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virgoFeb. 10, 2016 - 02:33PM JST
Someone said hot food? I never noticed that in Japan. I prefer all my food at the hot temp. For me and much of where I grew up that is norm. Can't believe that is the issue. But I wish him the best and hope he gets the best doctors for this issue!
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virgoJan. 19, 2016 - 12:55PM JST
This is funny. Really. We all pretty much agree its not the best idea or the worst idea. But there are waaaaaaay more pressing problems for Japan to worry about. If I see any of these "certifications" in the future though I will be curious as to the cuisine inside. I would bet that the more expensive haute cuisine places will be more likely to have "gold" standards.
Also I agree it smells of potential crony-ism. A nice way to travel for those "experts" who can get free food around the world! A coveted postion no less.
I keep thinking in my head why? Because many japanese people complain when they travel about local foreign countries "Japanese" food being no good. Something must be done! HAHA! I can see the indignant look on the Japanese travelling to another city and getting bad "Japanese" food. Oh the horror!!! haha!
In places the Japanese frequent like Honolulu, or Vegas or New York for example...(Paris/London/ other big cities)..these places have local "from Japan" Japanese. Will these certs matter? Or will it be a case of "this place is certified so let's eat here" by Japanese tourists. Now we have a pay-off system. Buy a gold card, will cook! Japanese people can be in the middle of Cambodia or Myanmar though, and if they see a Japanese joint they will jump to it!! Local food be damned! This is all just too funny to be serious....but that is what is funny...they ARE serious!
virgoJan. 19, 2016 - 11:48AM JST
I was lucky enough while in Atlanta recently for my last extended stay, to have several options of local restaurants run by Japanese who at least went back to Japan now and again. The Izakaya's were very authentic and had very little on the menu that would be considered..American fare. Most of the seasonings and such that could be gotten from Japan, was. The local Asian markets in Atlanta have a ton of products that one would see anywhere in Aisa. The population includes Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean and a smattering of others (a small Japanese group also.)
Fast forward to more recently in Philadelphia with its diverse population and many Japanese shops including the fake one's run by "others" serving shopping mall Chinese-American cuisine with its ""teryaki" everything approach.(These are in Atlanta also but many more in Philly with longer/larger established Asian areas). It may be slightly an over-reach by Japan. But with them being very proud of their cuisine I am not totally against it. We may not care how they butcher some of our foods but that is on us. They care. And I would like to be able to take a Japanese person to a decent local Japanese spot and for them to feel somewhat at home. At my favorite spot called "Shoya" outside of Atlanta I could do that. I am searching now for a place again near my hometown, a college town in the northeast full of Chinese but few Japanese. These "badges" so to speak from the Japanese gov may not mean much per se, but I would pay attention to them a little when outside of Japan.
That said, we all know Japan a a whole can be like an insecure teenager at times concerning all things Nippon.
virgoOct. 28, 2015 - 02:43PM JST
SmithinJapan...we agree on this one.
And why would someone want to draw children..(And I don't mean young looking women or late teens)...we are talking pre pubescent kids. drawn in sex acts...for someone's private touching himself pleasure...
Why in hell would you even WANT to provide that to an audience???!! What kind of problems have you not told your therapist about...cuz you are not "right" in the head,
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virgoOct. 27, 2015 - 09:35AM JST
It is amazing how people try to defend this under "censorship". There should be some censorship in life. Adults can make all of the depraved decisions they want, but having a market for this stuff that involves people not yet able to make mature decisions is abhorrent. They see it, are influenced by the adults they make happy, and are potentially led down a path that they don't realize is ruinous for them. We are not talking about movies, and guns and such that we all see. This is the stuff that peopl keep "secret". Twisting young minds with"don't tell". Sickos buy this and there will always be those that can't control the urge to really do it. Why help them out? If you see it, burn it. Do all you can to stop its proliferation. And yes there is a limit to freedom of expression publicly, or at least there should be. People seem to think 'freedom' is do whatever you want. Damned the others you hurt or offend.
For adults that may be viable. Defending this tells us all something about you.
virgoSep. 19, 2015 - 04:46PM JST
I have to agree with LFRAgain that Japan is mostly safe with an aberrant happening. When we look at the news in Japan and see a crime, sometimes the crime is in Ibaraki or Fukuoka, whilst I am in Tokyo. The amount of crime in Atlanta or Philly, the two largest cities in my regular US life, IN ONE WEEK, is much more than in the entire country of Japan in a month if you just go by the local news. Murders/rapes/gunplay/ etc. I read the happenings of crime on Japan Today or NHK, and realize that this is Japan news...not just Tokyo news. The local news in big American cities has enough crime that it doesn't report other cities crimes unless it was of national interest.
On the local news in Tokyo you can hear about a girl slashed in Ibaraki. In Atlanta you won't hear about a girl slashed on the train in Philly. Each city has enough of its own crime. In Japan rapes/murders/gun play/robberies/ are at a far lower rate. The news on Japan today is for all of Japan. The crime in the top 6-7 American cities alone will far outnumber the entire archipelago of Japan. We read of ALL these stories and think..wow!..high crime...not really..its all relative.
Its a good thing that kids learn to navigate to school independently. But that being said it is the other things that are just as problematic like aberrant cars etc. I would at least part of the time go with the kids to familiarize myself with the goings on and pitfalls of the route. (If you as a parent are able to sometimes that is...no judgement here.) Somewhere along the way though Japanese society takes away the independence with the heard mentality...making it difficult to be an individual. That is the problem...at least as some of us see it. For others that way of life is fine. Its up to you as a parent to decide how much freedom you want your childs train of thought to have.
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virgoAug. 24, 2015 - 06:00PM JST
"Beating on a woman is unforgivable" ......there are a ton of things that make someone else a victim. when you steal something from someone...you have no idea how much it took in personal sacrifice to obtain. It hurts, especially if you meant that object for a loved one. When you hurt someone with words and belittle someone for who they are or what they are about..the pain can last far longer than a punch to the head...when you use someone who really loved you or respected you and walk away.....deeper pain....people kill themselves over pain deeper than a hit.
When you are younger and less eveolved as a thinking educated human you do stupid things with less forthought than today (if you've matured). When I was a kid I hit my sister. The pain I caused myself lasted years because I will never forget the pain and dissappointment she felt. None of us know the man DRE as a father, a husband, a family man...we just know his image. He hasn't been in and out of jail or in and out of trouble compared to so many famous people. So why can't we believe he has changed? Unforgivable? Many of us vote once again for politicians who has hurt far more people...or support those who have used others for years. Yet you say what he did is unforgivable. Don't be a hypocrite. He is a human with feelings and kids. And every dad thinks about what he did when he has a vulnerable daughter to raise. He may not be perfect but chances are in the same situation again he wouldn't punch out his wife. Unless you know mere about his life than he does, you don't have to beleive him or forgive him. But one day we will all be in a position to want forgiveness. When someone says no....see how you feel then.
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virgoAug. 03, 2015 - 02:12PM JST
I think most modern countries are goof places to raise kids and being a little more than middle class makes it easier. That said.....I agree with the comments about the lack of diverse thinking fostered in Japan. Japan is small so same thought patterns can emerge easier. In the states (for example as it is my home country) in a major city with millions of people, there are so many ways of living and thinking even though we are pushed into the left or right just like Japan. In Atlanta where I am at the moment, there are large parks, and forests and lakes short drive away and places to go horeback riding or whatever. Even the average family get's together and drives to the beach on the gulf of Mexico. With a lil money excellent schools abound but in the bad side of town....well you know the deal.
Japan is a nice place and I love it but raising kids is harder as the lives of children are so controlled by the schools and clubs to the point that the parents lives are affected (not always positively).
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virgoJun. 27, 2015 - 04:21PM JST
As a person born straight and influenced by many around me that being gay is wrong...I applaud this decision. The constitution is not under attack though in some ways the way it is interpreted by many SHOULD be under attack. Every human being has a right to love and no government or organization has the right to deny that. Even if you think it is wrong. You may not understand it, because you were born and raised different. I don't undersatnd many ways that Japanese view the world but as another human learning their culture, no matter how stupid an outsider thinks something is, that doesn't make it so.
Fighting something that doesn't hurt you is just your own fear and insecurity. You may think your way is a better way but the USA is made up of many diverse people. Live how you want at home. If you see two guys kiss, did you feel hurt? Why?
Your own fears.
The two guys in the picture could have gotten a hot chick.....that was said...but even a straight guy who doesn't want or get your definition of a hot chick? So what. I see people with spouces and loved ones that I find very unattractive to me....but I don't judge him or her. If they found true love...or even temporary happiness...good on em. If they are just boning for a month before their job tranfers them back home...good on em......if they just met on an app for sex that day...good on em...not my business.
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virgoMay. 16, 2015 - 04:44PM JST
Boo hoo...life is so special...
Really? Cuz we make billions of em a year...not so hard. And since we do value life there are many of us who place that value on those who are not a danger to the life and well being of the rest of us. He ADMITTED to it. it doesn't matter if he was the kingpin. He could have walked away at any time but killing kids was ok to him for some "let's get America" BS.
I for one don't want to pay for his upkeep and health care in prison. He will never be of any use for the rest of us and he is un-repentant. He murdered not in a act of rage or revenge on someone who for example..raped a loved one, or killed a friend: but innocent passersby who may have helped him in his time of need. He gave THEIR life zero value and helped to take it. For nothing. Thank you jury. Please lets end it soon. I'd rather lock up those who rob and steal and help them learn a trade to enter society for the better. (In theory). People like this guy.....no remorse. You may be against the death penalty..and that is fine. Because the EU doesn't like it means nothing. Those EU arguments on everything vs the US mean as much to us as a pile of do mess. But we still love you. you should still love us. But guess what? He is a dead man walking...good riddance.
If there is an afterlife I pray for his soul to find salvation but his human trip is not of value to our society.
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virgoApr. 21, 2015 - 02:46PM JST
Strangerland I am happy for you! Really! You chose well obviously. I just meet too many people who choose on what everyone else says and for the popular reasons to like someone else. I know so many people who can barely spend an hour alone without talking to someone else, and they end up married for so many wrong reasons.
I love "love". But I also love me and my alone and quiet time. And my freedom to do what I want when I want. In relationships I eaze up a little but someone else's insecurity is not about to be my life. So choosing well and communicating early is important. I don't think modern marriage benefits most men unless they are hell bent on having kids, as having a partner and a secure environment is best. Other than that, it is not needed to have a good relationship with someone. You don't have to do it to raise kids in most western countries but pleas everyone don't scream the reasons its better...I just agreed it is!
@Scipantheist.....you are so right. Your pay minus the expenses for the survival of your family (home, food, kids, all the obvious) should be more than 50% left to the major bread winner. No one is saying the other should be without by any means. It depends on the level of finances brought in. If I bring in $20,000 a month and 7,000 takes care of everything....then I should just give $6,500 to the spouse? Heeeeeellllll no.....but she will live well. And want for nothing at my income level. If she wants Tiger woods money go get him..!
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virgoApr. 21, 2015 - 07:05AM JST
If your life resembles even a third of that list...you're a sucker! If you think modern marriage benifits men, you're a sucker! If you let someone control the finances that you worked for all of you're life...sucker!
Now find a spouse that respects who you are and what you beleive in. If you feel you need a spouse. Many men are pressured into marriage. Bad marriages are many men's fault for picking on cuteness and eye appeal. Then they become hen-pecked suckers. Sorry....thumbs down away but to many lads today are natural born suckers who have drank all the 70's feminist kool aid.
virgoApr. 15, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
Great job Sasha!! One of my old pals from my Tokyo days!!!
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virgoApr. 12, 2015 - 04:53AM JST
@lasolitaria.....Is it the same thing? A blonde blue eyed immigrant with no Kenyan blood? We are talking about a girl with a Japanese mother. We understand the Japanese reaction up to a point...........But there have been years of putting down of groups mixed into Japanese like the Ryukuans/Koreans/Ainu/westerners..etc. Not someone who moved there but one who's lineage goes through Japanese DNA. In African countries...many who have been colonised in the past forcibly...and told they were ugly...to have a blonde blue eyed immigrant representing them would cause some consternation. Understandably. But we as a human race have a long way to go. I for one don't expect the Japanese to be where other places are on the "mixing" scale........but it is good to see there are some people in Japan who are letting nature take its course.
We are all one race...this young Japanese-black girl won't change Japan but it will wake some people to the realities of a future world. And as long as we can keep from the destroying what resources we have left, we will be ok.
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virgoApr. 08, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
The famous american Cal Ripken broke the baseball Iron Man record for most consecutive games. That man is Sachio Kinusaga. He is a "haafu" with a black father but I had no idea and many of my students did not. It seems if japanese people want to they can deal with it. Especially when they want to champion an achievement. Some of the old timers new but left it out conveniently. This girl will be OK. And she will be an inspiration to younger generation girls that they can stand tall too.
virgoApr. 07, 2015 - 03:57PM JST
As I sit here looking at a Japanese govermnment approved statement in an English Japanese dictionary given to me in Japan........it says..."there is no single Japanese race. Science reveals the people of Japan to be a mixture of peoples from Southeast Asia, the Korean peninsula and the Ainu race." Now as we know that we also have to add in millions of Ryku islanders and other pacifics who were absorbed....the Chinese/Mongol connection through the Korean penninsula as well as others....it is easy to say she is Japanese and thats it. She has other blood in her but if we were to take a million Japanese and test DNA...not all of them will have Yamato lineage or are from the Jomon people who were here first. Some may have more parts of their DNA of Mongols...some this, that, or the other thing.
Part of the problem is that Japanese people (in general) are taught that they are all the same and that there is a purity to being Japanese. I wish someone in the Japanese Heirarchy like the royals would make a statement contrary to this nonsence. As for the 98.5% that number is an outright government misleading quote spread like a virus. There are millions who are counted among that number who were not born as Japanese citizens and many who have less Japanese blood born to a Japanese mother. To promote this number as "racially" Japanese as I have seen done by many officials in discussions of immigration is a falsehood. People I met who were ethnically Koreans who changed their identities to Japanese names to hide and get passports and blend in hipped me to the "scoop". I then learned of many who were haafu or mixed who looked japanese enough to "pass". This whole Miss Japan thing is needed to help move the country forward. In this new millenium..no country will be immune to the effects of multi-culturism..multi ethnics and so forth. With every passing year it becomes more of the norm worldwide. People are crossing borders in record numbers.
No one is trying to force Japan to change......it is happening whether they want it or not. the old guard is dying off and younger generations of humans lean more toward acceptance. Thank God...(or 7th dimensional beings looking down of us like in the movie Interstellar.)
virgoMar. 20, 2015 - 02:51PM JST
WOW! How stupid. A human being has to eat and PM or not if he wants to go into his wife's spot and grab a bowl of stew he should be able too. What a bunch of nonsense if anyone cares.
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virgoMar. 16, 2015 - 02:27PM JST
One of the problems is that people all up in arms over "haafu" are not for the most part haafu. Do you know what ists like to be mixed race? The terms gaijin and haafu if changed to another term won't change the derision from the people who don't like mixed race people. I am a mixed race person. Most haafu people I have met don't decry the word its the attitude of those who don't want mixed "Japanese" around. You can make any word a negative. I can say "white" people in a conversation in such a way as to make anyone in earshot think I have no respect for them (whites). The same as a white can make "black" people a negative.
This girl winning is a positive step. One day many Japanese will see that being "half" of what they consider Japanese will make no difference if the person was raised in the culture of Japan. It will take a while but the same as any country especially in the west....many bi racial people are called half this and that (race wise.) The parents raising there children as not to let the word hurt them and letting their kids realize that they can use it to some advantage as well as a sense of pride in their dual heritage should be applauded.
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virgoMar. 04, 2015 - 03:42PM JST
@ Laguna..I hope people see what you mean!
But what do we owe Bibi...or Bobo or whatever his nickname is? Nothing. What do we owe Israel as a country? Nothing. Will American blood be shed if they are attacked? Of course. Will they do the same and send a few token boys if we were in a bind....yeah right. GTFO Booboo!
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virgoMar. 04, 2015 - 03:30PM JST
The fact that someone outside of your own is highlighting a problem that is world wide, and stopping by to hang out with your first lady is only good on bringing attention to a good cause. I can't believe how so many people look for the negative in everything. Every first lady shops, spends and travels. If educating and raising the level of women gets brought to the table along the way ...(hopefully it will be furthered by others after the fact) that is a good thing. Cambodia always needs help and why not stop for some good will along the way at our allies house? The point is her budget is already set. Your paycheck taxes, and road repair taxes and social security have nothing to do with the first lady travelling nor do you even know how much she reaches in her own pocket.
And Jackie O? Besides being into fashion and being the wife of a womanizer who did have a good heart for the people...who the hell is she? No more or no less than any of the esteemed lady's to serve as the first lady.
If you want see why education for women and raising their chances in life is important why don't you read this...
Education gives people better choices. You should be all for anyone bringing it to the forefront even if its someone you try to hate on.
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