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movieguyFeb. 25, 2014 - 01:53PM JST
Hanyu opened the door to this. So was he saying he wanted to help Tohoku by using his notoriety because he was being genuine or because it sounds good as a sound bite? Many celebrities say things because they sound good and I think the criticism here is that he shouldn't have spoken so quickly because some people may believe he just wants to sound good. He seems like a good kid, but I don't think he was/is planning to actually start an NPO or start criticizing anyone in order to get it done. I'm sure he's being genuine in that he wants to help them, but was/is he going to put his words into action?
Posted in: If Yuzuru Hanyu genuinely wants to serve the people of Tohoku, he should bring their challenges before the eyes of the world and demand that Japan's government stop ignoring the disaster-struck region.
movieguyFeb. 10, 2014 - 12:58PM JST
I like LINE and FB, but they are two separate animals and to say that FB's "messaging service" is as good as LINE's is ridiculous. Of course I'm going to use LINE when I want to get in touch with someone quickly.
Most of my friends in Japan (Japanese and international) say that Twitter is just for talking to yourself. There's very little communication going on. I use LINE when I want to talk with friends or groups of friends quickly and I use FB mail for messages that I don't need a reply right away or just want to send them links.
With that being said, I don't believe that survey taking in Japan has reached the quality and accuracy of North America. The way questions are phrased are usually leading.
Posted in: Line, Twitter, Facebook: Japanese people vote on their favorite social networking services
movieguyJan. 26, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
This is why I trust hardly anyone over 60.
Posted in: New NHK head's 'comfort women' remark stirs controversy
movieguyJan. 20, 2014 - 02:32PM JST
Dolphin hunting in Taiji has not been long at all. Even "The History of Taiji," published by Taiji town in 1979, says the first recorded dolphin hunt was in 1933, with other hunts happening in 1936 and 1944. It was not until 1969 that dolphin hunting was held on a large scale. The history of the dolphin hunts spans not centuries but only 45 years in total.
Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt
movieguyJan. 09, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
I did add to it. You just chose to copy and paste the part where I agreed with you. The part after that talked about the content where you said the content of the tests weren't a problem. The content on the tests are a problem.
Explain how foreign country is not redundant and unnecessary when ALL countries are foreign? Why is it necessary to say foreign when talking about other countries? How does it add to the discourse? Using the word "foreign" is a pejorative by definition and just because something is correct or accepted does not mean it is not redundant or unnecessary. There is a definite connotation to using the word and though this politician might not mean anything by it because it's so fixed in the way he speaks does not mean people should ignore how language is used.
I have no problem in using the term foreign when referring to culture, business, trade, commerce or almost any other noun, but the word country itself refers to any country outside one's own, therefore foreign.
Posted in: After six years at middle and high school, students should be able to hold a conversation in English, but it doesn’t work that way in this country. That's why we are switching from English for entrance examinations to English that will let us communicate with people in foreign countries.
movieguyJan. 09, 2014 - 02:47PM JST
slumdog - Yes, English on the tests is real English, but the tests to enter universities in Japan do not prepare students to communicate with others overseas. So many of the students who do well on the English entrance examinations are not able to have the most basic of conversations. The content on the test is important because they do not measure the ability to communicate. They measure their ability to comprehend grammar and long reading passages, but the tests do not show ability to communicate, so the content or how they are being tested is important. Everyone agrees that interview tests are needed, but no one wants to spend the money nor the time that would require when they only have two days that the tests are administered as they are now.
As for "foreign countries," maybe you shouldn't be commenting on something related to English education. Unnecessary and redundant are synonyms. Saying foreign country is redundant. All countries are foreign. The adjective is unnecessary. Politicians and others use the term to place a negative label on countries that are not their own. We should be using "other countries," but we should NOT be using "overseas countries." You're being redundant again. It should be "overseas" or "abroad." Why is it necessary to label other countries as "foreign?"
movieguyJan. 09, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Is there such a thing as a "non-foreign" country?
Is there such a thing as a "non-foreign" country?
Yes, many people refer to them as their own countries.
My point was would they say actually say non-foreign country when referring to their own country. The term foreign country is totally redundant and unnecessary... See what I did there?
movieguyJan. 09, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
So let me get this straight. The Kawasaki police said the case about the gang rape suspect "was not going to be made public," but the Kawasaki police felt this was necessary to report. Why? Not to say that people being injured on an escalator in public isn't a safety issue, but why wouldn't a gang rape in Kawasaki not be reported?
Posted in: 10 injured in escalator accident in Kawasaki
movieguyJan. 09, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
movieguyDec. 27, 2013 - 09:06AM JST
He's not retiring. He just doesn't understand the word retire. He's flamed out this past year he's going to take time off. That's all.
Posted in: Justin Bieber flirts with retirement in Christmas tweets
movieguyDec. 27, 2013 - 04:46AM JST
@danalawton... That's the point and it's modern day slavery in almost every aspect of the employment industry in Japan.
Posted in: Rakuten gives Tanaka OK to join MLB
movieguyDec. 19, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
Before reading all of the comments I kept looking for the words "stayed" and "suspended." Does anyone else do that when reading about crimes in Japan?
Posted in: Former AIJ president gets 15 years for pension fund fraud
movieguyDec. 17, 2013 - 02:06PM JST
Modern day slavery and no one questions anything.
Posted in: MLB, Japanese baseball officials agree on posting system protocol
movieguyDec. 16, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
You're right Onniyama! Just reading this, isn't it obvious that they SHOULD BE confident? I mean, every decision Abe et al make is to benefit their business and political friends monetarily. Yeah, yeah, I know people THINK if companies are doing well that means the worker will be doing well, but all this means is that vicious cycle is going coming again when companies are going to be saying that "demand and orders are up" and this will be cause to make workers work more and then they'll claim there aren't enough skilled workers to hire to meet the demand which means workers will have to work more. Like Onniyama mentioned when will everyone get a raise? They won't.
After this latest catchphrase of Abenomics doesn't work, we'll be at the other side of the circle where workers will still have to work more, but it will because they will claim "demand and orders are down," but they will be letting workers go then and the remaining workers will have to work more to pick up the slack for the workers they let go and those workers who are picking up the slack still will not be getting raises as has been the case these past 20 years.
Posted in: Japan business confidence hits six-year high: BOJ
movieguyDec. 08, 2013 - 10:42AM JST
Just what I was thinking Mariam. Is the law officially enacted yet and if they would have had time is this something they would have classified as a secret?
Posted in: Fukushima water tanks: leaky and built with illegal labor
movieguyNov. 28, 2013 - 08:37AM JST
@Spudman - Walmart and Target had Christmas things up BEFORE Halloween. Isetan also had Christmas decorations up before that.
Posted in: Christmas kiss
movieguyNov. 23, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
And don't believe for a minute that the media didn't know all of this was happening in the lead up to the Olympic vote. All of this stuff is laid out and deals are made to let these criminals set up everything to lessen the impact. This will be dead by next weekend.
Posted in: Tokyo governor admits receiving Y50 mil from scandal-hit Tokushukai
movieguyNov. 18, 2013 - 10:02AM JST
lostrune2 - Thanks! I had forgotten he was still under a regular contract, but I was just talking about the ability to play anywhere once a contract is finished. They don't give nine year contracts so as long as they are not under contract any court would say they have the right to go anywhere without the stupid posting system.
toshiko - Let's stay on topic. ANY example I give would fit the scenario, but since you want to show the superiority of Japan let's say a Sony employee wanted to work at Apple. What's Sony, you ask? A washed up, out dated company from the 90s that hasn't done anything, but lose money for decades.
Posted in: Tanaka in limbo as U.S.-Japan posting system at impasse
movieguyNov. 16, 2013 - 06:32PM JST
Please tell me why this system exist. I can't understand it. If I work for Toyota and a U.S. auto company wanted to hire me, the U.S. auto company would not have to BID just to talk to me. Give me a contract that beats anything Toyota is willing to pay me and I'll work for you. When is someone in the MLB players' union and a smart owner or two going to step up and say, "We don't have to pay you anything to hire a player." I don't think any court would/could stop it if any of the U.S. teams said, "we're just going to offer him a contract and if he agrees to play he's ours."
movieguyNov. 09, 2013 - 07:14AM JST
Well this writer is from Korea, but it reads just like those sour grapes articles that said that the iPhone would never sell well in Japan and that Facebook would never work over Mixi. Doesn't Japan have a number of records in tweets in various categories?
Posted in: Twitter appeal wanes in parts of Japan, S Korea
Apr. 23, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
So the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applies to those disputed islands also?
Korea administers Takeshima, and Russia…
Posted in: Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
Apr. 23, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
Wow, Kakurenbo, you said it!!!
Posted in: Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage TPP pact
Apr. 23, 2014 - 04:10PM JST
Why is everyone talking about money? If TPP passes in Japan, any corporation can SUE the…
Apr. 23, 2014 - 04:09PM JST
Posted in: No trash
Shinjuku No Yaju
Apr. 23, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
A very interesting story, but the tag line of "How law abiding are Japanese?" is a…
Posted in: Driver turns herself in to police for failing to stop at yellow traffic light