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    @Mr_Gaijin The Japanese whalers say that their science was good enough to show that the whales they were whaling were not endangered and I believe them. Another advantage of whales is that they suffer less over their life time. Grizzly end admittedly. Additionally since Whale meat are hunted and not farmed, their consumption will not lead to retribution in the form of a flu pandemic. Hunting is vastly preferable.

    Posted in: A taste of whale

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    I hope that they leave the IWC, and continue whaling scientifically (not "for" science) at levels to match demand, like the Norwegians. It is sad that they kill whales to let them rot but, humane that they hunt whales. http://web.archive.org/web/20020205184207/http://www.eatthewhales.com/index.html

    Posted in: A taste of whale

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    Frozen is revolutionary film in East Asia, where, from the beginning of time, it is women that are meant to be the repressed, 'perfect girls,' and where Snow Queens (or Snow Women) are never heroines, only very the worst kind of horror. When Elsa (the snow queen) says "I am not cold at all!" (少しも寒くないわ, The cold never bothered me anyway) it makes me shiver. It is perhaps the equivalent of Count Dracula coming to terms with his desire for the blood of virgins. "Bloodless virgins never bothered me anyway". The good Vampire in Twilight is still repressed. Interview with a Vampire was not made into a fun family animation. The revolutionary way in which Frozen says, to Asian women, 'you can be yourselves at last ', has made the theme song monster popular among Japanese and Korean singers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGYWtZodZKY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCxh29luJtg

    And the Japanese version by Matsu Takako (the longing! the release!) seems to be getting the most praise in the 23 language version here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS0T8Cd4UhA

    Matsu Takako nailed it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvj3-MZO9Tw

    Izanami is out!

    Posted in: 'Frozen' tops box office in Japan for 5th consecutive week

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    USNinJapan2 I agree with you entirely with regard to the way in which the Japanese police drive, but like Bogi says, technology exists such as to dispel doubt (as many posters above seem to have).

    Posted in: Mother, son killed after their car hit by police car

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    Don't J cops have those video cameras that are standard in taxis and American cop cars? With all the technology these days it would be easy to have a camera that records the past 30 minutes in a loop in high definition. Of course, with a video camera present, one would not be able to prevaricate about the colour of traffic lights, or for that matter, the use of torture in interrogations. The videoing of interrogations started in 2008 and was almost total, apart from those suspects who refused to be videoed, n 2012. Recently they have started videoing the suspects refusal.

    It does not look like J Cop cars do have video cameras, judging by this video, but then perhaps it depends on the car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK-Ahcm1krg

    Posted in: Mother, son killed after their car hit by police car

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    Hosono claims that 3rd class passengers and foreigners in second class were forcibly kept from boarding the boats. In the face of this discrimination he jumped into a boat when there was a call "room for two more." https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.arts.movies.current-films/hosono$20diary$20titanic/rec.arts.movies.current-films/foFKv22392o/ZXFRCWFkS-cJ There is an urban legend that like a young third class passenger, Daniel Buckley, who had been hiding in a boat, but was given a shawl by lady Astor so that he could keep his seat, that Mr. Hosono, thin not only in name, may have been mistaken for a woman, but it is difficult to see how with that moustache. Hosono's 4300 character diary of the event, written as they sailed away on another ship, is the only one written on RMS Titanic stationery.

    Posted in: Titanic survivor Hosono's memoirs to go on display in Yokohama

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    Or, bearing in mind the timing, someone had enough of droves of picnickers coming for "flower viewing." http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/2014/04/09/kiji/K20140409007939280.html

    Posted in: 84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized

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    “Without safety or stability in its value, there would be no demand. In that sense, it cannot be a currency.”

    Said the Bank of Japan chief, and pressed the button to start the printing presses again.

    Posted in: BOJ chief doubts bitcoin's future as a currency

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    The movie itself is of the 'remember how brutal the Japanese were' genre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksrkKXoEJbM This seems to be a rather popular sentiment, perhaps even especially recently. The memoir upon which it was based, and perhaps the film end with the line, 'Some time the hating has to stop.' I wonder when.

    Posted in: Nicole Kidman keeping it real in latest roles

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    Scrote means that Japanese verbs do not conjugate according to person. One of the most annoy things about English for Japanese is that third person "s". Here is my list of 35 reasons why Japanese is an easy language to learn. http://www.nihonbunka.com/eigodaigaku/archives/en/000158.html

    Posted in: Four ways Japanese isn’t the hardest language to learn

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    I felt margnally sorry for Inose, who was kind of likeable, if rather foolish

    And Inose only "borrowed" one 1/16 as much. Poor old Inose.

    Posted in: Your Party leader Watanabe resigns over Y800 mil loan scandal

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    I have tried asking Japanese people to say the various 'hashi" and then ask another Japanese listener to judge which "hashi" (bridge, edge, chopsticks, and more rarely ladder, which I did not use in the test) the speaker had said. The results of that limited test appeared to demonstrate that meaning is not conveyed by tones, since there was little correspondence between speaker intent and listener interpretation.

    Posted in: Four ways Japanese isn’t the hardest language to learn

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    The Japanese version is by Takako Matsu (daughter of famous kabuki actor and famous actress and singer in her own right), and it is very good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvj3-MZO9Tw

    Posted in: Kanda hopes Disney movie won't be frozen out of Oscars

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    I'm so glad that his sister believed in him and never gave up.

    Too right. I have a son and a daughter. They get on very well, but 47 years is a long time to wait.

    One of the three judges, Norimichi Kumamoto, the one that believed Hakamada innocent but was outvoted, was so convinced of, and haunted by, Hakamada's innocence that he gave up his job as a judge six months after the case to become a lawyer working for the retrial eventually, now, achieved. He is quoted as saying, "I could not persuade the other judges. I could not forget the image of Hakamada saying "I didn't do it." When I remember it I cry. I continue to regret it and want to make amends." In the years following the trial he got into trouble when he had been drinking, going to the police saying "I killed an innocent man. Arrest me!" He went on to lead a very bumpy life, eventually become homeless. http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%86%8A%E6%9C%AC%E5%85%B8%E9%81%93

    Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan

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    Strong bodies, weak voices. Waif-like Japanese actors can say "power" with more testosterone than Western action-heroes. I sound like a toy poodle.

    Posted in: Schwarzenegger, Willis team up for coffee commercial

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    What happened to the spirit of kaizen (self-improvement) and damedashi (getting rid of bad things)? In other words, why doesn't anyone say, "tried that, didn't work"!? Does Abe really believe that yet more concrete is just what 'beautiful' Japan needs? Or are there violent groups, who make their money by 'policing' public works cartels, with their hands around the politicians' necks?

    Bring on the only budget cutting politician, Hashimoto.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes at least Y10 tril yen in public works by end of September

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    combinibento wrote

    something anyone feels when they lose a loved one or parent.

    “All my life I’d hated her. Hatred for my mother became my reason for living. My one desire was to make her life miserable. Having lost that, I just didn’t know how I was going to live anymore.”

    Posted in: 30% of women in 40s suffer from 'mother loss syndrome'

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    ultra-naionalistic? Biiessu. Not wanting to use loanwords fom the enemy language sounds par for the course then and something that should be being promoted now (like the French) to make Japanese easier to understand. Most times English loanwords are unecessary, affected replacements for a Japanese alternative -- such as se-fu for anzen. The result is a lexical complexity like that of English, as glenn points out, that make English vocabularly such a bitch to learn. English language speakers learn vocabulary into their fourties. If it were not for all the gairaigo (loanwords) Japanese language speakers could learn kanji and be done.

    Gairaigo drives a wedge between Japanese and other East asian languages, when without it Japanese woukd be well placed to become the common language of East Asia, being the only kanji-using language without tones.

    Posted in: Why there were 19 syllables in the Japanese word for 'saxophone' during WWII

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    I think that tipping is about power. It is one of the strategies with which big-ego-white-men (mainly) maintain their sense of superiority over those around them, by telling them, in so many cents, that they are inferior, and having those around them agree, and like it.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping

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