Sensato's past comments

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    Sensato

    Heres a little experiement to the fine liberals of JT, reread jerseyboy's comment but replace the word "Japanese" with "Jew" or "Black". Would you still be stroking your neckbeards and nodding along to it?

    @innit

    Apples and oranges comparison. "Japanese" is a nationality, not a religion, not a race. You could replace the word "Japanese" with another nationality and it may still ring true.

    Posted in: The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.

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    Sensato

    Cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees were planted after World War II to aid rebuilding

    And the problem is that owners of these forests for the most part refuse to cut down those trees and replace them with slower-growing trees native to the area that produce much less pollen.

    A large percentage of the Japanese population suffers from severe pollen allergies because of this, it is a wonder there is not more outrage against the owners of these forests.

    Posted in: This year's pollen levels expected to be twice as high as last year

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    Sensato

    The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people.

    Why would this sort of hostage crisis be any less emotionally disturbing for a non-conformist society? It seems like a load of nonsense.

    This kind of "Japan is special, Japan is different" take on world events really gets under my skin, but I suppose that is the Reischauer Center's bread and butter.

    Posted in: The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.

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    Sensato

    Her boss was a tyrant....but her resistance weakened and finally cracked. The world was just too “unreasonable” to cope with. She withdrew from it, and has never rejoined it.

    More often than not women in Japan are afforded the choice of opting out of the workforce when the going gets tough. This is not a choice this woman's Japanese husband would be likely to have if he were pitted against a tyrannical boss.

    Given their lack of choices, it is much more often the men in Japan that "lead lives of quiet desperation." They are by and large stuck with their lot in life. Career/job changes are highly discouraged, lose contact with the children in the event of divorce — no reset button, no getting off the escalator, a bleak existence for many.

    Posted in: Housewives going crazy home alone all day behind facade of normal life

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    Sensato

    It's like a bad joke of Soviet agricultural planning.

    @Jeff I agree. And the same thing goes with butter. The local stores here in Japan are chronically out of it, and what they do sell is many times the price of butter in other developed economies.

    Posted in: KFC Japan runs out of french fries due to U.S. industrial dispute

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    Sensato

    I watched a Japanese documentary (NHK?) on the Yamba Dam project sometime after work was halted in 2009. In the documentary they interviewed some older women who lived in the proximity of the project. Apparently, when the project got started the women were out with placards protesting against the project, but as soon as the project was halted they did a flip-flop and were suddenly protesting against suspension of the project.

    I had to laugh (and roll my eyes), because the women seemed oblivious to the irony of having made about-face when interviewed about their change of heart.

    Posted in: Construction of controversial Yamba dam resumes

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    Sensato

    I wish they would do something about those cyclist riding on often-crowded sidewalks who, silently, come right up behind pedestrians and then suddenly ring their bell incessantly. This has happened to me many times, and I jump out of my skin every time.

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding

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    Sensato

    That was a stupid move on his part, one that will ruin his career. His name is already posted in cyberspace given that it is not very hard to pick him out of the lineup of Taisho University's 55 year old IT adjunct faculty.

    As for her, that was a very vindictive thing to do. I hope at some point she regrets the harm she has caused. Still, once her name is out in cyberspace, which will invariably happen, this incident will clearly do damage to her future prospects as well.

    Posted in: University lecturer found naked on campus in Tokyo

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    Sensato

    There is ample testimony that the Japanese military directly set up military brothels, or "comfort stations." For instance, former PM Nakasone (PM from 1982 to 1987) wrote about his involvement in setting up a military brothel in his 1978 memoir, “Commander of 3,000 Men at Age 23” (23歳で3000人の男たちの司令官). He seems like a very credible source.

    There is also ample evidence that many (not all) comfort women were forced to act as prostitutes. The Dutch government concluded a report in 1993 which found that of the 300 Dutch women who worked as comfort women at least 65 were "most certainly forced into prostitution."

    Clearly, not all of the comfort women were sex slaves, but many were. Also, not all of the comfort women were recruited by the Japanese military, but many were. I think it is important that textbook authors and journalists make those distinctions clear for the sake of accuracy and to avoid fueling arguments of Japan's denial camp.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    Sensato

    What is a welfare worker?

    Posted in: Man arrested for stomping on 11-year-old boy, breaking his leg

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    Sensato

    there seems to be few if any reporters investigating the industrial practices of corporate Japan overseas.

    @ warispeace

    Your comment piqued my interest, so I did a Google news search on the terms "SACOM" and "ユニクロ" (Uniqulo). There were only a small number of Japanese-language articles on this, and not a single one by a major Japanese media outlet.

    Posted in: Uniqlo under fire for dealing with Chinese factories accused of putting workers at risk

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    Sensato

    The approach of this 'clinic' is dysfunctional and very disturbing — obsessive to the point of being sociopathic with respect to warping young minds. I pity the kids whose parents buy into this misguided entrance exam mentality.

    Posted in: Entrance exams: How parents ruin their kids' chances with misguided 'support'

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    Sensato

    What a moron.

    I can't believe the police are planning on only charging this dimwit with obstruction of business, which I think is a misdemeanor. It seems like a light sentence for a crime geared toward potentially causing physical injury.

    I would think a felony somewhere along the lines of reckless endangerment for this sort of product tampering would bring a much heavier, and more appropriate, sentence.

    Posted in: Police investigate online prank video taken in supermarket

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    Sensato

    Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

    Headline suggestion for a follow-up article: [French/Italian/Indian/Thai/Hawaiian/Other] Restaurants Are Springing Up all over Japan — Most of Them Fake

    Joking aside, I don't necessarily mind if a restaurant is completely authentic, just so the ingredients are fresh and the food is good. In Japan I find that many chefs who are Japanese nationals put a refreshing and localized spin on food from other countries, resulting in some surprisingly adventurous and creative dishes.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

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    Sensato

    I think people forget that here in Japan there are a lot of earthquake and tsunami warnings and alarms.

    @Gerard

    I agree. In Japan, people are continually inundated with warning announcements of all types of supposedly impending 'dangers', and consequently become desensitized to them to the point where even valid warnings become nothing more than clamor and background noise.

    These people on the Miyagi Pref. coast had been exposed to decades — lifetimes — of false warnings, which combined with a false sense of security that the huge investment in pubic works seawalls would protect them. Plus, from what I saw on the many tsunami videos, the alerts sounded by fire departments and local authorities were the regularly-used scripted and fairly run of the mill tsunami danger warnings, with nothing to indicate that this time it was the "real thing".

    Posted in: Miyagi driving school ordered to pay damages over students' tsunami deaths

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    Sensato

    It is pretty obvious that the military regimes and governments of Japan-China-S. Korea are trying to drum up support from their constituents for increased military spending by building up public animosity against one another and manufacturing mutual threats. I just hope it doesn't escalate out of their control.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    Sensato

    The Nikkei has actually fallen today on this news.

    My guess is that the prospect of higher repatriated investment returns and lower yen outflows on falling fuel prices translates to a stronger yen, which is bad for exports.

    Posted in: Japan posts 5th straight current account surplus in November

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    Sensato

    My childrens' daycare had a full time nutritionist on staff, and the children even grew vegetables in the facility's garden which were used in their meals several times a year. In Japanese elementary school they even integrated the school lunches into the nutrition curriculum to build awareness about healthy eating.

    Later, when my children went to an elementary school in the U.S. we were shocked by how unhealthy the lunches invariably were, and barely edible on some days.

    There's always room for improvement, but overall I am very impressed with Japan's school lunch program.

    Posted in: A brief history of the evolution of Japanese school lunches

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    Sensato

    On November 7, JOC international relations director Yasuhiro Nakamori said that Tomita had been "identified from the security [surveillance camera] videos by a JOC official and from the pictures seen putting the camera into the bag," according to the AFP.

    On the same day, PR director Nakamori also said that the only way Tomita's 18-month ban could be reduced would be if the ruling was overturned in a Korean court.

    Posted in: Swimmer Tomita appears in S Korean court on camera theft charge

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