Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
senseimanFeb. 24, 2014 - 09:47AM JST
Getting caught up in the numbers misses the point: regardless of whether it was 50,000 or 300,000 it was still an inexcusable atrocity.
The right wing politicians who keep denying that it ever happened or otherwise trying to dismiss it are just preaching to a choir of fellow domestic nut-jobs while totally ruining Japans international position. This is a no-win issue for Japan. If they would just shut their mouths and show some basic decency about this world opinion on the overall Japan-China situation would be much more favorable to Japan. Instead these idiots just keep giving China all the ammunition it needs to paint Japan as a dangerous country bent on re-arming itself and invading its neighbors. Comparing Abe to Hitler, as Chinese officials done, would seem like laughable communist propoganda that everyone could easily dismiss but for the fact that some of Abes closest political allies are almost daily issuing statement defending fascist war criminals.
s international position. This is a no-win issue for Japan. If they would just shut their mouths and show some basic decency about this world opinion on the overall Japan-China situation would be much more favorable to Japan. Instead these idiots just keep giving China all the ammunition it needs to paint Japan as a dangerous country bent on re-arming itself and invading its neighbors. Comparing Abe to Hitler, as Chinese officials done, would seem like laughable communist propoganda that everyone could easily dismiss but for the fact that some of Abe
Posted in: China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan
senseimanFeb. 23, 2014 - 06:36PM JST
Not sure abou Okinawa, but Kyushu is litered with the remnants of ill-advised amusement parks. The idea of them bulldozing some pretty mountainside to build another eyesore that will probably go bankrupt a few years down the road doesn`t make me feel too good.
Posted in: USJ to build new amusement parks in Kyushu, Okinawa
senseimanFeb. 10, 2014 - 10:07PM JST
Perhaps we should form a support group of aggreived Hulu Japan users!
I am feeling more empowered to cancel my account after reading the comments.
Posted in: Hulu Japan offers not just movies, but a little education and awesome customer service too
senseimanFeb. 10, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
I have been on the edge for a few months about cancelling Hulu.
As everyone has said, the selection is pretty bad. It seemed about half the new movies they put up last month were straight-to-DVD fare from Steven Segal`s 2000-2005 period. It also pisses me off to no end how they only offer some US movies dubbed into Japanese. I tried watching Starsky and Hutch (the Owen Wilson/ Ben Stiller movie) a couple of months ago and for some reason Hulu is incapable of showing that in English. By no means was that an isolated incident.
The TV show selection is pretty limited too, unless you like Korean dramas and horrible, horrible Japanese dramas. They get one or two decent ones, but often for a short time and even then only 1 or 2 seasons (Breaking Bad, the Wire, etc). The majority of the American ones are low-popularity network garbage that got cancelled after a couple of seasons and are obviously cheap.
This article reads like an infomercial paid for by Hulu and really is awful.
senseimanFeb. 07, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
I know lots of people will get all upset about this, but the wording seems pretty neutral
I know lots of people will get all upset about this, but the wording seems pretty neutral
The wording actually is not neutral, East sea is an accurate description of it only if you are in Korea. It is west of Japan, (and south of Russia).
Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans
senseimanJan. 15, 2014 - 09:09AM JST
I guess this means he won`t be playing in Japan again - if he is convicted that will deep 6 his visa eligibility.
Posted in: Japan home run leader Balentien arrested in U.S. on domestic violence charges
senseimanJan. 13, 2014 - 04:38PM JST
Except that the land in question has been under continuous Japanese administration since the 1890s, save for the postwar period when the US administered it. The notion that anytime a country decides it wants territory it may have controlled 120 years ago it can turn that territory into disputed territory simply by laying claim to it is itself ridiculous, unless we want to throw the established borders of almost every country in the world into dispute.
Posted in: Japan condemns China fishing curbs; vows to defend islands
senseimanJan. 13, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
So if the Japanese zone is 130 kilometres from China at its closest, that makes it well over 100km from Chinese territorial waters.
Chinas zone, on the other hand, not only covers parts of Japans territorial waters but actually covers part of Japanese land territory.
s zone, on the other hand, not only covers parts of Japan
Massive difference there.
senseimanJan. 12, 2014 - 11:20AM JST
Not to be picky, but Japan doesn`t have a federal government - Japan is not a federation. It has a central government.
OK, maybe that was picky. Sorry.
Anyway, how is this even possible, isn`t the mayor an elected position that cannot be delegated to someone else, especially not for cash?
Posted in: Citizens in Yamagata town can be mayor for a day for Y1 mil
senseimanJan. 10, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
I also find it a little disturbing to learn that even the position of airline pilot instructor is now being filled by temps. And the drug thing too of course...
airline pilot instructor
Posted in: Airline pilot instructor arrested for smuggling illegal drug 'Rush'
senseimanJan. 08, 2014 - 01:46PM JST
Really just a thoroughly horrible article.
The statements made are completely at odds with each other. At one point it says it must have been a professional hit, but then at another the source says that pros would have done it with a bigger gun.
And what is the Chinese connection, other than that sometimes people in China are known to shoot other people? When I saw the headline I was expecting to read about the Osho president having had some business or personal dispute with a Chinese organized crime group or something.
Posted in: Was Kyoto's 'Gyoza King' shot dead by a Chinese hit man?
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
Mar. 11, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Personally, I'm pretty well disgusted with the lack of attention to child safety in cars in…
Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?
riken has repeatedly claimed that they stood behind the research data, and that the only problem…
Posted in: Scientist urges withdrawal of his own 'breakthrough' stem cell research
Mar. 11, 2014 - 02:53PM JST
They should have one of the foreign players kick the banner like Bruce Lee did in…
Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League
Mar. 11, 2014 - 02:50PM JST
Yes indeed, when you have isolated incidents like these, indict the entire nation of Japanese as…
Mar. 11, 2014 - 02:45PM JST
Racist thugs in football....who would have thought...