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sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:27AM JST
Is it racist if you don't know about it? I love fried chicken and watermelon and am as white as can be. Up until a few years ago, I didn't know that those 2 items were associated with anything other than awesome summer food! So one of my friends and I went out for lunch and I suggested KFC. She was quite happy to go and then we went back to my place for watermelon. A few days later I saw something indicating that what I had done may be construed as racist...I didn't even have the slightest clue because I was never taught that stereotype. I felt bad and asked her later if I offended her. She just laughed and said no. However, I learned that I can and perhaps do things that seem racist without even knowing!!
Posted in: Can a person say something racist but not BE a racist?
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 08:52AM JST
I would dread going to such a bipolar country. You never know if they are going to throw you in jail for being a perceived spy or something to that extent...
Posted in: N Korea town opens to Western tourists
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
Although Im not a fan of McDs, I think that a lot of these complaints are silly. Yes, they are marketing towards children, but parents have the final say if the kid will be eating there. Also, having spokespeople from different backgrounds is necessairy or else people would be complaining that they are racist. McDs also has a fund to help sick children go to hospitals, so that might be why they are also found at hospitals.
It is really simple in my opinion, choose to eat their food if you want or choose to go somewhere else.
Posted in: McDonald's can't shake criticism about nutrition
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 07:10AM JST
It seems that he wants to apologize for offending but wants to stick with his opinions on the matter...in that case, the offended surely don't want anything to do with it. It's not sincere but rather a necessity to try to save his neck and it reeks of desperation. Hopefully he uses the weekend to do some soul searching and really understand why people are offended and then take measures to prove that he really does understand by actively doing something about the issues.
Posted in: Hashimoto regrets meeting cancelation; wants to apologize to U.S.
sakuralaMay. 24, 2013 - 01:43PM JST
SimondB: because straight men who like to dress up in uniforms and spend time with young boys are so different? I don't want to really point it out, but catholic priests seem to fit that profile and well, lets just say they don't have the best reputation at the moment...
Posted in: Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys, but not leaders
sakuralaMay. 24, 2013 - 01:36PM JST
I hate when someone chooses to ride their bicycle of busy sidewalks and thinks by ringing their bell, the crowd should part for them. I have lost my patience before and yelled out "if you have to ring the bell constantly, you should get off your bike and walk it". However, those people seem to be a special breed that show no shame.
Posted in: Happiness is an empty pavement
sakuralaMay. 24, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
I would be so happy for a one hour change! 5 is a decent time for the sun to rise and it would only bump the summer fireworks starting times up to 9 or 9:30. 2 hours might be a bit of a stretch though...
Posted in: Gov't considers setting clock ahead by two hours
sakuralaMay. 24, 2013 - 12:30PM JST
I don't think this is really a good solution...I wish they would either choose to allow gays or not. It doesn't seem to be fair to the boys who are gay; they can be a member until a certain age and then are banned. Even if they wanted to give back yo the scouting community after it has been such a big oart of their lufe, they wont be allowed. Also, it doesn't give them gay role models who can share the same passions as themselves. I hope that they really take time to more fully evaluate the situation.
sakuralaMay. 24, 2013 - 11:01AM JST
Do you think that your vision of a strong Japan also allows Japan to be an active and respectable country in the current globalized society/economy?
Posted in: If you could ask one question at Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, what would it be?
sakuralaMay. 22, 2013 - 11:07AM JST
Mumbai: I don't think it's right to stay that someone "stays to satisfy their spouse". Believe it or not, some people genuinely enjoy Japan and choose it over their birth country. Not everyone decides to live in a country for financial reasons either. For some it is just a matter of lifestyles matching up to a different culture.
Posted in: Scrambling for the immigrant elite
sakuralaMay. 20, 2013 - 10:52AM JST
That's a really cool story! My brother would love to come to Japan and now I can show him that he doesn't have to fear the price of transportation as long as he brings his board ^_^
Posted in: Kanagawa junior high school friends set out on 80-km adventure to Hakone by skateboard
sakuralaMay. 14, 2013 - 07:41PM JST
Lowly: I bet if they could get some "talentos" to show how to cook up deer then it would be the newest trend. It is just a matter of getting info out and meat supplies standardized. Sadly though, it seems like quite a process. I think quite a few people would be worried about diseased meat even though it could easily be tested.
Posted in: 64-year-old deer hunter shot dead by fellow hunter in Miyagi
sakuralaMay. 14, 2013 - 04:01PM JST
Jeff: Maybe its just the the area you are in or the people you associate with dont eat deer. I live in Shiga and have had it a few times at parties and restaurants. And oddly enough, I actually liked how it was prepared. Maybe a raise in awareness if deer meat is needed.
sakuralaMay. 12, 2013 - 10:47PM JST
Ah_so: the creator of the Uzi was actually Uziel Gal. If someone wanted to name their child Uziel, that would be fine by me. However shortening it to Uzi from the start doesn't really give the right impression in my opinion.
Posted in: What do you think about parents who give their children names like Pikachu, Bakudan (bomb), Messiah and so on?
sakuralaMay. 12, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
I think the parents need to sit down and properly explain their name choice while taking into account the children's future. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but everyone knows reality is different. When these poor kids have to interview to go to high school or get a job, they may be passed over because if their name. I can stand behind ones that are silly for the most part but ones with negative connotations really make me want to shake some sense into the parents. For example, Uzi will most likely be associated with a gun and killings so would really be opposed to someone naming their kid that.
sakuralaMay. 11, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
Ci400: she is a nurse! Surely she knows about the health aspect of raising a baby and if not, has a plethora of resources at her work! It is shocking that she could allow her baby to die! And even more so that her mother only found out after it was too late. I hope they both get punished for this needless loss of life.
Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested after infant's body found in her room
sakuralaMay. 09, 2013 - 07:54AM JST
Thank goodness Shiga went with Baumkuchen... If they chose funazushi, we would have been out by appearance alone!
Posted in: 47 prefectures, 47 unique souvenirs: Which one will win?
sakuralaMay. 08, 2013 - 03:48PM JST
Oh dear. I really feel sorry for the citizens of Okinawa. They seem to always get the worst of every situation. I wish that they could have their independence one day...independence from Japan, China and the US military bases unless they decide they want military support after all.
As for China, I wish they would start dealing with their own countries internal issues and stop trying to land grab. I think they are about due for a nice stinging slap on their over-reaching wrists.
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
sakuralaMay. 07, 2013 - 03:07PM JST
Wow...typos galore! The taxi may have been aware of the pedestrian and slowed down or stopped not to hit her.
Posted in: Woman killed in hit-and-run in Sapporo
sakuralaMay. 07, 2013 - 02:13PM JST
Frungy: There are many reasons why a car would pass a taxi. It's hard to know why in this situation but one may speculate that the taxi was going too slowly. The taxi nay have been aeare of the pedestrian and therefore dlowed diwn or stopped as to not hit her. Either way, if you pass or go around a stopped vehicle, it is your responsibility to make sure that you will not hit a pedestrian.
May. 26, 2013 - 07:48AM JST
Abe vows "all possible help.." sounds non-committal, even if true it's long overdue :)
Posted in: Abe vows all possible help for Myanmar economy
Meanwhile Tohoku's homeless are contemplating moving to Burma to get govt' assistance.
May. 26, 2013 - 07:38AM JST
Sorry, I'm late to this. Wasn't paying attention to this. I should have known that the…
Posted in: At least 91 dead in Oklahoma City tornado
May. 26, 2013 - 07:37AM JST
@Disillysion and Hashimura: Are you sure Jaoanese offices still use Cp operating system that had been…
Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number
Personal attack against soldiers versus drones dropping bombs 11,000kms away, which is more terrifying?
Posted in: French soldier stabbed in throat in Paris