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malfupeteMay. 23, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
@maria - I agree, during one of my trips to Okinawa, we visited the himeyuri museum. The experience was... numbing, but in a good way. It really gave you an insight as to what was going on on the island during the closing days of WW2. And the story behind it was just so sad, not to mention the portraits of all the young girls along the walls who perished
Posted in: Places in Japan that made an impact on foreign visitors
malfupeteMay. 23, 2013 - 03:54AM JST
@chibachick: pretty sure that is a tactic that j-lawyers tell the japanese spouse - deny access and get the LBP to pony up the child support with no guarantee of contact in the future. Its malicious and deceitful that its allowed to happen.
One thing that I noticed now, Air Line companies (at least Air Canada) now require a letter from the parent giving permission for the other parent to travel with the children and specify a return date - probably hoping to avoid any lawsuits that could crop up. No idea if this letter has any real legal bearing though.. and it could always be forged.
Funny thing is, my wife and kids just left for Japan to visit her parents, I typed up the letter and all, and the check-in desk didn't even ask to see it!!!!
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
malfupeteMay. 22, 2013 - 09:54PM JST
The Hague Convention works if there is sufficient political will to back it up. The problem is Japan doesn't really recognize this type of kidnapping as a crime. To them, it just looks like J-Nationals simply returning to their homeland or some nonsense.
This is a good first step but when we need to actually see it in action
malfupeteMay. 22, 2013 - 07:50AM JST
With Japan's points system and institutional racism.. why would any "elite" immigrant want to go there? Probably a moot point because large immigration levels ain't going to happen anytime soon
Posted in: Scrambling for the immigrant elite
malfupeteMay. 22, 2013 - 04:10AM JST
First class flyers basically subsidize the flight for the rest of us peasants
I've even heard of a scheme where airlines may start charging for window seats..
Posted in: Do you think airlines are sneaky about fuel surcharges, fees for extra baggage and other charges for various services?
malfupeteMay. 21, 2013 - 11:19PM JST
I don't understand how a city mayor can also be directly involved in a national political party.. surely some conflicts of interest there.
That being said... if someone like Michael Bloomberg started spouting this nonsense, there'd be a riot in NYC
Posted in: Hashimoto hits back at polls showing majority disagree with his comments
malfupeteMay. 21, 2013 - 11:15PM JST
The worst thing a wealthy parent can do is make their child aware that they are wealthy
Posted in: Poor little rich kids
malfupeteMay. 21, 2013 - 11:12PM JST
one quarter of positive GDP growth does not make a recovery - the key point is will this be a sustained recovery. An aging society, a collapsing pension system, falling birthrates, awful job prospects for the nation (just read that other JT article about the 59 yr old man and his 3 stay at home sons)... even if the currency is devalued to being worthless and Japanese goods are all in vogue again, I wonder how much of that will actually be produced within the country and not in Thailand or Vietnam were wages are much much lower than what a Japanese employee will demand.
Posted in: Is Japan's economic rebound a recipe for Europe?
malfupeteMay. 17, 2013 - 09:35PM JST
Hey China, go back to being a vassal state of the mongol empire - then lets talk
Posted in: Chinese general says Ryukyu islands do not belong to Japan
malfupeteMay. 15, 2013 - 10:03PM JST
If it helps them sell phones in less afluent markets then its good for the company as not everyone can afford a $700 iPhone
Posted in: RIM unveils cheaper BlackBerry
malfupeteMay. 15, 2013 - 09:55PM JST
what a stupid survey. My 4 year old son can come to the same conclusions as these "experts" - If only one company uses iOs and the other 95% use Android, which do you think will have a bigger number? No one cares about the OS market, people care about market share of the companies themselves and what it means to the bottom line and for shareholders.
Android dominance is great for Google because they can use the platforms for ad revenue... but is Samsung happy sharing the Android space with HTC, Motorola, and the others? I think not..
of the 156 million phones sold in the first 3 months, how does this break down? Because as an investor, this is key info!
Posted in: Android, Samsung extend smartphone lead: survey
malfupeteMay. 15, 2013 - 03:12AM JST
surely there was a more secure location to do this psychiatric assesment - prison hospital? so if the prosecutor's office cannot be held responsible, should it be the prefectural police taken to task for not taking precautions?
Posted in: Murder suspect commits suicide in hospital
malfupeteMay. 14, 2013 - 10:28PM JST
its like Jack Sparrow with a bird on his head, no biggie
Posted in: Will Disney's new Tonto be any better?
malfupeteMay. 14, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
i love how they call these herbs
Posted in: Japan gets tough on law-evading hallucinogenic herbs
malfupeteMay. 14, 2013 - 01:55AM JST
Takuro Morinaga is same "tv personality and economic analyst" who proposed a tax on "handsome men"
and judging by the look of him, he won't be paying any tax any time soon...
His comments about the 24hr tokyo are spurious at best.. please, tokyo being overrun by foreign nationals? If tokyo wants to truly be seen as an International City... get used to it
Posted in: Can Tokyo be transformed into a 24-hour city?
malfupeteMay. 14, 2013 - 12:10AM JST
Tobey McGuire is the worst actor ever and I refuse to see this movie because of him.. but I'm a fan of Leo movies. I'm torn!!
Posted in: Fitzgerald's Hollywood ending followed sad death
malfupeteMay. 13, 2013 - 09:57PM JST
what does a tall/grande 本日のコーヒ go for these days at Starbucks japan?
Posted in: Starbucks on track to open 1,000th store in Japan
malfupeteMay. 13, 2013 - 09:53PM JST
The priests who run Yaskuni say that all the spirts there coalesce into one entity... which to me being the unreligious type sounds like a huge load of BS, but that's me being insensitive. On the other hand, it almost sounds too convenient that they can't seperate the criminals from the common soldiers..
and even on the third other hand, its about time China and Korea stopped throwing their toys out of the pram every time a politician goes there. Germany doesn't make a stink to the US when an official visits Arlington or any of the war cemetaries around Europe and vice versa when a German official does the same. We're talking about events that happened almost 70 years ago!!
Posted in: LDP policy chief to keep visiting Yasukuni Shrine
malfupeteMay. 13, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
This kid is the exception to the rule in Japan.. but good on him
Posted in: 13-year-old boy commended by police for rescuing woman from train groper
malfupeteMay. 13, 2013 - 12:51PM JST
my son learned english and japanese... he's 4.
I'd reason wtfjapan is successful in Japan is that because of his ability (or in this case lack of ability) means he can't be hired by a japanese firm, therefore saving his work/life balance and not being ko'd by having to work until 11pm every night.
I'd definitely call that a success
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
May. 24, 2013 - 12:06AM JST
A 75-year-old Pakistani man was hacked to death in Birmingham on May 2nd.
That never made…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
May. 24, 2013 - 12:01AM JST
Abe looks like he's asleep
Posted in: A visit from Thai PM
Is it "illict" to sleep with a married person in Japan?
When that person is married…
Posted in: Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair
May. 23, 2013 - 11:59PM JST
I am miles away of defending these killers. BUT 3 days ago I watch a TV…
Posted in: Soldier's murder is attack on Britain, betrayal of Islam: Cameron