obnoxious music) really stresses me out, and has caused me to cut my shopping trip and spending short at many stores.

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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    Sensato

    On Aug 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender on the radio, the first time the general public had ever heard his voice as he had been considered to be almost divine.

    The Emperor Hirohito's speech given on that day is known as the Gyokuon Hoso (玉音放送). As a child, before I ever knew anything about Japan I remember hearing the most famous line from that speech where he said that with the surrender the people of Japan would have to "endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable" (堪へ難きを堪へ、忍ひ難きを忍ひ in his words, or 私はこれから耐え難いことを耐え、忍び難いことを忍んで in modern Japanese).

    I have always found that line ironic, because the Japanese people had been suffering the insufferable during the war, but the surrender has brought decades of peace and more prosperity than Japan has ever known.

    Posted in: Abe pledges Japan's commitment to world peace

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    Sensato

    Japan's foremost trump card over the near term will be the reallocation of Government Pension Investment Fund money from JGBs to foreign/Japanese equities. As I understand it, the GPIF will announce the new fund allocation plan for January sometime in or after September, and other smaller pension funds will likely follow suit.

    Large sums of pension fund yen will be converted to dollars which will weaken the yen and drive up profits for Japanese exporters. This will buoy the Nikkei, and hopefully drive some economic growth.

    Posted in: Japan heads for third quarter rebound but pressure on BOJ, Abe may build

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    Sensato

    Francis called on South Korean Christians to combat “the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife” and to “reject inhuman economic models.”

    This is such a breath of fresh air in contrast to so many other evangelical religious leaders and prior popes.

    Posted in: Pope warns of 'cancer' of despair in S Korea sermon

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    Sensato

    People worship for peace there...

    @SamuraiBlue

    Some people may visit Yasukuni to pray for peace, but obviously the types pictured carrying (replica) guns and swords go for quite the opposite reason.

    Posted in: Out of date

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    Sensato

    eh?? no photo of Yamamoto shaved head

    @Bad2Dbone

    Here is the photo: http://jto.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/n-ishin-a-20140813.jpg

    Posted in: Osaka assemblyman in hot water for intimidating children via Line app

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    Sensato

    Sony said Wednesday that global sales of its newest PlayStation have surged past the 10 million mark in less than a year, a record for the Japanese electronics giant.

    Great news for Sony, and it is such a relief to hear of a home-run product once again emerging from them.

    The Sony Walkman was the iPad of the 1980s, one of those 'must-have' devices that everyone was talking about. I still have fond memories of Sony from that era when the company and its products seemed miles ahead of the competition.

    Posted in: Sony PS4 sales surge past record 10 million mark

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    Sensato

    As the 69th anniversary of the war’s end approaches on Friday, so too does an annual pilgrimage by Japanese politicians to Yasukuni shrine.

    Yasukuni will be a zoo tomorrow (Friday, August 15), particularly if Abe should decide to make the pilgrimage. If you are heading into central Tokyo, be forewarned.

    I visited the shrine on August 15th some years ago now. I remember there being lots of ultra-nationalist sound trucks, blaring militarist anthems, and a few very old vets along with younger right wingers wearing Japanese imperial uniforms. The experience was a bit unnerving, and significantly changed my perception of Japan.

    Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

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    Sensato

    His predatory behavior bears all the hallmarks of a pedophile. Then to top it off, he expresses dissatisfaction with his punishment. Shameless.

    And still to think, Nippon Ishin no Kai party officials expressed their willingness to "consider Yamamoto's appeal."

    Posted in: Osaka assemblyman in hot water for intimidating children via Line app

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    Sensato

    “When they are outside, we want them to be aware that it might not be totally safe,” Fujiwara told Kyodo news agency. “In the athletes’ village, we want them to wear the official Japan tracksuit, but in the city normal clothes are fine.”

    I can understand why Fujiwara told the athletes not to wear their uniforms in public, but I wonder why in the world he felt the need to report that to the media.

    I would guess it was an off-the-cuff remark on his part, still I wish he been a bit more discreet and diplomatic by not even mentioning it in the first place. This obviously is not a major issue as far as Japan-China diplomatic relations go, but still...

    Posted in: Japan's youth Olympians told to keep low profile in China

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    Sensato

    It seems like very sound advice given the current state of bilateral relations.

    Likewise, I am sure that young Chinese athletes visiting Japan would be given similar advice.

    Posted in: Japan's youth Olympians told to keep low profile in China

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    Sensato

    If someone is intent on jumping in front of a train, the barriers are unlikely to stop him/her.

    @John Becker

    I slightly disagree.

    Although barriers obviously wouldn't eliminate these incidents altogether, they would reduce the numbers somewhat — particularly those suicide attempts that are not premeditated but are made at the spur of the moment.

    Posted in: 2 men jump to deaths from train platform in Tokyo

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    Sensato

    Fuji Rock looks like an exciting Woodstock-like experience -- and not a smartphone to be seen in any of the event photos. (Maybe the site does not have cell phone access.)

    Here is a link to a Google image search of "Fuji Rock": http://goo.gl/awSi6z

    Posted in: The fans here are more genuine and very enthusiastic. Whereas, you play in LA or New York or London, people are really jaded. Everyone’s on their phone.

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    Sensato

    Just when I thought I'd heard them all. Japan's seemingly endless list of bizarre, ultra-niche perversions never ceases to amaze me. What is it about this country that makes it such a hotbed of off-the-wall, "only-in-Japan" erotic obsessions?

    Anyway, file this one under the attaching-panties-to-cars-of-unsuspecting-women fetish.

    Posted in: Wakayama man arrested for attaching underwear to cars of women he doesn’t know

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    Sensato

    Where did you get this story from?

    @ReformedBasher

    Here is the report on TV Asahi: http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000032078.html

    This particular news report said that his phone touched her legs (足に当たった). It didn't say anything about the phone touching her buttocks.

    Posted in: SDF pilot arrested for taking photos up girl's skirt at train station

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