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email@example.comSep. 22, 2013 - 05:49AM JST
It is very difficult to understand speech hierarchy for someone who hails from societies where there is no polite form of speech or body languaage, like in English where everybody can be addressed as "YOU". Many a times a person from societies where there is a respect's form of expression is misunderstood, considered insincere, deceitful, lacking in self confidence or outright dumb.
Posted in: Mind your manners: Global confab highlights politeness in different societies
firstname.lastname@example.orgSep. 19, 2013 - 01:19PM JST
Don't worry folks, Japan will eventually come to terms with history when the playing field has been leveled off.
Posted in: Abe to pledge $1 mil to help victims of sexual violence in U.N. speech
email@example.comSep. 15, 2013 - 01:05AM JST
It sounds like someone urging China to win a world beauty contest. But China is worrying about food, shelter, health, education, environment, security and general well-being of its citizens. And why should waste its time and energy worrying about being loved (soft power) by anybody. There is no precedent of a single country tackling the enormous task of uplifting the living standard of 1.3 billions people. It took centuries for some small countries to achieve what they have achieved in just three decades. Mistakes they will make as they go, but give them a chance, they will find their space in direction in the world.
Posted in: Financial crisis has transformed China’s reputation as a global power
firstname.lastname@example.orgSep. 13, 2013 - 11:07PM JST
Only Mr Zhou himself knows what the truth is. Many people have innocently been framed as spies, but also many people have been spying. It is as an old game. We have our Snowdens anywhere.
Posted in: Mystery, spy claims surround missing Japan-based Chinese professor
email@example.comAug. 29, 2013 - 08:47AM JST
It becomes very difficult to agree on those attributes because some people move around in the world with their own yardstick to measure everybody else. Anything different from their home measures is bad.
Posted in: The top 10 words to describe Japanese people (according to foreigners)
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 28, 2013 - 09:57AM JST
Ossan: Yes, there are countries which teach their children history which portray their country in bad light, Germany. They do that so that their children DO NOT EVER repeat the same crimes. Very recently, Britain paid compensation to Kenyan Mau-Mau freedom fighters who were victims of British army and police atrocities.
Posted in: Ban urges Japan to do soul-searching over history
email@example.comAug. 27, 2013 - 01:23AM JST
Discrimination is not based on race as such, is based on being able/unable to climb the social ladder and accumulate wealth. A white person will hardly see the skin color of a wealthy black person and will have no qualms in associating with him/her. Discrimination has always been between the Haves and Have-nots, (humans), and Strong and Weak, (nations).
Posted in: Obama's delicate path on race
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 24, 2013 - 02:20AM JST
Talking to Russians is not the same as talking to Chinese. Russians will not be intimidated by big daddy
Posted in: Japan accuses Russia of air space breach; Moscow denies it
email@example.comAug. 22, 2013 - 01:36AM JST
Germany pays for retirement home expenses for the victims of Holocaust, besides many other channels of reparations
Posted in: Merkel becomes first German chancellor to visit Dachau
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 19, 2013 - 12:33AM JST
Over a decade in Germany I observed the same thing. The Germans are very disciplined - Ordunung muss sein - one has to follow the rules. It is amazing that the Germans and Japanese live in different continents and have different backgrounds yet mostly behave the same way.
Posted in: Why do Japanese people obey traffic laws? Chinese students give their opinion
email@example.comAug. 18, 2013 - 02:19AM JST
The Chinese should just remain cool headed and manage their own affairs or even mismanage it if need be. Are themselves who will pay the price if they mismanage their affairs, after all. Why suddenly everybody wants to be an economic advisor to the Chinese.
Posted in: Lies, damn lies, and China's economic statistics
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 16, 2013 - 08:50PM JST
TigersTokyoDome: This is tantamount to saying that the Jewish people should forget about the holocaust because it happened 68 years ago. The Jewish people don't and should not forget, and so are the Germans. Only the Japanese have forgotten, and urge the victims to forget
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to face history; China summons Japan envoy
email@example.comAug. 12, 2013 - 08:29PM JST
The Germans solved the problem by making sure that every German child is taught at school about the evil past of their country, and they made it a crime to deny it. This approach resulted in Europe being at peace with Germany.
Posted in: Ex-sex slave, supporters demand justice from Japan
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug. 10, 2013 - 02:29AM JST
Come on, Elementz
You can not compare oranges and lemons. Arlington and Yasukuni are very different. If the Germans had a shrine where the Nazis criminals were also buried, and the German politicians went there to pray, what would you say?
Posted in: Abe's China overture at risk if cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni
email@example.comAug. 05, 2013 - 02:49AM JST
But there's a limit to what the US can do, they have on one hand the international community and the poor Palestinians and on the other hand the Israeli lobby.
Posted in: Israeli-Palestinian talks won't fix Middle East problems
firstname.lastname@example.orgJul. 22, 2013 - 02:08AM JST
Ideologies aside, China and Japan can not change their geographical locations. They will be neighbours for ever, whether they like it or not. The best thing for them is, at least, to tolerate each other, unless they choose to live like the Palestinians and Israelis. For sure, someone, somewhere must be laughing at the two Asians economic giants at each other's throats trying to destroy each other. Who will benefit out of that? Someone, somewhere will, for sure.
Posted in: Japan survey ships prepare for deployment as tension with China rises
email@example.comJul. 15, 2013 - 09:18AM JST
If China was still under Japan influence or control, China would not dare talk about the past Japanese atrocities because Japan would not allow it. Because of the asymmetric relationship between the US and Japan, Japan can not criticize the US
Posted in: Chinese ask: Why doesn’t Japan hate America for dropping the A-bombs?
firstname.lastname@example.orgJul. 09, 2013 - 10:29AM JST
A democratic government MUST be elected by majority of the people, and most importantly, MUST be acceptable to the big brothers
Posted in: Elections do not make a democracy
email@example.comJul. 08, 2013 - 10:42PM JST
There is nothing out of ordinary with Chinese products at this stage of its development. When I was in Europe in the 70s, no sound minded person wanted to touch a Japanese car, but today Toyota is competing very well against the VW, Opel etc. Give China another 30 years, the story will definitely be different.
Posted in: Japanese companies could be caught napping as Chinese brands go global
firstname.lastname@example.orgJul. 04, 2013 - 09:40PM JST
When economic and military powers will be at equilibrium, both China and Japan will take each other seriously and negotiate in good faith. For the time being one feels stronger than the other, and therefore has no need to negotiate
Posted in: Abe slams China at debate ahead of elections
Apr. 19, 2015 - 04:51PM JST
Why not? Families have a right to know, and it has been traditional in…
Posted in: Pentagon to try and identify hundreds killed in Pearl Harbor attack
Apr. 19, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
tinawatanabe: The point is that Japan's farming sector is still far too subsidized by the government…
Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.
Apr. 19, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
Japan has apologised, see Kono and Murayama. Korea and Japan have signed peace treaties with Japan…
Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami
Apr. 19, 2015 - 04:44PM JST
tinawatanabeApr. 19, 2015 - 04:23PM JST
Japan does not need US rice. Less and less rice…
I don't think either the SK or the US would agree to that demand.
Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base