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xrcJul. 16, 2015 - 06:44PM JST
The expressionless robotic "いらっしゃいませ" that is said upon entering a shop, conbi etc.
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xrcJul. 16, 2015 - 06:39PM JST
I'm not sure how Japanese history or science, math, geography, politics, sports etc. are taught, but I'd give the English teaching curriculum an utmost failure especially since Japan trying to fit onto the world stage as a leading industrial nation. Saying and expressing what one thinks is a cultural disaster! It needs to change but....It doesn't look good. They must grow up!
Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s school education system?
xrcJul. 16, 2015 - 06:30PM JST
Stay naked (in your place of course) and take cold water showers. Been doing that since the end of May right up until early October for over 30 years...Hey, I like the ¥1.256 gas bill last month!
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xrcJul. 04, 2015 - 12:54PM JST
Unless American's have changed, my girlfriend was under 18 when we made love in high school. Everyone is then a labeled a child molester? Good point above "molester" is someone forces usually a woman into sex. Bill Wyman (Stones) married a 13 year old. I'm not condoning under age sex, just being more realistic.
Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest
xrcJun. 20, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
It's expensive for expatriates who think they live in their home country and eat, drink, buy and rent places that they are used to... You can still get a teishoku lunch for ¥500~¥1,000 in Tokyo. But, some think they're too good to lower their standards of a regular restaurant. In New York a slice of pizza is $5.00 or more.
Posted in: Asian cities half of top 10 costliest expat destinations: survey
xrcJun. 20, 2015 - 12:52PM JST
Easy! Why do Americans need guns? Well, the source is that no one trusts anyone else.
Posted in: World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in U.S.
xrcJun. 20, 2015 - 12:48PM JST
What??? Many Japanese onsen operators are apparently unaware of the role of tattoos in some cultures. Don't they watch soccer, football, basketball, baseball, rock concerts, movie stars etc...??? what an excuse... いいわけ。They have to grow up and stop being ignorant.
Posted in: Japan Tourism Agency surveys onsens over tattoo policy
xrcJun. 19, 2015 - 11:20PM JST
What if she had declared "medicine for ailments prescribed by a doctor"...what do you think would happen in that case?
Posted in: Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested
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.
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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
Sep. 05, 2015 - 01:30AM JST
Tough one, seriously. I had this situation in my first apartment building, and I was coming…
Posted in: If you heard someone crying or screaming nextdoor, and sensed it was someone being physically abused, would you intervene in some way, or call the police, or do nothing and just mind your own business?
Defending what? China against itself? So proceeding to take over Manchuria and most of the populated…
Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'
Sep. 05, 2015 - 01:26AM JST
smithinjapan: Meanwhile Tom Cotton is off again on his treason mission working with Netanyahu to "go…
Posted in: Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in U.S. Senate
These days, calling someone Nazi like is just short-hand for saying: "They are bad. We should…
Posted in: Australian PM angers Jewish leaders by comparing IS with Nazis
Sep. 05, 2015 - 01:25AM JST
The Faroes are Danish. Nothing to do with the UK.
Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start