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jpntdytmrowNov. 23, 2015 - 10:09PM JST
from the ROCKET NEWS (not) 24
"Other anomalies include Finland which ranked high among European countries with 74% of people willing to throw down. Perhaps because they have the solemn duty of protecting Santa’s workshop at all costs."
I completely agree with obvious complete lack of knowledge of anything by the (insert own adjective here) who wrote this article.
Whatever may have possibly and even remotely had teeth in this article is completely null and void by the obvious lack of knowledge of say.....oh, 20th Century history, particularly ....WWII perhaps?!
Look at a map and that in and of itself should be a clue that Finland was lucky not to have become like Estonia or any other country bordering the USSR!!!
People with memories of that experience are still alive.
Thanks to Mocheake and Noble 713 for drawing attention to this. Why oh why do we have to have Rocket (news)24 around?
Posted in: Only 11% of Japanese people willing to fight for their country: Gallup survey
jpntdytmrowNov. 20, 2015 - 09:41PM JST
Meanwhile, the EDUCATIONAL program for CHILDREN,
'Sesame Street' Introduces A New Muppet Character With Autism
Updated October 22, 2015·5:03 PM ET
Thanks for sending this to the 2020 hosts of the Paralympics http://www.paralympic.org/
Where does it stop? Retired persons not contributing to society? Anyone over ...let's say...70?
Wonder how long this article will stay in the archives before being removed?
jpntdytmrowNov. 11, 2015 - 03:35PM JST
Note to self: If caught on highway having raw eggs dropped on my car, remember location of bridge. Exit next ramp.
Drive back to bridge. Stop at a convenient store to buy .....raw eggs.....as many cartons as they have. Go to bridge. Get out of car and throw eggs at the jerks on the bridge until the police arrive.
500 eggs would take a long time to drop so how were they able to have so much time for this act TWICE in ONE day from the SAME bridge!?
Posted in: 2 brothers arrested for throwing eggs from bridge at cars on Tomei Expressway
jpntdytmrowNov. 03, 2015 - 09:01PM JST
Well, the readers have spoken. No one asks us for our opinion but hopefully someone is reading.
Rumsfeld is not respected and people do not agree with this honor being placed upon him.
This article seems like a candidate for one of those articles of significance that
will be soon labeled as "no longer available" when wanting to refer to it again at a later date.
jpntdytmrowOct. 31, 2015 - 08:36AM JST
Ogata for Prime Minister, please!!
Survey of some better seniors in a Japanese high school class showed me that most thought Japan should not take in refugees. Reasons were: Japan is and island. Japan has not fixed Tohoku. The Olympics are too expensive. It is too hard for foreigners to adapt to Japan. There are not enough jobs for them and that will lead them t riot.Japanese cannot communicate with foreigners. There are not enough nursery schools to take care of them. Japan is too far and they will not enjoy it here.
Only a few said they thought Japan should accept them. Many said they honestly had not heard about the situation.
Posted in: Ogata urges Japan to do more to help refugees
jpntdytmrowOct. 31, 2015 - 08:32AM JST
I agree with blocking off certain areas to avoid the traffic stress.
"Let the children have their night of fun and laughter." Winston Churchill (different holiday, though;o).
Posted in: No tricks: Halloween all the rage in Japan as costume play
jpntdytmrowOct. 31, 2015 - 08:28AM JST
Parties all over. Kawasaki, Odaiba, Hachioji, Kokubunji Station on the 24th, even kindergartens are getting into it!Mine has had a real scary one for 10 years! Kids love it! One for little ones tonight with a local parade.
Posted in: Police to be out in force in Tokyo for Halloween on Friday, Saturday nights
jpntdytmrowOct. 30, 2015 - 04:55PM JST
Exactly. I have fond memories of writing nengajo by hand and being excited to get the stack on New Year's Day. I have all of my grandmother's letters saved.
nakanoguy01Oct. 30, 2015 - 04:03PM JST
"i know more and more people have stopped sending negajo, but it really is nice to get something from old friends once a year letting you know how they are. i hate facebook letting me know the minutae of everyone's daily lives. TMI!"
Posted in: New Year postcards go on sale
jpntdytmrowOct. 29, 2015 - 04:58PM JST
I watched this several times and noticed every time that the woman, is basically doing in English what many Japanese women do in Roppongi, and that is laughing an anything a "gaijin" man says. It would be great if the show were really about the business and other talents of these women alone and things that would make them more interesting.
It seems more like a Hugh Hefner type show with his groopies of "intelligent beauties."
Didn't seem like the women had much to do with giving us a new image of the image of "Japanese women" so often seen in the want ads of men looking for "the right Japanese woman." Kind of GHQ-ish.
Or, 1970's-ish? Maybe Bubble era at best? Something old-school.Watch. Japanese women who can speak English.
Posted in: Introducing Japan's first English reality show
jpntdytmrowOct. 24, 2015 - 07:52AM JST
Japan comes UP to the level of KUWTK.
jpntdytmrowOct. 09, 2015 - 08:06AM JST
Basically liked all the replies.
Owned a Chevy Blazer. FUN! BUT, parts corroded and brake pads wore out on rural winding roads in Japan.
Parts were hard to get and expensive and the gas mileage.... well, could not afford to keep that joy ride!
Have owned 3 Toyotas. Why three? All extremely good, rarely any trouble, save some road damage to tires.
Parts easily accessible. Brake pads on same winding roads NEVER needed replacing! All cars were bought used, in great condition. Japanese take good care of cars so used ones are naturally, still good! So, why did I replace the cars?
Because the shaken became too much for the value of the car, so I replaced them with bettr but used cars. What happened to the used cars? Well, they found a new life in "some countries in Asia."
There are any number of used car dealers from various Asian countries willing to ship a good used Toyota or part it out.
They are coveted in Central Asia, too. I would want a reliable car in the desert and on treacherous narrow, steep mountain roads where landslides occur and there is extreme temperature change. Next car, a used TOYOTA!! 100%
Posted in: Why do extremists drive Toyotas? asks U.S.
jpntdytmrowOct. 04, 2015 - 06:46AM JST
I felt confused there. I entered on the first floor and was told I "was doing it wrong and not following the arrows on the floor!"
Really weird experience. I thought the beer section was a good idea!
Needed it after that complete overload. Left with a bathmat that is still in tact.
The funny part was the little fridge magnet cannisters. There were a number of us fondling them lovingly and simultaneously wondering aloud what in the heck one would really put in those. Too small for pasta. Too big for pain killers. Spices? Paper clips? Really cool, but didn't get one.
Haven't been back. No online shopping and it is just too far for the value.
Bought a great wooden-iron rocking chair at J-MART this summer.
Posted in: Passion for life at home for IKEA's man in Japan
jpntdytmrowOct. 04, 2015 - 12:12AM JST
I wonder, the next time I am stopped randomly and asked to show my "papers" oops, I mean "card," will I have to show both. If I show just one, will I be asked to show the other?
I tried showing my driver's license once, but that was not acceptable... like how would I have a Japanese driver's license if I were not legally registered?
Oh, bother. Will it show that I do not own a TV on the card making it unnecessary to pay NHK?
Cash will be okay by me at the convenience store.
jpntdytmrowOct. 03, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
Can you inform us of the necessity to have both my numbah and gaijin card with our personal information on it?
Also, (separate request to JT: What is the reason for some articles becoming "no longer available" in the archives?
Unrelated here so feel free to answer me privately or elsewhere. Thanks).
jpntdytmrowSep. 23, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
Let's see, now.... yes, yes, back in the first half of the 20th Century, the world was at war twice with a particular country with a particular ethnicity, belief system and ideology. Some of the US soldiers fighting that particular nation were of the same ethnicity and religion, German and Christian. One of my US ancestors received the Purple Heart for being killed in action while fighting against the nation his father came from.
One general in particular stands out as being a German-American with a very recognizably German surname. Nevertheless, his family had been in the USA for many generations and the USA still entrusted him with their security. So much so, that after the war with the German nation of his ancestors, he was elected POTUS.
It is possible to see people for their own self worth and not as a representative of an entire ethnic, nation, or religion.
Indeed, many of us hope that that is the case with the USA, the EU, and possibly, Japan where most posters here reside with many having children with names, surnames, ethnicities, religions, beliefs, customs that set them aside from the majority population.
Not to get too preachy, but I cannot hope for the freedoms, rights and opportunities given to my mixed-race children in this country, if I, myself, would deny such to others in my home country.
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jpntdytmrowSep. 21, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
See this fascinating video to get an idea of what "a bag" is.
How many stored there along the OCEAN shoreline!
Posted in: More than 300 bags of decontaminated waste swept away by floods in Tochigi
jpntdytmrowSep. 21, 2015 - 03:03PM JST
I grew up in the US with children from the urban areas moving to the suburban areas, and our area becoming mixed race and culture. Hispanic, Italian and German descendants were there from early on after the Native American population was removed. People from Vietnam, Laos came as well. Later, more children from Korea came. Most of the average Caucasian kids were from families who moved from neighboring rural states for job opportunities. Homes were bought, sold, rented, regularly. My neighboring homes there now have had well over 6 inhabitants over the centuries.
Honestly, one of the hardest parts about raising kids in Japan is that there is very little casual interaction with various cultures outside of the core urban areas.
I am sure the empty homes and rural areas in Japan could handle and thrive with more people of different cultures.
The schools are getting more students from various backgrounds. They are growing up and entering the work force.
The face of Japan is changing, little by little.
But, still have not met one Japanese who is supportive of accepting refugees.
Posted in: Kerry: U.S. to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
jpntdytmrowSep. 14, 2015 - 05:25PM JST
Just laying out there for all to see. Some in people's yards. It was up to some people to get rid of them themeselves. Some are "encouraged" to store it on their own now useless rice fields and farms. A sight to see, even along the new and improved highways.
Was there end of August. Hope the survivors get the help they need and those in temporary housing get assistance.
Can Japan really afford the Olympics? I still have not met anyone who cares for the Olympics.
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
toshikoSep. 12, 2015 - 09:23AM JST
Thank you toshiko!
@jpntdaytmorrow: How does one say, "Oh, that is just heart-breaking" in Japanese? I am sure I have never heard this type of expression.
Shinzouga harisakeru youna itamashii hanashi desu ne. '
Just one of too many expressions since you wrote heart, I wrote one that includes heart. There are many expressions that contain heart ache. Read Japanese novels that are sad story speciality.
Two Germans I know personally wrote of their own experiences as child refugees. The elder crossed the Oder River in 1945 when her family was expelled from land they had called home for hundreds of years just 3 km away. Remembering that experience and hardship, she said she welcomed them. Her tiny town was accepting 200 or so.
The other friend escaped with his siblings and parents August 13, 1961 from East Berlin to West Berlin. Each child was sent to an orphanage until parents settled and could raise them. Recalling his hardship and that experience, he wrote that it was an exciting time and they are more than willing to help these people in their times of need.
I was impressed.
In high school, I commuted by city bus and talked each morning with an Afghan refugee in the early '80's. I can still recall some of the conversations we had. Nah, I think it will work out. No need to show cartoons to refugees anyway.
They are busy trying to stay alive.
Posted in: As Europe opens its doors, Japan considers clamping down harder on asylum seekers
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
Having read many of the comments here by readers (like myself) who are living in Japan only because we were allowed to get some type of visa, it rather amazes me how many likes are attached to what can only be seen as bigoted comments.
It is one thing to be bigoted and xenophobic in one's home country, but quite another to say that certain races or religions are not welcome in an adopted country where one's visa could be removed at any given moment or twist of policy.
When push comes to shove, this government is not going to make any distinctions between believers of "a 7th Century" religion and those who believe a "zero" Century or a "pre-zero Century" religion! All things being equal, foreign is as foreign does when the doors close!
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Dec. 01, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
Unfortunately, there are just really stupid people walking the earth.
Posted in: 16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents
I can't believe climate talks are more important than terrorism. But the herd are buying it.
Posted in: U.S. warns of 'imminent' attack in Afghan capital
Sure, blame it on another country!
Posted in: Japan's pension fund reports record quarterly loss
Dec. 01, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
In Paris yesterday, Putin said:
"At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that…
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Nice try, katsu78, though I am not convinced myself. While I agree that "brainwashing," in its…
Posted in: Do you think the mass media brainwash or try to brainwash the masses in your country?
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