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    SumoBob

    I'm surprised they passed up the chance to malign the "nanking mame" (ie. peanuts) from China during setsubun that children usually eat. A far more popular legume in Japanese households during this event.

    Posted in: Authorities warn parents of Setsubun soybean choking risks for children

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    SumoBob

    New headline:

    "The world tells U.N. it has found no evidence of Japan being able to act like a responsible country"

    Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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    SumoBob

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    What has Narita Airport Corporation to do with the entrance denial decision of the Immigration Dept.?

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    Because it's hard to DDOS fax machines and email printouts stored in paper binders that is the norm in a Japanese government office.

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    SumoBob

    Utrack "I do not see where there is a crime really..... I think a textbook should be reviewed prior to printing by teachers who would most likely use the textbook" . I agree. The only crime here is Monkasho's chokehold racket the textbook approval.

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    SumoBob

    Nagatacho sounds about right.

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    SumoBob

    "According to officials, the increased estimate is a reflection of soaring costs that include increased terror countermeasures. When pressed further, they admitted that the increased 'costs' were actually projected lost revenue due to the Japan Olympic Committee's new terror countermeasure plan which involves prohibiting any foreigners from entering Japan while the Games are being held."

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    SumoBob

    For the love of god, English media in Japan, stop calling the dish "beef bowl." It's completely nonsensical to use the literal translation. "A bowl made of beef?", tourists will say. Gyudon is gyudon in English, as is sushi, miso, onigiri, tsunami, karaoke and countless other dishes. They are perfectly logical Japanese gairaigo.

    Posted in: What does 3 months of Yoshinoya beef bowls do to your body? Medical study announces results

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    SumoBob

    Seems these Japanese business scandals keep piling up.

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    SumoBob

    Of course, the real problem here is the fact that the ministry officials were cut out of the process. Getting wined and dined at expensive restaurants for discussions with publishing companies is a Ministry perk.

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    SumoBob

    Tax more, but designate the funds to be used exclusively for weaning people off tobacco.

    Smoking is a habit that I hope some day may come to an end. But unlike other things (fatty foods, alcohol consumption) that may harm the body, smoke from cigarettes directly affects other people's health with negative consequences. To quote someone a while back, "No one ever died from a second-hand pat of butter.", and that, is the difference.

    Posted in: A tax raise of 1 yen per cigarette could generate more than 100 billion yen.

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    SumoBob

    "Now Abey, Abey don't you give me My Number,

    'Cause I'm not anywhere that you can find me..."

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    SumoBob

    This design makes a lot of sensu.

    Posted in: Folding fan emblem proposed for 2020 Olympics soars in popularity

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    SumoBob

    Suspicion among Abe’s critics that the proposed legislation to ease limits on the military is a step toward gutting not only the charter’s pacifist Article 9, but basic principles such as respect for human rights.

    This is a laugh. There is no "suspicion". The fact that the LDP wants to gut the constitution is right on their homepage.

    Among the most egregious revisions:

    Changing Article 97 (fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all time inviolate) to an imposed set of "duties" (The people must respect the national flag, national anthem, and this Constitution.).

    Eliminating a constitutional provision forbidding the appropriation of public funds **"for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association." **

    Freedom of speech would be curtailed: "engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized."

    Allow the prime minister's cabinet to inact law without the Diet: "The Cabinet may enact cabinet orders having the same effect as laws," and all persons must comply with the directives of national or other public institutions.")

    What many Japanese realize is that the constitution was written for them, the regular people by transforming the country from a militaristic, theocratic autocracy where the average Japanese had little to no say over their lot in life into a (somewhat) democratic system of equality and individual rights. And for those who lost power (ie. the samurai families, royalty and business oligarchs) have been quietly seething ever since, for they truly don't believe in individual rights and liberties. They want to bring back the old days, when the people knew their place and did what they were told. And if the people of Japan aren't more proactive about it, the old boys may just get their wish.

    Posted in: Security bill debate masks deeper divide over pacifist constitution

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    SumoBob

    Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters of railway systems.

    Said without the slightest hint of irony. Eric Lomax must be rolling over in his grave.

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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    SumoBob

    **Kagemusha **wrote: In a perfect world this would be great, but in the real world it would be telling a person that they should never lock their doors, leave all their windows open, not have a security system, or any security measures whatsoever...without their neighbors doing the same. It's just silly. Even having the JSDF as it is in in opposition to this clause and this clause is likely the clause that people are jumping on now as well.

    You've got the right idea, but your comparison is a bit off. The Japanese constitution has never banned defense of the country, only the right to wage aggression and war on other countries.

    So your analogy should be along the lines of:

    In the real world article 9 would be telling a person that they should never take their gun out of their home, never enter another's yard without permission nor with offensive weapons of any kind ,nor spy on one's neighbors in an effort to ascertain their wealth and worldly goods lest one begin to covet what isn't yours.

    Sounds like a world I'd like to live in. It's also something that was attempted in 1928 (and signed by a great many countries at the time) with the Kellogg–Briand Pact. The UN charter also has a provision banning countries from the threat or use of force.

    Posted in: Constitutional questions grow over Abe's military plans

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    SumoBob

    This latest ore ore scam is going to the a ore mine.

    Posted in: 183 bogus phone calls over pension data leak reported

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    SumoBob

    Disillusioned wrote: Nessy, the results show that, populations have returned to around 50-60% of what they were 200 years ago. Some species are more and some are less. However, there is no proof that the populations could be sustained if commercial whaling was resumed and resumed for which countries. Why should one country have sole rights of exploitation for profit over whales when many other countries are against the slaughter of them and use whale-watching as a lucrative alternative to slaughtering them? Furthermore, if you want to talk data, there is proof that there is no market for the meat of large scale slaughter of the whales.

    This.

    The question about resuming commercial whaling is:

    A) who gets to benefit if it's allowed again? Because for sure all former whaling nations can't take up the practice again and keep whales sustainable, and

    B) Where is the demand for whale products coming from? Don't need whale blubber for oil anymore. For cosmetics? For a smattering of oyaji who still remember and enjoy the taste of whale meat during the post-war lean years?

    Those are tough sells to the international community to allowed to slaughter large, intelligent mammals indiscriminately.

    The bottom line for commercial whaling is, there just isn't any demand to justify it anymore. Full stop.

    Posted in: U.S. high court won't hear appeal over anti-whaling campaign

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    SumoBob

    A ministry spokesperson said the data only highlights the urgency that the government must deal with the very real issue of the population decline.

    Ha. Just love these Minister types spouting obvious government platitudes. Must deal with this situation urgently? Since the mid-1990s everyone with any kind of expertise including the United Nations has been screaming at the government to deal with this situation urgently. But as we all know now it's too late to deal with the situation and have any hope of reversing what will be a long, destructive decline of this country's wealth and prestige. It's not that the population is dropping by 240,000 as much as the population is now aging at a rate that will mean 40 percent of the population will be over the age of 65 within the next 25 years. That is the crisis the country faces.

    As for the issue of overcrowding in Japan,that is a completely man-made issue. Japan Inc., very purposely to consolidate power made business and industry focused on the Tokyo area, such that more than one quarter of the population now lives there. Get out of Tokyo and you'll see land as far as the eye can see. Where I live the population density is 17 people per square kilometer. If the government would share the wealth by spreading out business and industry centers throughout the country you'd see the problem go away.

    Posted in: Japan's population continues to decline in 2014

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    SumoBob

    What a great way to fix the pension crisis! The system is 'hacked' (still using Winny are we, public servants?) which leads to, "We're sorry, it seems someone else has already claimed your pension." for millions of retirees.

    Posted in: Japan pension system hacked; 1.25 mil cases of personal data leaked

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    SumoBob

    Hear, hear, smithinjapan and HongoTAFEinmate.

    Japan can cry me a river for it's whiny complaints about being subject to exactly the same non-tariff trade barriers they've subjected the world to for decades. Except in this case, the concerns are actually deserved (Japan Inc. having incompetently blown up a nuclear reactor, poisoning half a prefecture and a good chunk of the ocean). You'll just have to expect the world has no reason to trust Japan's word on safety over this matter.

    Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

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