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smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 08:58PM JST
Alphaape: " My Japanese wife doesn't get why I laugh at shows like MST 3K (a lot of Americans don't get it either)."
Your cred just went up! I LOVE MST3K (have you watched Yahoo!'s Other Space?). Anyway, don't agree with you that there isn't a racist element to this woman's humor. It is likely not intentional, and most certainly not meant to be offensive, but that's part of the problem; the inability to perceive what is or is not culturally offensive. The worst part is if you point out that it IS offensive (to some, if not all), people get all defensive and instead of trying to remedy it make it worse. I can just imagine how it would be received if the shoe were on the other foot.
Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
Mods: Much obliged. Only two months behind, then.
In any case, I agree as well with gogogo saying these kind of trucks also serve little purpose aside from blocking traffic, and can often be dangerous for other traffic because it also blocks line of sight.
Posted in: Movie reminder
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 04:05PM JST
nakanoguy1: "man, some of you need to chill. it's a joke for japanese people."
And if white people make jokes using a "black voice" and said you should chill out because it's "just a joke for white people" it'd be the same thing. Racism is racism, and when it's poor humor to boot this sad woman deserves nothing but ridicule for her cheap attempts at being funny. It's sad that you defend it with the usual, "it's for Japanese people" garbage.
Daniel: "Each country/society has its own type of humor, criticizing it because "it is not funny" to you is not fair. And using the accent of people from other countries, is a very common tool in comedy around the world."
It may be used in some cases, for sure, and that's unfortunate, but nowhere does using it in a racist manner, as she is doing, forgive it. Everyone has a right to criticize it, and they should. Just wait for her to pull the long nose out of her pocket when she wants to approach someone with something awkward and then use the 'funny American voice'. Or maybe paint her face black? That's probably get a few chuckles and a few defensive "it's funny for Japanese -- you don't understand it" comments as well.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 03:57PM JST
Actually, it's been quite a while since Saitama graced the headlines, stealing a few safes is a lot better than what we're reading coming out of some other prefectures.
Posted in: 3 safe, ticketing machine thefts reported in Saitama
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
Agree with gogogo. They should also have the truck being pulled by a donkey, because I think it's already out on DVD in some countries. I heard Jurassic World will be here in September.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
Guys, for those who don't know, "Cardiopulmonary arrest" is the term they use for 'dead' because only a licensed physician can pronounce a person dead, so even police and paramedics (save in very rare cases where it is MORE than obvious, like if the person has exploded or been crushed by a giant rock) cannot legally declare a person dead. They usually get whisked away to a hospital where they are then pronounced dead.
Posted in: Man dead after setting himself on fire in bullet train; woman passenger also dies
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 01:57PM JST
BurakuminDes: "What a nutcase, people could easily have died from smoke inhalation due to his selfish act. Just lucky no-one did."
Well, he killed at least ONE other person if he is included in the two found in a state of "cardiopulmonary arrest", which means TWO if he is not. But yes, it's lucky MORE were not killed, and something we can be thankful about in yet ANOTHER case of a coward taking his own life and trying to bring others with him.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 12:30PM JST
I hope to god the police took blood/alcohol analysis and have kept it on record since this schmuck is now changing his tune. It doesn't matter if he thinks alcohol was a factor or not -- and 12 hours drinking on a beach most certainly is -- he drove after drinking, which is in clear violation of the law, and three people died. The result is not just some coincidence. Even if he is correct in that it was his looking for the phone that caused him to be distracted, it does not take away from the fact that he was drinking and driving, and only adds to the charges. Three life sentences back to back, please. Plus damages for the woman who survived.
Posted in: Man goes on trial over hit-and-run deaths of 3 women in Otaru
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 12:18PM JST
toshiko: "Any products which had to be warned should be prohibited to sell."
It depends on what their primary purpose is. Surely you're not suggesting gasoline or oil products in general be banned because they might catch fire, are you? In the case of the starch obviously it is not something we can live without, but the bottom line is that the warnings were not followed and the product used in dangerous situations.
Posted in: Young partygoer dies after Taiwan water park disaster
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 12:08PM JST
I hope for a Germany - England final, myself. Let the US and Japan fight it out for third.
Posted in: A look at the Women's World Cup semifinals
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 11:49AM JST
More of Japan's racist, moronic 'humor', that if you attack as being the stupidity that it is, will be told, "You can't understand it because you're not Japanese". I hope this goes the usual route: the comedian sees a rapid rise to the top of 'red carpet' shows, as the token Japanese representative at a US movie premiere, and then finally on a talk show with an American guest she pulls her schtick and when the American person not only doesn't laugh, but can't figure out if Terumi is perhaps mentally impaired, the Japanese audience will say, "You mean... maybe it's not funny?" and this person will be forgotten in a week. The whole thing will have transpired in about a month, tops.
There are so many things you could do to point out how wrong this is: speak in a stupid Japanese accent and bow excessively when bumping into someone or something, but it would be completely lost on them and if they DID get it, they wouldn't think the comparison is valid, or the reverse "funny" and still insist that Terumi is. Quite sad.
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 11:41AM JST
“We hope to raise around 20 billion yen with help from the private sector to keep the national taxpayers’ burden in check.”
Wow, thank god for this man's kindness and benevolence! It's now only an additional 70 billion on top of the 150 + billion the tax payer needs to pay despite promises that it would be a cheap and compact games!
Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
This is the potential White House candidate on the Republican side, guys. He's in second place next to Jeb only. Yes, that is the Republican party in this day and age -- Donald Trump. I hope he gets it; he's already solidified Latinos nation-wide against him and is damaging the Republican party beyond repair, so let's hope the GOP are dumb enough to give him the nomination and lose everything instantly.
As for NBC, it's a shame they waited so long. Clearly they were waiting to see what popular opinion would be, as they indicated three days ago they would still go ahead with Miss America, etc. Now it seems that with Donald's unpopularity rising NBC has finally made a good decision (they usually don't).
Posted in: NBC latest to dump Trump over Mexican immigrant comments
smithinjapanJun. 30, 2015 - 10:19AM JST
So, the residents that "often saw the kids playing near the tracks" never said anything? Or did they and it was just kids being kids and not listening. I'm not saying it was the parents' fault, but did they know their kids were always playing there? Tragic, but something that could have been avoided.
Posted in: Two boys aged 3 and 4 hit by train in Yamanashi; one dies
smithinjapanJun. 29, 2015 - 09:50PM JST
Agree with SuperLib, it's a nightmare. The secondary explosion and subsequent, in a split-second, fireball made a huge SEA of fire. I'm amazed only one person (so far) has died, and am not surprised so many suffered burns.
"The company which produced the starch said users had been warned of a potential fire hazard."
If they had been warned, the organizers should be jailed, and likely will be as things get worse. Good on the company for taking the product off the shelves -- shame they didn't do it sooner, but not like they had known since it had never happened.
smithinjapanJun. 29, 2015 - 08:33PM JST
Given that Abe is pushing his own agenda and always has, he'll push the law through regardless. Who cares if 81% of the public think the explanation have been insufficient and more than 50% are flat out against it? This is the new China -- the government doesn't care what the people want, and if you speak ill about it they'll try to shut you down.
Posted in: Abe's ratings slip amid doubts over his security policy
smithinjapanJun. 29, 2015 - 01:26PM JST
China would be fun to live and work in for a short experience -- say, two to three years. I think it would be crazy to want to live there for life unless you were born and raised there, and even then maybe still. If you were uber-rich, though, I think either would be fine.
Posted in: If you were given a choice to live and work in Japan or China, which would you choose?
smithinjapanJun. 29, 2015 - 01:16PM JST
Strangerland: "I believe the after-tax price is always shown as well, though it may be smaller. They made a law maybe 9 years ago that said after-tax prices must be displayed."
The law was that all prices be shown after tax, and some shops showed before tax prices in small print, but most did not. That changed with the tax increase, in which they were not required by law to show the after tax prices (though some do, in small print), which is why a lot of companies got away for a while with charging from 8% more up to 13% or so increase on products for a 3% tax increase (they kept the price the same as the taxed price on the tag, and charged 8% tax on top of that. 7-11 was the first to drop their product priced to keep the prices near the same overall with the 3% increase.
As for 業務スーパー you're both right. It's kind of like CostCo these days. The company was designed to cater to businesses like hotels/restaurants for bulk foods, but are now popular and somewhat tailored supermarkets for the individual shoppers who want to buy in bulk/large sizes, or can pick individual, cheaper products from among them.
Anyway, Abenomics strikes again! The BOJ is now struggling to defend itself, none of the 'trickle down' stuff Abe promised is working, and now the cost of imports are hurting large-sized companies as well (or at least, forcing them to jack up prices, which WILL hurt them later when customers stop buying). Shouldn't be a surprise household spending is finally up a percentage point -- we have zero choice if we want to buy even the staples these days.
Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise
smithinjapanJun. 29, 2015 - 01:06PM JST
As predicted. I'm glad the cat was well-loved, gave people love, and generated a lot for the local economy (and still is), but think of all the people that would benefit from even a FRACTION of this generosity, like those still wasting away in shelters after losing everything on 3/11. At the very least, do as one poster said above and take money that would be wasted on this funeral or donations to Tama and actually DONATE them to animal shelters or for services that help strays, etc.
Posted in: 3,000 attend funeral for Tama, the cat stationmaster
smithinjapanJun. 28, 2015 - 08:19PM JST
tinawatanabe: "You have to see other pictures of him. He is good looking. I'd say intelligent looking."
I rest my case.
Posted in: Women flock to zoo to see 'hunky' gorilla
Jun. 30, 2015 - 11:13PM JST
Wow, Superlip, you have a vivid imagination. And unicorns will appear on every street corner. Pfft.
Posted in: Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant
I've been in Japan too long even to think this is strange. Don't European hotels charge…
Posted in: Why do so many Japanese hotels and ryokan charge by the person instead of the room?
Jun. 30, 2015 - 11:12PM JST
Agree that more compassion all the way around would help. Yes, compassion to the mentally ill…
I had a look at your WP "opinion" piece. It had many serious omissions. For…
Posted in: Civil War buffs on Confederate flag debate: It's complicated
Jun. 30, 2015 - 11:11PM JST
I like the way they publicly evaluated their marriage. Very rare for members of the Imperial…
Posted in: Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko celebrate 25th wedding anniversary