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email@example.comDec. 17, 2014 - 02:29AM JST
At this point I very much doubt that this is a major problem in Japan... i.e., the elderly being attacked and robbed in their homes. However that said.... with many areas in Japan consisting of mainly elderly people... they could be considered by criminals to be easy targets. I'm not saying "call the national guard", but good statistics need to be kept and the public should be made aware of any increase of such crimes. Last year it was found that police in Osaka held back in reporting over 10,000 small crimes. Japan's cultural propensity to "sweep things under the carpet", will only make things worse. A publicly reported weekly or monthly Police Blotter by each town, where everything is reported is an absolute necessity.
Posted in: Elderly couple stabbed by intruder in their Maebashi home
firstname.lastname@example.orgDec. 15, 2014 - 12:34AM JST
Ultimately... these are feel good weddings.... and no different than a non Christian having a Christian ceremony. But I also believe that gay couples should have their day just like anyone else.
Posted in: Historic Kyoto temple first in Japan to offer gay weddings
email@example.comDec. 10, 2014 - 01:25PM JST
Heck... no one seems to question much in Japan anyway... therefore I don't think the law is needed.
Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?
firstname.lastname@example.orgDec. 10, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
Don't know if I agree with their assessment.... you also need to take a look at the ingredients. Especially canned clams... I know of a couple of incidents where they were the culprit.
Posted in: 34 students suffer food poisoning after eating clam chowder
email@example.comDec. 08, 2014 - 12:10AM JST
I'd have to agree with a previous poster.... by censuring all negative, unbelievable, or just crazy views we leave just a one sided report of what happened. I'm not saying I agree with this guy one bit... but to continually cultivate your own message of history can also backfire... especially if that cultivation is too one sided. I don't want to feel as if I'm being patronized or brain washed... let me figure out right from wrong.
Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books
firstname.lastname@example.orgDec. 07, 2014 - 02:08PM JST
Think about it this way.... it would probably be much cheaper if they just book him a one way ticket to the nearest Russian Intl Airport. Then ban him any re-entry for life.
Posted in: Russian breaks koban glass, hoping to be sent home
email@example.comDec. 06, 2014 - 10:52PM JST
I was in Japan when Nomo left for the Major Leagues.... at that time many of the Japanese people I spoke to said he'd never be accepted back in Japan again or play in Japan. 20 Years later... it is common for players to leave and come back an play.
Posted in: Matsuzaka returns to Japan to pitch for Softbank
firstname.lastname@example.orgDec. 05, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
@ Ishikawa .... you're right, but many of us Gaijin did not grow up in Japan. It is not filled with the same sights, smells and sounds... along with extended family. Add to that that quite often Christmas is a day of work... It would be the same as you spending Shogatsu in a foreign country where you drink up on New Years but that is it. Believe me... if you were in say Florida... you'd be homesick during Shogatsu... like we just don't feel the Christmas spirit in Japan. Please think beyond your world.
Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas
email@example.comDec. 05, 2014 - 08:18AM JST
Come on.... every one of those examples are actually pretty common whether you're Japanese or even American.
firstname.lastname@example.orgDec. 04, 2014 - 04:18AM JST
The internet needs to be redesigned.... and should only be accessible through physical cabling and not satellites only. In addition it should only have one or two distinct portals in and out of each country... and email send should be charged for. Say 1 penny an email. This way spamming would greatly decrease.
Posted in: Hawking warns artificial intelligence 'could mean end of humanity'
email@example.comDec. 01, 2014 - 08:57PM JST
I could be wrong but I doubt it.... these foreign "touts" have to be backed by the Yakuza. There is no way the Yakuza would allow a bunch of foreigners on their territory without getting a very large piece of the action. They probably have a rule too.... you can scam foreigners all you want but do not scam an actual Japanese citizen.
Posted in: U.S. Embassy warns citizens about drink spiking in Roppongi
firstname.lastname@example.orgNov. 30, 2014 - 10:34PM JST
Possibly vandalism.... but it could also be a case of coercion. Suppose these were new parking lots... some other parking lot owner may have lost business. Or suppose someone wants to tear up one of the parking lots to build there. Sure it could just be pointless vandalism... but there always are other possibilities.
Posted in: Tires punctured on 30 vehicles in Sapporo residential area
email@example.comNov. 29, 2014 - 01:05AM JST
When I first came to Japan I was given some important advice.... it was an older American that had lived in Japan for over 20 years. He basically said... "No matter how stupid or wasteful your assigned task may be... do not question it and listen to your superior." That was difficult to do... and I still managed to tick off my boss quite a bit. After two or three years I realized that, of course he was right. He was not right in an American sense of business... because in the USA the complexity of business relationships... well... is not that complex. It was very bottom line oriented. But in Japan... there was a lot more going on than met the eye. My point is... Japan's JBA can't get out of its own way... the relationships are very complex and unless they're forced to change... chances are they won't. Gaiatsu is not a Japanese word for no reason.
Posted in: FIBA suspends Japan over failure to merge basketball leagues
firstname.lastname@example.orgNov. 27, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
That is the crux of it... too often those running a sports organization are trying to protect their position, not trying to advance the sport. Anything that reduces their power or position will be voted down by a top down organization... with the actual players having little say. The Daimyo mentality in various sports is quite strong.
email@example.comNov. 26, 2014 - 08:05AM JST
That guy had not shame.
Posted in: Fake 'Japanese Beethoven' faces damage lawsuit
firstname.lastname@example.orgNov. 25, 2014 - 03:21AM JST
@ Jeff... actually you're 100% correct. Why would Japan need unskilled workers when there are so many workers working part time or not at all. Japan should be more focused on training programs not unskilled immigration.
Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?
email@example.comNov. 25, 2014 - 12:42AM JST
Tough question to answer. If you allow a large number workers into Japan... skilled or unskilled, you're opening the door to possible racial and cultural issues in the future. If you do not allow workers into Japan, based on current projections, Japan's overall population will decline drastically. Which would mean that the price of real estate will probably continue to drop in all but the most central parts of large cities. In addition there will be no real economic growth for the next 30 to 40 years. Manufacturers and importers will be vying to sell to fewer and fewer people. My feeling is that the Japanese people and Government would rather stay homogenous as much as possible.
firstname.lastname@example.orgNov. 21, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
and hopefully it will increase more now that the Yen is becoming weaker. If I were advertising travel to Japan I would emphasize the ease at which one could use public transportation... mainly because so few foreigners would rent a car.
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan this year exceeds 11 mil
email@example.comNov. 18, 2014 - 02:50AM JST
I'll bet the Pachinko Manager was saying " Do you know who you're robbing "... the whole time.
Posted in: Man robs Gifu pachinko parlor of Y6.5 mil
firstname.lastname@example.orgNov. 17, 2014 - 02:56AM JST
After I got pretty good at speaking Japanese it bothered me when people replied in English... I went to all that trouble to learn the language but so many people wouldn't let me show it off... I guess that was it... I wanted to show that I was good at their language. But as I said earlier... as time passed the idea of showing off was not important. So I decided that in most situations I would instead begin the conversation in English. That way it didn't get awkward... and if their English was not up to snuff... I'd throw in Japanese here and there.... if it was still not working I'd switch to all Japanese. Give it a try... plus it puts you on the upper footing. By using English first it could be construed that you're giving them a chance to "show off", and be self deprecating on your Japanese ability.
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
Learning to sleep or catnap on the train is a necessary life skill here. Just the…
Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
Now that I am a university instructor and not working in high flying Internation Internet companies,…
Posted in: Police step up presence at Tokyo stations to prevent trouble during 'bonenkai' season
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
Don't worry I will be dead soon (aparantly) then there will be one less person enjoying…
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
What am I missing?
Aska WilliB. A sense of societal norms?
Posted in: Man held for camera voyeurism in first arrest under new child porn law
Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
describing the goal as “quite difficult”.
Sheez. They are basically declaring the government insolvent then.
Posted in: Gov't panel sees fiscal goal 'hard to meet' without radical steps