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marcelitoMay. 02, 2016 - 05:36PM JST
The opposition showed during surveys doesn't matter at all since those of the sheep that will bother to show up for the election will vote LDP back in again this summer and then bend over some more. Hopeless.
Posted in: Majority oppose constitutional revision under Abe: poll
marcelitoMay. 02, 2016 - 12:25PM JST
How stupid - he just threw away his school teachers career ( a guaranteed job till retirement ).
Posted in: Elementary school teacher caught lifting man's wallet on train
marcelitoMay. 02, 2016 - 11:56AM JST
"Hogwash. Taiwan was part of Japan from 1895 to 1945."
I think "occupied " is the appropriate word you should be using here.
Posted in: Taiwan sends patrol ships after fishing boat seized by Japan
marcelitoMay. 01, 2016 - 01:20PM JST
*Readers in this venue keep banging on about how the Japanese lost the bid due to their incompetence. Would it be out of place to remind commentators that the Germans also lost out?
Indeed, but this is a Japan focused forum and the above article is about why Japan lost the bid, since they were the early favourites due to Abbott / Abe connection ( Germans were not).
I think Smith,s post summarises it clearly.
Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream
marcelitoMay. 01, 2016 - 10:33AM JST
"Japanese officials still want Australia to explain why they lost"
I think this article along with others in Australian media explains it pretty clearly, but it is probably too difficult /troublesome for the J-bureaucrats to analyze their loss objectively themselves so they want someone else to do it for them. Kind of echoes their whole approach to the tender process. Well playd by the French on the other hand.
tinawatanabe - "Japan was depicted as an enemy "
Oh yes, the poor old Japan is a victim " whine again.
Funny how the "enemy" was the frontrunner who only lost due to their incompetent bumbling.
Give it a rest.
marcelitoApr. 29, 2016 - 05:10PM JST
I second that. That the elderly can get their license renewed so easily without being put through an actual test to check their reflexes and driving ability is ridiculous and endangers not only them but more importantly all the other drivers on the road. What will it take for the fossilised govt. bureaucracy to finally do something about it for the sake of public safety? Since TIJ where doing anything slightly disadvantaging to the oldies who are key to winning any election here gets put on a backburner, I'm not holding my breath.
Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision
marcelitoApr. 29, 2016 - 04:57PM JST
" Japanese don't urinate in public "
LOL,...oh c'mon you are killing us here.
I,d love to introduce you to the couple of oyajis that I come across regularly week after week on my way home that perform their pissing in public rituals next to the local Lawson as I drive by. Like clockwork....I,ve been conducting my own " etiquette campaign " by honking them every time as I drive past which doesn't seem to affect them in any way whatsoever since I,ve been seeing them perform their " bodily functions " in the same area for about a year. Gotta love country folk and their " J-discretion "....now what were you saying again?
Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'
marcelitoApr. 28, 2016 - 03:31PM JST
Joel Matheson - thanks for a very insightful post.
Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France
marcelitoApr. 28, 2016 - 03:23PM JST
" very hard " it may be, but it has stopped people drowning as they try to reach Oz territory on smuggler boats.
The Liberal party got this one right.
Posted in: Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers
marcelitoApr. 28, 2016 - 01:26PM JST
Android " plastic garbage is stuffed after a year and you have to upgrade."
Have switched from Iphone to Android a few years back and have to respectfully disagree.
If you stay away from the cheapest Android brands and stick to say Samsung or Sony ,they seem to last as long as an Iphone.
Posted in: Apple reports iPhone sales down; 1st revenue drop since 2003
marcelitoApr. 26, 2016 - 05:01PM JST
" Many government schools have changed from teaching Japanese to Chinese "
And exactly how is this difficult to understand?
Japan is in slow international decline while China is the new superpower. Simple fact that will only get more reinforced with time. If I had a kid in school I would tell him / her to study Chinese over Japanese for their future, s sake.
It's 2016 not 1986, Japan,s peak has long passed.
marcelitoApr. 26, 2016 - 04:42PM JST
Finally a contest worth having :-)
Posted in: Miss Hooters Japan Contest 2016
marcelitoApr. 25, 2016 - 08:02AM JST
Population being screwed by Abe,s LDP left, right and centre still keeps returning Jiminto,s candidates. This is beyond help or hope. Everyone just gaman some more and enjoy the ship sinking.
Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election
marcelitoApr. 24, 2016 - 08:54PM JST
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary general of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, indicated the same day that he intends to seek cooperation from the opposition to ensure parliamentary passage by the Group of Seven leaders summit
This is the same S. Tanigaki who as a leader of LDP in opposition refused to co-operate in Diet proceedings with DPJ after the 3/11 earthquake and nuclear meltdown unless PM Kan stepped down. Playing the lowest of low forms of politics during the greatest crisis postwar Japan had faced.
marcelitoApr. 24, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
Power to her. Disabled athletes like her are very inspirational and deserve nothing but respect.
Posted in: Ready to roll
marcelitoApr. 24, 2016 - 09:16AM JST
Thats obvious. If they asked for apology ( being an aggressor nation in WW2) unlikely that a US president would come.
marcelitoApr. 23, 2016 - 11:33AM JST
Well said Jeff.
Personally I see nothing wrong with Obama visiting Hiroshima.
Looking forward to a Japanese PM visiting Nanking sometime in the next century.
marcelitoApr. 17, 2016 - 10:46AM JST
Sympathise with the guys down there..spent 5 days sleeping in a car after 3/11 due to no power and electricity at home and constantly aftershocks.
Everyone in Kyushu, try to keep up the spirits...it will gradually get better from now on.
Btw, hope bass is doing allright down there.
Posted in: Some sleep in cars after 2 nights of quakes kill 41 in Kyushu
marcelitoApr. 06, 2016 - 02:30PM JST
Agree with Leig and Brad,
McDonalds Japan needs to emulate what eg. Australia is providing. New store designs and interiors, new menus with healthier options, burger customization, reasonably funky looking new style McCafes ....what they are doing with their little tweaks to the menu in Japan is not enough.
Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went
marcelitoApr. 05, 2016 - 10:04PM JST
Akira Kawahara, senior managing director of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, told Reuters the rules were “suddenly proposed and suddenly implemented
C,mon Akira - nobody likes to loose part of their profit, but no new rules in Japan are proposed or implemented suddenly.
Posted in: Drugmakers say Japan R&D spending at risk after government forces price cuts
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May. 04, 2016 - 08:55AM JST
Google increases real-world testing in four cities including... Kirkland, Washington
Autonomous cars coming to a Costco…
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May. 04, 2016 - 08:52AM JST
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Posted in: Cruz, Trump trade insults to the end as Indiana votes
May. 04, 2016 - 08:51AM JST
Japanese tax residents have the option to pay or not pay tax on miscellaneous income up…
Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home
May. 04, 2016 - 08:48AM JST
If he wants every documentary and anything else concerning the war that comes on TV in…
Posted in: Obama still undecided about Hiroshima visit
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May. 04, 2016 - 08:45AM JST
neuterIng cats curb their appetite? Must be a Japanese thing. . . .
Posted in: 3,000 cats neutered to protect remote island's native rabbits
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