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    He will also visit a TV broadcaster and meet actors in a hit show dressed up as samurai and geisha

    Did I read that correctly? Prince William is going to dress up as a geisha (and a samurai)?? That should spice up the visit a bit.

    Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea

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    She enjoys the conversations she has with it, and thinks it far more convenient than a real puppy.

    Oh brother. It's a Brave New (creepy and dystopian) World of robot friends. This article neatly fits in with yesterday's piece on the "cute" Robobear caregiver robot (link below).

    It's hard to tell how much of this article is tongue in cheek, and how much these women's attachment to their 'pets' is real.

    In the meantime, I have my suspicions about our Roomba vacuum cleaner robot after the recent incident in South Korea where a woman was 'attacked' by hers.

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/japans-robear-strength-of-a-robot-face-of-a-bear#comment_1932369

    Posted in: In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death

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    the outflow of radiation from the plant is controlled by monitoring radiation levels in sea water, a Nuclear Regulation Agency official said.

    The quote above is obviously a direct translation of what the official said in Japanese, but it makes no sense neither in English nor in Japanese. Blatant obfuscation.

    I'd like to know how "monitoring radiation levels in sea water" is supposed to "control" the radiation outflow — I can monitor the heat of the sun all I want, but by monitoring it I am in no way controlling it.

    Posted in: Tainted water leaking into sea from roof of Fukushima plant

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    Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed.

    Ironically, making these caregiver robots cute has even more of a disconcerting, dystopian vibe than if they were designed to merely look like functional machines (kind of similar to the way clowns give some people the creeps).

    This dystopian element is particularly pronounced given Japan's deluge in recent years of media coverage about scientists working to create robots to replace human assistants for the elderly, babysitters and other caregivers, and even romantic interests and friends for the lonely — sometimes proposed as a means of dealing with Japan's shrinking and aging population, without resorting to immigration.

    Posted in: Robear: Strength of a robot, face of a bear

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    “The media did, in recent years, play a much more positive role in making people in power squirm. In the Abe era, they have begun pulling back,” said Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University’s Japan campus.

    In addition to the insightful quote by TU's Kingston here, with the exception of Temple, I sense that Japan's universities, academics and public education establishment have also significantly pulled back from any criticism of the government and are now much more inclined to support a jingoistic agenda and engage in denialism.

    Nowadays Temple University seems to be the only university in Japan willing to take a stand, while International Christian University, Sophia University and others have swung to the right.

    Posted in: Japanese media self-censorship grows under Abe

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    Considering how long match-fixing in Sumo was (or still is) the not-so-well-kept dirty little secret, one has to wonder just how much "hinkaku" the other sumo greats really had.

    @Joeintokyo

    Agree. I strongly suspect that 'hinkaku' is a euphemism among the sumo officials for how willing a wrestler is to toe the line and concede to throw a match now and then when 'asked' to do so.

    So what if the Mongolians have took over Sumo; the Japanese are welcomed and even given celebrity status in US baseball.

    @5petals

    Agree. Sumo will not be considered a real sport until the officiating body welcomes non-Japanese talent with open arms. As it now stands, it ranks just a couple notches above pro wrestling — dramatic theater with a sports component.

    Posted in: Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol

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    This story breaks my heart and infuriates me at the same time. RIP Ryota.

    Apparently Ryota had been enduring incidents of bullying by upperclassmen since the summer. The bullying intensified and he was brutally beaten in January (pictures here http://breaking-news.jp/2015/02/23/017406).

    Ryota moved to the Kawasaki area from Shimane Prefecture (Oki Islands) about 18 months ago.

    It is heartbreaking to imagine the suffering he went through in the months leading up to his death.

    Posted in: Police say burned clothing may belong to murdered Kawasaki boy

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    His victory prompted hand-wringing in sumo’s corridors of power as Mongolia’s stranglehold on the sport became official.

    Rather than hand-wringing, I would imagine it probably prompted an air-sucking-through-the-teeth response.

    Posted in: Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol

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    “By bringing together the wisdom, I want to write a new statement on how Japan can do more for the Asia-Pacific region and the world,” he added.

    These sorts of vague political-speak statements are a big pet peeve of mine. What specifically does "bringing together the wisdom" mean. I am guessing he is trying to convey that he will bring together/draw on the collective wisdom of the panel members.

    Anyway, I realize this is a direct translation, but even in Japanese the PM needs to be more specific.

    Posted in: Panel to meet on Abe's war apology statement

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    @Jimizo

    Sorry, slightly wrong link above. Here is the link specifically to the section in "A Public Betrayed" about Shukan Bunshun: http://goo.gl/YVmtHQ

    Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan

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    I am thankful to JT for posting this article because it informs the English-speaking community in Japan about prevalent attitudes in Japan and current after-hours topics of discussion, based on what many Japanese people are reading.

    This is a synopsis of an article published in Shukan Bunshun, which is fairly mainstream and considered somewhat respectable in Japan (it has no risque photos unlike nearly all other weeklies, targets middle-aged white-collar workers with reasonable incomes, features dignified 'New Yorker' style front covers, is found in many doctor's office waiting rooms, etc.). If interested, here is a good description of the weekly from the book "A Public Betrayed" about the Japanese media: http://goo.gl/7RAiux

    Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan

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    So what if they come to shop?

    @Pukey I fully agree. I for one am thrilled to have Japanese visitors in Honolulu when I am there. Likewise, I welcome the many visitors to Japan that are now here from China and elsewhere with open arms, whether they come here to shop, experience the culture, embark on adventure, or all of the above.

    There were many out and about in my local area today, pumping money into the economy and adding vibrancy to the area. In fact, my son mentioned it about an hour ago, and I told him about this article.

    Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan

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    Before even reading the comments the first thing that popped into my mind was Honolulu. Definitely a healthy dose of hypocrisy here.

    You could pretty much swap out every instance of 'Chinese' in this article and replace it with 'Japanese,' and the same for 'Osaka' and 'Honolulu.'

    Most tourists from Japan to Honolulu go there on Japanese tour group packages, fly in on Japanese airlines, stay in Japanese-owned hotels and ride around town on the ubiquitous JTB buses, shop in the recommended stores buying items from the Mappuru Hawaii magazine (http://goo.gl/QNJUKn) list of suggested purchases, with a Japanese tour guide never far out of reach.

    Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan

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    It's a vicious circle. Even most of Japan's 'good' universities regard their non-Japanese faculty as part of their contingent workforce.

    One particular highly-dedicated university teacher that I knew comes to mind — he was consumed by his job. He inspired his students and even got a top-notch computer-based learning center up and running (back in the day when that was still a rarity).

    Still, at a certain point the university decided he had been there long enough, basically on the grounds of "a rolling stone gathers no moss" (yet this didn't apply to the Japanese faculty). Anyway, letting him go visibly sapped the motivation and dedication of other members of the non-Japanese faculty.

    Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?

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    Great photo. I wish these young people the best. This has contemporary Japan written all over it.

    Not a single female face in the audience, and everyone is wearing their standard-issue job-hunting suit.

    If you are not familiar with the acceptable dress for Japan's fresh graduates in the job recruitment phase, here is a link to a Google image search for that: http://goo.gl/w5R47c

    Posted in: Pep rally for graduates

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    Board of education members cited falling national achievement test scores within the prefecture as the reason for resuming Saturday classes.

    ...because in Japan the standardized tests are the end-all and be all-of educational/life success. When will they ever learn?

    Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month

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    And weeks before firms report their quarterly financial results, the Nikkei rolls out figures that are so accurate they often beat analysts’ forecasts.

    This ought to make analysts' jobs easy, because simply parroting the Nikkei's releases will make them look good.

    Joking aside, some analysts in Japan obviously do this. Portions of the content of certain analyst reports verge on plagiarism, with some snippets that are word-for-word with Nikkei articles. Anyway, this piece by the AFP should help boost Nikkei sales somewhat.

    Posted in: Foreign complaints as Nikkei scoops Japan's inside line

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    Chancellor Merkel is my favorite leader of a nation. She brings talent and integrity to her position, possibly unmatched by any other world leader.

    I look forward to her visit to Japan, and hope something meaningful comes of it.

    Posted in: German Chancellor Merkel to visit Japan next month

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    “In official matches, the referee’s call is final, but at a pre-season camp, referees are learning too,” he added. “I’ve been enlightened.”

    I find this humility very refreshing, and often feel sorry for refs who are regularly scorned and rarely shown any gratitude.

    I've had to referee games a few times in my life (out of a sense of obligation), and not enjoyed the experience. Going to the dentist and have teeth pulled would be somewhat less unpleasant.

    Posted in: Controversial soccer ref says he is still learning the job

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