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xrcJul. 08, 2016 - 02:39PM JST
Somewhat related...I teach elder students at a few community centers. I've asked them about marijuana, guns etc. I asked them about "tattoos"... they really equate tattoos with yakuza (crime) ...I told them all my nieces & nephews have tattoos. they are good people...Then I asked "What are you going to do when the Olympics a large number of foreigners have tattoos?" consider them all criminals? Marijuana has the same stigma...I told them "This is 2016 and not 1960's, you have to adjust to a different mind set and get rid of tattoos equal the yakuza mind set.... same with marijuana...grow up Japan.
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xrcJun. 15, 2016 - 02:13PM JST
as far as the "Clinton opened the door for Isis etc." I beg to differ...G. Bush went into Iraq when not one of the 9-11 hijackers were Iraqi...kinda missed the target...
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xrcFeb. 07, 2016 - 03:45PM JST
0.047 grams of meth? what a waste of money on the people they tax… for that small amount….the Japanese
need an understanding of drugs without the fear and propaganda the government pushes on them...
xrcNov. 28, 2015 - 01:11PM JST
Well as far as Japanese studying English: enjoy...prepare...are two I can think of off hand...of course these can be used, but most students OVER-use them...
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xrcSep. 20, 2015 - 07:17PM JST
China celebrates with a huge military parade which included nuclear weapons as well as building military airstrips on man-made islands in the South Pacific, North Korea has lobbed some missiles into the Sea of Japan that might in the future be able to carry Nucs as well and they also said they'd like to hit America's west coast...(and America is worried about Iran who doesn't even have a nuclear bomb yet!) but shrug off what China and N. Korea do... Then both claim Japan is trying cause all this war bull...is ridiculous! Doesn't Japan have the Right to defend itself? although it's the Americans kind of pushing them into it!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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xrcJun. 20, 2015 - 12:52PM JST
Easy! Why do Americans need guns? Well, the source is that no one trusts anyone else.
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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.
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?
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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?
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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!
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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!
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