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heretoolongMay. 23, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
One of the more enjoyable articles I've read. Good on those boys for having a great adventure!!
Posted in: Kanagawa junior high school friends set out on 80-km adventure to Hakone by skateboard
heretoolongMay. 23, 2013 - 08:43AM JST
I was most surprised to have a business trip to Hiroshima many years back, and got into a cab and it was a gaijin!! Very surprising, but cool experience!
Posted in: The secret slang of Japanese cabbies
heretoolongMay. 17, 2013 - 09:08AM JST
I agree that the major cities are already 24 hour cities, but not in the same sense as N. America and Europe are. I heard before that it's the hotels and taxi companies paying kickbacks to the train companies to not run 24/7 so that many people are either forced to take a taxi or stay in a hotel. Can anybody shed any light on that? I'm not sure if a story like that has been run before on JT.
Posted in: Can Tokyo be transformed into a 24-hour city?
heretoolongMay. 17, 2013 - 08:15AM JST
By the way, doesn't this go against Article 99 of the Japanese constitution???
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
heretoolongMay. 17, 2013 - 08:11AM JST
I fail to see how this is a "lack of sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution." Do these kinds of "apologies" really work in this country? I guess so if all you have to do is go before a horde of cameras and video cameras and kowtow before the public saying sorry like we so often see. But his comments have nothing to do with Japan's forced prostitution of some 200,000 women who were brutally raped throughout their service to the Empire of Japan. Hashimoto just proves again what an ignorant fool he is, and shows his (obvious) lack of understanding of Japanese history.
heretoolongMay. 17, 2013 - 07:59AM JST
"Japan’s far-right politicians have lost their minds,” South Korea’s JoongAng Daily...now I can say I finally disagree with some of the sentiments coming from Korea regarding Japanese politics: I don't think they have ever had a sound mind in the first place. Hashimoto teaming up with Ishihara, what did you expect?
heretoolongMay. 15, 2013 - 10:56AM JST
Of course the link that Sensato posted with Abe in the fighter jet with the 731 number on it, you know they will advocate that it never existed, and all the experiments with the bubonic plague, anthrax, vivisections, frost bite, gas chambers etc carried out by Shiro Ishii, and in which the remaining data that wasn't destroyed when Japan got out of Harbin, China and handed over the US in exchange for immunity for the members of Unit 731, you know that it never took place, right? It's all fabrications by the international community because they hate Japan...Right. Just like the Rape of Nanking never happened and is a fabrication by the Chinese, right?
What is wrong with a nation that can be this ignorant of it's history and still elect politicians like this over and over?
Posted in: China, S Korea criticize Hashimoto over comfort women comments
heretoolongMay. 10, 2013 - 09:58AM JST
AKBfan, I got a scholarship to play Division 1 sports in the US, and never, ever heard of this in my sport, nor in any other sports at my university.
Glad those boys could stand up for themselves. They shouldn't have had to be in that position in the first place, but bullying really is rampant in this society isn't it? I fear for my kids when they enter JHS/HS, too.
Posted in: Yamanashi high school soccer club members assault younger students in shower
heretoolongApr. 29, 2013 - 03:03PM JST
I'm am so sick and tired of dodging people who are not looking where they're walking because their eyes are glued to their phones and they can't see 10cm in front of their faces. Now, I just let them bang into my shoulder if they don't have the wherewith all to pay attention and look where they walk.
Posted in: Smartphone users who text while they walk becoming a hazard
heretoolongMar. 21, 2013 - 08:56AM JST
As with everybody else, this article used very poor examples to prove a lack of street smarts. I do agree with the premise, but very poorly chosen examples.
Furthermore, what do you expect from people who are lead around like sheep, told when to cross, told when to walk, have guides holding flags explaining things while nobody looks where they walk, and then you wonder why Japanese have problems when they go abroad?
I realize that this isn't representative of everybody in this country, and could be representative of people from any country, but the fact is that Japan is, typically, very very safe, and people here don't pay attention, and don't look out for themselves; that is somebody elses job, right? Thus, they often do run into trouble when traveling overseas.
Posted in: Japanese travelers abroad lack street smarts
heretoolongMar. 19, 2013 - 12:04PM JST
What could have taken the police 16 months to charge this idiots? Seriously? Were they asking for a higher kickback to look the other way and didn't get enough? Snails can move faster than the police in this country, but if they had all been Gaijin, you know they would have been charged within a week.
Posted in: 10 drivers to be charged over 2011 pileup involving 8 Ferraris and a Lamborghini
heretoolongMar. 11, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
You can do Nyotaimori (女体盛り) if you know where to go!!
Posted in: Survey among expats: What did you think about Japan before you started living here?
heretoolongMar. 11, 2013 - 04:22PM JST
My heart goes out to those who are still in makeshift housing due to the ineptness of the Japanese gov't. It's amazing when they want to build something it goes up in a month, but when they want to take their sweet ass time, it takes a decade. Unreal. I understand the cleanup process has taken an immense amount of time, but 2 years later and people still don't have a place of their own to live seems just absurd to me. Stay strong Tohoku!!!
Posted in: Americans gave $712.6 mil to disaster-hit Japan: report
heretoolongMar. 08, 2013 - 09:45AM JST
What an outstanding man in a horrendous situation. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter and probably did what he thought was the best thing, we can all be armchair quarterbacks and say this and that, but dying to protect his daughter brought a tear to my eye. RIP dad.
I hope somebody gives his daughter the life she deserves.
Posted in: Father dies sheltering 9-year-old daughter from blizzard
heretoolongMar. 08, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
With everybody else on this. My best mate had a pitbull which was among the sweetest, most friendly dogs I have ever interacted with. It's the owners responsibility to train it and control it.
Posted in: Owner of dog that mauled 90-year-old woman to death jailed for 14 months
heretoolongMar. 07, 2013 - 03:24PM JST
Turning to an exorcist is considered acceptable, while getting psychiatric treatment is ostracized here - go figure. Why aren't counselors being dispatched by the gov't to help with their, greatly understandable, stress that I imagine many are suffering from.
Posted in: Haunted by trauma, tsunami survivors turn to exorcists
heretoolongMar. 01, 2013 - 11:04AM JST
Sounds like something from Spies Like us!!! Go figure!
Posted in: Dennis Rodman tells Kim Jong Un he has 'friend for life'
heretoolongFeb. 21, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
Why the heck hasn't Japan ever ratified it? Is it, possibly, in effect to be able to keep foreign parents from "taking" their children home when family disputes arise or divorce happens? Is it only to protect Japanese family members while screwing over foreigners from access to their own kids?
Posted in: Japan expected to ratify Hague Convention on child abduction
heretoolongFeb. 20, 2013 - 08:58AM JST
I really enjoy his books, and I hope it's better than 1Q84 - the third book was just horrendous.
Posted in: Murakami's new book out in April
heretoolongFeb. 20, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
Wow, two years for each person, what a joke Japanese law is! He doesn't even have a license! That lone should get him 5-8 years, then, minimum 10 years per victim giving him 45 years in prison.
JT needs to get their facts straight as others have mentioned, she WAS pregnant!!!
Posted in: Youth gets 5-8 years for killing 3 with car
May. 26, 2013 - 03:11AM JST
As reported earlier, worldviews of the United States continue to worsen, with most countries having a…
Posted in: Obama wants to end 'war on terror' but Congress balks
May. 26, 2013 - 02:55AM JST
I am Japanese, not Italian, Russian or American. I love my country with fervor 'kokoro' and…
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
May. 26, 2013 - 02:46AM JST
The utterances of the Japanese right wing politicians are simply a reflection of the opinion of…
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
May. 26, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
I suspect Elvis is living out his last few years up there.
Elvis lives in Osaka.…
Posted in: The grave of Christ – Japanese town solves many of world’s mysteries
May. 26, 2013 - 02:17AM JST
People get their identity stolen already, it would be dumb to have something like this. Just…
Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number