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    hatsoff

    Windows cannot be opened, and doors open only when the train fully stops, which takes several minutes.

    Yet, in a country with strict gun control and low crime rate, security is lax — no identification or baggage checks required.

    How is this different to any other country? No one checks my baggage on domestic journeys in England. The doors won't open until the train stops and the driver pushes the button... Hardly a Japan/shinkansen-specific problem. The thing is to have a clear understanding that of a fire breaks out, the car should be immediately evacuated by moving to another one and keeping any interconnected doors closed.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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    I would hope that the idiots who voted these idiots in would vote them out. Unfortunately, I can't see it happening.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

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    China’s development has already given Japan very great benefits.

    This is very true. Japanese companies have benefitted greatly from Chinese markets. China has a great landscape and history, tourism could and should grow. Unfortunately, the rhetoric that comes from China's military growth is disconcerting for many countries, not just Japan.

    Wang said a good Japanese friend had said to him that China was only returning to the position it once held historically, “so we Japanese should accept it completely”.

    Excuse me? Imagine if Japan said the same!

    Posted in: China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise

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    The sooner they ban hate speech, the better. Unfortunately, as Papi has shown, it's more likely the kind of 'hate speech' that would be banned is not supporting the filth coming from these morons because it's 'unpatriotic' to be against them.

    Utter tosh but plays well with the anti-Japan crowd. These people are fools, certainly, but do not represent the Japanese population at large.

    Posted in: Standing guard

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    This broke my heart. It's a very human story.

    Every country has fallen for similar propaganda from their own government. From the time of Horace: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. "It is sweet and right to die for your country."

    Wilfred Owen, a poet who died in the First World War wrote:

    "If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, my friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, the old Lie; Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."

    And yet this quote appears in WWI memorials in English churches and at Arlington National Cemetery.

    In 1854, Tennyson wrote of the Crimean War: "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die." Almost 100 years later it was applicable to the kamikaze pilots of Japan.

    And one final, modern quote, from Paul Weller: "You choose your leaders and place your trust , as their lies wash you down and theor promises rust..."

    Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

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    Its nobodys business but japans. Move on!

    That's not true. Universities are international places of learning. Yes, the minister was talking about national universities but that's only because he has no influence with private universities.

    It's a stupid idea and the university presidents should just ignore this idiot.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

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    As far as I can understand from Smith point of view, China can do military drills, kill people and do their madness with their neighbors, but Japan cannot defend herself and help other nations. If not, so how do you expect an army to be prepared to the war that her neighbor is provoking? Do you think that people should only stand on the corner and eat hot dogs and smile as if nothing wrong is happening? You definitely doesn't know what you are talking about.

    Mitsuo, don't bother wasting your breath. Smith is anti-Japan through and through, yet more than happy to suck the good out of this land when it suits. Any sign of trouble and he'll scuttle back to Canada safe and sound.

    Posted in: New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes: Japan

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    He says he hit something but didn't know what it was. But if he was innocent and had a clear conscience, he would have stopped after seeing his friends plough into that innocent family's car. But he didn't even stop to help his friends. You don't have to be Sherlock to smell the BS.

    Posted in: Man arrested over about fatal car crash, hit-and-run

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    No oceans, no planet. No planet, no future.

    It ain't rocket science to figure that out.

    So here's the crucial question: are the species Japan hunts endangered? If the answer is no, then it's sustainable. Plenty of other things going on that are really killing the planet.

    Posted in: U.S. high court won't hear appeal over anti-whaling campaign

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    hatsoff

    And it is in this kind of context that Japan feels the need to amend its constitution and create closer ties with neighbouring countries. That's sensible and forward looking. The usual anti-Japan crowd - notable by its absence here - would have you believe Abe wants to re-enact the 1920s and 30s and build another empire instead.

    Posted in: Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

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    hatsoff

    BREAKING NEWS - Blatter to resign http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32982449

    Posted in: Japan's Tashima rules out revolt against Blatter

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    hatsoff

    “He is responsible for overseeing the organisation,” said Tashima. “But no direct charges have been brought against the president himself so at this point it’s unlikely we will demand his resignation.”

    Totally misses the point. If you oversee an organisation, you have to take responsibility if you can't root out the corruption and restore faith in it. FIFA has had a bad smell around it for years and Blatter has been unsuccessful at plugging it.

    Honorable men would fall on their sword.

    Posted in: Japan's Tashima rules out revolt against Blatter

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    I wish Japan would stick to one method of describing the magnitude of earthquakes. I've now read that the first one on Saturday evening was 4, 5 and now 8. Which was it?

    Notice the difference between magnitude and intensity ("shindo"). I think the Japanese way of describing earthquakes is really useful. A magnitude 8 earthquake out in the ocean somewhere might be felt in, say, Tokyo as a "shindo" 3, which is nothing to worry about. The shindo / intensity number gives you the real story. Now, whenever I hear of an earthquake I look for the shindo rating.

    Posted in: 12 injuries reported from Saturday night's quake

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    hatsoff

    I hope more national teams threaten to pull out of the next World Cup, which England and other UEFA members have said is a possibility if Blatter remains. And it would be good to see the major sponsors pull their support too.

    Posted in: FIFA boss Blatter plots another great escape

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    hatsoff

    This bone passing thing is kind of macabre.

    When I heard of this I thought so too but in practice found it to be the opposite. I did this with my wife at her grandmother's cremation. In our western societies death has become a taboo. I interpreted this act as a gesture of love and care for a loved relative, and appreciated that I was able to do this even after she had died. Who better to place the ashes in the urn than your family, rather than the impersonal hands of funeral staff.

    Posted in: Man admits flushing ashes of wife down supermarket toilet

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    hatsoff

    @gokaiwomaneku I'm British, and I can assure you there is much national contrition and awareness of what happened during the colonial years. The difference between the UK and Japan is that we recognise what happened, we even teach it in school. You should try it.

    I'm British too but I don't see "much" national contrition in British society. Of course, that doesn't mean the British want to start an empire again (nor do the Japanese) but thoughts of the days when Britain was "great" still bring a rosy glow to many. Look at the leap in support for UKIP, which has made great strides with a highly sanitized Britain was better when it was white message, never once acknowledging that the success and Britishness they wish to recreate was based on an Empire economy and free movement of peoples just as long as they were the colonial masters. Oh no, we don't want all those foreigners getting uppity, do we? Contrition? I don't think so.

    I don't think Japan needs to take lessons from the British.

    Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history

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    Are the species of whale they hunt endangered?

    Posted in: Iceland whale meat shipment to Japan sparks protests

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    hatsoff

    show a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto a feature known as Mischief Reef.

    So quite literally it's China making Mischief.

    Posted in: China hits back at Obama over military muscle in South China Sea

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    hatsoff

    South Korea condemned on Monday Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands

    But it's okay for them to have a whole industry based on selling "I love Dokdo / Dokdo is Korea" souvenirs?

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    hatsoff

    I can't think of anything more annoying than going to a concert and having everyone in front of me holding their phones or iPads up in the air.

    Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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