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    Eating fish with scales is permissable according to Islm, and Allah's name need not be invoked during the time of their slaughter. Why were these people murdered?

    Posted in: Boko Haram slaughter 48 fish vendors in Nigeria

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    "this kind of shortfall is plugged by immigration, but Japan allows no unskilled workers into the country, amid fears they would threaten the culture of consensus."

    Concensus? The Japanese I know have a tough time agreeing on anything.

    It is to avoid the social problems such as increased crime and prejudice experienced elsewhere. Japan does not have a monopoly on calling foreigners names. That said, multi-cultural societies exist in Hong Kong, Singapore and other places in East Asia, and could work in Japan imho. Perhaps the trick is to keep certain of the more arrogant cultural groups out. "culture of concensus."

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

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    There is no opposition now, but I fear that Abe will do so badly that in four years time there will be. Abe will win, borrow, print, inflate, hold the Olympics and then go Greek, and then we will have Hashimoto, who makes Abe look like a dove.

    Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?

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    Awful name for a party. Sounds like some kind of bad joke. "Who did you vote for? Your Party."

    Posted in: Opposition Your Party disbands

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    @Mr Galt I guess that article is saying that oil imports were down in monetary (not volume) terms. And the price of oil is determined by world supply and demand, so even if there were a reduced demand volume in Japan, which is unlikely since production is up and nuclear power is not back on, then it is unlikely that it would make a big dent in oil prices since Japan consumes only 13% of the world's oil.

    Posted in: Japan's trade deficit narrows 35.5% in October

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    There have been a long succession of movies that glorify the Zero pilots. They or at least their letters are enshrined at Chiran and other places from which they set off, and prime minister Koizumi named a collection of the letters as his favourite book. I must say that they make great reading. http://www.geocities.jp/kamikazes_site_e/isyo.html http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/manoa/v013/13.1voge.html My keyboard gets wet.

    Posted in: Author says 'The Wind Rises' is full of lies

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    @Wakarimasen Photography does not require consent. In the 1990's drama series High School Teacher (高校教師) the English teacher raped one of his students, took photos of her as he did it, and then threaten to publish the photos unless the girl continued to have sex with him. I wonder if that sort of thing goes on in real life. I could imagine that in a alcohol induced or otherwise coercive or semi-coercive situation, and bearing in mind that Japan is the land of shame, this sort of continued coercion could happen especially if the camera is set up in advance. But I wonder if a 50 man fine would put a stop to it.

    Posted in: Lower house passes bill banning 'revenge porn'

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    To those Japanese reading and thinking "why are all these gaijin being so unfriendly" strangerland has a good point. Japanese people in English speaking countries likewise do not appear to want to be addressed in Japanese. They usually simply do not respond, and as strangerland says, look at you as if you are from another planet or about to attempt to mug them. But to be honest I have felt miffed a being ignored in spite of the fact that I sometimes speak French to Japanese who do the same to me. I also sometimes say 英語はお上手ですね, spiteful, vindictive gaijin that I am. Back in the day 日本語はお上手ですね used to really get my goat. Language is war!

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

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    Like @umbrella I have occasionally replied in French. While I am not fluent I can manage a convincing "Porqoui est ce que vous me parlez en anglais?" which they kind of understand even if it isn't correct and or they don't. For some reason I am not sure of I am not happy when others look at my face and judge me to be an anglophone. But conversly I have seen an anglophone say "Do I look like I speak Japanese?" with irritation at being addressed in Japanese.

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

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    Nobody does it better, Carly Simon, The Spy who Loved me. Gassenhauer, by Neusiedler, Orff, Keetman, or Zimmer and used in a variety of films including Badlands,but for me it is always True Romance.

    Posted in: Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie.

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    Mitoguitarman is right. Where I am, in Yamaguchi, cars never stop for adults at crossings even if I step onto the crossing. Drivers seem to be unaware, or don't care, that pedestrians have right of way.

    Posted in: Signs put up to discourage elderly from jaywalking

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    Because they don't have potatoe flavoured coffee?

    Posted in: Coffee-flavored potato chips

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    18650 battery version please, Thanko. Also consider bar mitts (poagies).

    Posted in: Electrothermal heated gloves

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    If their English is perfect and it is not an official situation I may switch to English but generally I keep speaking in Japanese and win them over. Now that I have confidence in doing this I feel okay. In the past I felt conflicted.

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

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    “Never Forget National Humiliation”, reads an inscription at the park in Qingdao, one small example of how the Communist Party stokes patriotism.

    I think they are wise not to forget the humilation since their humiliators (parcicularly the UK, my country) show little regret. Recently a British historian wrote a 'jokey' history of the opium wars! These days Western nations and Japan print money to for pay for Chinese products turning them once again into our slaves. To us they are still a bunch of weirdos that work in sweat shops because they are evil to each other http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UOpamsejBxQ

    Posted in: Echoes of WWI battle in China resonate over Japan ties

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    CH3CHO is right about the Japanese and that there is poor marketing of Brit food. There is some good, and unique (an important requirement for the Japanese ) stuff there but the Japanese, and perhaps many Brits, Luca. My Japanese wife and I recommend: steak chicken but not kidney pies, gravy, apple crumble, scones, Cornish pasties (the real ones in Cornwall, with thick crusts that the tin minerswould throw away to avoid the contamination from their hands), cottage pie, mince pies (sweet ones), jacket baked potatoes with various toppings, buns and other bakery fare, ploughman's lunch, cucumber and other sandwichs (we invented them and stories are important to Japanese), full English breakfast (if done well with sausage, pouched egg), and "dark tourism"challenge foods such as rice pudding, bread pudding, black pudding, jellied eels, those green peas, kidney and for the really brave, Marmite.

    What were those eggs encased in a meaty crust called? Scotch Eggs!

    Posted in: Bringing Britain to life for Japanese visitors

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    My favourite is "The train now stopping at platform 11 is...." It's "standing", not "stopping".

    If you are going to split hairs stative verbs, which are different in Indian English, and irregular even in English as you point out, then how about this AmerEngrish that I heard in Chicago Amtrak Station,

    "The train to Pittsburgh will be stopping momentarily at platform 11"

    I sprinted to the platform, only to find the train was not stopping only for a moment at all.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    One could go into other length explanations of the differences between English and Japanese, but bearing in mind that the vast majority of Engrish is on clothing https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&user_id=64015205%40N00&text=engrish another explanation springs to mind. Another reason why there is so much Engrish in Japan is because the Japanese do not like to put Japanese on their clothing or T-shirts. They identify strongly with their visual self presentation (which is why they are so thin and smart) and to put Japanese words on T-Shirts would be to them, the equivalent of saying those words to everyone they meet. But at the same time, like people the world over, they like the look of language on their T-shirts, so they use Engrish - English gobbledegook - instead. It is just for the look.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    Nigelboy I had a look through the pdf but I couldn't find either the amount or Hiroshima other than a bar called Hamamoto. Not that I want to go to an SM club.

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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