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xrcMay. 01, 2015 - 06:53PM JST
Money is what some call "Capitalism" isn't it! "Communism" or "Socialism" two words that are just words. The United States has used these terms as excuses for war. Why do we bully a small nation like Cuba? No nucs! not such a large military. Complain about North Korea, Laos (still Communist) but I liked it traveling there, Vietnam, El Salvador (people are hungry) just label them as all trying to row boats over from Asia and take over America... And now who do we do business with..... CHINA, the largest military Communist closed society in the world. Yes, for the green buck (dollar). I agree with kcJapan...Isn't the whole beginning of this Iraq/Syria mess started by G W. Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rove, and C. Rice? why aren't they in prison? Have we helped Iraq in their quest for freedom (word) democracy (word)... look at what's happening now. We should be proud we have helped out Iraq so much ha?
Posted in: Why war is bad for people but good for business
xrcMay. 01, 2015 - 06:33PM JST
Yes, I totally agree with Sighclops...to add another opinion...Some of my students (private here at my residence) work in some of the top Japanese companies and medical institutions. One software programmer told me about the way Japanese have meetings. Most everyone is afraid to say or give their opinion or idea especially if there is a high level manager present. Therefore putting a damper on creative thought and fresh ideas. One can't think outside the box.
Another example is a Intermediate English level Community center class of elder housewives and a few guys. We had read a column or two of a paper I handed out two weeks previous, I said, "O.K. Let's "review" it from the top. Read thru it fast since we studied it two weeks ago. The class leader said she didn't want to start at the beginning because she's bored (always) of reviewing, I mean one sentence each about fourteen students should take about five to six minutes. She said, "she didn't care if she doesn't learn every word"! ah? We got into a sort of tense moments as I stressed that some weren't here for the first reading as well as one must go over the words until they know and can apply them. Then I said, great that you have your opinion, but I disagree and then asked the class. What DO YOU think? Do you want to start with a quick review from the beginning? or do you want to just start where we left off two weeks ago? And ya know what No one said anything. I couldn't get an answer out of ONE person. They are so afraid that someone will feel bad or get their feelings hurt that they'd rather NOT "rock the boat"! I grew up to say what I think! Yes, at times I say the wrong things but....aside from that...well Abe can have a positive dream for what Japan could accomplish, but he's not dealing in reality. It's already imbedded in their education since first grade...These elder students grew out of that experience and education. Don't say what you think...follow the others and shut up....
Posted in: Abe says he wants Japan to learn from Silicon Valley
xrcFeb. 25, 2015 - 05:22PM JST
They don't need any arrest warrant. If you get caught bringing something illegal into Japan (case) you are in detention (jail) for 20 days automatically, while waiting to see a prosecutor which decides if your crime should go to court...
Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report
xrcFeb. 11, 2015 - 06:33PM JST
Hey where can I buy it? Anyways, why do Islamists get so offended...You should see some of the Jesus Christ jokes, even using the "F" word...
Posted in: Book containing Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad goes on sale
xrcFeb. 08, 2015 - 06:54PM JST
Most Japanese are oblivious to anything they deem somewhat out of character that might "rock the boat"! These were only pictures that anyone can see on TV or in the newspaper. Not the videos. They have to face some disgusting and serious issues rather than go shopping and eat chocolate cake, and being afraid of what the normal westerner faces in daily life.
Posted in: Elementary school teacher shows pupils pictures of executed hostages
xrcFeb. 02, 2015 - 01:41PM JST
I'm so saddened by the killing of Kenjo Goto...First, let's go back to the source of this mess. America opened a can of worms! (Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rove & Rice) and others are responsible for attacking Iraq (Saddam had the terrorists in check)...all the hijackers were SAUDI ! Not Iraqi's...How is it Americans (most of) feel they are real patriots?
Why did we attack Irag? Still many are dying in terrorists attacks almost every day...no freedom, work, education, electricity, we really helped them out.... Why no responsibity_? And we still support Saudi Arabia with weapons...Who cares if a woman has No equal rights, can't even drive....Yes, the USA stands for freedom & equal rights, right! I'm sad to see people such as Kenji dying trying to help those in need. WTF!
Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded
xrcJan. 31, 2015 - 06:47PM JST
Yes, I agree..Smartphones etc...are for lazy and sometimes childish people. I see salarymen playing games or reading manga on the train. Honestly, I can't understand...I guess I'm old fashioned. I don't even have a keitai, iPhone, iPad or smartphone...Just a MacPro with seven hard drives... I sometimes hear the conversations as people are walking up the stairs getting off the train. Probably something like..."Hey what are you doing"! "Oh,
I'm walking up the stairs now"! or "I'm going to the toilet" what a waste of time....then can hardly speak English in a conversation.... Good luck wives!
Posted in: Phone-hooked husbands neglect wives at their peril
xrcJan. 11, 2015 - 02:24PM JST
We forget who opened this whole can of worms. Those who got on the bandwagon to bomb a country that had NOTHING to do with the 9-11 bombings of the World Trade Center. Weren't the hijackers all Saudi, why punish Iraq...there's your source...We destroyed countries, killed thousands and really helped Iraq where people die every day. Now I'd like to see GB, Rummy, C.Rice and Chen be put on the front of “Je ne suis pas Charlie” — I am not Charlie — showing them collecting their cash and ..... what else should they deserve? anyone offended by cartoons...well, I'm not...
Posted in: Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits
xrcJan. 10, 2015 - 06:25PM JST
As if the doctors don't know that they are doing anything wrong. Oh, as long as they can make money, all's well that goes well! Why aren't they punished too! They could say, "sorry we'll continue using our present clients' medicine(s). Greed at it's best. I have two doctors as students and they don't make a lot of money...
Posted in: Daiichi Sankyo to pay $39 mil as penalty for doctor kickbacks in U.S.
xrcJan. 05, 2015 - 02:14PM JST
I have a good idea...Let's move the base to North Korea.
Posted in: Cars rally against Futenma base
xrcOct. 22, 2014 - 03:48PM JST
The article didn't clearly state which so-called "terrorist" group he had joined. It didn't mention that it was ISIS or the Islamic state...How can people understand without all the information clear and concise?
Posted in: One Japanese man tells why he wanted to fight in Syria
xrcOct. 05, 2014 - 01:47PM JST
I really don't mind paying my fair share of taxes. But, I'm living just about poverty level. I made due without much but can survive fine. But, my last two Japanese National Health care (国民健康保険 Kokumin-Kenkō-Hoken) monthly bills went up from about ¥14,000 (for over 14 years) to ¥29,000 as of recent. My income hasn't gone up. Nor do I visit the hospital (twice) in fifteen years. Why did this increase so much?
Posted in: Risks to 'Abenomics' growing, whether Abe raises tax or not
xrcSep. 08, 2014 - 02:49PM JST
Dogashima (west Izu) clear blue ocean, a boat ride through caves with an opening in the top for the sun to shine down through to light up the emerald blue water, outdoor hot springs, a hot spring over looking the sea from a high cliff, nice rock formations popping out of the water like in the Prehistoric days... lush steep hill sides, the beach is O.K. I was there last week... beautiful...Oh my friend lost her sandal in the water under some caves (like) the next day we went to search for it, the water so clear, she found it about 8 feet down...
Posted in: Six cool sightseeing spots off the beaten track in Japan
xrcSep. 05, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
What happened to the Free World? I always have taken pics or videos for years of the basic daily life in Japan and many other countries. Privacy what does that mean, one is doing something wrong and doesn't want to get caught? I get on the train, turn on the video and walk down the aisle filming. Life as it is...I don't even see who I'm filming until I get home and take a look at it. Oh, she's cute (I think) but I had no knowledge of taking her video/photo...it's just life as it goes on. Shinjuku, Shibuya crossing, onsen, beaches, izakaya, typhoons, festivals, stations etc....now we can't take pics or videos? I don't care if you take my pic or video. Come on over...take as many as you like...
Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train
xrcJun. 16, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
Well, why weren't the Brazilian's already cleaning up? Perhaps no movement towards that, so the J's did what they had to do...
Posted in: Japanese fans remember their manners in Brazil; clean up before going home
xrcMay. 26, 2014 - 01:11AM JST
But most are depicting the meanings in English. They are in Japanese and have no bearing on the English meaning!
Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name
xrcMay. 26, 2014 - 12:59AM JST
First, let me ask who (which country) is giving the most to Africa in financial aid? (per percentage of population not the amount of money! What's the poverty level in Japan? I'm probably under it or nearly!
Posted in: Is pouring more financial aid into Africa the best way to help that continent develop?
xrcMay. 25, 2014 - 06:25PM JST
I think the "Commie" or countries run by the military such as (Laos & Myanmar) are almost crime free... Don't get caught stealing in Myanmar..a quick end to life....Never had one instance of fear. America is the Crime capital of the world...How much is wasted on protection? More than they could fund college education and free medical treatment hospital combined.... schools, airports, museums???? Trust, there is No trust there anymore...That's why people think they need guns. Do you living in Japan need a gun? Sure wouldn't walk some cities in the US at night...(I would) but most wouldn't....
Posted in: Man in coma after being beaten by gang on street in Kanagawa
xrcMay. 17, 2014 - 08:15PM JST
I wonder how much he had in his possession. I've seen two Japanese news channels (on cable) non-stop (repeatedly show this news story. People should e-mail the T.V networks to complain how they are ignorant and blowing this news out of portion. Kind of like North Korean or Nazis...propaganda. Bring fear into the hearts of the people. Yeah, nice!
Posted in: Singer ASKA arrested for drug possession
xrcMay. 05, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
Yes, I was at a beach BBQ yesterday and I pointed out to some people that the clouds looked kinda like earthquake clouds...I've been doing this for over 35 years...and there's a certain shape and a metallic like tint as well as a shape like a disk (UFO) in a way...everyone laughs at me....this happened last year at the BBQ too! Then everyone says, "Wow, we did have an earthquake"! of course not every prediction comes true but...I do hit many! Not the March 11th one though....I did take pics of the clouds!
Posted in: M6 quake strikes off Tokyo; 17 injuries reported
May. 25, 2015 - 06:00AM JST
I agree with you iskysong - Talk is cheap. Words have to be followed by actions.…
Posted in: China's Xi says Japan friendship 'worth cherishing'
May. 25, 2015 - 05:49AM JST
More babble. Most people concerned with GMO are focused on something this "author" doesn't bother with,…
Posted in: If you don't want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it.
May. 25, 2015 - 05:45AM JST
It looks like a mishmash of Batman, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, and something else I can't quite…
Posted in: New Batman figure envisioned by video game designer
May. 25, 2015 - 05:24AM JST
By the way the person in the picture is known as Panti Bliss not just Panti…
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
May. 25, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
Because Japan has not engaged war since 1945, there was no soul of soldiers were enshrined…
Posted in: China raps Japan after Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine