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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
xrcMar. 23, 2014 - 07:01PM JST
I'm glad that we've finally seen some movement on controversial topics such as racism and the environment...Basically the Japanese are NOT "racists"! Though once in a while it does happen. But, they are childish and far too shy. And their excuse for not sitting next to a foreigner on the train is "absurd"... "Oh, I'm afraid the 外人 will speak to me!". Not (In most cases)! A terrible stupid excuse...いいわけ！ I won't even speak to a Japanese sitting next to me reading an English book or newspaper. If someone says "hello" or "How are you" (日本語もう) to me, I'll be polite and talk to them. Who put these kinds of thoughts into their minds? Who teaches them these things? So grow up Japan. Japan is hardly an America when it comes to racism.
Posted in: Urawa plays in empty stadium after racist sign
xrcMar. 16, 2014 - 06:14PM JST
He went to the Stones concert on Thursday March 6th!
Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?
xrcMar. 14, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Yes, we (foreigners) are always a "gaijin"! I just came back from backpacking in Myanmar for five weeks. Once I got back to Japan. I felt this enormous pressure of once more being treated as a gaijin. I know that this is not openly racist but what's the problem? In Myanmar no one looked at me as a gaijin...I could sit at the same table and no would even flinch. Of course there were a few small kids way out in the villages, even so most of them said "Hello" "Mingalaba" and most of them said it in English too! As soon as I walked up my street back in Japan (I do know many people in this town) but still got those looks or people crossing the street to avoid walking by me. After five weeks of being treated like a person, it really jerked my nerves to be back again!
Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people
xrcNov. 20, 2013 - 06:23PM JST
Anti-Environment and Greed run the American market...won't even consider cutting back on Co2...ummmm
Posted in: Tokyo Motor Show opens with eco-friendly theme; U.S. makers stay away
xrcOct. 24, 2013 - 01:09PM JST
In my opinion a Japanese avant~art~performance Jazz-ish big band called Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra (渋さ知らず) Orchestra would be perfect to represent a cultural~creative musical~art~Budoh dance venue hang from ropes~to showcase the traditional as well as modern aspects of Japan. Although they've played in many European countries (not sure about America)...made up of over 25 musicians from various Jazz, avant, rock, poetry, bands. The leader looks like a hippy of yesteryear (perhaps in his 60's) an izakaya てんちょ manager looking guy runs the stage back and forth, two hot chicks in mini-skirts...three guitarists (jazz, reggae, alternative noize)...two drummers...a few horns... percussionists, the show goes on...every time I see them they bring tears to my eyes as I'm thinking..."This is Japan in a nutshell"! Forgot any Pop! This is Japanese cultural essence...
Posted in: Which aspects of Japanese culture will 2020 Olympics showcase?
xrcOct. 24, 2013 - 12:50PM JST
Yeah, when I was in Chiba Detention Center a few years back a Polish guy said the same thing. "I didn't know there was anything there"! but 5~6 kilo's of hashish strapped to one's leg....ummmmm
Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned
xrcApr. 05, 2013 - 06:18PM JST
Japan is tough on pot... I spent 3 months half at Narita detention center and half at Chiba prison for about ¥50 worth. (fifty yen)...
Posted in: Police bust Vietnamese cannabis operation in Gunma
Jan. 31, 2015 - 02:26PM JST
This bill “is an important accomplishment for the country,” said Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We…
Posted in: U.S. Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
Jan. 31, 2015 - 02:23PM JST
As for land borders, the Middle East is a land bridge between 3 continents. It can…
Posted in: 'Aussies out' -- Asian Cup hosts hit by shock AFC revolt
I've been wondering if the contemporary obsession with wearing surgical masks, not just when one is…
Posted in: No. of flu patients tops 2 million for 3rd week in a row
Jan. 31, 2015 - 02:21PM JST
That almost makes it funnier - it's hard to tell the difference between Palin and a…
Posted in: Romney says he will not run for president in 2016
Jan. 31, 2015 - 02:20PM JST
Are you the Gatekeeper? If so, I'd like to file a complaint!
Are you the Keymaster?
Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' cast set with McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones