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firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 24, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
@ Fishy... you're right... didn't realize a "state visit" and a regular "visit", were different things. The first "state visit" in 18 years. Still think KariHaruka's comment is a bit of an unusual thing to complain about.
Posted in: Obama meets emperor, begins talks with Abe
email@example.comApr. 24, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
A U.S. President visits Japan for the 1st Time in 20 years and poor KariHaruka is miffed that Meiji Jinju would be closed for 7 hours. LOL!
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 22, 2014 - 06:13AM JST
What this means: It means that China no longer feels it needs Japan's Investment Capital and no longer needs Japan's technology. An action such as this by the Chinese Govt. must be approved at the highest levels only. It is, to my knowledge, the first time China has enforced a WWII debt by seizing an asset of a Japanese company. Forget your treaties and throw everything else out the window. This is a major shift by the Chinese in policy. China knows that Japan needs China more than the reverse.
Posted in: China seizes Mitsui O.S.K. ship over unpaid wartime contract compensation
email@example.comApr. 21, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
If it is anything like the trade accord they just signed with Australia... then No Thanks. How the Australian PM could ever have called that a success is pure Political Posing. We don't want watered down TPP and decreases to kick in over a 15 or 20 year period. We want Japan to finally open its markets, take away the structural barriers and trade on an even and fair basis.
Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, which seems to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.?
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 20, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
If Japan whales in International waters... it sets a very bad precedence and other countries may follow Japan's lead. I truly think the Japanese know what they're doing is wrong but they are extremely stubborn. If you tell them to stop doing something, even though they might think you're right, they cannot stop.... they would lose face. Now if you left them alone for a year or two... that might help... because then they could, on their own, decide to stop and not lose face and be the hero. Pretty much like a stubborn 3 year old.
Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program
email@example.comApr. 17, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
It is reported that the passengers heard a large thud like sound. The seas were not terribly rough and I doubt visibility was that bad where they could not see an approaching boat.... plus they probably had radar. Could they have hit a Submarine....
Posted in: Fears rise for 287 missing after South Korean ferry sinks
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 17, 2014 - 08:19AM JST
Got no problem what so ever with Japan whaling in its own waters.... but if Japan tries to whale in International waters... then they should be prevented.
email@example.comApr. 16, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
All I know is... if Japan is allowed to hunt whales then so should everybody be allowed.... and you know what would happen then. Japan's outright selfishness on the whaling issue is childish and self centered.
Posted in: Japanese whaling group says it intends to resume hunts
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 14, 2014 - 11:50AM JST
She could have run a Red light.... this doe not have to be a case where the Cop is at fault.... it very well could have been hers.
Posted in: Mother, son killed after their car hit by police car
email@example.comApr. 12, 2014 - 12:07AM JST
Now is the time for DoCoMo to go after Softbank by lowering rates. Softbank has wheeled and dealed itself in to a very tight financial spot. If DoCoMo now starts a price war they could really hurt Mr. Son.
Posted in: Docomo to introduce new billing plan and discount services
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 11, 2014 - 12:15PM JST
Everything but the Nomikai.... Nomikai's are a waste of time and money. I can see once or twice a year having a Nomikai but two or three times a month is too much.
Posted in: Outrageous behavior of 'monster' new company recruits
email@example.comApr. 10, 2014 - 02:11AM JST
I think there is a lot more to this event than we're hearing. I don't understand how a 30 year old Female Scientist in Japan was able to publish findings so easily without more scrutiny from her peers?
Posted in: Obokata apologizes for mistakes but says her conclusions were accurate
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 09, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
I often marveled at how nice public restrooms in Japan's parks and such were. What went through my mind was many parks in the USA in the 40's, 50's and 60's, also had nice amenities, but the late 60's and 70's brought on a massive rash of vandalism by teenagers. Hopefully Japan can continue to keep vandalism down and maintain these nice things.
Posted in: 84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized
email@example.comApr. 08, 2014 - 10:13AM JST
Hmmmm.... they call that a "Free Trade Deal".... sounds more like an agreement to slightly modify existing tariff rates with very little overall impact.
Posted in: Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 06, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
I'm surprised there is not more "road rage" problems in Japan. There are a lot of stressed out salarymen and such that are ticking time bombs. I once... very accidently... ran into a guy ( while on my bicycle and he his ) after he had breaked for no apparent reason right in front of me. He wasn't hurt, nor was his bicycle.... but boy did he explode. I quickly apologized, and apologized again, but he just kept going, and going. After about 3 minutes I started to get mad myself that the guy would not shut up. I mean... he was fine and so was his bike. After a bit I just yelled in Japanese at the guy... just shut already... you're fine!
Posted in: Man killed by door of car that suddenly started; driver arrested
email@example.comApr. 04, 2014 - 12:33AM JST
The "self imposed" ban was not based on ideology. It was because they could do it and it made them look good. Now that Japan's corporations need to find other sources of income.... they simply lift the ban. No massive rallies, no input from its citizens... just the Govt lifting the ban without major discussion one would think would happen. How it happened really shows that it was not done based on Ideology.
Posted in: Japan lifts self-imposed ban on weapons exports
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 02, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
This is the life line Japanese companies needed. They're having trouble competing in consumer goods since the rise of the Asian Tigers and China. I think this is for economic reasons more so than strategic.
email@example.comApr. 01, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
The absolute food snobbery I see everyday in Japan should be protection enough from Big Bad Bland American Rice and American foodstuff overall. There is a saying in the USA that rings extremely true.... "You get what you pay for". If the Japanese consumer is afraid of low priced inferior quality American imports then guess what.... pay your regular $5 or more for an Apple and shun the import. But also it is said "its better to have loved and lost then to have never loved at all". Well maybe its better to eat a cheap import apple than not to eat one at all due to it being too expensive. Japan is also becoming a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Are they just going to price the poor out of many foods, fruits and vegetables completely.
Posted in: U.S. must show flexibility for TPP breakthrough, Japan says
firstname.lastname@example.orgMar. 31, 2014 - 08:34AM JST
The police in Japan may interrogate a suspect for up to 23 days and the suspect is not permitted to have a lawyer present during that time. Japan is a great place but it is not a place where you would ever want to be accused of a crime.
Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry
email@example.comMar. 31, 2014 - 07:25AM JST
Japanese food safety rules are a crock of crap. All too often, even in Japan, a country that prides itself on cleanliness, you hear of food poisoning stories. I've seen some very nice clean places and I've seen some real roach hotels. So my real thought is that Japan's food standards are not to protect the Japanese citizens but to protect Japanese farmers. Just like the French and South Koreans, I don't see Japan opening its agricultural markets.
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:54AM JST
あっぱれ オバマ大統領！Freshly so or not, dead uncooked fish is pretty much dead uncooked fish. Japan may presume…
Posted in: Obama ate only half the sushi course: media
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:53AM JST
Obama was scared of having a Bush Senior re enactment.
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
They should try to burp the babysitter with her method.
Posted in: Babysitter arrested for abusing 5-month-old boy in Kawasaki
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:47AM JST
Japanese robots are great at bowing. They're not so good at locating missing airliners or clearing…
Posted in: Robot diplomacy
Apr. 25, 2014 - 06:39AM JST
'@sfjp330APR. 25, 2014 - 05:22AM JST
If I was Obama, I would've stay away from raw…