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gokai_wo_manekuNov. 28, 2014 - 06:35PM JST
During 80s bubble era, there were tons of "unskilled" laborers, and there wasn't much trouble. When I was 8 or 9, I remember going to "Little Iran" in Yoyogi Park, where the tens of thousands of Iranian workers gathered and made and sold Iranian food and other goods. I've always wanted to go to Iran. They had a good time.
Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 28, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
Inflation is only good for the 1%. It makes the value of their loans smaller relative to costs. Doesn't help anyone else.
Posted in: Japan consumer inflation slows to 2.9% in October
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 27, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
This morning, a Japanese news show showed a video of a police car pulling up at a park and shooting to death a 12 year old black boy who was playing with a gun. Wow. So I'm glad we don't have guns in Japan.
Posted in: For world's police, force of the law meets the law of force
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 26, 2014 - 04:40PM JST
Well, if it doesn't have tomato sauce, it is not really pizza.
Posted in: Japan serves up yet another weird pizza
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 25, 2014 - 07:39PM JST
When I was studying in the US in the late 90s, my roommate had a poster on the wall that said "Join the Army. Go to foreign countries. Meet foreign people and kill them" (I think that is about right.) He was a pacifist. The Japanese army used to be full of second sons because traditionally, the first son inherited all the family wealth (primogeniture). The second son had to make a living. Oh yes, and gays. But things are changing.
Posted in: SDF taps youth culture in recruitment drive
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 25, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Alphaape, national pride can take forms besides military power, as Japan has shown the past 70 years. Industrial power, technology, stable society etc. In any case, Japanese men are too busy becoming women and women are too busy shopping. They will not be marching into recruiting stations anytime soon.
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 24, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
US outsources to China, Japan outsources to US. Interesting. Well, no troublesome unions in South Carolina to deal with.
Posted in: Bridgestone opens first U.S. giant off-road radial tire manufacturing facility
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 23, 2014 - 08:42PM JST
Look on the positive side. If 100% of the worlds people become obese, they can't fight wars. US military has this problem now. It can't find enough thin people to fight. So it is a beginning of world peace.
Posted in: Nearly 30% of world population is overweight: study
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 23, 2014 - 05:43PM JST
A declining population is not a problem. The population of Japan should fall to about 90 (maybe even 70) million, which is ecologically sustainable. The problem is that there is going to be a period of great stress while the population pyramid is rebuilt. Also, we need some hit movies showing women having fun raising babies instead of little dogs. Portray motherhood as a happy and fulfilling period in life. Use AKB members as the stars. That will do the trick.
Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 23, 2014 - 01:07PM JST
Politicians and bureaucrats sould try to figure out why young people don't make babies anymore. But they can't.
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 22, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
It depends on what the meaning of "dialogue" is.
Posted in: China pledges more dialogue on regional conflicts
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 22, 2014 - 01:03PM JST
Unlike politicians with twitter attention spans, the VP has to wait for actual information from police investigations and reports to find out what happened. He has no access to the crash vehicles etc. Politicians seem not to understand the process and time frame for developing the facts into a coherent and reliable picture, accent on "reliable".
Posted in: After 4 hours of questions, U.S. senators get no clear answers on air bag safety
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 21, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
I saw some of the hearing on TV. The Japanese guy (maybe a VP) is trying to explain completely the problems, but the Senator seems only to have a twitter attention span, and only wants to hear YES or NO. NOW! And the senator is really enjoying lording over the Japanese guy.
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 21, 2014 - 05:47PM JST
Actually, he is sticking it in the face of the Ministry of Finance.
Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics'
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 21, 2014 - 02:04PM JST
Takata started using a cheaper gas that is prone to the moisture problems mentioned above, without modifying the mechanical design. They just wanted to save money. Isn't that what investors want?
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 21, 2014 - 01:59PM JST
Yes, get a Japanese flag on that island, or China will declare it part of the inherent territory of China for historical reasons.
Posted in: Volcanic island still growing after one year
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 20, 2014 - 04:54PM JST
Also, the "cat" neko 猫 is the passive partner in a gay action. I don't know why he is called this.
Posted in: 10 unusual Japanese phrases that use the word ‘cat’
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 20, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
If you want to see a real Zero, go to Yasukuni Shrine, where one is proudly on display.
Posted in: Author says 'The Wind Rises' is full of lies
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 20, 2014 - 10:37AM JST
I haven't seen Eternal 0, but Wind Rises is a war porn smoking commercial. Too bad that was Miyazaki's swan song.
gokai_wo_manekuNov. 19, 2014 - 11:54AM JST
China will soon claim America to have been discovered by Chinese before anyone else. After all, American Indians are actually Chinese, and so America is inherently part of Chinese territory.
Posted in: Erdogan says Islamic explorers discovered America 3 centuries before Columbus
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
Just read in a Dutch newspaper WW2 Dutch Indies veterans find the Yomiuri Shinbun comfort women…
Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition
Antony De Day
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
I fear that most news articles like these shakes me to the very core, the mentality/ethical…
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
I'd add to Tina in saying that it is only by denying the facts that Japan…
Nov. 29, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
Cannot emphasize enough the need to water down the LDP majority, send out a clear message…
Posted in: Japanese Communist Party says it will reverse most of Abe's policies
Nov. 29, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
Japanese people are in no way 'served' by this. They are having their name unfairly humiliated.…