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browny1Aug. 29, 2014 - 09:26PM JST
Don't believe I've ever heard of such a thing happening before in any country anywhere.
A guide dog is about as sacrosanct as it gets.
Some real twisties in our midst.
Posted in: Guide dog stabbed while walking with owner
browny1Aug. 28, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
Bertie - right to the point.
And the use of "Martyr" - In Japanese did he really call them martyrs on whose sacrifices modern Japan is founded???
Reality check seriously required.
Posted in: Abe sent support message to war criminal memorial service in April
browny1Aug. 28, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
While I broadly support any attempts to create better understanding of Japanese society, culture, industries etc for foreigners, the whole "Cool Japan" campaign is the antithesis of "Cool".
A committee, meeting , discussing and deciding what constitutes "coolness" is so "Uncool".
A name change is to be expected.
Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative
browny1Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:56AM JST
Ebisen - the Minamata tragedy was the result of years and years of dumping mercury waste directly into the sea.
Unlike Fukushima for example, it was not the result of a one time disaster.
If Fukushima spewed radioactive waste into the sea unabated for years, words could not describe the catastrophic mayhem.
Mercury is extremely dangerous. Radioactive material is beyond the extremes re danger.
Posted in: Industries fight Minamata costs as mercury trade ban looms
browny1Aug. 26, 2014 - 08:23PM JST
Waka - If the powers to be widely acknowledged the inherent dangers of 2nd hand smoke , then that would impact negatively on the prevalence of smoking causing a decline in consumption, causing a decline in revenue for JT, causing less moolah available to support the size of the existing workforce which in turn may well squeeze a few of the "plots in paradise" out - ie less angel space.
Posted in: Keeping the shares in Japan Tobacco allows bureaucrats to secure post-retirement positions for themselves.
browny1Aug. 24, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
As expected shopping & transport are the most desirable aspects of a place to live for these people.
Even in my mid-size regional city which is so easy to get around and incorporates natural area or is is close to lots , so many people want to live right next to / near supermarkets, conbinis, stations, banks, & hospitals.
Which is why a city like Nishinomiya rates so high, but wouldn't get a look in by me. Clean air, greenery & calm are essential.
Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in
browny1Aug. 21, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
As a sports lover I have no problem with the Koshien games - the excitement, the boredom, the tension, the joys, the downs, the endeavours, the guts, the cries(well???) - in short I can enjoy the sport.
But I'm under no illusions that the image portrayed is somewhat anachronistic. Traditions, heritage - I'm all for it.
The 21st C sports world has moved on. Different styles, different music, different training, different communities, different thinking in oh so many ways. Buzzcut boys marching in unison to dated music, led by the token girls(nadeshiko) in dated costumes, with the obligatory "spirited" speech just smacks of the good old days when boys were men and were proud of it. And hiding under the tradition flag doesn't cut it with me either.
A 1,000 boys with crewcuts - or you don't play - surely is an example of imposed conformity which seems to still fit neatly into the social narrative of Japan.
For me I like the game and the challenge and look forward to the day when a champion Koshien pitcher emerges with hair touching his collar and his fringe pushed backed.
Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball
browny1Aug. 21, 2014 - 08:39AM JST
Klausdorth - laying formal complaints against the "el supremo" in any of the major sports here may well have repercussions - not to your benefit but detriment.
And to make such accusations in the first place in this kohai/senpai world would take enormous courage and conviction.
Letting it blow over could be far less damaging for your career.
Case in point - it took unbearable conditions of harassment (sexual/physical/mental) for the japanese womens judo team to out their coach (el supremo). They had to literally question in the early stages if it was worth it, considering the chances it could all blow up in their faces and they be left with nought.
Silence doesn't equate with nothing happened.
Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi
browny1Aug. 20, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
Storm - I'm not interested in how he got into karting & F3.
My simple statements have suggested he must have skill or how else did he become world champion karter & champion f3 driver??????
Are you suggesting his pappy's money bought those championship wins by underhanded means - ie they let him win because of doolah - because it sure sounds like that?
And your cue on talent - well we all know that in the real world. How many great musicians, singers, actors, writers, athletes, etc didn't get past their local environs. Just as good in many cases. Nothing new in that at all.
Posted in: 16-year-old Verstappen to become youngest Formula One driver
browny1Aug. 19, 2014 - 04:43PM JST
I take your points fairly, but defining only "pure bloods" as having any rights to ancestral claims is hugely debatable
And as I stated - what's in it for Yasuyuki Kaneko? Probably something akin to what I previously posted - but I could be wrong - he may be a man of compassion.
Posted in: Even if there are Ainu, they are no more than Japanese who are descended from Ainu. All they do is insist relentlessly on exercising their rights. It's absurd, and I can't explain it to the taxpayers.
browny1Aug. 19, 2014 - 04:23PM JST
Never suggested karting was F1. But by the same token you don't become world champ and win 30% of all your F3 starts by connections alone - unless it's all crooked. So I assumed he can drive.
And I agree publicity is a big factor - because what else drives the corporate machinations of world sporting events.
And of course this means "squeaky clean" only refers to the machines and not the F1 circus extravaganza.
And with Bernie Ecclestone at the helm - well who knows what gives.
All of which doesn't mean verstappen hasn't got the grip. Time will tell.
browny1Aug. 19, 2014 - 04:10PM JST
sangetsu - where does it say the great grand children of half Ainu blood ancestors are claimants?
What is the purpose of his comment?
Is it to curry favour with his electorate (eg votes) by making a big bad wolf out of an easy target?
Is it an act of seeking justice and equality for all Japanese regardless of their ancestral backgrounds?
Or is it to focus on public funds wastage - you know the scourge of rightful democracies?
If this is his real intent I'd suggest he'd be better off looking deeply at the nepotism, bureaucratic back rubbing, amakudari and general grifting his party specializes in and commenting on such to the public at large.
Then he may garner a little cred.
browny1Aug. 19, 2014 - 03:52PM JST
But it says he is the world karting champion - a rite of passage for F1 - and has won 8 out of 27 F3 races.
Sounds like he is the goods.
browny1Aug. 19, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
The Japanese Govt only gave the Ainu recognition 5 or 6 years ago (unbelievable - eh?), after denying the existence of a distinctly seperate ethnicity in pureland Yamato.
As I recall it was only given hastily, because a World Indigenous Peoples conference - or the like - was being held in Hokkaido, and how embarrassing would that have been for the "No Indigenous People" Japan.
The LDP politicians comments show how little has changed and even reflects on broader ailments in Japanese society.
browny1Aug. 12, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
Nightshade - your post covers it well.
And in addition, as others have have stated, Tsuchiya has been slopping around the sty for far too long.
With the current paranoia about expiration dates (of food) in Japan, a little of that energy should be focussed onto the "use by" dates of politicians.
Posted in: LDP lawmaker criticizes Nagasaki mayor's remarks on Abe's defense policy
browny1Aug. 12, 2014 - 12:09PM JST
Japan, as a professed "mottainai" society, still hasn't come to terms with it's huge food wastage, with the obssession over expiry / best by dates exemplifying this.
As bad a marketing / reputation decision it was by Skymark, the food(???) in question would hardly have been dangerous.
This press beat-up smacks of BigBoyz (jal etc) pressure.
Posted in: Skymark Airlines under fire for selling items past their expiration dates to passengers
browny1Aug. 10, 2014 - 10:37AM JST
Craca & some14 - expert weather forcasters now - heh, heh!
In Kagawa it's been a heavy night. Torrential rain (some places 1,000mm), damaging winds and the seasonal high tide is expected to be 1~2 m over king tide levels. Tha'ts meant to be right now - 10:30am - but I'm not going down to look.
Just spent an hour securing blown off gutters and nami -ita on the car port. Thought it might all go. We've only had 200mm+ rain here so not so bad. In-laws house lost some tiles and 1 room soaked.
The latest forecast is for a final blast the next hour as the winds swing NW and bring heavy rain again. This afternoon will be 30c and calm.
Can't pour my first Sunday drink til then - just to be on the safe side.
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall near Kochi
browny1Aug. 09, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
online - music, books, health / medicinal / food products not available here.
in person - everything else
Posted in: What do you like to shop for online these days and what sort of things do you prefer to shop for in person?
browny1Aug. 09, 2014 - 05:34PM JST
Abe's agenda has been set for decades as he marches puffedly to the tune of his family and their "we woz wronged" associates.
The mayor of Nagasaki is to be commended for his forthright stance and willingness to not cower before the bullyism of Jiminto.
Japan has enjoyed 3 generations of peace because of the constitution, not inspite of it.
Posted in: Nagasaki mayor criticizes Abe's defense policy
browny1Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
Jefflee - I don't think the problem is size - it's the disproportionate population demographic - the inverted pyramid if you like with the few young people on the inverted peak supporting the masses of elderly on the inverted base.
Such a social structure is doomed - at least within the scope of the world as we know it and can foresee in the near future.
Also as m3m3m3 stated - the use of the term "cool" by bureaucrat types is just so "uncool". They believe coolness is something you can be awarded, win, get or buy. lol
Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' I believe Japan can provide new solutions for future generations in the world.
Aug. 30, 2014 - 01:02AM JST
Why should Korean government change its stance?
I don't understand what you are talking…
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First, invading and occupying the Japanese mainland wasn't wrong.
Second, if USA wanted "to make Okinawa…
Posted in: Onodera tries once again to get Saga support for Osprey deployment
Aug. 30, 2014 - 01:01AM JST
I thought the reason for increasing consumption tax was to reduce the government's debt, but now…
Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military
Aug. 30, 2014 - 12:59AM JST
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Aug. 30, 2014 - 12:56AM JST
Why should Korean government change its stance? I don't understand what you are talking about!