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budgieMar. 18, 2015 - 06:07PM JST
That's because they're just studying it, not learning it. Japan's education ministry sees English as just another 'subject' to be 'tested' not a 'language' to be 'used'.
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
budgieMar. 18, 2015 - 10:56AM JST
I've never been scared by a normal monster or slasher film. Artsy ones like Blair Witch confused me - not scary at all. For me something with a twist or two:
28 Days Later
Posted in: What are the three scariest movies you have ever seen?
budgieMar. 13, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
LOL the old boy network gets together and looks for ways to pass the buck.
Posted in: Abe dines with 6 former prime ministers
budgieMar. 07, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
Rather than promising not to make mistakes on the campaign trail, presumably for the sole purpose of winning, Clinton should be pledging not to repeat the mistakes of past and present white house occupants and improve America's dealings with the world.
Posted in: Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?
budgieMar. 03, 2015 - 03:00PM JST
A bold move for the notoriously secretive Japanese police force. At a place I once taught, the local police were taking lessons and we had to keep it a secret from even the other teachers. If they can't even admit they're taking English classes, you have to wonder what else they get up to...
Posted in: Police academy holds first ever Open House
budgieFeb. 27, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
The graffiti was a dumb idea and will probably give more ammunition to nationalists. Love how the prosecutor suggested he should have expressed his political opinions online instead: pretty soon that will be illegal too.
Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials
budgieFeb. 27, 2015 - 03:58PM JST
The Panel findings are in: anything you say that is negative toward Japan or is unpatriotic is hate speech. Ragging on foreigners and Zainichi Koreans is still okay.
Posted in: Osaka body to decide what is or isn't hate speech
budgieFeb. 21, 2015 - 04:11PM JST
GOP and the Christian Right showing where their true loyalty lies: Israel.
Gotta get that Rapture started....
Posted in: Unwelcome mat: White House tries to counter Netanyahu visit
budgieFeb. 20, 2015 - 03:59PM JST
T_rexmaxytimeFEB. 20, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
"I dont think you get the point. Japan is not arguing that these sex workers ever existed. Japan is arguing the point if they were forced or not. I am sure there were some cases where few of these poor girls were tricked by the broker into becoming a sex trader ( sold by their parents etc) but Japan did not forcefully grab random girls out of the street. Japan is not ISIS you know..."
Yeah T-Rex they did. Read up. This did not start with the Asahi newspaper.
Posted in: 2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
budgieFeb. 20, 2015 - 02:46PM JST
The world knows its history and it has nothing to do with an Asahi story. Japanese have their heads so far up they believe their own lies. The rest of the world does not. Japan's abysmal wartime record was well-known and documented long before the Asahi story and foreign media will not be swayed.
budgieFeb. 19, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
For starters America hasn't repeatedly denied it ever happened in teh first place.
Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?
budgieFeb. 10, 2015 - 08:18PM JST
Adult crime adult time. I'd say depending on the offense 14-16 should be the threshold.
Posted in: Japan’s Juvenile Law says that criminal suspects aged under 20 cannot be tried as adults or have their names and photos published by media. Do you think this is too old to be considered a minor and if so, at what age do you think minors should be treated as adults by criminal courts?
budgieFeb. 05, 2015 - 03:04PM JST
The law says they must be GIVEN ten days compulsory leave, so if they have to TAKE compulsory leave then it should be the full ten days. Otherwise it's just a nod to companies to tell them it's okay to force their staff not to use some of their allotted leave.
Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year
budgieJan. 31, 2015 - 11:00AM JST
Absolutely correct. Japan already has a reputation as a nation of pedo-pervs and has com under fire from the UN for not clamping down on child porn. Putting the national lolita-complex front and center will do little to help its reputation.
Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan'
budgieJan. 29, 2015 - 03:12PM JST
Is this pseudo pedo-worship really going to catch on overseas?
Posted in: AKB48 founder plans Japan48 idol group for Olympics, Phillipines spinoff
budgieJan. 16, 2015 - 02:43PM JST
It shows the utter disconnect the japanese 'elite' has from reality that they think anyone outside of the country could possibly subscribe to their version of History. the publisher should be offended that Japan even asked. Their official response to the Japanese government should contain at least one four-letter word.
Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook
budgieDec. 20, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Can't they can this warrior spirit nonsense. the guy's a good tennis player, that's all. When he loses - and he made it to the final in the US Open which is no small feat - it's because his arms are too short or some other ethno-centric nonsense. When he wins, it's 'yamato damashi'.
Can't they just take the nationalism and race complex out of it an appreciate that he's a just a damn good tennis player?
Posted in: Warrior spirit leads Nishikori to new heights
budgieDec. 10, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
“Japan’s image was greatly damaged. Baseless libels are all across the world that ‘Japan systematically forced sex slavery’ because of the false (Asahi) reports,” Abe told a parliamentary committee in October.
And Mr Abe is lying. These facts were well known outside Japan decades before the faulty Asahi article.
Posted in: Japanese right muzzling liberal media, say analysts
budgieDec. 09, 2014 - 04:38PM JST
Snotty self-entitled elitists. Just like a lot of rich people really.
Posted in: Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first class spat
budgieDec. 06, 2014 - 02:10PM JST
Little over reaction don't you think?
Aug. 01, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
They "graduate" from killing cats to killing children.
Posted in: More decapitated cats found in Kobe
Aug. 01, 2015 - 12:22PM JST
@CGB Spender "US spies on Japan, China spies on China..."
Excellent point. So, why the USA…
Posted in: WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
Aug. 01, 2015 - 12:17PM JST
'And lets not forget, the Zionist pioneer terrorism, which is an everyday horror for the Palestinians,…
Posted in: Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death
Aug. 01, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping…
Aug. 01, 2015 - 12:02PM JST
Good work, ladies!
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