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    Europe is swamped with Chinese tourists now. They are the ones with the money now. Doug Casey's prediction that "Europe will become a petting zoo for the Chinese," may be come true. https://youtu.be/hSyJjC_jBWQ?t=36m37s

    Posted in: Why more Japanese are staying home

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    Who says that there is no scientific evidence? The late Osaka University professor of Earth Sciences, Motoji Ikeya spent the last years of his life devoted to researching the ways in which animals detect earthquakes. It seems that earthquakes create a great big piezoelectric effect that creates electric fields that animals with sensitive non visual sensory apparatus (particularly dark water / whiskered fish, such as cat-fish and oarfish and apparently dolphins) find nasty - hence the beachings. Land mammals, such as cats and dogs, may be able to smell or otherwise sense the ionization of the air, and even humans can observe some pretty weird per-earthquake clouds. A Californian company aims to detect Ionization directly using electronic sensors.

    Professor Ikeya's web site http://www.eqsigns.net/

    A blog post by me on oarfish sightings (skip to the end for the science) http://www.burogu.com/2013/02/deep-sea-fish-and-next-japanese.html?m=0

    What are the clouds in Ibaraki now? A Google image search for earthquake clouds (地震 雲) in Japanese reveals stripey formations.

    Posted in: Mass beaching fuels fears of imminent quake

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    He seems to be living in a fairy tale.

    Posted in: University student arrested for making false calls about subway attacks

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    The MRJ is made in cooperation with quite a few partners. http://www.mrj-japan.com/partners.html

    I can imagine that coordination between Mitsubishi and its partners (5 American and 4 Japanese including Mitsubishi) might be quite a feat.

    It appears that the engine is being used in the main competitor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_CSeries

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Aircraft again postpones 1st test flight of regional jet

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYrzjH7kzr0 Ouch. Is this how they got to J1?!

    Posted in: Sagan Tosu defender gets 4-game ban for stamping on opponent

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    "Blue sheet" is a "waseigo" would-be-English word coined in Japan meaning a a sheet of blue polythene such as used in building construction, not something that might be used on a bed. I have never seen polythene sheets in any other colour in Japan, but I think that sheets of polythene may exist in other colours.

    "Industrial use blue polythene sheet" "Sheet of blue polythene such as used in building construction".

    RIP Mr. Mizukami.

    It seems to me that there may be an underclass of indebted Japanese people who may be serfs to organised criminals who ensure, by political means, that there are jobs for flag wavers etc.

    Posted in: Body of man found inside car in Ishikawa

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    Meanwhile, as East Asian economies can not make friends with each other due to disputes over rocks, far less form an EU or AU (European ->Asian Union) , others are laughing all the way to the bank. We are so clever.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    Why did Japan get another foreign coach and one whose name I cannot pronounce or spell. LOL I can't either. Here we go. https://youtu.be/bVExdrZFn5c?t=6s Sounds like "Valid Halihudic" (I listend several times but the first h in Valid sounds like an "l"). Ah but this Bosnian gentleman pronounces it as "Vahid Halihudich". http://www.forvo.com/word/vahid_halilhod%C5%BEi%C4%87/ Perhaps, subconsciously, difficult pronunciation results in enhanced foreign cache'?

    Posted in: Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in first game under Halilhodzic

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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.

    Posted in: Youth gets 5-9 years in prison for killing Mie schoolgirl

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    Buy Yuan?

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

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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

    Posted in: Five anime that fans hope never get live-action remakes

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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

    Posted in: Madonna announces dates for 'Rebel Heart' tour

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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

    Posted in: Psychology on order: How restaurants get you to spend more

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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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