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paulinusaMay. 19, 2013 - 11:32AM JST
Posted in: German resort island shaken over Japanese chef's murder
paulinusaMay. 18, 2013 - 10:02AM JST
"typify the difficulties Japanese politicians can create for themselves when commenting on sensitive topics without considering how those outside their own circles might react."
A really sad commentary on how many of these people continue to live in their own little world. And that's why they usually screw up when thrust into the national spotlight.
Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks
paulinusaMay. 18, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
I never get tired of watching the weather report on Japanese TV.
Posted in: Taiwanese weather girl idol group to take Japan’s national weather forecasting license exam
paulinusaMay. 17, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Chiaki is still very sexy and looks better to me at 28.
Posted in: Voiceover
paulinusaMay. 17, 2013 - 07:40AM JST
What's scary here is that Chinese politicians don't always have firm control over a military that's populated by ultranationalists. Not many checks and balances.
Posted in: Chinese general says Ryukyu islands do not belong to Japan
paulinusaMay. 17, 2013 - 07:34AM JST
Seems like he's succeeded in offended almost everyone and lacks any judgment (or good advise) about how to get out of this situation.
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
paulinusaMay. 16, 2013 - 08:28AM JST
"...Pyongyang’s perceived refusal to come clean has derailed efforts to normalize ties."
It's arguable that South Korea has "normal" ties with the North, so besides releasing these captives, what does Japan hope to gain from a country that will renege on any agreement reached?
Posted in: Abe says he may meet with North Korean leader
paulinusaMay. 15, 2013 - 08:14AM JST
Hope he and his aides return safely.
Posted in: Abe adviser arrives in North Korea
paulinusaMay. 14, 2013 - 09:46AM JST
In chronological order: "The Thing From Another World" (1951),"The Time Machine" (1960),"Robinson Crusoe On Mars" (1964),"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
Posted in: What are your five favorite science-fiction movies?
paulinusaMay. 14, 2013 - 09:01AM JST
"Are they alive???"
Do they have the same personnel? Doubt it. Otherwise call the "The Backstreet Men".
Posted in: Backstreet Boys to tour Japan in October
paulinusaMay. 13, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
"It is already a 24hour city in certain areas and aspects."
It is but it's "underground" and not so visible.
Posted in: Can Tokyo be transformed into a 24-hour city?
paulinusaMay. 13, 2013 - 08:41AM JST
" But it could possibly result in Tokyo metamorphosing into a city overrun by foreign multinationals."
And what is the logic behind his statement?
paulinusaMay. 11, 2013 - 12:51PM JST
Saw a street map in Tokyo that had graffiti applied so the info was still readable. Maybe Japanese graffiti is more polite.
Posted in: Graffiti - art or vandalism?
paulinusaMay. 10, 2013 - 11:42AM JST
"I wouldn't be shocked to see 100 to 120 Yen to the dollar within a year or so"
That was my comment Feb.16th when the yen was at 93.52. Now I think it could push towards 110 by summer's end(I'm not a trader).
Posted in: Nikkei surges past 5-year high as dollar tops 100 yen
paulinusaMay. 10, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
Years ago I was in a pinch and needed a bottle opener, so I bought a plastic and steel one at a 100 yen shop. To my surprise it was made in Japan and the darn thing is still in good shape. But here's a just published article from "The Wall Street Journal" about how those shop's business model will be challeged by the weaker yen. "Tough Times Ahead for 100-Yen Stores"
Posted in: Quality vs cost in Japan
paulinusaMay. 10, 2013 - 08:17AM JST
Posted in: Reign in Spain
paulinusaMay. 08, 2013 - 07:56AM JST
"However, despite a well-developed Internet system throughout urban Japan, newspapers and other publications have been slow to make the shift to digital, and their websites remain relatively under-developed."
"Under-developed" is a nice way to say awful.
Posted in: Huffington Post launches Japanese edition
paulinusaMay. 07, 2013 - 09:30AM JST
@gaijintraveller: I wouldn't overgeneralize about dogs being fashion accessory. I think the vast majority of Japanese people love their dogs as everyone else does. I DO however agree with you about Japanese people gravitating to pedigrees and dogs that are "in style" at a moment in time.
Posted in: Which are more loved in Japan: Cats or dogs?
paulinusaMay. 06, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Jewelry stores in the West usually place their jewelry into a safe after closing. Perhaps it's time for Japanese jewelers to do the same.
Posted in: Thieves steal Y5 mil worth of jewelry after backing car into store
paulinusaMay. 06, 2013 - 08:18AM JST
"We deeply apologize for causing trouble for our students and their guardians."
Trouble? I would think high school students couldn't care less.
Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl
May. 21, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
And this is what China wants, India unfortunately will not protect its borders while China infringes…
Posted in: Chinese, Indian leaders call for cooperation
May. 21, 2013 - 10:13PM JST
I think you need to check the dictionary:
noun informal, often derogatory - a…
Posted in: Hashimoto's party 'faces extinction,' some media say
May. 21, 2013 - 10:12PM JST
a typical symptom of China Greeds.....
there is always a positive saying "When one is rich,…
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
May. 21, 2013 - 10:09PM JST
It looks like someone enjoys reopening the historical wounds which should be already cured and dumped…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 21, 2013 - 10:06PM JST
Scott Ackerman May. 21, 2013 - 04:07PM JST
Wow Harry you obviously don't have kids. So…
Posted in: Transport ministry to unify rules for baby strollers on buses, trains