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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.
sakuralaMay. 05, 2013 - 09:19PM JST
Kimuzukashi: it is a bit odd that it is just written that he was out but it's hard to know the full story. I will definitely try to find a support group here but since I live out in the sticks, it may all be in Japanese...all the better reason to study! I am not so worried about the mothers here either because if they want to ignore me, I know it's for the best. If they want English lessons, I'm perfectly fine with that because it is a good way to start communicating and explaining cultural differences. Hopefully I will face less discrimination than what many do. Being a Chinese woman in Japan must be very difficult and it is sad that no one was able to see the signs of her struggle. I wonder what the support for Chinese people is like in Saitama and if they will try to reach out to the community more now.
Posted in: Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony
sakuralaMay. 05, 2013 - 02:01PM JST
Kimu: It is quite possible the husband was working during Golden Week...not everyone gets it off. It's also hard to know if he was aware how much she was suffering from ppd. A lot of men in Japan are expected to work long hours and he may have never seen any extreme signs. And I doubt she was in a proper state of mind to fully explain her emotional state.
I am actually happy that they stated their nationality as odd as it may seem. To me it seems that they lacked the community support. By knowing this, maybe there can be a raised awareness that foreigners need support too. I am about to become a mother myself but am not Japanese. I do feel left out sometimes but U try hard to get all the info I need in case I need support later. I am not that great at Japanese so it's hard at times. I don't know this women's full situation, but I hope it will give a push to help foreigners raising children in Japan (doubtful, I know...but one can hope)
sakuralaMay. 05, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
Bura: Sometimes it is hard for a woman to realize that she is suffering from ppd. Doctors recommend having a friend monitor you and if signs show up, take you to get help. However, if she was Chinese, she may have had less of a support group than desired in a foreign country. Also, it may be a matter of pride to avoid getting help. If she was depressed, she should have got help sooner but I don't think a lot of women pull out the ppd card just for the ease of it. Sometimes it takes an incident like this to wake a person from the fog in their head to see how much they need help. I hope everyone pulls through in this case.
sakuralaApr. 29, 2013 - 01:01PM JST
I am happy with my otaku hubby! I much prefer him to the alpha males that tended to just use me and throw me aside when someone new or hotter came along...
Posted in: Beta males rejoice! 77% of women say geeky 'otaku' A-OK
May. 24, 2013 - 10:56PM JST
LOL. This Korean newspaper managed to pi$$ off the most left minded Korean sympathizing cities and…
Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'
May. 24, 2013 - 10:52PM JST
They obviously need to defend it as none believe in it!
Posted in: Abe, Aso defend economic policies as markets settle
May. 24, 2013 - 10:50PM JST
Is it legal to ride a bike across a pedestrian crossing? Why was the driver charged…
Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing girl at intersection
He needs to clarify his economic policies NOW! The market wants to hear that. "Imadesho?!"
ThonTaddeo: you said it all and better. My post is just redundant!