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    Sensato

    How do you say “damage control” in Japanese?

    I realize that is intended as a rhetorical question but here it is...

    Both "dameji controru" (ダメージコントロール) and "higai taisaku" (被害対策) are in frequent use.

    Posted in: 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis

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    Bill Maher just posted this comment: "Is that all it takes - an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 - to throw free expression under the bus? And btw the movie is one of the funniest I've seen in a long time."

    I will definitely be watching this once it is released online.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Sensato

    Here are the top 10 search terms in Japan from January 1 to July 30, 2014, according to one website (as translated from Japanese):

    1. World Cup, 2. Sochi Olympics, 3. Yuzuru Hanyu (Ice Skater) 4. Haruko Obokata (Biologist) 5. Yokai Watch (Computer Game) 6. Ayaka Shiomura (Politician) 7. Nonomura Ryutaro (Politician) 8. Malaysia Airlines 9. Kanna Hashimoto (Singer) 10. Aska (Singer).

    Posted in: The 10 fastest-rising search requests on Google

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    Sensato

    There are 23 comments on this thread so far, and not even one expresses regret that he is stepping down. Ha. (The trolls must be sleeping today.)

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

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    Sensato

    The world is now a safer place. Good riddance.

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

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    The conservative leader has also said he wants reforms to education that would instill patriotism in schoolchildren and urges a more sympathetic retelling of Japan’s wartime misdeeds.

    That is the part that scares me most.

    Already, Japanese school children spend a lot of time learning about how Japanese people suffered during the war at the hands of others, particularly with respect to the Atomic bombings. The purpose is presumably to teach them the horrors of war, but it also creates in the Japanese population a type of 'patriotism' fueled by a persecution complex that makes them resentful and fearful of outsiders. They are largely taught a 'Barefoot Gen' version of the war, where almost the entire population of Japan played the role of good-natured, hapless, well-intentioned victims (not perpetrators) led blindly down the path of war.

    It is important that they learn how Japanese people suffered (as they now learn), but they also need to learn how Japanese people caused suffering, both to other Japanese people and to those of other nations. For instance, I chaperoned a group of Japanese jhs/hs-aged students to listen to a woman talk about her experience as a child in wartime Japan. She told them of her memories of the wartime Kempeitai (the equivalent of Japan's Gestapo) whose inhumane tactics instilled terror into the Japanese people and ensured their fearful obedience — and not a single student in the group had ever heard of the Kempeitai.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    One of my biggest Japanese television pet peeves is most (not all) of the nation's current events panel-based discussion programming. The shows are presumably meant to tackle serious national/world issues but feature panels that combine 'experts' with one cross-dresser or other outlandish/funny guy type wearing an absurd outfit for comic relief and/or a clueless-acting female 'tarento' (celebrity) type whose role is to seem utterly impressed by whatever she hears (invariably there is one 20-something woman in the role of student awed by the all-knowing experts).

    The odd variety of guests in these panels is obviously the result of misguided producers seeking to capture a wider audience, and also to create a diversity of guests and opinions in a country that lacks diversity, but please...

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    I'm amazed that the courts decided to let this go to trial. This makes the nation of South Korea look very backward to the rest of the advanced economies.

    Until now, I had now idea the South Korean government is so oppressive, and would have expected this sort of outcome from North Korea, but not South Korea.

    Posted in: S Korean activist slams Japanese journalist in court

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    ...it’s either too weird, too predictable or too obnoxious

    All of the above.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Sensato

    I was very impressed at how skillfully the Australian police handled the hostage crisis using appropriate tactics, as opposed to over-the-top, combat-grade force as would have been the case in the U.S. Plus, they very competently navigated their interactions with the media.

    The Australian media was also very professional in reporting the story without over-sensationalizing as would have been the case if the incident had been in the U.S.

    Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe

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    Sensato

    The final count is not in yet, but most certainly Abe and the ruling coalition have captured a super majority of the lower house (2/3+ of the seats). Few predicted the ruling camp would win such a large proportion of LH seats, and it means Abe can revise the constitution, restart nuclear plants, raise taxes or push through any legislation he so desires. Japan according to Abe.

    The yen will considerably fall today and the Nikkei will gain. I'm dreading the coming years under Abe's notion of a "beautiful Japan."

    Anyway, just curious, but does anyone know when the last time was that a ruling party in Japan held a super majority of the lower house?

    Posted in: Abe says economy is No. 1 priority as ruling coalition wins big

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    My local grocery store gets shipments of butter twice a month, which sells out pretty much on the day it is put on the shelf. This has been going on for months now.

    Posted in: Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

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    @WA4TKG

    Many years ago now a girl that I taught who was in the 9th grade did the same thing. Like you, the experience haunted me, and still does to this day. Because I was full-time faculty at the time I helped at the funeral. Many hundreds of her classmates came to pay their respects. I cried like a baby — and I have cried only a handful of times during adulthood.

    The thing is, it wasn't reported by the media, and the student body and part-time teachers were told is was an 'accident.' I felt obligated to stick with the story. I think to save face for the family the incident was officially recorded as an accident.

    Posted in: Woman dies after being hit by train in Kanagawa

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    Sensato

    There's enough negativity and unpleasantness on FB already, without giving people outright permission to behave so.

    @Maria

    That is definitely a strong argument for not having a dislike button on FB.

    Along the same lines, maybe it would be better if Japan Today were to stick with only the "Good" thumbs-up option and eliminate the thumbs-down selection.

    Posted in: Facebook doesn't like the idea of a 'dislike' button

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    Sensato

    Fitch Ratings on Tuesday placed Japan’s sovereign credit on Rating Watch Negative, warning that the delay in raising consumption tax would put the government’s objective of reducing the national debt at risk.

    This is really a catch-22, in that Japan's national debt is put at risk if the government raises the sales tax, but the debt could potentially worsen even more if the government opts against the hike.

    Fitch obviously reckons that a higher tax rate will mean more tax revenue. Still, tax hikes and other austerity measures have made debt problems even worse in many EU countries.

    In Japan, a sales tax increase could mean an ongoing vicious circle of increasingly less spending further dampening the economy — which would ironically mean less revenue from a tax hike coupled with a need for higher government expenditures. In my opinion, putting off the tax hike was the right move.

    Posted in: Fitch places Japan credit on Rating Watch Negative

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    Sensato

    Korean Air Lines Co. said Tuesday it was “natural” for Cho to fault crew’s ignorance of procedures.

    Cho Hyun-ah should be released from KAL immediately — but instead the airline stood behind her, as is apparent from the quote above. Moreover, the captain neglected to fulfill his role in ensuring passenger safety by booting Cho Hyun-ah from the plane (obviously he was intimidated by her). I won't be flying KAL, where nepotism trumps common sense. No wonder they have safety issues.

    Cho Hyun-ah made a scene, caused a flight delay, and possibly compromised the safety of everyone on board the plane. Those are major transgressions far in excess of the flight attendant's serving bagged nuts. She is obviously incompetent, and should be swiftly fired from the company.

    Posted in: Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first class spat

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    “We used to demand an apology in general terms. But this is the first time a Chinese NGO has specifically demanded the Japanese government apologize for the 300,000 victims of the Nanjing massacre,”

    I completely agree with @NZ2011 in that Japan should more sincerely deal with its past, but this notion of demanding an apology is just plain odd. It is fully inappropriate to demand an apology, whether in the diplomatic realm or in personal relationships.

    Clearly, this demand for an apology is a thinly-veiled attempt by the PRC to rally the Chinese public against a common enemy to divert their attention away from issues at home. With their economy increasingly faltering, the PRC is obviously running scared of a potential uprising at home.

    Also, the PRC has a laundry list of massacres and killings in the post-WWII period alone that eclipse Japan's wartime record, with 49 million plus victims from atrocities that included Mao's Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, the PRC's invasion of Tibet. And this is not to mention the PRC's ongoing territorial disputes with nearly every one of its neighbors.

    Posted in: Chinese NGO wants Japan apology for 1937 massacre

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    This follows another gaffe by Aso just two days ago (allegedly), as reported by the WSJ:

    a media report Saturday said Finance Minister Taro Aso remarked during the campaign that companies that weren't making money were either unlucky or incompetent.

    Posted in: Gaffe-prone Aso criticizes women who don't give birth

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    Sensato

    he did not 'criticise women who don't give birth'

    @cleo

    I may be splitting hairs here, but I think Aso did refer specifically (although somewhat indirectly) to women rather than men because he was talking about giving birth with his used the word "umu" (産む) . The Kenkyusha dictionary defines the word as "子や卵を、母体から出す。" ([the act of] a mother's body releasing a child or an egg). So the word means either 'bear [a child]' or 'lay [an egg].' (男性は、子どもを産むことが出来ません。)

    男性は、子どもを産むことが出来ません

    Posted in: Gaffe-prone Aso criticizes women who don't give birth

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    Sensato

    right after World War II there was a surge in amphetamine use between 1946 and 1955

    Japan is the birthplace of methamphetamine, which was first synthesized here in 1893 by chemist Nagayoshi Nagai. Later, crystal meth was first synthesized by Akira Ogata in 1919.

    During WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army issued it to its soldiers, resulting in many who were addicted to it in the early post-war years. Japanese crime figures for the late 1940s show 'hiropon'-related crime (Japanese transliteration of 'Philopon' the former brand-name of methamphetamine) as the nations most prevalent crime statistic.

    Posted in: In Hokkaido there’s weed everywhere, but not a drop to smoke

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