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    commanteer

    This has much wider application than just for blind people - just look at audio books for example. I would like to have some chosen articles read to me while I am driving, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

    Posted in: New smartphone app allows blind people to listen to audio readback of printed text

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    sensei258

    If you've watched the newscasts, you'll know its not just little squirts of insecticide here and there. They're soaking everything. The sheer volume of poison they're dumping into the area can't be good for the environment or the people in it.

    Posted in: Officials spray insecticide in Ueno Park after new dengue fever case

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    sensei258

    Christopher is right. In 8 years of living in Japan, I have yet to see a stray dog (cats yes). That's because strays are picked up and gassed the same day.

    Posted in: Man arrested for poisoning over 40 cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward

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    sf2k

    oh man don't get me started on NAFTA. I'm Canadian and I voted for NAFTA but I have not seen the benefits of it as it continue to undermine our economy. I would not vote for it today. Every industry discussed in the 80's that it was supposed to be protected are now gone or sold or dying out. Americans are just as protectionist as ever. And it continues to erode Canadian national identity. Even more silly is our energy agreement under NAFTA, where we agreed to not have a limit on energy exports. Even Mexico was smart enough to say no to that.

    Yet the media and public perception is that NAFTA was a good thing. This is the PR game that occurs with any trade agreement. As long as the 1% benefit, countries don't matter and the sheeple fall in line.

    Envious of Brazil but it looks like more that they couldn't come to an agreement and as such it was ironic that it worked out for them. I'm glad it has

    If companies complain that they can't be competitive and need your money then they are no longer worthy of a country, where ever that is. Let them go, and someone else will fill the void. That's what used to be called the market. Not the tax siphoning subsidy shell game that it is today

    Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe

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    sensei258

    Should be easy to set up a sting operation.

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl sprayed with paint thinner while walking home

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    John Becker

    NAFTA was a governmental sanction to move jobs out of the U.S. to Mexico. It wasn't the first step in the evisceration of the middle class, just the most obvious. TPP will do the same thing. Even if the jobs don't go to China, they will still leave Japan - for Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc.....

    Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe

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    sensei258

    Sad that young people with their whole lives ahead of them would think this was a good idea.

    Posted in: 3 bodies found in car in Saitama after suicide pact

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    JeffLee

    "This is true of everything. Including corporations."

    No it isn't. Corporate assets are normally and regularly assessed by teams of accountants and other auditors, who publish the data for public scrutiny."Traders and hucksters" aren't part of the process.

    Posted in: Nikkei closes at highest level since 2007

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    John Becker

    "I am shocked! SHOCKED!! To learn that there is piracy going on here!"

    Is this really a surprise to anyone?

    Posted in: Online piracy thrives in Internet cloud

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    JeffLee

    The public are right. NAFTA, the first major free trade deal, hasn't nearly lived up to the promises. Wages have stagnated or declined since its introduction, while Mexico lags Brazil and others in the region who opted out of trade deals.

    In college, I learned "free trade theory." "Theory" is right, because there's no good evidence it actually works, except for the super rich and China.

    "Americans’ skeptical view of globalization “makes all the sense in the world,”"

    I fully agree.

    Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe

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    sf2k

    Trade as we know it only benefits corporations. People, wages, and benefits are not even a factor. In fact less so as corporations shop for the lowest bidders. Hence the continued global sellout of ethics all to make a buck in dealing with China. No one is allowed to question trade. There needs to be a new term where trade means respect and not selling out

    Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe

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    Michael Hart

    Perfume rocks!!! Can't wait to see the girls in November in Los Angeles!!!

    Posted in: Perfume announce rerelease of 'LEVEL3' in time for world tour in November

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    toshiko

    This regulation is not to prottect only American Industry. Recall Bridgestone case. Tire prices fixing that made Toyota price up and Bridgestone was guilty. Toyota price went down and consumers benefitted. Mitsubishi and Hitachi did price fixing easily to exclude competitors easiily as they are wealthy affecting other automakers. WW II has nothing to do. Just barring competitors with their money power in USA and that did not work.

    UauL

    Posted in: U.S. charges 7 Japanese auto executives with price-fixing

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    OssanAmerica

    BertieWoosterSep. 20, 2014 - 11:16PM JST OssanAmerica, Whether you want to admit it or not, the Rising Sun Flag is not well received by Koreans and Chinese

    That's funny because Koreans were fighting under that flag in WWII. The father of the President of South Korea was an officer in the Kwantung Army of IJA. probably killing Chinese.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    OssanAmerica

    Cleo, Cut me a break. How do YOU know it's "terrified"? You are superimposing a human emotional reaction onto an animal. Humans are terrified because they know what is happening. Animals are not because they don't. Their reaction is instinctive.

    What the ICJ ruling actually says is that the target sampling size appears to be too large and the actual sample size is >too small to achieve the intended goal.

    And that's what I said. The sample size was too small to achieve the intended goal.

    Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution

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    keika1628

    It now goes to an appeal of the death sentence instead of an appeal for wrongful conviction . The dude did plead "not guilty" ... Ok OK thumbs down for me ... have a field day.

    Buried in Saitama for pete's sake. Stop trying to blame a Prefecture for every crime

    I agree, 200 thumbs down to all the easily led and to those who keep it up

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of financier, wife

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    donkusai

    The Russian aircraft flights coincided with a visit by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to Washington

    Seriously, Putin? Do you think these sorts of intimidation tactics will make the West step back from supporting Ukraine? With Russian weapons and soldiers pretty much keeping the civil war going, this sort of nonsense can only strengthen Western governments' desire to draw a line in the sand and stop this chest beating.

    Posted in: Six Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

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    donkusai

    _Jack: I was already a bit suspicious about the foiled plot. And now, fifteen arrested. Dozens of homes invaded. Only one still in custody. Not even sure how they know about this supposed plot.

    Jack, these were associates of people who have already left Australia to fight for ISIS. They were already being monitored by intelligence agencies as they had known links to ISIS. that's how they knew about the plot.

    Posted in: Australia to bring in tougher anti-terror laws

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    jokpali

    Wipeout- By Chevys I meant GM vehicles based upon Chevys. Ever been to China? 1/3 of all the cars on the road there are Buicks. GM cars. The badges on the trunk are different in many countries. As pointed out above, they are labeled as Opel in parts of Europe. They are all GMs and Chevy Cruzes etc no matter the local badges you stick on. Made in Lordstown Ohio. And they widely outsell the J cars in Europe, Russia, China, South America etc. The only country they are not allowed fair entry is Japan. And Nigel....your insult of Sangetsu should be pulled by the mods. YOU are the one full of "XXXX" and no one on here believes a word you say. You are probably in charge of the trade barrier office.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    scipantheist

    Le sigh. Maybe in 10,000 years when SK is ready to drop all this, Japan should retire this flag.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    ZombieNemesis

    "Germany who put in 1,400 hours to the typical Japanese 1,700+ hours"

    Not sure what time frame that is referring to, the numbers seem far short of a year. In the US what is considered the normal 40 hour work week equates to 2080 hours. And even considering vacation time, the vast majority of private corporate business employees work well over 2200 hours a year in the US.

    This article starts out talking about robots, I would argue they are the ticket, maybe not as an export commodity but as a tool to make businesses and governments more efficient. We may all fear for our jobs when they arrive but unless something knocks us all back to the stone age, more an more automation is coming, we can not avoid it.

    Efficiencies should allow salaries of employees to rise so the spouse does not have to work. Kids can be raised as they were, with a parent who is around rather than missing both parents. The trick here is getting the business to raise the salary of the employees rather than the share holders.

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

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    WilliB

    edojin:

    " Those of you who watched the opening ceremony last night here in Japan ... did you notice how beautiful all the nation sign-carrying girls were? "

    Plastic surgery is extremely common in South Korea, much more than in Japan. I understand that practically everyone who can

    Posted in: Asian Games kick off 'Gangnam Style'

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    DaDude

    Spraying them will only kill all the other animals that prey on Mosquitos - frogs, birds, bats and other insects.

    Man, if are this hung up about some squirts in a couple of parks, you'd have a heart attack about the amount of insecticide used in other parts of the World.

    Posted in: Officials spray insecticide in Ueno Park after new dengue fever case

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    DaDude

    article isn't clear on the roles of these boys from Saitama

    Buried in Saitama for pete's sake. Stop trying to blame a Prefecture for every crime

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of financier, wife

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    ToshiYori

    Although Russian aircraft have entered the zone previously it was

    This is an old Cold War tactic that was used by the US and USSR. Fly towards your adversary until interceptors are launched. By doing so, when fighters are scrambled, the penetrating country can determine the location of communication sites, response times, call signs, and other useful tactical information.

    Posted in: Six Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

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    warnerbro

    So raising prices by increasing taxes and devaluing the yen doesn't entice consumers to spend more of their incomes (that are not rising as fast in real terms)? Gasp!

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    warnerbro

    "I am happy that I kept my wife at home with the kids to properly raise them"

    You "kept" your wife at home? How very wise of you! My wife, being an adult human of at least average intelligence, was capable of deciding whether or not to stay at home with our children. I had neither means nor need to keep her at home or elsewhere.

    "Their companies work stupid long hours." Perhaps you mean "stupidly long"? Hours are units of time and have no mental capacity.

    "Instead, they will just live with their parents or the government." I would be interested in living with the government. Where does the government live? To whom might I apply?

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

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    cleo

    Anything to evade "killing" a whale, right?

    When "killing" (why the inverted commas? You think it's not really killing?) means chasing an animal until it's exhausted and terrified then shooting it with an exploding harpoon that may or may not kill it, and if the harpoon is not fatal either shoot it again with a rifle once it's been dragged within range, or just hang on while the animal swims on in unspeakable pain spilling blood and guts until it either drowns or dies from blood loss/shock? Yes, anything to 'evade' (sic) that.

    What I found ironic is that the ICJ ruling which found the JARPA II program to be "not scientific enough" in at least one instance felt that the target sampling size was insufficient to achieve the stated intended goal.

    What the ICJ ruling actually says is that the target sampling size appears to be too large and the actual sample size is too small to achieve the intended goal.

    Paragraph 212 of the ICJ ruling states that, Japan's continued reliance on the first two JARPA II objectives to justify the target sample sizes, despite the discrepancy between the actual take and those targets, coupled with its statement that JARPA II can obtain meaningful scientific results based on the far more limited actual take, cast further doubt on the characterization of JARPA II as a programme for purposes of scientific research. This evidence suggests that the target sample sizes are larger than are reasonable in relation to achieving JARPA II's stated objectives. The fact that the actual take of fin and humpback whales is largely, if not entirely, a function of political and logistical considerations, further weakens the purported relationship between JARPA II's research objectives and the specific sample size targets for each species - in particular, the decision to engage in the lethal sampling of minke whales on a relatively large scale.

    In other words, not that the target sample size is too small, but that it is too large, and the way in which the target size is determined lacks scientific transparency or validity. That doesn't mean it will all be properly scientific and legitimate if only they plan to kill more whales.

    Paragraphs 199 to 210 point out that Japan claims a take of 50 fin whale and 50 humpback is necessary for 'multi-system competition and ecosystem research', yet despite the fact that no humpback (as a result of a political, not scientific, decision) and very few fin whales (the main population of which is outside the stated research area; and the whaling ships are not equipped to catch larger whales) have been taken, Japan has made no changes to the JARPAII objectives which include the construction of a multi-species competition model - with data from essentially only one species.

    So again, it is not the case that the ICJ is suggesting japan kill more whales to make everything more scientific; it is saying that what Japan says it is doing and what it is actually doing are at odds.

    Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution

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    nigelboy

    Well, we know YOU can't, but the team and the Japanese association that allowed it in general can and should be. The youth may not know that the flag in question causes negative sentiment, but the staff with them most certainly do, and they made the choice to wear them despite knowing that -- so it's on them, not the South Koreans who are offended. You may not like it, but that's the way it is. Period.

    Smith

    Like others have alluded, Japan cannot simply keep up with the "hate trend SK style" so your assumption of "them" "knowing that" is simply your overestimation of Korea and nothing more. Like virgo stated, the image can be found in the symbol of Unification Church and Korean's favorite "Asahi Shinbun". It's a big joke on the Koreans and the more they cry, more people in Japan are coming to a conclusion that they may not be sane.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    toshiko

    So many abducted people that Suga gave chance.

    Japanese collaborators? Weren't there stories to blame Korean Japanese in media guessing?

    Posted in: N Korea's probe on Japan abductees still in early stage: Suga

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    Open Minded

    Desillusioned: insecticides, by definition kill insects. That's it!

    Posted in: Officials spray insecticide in Ueno Park after new dengue fever case

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    toshiko

    Hope they will talk together and both countries become friends. Then both countries will be able to talk together without meddler Obama or Xi, More economic and trade growth for two neighbors.

    Posted in: Abe seeks summit with S Korea's Park

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    Magnet

    @wtfjapan, wrong. Smokers here tend to smoke right outside entryways, where the air then gets sucked into the building and circulates even faster. No Smoking areas are unenforced, even at the airports here. The result is that stinking smoke smell everywhere, including inside. At least in Japan, people tend to smoke only in designated areas. Not all, but most.

    Posted in: Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

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    NathalieB

    My husband is Japanese. I was a full time working mother in Japan after our first wa born. After the second was born it became EXTREMELY diffcult, and eventually impossible to continue. I had no help or support whatsoever. I could not do a full time job AND all the home stuff and childcare and do both well, and as a result we all suffered, me especially.

    Now I am home full time and skilling up by studying for when the youngest goes to school full time in 2 years. Most Japanese women are not lazy. They just know what I have had to learn the hard way. Nancys article is spot on. No women can work full time, especially not in Tokyo, and expect to be able to also cope with kids/home without support from their husbands - who cant provide it even if they wanted to because of their own "obligations". The work mentality fundamentaly needs to change, and its not going to happen. We all know it. Japanese men pride themselves on their ability to dance right up to the karoshi line without stepping over it.

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

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    wtfjapan

    “A tax hike is meant to secure more revenue, but we will do more harm than good if that revenue doesn’t come because the increase damages the economy.” holy frack anybody who knows anything about economics could have told your that, morons

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    bicultural

    Kick board, I hope so too, or else there may be some unwanted pregnancies due to torn condoms.

    Posted in: Condoms hottest item at Asian Games

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    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    If the man did indeed lose a lot of money on Investments that were suggested to him by the couple, then I don't believe this should be a Capital offense. If he were to have just randomly killed the couple for fun... then death penalty would be understandable.

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of financier, wife

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    Nenad Jovanović

    WDF !!!

    Other teams earned prizes for studying what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus in their toast

    So test subject were all Catholic ?

    Posted in: Japanese scientists among Ig Nobel spoof award winners

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    Nenad Jovanović

    Its offensive for them because they HATE Japan, and actually Rising Flag represent fighting spirit of Japan, and thats why Korea and China are so against that flag, because they want to broke Japan spirit, not to forget, Korean and China ARE biggest enemies of Japan, and next to them are all those westerners that want to change Japan to their liking , as @smitingjapan is so hard truing to do .

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    Russell Leisenheimer

    "With 100,000 fans expected to attend, it will be the largest concert ever for a single rock artist in history."

    seems dubious...guess it depends on how things are defined.....simon & garfunkle played in front of an estimated 500,000 in new york's central park, while jean michel jarre played in front of an estimated 2.5 million people in paris in 1990

    Posted in: Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi to host all-night concert at Mt Fuji next August for 100,000 fans

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    Open Minded

    Hygienist and moralistic people at their bests!

    Posted in: Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

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    Open Minded

    Digging, digging and digging!

    I am always impressed by such - fake - optimistic politicians, while I would be sweating and feeling like sh…t!

    Them? No! Just continuing the same speech as usual!

    Speechless!

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    stormcrow

    The U.S. purchased Alaska (the Alaska Purchase, or also known as "Seward's Folly") from the Russian Empire in 1867. Interestingly, the Alaska Purchase is connected with the Crimea War in that the Russians were afraid of losing Alaska to the British without receiving any form of compensation, besides that, the Russians were desperate financially, so they took what they could get and sold Alaska to the U.S.

    At the time, the American people hated the deal and thought it was way too much money for a bunch of ice and rocks, but it's probably a real estate deal Russia and Putin now regret.

    Posted in: Six Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

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    BertieWooster

    OssanAmerica,

    Whether you want to admit it or not, the Rising Sun Flag is not well received by Koreans and Chinese. It always was a Military Flag and was a highly visible symbol of the Japanese Imperial Army from the 19th Century to the end of WWII. It evokes bad memories in Koreans and Chinese people and it is their feelings we are talking about, not ours.

    Discussing how many rays it has is meaningless as the Hockey League badge is similar enough to trigger bad feelings.

    This was posted in Kuchikomi in Japan Today last June:

    “Did you know this flag was used by the military of the Empire of Japan in the Second World War? It’s a symbol of Imperial Japan and among the countries of Asia stirs up feelings to the same degree as a Nazi flag does in the West. Is it possible you could take down this advertisement?”

    The above, reports J-cast News (June 18), is how an unnamed South Korean female student in France objected to a poster bearing the Japanese rising sun flag. In response, the chain agreed to remove the posters.

    If you still don't believe it, try Googling "Rising Sun Flag offensive," and see what you come up with.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    Félix Lorenzo Martín Moro

    Mad or stupid. Another face of the human beings, someone loves to the animals, someone hate them

    Posted in: Man arrested for poisoning over 40 cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward

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    jerseyboy

    Abe pointed to corporate tax cuts, deregulation of the electricity sectors, and more childcare facilities to help working women as being among the bright spots so far.

    And this is all there s to show for the vaunted "third arrow"? As Bertie said in the very first post:

    The ship is already sinking, Mr Abe.

    All Abe is doing is re-arranging the deck chairs. Anyone who's future properity/wealth is tied up in Japan needs to look seriously at their options. Alibaba did their IPO yesterday here in the states, and my quess is that their market cap is now greater than all the Japanese electonics firms, combined. Japan is being clobbered on the gloal stage by China, SK and the U.S. as Sony admitted this week in announcing their poor earnings. No amount of new childcare facilities is going to change that.

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    NYtoday

    Those who somehow don't wanna believe Chinese are buying up those iPhones and reselling them (even if it's true, what's wrong? Ha ha ha), believe what you want. I walked by two of US Apple Stores in East Coast yesterday morning and almost 2/3 of people in line was Asian and Chinese language were spoken and heard everywhere. Just sayin'.

    Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

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    therougou

    Can't blame it all on the rain, but that does have to have some effect. It was raining almost non-stop since that typhoon in August, basically every weekend, too. It was really bad timing for me, because my parents were visiting, but it was probably bad timing for a lot of Japan.

    Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform

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    kibousha

    Jijis at the top of corporations still firmly believing that kachos and buchos leaving the office to catch the last train home are the most productive & loyal. Women workers seeing their kachos and buchos like that, thought better, they get married, get pregnant, so they can quit with the only allowed reason to quit honorably, "family". New mothers, no help from the husbands to raise kids, would not think twice about getting second or third kids.

    We all know these problems, but the politicians would rather ignore the root of the problems and instead, "more hoikuen!", "more facilities for mothers!", same 'ol same 'ol treating the symptoms rather than tackling the root problems.

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

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    OssanAmerica

    lucabrasiSep. 20, 2014 - 01:20PM JST @Ossan Agreed it's a naval ensign. So how many ships does the Japan Hockey Association have?

    The JMSDF ensign itself uses 16 rays, The JGSDF flag uses 8. The badge in question uses what, 4-5? In other words, the mere "resemblance" to the 16 rayed naval ensign is enough for some Koreans to get bent out of shape. Yet they have no complaints about the Asahi Shinbun symbol? The newspaper that helped create the Comfort Women controversy by publishing a fabricated story? http://wpcontent.answcdn.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/3f/FlagoftheAsahiShinbunCompany.svg/220px-FlagoftheAsahiShinbunCompany.svg.png And for the off the ledge anti-JP extremists, the Japanese naval ensign has NOTHING to do with the Nazi swastika.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games