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budgieAug. 01, 2014 - 07:01PM JST
Taxes up, salaries down, I'm out.
Posted in: Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF
budgieJul. 29, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
The nation just endured 27 hours of those clown on TV over the weekend. What does it take to get away from them?
Posted in: SMAP announces dome tour of Japan
budgieJul. 23, 2014 - 07:21PM JST
The summer isn't even that hot where I live but all the obasans are out in 28-30 degrees with three layers of clothing complaining that it's hot. Yeah they're thin layers, but an undershirt, blouse and light jacket - not to mention hats, masks gloves and parasols - is overkill.
Posted in: The major cause of heatstroke is abnormal weather, but children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.
budgieJul. 16, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
Her 'art' idea was tasteless IMO, but don't the authorities have some bigger fish to fry? How about the Manga industry for purveying pseudo child pornography through its 'literature'? How about teen bikini magazines that dodge pornography laws by showing underage models in swimwear, posed to titillate the reader?
No much easier to go after a woman with a voice. Gotta keep the last say on those vaginas firmly in the hands of the LDP and the oyajis.
Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest
budgieJul. 12, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
He talks pretty for the international market, but as soon as his plane touches down in japan, he'll rush back to Yasukuni to remind the local voters he didn't really mean all that peace talk and stuff.
Posted in: Abe says horrors of war must never be repeated
budgieJul. 11, 2014 - 03:10PM JST
Yeah they could happen anywhere.
Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan
budgieJul. 05, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
There's no way she can win because she's challenging Japanese 'culture'. In the new right-wing resurgence the constitution doesn't matter - 'culture' comes first. In the public consciousness foreigners were never entitled to the same rights as Japanese.
Posted in: Australian activist takes dolphin slaughter town to court
budgieJun. 27, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
4,700 tons stockpiled. Public taste for it at all time low. And one must wonder why 'Japan' needs to import whale meat from Iceland. Can't individual retailers/wholesalers source their own meat? It's a government operation. Why is the government subsidizing a failed industry? Why use nationalist feeling to promote the 'culture' of whaling thousands of miles form Japan? Who's getting kickbacks?
I smell corruption.
Posted in: Whaling town passes on hunt traditions to next generation
budgieJun. 27, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
This is how it should be - a small scale local operation that catches a handful of animals a year. There's no need for a taxpayer subsidized, economically unfeasible expedition halfway across the world to catch a thousand whales they can't even sell.
budgieJun. 25, 2014 - 07:36PM JST
That's great. The girls were drugged, probably with the intention of sexual assault, and the University wants to tale measures to stop them having a good time. How about call the cops and find the guys they were drinking with for a start. It's not a crime for women to have a drink - and not a big one if they happen to be nineteen - and they should be able to do so safely. There is a perpetrator somewhere and it's not them.
Posted in: College girls tipple, then topple en masse on Shinjuku street
budgieJun. 25, 2014 - 06:50PM JST
They arrived at the solution to that 'vexing problem' years ago: lie about it.
Posted in: Singapore PM asks Japan to turn page on history
budgieJun. 21, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
Interesting that Suga should make it a point that there was 'Korean input'. they couldn't very well have done so without Koreans sharing their stories. But by raising the issue now are they suggesting there was 'foreign meddling'? Seems like a way to deflect to me...
Posted in: Japan says it had S Korean input on 'comfort women' apology
budgieJun. 17, 2014 - 12:59PM JST
Yes, allied soldiers did commit rape too. But these were criminal acts conducted by rogue elements. Those who were caught were punished. These crimes are deplorable on their own but come nowhere near the campaign of mass rape and ass-sexual enslavement conducted and organized by the Japanese military and state at the highest levels.
Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day
budgieJun. 07, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
Smokers and sound trucks would have a lot to do with it. But the season would be short. In Honshu, the heat keeps people indoors for half the year; in Hokkaido its the cold for the other half.
There is one Starbucks I know with patio seating and it's pleasant in summer but there are hazards: until the smoking ban kicked in last summer it was a cancer-shop. The sound trucks and other promotions blare past. Even the street has loudspeakers with annoying safety announcements using children's voices. If you're trying to get closer to nature, you might end up even further away from it.
Posted in: Why are there so few open-air cafes in Japanese cities?
budgieJun. 07, 2014 - 01:51PM JST
Problem with Japan's apologies is they rotate in and out. Germany has a universal consensus it was wrong. With Japan one PM apologizes and the next says it never happened.
Posted in: China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan
budgieJun. 05, 2014 - 01:07PM JST
Will they be eligible for as much government funding (and kickbacks and bribes) as the whaling industry?
Posted in: New whale and dolphin watching body launches in Japan
budgieJun. 04, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
"While many Japanese accept the country’s guilt, some senior politicians on the right—including Abe—have suggested that the issue is overblown, putting a chill on Japan-South Korea relations."
They did not suggest it was 'overblown', they have denied it altogether. Basically they're either lying or refusing to face facts.
Posted in: Japan starts review of wartime sex slave apology
budgieMay. 27, 2014 - 05:58PM JST
I really don't see the attraction unless it's a private bath. The old guys are gross, bending over in front of everyone, hacking and spluttering, splashing everyone around them with the soapy water from their own shower. Then they have the nerve to complain about 'tattoos'.
Posted in: Hot springs are popular among foreigners, but I think bathing in a traditional sento will also create fun memories. The entire industry has to unite and come up with ideas to incorporate foreign tourists well.
budgieMay. 24, 2014 - 02:26PM JST
Box Office sales are higher every year. Nothing beats going to the cinema for a good popcorn flick. Now, if only they'd make a good popcorn flick...
Posted in: With so many legal and illegal movie download sites around, what do you see for the future of the film industry? Do you think movie theaters will go out of business?
budgieMay. 24, 2014 - 02:24PM JST
National Anti-Discrimination day - an opportunity to reflect on articles of the constitution that insist no person be discriminated against on the basis of race, nationality, gender, sexual preference or ethnicity.
National silence day - when all sound trucks and impromptu loudspeaker addresses are banned. No exceptions.
War Crimes Remembrance Day - if the Germans can do it....But seriously it would take a lot of the wind out of China'S and Korea's sails if Japan would man up and admit its past mistakes and annually reaffirm its vow never to behave in such a way again. Not to mention being the right thing to do.
Expose a Black Company Day - every worker is invited to submit the illegal and shady practices of her employers.
Smoke Free Day - all cafes, restaurants and public spaces ban smokers for a day.
Mask Free Day - as above.
Posted in: After Aug 11 becomes a national holiday in Japan in 2016, that will only leave June without any national holidays. Do you have any suggestions for a national holiday for June?
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
But I'm completely skeptical that it makes much business sense and it has a whiff of…
Posted in: Muslim visitors to Japan forecast to hit a million by 2020
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
There are thousands of religions and dozens of "major" religious out there, but only muslim groups…
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
In many of their countries, everyone is automatically born a muslim and then conversion…
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:18PM JST
@YuriOtani: Your comments/analysis do not warrant a reply. Your knowledge of the industry is clearly a…
Posted in: Airbus says no room for more talks in cancelled Japan jet deal
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
Some economists computed that the money that the tourists spend (if the money comes from…