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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.
Posted in: Prison-made goods struggle to find consumer niche
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".
virgoDec. 10, 2012 - 08:10PM JST
It seems that "inaka" people are being a little snobbish here. It is what it is. You live where you like. I have live in Tokyo/Yokohama/New York City/Bangkok/and Atlanta in America's south as well as spending time in L.A./Miami/Singapore/and Hong Kong. I love the city and the opportunities and nightlife and convenience and meeting people on an international scale regularly excites me. I have never had a problem with the expenses, it is what it is. The countryside for more than a small amount of time bores me to tears but I do see why people like it. I like it for the same reasons. I just prefer the BIG BIG cities.
Posted in: What shocks Japanese country folk about city life
virgoApr. 17, 2012 - 01:14AM JST
He is human. He was born NOT with a silver spoon but with all the odds stacked against him and he became what others taught him. a beast. He seems to have grabbed a hold of his life. I give him credit for that. Many people in this situation would never come back from the abyss.
Posted in: Mike Tyson in punchy stage show in Vegas
virgoApr. 14, 2012 - 01:05PM JST
Yes tmarie, he was being specific to Japan. He is a doctor specifically treating a certain population of Asian women who by and large throughout his career eat a certain way in general, deal with stress in a certain cultural way, over the years of his doctoring they are physically active or not in ways that are the norm for Japan. Not western countries. All of this has a DIRECT bearing on the womb as any stress releases chemicals in the body that can degrade systems of the body. How and what you eat and how you release stress or deal with it and not release it can be very different among cultural norms. Today's younger generation of girls may not be the same as their mothers but on the average how they eat, how much extra weight they put on, the amount of body fat they carry, average bone density, level of iodine in their diet, an on and on as well as the way they are taught to internalize....their are so many factors. Yes, the average Japanese woman has a different profile than the average western woman and that can have a DIRECT effect on the womb.
But even in the west the truth is the same.....have a baby younger (STATISTICALLY) less problems overall. This is not talking about wealth or emotions or stability...purely physical.
Posted in: If you want a child, do it before you're 30, says leading obstetrician
virgoApr. 14, 2012 - 11:00AM JST
I know this is a very sensitive issue to women but he is spot on...sorry if you don't like it. He is being specific to JAPAN. In Japan women over 30's have more complications regarding getting pregnant, being pregnant, and post pregnancy. It was obvious he was generalizing. It is a number thing ..not every woman over 30 will have problems but the odds are stronger that they will compared to a similarly health 25 year old. If the 40 year old is active and healthy with a viable womb then fine but it may have been easier or healthier or easier on the health of baby/mom if she was younger.
In the west in places like the US/UK...women have a different mentality and existence. How they handle stress is different. How they eat is different, and even things like being too lean can effect pregnancy and its related areas. I have heard this in the US about age of getting pregnant and the ODDS of certain complications. But that is what they are...ODDS. Not certainties. Those of you in the US, why don't you talk to several doctors in the know and get one who isn't basing answers on being PC and trying not to offend a woman's pride and or modern sensibilities. Having a baby when the womb is most fertile is better...and that is more likely skewed toward 20 versus 40. (This has nothing to do with emotional maturity)
virgoJan. 27, 2012 - 01:57PM JST
Yeah he is worth it. He has a solid ERA and can pitch strong innings deep if needed. Being a back up on the Yankees will maybe extend his career a couple or 3 years if he produces. He didn't get a lot of run support in L..A. and many people inquires as to his availability. !0 mil for a veteran with a solid ERA in MLB is not too pricey. Especially for the Yankees. if it was a small market team he may have gotten half!
Posted in: Yankees complete 1-year deal with pitcher Kuroda
virgoSep. 17, 2011 - 05:23PM JST
888naffSep. 17, 2011 - 08:52AM
leading the way again
Oh a space station..thank US/NASA leading the way again. NHK sell a few commercials make a few bucks...and stop forcing folks to pay if you are a public service.
But nice camera.
Posted in: NHK to broadcast live programs shot with an ultra high sensitivity camera for first time in TV history
virgoAug. 24, 2011 - 07:03PM JST
"I get the feeling people are being far too precious about both their ability to speak Japanese and their status as a native English speaker.
It's only words, after all." ...thank you Cleo.
That makes more sense than all of this bickering. People need to get over themselves. If you like the people that try to speak English with you fine. If you don't have much in common with them...why are you even with them. Too many foreigners feel like a star because they can speak Japanese in japan. Many of my friends here can't...and they are enjoying their stay. everyone has a different level of what they want to get out of living here. For some it is party in Tokyo and have fun. Cool. For others it is being a part of the local community. Cool. Whatever..it ain't your life so why judge others. The general consensus is that this Mike dude took it a little to seriously and only Yuko knows the real deal. If you and a Japanese person have common interests like hobbies or you just wanna jump in the sack however you communicate should be based on understanding each other not pre-contracted "language" rules. I know people who refuse to study any language at all and have a fun life here. who am I to judge.
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Why you don't necessarily accept everyone who volunteers:
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Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport
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Apr. 25, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
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