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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
omikFeb. 10, 2012 - 09:23PM JST
It takes a study to figure this out.... Wow!!!
Posted in: Marijuana users twice as likely to cause car crash, studies show
omikJan. 30, 2011 - 04:28PM JST
Finally a country with the fortitude to take action and follow through.
Posted in: 5 Somalis brought to S Korea to be tried for piracy
omikJul. 28, 2010 - 07:26PM JST
“It’s important to make that kind of announcement,” Francois Gere said. “I think it’s made of the same stuff” as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s tough line on al-Qaida.
This says it all....
Posted in: France declares war against al-Qaida
omikJun. 06, 2010 - 05:04PM JST
Stabbings in the news almost everyday lately. Should outlaw knives in Japan. All food should be sold in hitokuchi portions thereby eliminating need for cutting.
Another tragic incident. This mother/child relationship can never be repaired.
Posted in: Woman arrested for stabbing 8-year-old son in Fukuoka
omikMay. 04, 2010 - 12:30PM JST
Inattention to driving IS relevant to this discussion.
I agree with sharky1...smoking and cell phone use should be equally illegal while driving.
Posted in: Trucker, trying to smoke, causes 5-vehicle pileup in Tokyo
omikMar. 15, 2010 - 08:02PM JST
"'Sikes is not seeking fame or fortune,' said Gomez."
If this guy isn't looking for money why does he have a mouth piece? Anyone really think that lawyer is his spokesman for free?
Posted in: Mystery over runaway Prius in Calif deepens
omikDec. 30, 2009 - 08:48AM JST
How much garbage can one stomach?
“As Secretary Napolitano has said, once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt, it’s clear that passengers and crew, our homeland security systems, and our aviation security took all appropriate actions.”
The passengers and crew's actions have nothing to do with the "homeland security system." The only reason why the passengers and crew were able to do anything was because the explosive device failed. If it had not failed, there would be a lot of funerals in progress about now for the passengers,crew, and probably a few people on the ground at the time and place. Homeland security and related security systems all grossly failed and no amount of political rhetoric and whitewashing is going to allow any intelligent individual to believe otherwise.
Posted in: Obama: U.S. intel had info ahead of airliner attack
omikAug. 26, 2009 - 08:57PM JST
If this case was properly investigated, his cop buddies with whom he was drinking and allowed him to drive and the bartender (assuming he was drinking at an establishment) should also all be arrested.
Posted in: Drunk cop arrested after fleeing scene of car accident in Fukuoka
Apr. 19, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
TPP is not good for Japan. Better to make its own individual FTA deals with its…
Posted in: Stalemate remains in Japan-U.S. talks on TPP
Apr. 19, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
@ Novenachama - Couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted in: Chinese herb beats drug at treating rheumatoid arthritis: study
Isn't this what they asked for? To expect responsible drug use is like asking a drunk…
Posted in: Colorado deaths raise worries about pot edibles
Apr. 19, 2014 - 08:12AM JST
Herbal supplements are an attractive alternative to pharmaceuticals, however the therapeutic efficacy of an herbal product…
Policymakers and private-sector analysts expect a temporary dip in economic activity in the current quarter due…
Posted in: Gov't cuts economic view after sales tax hike