Stay in touch with the latest and widest range of Japan News with JapanToday's News Alert newsletter.
Up to the moment news in your inbox everyday. Subscribe now!
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Already a JapanToday registered user?
Login to update your settings to subscribe to News Alert.
Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
annemarie08Mar. 15, 2013 - 09:32PM JST
Also, Japan is also well known for kawaii-ness as part of its modern culture so using a part of modern culture to protest about something serious is actually not a bad move (its used everywhere to protest about serious things). The protester could be sayingYes we may be seen as kawaii but were not stupid.
s used everywhere to protest about serious things). The protester could be saying
re not stupid
Posted in: TPP or not TPP
annemarie08Mar. 15, 2013 - 09:27PM JST
Anyone consider that monkey is saru in Japanese, which can also mean leave? So the protestor could be asking Japan to try and get out of the treaty if it has already entered it (and possibly that Americas forces should leave too). Maybe youre all underestimating the intelligence of this protestor. Maybe he/she is also saying that Abe is acting like a trained monkey of the US (and he wouldn`t be the first politician outside of the US to be seen as a trained monkey to any other nation). Who knows.
s forces should leave too). Maybe you
annemarie08Mar. 13, 2013 - 10:57PM JST
It has been reported that his friend has got 3 years for attacking the victim`s friend, and another girl prior to that. This is good but it kind of makes you think, if she had not been killed, the actions of these guys would probably have gone unpunished, and they would have gone onto do it to someone else. Good for the Japanese court to punish him. He might have got away with it elsewhere even if he had been brought to court.
Posted in: American denies intent to kill Irish woman in Tokyo hotel
annemarie08Mar. 13, 2013 - 05:22AM JST
Konsta: I hope you understand why so many people have thumbed-down your comment. You can be as smart as you like but if you happen to meet the wrong person - who takes advantage of the fact you are drunk (mixed with either xanax or a date rape drug - both have the same effect anyway, it is said), it is still in NO WAY your fault. Do not blame a woman for not being smart enough if she ends up raped or in this case killed. We are all told to watch our drinks when we go out - and she seems like a sensible girl just out having fun who would have tried to do that - but if a drug was slipped into her drink, then the guy must have been extremely sly about it. If not, then the xanax which she needed to take for her anxiety, caused her to become unconscious along with her being drunk. But still, he took full advantage as he and his friend said they would do in the taxi, knowing full well the girls were barely conscious. Earlier on in the evening, the girl and her friend both told the two guys they were not interested in them sexually but obviously this was ignored.
I hope he gets what he deserves.
annemarie08Feb. 21, 2013 - 09:10PM JST
Abe should be mending his ways because it is the right thing to do, not just because America is making him. As this is really a world issue and not a domestic issue as Japan claims (it happened generally during a world war - this includes the Sino-Japanese war which had started before that and which most people say influenced world war II - and involved women from various countries outside Japan), America are right in this case to get involved and I hope they stand firm on this issue. Japan can`t just expect support from America on certain issues but ignore it when it feels like it (well it seems it can but...).
@CrisGerSan - what is the definition of lawmaker in your opinion? As for this guy Honda, I think it is great what he is doing, serving as a representative to show Abe the other side of the World War II coin for Japanese people, and how governments can make reparations. A real apology comes with an effort to compensate the victims who will then be able to move on. Its very easy to say youexpress remorse`. They are just words. Actions speak louder than words.
s very easy to say you
These morons who say that the women were not coerced are clearly misogynists who think the same of all women. I wonder if they have daughters (or even sons).
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Abe not to revise apology on 'comfort women'
annemarie08Dec. 08, 2012 - 04:10AM JST
I cant understand the fascination with mayonnaise that exists in Japan. Otherwise, thanks for this article - very useful to know these things for an easy life in your little Japanese kitchen (I dont mean that in a patronising way)
t understand the fascination with mayonnaise that exists in Japan. Otherwise, thanks for this article - very useful to know these things for an easy life in your little Japanese kitchen (I don
Posted in: Creative Japan finds a hundred uses for humble oven toaster
annemarie08Dec. 08, 2012 - 04:02AM JST
Lowly: Speculating about someones condition saying he may have had AIDS just because hes in the entertainment industry (listening to too much elton john, who doesn`t have it?/Queen, who did?). Let the man rest in peace.
s condition saying he may have had AIDS just because he
Posted in: Kabuki star Kanzaburo Nakamura dies at 57
annemarie08Dec. 08, 2012 - 03:42AM JST
This is a joke sentence. The pedophile scum that Cambodia seems to attract just get away with anything. I went to Cambodia and I thought it was a very nice country generally. This was after 2003 when this supposed anti-paedophile push was in action and I was unaware of said push when I went there. I agree there are probably local criminal elements too who make it worse and I dont think Kobuta is wrong here. Hes not just being offended because the offender is Japanese. He is making a valid point (as long as he is not saying blame the locals for the girl even being available to the culprit in the first place That does not make the culprit any less guilty). Cambodia is still dealing with the leftovers from the Khmer rouge era by jailing the main culprits (or not) but I consider this vulnerability to paedophiles to have been an issue even longer (same in Vietnam) and probably will be for a long time yet if they don`t deal with these scum properly (and any equally scum locals who may or may not be encouraging them).
t think Kobuta is wrong here. He
blame the locals for the girl even being available to the culprit in the first place
I was at an orphanage in one city hanging out with the children there and teaching them English phrases. That is encouraged by posters being put up everywhere around town and you are encouraged to bring food or toys. Thats great but if you ask me, this kind of thing may attract paedophiles and there arent enough staff in these places to keep an eye on whoever may come along with actual sinister intentions. It needs to be controlled.
s great but if you ask me, this kind of thing may attract paedophiles and there aren
Posted in: Japanese man sentenced in Cambodia for sexually abusing 13-year-old girl
annemarie08Dec. 06, 2012 - 02:05AM JST
I think it is a bit creepy and the only reason people should wear them is when they have a cold and that`s if they really have to (I even find it creepy then).
Parents really need to work with their children to make them more confident about communicating with the outside world. Hell even with their own parents!! But then their peers and eventually the adult world. But what do I know. Im not a parent. Actually no you dont have to be a parent to work that out.
m not a parent. Actually no you don
Posted in: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
annemarie08Dec. 06, 2012 - 01:39AM JST
Ewan: Sometimes, pneumonia is just pneumonia and not a euphemism for anything. Poor man had cancer which will always weaken your immune system and in this case it unfortunately led to pneumonia.
annemarie08Nov. 09, 2012 - 01:20AM JST
Like Tmarie I have to ask - what is romantically aggressive? And who would want their men to be aggressive towards them? What a strange choice of words.
Posted in: When do Japanese people have their first kiss?
annemarie08Nov. 07, 2012 - 01:37AM JST
Elbuda Mexicano - Youd be surprised how many women - of any age, social status or stability - do not realise theyre pregnant until months into their pregnancy. Womensbodies are different, periods might not have been regular to start with and bellies dont always grow that big.
d be surprised how many women - of any age, social status or stability - do not realise they
bodies are different, periods might not have been regular to start with and bellies don
I feel sorry for her. I doubt she meant for any of this to happen. Remember she is only 16 years old and she was probably terrified (and who knows what the circumstances of the conception were - she could have been raped). In many countries now (I`ve heard of them in Poland and Germany among others), there are safe places where people can leave their newborn babies - usually a hatch in a wall which is the wall of a hospital or health centre. Whatever you may think of the mother, at least the baby is kept safe in these situations.
Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for abandoning body of newborn daughter
annemarie08Nov. 06, 2012 - 08:10AM JST
I agree with Brainiac. I dont know how more planes dont crash in that show. Still Ive only watched 3 episodes (since my last comment I found it online and decided to check it out) so theres time yet. Its not actually bad, its funny in some scenes - couldnt be further from Pushing Tin though as they all look so glamorous. Im glad though that they have subtitles for their ATC-lingo because as a native English speaker I find their pronounciation all wrong, and unclear, and so its very hard to understand what theyre saying. Sorry!! They really should have worked harder on that aspect of it. Then again the pilots coming in in their jumbo jets would be familiar with that lingo and would probably know what they mean (you would hope!!)
t know how more planes don
ve only watched 3 episodes (since my last comment I found it online and decided to check it out) so there
s not actually bad, it
t be further from Pushing Tin though as they all look so glamorous. I
s very hard to understand what they
Posted in: Fukada hopes air traffic controllers will watch her new drama
annemarie08Nov. 06, 2012 - 07:58AM JST
Sounds really good - hope to find it in my local bookshop (and the 1st one she wrote too).
Posted in: U.S. author Julie Otsuka wins top French book prize for story of Japanese brides sent to Calif
annemarie08Oct. 14, 2012 - 02:08AM JST
I went for an air traffic controller job interview once and I was way out of my depth. The airline industry is lucky I didnt get in. Its a very intense, high pressure job (which by the way does not sound dull to me at all).
t get in. It
This Fukada person sounds a bit superficial. It would be nice if by cool (saying she found her character cool) she meant calm under pressure, but I somehow doubt it. It seems as long as she thinks real air traffic controllers are cool people and that they`re cool with her attempt at representing them, then all will be cool.
I kind of agree with smithinjapan that the air controllers will be more concerned about whats on their work screens, not their tv screens, but I dont think he should go calling any profession dull. I thought Pushing Tin was good as far as I can remember and sorry Frank Vaughn but if Hollywood took liberties with the profession, then thats Hollywood and you cant expect anything else.
s on their work screens, not their tv screens, but I don
s Hollywood and you can
annemarie08Oct. 14, 2012 - 01:52AM JST
I think a lot of countries seek validation from visiting guests. Its not just Japan. I agree SMAP (I almost wrote SPAM - same thing though) are annoying. I remember watching it a few times while in Japan. No talent between them, though one was in a really good film at one stage called Love and Honour so I had to lay off him for a bit (but the others...). It seems celebrities have to put up with a lot of the same questions ordinary foreigners in Japan do - about natto and other food. I cant say I feel sorry for them (the celebrities I mean).
s not just Japan. I agree SMAP (I almost wrote SPAM - same thing though) are annoying. I remember watching it a few times while in Japan. No talent between them, though one was in a really good film at one stage called Love and Honour so I had to lay off him for a bit (but the others...). It seems celebrities have to put up with a lot of the same questions ordinary foreigners in Japan do - about natto and other food. I can
What Bolt, or any other non-Japanese celebrity, thinks of Fukushima isnt going to have much effect on the governments handling of it. As serious as Fukushima is, its not Syria or Africa so it doesnt interest people in the same way. No offence. They probably cant ask anything too personal either as most celebrities probably have a long list of topics they wont talk about, which they have to present to the producers of the show beforehand.
t going to have much effect on the government
s not Syria or Africa so it doesn
t ask anything too personal either as most celebrities probably have a long list of topics they won
Posted in: Usain Bolt to appear on SMAP TV program on Monday night
annemarie08Oct. 14, 2012 - 01:31AM JST
To add to Lucabrasis comment, Mo Yan has been around quite a while. His most well known book might be Red Sorghum, though Im only saying that as I recognise it as a film title (it was made into a film in 1987), but he`s got quite a few others. I plan to start with The Garlic Ballads.
s comment, Mo Yan has been around quite a while. His most well known book might be Red Sorghum, though I
Posted in: Why Haruki Murakami should not receive the Nobel Prize for Literature
annemarie08Oct. 13, 2012 - 09:30PM JST
Mo Yan has been announced as the winner of the Nobel Lierature Prize. He looks good too. Looking forward to reading a few of his books. I actually like Murakami myself and enjoy his books, but as Ive never read any of the Nobel prize winning novels, Ive never thought about how his novels would compare to one, and whether he would deserve this prize.
ve never read any of the Nobel prize winning novels, I
annemarie08Oct. 13, 2012 - 09:26PM JST
The EU have been named as the winner, I believe. Ridiculous but true.
Posted in: Slew of world conflicts fog Nobel Peace Prize guessing game
annemarie08Oct. 13, 2012 - 09:23PM JST
I wouldnt call France a footballing powerhouse at the moment, the team members are usually too busy causing trouble off-field to get together and get results. That said, theyre still good enough when they want to be. Besides Japan are always a strong team who beat a real powerhouse - Spain - during the Olympics, did they not?
t call France a footballing powerhouse at the moment, the team members are usually too busy causing trouble off-field to get together and get results. That said, they
Posted in: Japan celebrates historic soccer victory over France
May. 22, 2013 - 08:14PM JST
techall, read article 12 of the Hague Convention. The one year limit is written in the…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 22, 2013 - 08:06PM JST
Cleo, hope you understand the concept of conservation now, that it encompasses both protection and culling…
Posted in: Australia to cull 10,000 wild horses
May. 22, 2013 - 08:04PM JST
keep it 100.
Posted in: BOJ says no new easing measures
May. 22, 2013 - 07:57PM JST
I think it is a guise for the shooters to use for sport as in previous…
I understand that its very emtional for him, but you cant compare those two clubs. No…
Posted in: Klopp laments Kagawa's Man Utd role