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movieguyJun. 23, 2014 - 11:11AM JST
Darn! Thanks DaveAllTogether. I meant to put that losing in quotes, but I was typing on emotions. Ha-Ha!
Posted in: Portugal scores in last minute to draw 2-2 with U.S.
movieguyJun. 23, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
The U.S. was bad for so long that I think people don't know that the U.S. is ranked 13th in the world. There is a big difference between 13 and 4 (Germany), but I think the surprise that people have about the U.S. team and say the U.S. should be proud is something that needs to end. There needs to be more expectation that they should do well and games like this should be criticized. Losing in the last minute like that is unacceptable at this level and I'm sure the players know that.
movieguyJun. 17, 2014 - 03:56PM JST
No... Soccer isn't popular in the U.S. - http://goo.gl/9T2sZa
Posted in: Germany rout Portugal 4-0; U.S. beat Ghana 2-1; Iran, Nigeria draw 0-0
movieguyMay. 23, 2014 - 03:42PM JST
Almost zero help for most people and this gives the travel industry a reason to jack up prices a week before "obon."
Posted in: Japan sets Mountain Day as new public holiday on Aug 11 from 2016
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
Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:18PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:16PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:11PM JST
My logical mind tells me that so called rancid meat is not that all dangerous to…
Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China
Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:10PM JST
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However, the number one problem facing our species would seem to…
Posted in: Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia