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senseimanDec. 09, 2013 - 09:09AM JST
So all it takes is two random attacks in different cities that apparently have nothing to do with each other and that is sufficient to say that Japan finds itself in the midst of a "wave of assaults"?
The knockout game myth has already been debunked in the US - the only thing the US is exporting to Japan in this case is shrill, panic inducing headlines that have no basis in reality.
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
senseimanNov. 25, 2013 - 09:49AM JST
J.Basher - the controversy obviously arises from the fact that China, unlike the countries you mention, chose to establish its air zone directly over territory administered by another country and comes in the context of China aggressively trying to expand its control of the seas with implied military threats against virtually all of its neigbhors.
China can have all the air zones it wants over Chinese territory, but when it starts asserting them over the territory of its neighbors it is nothing more than a blatant provocation with absolutely no basis in international law.
Posted in: Japan warns of unpredictable events over China's new air zone
senseimanOct. 23, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
This isn`t relevant to the question of his guilt or innocence, but this case raises the question of why Japan even has a lay judge system if its findings of fact can simply be overturned by professional judges on appeal.
Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned
senseimanOct. 05, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Most of Koya san in Wakayama prefecture is free (in the sense of there being no admission fee - transportation to get there is a different story) and is way better than most of the places on this list. Dazaifu in Fukuoka is also free, its not that impressive compared to Kyoto but I would at least rate it higher than half the places on this list.
One thing I will say that I really like about Japan is that admission to most of the historic/cultural sightseeing spots is quite reasonable. Most of the big temples/castles/gardens only charge 400 or 500 yen (though the odd one does charge more).
Another point is just that in a lot of cities the shoutengai (shopping districts) are the most interesting area thing to see in town - and all of them are free. In Osaka the Shinsaibashi/Dotonbori area is WAY more interesting than the castle. Same with Nagoya (the Osu area is way better than Nagoya castle).
Posted in: Japan’s 20 best free sightseeing spots
senseimanSep. 18, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
Just do a search for 浜松日体高校バレー部 on Youtube and you will find the video. It is pretty disturbing, the teacher slaps the kid quite hard. That guy should definitely not be allowed to teach ever again.
Posted in: Volleyball coach seen beating schoolboy in YouTube video
senseimanSep. 17, 2013 - 10:11PM JST
I can`t believe people here are actually denouncing the parents for demanding compensation from the kindergarten whose negligence led to the deaths of their children.
If they could sue for their childrens lives back Im sure they would but they can`t. The courts are only capable of awarding them monetary damages, it is hardly their fault.
s lives back I
And as far as the law goes I don`t see anything wrong with the decision in this case. When people (like kindergartens) have a duty of care (to the children they are entrusted with) and they fail to uphold that duty and people suffer as a result (such as through the deaths of their children) then of course they should be held accountable.
To argue otherwise is literally to say that kindergartens whose negligence results in the deaths of children should not have a legal duty to compensate those childrens families, which is just ridiculous. Of course they should. Again - if you find money somehow unsavory that IS NOT the fault of the parents, it is simply the way the legal system works because like I said it cant order the kindergarten to bring the children back to life.
s families, which is just ridiculous. Of course they should. Again - if you find money somehow unsavory that IS NOT the fault of the parents, it is simply the way the legal system works because like I said it can
Posted in: Kindergarten ordered to pay damages over deaths of 4 children in tsunami
senseimanSep. 16, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
Congrats to Balentien, I`m glad this record has finally been broken.
About the ball: It is livelier than the ball used last year, but that ball was only used for 2 years. My understanding though (I could be mistaken) is that they just reverted to using the ball they had used before 2010 this year, which would make it the same type of ball used when Oh, Rhodes and Cabrera set the record.
Posted in: Balentien breaks Japan's home run record
senseimanSep. 12, 2013 - 12:27PM JST
Im not sure if you can say it is a juiced ball in this context. It is, if Im not mistaken, the same type of ball that was in use when Oh, Rhodes and Cabrera set the record, so I don`t think its juiced in the sense that Balentien had any unfair advantage (though in comparison to MLB balls it is fair to call it a juiced ball).
m not sure if you can say it is a juiced ball in this context. It is, if I
The sheer explosion of home runs he has hit does, however, bring up reminders of McGwire, Sosa and Bonds in terms of the sheer magnitude of the difference. Every other time somebody challenged the record in Japan they just barely got in reach of it in the final days of the season. Balentien on the other hand has already tied it with plenty of room to spare AND he missed the first 12 games of the season to boot.
It is similar to the way nobody came anywhere close to matching Maris` 61 until that 3-year period from 1998 to 2001 where suddenly those three guys were not only matching it but hitting way more than 61 every year.
I`m not saying Balentien himself is juiced (I assume NPB has pretty strict PED testing but I could be mistaken), but it does sort of raise the question of how he has done it.
Posted in: Balentien hits 55th home run to equal Japan record
senseimanSep. 12, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
Robert Whiting made an interesting point in an interview recently that Ichiros breaking the single season hits record in MLB in 2004 may have changed views here. Seeing how guys in the majors didnt care about Ichiro`s nationality or try any of the Bass-like dirty tricks to protect the record may have turned that sort of behavior into a taboo.
s breaking the single season hits record in MLB in 2004 may have changed views here. Seeing how guys in the majors didn
About Rhodes and Cabrerea, I seem to recall Rhodes getting screwed in the last game of the season but I distinctly remember watching Cabreras final game and him getting plenty of pitches in the strike zone, he just didnt connect.
s final game and him getting plenty of pitches in the strike zone, he just didn
Anyway, all that will just be a historical footnote once Balentien breaks the record. Im wondering if hell match Roger Maris` 61.
m wondering if he
senseimanSep. 11, 2013 - 10:12PM JST
Just hit number 55 today, the record is tied. NHK led off its evening news with it, so it is getting attention.
Its not surprising that they are pitching around him, he has hit 55 home runs after all and has nobody in that Yakult lineup to protect him. This is nothing like with Bass, where it was just blatant protecting-the-record intentional walks.
Posted in: Balentien hits 54th homer
senseimanSep. 05, 2013 - 05:23PM JST
Unforunately, this is not true.
Unforunately, this is not true.
I think you misunderstand interuni`s point. He was just saying that, as a matter of accounting, corporations can avoid the tax completely by reinvesting their income into the business or making other expenditures which would reduce their taxable income to zero (basically the same point ADK99 made). This would not be passed on to consumers because there would be nothing to pass on - no taxes would be paid regardless of the tax rate (which, as the article states, is the case with about 70% of Japanese corporations).
Posted in: Corporate tax cut in Japan: Be careful what you wish for
senseimanSep. 01, 2013 - 02:19PM JST
True, Oh faced disadvantages in his career due to his nationality and Nagashimas popularity was probably greater in part because of Ohs Chinese nationality (though it should be noted that Oh won 9 MVP awards in his career compared to Nagashimas 5, so Im not sure how valid the argument on that ground in the article you link to is).
s popularity was probably greater in part because of Oh
s 5, so I
But Oh obviously gets all the attention these days in part because he is accepted as Japanese in the popular mind while Rhodes and Cabrera (despite both having long and distinguished careers in Japan) aren`t.
Posted in: Balentien has time on his side as he goes after Japan's home run record
senseimanSep. 01, 2013 - 11:39AM JST
What is convenient about it?
The article doesnt say Oh was Japanese but just to indulge: he was born in Japan, raised in Japan, speaks Japanese as his native language, is a product of the Japanese baseball training system and had a Japanese mother. I think for people who care about that stuff (Im not one of them) that is considered close enough.
t say Oh was Japanese but just to indulge: he was born in Japan, raised in Japan, speaks Japanese as his native language, is a product of the Japanese baseball training system and had a Japanese mother. I think for people who care about that stuff (I
I dont see how Balentien isnt going to break the record with so many games left. The amazing thing is that he missed two weeks of the season and is still on this pace.
t see how Balentien isn
About the ball, if I am not mistaken it is a bit of a non-issue as far as the record goes since Oh, Rhodes and Cabrera all set the record when the league was using a lively ball too.
senseimanFeb. 07, 2013 - 12:34PM JST
I thought this sounded familiar and I just realized: The Simpsons did an episode based on the exact same situation!
See the season 2 episode Itchy & Scratchy & Marge. The statue of David comes to Springfield and some activist group protests its nudity. There is even a scene with a picture of the statue wearing pants (on Kent Brockman`s news show).
Conclusion: In Japan life imitates the Simpsons.
Posted in: Shimane town demands pants for Michelangelo's David sculpture
senseimanFeb. 07, 2013 - 10:12AM JST
The funny part isn`t that the locals want to put pants on it.
The funny part is that a businessman thought it would be tasteful to decorate a public park in an aging town of 15,000 in rural Japan with a full size replica of a massive 16th century Italian statue portraying a biblical hero with absolutely no connection to Shimane whatsoever.
It calls to mind that scene in the film Analyze This where the mafia boss builds a giant Romanesque fountain in the front yard of Billy Crystal`s little bungalow in the suburbs. Not sure if the humor in that scene would be appreciated by the businessman referred to in this article.
senseimanDec. 22, 2012 - 11:49AM JST
Just as a factual matter with the article, there is no such thing as a federal stage in Japan. Japan is a unitary state with a central, rather than a federal government.
Such errors aside, there isn`t much being said here. Basically the conclusion of the article is that Hashimoto is different from most politicians and that might be a good thing but it also might be a bad thing. This is kind of obvious.
Posted in: The case for Toru Hashimoto
senseimanDec. 06, 2012 - 10:08AM JST
Reasonable points in the article.
Just from my day to day observations I`ve always felt, as other commenters have suggested, that the problem lies in a skewering of budget priorities towards building stuff rather than maintaining it. I see this a lot with public parks that have a lot of expensive looking statues and other things installed but are basically abandoned once completed and spend there whole existence covered in waist high weeds that get cleared only once a year.
Posted in: The enigma of Japanese infrastructure
senseimanNov. 12, 2012 - 09:24AM JST
I notice a lot of these types of articles are written for an audience that has little to no experience or knowledge of living in Japan. They are always based on an observation that something in Japan is different from what exists in the United States and then proceed under the assumption that Japan is the outlier whose deviation must be explained.
I can see how this would be of some interest in a travel publication or something, but for anyone who has ever been to Japan most of the observations made are quite obvious and not very interesting.
Also there is inevitably a tendency to describe these things as though they were recent trends that are growing, which usually isnt the case. Women arent wearing shorter skirts now then they were 10 years ago (or 40 years ago for that matter). Nudity hasnt become normalized, Ive been here for more than a decade and have never seen a naked person in public (unless old men relieving themselves on the side of streets counts). Some customs (communal bathing, lack of a religion that views sex as sinful,etc) obviously allow for nudity and undoubtedly make people less squeamish about it than they are in a country with a puritanical heritage like the US, but I think the US is more of an outlier than Japan in that regard.
t the case. Women aren
t become normalized, I
Posted in: Why Japanese people are comfortable with nakedness
senseimanNov. 11, 2012 - 11:02AM JST
As has already been mentioned, American fast food is nothing new so the use of the future tense in this article is out of place. McDonalds and KFC have been here for decades (a fact that McDonalds is specifically highlighting in its current TV ads) as have their Japanese counterparts like Lotteria (not to mention the donburi places like Yoshinoya and Matsuya). Ive been here since the late 90s and except for Subways havent noticed any increase in the presence of American fast food outlets or any increase in people buying that type of fast food. Some of the big chains (ie Wendys) have done the opposite and completely left the Japanese market. The supposed trend that the article is based on seems to solely exist in the authors mind. Perhaps a more interesting approach to the subject would have been to ask why 40 years of American style fast food in Japan hasn`t led to the same alleged health effects it has in the US.
s and KFC have been here for decades (a fact that McDonald
ve been here since the late 90s and except for Subways haven
s) have done the opposite and completely left the Japanese market. The supposed trend that the article is based on seems to solely exist in the author
Posted in: How will American fast food affect Japanese culture?
senseimanMar. 24, 2012 - 11:44PM JST
The sense of shadenfreude I am experiencing in reading this exchange between the author and his detractors is making me feel a little guilty at the amusement I take in watching such a train wreck in progress.
Yet I cannot look away.
Posted in: What's wrong with Japanese education?
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Neither can I.
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