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paulinusaDec. 12, 2013 - 10:37AM JST
These comments about all this horrible food being imported into Japan is nonsense. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
Posted in: Delay in TPP trade pact hurts U.S. pivot to Asia
paulinusaDec. 12, 2013 - 06:42AM JST
"Not at all about more choice & lower prices for consumers."
And why is that? Japanese agriculture will still survive, believe me.
Posted in: TPP talks fail to meet year-end deadline for deal
paulinusaDec. 11, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
Yes, the US is pushing for opening up Japanese auto and farm markets. But it seems to me that some of you in Japan have an inflated importance of this in relation to the overall deal, especially regarding a rice industry that knows how to push nationalistic buttons in the media. Japan will also win concessions from other countries that benefit not only corporations but average citizens. How about cheaper prices on everyday goods that add up to a lot of money?
paulinusaDec. 11, 2013 - 09:14AM JST
This criticism is more for the hardcore anti-Obama crowd than most Cuban Americans who at this point don't have a problem with better Cuban relations in the future when both Castros are dead.
Posted in: Republicans criticize Obama for Castro handshake
paulinusaDec. 08, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
Whaling has always been about local jobs and nationalism, nothing much more than that..
Posted in: Japan's whaling ships leave for Antarctic hunt
paulinusaDec. 06, 2013 - 10:50AM JST
"Carney dismissed the notion that his linguistic formulation suggested Washington would accept a situation whereby Beijing did not formally rescind the zone—a move that would be seen as a loss of face—but did not actively enforce it"
That notion that it would be a way for China to not lose face IS probably correct, but Carney can't actually acknowledge it because the Chinese... would then lose face.
Posted in: U.S. stops short of asking China to rescind air zone
paulinusaDec. 06, 2013 - 09:52AM JST
Posted in: Democracy in action
paulinusaDec. 03, 2013 - 09:30AM JST
It's always difficult to say whether some buzzwords or catch phrases will have any longevity. But it's safe to assume most will fade with time.
Posted in: 'Jejeje,' 'omotenashi,' 'baigaeshi,' 'imadesho' voted top buzzwords for 2013
paulinusaDec. 01, 2013 - 12:57PM JST
"I'm still waiting for an American or European company to hire a Japanese person as their CEO."
Hide, Japanese corporations are in search of sales and expanding worldwide. American and European companies are for the most part not looking to Japan for more business.
Posted in: Japan's top drugmaker appoints first foreign boss
paulinusaDec. 01, 2013 - 12:44PM JST
Don't think this is photoshopped. I think the brightness of the "heart" in the darkness overwhelms the lighting and make her less easy to see.
Posted in: Bay light
paulinusaDec. 01, 2013 - 08:03AM JST
"...could negatively affect students’ perspective of the right historical events,..."
It's always important to not have a negative perspective about your country's history.
Posted in: S Korea orders changes to history textbooks
paulinusaNov. 28, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
"Surely PRC won't shoot a civilan airplane down?"
@AKBfan: It's safe to assume the Chinese would earn worldwide condemnation for doing such a thing. I have to think that they wouldn't ever take that risk.
Posted in: U.S. tells airlines to take precautions over East China Sea
paulinusaNov. 28, 2013 - 08:30AM JST
The Japanese government is pressuring domestic airlines to ignore reporting fight plans. An interesting situation. Do the airlines obey their government or does safety override all else?
paulinusaNov. 28, 2013 - 08:19AM JST
Sounds like he was either drunk and knew what he was doing or sober and knew what he was doing.
Posted in: Teacher arrested after entering girls' toilet at university at night
paulinusaNov. 28, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
"Cute, why does Japan start XMAS so early?"
It's not only in Japan, it's happening everywhere.
Posted in: Christmas kiss
paulinusaNov. 27, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
"On a lighter note - only the American military could come up with the buzz lightyear-ish “Coral Lightning Global Power Training Sortie."
And I'll bet the Chinese are working feverishly to dissect what it all means.
Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights
paulinusaNov. 24, 2013 - 11:41AM JST
The US economy HAS improved despite the worst recession since the Great Depression and an opposition party obsessed with fighting the president. And too many Americans had/have health insurance that isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Posted in: Obama insists U.S. economy headed in right direction
paulinusaNov. 24, 2013 - 11:21AM JST
China's mouthpiece can't go wrong by blaming both North Korea AND Japan.
Posted in: China warns North Korea; blames Japan for tension
paulinusaNov. 23, 2013 - 11:31AM JST
Since I'm not familiar with this guy I can only go by what's in this article. And I have to say that it's all very confusing: Gay/Straight? Comedian? Wrestler? Model? Maybe you can be a little of everything in Japanese entertainment.
Posted in: Comedian Hard Gay tries professional modeling
paulinusaNov. 23, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Japanese admiration and empathy is appreciated.
Posted in: Japanese fans fondly remember JFK 50 years later
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:37PM JST
Don't people have any better place to go on New Year Eve than Shibuya Crossing?
Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing on New Year's Eve
OK, I will buy the idea that my tap water - which tastes of nothing -…
Posted in: Tokyo enlists civilian 'water monitors' to prove its water is tasty
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:30PM JST
aussie-musashiDec. 12, 2013 - 01:54PM JST
@Ossan America. Actually, the US wanted Japan to re-arm as…
Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China
James Dean Jnr.
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:28PM JST
It looks asif he is kissing the small boy in the picture.... eeeew.
Posted in: Pope Francis is Time person of the year
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
We're married - Yay!, oh wait, not anymore - Aaawh...
Posted in: Australia's top court overrules gay marriage in capital