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    genjuro

    Having Akimoto in the Olympic board was the worst decision ever. There are so many other fascinating things Japan can show to the world besides idols. Just look at the opening/ending of the Beijing and Sochi Olympics as examples.

    Maybe there ought to be a petition to oust Akimoto from his position. Otherwise, it could end up embarrassing for Japan in 2020.

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    genjuro

    Then how come Japan doesn't have its own version of Big Bang that sweeps Asia? Where is the Japanese Big Bang?

    1. You assume that Japan needs to have its own version of BB. No need. Japan and Japanese are not insecure like Koreans who feel the need to constantly compare themselves with Japan. Are you Korean, by the way?

    2. In case your reading comprehension is weak, as I wrote above Japan is not like Korea whose government promotes something shallow like entertainment and market it as 'culture.' So, you should be asking why not Korean arts and crafts instead. Either they don't have confidence in their own culture or they don't have any interesting to show to the world at all. It's most likely both.

    Posted in: Korean group Big Bang finish 5-dome tour, drawing 740,000 fans

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    genjuro

    Quality has nothing to do with it. There is nothing original or innovative with K-Pop. It is more or less it is a rehash of J-Pop from previous decades, with modern Western styles and beat thrown in. Combine this with huge funding from the Korean government to promote it as a 'cultural' product along with movies and dramas. (Which begs the question why not traditional Korean arts and crafts instead. Korean government has no confidence in them?)

    The Korean movies and dramas are nothing to write home about either; they tend to be long, protracted and all over the place. What they tend to have is a polished production, but a polished production does not equate to quality. It just means Korea developed later economically than Japan, and have now access to newer equipment and resources. And most of the knowledge they learned or copied from Japan anyway. So, just because they're marketed well to 30-50 year-old obasans has nothing to do with quality. People need to learn the difference.

    Posted in: Korean group Big Bang finish 5-dome tour, drawing 740,000 fans

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    genjuro

    She seems like a nice, sweet woman, and they seem to be genuinely in love for so long. I think they should still try to work it out. Need to swallow some pride and make concessions, both of them. A breakdown in communication is usually the start of these things.

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    genjuro

    I'm curious about those fill-up stations that these cars will be using. Will it be Toyota's, another company's, or will the government have a hand in them?

    If it's the latter somehow I have an uneasy feeling about this.

    Posted in: Toyota swamped by orders for its first mass market hydrogen fuel-cell car

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    @Kipp My thoughts exactly. Big facepalm indeed.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

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    genjuro

    “This is a prophet that is revered by some two billion people… Is it moral to mock him?”

    Is it moral to kill people because your "prophet" is made fun of? Hmmm.

    Having lived and worked in a muslim country (one considered rather liberal), I didn't notice much respect for Christianity. Although brought up in a Christian culture I don't profess any religion. Nevertheless I was constantly harassed by a substantial number of people (not the majority I should say, but a large proportion) for being, as I was called on more than one occasion, 'no more than as I was a non-muslim. At least for me it was only verbal insults. A Jewish colleague was subjected to stone throwing and spitting every time he went out. He wisely decided to leave before things got worse. This was thirty years ago. I guess now it's much worse.

    Not suprising. If that was three decades ago I can't imagine how much worse muslims treat non-muslims these days.

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    genjuro

    Le Pen hits the nail on the head.

    Multiculturalism is not the answer for Japan. Fixing the root of the problem, that is rectifying the birth rate issue at home, is. Let these would-be immigrants instead focus on their homeland instead of immigrating. Japan has enough problems already of its own.

    Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France

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    genjuro

    These rape incidents have been coming out of India in droves lately. It just wasn't long ago when the bus incident happened. Then female tourists getting raped. This is just the latest one. Maybe it's been happening a lot before but just now getting reported. Just disgusting.

    This is a big stain on India and especially Indian men. They'll just be seen as sex-starved, lowlife scums. Warranted or not, it's up to them to correct the perception. The world is watching.

    Posted in: Indian police to hold Japanese gang rape ID line-up

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    genjuro

    Any single guy seriously considering marriage to his Japanese girlfriend would definitely have second thoughts after reading the posts above. Does it really turn out that way in most cases after the kids are born?

    I now wonder if this phenomenon is unique to Japan or if it also occurs in other cultures.

    Posted in: Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? What are some issues that you think might torpedo an international marriage (or relationship)?

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    genjuro

    Terrible. I hope she gets proper counselling after this. I'm glad she was able to escape.

    This is indeed a problem in India. This is not is the first and I fear not the last we'll hear about rapes making the news related to India. Not just about crimes on Indians but increasingly on foreign women as well. Indians need to reflect on this as this has already affected their and their country's image as a nation and of their men as depraved, sick animals. The image will stick, warranted or not, and it's up to Indians themselves to correct this perception.

    Ali Khan, were you talking about this story?

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerscruton/2014/08/30/why-did-british-police-ignore-pakistani-gangs-raping-rotherham-children-political-correctness/

    I've read about this awhile back. Sickening.

    Ali, using this case as an opportunity to defend Islam is distasteful to say the least. It has been reported that the attackers were muslims - not widely, of course.

    Sahih Muslim. Chapter 29: Title: It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a captive woman after she is purified of menses or delivery. In case she has a husband, her marriage is abrogated after she becomes captive.

    Not surprised. It's documented in their Qu'ran and Surah quite clearly about how women captives are treated. To even try to defend Islam at this point is idiotic.

    Posted in: Indian police arrest 3 for gang rape of Japanese scholar

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    genjuro

    Those Chinese, Korean, etc owned restaurants CLAIM to serve washoku or Japanese dishes but don't. Watch the travel programmes on TV where they visit 'Japanese' restaurants overseas and see what they serve and what those locals consider to be Japanese foods but aren't.

    I have seen sushi rolls made with bread instead of rice and way worse.

    Most of those places are easily identified by their fake Japanese names.

    Exactly. What is funny and pathetic is that they even PRETEND to be Japanese by doing their fake "irrashaimase" like in this one "Japanese" sushi shop in San Francisco I went to. Tried speaking in simple Japanese to them, just got a "huh?" look. Turns out they're Korean, like so many other fake wannabe Japanese joints. What's the matter, got no Korean pride or confidence in your own cuisine? Or worse, have to create a pseudo-Japanese sushi shop complete with Japanese-styled interior, and pretend to be Japanese to fool Americans who don't know any better?

    Yet another manifestation of Korean insecurity towards Japan and Japanese. Pathetic.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

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    genjuro

    Looks like many non-Muslims here haven't heard of Taqiyya.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiyya

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    genjuro

    The original character in the TV series was played by the brilliant Edward Woodward as a middle-aged, former intelligence British guy living in New York. His background fit perfectly into the role. So was there a need to make the character African-American in the movie? It loses the English character when the main role is played by an actor other than a British one.

    I hope they don't do a movie version of The Professionals and mess with the casting again.

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    genjuro

    Foreign films are a tough sell in America because, in general, the majority of Americans 1) do not like or cannot be bothered to read subtitles, and/or 2) have no interest or clueless about the world beyond their borders. Note that this is not the case in many other countries.

    There are some art-house theaters that specialize in independent and foreign films, but they are few and far in between and only cater to a specific crowd that enjoys watching them.

    Posted in: Foreign films a tough sell in America, but remakes thrive

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    genjuro

    And all along I was thinking of the paradox of Schrodinger's Hello Kitty...

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    genjuro

    some SKoreans people didn't understood that Italian people wanted to watch the derby, not Psy, but because of his presence (who nobody wanted) the ticket was overpriced. Italians protested that. Plus, if you dislike an artist, you can boo him also at La Scala di Milano, and you can't boo Psy? When I tried to explain these things to Koreans people who very, very MAD at Italy, they insulted my country saying we were Fascist allies with Japan, we are envy of SKorea because they are rich, they have Samsung, etc. I was like...really? Seriously? I'm not a nationalistic type, but why should Italy envy SKorea?

    That's Korean logic for you. If you don't agree or praise anything or anyone from Korea, then you're envious, pro-Japan, etc. I like the Samsung part the best. Apparently it makes them feel superior because Samsung is Korean.

    Incredible, isn't it?

    Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records

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    genjuro

    Alex80 I basically agree with you about all the Koreans' obsession with Japan that you have noticed, because it's what I have noticed, too. I haven't seen the movie mentioned in this article, but I have seen a Korean soap opera ("The Race" or something like that). In this soap opera, they (Koreans) keep disparaging Japanese cars and implying that Korea makes better cars than Japan! I was surprised to hear that they dared say Italy envied Korea. Industry-wise, the Koreans still have so much to learn from and catch up with Italy and Japan.

    That's pretty much what anyone would notice if they observed Korean attitudes towards Japan: Koreans are basically obsessed with comparing and proving themselves better and superior than the Japanese. So the question is, why do they keep doing this? What's with the fixation?

    The simple answer is that they have a massive, deeply seated inferiority complex. Basically they know deep inside that Japan and Japanese are much more popular, respected, and admired internationally than they can ever hope to be but can't do anything about it. So, to compensate, they keep spouting off how great Korea is and always compare against Japan. It's some form of national-level psychosis where, if they keep repeating it over and over again, they'll feel better about themselves and they'll start to believe it, too.

    They even have organized VANKers to do their online propaganda in the hopes people not familiar with Asian cultures will believe them. And they'll reach for anything, even claim that something as banal as pop music and the popularity of K-Pop is evidence that Korea is better than Japan. Never mind it's just government-funded, repackaged Western style pop music being promoted due to lack of any interesting real culture they're confident enough to export. Even worse, if you don't agree with their claims of Korean superiority over Japan they'll say you're just "jealous." Unbelievable. Grasping at straws is the only way to describe Koreans and their supporters. It's really sad.

    A divided country since the 1950's, with their own flesh and blood to the North that can annihilate them and wipe out their cities in a blink of an eye. An eternal obsession with being seen as better and superior than Japan and taking every opportunity to tell anyone who'd listen, while oblivious to the fact that they look foolish in their desperation.

    Seriously, you just have to feel sad for Korea and Koreans. What an unfortunate people and culture.

    Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records

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    genjuro

    WOW, if this doesn't clear it up once and for all that South Korea has a MASSIVE chip on its shoulder regarding Japan.

    If this 'let's hate on Japan propaganda movie' gets them through the day and makes them feel superior, then so be it but seriously, how pathetic can one country be?

    Beat me to it. Just exactly what I was to say.

    It's sad, but that's Korea and Koreans for you.

    Posted in: Film on 1597 victory over Japan breaks Korean box office records

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