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omikApr. 22, 2015 - 10:09AM JST
Why the negative title to this story?
"Family Absolved of being Welfare Cheats," seems to be more appropriate.
Posted in: Family branded welfare cheats because daughter gets part-time job
omikDec. 19, 2014 - 09:24AM JST
As long as Korea is footing the bill.... let them waste the money.
Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia
omikDec. 07, 2014 - 03:06PM JST
The "take down" has begun -- thus this article!
Posted in: On the verge of breaking sumo's all-time record, Hakuho ponders his long-term future
omikDec. 04, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
"However, its obscenity laws still forbid the depiction of actual genitalia, which usually appear censored or pixellated in images and videos."
Guess the cops had better get ready to round up the monks and vendors at the next fertility festival at Kanamaru Shrine next April -- according to the article, there seems to be a gross violation of law. Google it and one will see numerous photos of the male genitalia....
Posted in: Vagina kayak artist arrested in Japan
omikNov. 20, 2014 - 09:42PM JST
She should get the same sentence as he received: 12 years.
omikOct. 11, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
Two million yen transferred within what time?
A law abiding individual residing overseas transferring $5,000 a month for a stateside account for living expenses could exceed that limit in four or five months.
Posted in: Japan drafts anti-money laundering bills under pressure from global watchdog
omikAug. 20, 2014 - 08:45PM JST
It is interesting to watch how low they can go...
Posted in: North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks
omikApr. 26, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
I am curious as to whty the victim's son and widow did not sue JR: tracks not sufficiently fenced off, lack of sensors to detect intrusions into the railway, etc. The technology is readily available to help prevent such accidents. It is not too late to counter sue.
Posted in: Widow of dementia patient killed by train ordered to pay damages to JR
omikFeb. 10, 2014 - 10:23PM JST
Good start... he will be broke before his contract is up.
Posted in: Baseball star Tanaka charters Dreamliner for flight to New York
omikFeb. 01, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
As previously commented, it is a cultural thing here and that’s the culture, accept it or go someplace else! The teacher involved broke the rules. She knew what the rules were, or at least what the atmosphere was and what the rules were going to be when she got her first tattoo in 2012 and decided to go against the flow again in 2013. Rules of employment (of any employer) are rules; you either comply or go work someplace else. Seems this particular teacher was being contrary and pushed the envelope and is now paying the price
Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos
omikDec. 08, 2013 - 06:31PM JST
The law passed. Obviously the politicians who pushed through the law have no respect or concern about people power. If the people want to really show their power -- do so in the next election -- vote out all those who supported the law!
Posted in: People power
omikSep. 17, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
Love the sensationalism… everyone playing into the big Y6 tril headline… amuses me.
The fact is the tax is going up 3%, that is three yen more per hundred yen of taxable expenditures, period!
Posted in: Sales tax hike will add Y6 tril to household burden: gov't panel
omikSep. 03, 2013 - 07:04PM JST
Calling this a "water crisis" could be just "watering" this down:
Posted in: Gov't to spend Y47 bil on Fukushima water crisis, including ice wall
omikMar. 23, 2013 - 05:37PM JST
If one looks at the history and frequency of Mt Fuji eruptions, it is about 300 years overdue. Given the subtle signs over the past 20 years or so and other natural events occurring worldwide, it should be something of concern.
omikJan. 08, 2013 - 08:36PM JST
I wonder if there is an investigation underway regarding the "extraction" of confessions from four innocent people. This should be a wake-up call to the public as well to the Japanese government. I hope this situation is not going to be ignored.
Posted in: Clue to anonymous hacker found in memory card attached to cat's collar
omikNov. 17, 2012 - 05:09PM JST
I have been in Japan for 29 years and for 29 years it has been the same old story. The pain and anguish that the parents and families of the abductees are going through is unimaginable. One has to wonder if the Japanese or US government would still be involved with meaningless and never ending talks with one “Japanese negotiator” after another if even one of the abductees were family of an elite politician or of royalty. It is a sad situation and extremely frustrating watching the same rhetoric year after year.
Posted in: Japan, N Korea agree to continue dialogue
omikOct. 14, 2012 - 10:59AM JST
As I stated in a different post last week: China -- smoke and mirrors; wait until the bottom falls out!
Posted in: China calls on U.S., Japan to fix their finances
omikOct. 11, 2012 - 06:00PM JST
gogogoOct. 11, 2012 - 10:53AM JST -- Hit the nail on the head!
Posted in: Fukada hopes air traffic controllers will watch her new drama
omikOct. 11, 2012 - 05:58PM JST
China -- smoke and mirrors. Wait until the bottom falls out....
Posted in: China loses by not attending IMF, World Bank meetings: Lagarde
omikSep. 29, 2012 - 01:33PM JST
"...or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg..." that alone says a lot about Mr. Murakami.
If these islands are so important to the Chinese, the question must be asked why the Chinese did not raise concerns when the islands were returned to Japan by the US in 1972 along with Okinawa. One could interpret silence as concurrence or at least no issue.
The issue can be resolved by selecting five prominent historical scholars, one from five neutral countries, and have them research the issue and put forth a verdict on true ownership of the islands. Of course getting the two sides to agree on which countries and which scholars would be a comedy show in itself along with all the underhanded shenanigans to buy influence.
Posted in: Author Murakami wades into Japan-China island row
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
You're not an ally.
You're not a partner.
You are America's mistress.
Useful every once…
Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:15AM JST
I can only guess that the reason a city was targeted from the beginning is that…
Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:10AM JST
Japanese respect tolerance to a point. This is to much...Toshiko you love your country and so…
Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:09AM JST
Gay or no gay, kissing and hugging in public are still illegal in Japan.
Posted in: Tokyo's largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates
“Deregulation means you get to a point, hopefully, where the rewards are more equality-distributed to young…
Posted in: Temp workers: Helping or hurting Japan’s future?