timtak's past comments

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    In answer to numerous questions during his trial the "youth" repeated "I can't remember." The victim's father pointed out that he can still remember his daughter's first cries when she was born.

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    Buy Yuan?

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    41.6% of Japanese high school students like studying English! Japanese language education is doing something right. But then, personally I think that that percentage is far too high for success. English lessons are, especially if communicative, seen to be a time for having fun. Students come to my classes expecting something like tea-time-with-timothy, and are painfully surprised. If the Japanese want to learn to communicate in English, lessons need to be a lot more harsh than tea-time, and mine are which is why they are so unpopular ;-; If I could persuade 41.6% of students to like my lessons I would be very happy. Foreign languages are pools of non-meaning into which learners must jump, even though humans fear the absence of meaning almost as as much as death (Heine & Proulx, 2006). People, even the Japanese to an extent, narrate themselves into existence, so the absence of a response is a sort of death, or hell (Bakhtin, 1986). The Japanese are a very polite bunch of people so teachers teach grammar forever rather than demand that their students jump into a Bakhtinian hell, but jump they must.

    Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English

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    Bearing in mind that British created Breton Woods with the Americans, have the Saudi's in their pockets, print money and join petrodollar wars, isn't it possible that they, the British, joined the Chinese bank to destroy it from the inside? Don't Westerners have a vested interest in protecting the dollar that can be printed, so that they can have Chinese products for free.

    Posted in: France, Germany, Italy to join China-led infrastructure bank

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    @Wc626 Rukawa is 187cm, 6 feet 1.6 inches, apparently. Here is a list of tall Japanese male actors. http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2136468462787916801?&page=4

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    Vision is central. Japan is one of the few countries where one owns ones image to the extent that taking pictures of other people without their consent in public places is against the law (unless for a registered media corporation). Things are what they look like, there is little sense of their being interior qualities that define authenticity. So for example, Ise Shrine can be built new every 25 years but still felt to be Ise Shrine, copies of foreign towns are felt to be authentic if they look the same as that which they are copying. Japanese Gods are happy with mirrors, and sculptures or pictures of horses (ema) since to be is to be seen. All this is because the Other of the Japanese psyche is not something that listens but something that looks -- a mirror -- so the 'center of gravity of the Japanese self', is not their self-narrative (which gets in the way) but their face or mask (see Watsuji Tetsuro Mask and Persona). http://asian.fiu.edu/projects-and-grants/japan-studies-review/journal-archive/2011.pdf So if one were able to take photos at concerts one would be stealing the essence of the experience:-)

    The one Japanese band which is allowing photography to be allowed at its concerts, The End of the World / Sekai no Owari's leader, who was previously put in a closed psychiatric hospital are a brief attempt to study in the USA, seems wise to the nature of Japanese "apparitional life" (Maboroshi no inochi), their first single, with English captions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H51Xj5aEgkA

    Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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    Here she is on the above mentioned Johnathan Ross show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukJkC7RevzI

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    Before accusing all Westerners of arrogance, I did not say all, but there is a lot of research to show that Westerners are arrogant. The jargon used is "self-enhancement." The research on Japanese is controversial. Heine says that they don't need to be arrogant, others (Brown, Sedikides) say that they are arrogant about different traits, others that they are arrogant but they hide it (Yamaguchi).

    That the service provider is making the 'right choice' by 'reading the heart of the customer' is bunk. I agree that it often is bunk, but at the same time, I think that an attempt is made, and that Japanese customers want service providers to make that attempt, as argued by Doi in the first chapter of "Anatomy of Dependence," where he explained his unhappiness at being told to "help himself."

    That said, and as I say above, I don't think that the Japanese lack individuality or self-love, but that they express their individuality and self-love, in a different, non-verbal visual way, hence for example the biggest difference between Japanese (and other East Asians) and Americans: levels of obesity. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/15587880

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    Westerners traditionally held that secular Western values were a ticket to hell - without faith in Jesus to cure our "original sin," often identified with something like pride, or self-love. Now that Jesus is far less popular and pride, relabeled "self-esteem" has become a right, rather than something to be ashamed of, I think that the Chinese may be on the money.

    Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric

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    What was Momi's response on this? Anyone have a link to the interview? Takeshi's statement and the response can be heard (no visuals) at the 1 minute mark here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bF4zJPaYD0 He says can't you make a TV which does not receive NHK and someone response if you have a TV receiver then you legally have to pay.

    I agree with Kyushuubill. TV is soon to be a thing of the past. I am under the impression you do not have to pay NHK if you don't have a TV antenna or BCAS card (i.e. if your TV does not function as a TV receiver). Hook your TV screen hooked up to a Nintendo and you can watch Hulu and Youtube. The News about earthquakes is faster on the Net too. http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/quake/

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

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    You can see the CCTV here http://news.yahoo.com/cctv-shows-syria-bound-uk-girls-istanbul-bus-135754858.html

    Posted in: CCTV shows British schoolgirls in Istanbul on way to Syria

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    Ha ha, or the one where the protagonist is a boy that looks like a girl and...the rest is censored.

    Posted in: The top 10 most common 'shojo' manga scenarios, as picked by Japanese girls

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    People all over the world like to be mimicked. Hence, if you repeat customers orders back to them and they will be more likely to like the waitress, and come to the restaurant again.

    Some of the above is Western and incorrect in Japan.

    Words Matter -> Images matter. Japanese people like models and pictures because they think in images and the same logic as that above applies. Japanese food should be on display, and the kitchen too should be visible not hidden away. Language should be kept to a minimum and or made public.

    "Giving more choices also just increases the odds that something will appeal to people. " Giving more choice has merits and demerits. People who are arrogant about their choices (Westerners) like to be given choices to a degree but too many causes fear of making the wrong choice and less purchases even among Westerners. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/16270321565/

    People who humble about their choices (Japanese) are more likely to want to leave choice making to the service provider, as is traditional in "Omonenashi" situations (Kaiseki for instance) where the service providers job is to make the right choices by reading the heart of the customer. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/15928783 Conversely, omotenashi may be very unwelcome to Westerners. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/15996023245

    "Choices" here-above refers to linguistic orders. Japanese like to be given choice in the visual domain, as is evidenced by the number of make your own foods restaurants (shabu-shabu, okonomi-yaki, yaki-niku, monjayaki). Again, this opportunity to be autonomous in the visual/corporeal sphere may be unwelcome to Westerners. A French visitor quipped that Japanese restaurants make you cook your own food.

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    Gosh I care. I am so in love with the legal system and low rate of crime in Japan. I can hardly feel safe walking around during the day let alone at night in my hometown (London). Amnesty internation says that Japan should come into line with "International Standards." As CH3 has demonstrated, Japan is already in line with the US. But perhaps the US is outlier among Western countries (which is what "international standards" often means). In Korea http://www.unafei.or.jp/english/pdf/RSNo60/No6011VE_Kim.pdf When the police detain a suspect, the suspect must be released if not transferred to the public prosecutor within 10 days. After the completion of the investigation, the police transfers the suspect to the public prosecutor’s office. The public prosecutor can detain the suspect for 10 days. The 10 days detention in police custody and a further 10 days detention under the public prosecutor are granted by a detention warrant. If more investigation is necessary, the judge can grant detention of an additional 10 days by the public prosecutor’s request.The maximum term of pre-prosecution detention is thus 29 days.

    Korea also has very low crime rates (see the above link).

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    timtak - I don't expect the Japanese people I know now to apologize for the atrocities committed by some of the Japanese in the early 20th C, so an apology from you, and the fact you are not speaking for the majority of Americans...well, I hope can see how much your apology is worth.

    I am British and I speak for myself only. Very few allies and their descendents that I have met express sorry (such as yourself). As someone who has lived half my life in Japan, and feel a bit Japanese too, I would also like to apologize for grief caused to Chinese Koreans and other East Asians, but I think it was largely a reaction to the palpable evil -- the opium wars are like woah, maybe 100 million dead -- of my forebears, on whose behalf I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I wonder why aliexpress suppliers are so nice to me.

    timtak (again) - As for Nagasaki itself, the people in the town (and Hiroshima, and a bunch of other places) were warned more than a week in advance that bombings were coming. The J gov had ample opportunities to surrender, but they didn't.

    So we incinerated a town full of children. Oh my god. I cry. I am sorry.

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    Japan still has not come to terms with its actions during WWII, especially in regard to relations with its immediate neighour (sic) China and South Korea. This was the topic at a roundtable discussion on the “70th Anniversary of the end of World War II and Japan’s Future,”

    i think that ordinarily, from a Japanese perspective, the Japanese would simply forget about its actions in the past. Even if it were true that "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it," the Japanese generally believe in natural cycles and their positivity rather than any guilt that they need to get over. Repeating the past is generally considered to be a good thing.

    While I believe most Japanese approve of the peace constitution and abhor war, I think that most Japanese believe, rightly or wrongly, that if folks from small archipelago - Europeans last time - or somewhere nearer to hand, were to invade the whole world again encroach upon Japanese sovereignty and blockade its supplies then Japan would go to war again because that would be the sad, but only appropriate response. Obviously parts of the past were deeply regrettable, but is it possible to pick and choose? With counterfactual tenses and counterfactual thinking, Westerners are inclined to believe in the possibility of say, if the United States had not dropped the bomb on Japan.

    From a Japanese perspective I think, it is people that keep dredging up the past (kako wo mushi kaesu過去を蒸し返す) who are doomed to repeat it. As a result of this belief in the past as something that really is past, and should therefore eventually be forgotten, the Japanese also tend not to be recriminatory regarding others. With regard to the atomic bombings for instance, while they mourn their dead, I have never once heard anyone Japanese call out us allies and demand an apology. The forgiving nature of Japanese views of the past has a lot to commend it.

    I apologize by the way. The bombing of Nagasaki while the Japanese had not yet had time to react to Hiroshima was in my humble opinion, especially, and utterly abhorrent and I am sorry that we have not apologized more.

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    the full text is here http://www.mitsuhashitakaaki.net/2015/02/13/mitsuhashi-198/ The title is "Allow them in while maintaining an appropriate distance" She says that looking at ISIS and other problems she is reminded how hard it is to understand multi-ethnic societies and people from other nations. At the same time that it will be necessary to accept foreign labor into Japan to care for the elderly especially. And she implies that these foreign workers should be required to accept their residency as temporary, and not overstay. Further taking the example of a white apartheid period apartment building, into which blacks came to live in large numbers, causing the water supply of the building to fail, resulting in the building being abandoned by the whites, she argues that, "as I have always said," doing business, research, and exercise with foreigners is okay, but living in the same place is not a good idea. [sorry if i have misrepresented anything]

    Has she been to Hong Kong?

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    Toronto has winters with "cold snaps at" −10 °C.

    You can have nature and beaches within Japanese cities, such as West Fukuoka. Safe, near beaches good shops. Friendly, fun place. https://www.google.co.jp/maps/@33.613295,130.239092,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m5!1e2!3m3!1s38684489!2e1!3e10. I also recommend Yamaguchi, https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Iwaya&sort=relevance&user_id=64015205%40N00 if you don't mind shopping online.

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    I like my job.

    Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year

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    Lynchings and public executions have often been seen as "events" and one of the first causes for tourism. It is not how I see them. It can take decades before a death row inmate is executed, as in the recent cases where an inmate was acquitted after 30 or 40 years on death row. That was probably because that inmate always claimed his innocence and the evidence against him was not strong. In cases like this where guilt is cut and dried and there are grieving relatives who want to get closure in a permanent way, it is likely to be within the next 2 to 5 years, as was the case with the man who knifed infant school children likewise with the reported intention of committing suicide by state hanging.

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