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    SumoBob

    @John-san,

    To what are you comparing Aussie cheese to; Japanese "natural cheese?" Give me a break. Also, many people prefer that their steaks taste like, oh I don't know.... beef. Rather than a mouthful of fat.

    Posted in: TPP negotiators agree on rules for six categories

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    SumoBob

    >The drone was made by major Chinese manufacturer DJI, other local reports said.

    Good grief, Japanese media. What on earth does the drone manufacturer have to do with this story, except for yet another chance to slander China by association?

    Posted in: Drone may have been on roof of PM's office for days

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    SumoBob

    @Gary Raynor

    I don't know what McDonalds you are eating at, but the quality and service here in Japan is bar none the best I've ever experienced, and I've eaten at my fair share in North America, Europe and other places. The size of the burgers is the same, the freshness is far superior and the burgers look exactly like they do in the poster. That's something that definitely can't be said for the US or Canada. The staff there just don't care.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan forecasts Y38 billion net loss for 2015

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    SumoBob

    The "Monde Selection" awards are not in any way a true series of awards. Companies pay to submit their products to the company, they are rated based on taste / quality and then given a "gold" "silver" or "bronze" rating which the product company can display on future packaging.

    Posted in: Fukushima bottled water wins Gold Quality Award in Monde Selection

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    SumoBob

    People need to stop qualifying the behavior of the restaurant (if the story happened as reported - and I have seen no evidence not to believe it) as being anything but discriminatory. A Japanese person was removed from one (prime) area of a restaurant and moved to the back. Then every other Asain was herded to the back of the restaurant while caucasian customers were allowed to sit where they liked. Qualifying this discriminatory behaviour with any sort of excuse "This happened to me in ___ country!" "Perhaps he was confused for a rude Chinese customer" or whatnot is just as wrong as the original event in question.

    Discrimination is discrimination, period. Whether the excuse is "Chinese tourists are noisy", "Greeks are lazy workers" or "Gaikokujin don't know bathing rules" are all used attempt justification for discriminatory behavior. And it needs to stop here. Call the behavior for what it is and stop its propagation straight out.

    Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel

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    SumoBob

    One has to wonder, "Why not before?" and "Why now?", especially with Abe and crew still visiting Yasakuni and talking about "modifying" the government's past war statements. Perhaps this might be a "tit for tat" deal between the countries, where Abe gets to address the joint congress and (at US insistence) provides an unequivocal apology to it's neighbours?

    One can hope.

    Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress

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    SumoBob

    This is a lovely (not) leap of faith here, to go from broken leg to "succumbing to pneumonia" a year and half later.

    But hey, sign me up in suing my former employer when letting me go from my job leads months later to me being hit by a bus while on my way to a job interview.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    SumoBob

    I understand that those who are young, bi-cultural Japanese tend not to think of the term "haafu" as that big of a deal, as it's something they can both identify with (being of two cultures and languages) along with the ability to cling to a label that may off certain advantages when living in Japan.

    That said, one must never forget that the word exists for a reason - simply put, because a majority of Japanese simply cannot understand nor accept that "being Japanese" is something inherently learned by one's surroundings (Japanese language, culture etc.). "Haafu" is simply the more politically correct word, replacing "konketsujin" and "ainoko" when they became too "kawaiiso." The fact that there is a word to differentiate between two Japanese, based only on the appearance of one (and only if your parent hailed from a non-mongoloid heritage) is as reprehensible as that fact that some Japanese still differentiate between Japanese and "dowa", or "same as Japanese" (the politically-correct term for the burakumin. "Same as Japanese?" If they were in your mind, why wouldthe word even BE created?

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    As a survivor of the 3/11 disaster I can assure people that the Self-defense forces were boots on the ground only hours after the tsunami hit. As were international rescuers within 36 hours. That aspect of disaster management at least was learned by government officials from the Kobe earthquake.

    Posted in: Sendai to host 5-day U.N. conference on reducing disaster risks

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    SumoBob

    Geez, what's with all the opposition politicians undermining the country's leadership these days. First it was the US Republican senators sending a condescending, treasonous warning letter to Iran and now this. Ridiculous.

    Posted in: Ex-PM Hatoyama defies Tokyo and visits Crimea

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    SumoBob

    What an incredible non-announcement by the national government. The title of the article should read:

    "Government to Set Up a New Amakudari Agency With No Powers to Regulate the Energy Industry. Business as Usual, Move Along, Move Along..."

    Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reform power sector

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    SumoBob

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he had resisted, but in the end accepted Nishikawa's resignation.

    Geez, it I had 10 yen for every time a prime minister said this tatamae line I could retire by now.

    Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions

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    SumoBob

    Kakuhido chairman Mark Waters told AFP. "Society is addicted to capitalism. People are profiting from it and we are here today to demonstrate our resistance to the love capitalists."

    I guess being a charisma man doesn't have as much mileage as it once did.

    Posted in: Killjoys demand end to Valentine's Day

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    SumoBob

    "The semi-autonomous locality has 217,000 residents, including nearly 10,000 foreigners." How is that even remotely relevant?

    @lucabrasi:

    It isn't, unless you think like a Japanese bureaucrat or conservative politician. "'Obviously' some foreigners living in Shibuya must be gay, and since both 'gay'(sic) and 'human rights' are foreign imports it's important to note the amount of foreign influence in the area that may have contributed to this decision. It can be said that kokusaika is desirable only when it conforms to social norms and doesn't cause meiwaku."

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    SumoBob

    A similar simulation is conducted each year at alternating zoos across Tokyo to remind staff members what to do in the event of a real animal escape. "In the event of a big earthquake, a tree could fall on a cage, or many other things could occur that may lead to an animal escape," said zoo director Yutaka Fukuda. "We think it is very important, and it is our responsibility to carry it out with seriousness."

    Sounds like the Ueno zoo story during the War all over again. In preparation for the likelihood of allied bombing of Tokyo, the kempeitai ordered the zoo to kill dozens of animals (by means of strangulation shooting and starvation) in order to protect people from escaping animals in the event of bombs landing in the zoo. Oddly, the likelihood that any animal cage being hit by bomb would almost certainly kill the animal in question did not seem to enter their minds.

    Posted in: Tokyo zoo stages fake snow leopard escape

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    SumoBob

    "Hmm.... The sensors are telling us that the staff aren't happy. Let's mandate a few after work meetings to get input from everybody on how to solve this dilemma."

    Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office

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    SumoBob

    Teachers will be tasked with encouraging students to think for themselves rather than just giving their opinions.

    Perhaps it's just a bad translation, but why on earth do they think that these two items are somehow mutually exclusive of each other.

    Posted in: Gov't releases guidelines for moral education

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    SumoBob

    A certain manufacturer in Berlin was the source to appeal to. It had what was required, but there was one problem: the device had not been approved for use in Japan, though in wide use overseas. Japan's notorious laggardness with respect to approving new medical products has spawned a neologism - "device lag." Actually, as Shukan Post (Feb 6) tells the story, the government's foot-dragging in his case is not entirely groundless. The operation involved is risky, with a 20% failure rate.

    For anyone who has lived in Japan for any length of time will know the reason why the artificial heart was not approved for the Japanese market; because no Japanese medical manufacturer has yet come up with a domestic model so that they don't have to import foreign companies' products and lose market share. In the meantime, children unnecessarily die.

    And 20% failure rate? Another way of saying that would be 80% success rate. For an infant who will die anyway an 80% chance of survival could in no way be considered "risky" except by those in the medical community here who have vested interests and making sure they control the market.

    Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter

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    SumoBob

    So in other words, very little will be done. First off, we have yet another new government agency that will "oversee" this problem. In other words, some ex-MITI bureaucrat will get himself a nice cushy amakudari job. The number of companies that can exploit these workers will increase from previously and contracts will be extended, which will benefit the employer more than the employee.

    Finally we have this:

    To deal with cases of abuse, the agency will examine contracts between employers and agencies that arrange for foreign trainees to come to Japan. If violations are found, the agency will face the loss of its license.

    So this new agency will examine the "contract" of a worker complaining of doing 40 hours over the extra overtime a week. But as everyone can see, the "contract" clearly states the worker shall only work a maximum of 35 hours a week. So since the "contract" is within legal guidelines it's "Nothing to see here, move along."

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten controls on foreign trainee program

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    SumoBob

    By last Friday morning, with just hours remaining before the ransom deadline, officials had not established contact with Islamic State captors and did not know where the Japanese were being held, a senior official said.

    It's obvious the government is more than a bit out of it's element. Perhaps the ineptitude is due to government officials attempting to negotiate assistance from gaikokujin while trying to locate their citizens in "gaikoku" that has led to the lack of a focused effort.

    Posted in: Hostage crisis trips up Japan as it seeks global security role

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