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bokuwamoApr. 05, 2013 - 10:55AM JST
Until all of Japan and all Japanese look at Okinawa for what it is. Not what it was 250 years ago. A prefecture of Japan with Japanese citizens living in it. Will progress move forward.
All prefectures like to promote their own styles and traditions in different ways. People should stop referring to Okinawa as if it is something other than what it is.
Posted in: Suga seeks Okinawa's understanding for base relocation plan
bokuwamoApr. 05, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
A world epidemic has been predicted for many many years by scientists and this could be the one to spread, in one form or another. Staying alert and self preparedness is something everyone can do. To disregard the story as meaningless is a mistake.
Also it is one of the few stories I read on JapanToday that has substance and news worthy.
Posted in: Japan on alert as China mobilizes to fight deadly new bird flu
bokuwamoMar. 21, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
Having gone to drive-in's to see Bond movies as a kid. I can say that I have seen most James Bond movies on the Big screen. As it used to be called, not long ago. The excitement of hearing about a new Bond movie and reading about it builds the excitement. When the movie hits the big screen, wow.
The last 3 movies with Daniel Craig were pretty good and worthy of the Bond saga. If the story line is good and well written, I don't think who is the director is all that important. Of course actors are doing different roles in between movies that have a series to them. Otherwise they wouldn't be a very good actor, playing only one role.
Posted in: Next James Bond movie expected within 3 years: MGM
bokuwamoFeb. 24, 2013 - 11:53PM JST
Japan's economy has been for a very long time, not good. Abe received the votes to make changes, the voters wanted to see take place. Many before him have tried to use different ideas and approaches to resolve the problems.
Reading and hearing all the things that are wrong with Abe's proposals and ideas, what is not going to work and are bad ideas.
Where are the policies and ideas that will make positive economic recovery possible? What are they? Who has the better plan for Japan's economy? And why wasn't this person, who has the better ideas, elected to office?
Posted in: Tight-fisted firms deal blow to Abe's revival plan
bokuwamoFeb. 24, 2013 - 10:34PM JST
andrewfx51FEB. 24, 2013 - 09:46PM JST
@bokuwamo Tu quoque.
Most posters would acknowledge the economic problems in their respective countries, but directing attention towards the US or Europe doesn't make Abe's economic policies any more credible. Nor is it the topic of this article.
I will wait to see how long it is before this gets deleted. "Nor is it the topic of this article"
Really, your a moderate as well as poster? The subject is economics Isn't it? Japan economy is not allowed to be compared to other countries in relationship in the subject matter of the article?
bokuwamoFeb. 24, 2013 - 09:03PM JST
Can't help but to comment on this vandalism. Not that long ago this would be unheard of in Japan. When you are over 60, the statement of "not long ago" holds a different meaning than someone in their 30's.
There are always comments made about how Japan doesn't change this or that. Seeing these type of stories in the news more and more, along with serious violence stories. I would say that it can't be said, that Japan does not change.
Posted in: 98 windows smashed, staff room flooded at Odawara school
bokuwamoFeb. 24, 2013 - 08:55PM JST
The guy, Abe is trying to do something to improve things. There is a lot that has been done before him that makes his ideas harder to get in motion. He got voted in because most of the voters thought he has the right ideas to effect a positive change to the economy, in general. Comments on how he is doing being made by foreigners points of view, is the essences of this webpage. Are the economies of your own countries doing all the terrific?
Reading and hearing about the worlds largest economes, it seems as if all countries have serious problems and have yet to have the answers to their problems. Is Abe suppose to be some type of messiah and do something that a lot of other countries can't seem to do?
bokuwamoFeb. 24, 2013 - 08:37PM JST
Riding trains in Japan is pretty much the same as riding trains in New York or Chicago, have lived in both also. You can use manners and be polite. You can be rude and pushy. I have found that most people respond better to being treated nicely.
When I first started riding trains in Japan, talking was considered rude by most older Japanese. That being over 20 years ago and times have changed to what it is today.
Meeting or seeing strange behavior is not unusual on the trains today, everyone has stories about the most strangest thing they have seen.
Ignoring most of it, when possible and confronting some of it when appropriate, has been my strategy. Getting use to it all, in whatever place you are using a train. Is something some people are able to do and others not.
The "not's" should reconsider their options.
Posted in: Could the way we behave on the train reveal our true personality?
bokuwamoFeb. 23, 2013 - 11:06AM JST
Laptops stop a lot of people from carrying them around with them. Tablets cause people to poke you and elbow you as they are using it publicly. My vote is for more laptops or people who can use tablets with more consideration for people close by.
Posted in: What advantages (if any) do laptops have over tablets?
bokuwamoFeb. 23, 2013 - 11:03AM JST
I think that it is the one that Japan uses and I use it everyday without any problems. There are a lot of tings that could be better in the world. When moving to Japan, I never gave a thought to what should be changed and I still don't. Enjoy living here and if a time comes that I don't enjoy it, I will leave.
Many things have been changed in America and not all have been good. Banks have always handled the winning hand and continue to.
Posted in: What do you think of the Japanese banking system?
bokuwamoFeb. 23, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
For me the obvious is a movie based on facts has a lot of lead way, it's a movie for selling tickets. Documentaries are suppose to be facts presented in a movie form.
I don't think there ever was a movie made that said based on real facts and didn't change things to attract a larger audience.
Posted in: In making fact-based films, how much liberty is it OK to take in the name of entertainment?
bokuwamoFeb. 23, 2013 - 10:38AM JST
bass4funkFEB. 23, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
And Japan has always gotten away with this and the world DEMANDS that Japan catches up to the rest of the modern world and does the right thing.
Sounds like you had a custody case past or present. If you think that the Hague act will do anything that is going to start bringing kids back from Japan, I feel sad for you.
Read the act and all of the things it does not do and the things that it says it will do are mostly with the cooperation of the other country. In simple terms, it is not giving any one country the right to go into another country and enforce their laws. It makes requests that go through a long process before they are considered for action.
Posted in: Japan expected to ratify Hague Convention on child abduction
bokuwamoFeb. 23, 2013 - 10:25AM JST
It is not a concern of mine about the relationship that Japan and North Korea have. My concern is that they are doing things with nuclear testing that have a purpose for them. What that purpose is, unknown. The tightening of access to the financial world and much harder trading restrictions should be done, regardless of the Japan North Korea relationship and O-bum-a is not the person to trust to keep the job done.
Posted in: Obama, Abe firm on N Korea; no decision on TPP
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 11:01PM JST
tmarieFEB. 22, 2013 - 10:39PM JST
Reformed, glad you can admit they're not perfect. That's all you needed to do.
Been out, gave come back. Leaving and seeing the better places out and "having" to come back... I know I'm making fair comparisons. Others who've not lived anywhere besides home and Japan can't in my opinion.
Don't understand what you are trying to say here?
I will assume you are not Japanese from your postings, if you do not like a country, why stay? Comparing countries is good. Moving there and expecting the country to change because your living there now, well come on. You seem intelligent, this is realistic thinking?
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
Any country has the right to have things their own way in their country. North Korea has shown that they want to be stupid with their shelling a couple of years ago, crazy stuff. Their launching of missiles and nuclear testing carelessly done.
Than it become a world problem that should start with very strong moves to limit their financial resources and trading abilities. To have them realize they are effecting the rest of the world, not just their country.
Posted in: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 10:20PM JST
A very very very old subject that has caused many a argument. Up or down?
I don't think this topic will ever be resolved to the liking of everyone. So the very very old adage still applies, You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time.
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bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 10:12PM JST
The problems on the trains in Japan. Of course everyone can have opinions about anything in Japan. But seeing the same user names here on Japantoday complain about Japan's customs and traditions, I don't understand it at all. Not being all that old, in my mind anyway. Used to be when going to a foreign country people showed respect for that country's ways of doing things. Todays world seems to go in the opposite direction. Let's go there and change it to our liking. Are the constant complainers trapped in Japan? Are there reasons you can't leave and not be upset with living in a foreign country? If you have such strong opinions and want a country, Japan, to change. Become a citizen get the right to vote and cast your ballot for change.
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 09:51PM JST
Where is the thought process of people who marry a foreigner in a foreign country? My first big question.
You are married in a foreign country, than go back to your country for whatever reason. File for divorce and custody. Than you want that country to follow your countries laws.
Abducting or taking kids to your home country is usually not the right thing to do. There are but's to this, real abuse, drug use and other issues. Each case having their own unique problems.
Come on folks, most people don't live in la la land. Where they never have to think of possible future events in a international marriage. I say most.
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 05:03AM JST
There are so many things that have to change in both Japan and America to make custody cases equal to both sides. Which, I don't think is going to happen any time soon.
My case ex-wife Japanese had illegal custody of kids. American court said kids should be returned to America. When she did not.
The American court issued an arrest warrant. The ex-wife worked on a US military base. Asked how come she was not arrested. 2 reasons; Japan does not due a criminal back ground check in America for Japanese citizens and a arrest warrant issued in America is not valid for Japanese police to use in Japan.
Only a small piece of a very big puzzel. Getting Japan to honor American laws with all the different state laws attached and getting America to honor Japan's laws, don't think it will happen.
Being a Roman Catholic myself, I had my mariage annulled and divorced, somethings are possible.
bokuwamoFeb. 22, 2013 - 03:42AM JST
"Lets go back into all of the countries history and pick events that were inhumane. England's controlling of India, Hong Kong and other countries before it pulled out of these countries. Russia's inhumane treatments before, during and after WWII. How world's and individuals lives were changed when England, Russia and the USA divided everything up after the war. How Germany was able to divide into east and west, separating entire families and people put into, more or less slave labor.
Let's look at all the evil things England did while governing all the foreign countries under it's world domination of British rule.
In fact lets go back to, where? Jews being treated badly by Romans? England is not without it's dark side of history, but it seems some here, they are forgetting or not remembering. When making statements about America's involvement with Japan and other foreign countries.
Wars are a terrible thing and many terrible things happen. What countries are without sins that have been in a war? Ultimately, people will believe what they want to and today there are people who think that the holocaust in Germany never happened. What happened, happened. Like many things in history some are recorded to the likening of most and other things not. You can keep going on and on about this and it does not serve any real purpose, but to keep alive hate."
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