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budgieDec. 06, 2013 - 05:08PM JST
How hard can it be? Have a shower and hop in the bath.
It's not rocket science, but i suppose they have to invent something 'intangibly Japanese' about it that foreigners can never understand.
Well they're half right. I can't understand why oyajis can hack up their lungs, splash everyone with shower soap and bend over in plain view displaying their backsides to all and sundry without a hint of modesty, when somehow it's the foreigners who need potty-training. One man's 'intangible' is another man's 'just plain gross, dude.'
Posted in: Instructional video promotes public baths to foreign visitors
budgieDec. 04, 2013 - 06:21PM JST
I think Japan's small, inefficient farm market could actually do okay under TPP. A lot of it could be sold overseas as branded 'luxury produce' in a similar way to how they market it in Japan. Aomori apples and Yubari melons might not fetch the same premiums overseas but can still be sold as a cut above. Even hostile countries like China have a massive middle class and nouveau riche who will pay extra for the safety and prestige of foreign food products. They don't care if its from Japan if they get a chance to show off their wealth. Then there are all those Japanese restaurants overseas.
The problem is the government and government-affiliated organizations such as JA probably have no clue how to market overseas and are reluctant to try something new. Japan can market its beer abroad as a premium product - plain old Sapporo black label - why not its rice and other produce? Maybe this level of privatization scares the heck out of the farming sector...
Posted in: Biden urges Japan to open auto, farm markets
budgieDec. 04, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
I've seen enough of old women elbowing their way around the supermarket, pushing ahead of queues, hogging elevators and slamming doors in peoples' faces to be sick of the elderly here. Just mean, selfish old bags who have never had to work a day outside the home and don't know what it is like to be - as the Japanese people put it - 'be in society'.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
budgieDec. 04, 2013 - 03:41PM JST
Yeah China monitored the B-52s. Bet they missed the pair of F-22s doing CAP in the background.
As for invasion and conquest, I doubt it. China is looking to grab 'territory' that it can get without a fight. The only time they ever won a war was when they were fighting each other. Tibet didn't have an army and there is nobody living on these rocks it claims. China just wants to grab what it can sneakily.
Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights
budgieDec. 04, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
As CH3HO said, UNESCO intangible cultural heritage recognition is given to "dying" or "disappearing" culture that needs to be preserved. With the Japanese constantly patting themselves on the back for chowing down on a 'unique' bowl of the 'best white rice in the world' or harping on about how eating miso soup 'reminds me I'm Japanese' (in your own country no less); moreover with the ever-increasing popularity of Japanese or pseudo-Japanese cuisine overseas, I don't think the food culture is in any danger of disappearing.
Posted in: Washoku seeks UNESCO heritage status as young spurn rice
budgieNov. 27, 2013 - 01:06PM JST
"The suspect was quoted by police as saying he got a thrill from seeing women’s underwear. "
So do I but I don't mind waiting till they show me, and the operative word here is 'women'.
Posted in: Cop busted for filming up skirt of student on escalator
budgieNov. 27, 2013 - 12:15PM JST
China will just be a nuisance with any civilian flights that don't comply. The smart move was carrots and sticks - civilians announce plans, military walks all over, just as the US did yesterday.
Posted in: Japanese airlines to stop giving China flight plans through new zone
budgieNov. 27, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
Much as I am no fan of saber rattling, the US needed to call China's bluff on this one. Some times all it takes to quiet a bully is the biggest kid in class to stand up and glare at him.
budgieNov. 26, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Nobody wants to fly with threatening fighter escorts. Even if China is wrong it makes business sense for the airlines to play along. The alternative - in diversions, delays and spooked passengers - is bad for business.
Posted in: Japanese airlines say they will obey China's air zone rules
budgieNov. 26, 2013 - 12:47PM JST
Even if it turned out to be a miracle cur, vested interests would block it till they've made their share off existing resources. The Nuclear industry will probably have the media roundly condemn Dr. Watanabe as a quack.
Posted in: Scientist says he can end Japan’s energy woes by turning algae into fuel
budgieNov. 21, 2013 - 01:54PM JST
The article says' for wine buffs'. Wine buffs don't bother with beaujolais. There are plenty of wine shops in Japan for real buffs where you won't see this overpriced plonk on sale.
Posted in: Beaujolais Nouveau goes on sale across Japan
budgieNov. 20, 2013 - 12:12PM JST
Japan can write its own history and 'reeducate' its population into ignorance. The world will still remember what happened, even if they choose to forget.
Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal'
budgieNov. 20, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
Good to Asian football cooing up. I always root for the underdog and it's great to see a country with such a relatively short history in the sport able to match and beat Veteran European nations. Reminds me of S. Korea in 2002.
Posted in: Japan shocks Belgium with 3-2 victory
budgieNov. 19, 2013 - 06:40PM JST
This obsession with Kennedy and her lineage shows Japan's preference for dynastic.
Posted in: Why Kennedy was appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan
budgieNov. 12, 2013 - 12:48PM JST
Yeah the food's good but there's no need to get excited about it. As a foodie, all food is good. there's great Indian, Thai, Chinese and even yes, British cuisine. Miso soup is nice, so is white rice. But that's all. There's nothing 'magical' about miso soup or the overrated quality of Japanese white rice. After all, Thai and Indian strains of rice go just as well with their national dishes as white rice does with Japanese. There's no be-all-end-all in food.
Posted in: 10 things Japan gets awesomely right
budgieNov. 12, 2013 - 12:36PM JST
In war games there is a precedent. Way back in 2003, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down punished players for gunning down civilians. Any more than a couple of Somali civilians caught in crossfire and the mission would end in failure and you'd have to restart. Both Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear *and *Ghost Recon would do the same if a single hostage or bystander were killed. They didn't go far enough: in GR you could shoot an enemy after he surrendered, and there should have been a penalty for that.
As a player it was no nuisance. It added realism and challenge to the game. In today's mindless shooters however I guess that's not what players are after. As a gamer I support the Red Cross idea though. Since online shooters challenge players to up their rankings, points could easily be deducted for blatant violations of the rules of war.
However from what I've seen in games like* Battlefield* and* Call of Duty*, there are no civilians to kill by mistake or otherwise and the enemy always fights to the death. They're programmed for action, not for thought and planning like the old days. At this stage I have yet to see how the Geneva Conventions can be violated in these games.
Posted in: Japanese gamers debate Red Cross’s call for virtual crimes to be punished
budgieNov. 08, 2013 - 07:28PM JST
It"S MENOV. 07, 2013 - 03:18PM JST
It"S MENOV. 07, 2013 - 03:18PM JST
Very effective they haven't stopped the whaling and turned many supporters and sponsors against them.
That may be, yet they have reduced Japanese whaling by two thirds. That means two thirds more whales alive at the end of the season than there otherwise would have been. Hats off to 'em.
Posted in: Anti-whaling activist Watson tells U.S. court: 'We're not pirates'
budgieNov. 08, 2013 - 04:25PM JST
These guys are predators pure and simple and should be thrown to the wolves.
But we needn't all fear our children are in as much danger. The girl went out to meet them possibly with the intention of having sex. One of the men she met twice. As Ambrosia said, this is not a decision a 12 year old is adequately equipped to make. You have to wonder what other factors in her life drove her to do this. Troubled children are always easy targets for manipulative old pervs. Where was the family?
Posted in: 2 men arrested for assaulting 12-year-old girl they met by using Nintendo 3DS
budgieNov. 07, 2013 - 03:08PM JST
Say what you want about Sea Shepherd but they're effective. The mighty Japanese whaling fleet limped home last season with its tail between its legs and less than a third of its quota because of the direct interference of these 'pirates'. Many people talk about saving whales, Sea Shepherd actually does it.
budgieNov. 06, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
I find for the Japanese, the reinforcement of their cultural practices, including religious rituals, is far more important than the original faith itself. These days the Japanese religion is 'being Japanese'. It's not a state of belief but an expression of culture.
Posted in: How religious are Japanese people?
Dec. 10, 2013 - 04:40AM JST
What a brilliant link...
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The scenario of a serial chain reaction blasting apart…
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Dec. 10, 2013 - 04:32AM JST
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Posted in: Japan gives OK to S Korea's expanded air defense zone
Dec. 10, 2013 - 04:17AM JST
And this has happended before and regrettably it was a U.S. Warship in the Persian…
Dec. 10, 2013 - 04:10AM JST
Hey, winger OssanA, give it up.
Besides, your name is stupid and lying too.
Dec. 10, 2013 - 04:04AM JST
Smithin and ossan have no job.