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smithinjapanNov. 30, 2015 - 03:03AM JST
takeda.shinden: "That aside, how about taking in other Asian refugees? "
Very good point! There is also currently a crisis with refugees fleeing Myanmar and seeking refuge.
tinawatanabe: "Another fabricated story."
Slave labour during WWII was FABRICATED?? We know you've got the blinders on when it comes to sex-slaves and Japanese atrocities in general, but the fact that you deny Japan had forced labourers is a low even for you -- although it does serve to ultimately undermine your comments more than they ever have been. So, why did Mitsubishi apologize to former POWs for forcing them into slavery, tina, and admitting that Koreans, British, Canadians, Filipinos, and others were used as slave labor as well?
"Please Japan was deceived by Koreans again when to get UNESCO registry"
So, Koreans are smarter than Japanese, who are puppets and do not know what they are saying? What's your excuse?
Posted in: Japan's tiny refugee community urges Tokyo to open doors wider
smithinjapanNov. 30, 2015 - 02:54AM JST
Good on these Americans.
Posted in: Maia, Alex Shibutani win ice dance event at NHK Trophy
smithinjapanNov. 30, 2015 - 02:52AM JST
Sad that such people exist, but such people exist. The fact that it was hate posted on a website, though, means not much can be done about it save Urawa kicking the Twitter user off of any Urawa official sites and barring him/her from the stadium if they know who it is and are able to do so. We've got his Twitter handle, so maybe people can message bomb him or something.
In any case, if it's in the stands, or on the gates in the stands, there is something that can be done. For now, I think Patric just needs to hold his head high and know that the message comes from some low-life coward who posted the Tweet because Patric scored the decisive goal and helped Ganba win the game. He's done nothing wrong.
Posted in: Gamba striker Patric says he was racially abused by Urawa fan
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 02:09PM JST
hokkaidoguy: "A company from China rented 12 units at her building to use as a "hotel". Six nights a week, tour buses pull up, and families of tourists pile in and treat the place like a hotel. But it's not a hotel, it's a building full of people trying to live their lives."
I'm sorry, but your example really has nothing to do with the government's clamping down on people renting out spaces they OWN. Now, I would think in the case you mentioned that if the apartment owner rented out the units to the Chinese company with a clause in the contracting stating that they could not in turn rent it out and/or use it as a hotel-like place, then the owner is in his or her right to kick the Chinese owners out. If it was NOT in the contract and the Chinese company can use it as they see fit then they are not breaking any laws, and, I'm sorry, but it's your sister-in-law's tough luck, as well as for the rest of the people who signed a contract with the building owner without knowing that was a possibility.
In any case, it is a problem for the apartment owner -- not the government. If it is condominiums, apartments, or houses that people own, the government has no right to say that people cannot rent them out; it is ONLY to make money. If there are laws being broken in terms of noise or pollution or what have you then the local police should deal with them accordingly, and in the meantime they can start with my neighbour upstairs -- who lets her family members come and go and stay as they please, being loud at all hours, jumping up and down in the early morning, screaming, etc. I mean, if it's as you say and not about the money, shouldn't they be dealt with too?
Posted in: Gov't discusses rules for paid accommodation in private residences
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
Turkey blew it big time here. Russia may have been stupid by flying in others' airspace, as they seem to like doing but blow up others' planes when they do the same, including civilian airliners, but Turkey really dropped the ball by "playing with fire".
Now, Erdogan can be as 'saddened' as we wants after poking the big bear, but it won't change the fact that the big bear is awake and upset. Turkey's going to suffer a LOT from this, while Russia won't suffer much and in fact has only sent a stronger message not to mess with it, and has a lot of support. What's more, Turkey has put even more of a spotlight on itself in terms of its dealings with ISIS in a time when the world is agreeing to step up attacks on the group.
Posted in: Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 12:46PM JST
japan4life: "There are plenty of U.S. Military Facilities and JSDF Facilities on Okinawa that can deal with Chinese Military action with or without MCAS Futenma."
Shame it's not moving then until it has the agreed upon place to move to then, right? Where's Onaga screaming and shouting that Okinawa needs to be freed from the US? Until then, they will stay where they are, protecting Okinawa as they have been for a long time, and as it is clear they are needed with China stepping up their military training and actions.
"And your posts always make it seem like the people of Okinawa are trying to get rid of all of the U.S. Military from Okinawa and that is not true."
Not true? You have posters and people besides saying they speak for all Okinawans, that they are the "voice of okinawa", and others who flat out say "Get out!" in regards to ALL US troops. They have said that no voices besides the ones wanting the bases out matter, and unintentionally also admitted that opposition to bases don't matter because Okinawans don't have a vote in national security. And now? Sorry, bud, but not a peep, because they are scared that their own words and actions might have the consequences that they've been calling for.
Posted in: 11 Chinese military aircraft fly near Japanese islands
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 10:54AM JST
Here we go again! Reward them for absolutely nothing, then HOPE maybe later they increase their wages perhaps 100 yen a month.
Oh, they'll GLADLY take the money, Shinzo... they'll just less gladly let anything trickle down, and it'll take years and more tax breaks later to get it done.
Meanwhile, the government has "No money to give" and so must raise consumer taxes and lower the volume of products, and they are giving out trillions to other nations and a one-shot gift to pensioners so that they will have to deal with taxes for the remainder of their lives after.
Posted in: Gov't considering corporate tax cut to below 30% in FY 2016
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 10:52AM JST
Definitely about AirB&B. Japan has far too many rules when it comes to doing something that may be entrepreneurial. You want to guide people around Kyoto? You need a "Kyoto Guide License", which requires a LOT of money put into the ridiculous test, textbooks, and the government, and if you don't have it you can get sued. You want to rent out some unused space to people in the middle of a complete shortage? First you have to pay the government a bunch of money to get a piece of paper saying you can, then you have to pay money from that perpetually towards said government. It's all just because they are not getting their two cents. In many ways, the government isn't very different from the Yakuza.
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 10:47AM JST
And just last week another ship went by the islands. I've noticed there's been no talk of getting rid of US military since then. Go figure.
smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 12:28AM JST
JeffLee: "I will support that once Christian groups put bombs on airliners. kidnap hundreds of schoolgirls in a single go, put young girls on the slave auction block while executing all the menfolk in their village because they are the wrong religion, behead journalists and taxi drivers.. Alas, Christians, even the nutty ones, are NOT doing that."
Nope, they've never done that. Not during the Crusades, and certainly not Catholics and Protestants killing each other because they were of the wrong belief system. Nope, not at all.
Meanwhile, Republicans are saying this is not about Religion, it's one nutbag, but when one nutbag takes Islam to the extreme, it's about the religion. And not only that, but this time DURING THE SHOOTING some nutbag Republican Congressman was belittling Planned Parenting while its people, and police officers (won't see FOX jumping to blame all whites for cop killings like they jump on black people!), were being shot and killed, and actually had the gall to add that "I expect an apology of Planned Parenthood was not actually targeted!". What a coward!
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smithinjapanNov. 29, 2015 - 12:02AM JST
Serrano: Good for Miyahara! I feel sorry for her, though, as yesterday it was all about Mao and Hanyu, and now that Hanyu more than succeeded in fulfilling the media's already polished medals, Mao flubbed it again and so that so far is not really getting much recognition despite Miyahara (probably "Mini-Mao 2" or some diminutive to compare her unfairly to Mao) coming in first.
Posted in: Perfect Hanyu scores record 322.40 points to win NHK Trophy title
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 11:58PM JST
"While stereotypes all possess a grain of truth, let’s not make the mistake that everyone falls into such stereotypes."
Geez... this from the site that publishes a list of "Five Types of Foreigners in Japan", "6 Types of Japanese", and all sorts of similar lists and articles grouping an entire world of people into a mere few categories?
While this is a better written article than a lot of the stuff that comes from RocketNews (and there IS good stuff, don't get me wrong), I don't think Ms. Chavez has really proven that the stereotypes aren't true -- just pointed out that it does not necessarily make one place worse and another better, which is true. Yes, there are a few exceptions, but there are reasons they are called generalizations and/or stereotypes.
I don't really think the second stereotype is true. A society of too many obligations coupled with the 'nail/stake that sticks out', yes, but 'strict society', not really.
Posted in: Japan misunderstood: 3 stereotypes that live on
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 11:44PM JST
tinawatanabe: "It doesn't matter whether it was a slander or not. "
It most certainly does.
"And SK hasn't found out about what she was doing during the 7 hours. How can you exculde the possibility of having an affair with somebody if they don't know what she was doing."
And HOW does any of that matter to the case at hand, tina, which is the point! The focus was on the ferry disaster and that tragedy alone, yet this arrogant, nationalist poster for the rag he represents was over there trying to turn a horrible tragedy into a political scandal.
He broke defamation laws as such, and deserves whatever punishment he gets.
Posted in: Ruling postponed for Sankei reporter charged with defaming S Korean leader
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 11:39PM JST
tinawatanabe: "I don't understand your point."
Of course you don't -- the trees are blocking the forest.
The comment was meant to point out the selective nature of the media here; if an athlete of Japanese descent but of another nationality is doing well, the media plays it up like Japan is achieving the accomplishment, and people here are proud. Shonabb asked why a NON-Japanese is having her name put in Kanji when her name is not Japanese, with Pukey pointing out that they do not do the same with others. And of course with Chris Reed who IS Japanese, people here treat him like he is not, when he is. In other words, pretty pathetic.
Posted in: Asada suffers setback at NHK Trophy
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
I kind of hope not. Japan loses far too much information far too easily.
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smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 09:24PM JST
Yubaru: "How interesting, a typical Japanese-style response. What the media puts out is "god" and you defend it in type by justifying your remarks."
Why do you quote yourself (or only me quoting you) and nothing else? Doesn't give the rest of your comment any context. If you're talking about my comment as being a "typical Japanese-style response" then I think you need to rethink what you think such a response would be, because there's no way they would call baseball, or any baseball tournaments they push for, as meaningless, or suggest any other team but the Japanese are the best.
Posted in: Park leads South Korea to 8-0 win over U.S. in Premier12 final
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 09:10PM JST
Wow! A well-deserved win and HUGE congrats! Amazing work, Hanyu!
And also, I'm thinking Orser deserves huge props, too. He's trained a lot of gold, be in Kim Yu-Na or Hanyu.
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 05:00PM JST
Another day in the US.
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 04:57PM JST
Just like the women who selfishly kill their kids, this selfish lout should NOT take others with him when offing himself. So sad! Rip to the title girl.
Posted in: Coast Guard member dies after apparently killing daughter, 9
smithinjapanNov. 28, 2015 - 02:47PM JST
Peter Payne: " Steer clear of it if you want to enjoy your future years here."
While I agree that one should not read the book as a precursor to a visit, it DOES present a lot of good points that many people deny exist, or don't realize but might need to if they want to remain here, or in terms of knowing certain facets of culture in relation to those of other nations. It's knowledge, and knowledge is always a good thing. "Ignorance is bliss" would be the alternative, and even then you'd have to try pretty hard to remain that way.
In any case, I love visiting places that are off the beaten path, especially now that Japan has become more of a tourist mecca than ever before. BUT, one of the reasons such places retain their charm is that they remain "undiscovered" and "off the beaten path". Even places that are open to and expect throngs of tourists are struggling to deal with the influx of foreign and domestic visitors, with many as well complaining about everything from overcrowding to bad manners. I doubt many 'inaka' locations would be equipped to deal with even a slight influx. As well, they have to carefully guage, through trial and error (free trials, for that matter), which sights are appealing to tourists, and not leave it to the locals to decide "what foreigners will be interested in", as I've experienced this many times, as has the nation, and found that the 'omotenashi' or whatever falls short of being interesting at all (for me). Local spots will be quick to push their place and products, but they might not be appealing (or might be), so they need to do research, first.
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