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    genjuro

    Just saw this in the news last night. I'm relieved to hear that she's safe and unharmed. Kudos to the police for acting quickly on that witness' tip. They talked to some people and they said that area was known for some shady people hanging around. I hope the store employee got a proper scolding for his/her lack of common sense. It could've turned out tragic.

    Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 11-year-old girl in Nara

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    genjuro

    Stunned by the first two goals. And another one. And another one.

    This is turning out to be a carnage by the US.

    Posted in: Happy fan

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    genjuro

    @sensei528 @MrNoidall

    Your opinions on this issue may never be popular or accepted on this board, but you make very good points.

    Hats off for expressing them despite the expected opposition and thumbs down you'll get.

    Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight

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    genjuro

    Go, Nadeshiko girls! Wishing you the best.

    Looking forward to a great match.

    Posted in: Women's World Cup win would rekindle Japan's love for soccer: Miyama

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    genjuro

    @MrNoidall

    In Japan: when I order off the Japanese menu in Japanese and the waiter/ waitress blinks incessantly and turns to my Japanese girlfriend and takes the order over again; or when the check comes and I put the money in the tray in front of the server and hand it to them, they return with my change and receipt and they're given directly to my Japanese girlfriend; or when me and my Japanese girlfriend are seated and given menus, the waiter/ waitress turns their back to me to face my Japanese girlfriend and explains the daily specials as if I'm allergic to daily specials.

    So let me get this straight... your girlfriend is Japanese?

    Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?

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    genjuro

    Good job, Nadeshiko girls! That was a tough fight, and England really brought it to them. It looks like we have another US and Japan final repeat. Can't wait.

    Can't help but feel for Bassett. She must be feeling like hell after that accidental own goal. As they say, crap happens.

    Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal

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    genjuro

    This again shows differences in cultures and what is accepted in one is taboo in another. This might be considered funny in Japan but have a white guy in the US do a comedy schtick using a faux Chinese accent and you'll have an uproar.

    I still can't believe she left a lucrative, consulting career for a shot at passing fame in the fickle Japanese entertainment industry. To have been accepted at McKinsey means she's certainly got some brains, so I hope she has a plan B.

    Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics

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    genjuro

    Great job, girls! Mana Iwabuchi, who scored the lone goal, was simply impressive. She's the youngest in the team, but her talent shows in her technique and handling skills. They showed some footage of her playing soccer when she was still in elementary school and you could see she already had it back then. A prodigy.

    Looking forward to the match with England on Thursday morning. Should be a nail-biter.

    Posted in: Japan beats Australia 1-0 to advance to semifinal against England at Women's World Cup

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    genjuro

    This is definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but both the pot and the kettle are actually black in this case.

    You nailed it.

    Posted in: China slams U.S. human rights record

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    genjuro

    It makes me curious how marijuana use became to be taboo in the U.S. and other countries. Traditionally it has been used by glaucoma sufferers, and for other medical treatments in many non-Western countries. It's probably not a stretch to speculate that big pharma already knew of its efficacy way before, and had a hand in its prohibition.

    Posted in: Medical marijuana may help with some illnesses but not all

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    genjuro

    Yet another attempt by Koreans to finagle money from Japan despite all the monies paid by the latter in the past.

    Same kimchi, different day.

    Posted in: S Korean 'comfort women' to file $20 mil lawsuit in California

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    genjuro

    I still can't fathom why the Japanese people voted for this guy into office in the first place. What were they thinking/not thinking?

    With the voting age lowered, I surely hope more young people with independent minds vote to get him and the old boys club out of office. It seems like they're the last hope for Japan's future.

    Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

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    genjuro

    @Heckleberry

    I've seen a lot of pro-Japan posters point out that during the 40 year colonisation, Korea has improved a lot in infrastructure, schools etc. There's truth in that, but there are records going back to 1894 which shows efforts within the Korean scholars to modernise itself, embracing foreign influence and technology. It's true Japan built schools and universities, as Japan wanted Korea to be part of its empire. Plus the early 20th century was the time in history that most of the world were transitioning into the modern era.

    If there are "records" of "efforts" of Korea to modernize by itself from 1894, then how come it was still a dirt-poor, foul city by the turn of the century, until the annexation? Isabella Bird Bishop, a British woman who traveled around Korea in this period wrote in her book "Korea and Her Neighbors" (1898) as follows:

    I shrink from describing intra-mural Seoul. I thought it the foulest city on earth till I saw Peking, and its smells the most odious, till I encountered those of Shao-shing! For a great city and a capital its meanness is indescribable.

    Yet it (Seoul) has no objects of art, very few antiquities, no public gardens, no displays except the rare one of the Kurdong, and no theaters. It lacks every charm possessed by other cities. Antique, it has no ruins, no libraries, no literature, and lastly an indifference to religion without a parallel has left it without temples, while certain superstitions which still retain their hold have left it without a tomb!

    As I sat amidst the dirt, squalor, rubbish, and odd and endisra of the inn yard before starting, surrounded by an apathetic, dirty, vacant-looking, open-mouthed crowd steeped in poverty, I felt Korea to be hopeless, helpless, pitiable, piteous, a mere shuttlecock of certain great powers, and that there is no hope for her population of twelve or fourteen millions, unless it is taken in hand by Russia.

    To sum up, I venture to express the opinion that the circumstances of the large population of Korea are destined to gradual improvement with the aid of either Japan or Russia.

    However Japan made efforts to ban aspects of Korean culture, teaching Japanese in its schools (my own grandmother speaks some Japanese to this day), and the commonest scare tactic used by parents when children are being naughty was to say "behave, or the Japanese guard will come after you", which goes to show they had a reputation for brutality.

    Hogwash. Of course, your Korean grandmother would know Japanese since Korea was under annexation; older Taiwanese people also know Japanese since it was taught in schools when their country was under Japanese rule. The fact is, Japan built many schools and published textbooks in Korean writing Hangul, which had long been abandoned as vulgar writing system by Koreans themselves. They would put the highest value on Chinese culture, not on their own. In addition, Japan abolished the outdated Korean social class system and accepted all Korean children equally to schools. This led to the rise of literacy rate of Koreans.

    South Korea is guilty of far more outright revisionism than Japan is. Look how the photo shows a Korean claiming that Japan "invaded" Korea. Korea was never "invaded" it was annexed. There is not one battle between Korean and Japanese militaries leadug to that colonization, Meantie, there were over 240,000 Koreans serving in the Imperial Japanes armed forces dring WWII. They were busy INVADING other Asian countries and making use of the Comfort Stations. Pres Park Gyun Hye's own father was an Officer in the IJA, the Kwangtung Army no less in China! The moment Imperial Japan lost WWII, South Korea started re-writing it's history, highlighting only it's gripes and suffering under Japanese rule while ignoring it's benefits and advancements, and mostly it's role and particupation in WWII.

    Agreed. Koreans really need to stop their engrained, emotion-based bias against Japan (if that's possible) and look at things from a more objective perspective. In addition to Bishop's book above, I recommend reading studies on the matter such as "The New Korea (1926)" by Alleyne Ireland and "Offspring of Empire (1991)" by Carter J. Eckert, Professor of Korean History at Harvard University.

    Posted in: Unhappy anniversary

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    genjuro

    More like what one one expect from the world's largest 3rd world economy!

    LOL Good one, Yubaru.

    I'm just appalled on how JAL treats its employees, and apparently this isn't an isolated case and has been going on for a while now. It seems like with this old boy's club they can get away with anything. It's too bad since I was planning on booking a flight with them for my summer travels. Looks like ANA will gain a passenger instead.

    Posted in: Flight attendant sues JAL for 'maternity harassment'

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    genjuro

    @Moon1 LOL I didn't even know there was such a class.

    I read about the once-thriving Osaka dance scene. Back in the days apparently they even had packed multi-storied dance clubs there. In Tokyo until the 90's there was the popular Juliana's and others. With this law coming into effect I wonder if some of these old clubs will be revived.

    Posted in: Japan overturns midnight dancing ban

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    genjuro

    The snooping, prying eyes of the US once more extends its reach. When will Japan get out of this imperialist, war-mongering nation's grip.

    Posted in: U.S. to bring Japan under its cyber-defense umbrella

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    genjuro

    @Christopher Glen I admire you for sticking to your beliefs and principles no matter what other people think or say. That's very difficult in this day and age.

    One has to step back and wonder, why in just the last 30-40 years there has been a change in the views society had toward homosexuality. Well, it's not by accident. One has to step back and look at what's really happening. The Global elites have long been planning population control for decades, and one of the ways to do that is by promoting homosexuality, (since by nature homosexual couples can't procreate.) Since the elites control the media, they control, manipulate and have been influencing people in how and what they think, say or do. And they have been doing this for decades. Basically, many people have been duped and bought into the globalists' agenda without their knowing it.

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/01/exposing-global-effort-behind-homosexual-agenda/

    http://newsflavor.com/opinions/population-control-programs-in-use-by-the-us-government/

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/engel/110324

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    genjuro

    @onagagamo I agree. UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and other European countries are having social problems since their liberal immigration policies of allowing Muslims into their countries. I hope Japan learns something from this.

    Posted in: If Muslims in Japan live peaceful lives without forgetting the virtues of Islam, understanding of Muslims will spread.

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    genjuro

    7-11 coffee is pretty good coffee. I prefer it over Starbucks burnt beans any day.

    I haven't tried Blue Bottle coffee but I hope it lives up to the hype.

    Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo

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    genjuro

    @Jorge Hint: Paragaph breaks

    Sure, go and help yourself freely to GMO, Swaminathan Aiya. I'm sure Monsanto wouldn't mind.

    Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.

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