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praackNov. 23, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
Immigration is always an issue for a country that has deep roots, where the US is a country built on immigration and just needs to update it's plan so the people already living in the US are not threatened, in other countries the threat is more substantial,
in Japan with low birth rates the threat is loss of racial identity, loss of language and culture, the same can be said for countries in the EU where some laws are quite strict (Denmark for example)
Immigrants can be helpful for a society to continue- but they cannot be looked on as being the answer to all the ills of one, if you flood a current society with immigrants then the cohesiveness of the main society is lost, and what you liked about the country is lost too- as the country tries to find it's new identity using the new Society that is now in place
Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home
praackNov. 21, 2014 - 09:01PM JST
unexpected event- read between the lines- he was in charge of the destroyers- defense screening for the aircraft carrier- so sub duties, AA and missile screening. so one of the three. i would pick sub attack- the Chinese have already started to hound our fleet.
the unexpected event might have been a real one.....
Posted in: Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.
praackNov. 19, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
one of the pillars for Abenomics was the expectation that consumers would open their savings accounts and spend, Japangal actually is voicing the thoughts of most of Japan, I Live Simply
Other than hobbies, some artwork, etc - most homes will not have large extravagant spends like the west- will they get into the idea of remodeling the kitchen just because the cabinets are not the same shade as the new curtains?
in fact what will the cost of remodeling a kitchen in Japan cost? not the same as in the USA!
You also have to figure in the Tōhoku earthquake, which dampened the purchasing effect of the populace followed by this long period of raised energy costs due to the lack of clean cheap energy.
The Printing People thing is the last bit- given because the people are still saving, Not reproducing, and unless changes are made will not in the future.
It is not Shinzō Abe fault, he had the vision, it is a collective disappointment that they are failing the vision
Posted in: Japan can't print people
praackNov. 19, 2014 - 10:30PM JST
oh this is the can of worms that has been waiting to be opened for way too long, publishing houses and royalties.
many people do not realize that an artist is way far down the line in the payment scheme as all royalties must be paid to the royalty house- of which all the publishers are part of.
all the royalty house schemes were set up in the days of vinyl and radio, and work hand in hand with the outdated record contract scheme that is in place today - so imagine the wait and the final amount all the artists get.
you would think electronic downloads or streaming with ad revenue would speed up processing time and cut out the middle man- think again- they are still paying out the full amount just as if CDs are being pressed and paper adverts are being sent out with newspapers.
but of course no one wants to really talk about it..
Posted in: Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub
praackNov. 18, 2014 - 01:44PM JST
interesting response from the readers today, just as educated as i expected whenever something about the rights of a woman comes up.
it really does not matter if the person is a celebrity or the girl next door, the action of taking a picture illegally - then posting it - is wrong.
i would not wish for it to happen to my sister, my aunt, my nieces or any of my friends children- why would i justify it happening to someone based on how much money they make?
how could you?
Posted in: Jennifer Lawrence: Privacy loss takes heavy toll
praackNov. 15, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
this could have gone very badly, this was not a married couple or a couple that were checked into the room together. where people stalk with GPS devices this is not nice news indeed. the humor in the story is not well placed
Posted in: Man arrested for breaking into woman’s hotel room, spanking her with shoehorn
praackNov. 14, 2014 - 09:16PM JST
hah! all goes out the window once love bites anyway.....
Posted in: Many Japanese women’s new image of the ideal man
praackNov. 13, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
actually never quote understood starbucks, the coffee is not that great, very strong, different from store bought or the junk in convenience stores - but not great. biggest pull is wifi
if you are putting it all to the ability to have smoke free to non- smoke free- i am unsure if that is the pull either, it still remains atmosphere and coffee.
one is a global leader for those who only had bad coffee before has much more money that the mom and pop stores, they have a single plan. I am unsure if the Trendy Starbucks will be able to pull it off and be the sole KING of COFFEE once the trend passes away
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
praackNov. 12, 2014 - 10:21PM JST
it is a form of protest used by people who feel they no longer have a voice
With China rising i see the need for the expansion, yet i do not wish to see Japan change - for change it will even with the limited expansion of the law.
People in the rest of the world do not understand how much Japan has turned away from the sword, and are now being, by events surrounding the country, being forced to embrace it again
Posted in: Man dies after setting himself on fire in Tokyo's Hibiya Park
praackNov. 12, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
only the true cynic would put Nikon at the level of looking for additional Company Good Will to impress the stockholders. I doubt they need it. It was a minor expense for the repair and recovery of photos to the corporation yet it meant a lot to the family.
that is all - not a publicity stunt
Another thing- the video- i cannot say enough about the Firefighters, Mountain Rescue or the JSDF; the dedication and service constantly astounds me.
if anyone states- it's just a job- think of doing that remains recovery for a day instead of sitting in the office - then state it's just a job
Posted in: Nikon repairs Mount Ontake victim’s broken camera, returns photos to family
praackNov. 11, 2014 - 11:25PM JST
yes probably brass strait nozzles, companies bought them years ago and forgot about them, updated nozzles are plastic, fog nozzles much better for firefighting
however companies are only concerned over the insurance premiums and replacement costs and the thief does not care about anything- including people who get caught in a fire
Posted in: 3 men arrested for stealing fire hose nozzles
praackNov. 10, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
the fall of the DDR; Deutsche Demokratische Republik. We watched on the television in the Arbeiter Club, i saw grown men cry as the wall came down. Many were veterens of WWII from the German side. This wall to them was the final symbol of the wars end - when their country was reunited - and true rebuilding could occur.
the beginning of the end for Russia's influence- and now we need to be concerned of a revitalized Russia and a new wall - just not in Germany.
Posted in: Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall
praackNov. 04, 2014 - 01:40PM JST
sorry Doyle me'boy - they said Single Malts- not those blends with all that grain alcohol you gents like out in fields
Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest
praackNov. 02, 2014 - 10:56PM JST
mock it if you like, but how many men do you think there are in Japan who are sitting out there who wish they could have married.
i don't know, unless something is put in place to allow people to keep a career if they are men - not drop down to a lower one if they have children, not leave the workplace completely if they are female- i think you will see the birth rate and things like solo weddings rise
Posted in: Solo wedding service for single women who want to be brides for a day
praackNov. 01, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
ha the Irish did not celebrate it until about 10 years or so ago, this is a true american made up holiday.
all hallow's eve was never the same as this, and wikipedia is not the source of all knowledge BTW
so stop the whinging - this is all about fun - it's what the day was always aboot.
Posted in: Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya
praackOct. 26, 2014 - 12:35PM JST
wow very interesting since you are not nurses,
she does understand the disease, and she is concerned that she was being treated as a pariah, with an armed guard and kept in a tent in 12 degree weather (at night). as for the idea of internet access- well if their network goes that far and they allow such things in - but the government tends not to allow much to get to prisoners, (ooops - patients) since they feel it will upset them.
she had more sense than a soldier would in dealing with the disease, and please Sensei258- SPOCK - you quote SPOCK?
Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment
praackOct. 26, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
the 50/60 ghz is not Abe's fault, neither is the lack of power in Japan. which could be easily rectified if nuclear was allowed back on.
but as it is you are now looking at building out more fuel generators - and in whose neighborhoods will they go?
once the power issue is solved then they can look at building out last mile to allow for a common band - whether 50 or 60 i don;t care.
the main lines don't really need it- they are transmission lines- but the step down transformers need to be in place to allow the proper power to go to the homes.
Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles
praackOct. 21, 2014 - 02:27PM JST
the fan is probably more realistic than the wasted paper i get from US politicians on government paper when it comes to election day - all touting how well they voted.
i think i would rather have something i could fan myself with and reuse than a newsletter that details the wins- when all the emails i get just tells me the failures of the same politician.
Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan
praackOct. 11, 2014 - 10:21PM JST
casino's are never good ideas, they leach funds from the people they are supposed to supply money to, they increase addiction and then you have the unsupervised children - left to the side as the parent(s) gamble. then come home and say- sorry no money for food today.
you see people with little money and the elderly playing for the chance to win, but then gambling away all the savings and increasing credit card debt because they never hit the big time - almost- but never quite made it.
Japan will be ripe pickings, and the tourist trade will swell the ranks as well, but if you want to see Japanese savings decrease then sure open a casino and fund the yakuza - just like the mafia over here still in charge of casino's
Posted in: Pro-casino lawmakers to tweak bill to let Japanese gamble
praackOct. 11, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
well actually censorship is already occurring, the fact that there is the possibility that you can get incorrect data about yourself removed is a positive thing.- about the only positive thing lately .
thought there are other search engines most of the world uses google, bing is the far second runner. and the others trail far far behind
this ruling is a good one, for the short time we'll see this in practice, governments will change it back again - or put in place caveats that they will have full access and the rest of the world will not see the results.
it will be interesting to see what changes to the search clients occur in the next 3-5 years
Posted in: Tokyo court orders Google to delete data linking man to crime
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:40PM JST
And the saddest part is that many Americans really believe that guns make them free.
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:39PM JST
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto
Glad that he isn't to try taint this election, but I wouldn't…
Posted in: Hashimoto, Matsui decide not to run in lower house election
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:37PM JST
The prime minister of the most colossal "historic mistake" of the 20th century
Hmmmm...Not Nazi Germany…
Posted in: Netanyahu warns against 'historic mistake' in Iran nuclear talks
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:32PM JST
You're quite right. My kids names were registered as first and middle together. We weren't allowed…
Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:28PM JST
Note that word "unavoidably"? That's what makes self-defense in Japan illegal. Could you run? Then self-defense…
Posted in: Self-defense tip: Dealing with unwanted 'kabe-don'