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virgoOct. 09, 2014 - 05:57PM JST
I am surprised by your remarks Cleo. As long as you have been in Japan it seems you are losing your western "freedom" gene. You know as well as I know that you don't (especially more so when he came out of school) have a whole lot of choice with employment contracts in Japan. There is very little negotiation. If it wasn't him it would be some other 22/23 year old just out of school to fill the ranks. They would not fire anyone either...just move them around. BUT...this time they got someone who knew he was worth more than the system teaches here. By bucking that system it gives other young creative minds hope. Lifetime stability is fine, but choice is another matter. You were not raised on this system but you seem to have come to embrace it. What about your progeny? For all of you with kids there is much to think about. Risk has rewards...not always but you have to be in it to win it! Or will you teach your kids to be "hammered down"?
Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses
virgoJul. 19, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Another insensitive off color joke by a Japanese politician. No Frungy he shouldn't be fired...he should have to answer to his public if that is how he was put in office. It was stupid yes....defines his whole character? We don't know. Does it suggest mass rape? That sounds like the deep end at the other end of the pool. Besides....did you actually take seriously that this would be done on a mass scale? I have heard of "poke the hole in the condom" situations. Actually happened to a friend of mine. They use a needle like a sewing kit. The odds of a pregnancy that way are so tiny...mass rape..really?
Posted in: Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms
virgoJul. 15, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
Always had a soft spot for Utada....but her English singing is not exceptional by any American standards. At All. Still has cute J-Pop tunes though.
Posted in: Japan’s 10 best singing voices as chosen by people in the industry
virgoJun. 24, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
LFRAgain I agree with you all the way. I know many unmarried partially for similar reasons. I want in my life to do and go how I please. After living several years in Japan I realized that marriage goes beyond a good supportive wife and even a kid or two...but into a territory where the husband is just the ATM machine in the eyes of many in Japanese society. I am happy without kids. I am always open to a good woman who matches up to me in all the good ways blah blah blah....but who wants to work for years just to be a drone. Family life is sold to us as the end game. I am happy for those who have a good one...but it ain't for everyone. I agree with what Dan West said because in Japan I know many men feel that way. In the states many men feel that way about marriage, but they still have relationships in most cases. There are many articles in American publications saying similar things.
Posted in: From some Japanese men's perspective there's little need to have relationships. They see their finances being essentially halved when you get a wife and if you have a child along with that, even more.
virgoJun. 13, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Oh gosh......such vitriol over sports!
First of all the games mentioned are great. B-ball can be played by any inner city kid and will never lose its popularity because they have easy access. No field needed. Courts everywhere. Jordan is like a God in the states.
American Football ....which came out of rugby but with our rules...started out as a college men's game(not a kid's game) and was very rough. Blood and injuries. Americans have a love of that type of thing. Young big boys may not be good for soccer but their massive strength and power gets an outlet in American football as well as smaller quick runners and catchers or skilled fast athletes. The American Quarterback is the most popular "stud" in American High schools and colleges. (not always but typical.)
Baseball.....not as great to me per se but in the old days it was a way to relax and watch the boys play. It was a pastime as Am-Fbll was seen as a lout sport of brutes. (That changed).
Soccer was starting to grow at the turn of the century. There was a push by those in power to develop sports that were specific to Americans to lower the influence of England and other Euro countries on the populace. Study the history of soccer in America and you will find this out. I have seen the documentaries and articles about it. But in recent years we care so much more. 20 years ago my friends would laugh at anyone into soccer. In 2002 I mover to Japan and was exposed to international players and really watched how great their athletic ability was and I fell in love with the sport at that level. When you follow individuals (as we DO in the states as said) and watch their youtube vids and see the skill you realize how far behind we are because our best athletes make a ton of money to play BBall/Amftbll/basebll/and to a lesser degree hockey. (especially in the eastern and colder regions).
You love what you grew up with. No sport is boring to those who know it and grew up following it closely. Soccer is growing in America but American Football/basketball/and Baseball will dominate for many years to come. Many Hispanics (a growing number of our population) have their bigger boys playing American Football, many play Baseball already with leagues in Mexico an the Caribbean, and a ton of Europeans compete yearly to make the NBA.(Basketball). Soccer will grow but as you can see the typical European names you are used to will get replaced by more Latin sounding names.
I guaranty for the rest of my lifetime, our big three sports will still be. Hockey admittedly does struggle to grow an audience though...
Posted in: How come soccer has never reached the popularity of baseball, basketball or the NFL in the U.S.?
virgoJun. 11, 2014 - 05:11AM JST
I lived in Tokyo/Yokohama (but worked in Tokyo) for 6 years. It is hands down still on my top cities list. 2 days is enough to look at buildings sure. But this is a dynamic city and I NEVER ran out of things to do. Some people just don't like big cities but as big cities go they do a lot of things well! And I still love New York (5 years working there), and Bangkok (lived there), and one of my new favorites New Orleans. I love Singapore!. You get it, I love big cities.
As for Asia, I recommend to all my fellow Americans that Asia is a great tourist destination. Going somewhere where things are way different than your everyday piques my curiosity. Culture/history/food.....some places cheap some not! Tokyo is nowhere near as expensive as people think. Those local can tell you! A website said 12 eggs were no cheaper than $3 but the usually sell in 10 packs as you know and I always pay about 150 yen and my local grocer. We don't live Forbes magazine ex-pat businessmen salary packages so those surveys can be so wrong. If you plan and prepare visiting Asia/Japan/Tokyo is soooo worth the money!
Posted in: Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey
virgoMay. 16, 2014 - 04:59AM JST
Incest comics banned to minors. Makes sense but not strong enough. All of Japan should follow this law. All sexual comics should be adults only and NEVER involve kids. That is a well established opinion from westerners here. I must say that in 6 years of living in Tokyo I rarely saw people on the train with that material obviously visible. I DID SEE many sexy scantily clad women in sports newspaper adds.
Where are the parents views in all this in Japan? Do mothers peruse their kids manga in their bedrooms to look for such topics? Are parental controls on the phones and computers strong? In the US they are mediocre at best. And as another poster said INSEST sites are popular worldwide. Huge in the US. That is a topic for another day, but this is a small victory in Tokyo that will have consequences and reverberations outside of the capital. There are many in Japan who realize how these things affect kids and hopefully we will see further action. The fact that most shops have plastic seals on the mags in most combinis was a huge move years ago,
Posted in: Tokyo to ban sales of incest comic to minors
virgoApr. 24, 2014 - 07:57AM JST
Yasukuni is NOT "just a place for war criminals". It is actually a beautiful setting in the middle of Tokyo that is a peaceful place to chill out and reflect. As a westerner going there is more about the education. There is a museum there with interesting artifacts from the war. Those from the US who decided to fire bomb 100,000 citizens are no different than war criminals in my eyes but that would not stop me from visiting a national cemetery in the US. The kid deserves criticism for many of his behaviors but in this case people are jumping on him just to bandwagon. I understand many Chinese are a little miffed but to expect a western entertainer to have deep knowledge and feelings about a Sino-Japanese feud is silly and the boy should be given a pass. Just going in the place does not mean you support one side or the other.
Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine
virgoApr. 10, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
Kim Seong-hwan (2004). 일제의 침략 전쟁과 병참기지화. SaKyejul. p. 173. ISBN 89-5828-032-8. Of course I can't read the Korean but according to someone who can, over 450,000 Korean males were forced into the war. Kuniaki Koiso was the Japanese Governor General and it was his plan and idea to force them. That is pretty much written by many sources both Japanese, Korean and otherwise. I don't understand Nigelboy why you can't seem to get this.
Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges
virgoMar. 15, 2014 - 07:57PM JST
I'm with hiding out on this one. My life in Japan is/was nothing like anything I read from the whingers here. I'm a big dude also and always had people sitting next to me on the train and no one in my towns avoided me. it was the other way around. I was invited places and did last minute stuff. No planning. Japanese say some things that wouldn't fly in western countries. DUH! It's called cultural differences. When you sit down and explain that to Japanese people who matter in your life most will understand, but it may take some getting used to. Hmmmm...sounds the same when I tell folks of a certain color in the states the things that bother others and they reject it as PC.
Give the crying a rest. It is their culture for moms to be narrow minded? Only in Japan? Really?
maybe because so many Japanese we hang out with are music folks like many of my western Tokyo friends things are different but I had many through teaching that are always open to many non planned things. This article has its merits but I can't agree more than say....30-40 percent. I find many of my friends of a certain ethnic hue to have more adaptation issues in Asia. especially the females. But that is my own experience. YMMV.
Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people
virgoNov. 08, 2013 - 06:10PM JST
Alex you say hormones won't lead to the weight. you should research more. There are those who get fat from bad choices but maybe about 10 percent of them have serious issues.
Posted in: Too fat to fly: French family stranded in U.S.
virgoMay. 02, 2013 - 05:43AM JST
Why are people acting so falsley "aghast"? So she gets a few meals? In every country women get free meals and more from men. It's been happening for centuries. It is NOT a Japanese thing. Men take women out all over the world in hopes of getting lucky. Sometimes she actually likes the guy and things happen. In America women want to shop more and most of them in my local watering hole don't pay for men's meals or drinkls. This is so not a big deal.
Posted in: Women use smartphone games to lure men into paying for their food expenses
virgoFeb. 14, 2013 - 04:23PM JST
I think it has a lot to do with sponser money also. The IOC is as
corrupt as the mafia!
Posted in: Wrestlers vow to fight Olympic removal
virgoJan. 20, 2013 - 04:06PM JST
I'm sorry but I don't find being nervous over foreigners renting your apartment when they can bail on you at any moment necessarily racism. And most of the people I met crying over it never experienced real racism in their home countries so maybe that little bit of a taste is a learniong experience for them to see how some others live. Being followed in a shop because a pre-judgeing store owner is nervous is small potatoes for a western person from North America. Get over it and understand non whites in your own country who still don't get jobs because certain people don't think they will "fit in".
An App to change people is not a big deal if it represents everybody but to have a make me Asian or Black or White and sell it as a gimmick opens up that "me ching chong" slanted eye game that kids thought was ok.
Posted in: Google pulls 'Make Me Asian' app after uproar
virgoJan. 19, 2013 - 08:01PM JST
The stance taken by Asian Americans makes sense for the US. They are still treated as foreigners by many (not that others are not). After over 6 years in Japan and other parts of Asia I personally don't see western folks as being "picked" on in the same sense. Whites were always looked up to in the past from Europe or the US. Now when a few come here and get a little discrimination apartment hunting or in shops I feel its a good learning experience for them. So many I meet feel superior to the "natives" so to speak. The app was stupid for any race but there are anti pc people in the west who want the right to offend anyone they want. The US is still 60 percent white and many still feel you need to conform to their ways to be a true American. How many people still make ching chong jokes in the presence of Asian Americans? Too many. Google is made up of people and those people should have thought better. I am sure there are many Asians who sat in group meetings over this nonsence.
Were they uncomfortable?
virgoDec. 23, 2012 - 05:40PM JST
Yuri why do you defend a man whom your own country did not defend? Don't you have sympathy for a beaten woman? Even if she is crazy do you support the crime?
Posted in: Japanese diplomat agrees to plea deal over wife abuse in U.S.
virgoDec. 22, 2012 - 08:15PM JST
I think japan has a good idea. Now of course there should be firm regulations as to limit abuse but if low level criminals can learn something that they can take pride in...they may be able to get work on the outside. Or maybe learn better habits for life.
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virgoDec. 22, 2012 - 08:07PM JST
If he is hurt or killed in a US jail. He dies. Simple as that. Should of thought of that before stabbing his wife. How many diplomats do stupid things because they know they can? Many in the US understand it but many also don't want it to be all encompassing. Diplomats break laws regularly in New York. If caught by a low level cop, at least the FBI or CIA should have the power to get involved. And yes they should pay for all traffic violations too. That isn't jail time but it should be paid.
virgoDec. 22, 2012 - 07:47PM JST
What can he do with 10yen? Yes he stole but as you can see most westerners are not cut and dry on crime. What if he is emotionally sick or just hungry. That deserves jail? making him work in many cases helps rehabilitate the minds of some. Helping them feel they are contributing in some way. You think Buddha would think the punishment fit the crime? He may even build a relationship with the temple and change his life. Jail just adds bitterness and fear to someone already down. And even if he was a "by choice" homeless person, do you think that someone in a great emotional state would choose that life? Come on, think about it. Breaking a rule of law equals a punishment but a punishment doesn't always mean locked in a box. Sounded like the judge had a vendetta.
Posted in: Man jailed for a year over 10 yen theft at temple
virgoDec. 22, 2012 - 07:37PM JST
You are wrong Yuri. Stop trying to muddle up this issue. I agree in certain amounts of diplomatic immunity also but when something is just obvious and the proof is right before your eyes should you ignore it and say "diplomatic"? If he slapped her face and she was not hurt (as much as it sux to say) you might have a case..and we could recommend whatever we wanted to the Japanese government. but he went beyond..he crossed the line. I am not saying that slapping her is good but there has to be a level where a "diplomat" can't count on safety from immunity. Like attempted murder. Or beating your wife on a regular. He is not just at work. He is also walking our streets, eating at our restaurants, enjoying San Francisco. What happens went he punches her in the face in front of kids? "Mommy was the bad man punished? No honey he was a diplomat so it's oK".
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
He should have got double that! He will be out and no doubt recycling his twisted…
Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl
"No memory" , lol. The typical Japanese forgiveness for drunken behaviour in play
Posted in: ASDF member arrested for pushing man onto train tracks
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
The companies will find a way to agree on ways around becoming more competitive. You may…
Posted in: Japan's wireless carriers told to unlock phones from next May
Nov. 01, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
Stark reminder that space tourism is still, unfortunately, rocket science.
Posted in: Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight in Calif
Nov. 01, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
My e-mobile handsets have been unlocked. When the next contract expires, it's off to B-mobile, now…