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    Tamarama

    Killer painting.

    Posted in: China diplomacy

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    God, that must be one of the most bizarre meetings you could possibly be involved in. There is no way they are going to be transparent and honest about it. It would be like sitting in a meeting and negotiating with characters from a parallel universe. North Korea and it's regime are certifiable. I can't see Japan getting what it wants here.

    Posted in: Japan, N Korea hold 2nd day of abduction talks

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    Strangerland

    I think that it an element of truth in some of what you've said, the problem is of course, that generalisations don't account for all stories, so I was reflecting on your post in relation to the people I know who date/are married to Japanese Men/women, and truly, each pairing is different, and not so easily squeezed into these boxes.

    I certainly know a couple or two where the girl is clearly unusual. By that I mean firstly just flat out strange, but also other examples where they are atypical in that she is interested in breaking out of the uniformity and predictability of Japanese life - sometimes based on travel experiences. Some of these are the longest lasting couples I know.

    I certainly know examples of western guys that are strange/awkward chaps who meet and date/marry Japanese women (which applies more broadly to other Asian women also). I think though, that it's a stretch to say that there is no way they could date a Western woman, because that's just a stupid generalisation that gets perpetuated in Japan to bully/make fun of people.

    There are also unions of both.

    Then there are normal couples who seem perfectly well adjusted and have just found happiness in cross-cultural relationships. I know several of these, where both partners are engaging, charming and great people.

    But at the end of the day, if they are happy, whose business is it really? I never understand the need to judge people on this.

    Posted in: Worst date ever! Japanese ladies reveal the top five date ideas to avoid

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    A pretty miserable and unimaginative list really. I don't think I've ever done any of the 5 - for obvious reasons.

    The point of a date is to get to know someone - so you need to go somewhere that is neutral, interesting for some reason (sights, food, activities et al), have a meal and get to talking and laughing. We aren't building Grand Pianos here boys.

    Posted in: Worst date ever! Japanese ladies reveal the top five date ideas to avoid

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    I am absolutely with Heda on this.

    Bandying the word 'selfish' around with suicide shows how far we have to go as a society in understanding and accepting mental illness. We brand it with with the worst adjectives to describe the human condition - selfish, crazy, mad so that it helps us to rationalise what the person has done, and the fact that they are clearly different from the rest of us, and therefore are emotionally or mentally removed from the group. But they aren't.

    Those people are you and I. In fact, if current statistics are accurate, every 5th poster on this thread will experience a form of mental illness this year. Obviously, there are differing degrees of that, but ...will it be me? Will in be SmithinJapan? Will it be Heda_Madness? Might be all 3.

    The sad fact and truth of the matter is that depression makes intelligent, beautiful people do terrible, horrifying things to themselves, and sadly, sometimes others. Things you would never, ever conceive that they could do, until they do. Unfortunately, I know this from experience.

    And I might add, we know nothing at all about this woman other than a desperate act in the last second or so of her life. Don't be so quick to judge.

    It's wonderful that the child survived. It's so sad about his/her mother.

    Posted in: Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo

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    Smithinjapan

    The reports I have read, including the newest one here on JT today call it a 'possible breach of rules'. My point is, that at this stage it seems unclear - to the media, the lawmakers and the woman herself as to whether in fact she has actually breached the rules or not. So why not wait for an investigation before screaming for her resignation, or people calling her a criminal. Aren't we meant to be Innocent until proven to be guilty?

    Looks like trial by media to me.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    Tamarama

    These women have committed crimes!

    Having your likeness printed on paper Uchiwas a crime? Really?

    The article calls it 'a possible violation of the Political Funds Control Law'.

    Obuchi's is also a pretty vague kind of accusation that appears not to be proven at all as a wilful crime.

    Looks very shady to me. Old party mechanics at play here, he thinks.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    Great idea and good luck to him. There is always room for new and tasty beers. I'll have to go and check it out.

    Posted in: High hops - British brewer hopes to change beer perceptions

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    Steely Eyed Missile Man.

    Posted in: Ishikawa's 3-run homer sends Giants to World Series

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    Sensato

    Thanks for the link on Louis Zamperini, regrettably I have never heard his story before, and it's an absolute ripper. What an incredible life.

    Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war

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    USNinJapan2

    I think it enables children understand that there was and continues to be something more to their parents' relationship than being parents and I think that's critical to how they in turn develop an understanding of marriage and parenthood as they grow up.

    I think this is a great point.

    Posted in: Mothers react to being called by their first names after years of just being 'Mama'

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    Tamarama

    No, absolutely not. it should have a very effective defence system, but I don't personally believe they should have nuclear weapons. I also think that is what their strategic alliance with the US is for. There are, and should be inherent beneficial offshoots to allowing huge US bases and military installations on their territory. The US, for their part, also have an obligation to fully support Japan in their hour of greatest need as a result of this, so providing the US doesn't balk at the rise of belligerent China, then Japan should be fine without.

    Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella?

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    Awwww. This nearly made me cry.

    And I'm not ashamed to admit it.

    Posted in: Mothers react to being called by their first names after years of just being 'Mama'

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    Doug

    Absolutely agree - my family were giving it the ol' 'Ganbatte Haru-Chan!'. It was quite endearing to see her soldier on despite being clearly rattled.

    Posted in: Arashi, Yuriko Yoshitaka to host 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

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    Poor old Haruka Ayase had a shocker last year for memory. Fluffed lines and got things muddled up on quite a few occasions. I wonder if that accounts for her replacement?

    Posted in: Arashi, Yuriko Yoshitaka to host 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

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    Japan and the US have to look at this, are sensible to do so, because the rise of an every increasingly belligerent China has forced them to. I love that Japan is a pacifist nation, and should remain so, but it would be very foolish to take it's eye off the ball with China, and so they must prepare for all possibilities in terms of defence.

    Check this out:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29107792

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. revising defense plans with eye on China

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    One of the things that strikes me about the Japanese educational system is the tyranny in it's obsession with 'Native Speaker English' as the absolute benchmark for what should, and does constitute English. The problem is twofold with this.

    Firstly, what is 'Native Speaker English'? Is it from Aberdeen? Or Manchester? Or Cape Town? Or Kalgoorlie? Or Boston? Or Victoria BC? The answer is....yes. It's all of these, which is to say, it's varied and different all over the world. There is no definitive English any more - it's a world language that is living, evolving and entirely different in different places.

    Secondly, Japan needs to worry less about imitating North American English and thinking more about speaking or developing their own English - like for example, Standard Singapore English. This would become Japan's version of English that develops it's own flavour and grammatical patterns. The emphasis for this should be on successful communication without the fear of being incorrect.

    Then you need to overhaul how it's taught, as many have alluded to here. Japanese language lessons in high school are as boring as bat sh*# - both for the students and the teacher delivering them. Rote learning, listen and repeat type stuff is archaic. You need group work, collaboration, information gap activities, problem solving, concept based exercises - things that challenge kids. But this of course, goes right to the heart of the structure and methodology of the Japanese educational style - and there is no way I can see that changing anytime soon.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    They've put her in a lovely blouse.

    Posted in: The androids are coming

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    Cosplay for big boys! Classic!

    Posted in: Ferrari fans

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