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dcog9065Mar. 02, 2015 - 06:25PM JST
Lazy Germans, Winter breaks are for the weak
Posted in: Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues
dcog9065Mar. 02, 2015 - 12:00PM JST
Yes, but not at the taxpayer's expense and no political power whatsoever
Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?
dcog9065Mar. 02, 2015 - 11:53AM JST
Comparing Japan's crimes to the Nazis' is silly, because in most cases some of the worst depravities and acts of collusion in Europe were by those occupied countries themselves. Japan's was mostly done by themselves, while Poles and Ukrainians in occupied Europe were rounding up Jews constantly. Because of this European countries were much quicker to accept apologies from Germany..
Posted in: Anti-Japan protest in Seoul
dcog9065Mar. 02, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
Humans in general are incredibly terrible drivers, the sooner the switch to automated driving the safer we'll all be
Posted in: 3 Japanese automakers to jointly work on self-driving car technology
dcog9065Feb. 27, 2015 - 06:30PM JST
I saw a pic of the new shirt, it's fairly amusing as it sort of just looks like they're a Yokohama team
Posted in: Chelsea seal huge sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber Co
dcog9065Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:11AM JST
Well, what exactly are the definitions? I think it should only cover hate speech that can reasonably be determined to be inciting hate crimes or used to create certain atmospheres or abusing public figure positions, etc. Hate speech by itself, in private, etc. should be legal
Posted in: Osaka body to decide what is or isn't hate speech
dcog9065Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:55AM JST
40 million pounds a year? That's like 1 new Diego Costa per season..
dcog9065Feb. 26, 2015 - 01:02PM JST
The risks of conflict with Russia are high if weapons are sent directly to Ukraine. They could be sent covertly and then denied as Russia does, however that would likely just anger Putin.
Posted in: U.S. mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern
dcog9065Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
It's so silly this has become such a massive issue in the US. This project is apparently forecast to create something like 40 permanent jobs, and no change to GDP growth. There are obviously environmental costs on this as well, but the tar sands in Canada will be pumped no matter what.
I'd say the biggest cost of this debacle is the mental intelligence cost the US Congress has forced on Americans by making them think this is even important - Yes I do believe Americans are dumber because of this non-issue and the way it's been blown out of proportion
Posted in: Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill, defying Republicans
dcog9065Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:23PM JST
Qatar being selected in the first places is a massive joke and shows that Blatter really has no shame. 50 European leagues will be affected by this so they better bankrupt FIFA. UEFA undoubtedly will also do nothing
Posted in: FIFA recommends Nov-Dec for 2022 World Cup in Qatar
dcog9065Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:06AM JST
Much more pressing issue than Fukushima and economy and the like.
Much more pressing issue than Fukushima and economy and the like.
@Wakarimasen: Yes you are right, all governments throughout the world should only focus on a single issue and not even consider anything else until that first issue is completed, as judged by random nobodies on the internet. I'm incredibly thankful you are not, nor will never be, in a position of any real power or responsibility.
Posted in: The constitution does not rule out same-sex marriage, so an interpretation can be made that it is constitutional. Prime Minister Abe and the LDP don’t like the idea of same-sex marriage, but at the same time the issue is gaining momentum.
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
It's hard to say how bad the problem is with Chinese tourists, as a proportion of total travelers I doubt it's that high, but there are just so many of them it looks highly visible.
Posted in: The tourism business wouldn’t survive without Chinese customers, so we don’t want to complain about them. It’s 50/50, give and take. We appreciate them coming, but we wish that they would come with a little more cultural awareness.
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 12:09PM JST
This is just fear-mongering. Japan is more egalitarian than famously socialist countries like Sweden and Norway. Japan still has a long way to go until we hit the excesses of, say, the US or Russia in income inequality. I think a bigger problem in Japan recently is job security inequality.
Posted in: The gap between the haves and the have-nots has been widening under the Abe government's reflation policies. The surging sales of luxury goods is one phenomenon showing this widening income gap.
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 12:06PM JST
Well, I think more needs to done to increase the opportunities for minorities in the film industry. Voting on films based on minorities and race is wrong on all levels.
Posted in: Civil rights groups to protest Oscars over lack of diversity
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 12:04PM JST
I'm still in favour of TPP, I think in the long run it's better for the developed nations economic system and could make things more efficient than they already are. The copyright issue might need some tweaking however.
Posted in: If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
Well, when you're investing $200-300 million on a film, you want to ensure you're creating a box-office of at least $600-900 million, therefore the films have to be as neutral as possible in order to enter as many international markets as possible.
Posted in: Why do blockbusters rarely win top honors at Oscars?
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
The heartening thing here is that these are vocational college graduates. These graduates are entering the labour market hopefully with the skills required to perform knowledge work or professional services. The biggest blight on the labour market anywhere is the masses of unskilled workers, it's time to force them out
Posted in: Pep rally for graduates
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:39AM JST
Is it really that bad? These people get paid to do this job, but I assume there's not too much enthusiasm as there are basically non-existent career opportunities.
Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
I get the feeling that this is one of those things that will never happen in Japan..
Posted in: The issue concerns the foundation of how families in our country should be and thus requires extremely careful consideration.
dcog9065Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:34AM JST
Not sure they will agree on much, Merkel is far too austere, penalising a lot of the Eurozone periphery economies, while Abe is a very heavy spender.. Talks on trade and security would obviously be the most productive areas of dialogue.
Posted in: German Chancellor Merkel to visit Japan next month
Mar. 03, 2015 - 03:25AM JST
I don't know what to say at this...
I mean I'd love for a "Blade Runner"…
Posted in: Harrison Ford to reprise role in 'Blade Runner' sequel
Mar. 03, 2015 - 03:16AM JST
Ecamplry of us pop culture that does well in japsn is Heart, video below not their…
Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing?
Mar. 03, 2015 - 03:13AM JST
"Cannot compare America to any other country. All countries are unique."
(Rolls Eyes in Amusement)
Posted in: Psychology on order: How restaurants get you to spend more
Mar. 03, 2015 - 02:38AM JST
So many peeps here are trying to blame the mother. Damn, that is cold. Blame the…
Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him
Mar. 03, 2015 - 02:35AM JST
Westerners seem to prefer manly men and sexy women rather than pretty boys and cutesy girls.…