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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
xrcFeb. 05, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
Japan grow up. Or if you don't want to see such terrible parts of the body, which I think most of use have anyways, don't look. Please don't tell me what I can or can't look at. Censorship is NOT freedom!
Posted in: Renowned photographer Leslie Kee arrested in Japan over obscene photos
xrcJan. 06, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
"Save my dollars" I've been saving them from ¥101 when they were wired to me from the states. Please Mr. Abe bring the yen up to ¥110 to the dollar...Good luck
Posted in: Japanese shares expected to rally this week
xrcJan. 05, 2013 - 07:25PM JST
Ah come on... I'm a married mature American gent. I met a 39 year old J. lady on the beach. She was friendly, kind, gracious, built, and we made arrangements to get together when I could get down that way. We got together a few times. No sex...which was disappointing for me. I really liked her. Then all of a sudden she cut me off and said, "If you like me so much, come to the club I work at"!
Ummm lady I'm living at poverty level...How can I pay a $100 cover charge and add in another $50.00 for a bottle of whiskey? Ummm what a great idiot I was....fun before anything serious happened. But, I do respect her, for she has to work too!
Posted in: Why Japanese men can’t stop spending money just to drink and talk with girls
xrcJan. 05, 2013 - 06:48PM JST
What makes me so outside the realm of the famous...the norm...the well known...the popular...I have no interest nor how does popular or the famous impact me. For most speak of "Love" and "Honesty" and "Loyalty" yet most well, you all know right?.
Posted in: Adele's '21' scores again, beating Swift for 2012's top album
xrcDec. 24, 2012 - 06:41PM JST
Is everyone really crazy who shoots someone? Many know what they are doing. What about the Japanese student trick or treating on Halloween in the 80's somewhere in the south? It's "Halloween" and the guy still shot! Was he crazy? A marriage gone sour, the spouse kills another. Are they crazy? Are soldier kills a civilian! A Neo-Nazi takes out Indian church goers.
You won't like what I have to say...The 2nd Amendment is obsolete. If Washington, Jefferson, Franklin could come into the future with a time machine. I'm pretty sure they would have a double take on this Amendment. After all, We don't need to hunt for food (one can go to a supermarket) , don't have to protect ourselves from Native Americans and British attacking...
But, why need guns! "To protect ourselves"! Wooowwwww, that means no one trust each other. What a great country of Freedom!
Anyway, I wonder how many gun crimes were prevented by having a gun. And place a rifle bearing security guard in every school. Wouldn't it have to be in very room? Columbine had one. He was in a different area. Then they don't want to pay more taxes anyway. You know what that would cost? I'm sorry for my fellow Americans!
Posted in: NRA chief defends call for armed guards at schools
xrcNov. 07, 2012 - 05:08PM JST
Yes, a tough topic. I'm an old guy. I've bought albums for years in the 60's. For example...the Rolling Stones for 99 cents, yes the actual store price at that time. Nobody listened to them back then...Since I live in Japan, I sure can't afford to have all these albums shipped over here. Lots of jazz, Moog, psychedelic right up thru the New wave scene. Yes, I've downloaded most of the CD's of those albums which I've bought. Besides I don't listen to the mainstream stuff which most of the musicians are playing music for the music rather than the fame or money. What happens when one lives under the poverty level and can't afford to buy hardly anything? Are they thrown to the streets? There has got to be some avenues for freedom. You can record FM radio or TV shows without a problem. Safe not to DL. Here come the Nazis!
Posted in: A month after download law, consumers spending less on music: survey
xrcOct. 09, 2012 - 12:59PM JST
Can we demonstrate?
Posted in: 20,000 expected in Tokyo for IMF, World Bank meetings
xrcOct. 09, 2012 - 12:56PM JST
War war war...it feeds the economy. Romney is so supportive of assisting Israel in its time of need. (Not needed)! First, how many Israeli troops were helping us fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? Second, Doesn't Israel have enough of their own nuclear missiles (built by guess who) to go to war if they think it'll be necessary. Obama is smart to play it cool instead of just getting into another waste of tax payer money.
Posted in: Romney hits Obama on foreign policy failures
xrcOct. 08, 2012 - 03:52PM JST
Reading through most of the comments above, it seems as though no one has addressed the cultural and characteristic aspects of the Japanese society that tends to get in their way of expressing themselves. Basically, they can't. One has to become a psychologist to break through the fear and shyness walls. Good luck!
Posted in: Japanese tourists share impressions of traveling abroad with limited English ability
xrcOct. 08, 2012 - 03:44PM JST
There is a lot more to learning to speak and reply in good English than grammar and rote responses. It's a cultural thing, I guess it's called Fear. I'm not sure what they fear but.... Let me give you example: I've been teaching a Community Center class of elder housewives every morning (even some holidays) for more than ten years. Most of them have been in the class for the whole duration. I went to my local grocery store and just out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of one of the students shopping. Not in clear sight, but behind someone a few meters away. I had the feeling that she felt uncomfortable and seemed like she wants out of seeing me. So, I went along and continued my shopping. Caught a glimpse of her in another aisle and wham, she scrammed. Although there was no eye contact I knew she just wanted to avoid running into me. (At all costs) But, hold it, she's been in the class for at least 8 years. I mean, I know her level is not great and I'm not going to try and have a political or philosophy conversation with her. But, just not even..."Hi, how are you?" and that's it, that's all I'd expect. How much would you expect after eights years teaching her. Now, don't insinuate that I'm not a good teacher. I've had the same students (privately for as long as 12 years (once a week).
xrcOct. 02, 2012 - 03:28PM JST
I got a warning from a web site watch group about a month ago saying my Primus (Live WOW Fuji Rock Festival 2005? video) Upload was against the law. It was on YouTube for years without a complaint. Anyway, how much money is Primus going to lose? None. Les isn't a greed bag rock star like the rest of them. There's no DVD of the concert. What is their problem?
Posted in: Law making it illegal to download pirated music, videos goes into effect
xrcOct. 02, 2012 - 02:34PM JST
I tried to download a LEGAL software from Apple called, "Motion 5" after not being able to get any connection. Yes, all the visa card and such info was registered correctly in the iTunes Store...Even called the Apple Store (Tokyo) and they said it's my computer. Finally got an answer from the USA Apple and they wrote that they don't have it in Japan. What? I read it on the Japanese Apple Web Page. I messed around for over a week trying to figure what was wrong... I was willing to pay for it. Why is it advertised on the J~Apple Web Page with a click to BUY button. (which didn't work anyway). Why Ican't I just download it from the USA Apple site? Finally, got the torrent download FREE. This law is unconstitutional. So, what...they are going to make more money? Demonoid & Piratebay DOWN!!!! and we fight for freedom in Iraq & Afghanistan!
xrcSep. 28, 2012 - 11:27AM JST
Israel has enough nuclear bombs to take care of Iran without America getting involved in another war! We can have over 2,000 but no one can even attempt to build one. BTW how many Israeli's were there helping in Iraq and Afghanistan? No War!
Posted in: Netanyahu draws 'red line' on Iran's nuclear program
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
Sorry friend, in this case - *and as in most of China's territorial dispute…
Posted in: Japan to send 100 SDF troops, radar to remote western island
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:34AM JST
A pause, a lull at best.
Notably, though, it does not require Russia to withdraw an…
Posted in: Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions -- for now
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:30AM JST
If this officer actually DID bump her by accident and knew the statistics of conviction rate,…
Posted in: Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:26AM JST
This bit kind of made me laugh:
Mariko Tsukamoto (3rd L),
Glad they pointed her out…
Posted in: 37-year-old mother of two joins AKB48
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:23AM JST
Each to his own but I wonder how long it would be before someone robs a…
Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan