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    harvey pekar

    Right now, all that matters are the survivors in Nepal and it's always an awesome sight when countries from around the world unite for a common cause. It should remind people what the world can achieve when it has a common and righteous goal. There's still hope for this planet, it's not all wars and hatred. There's a lot of compassion left.

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    tinawatanabe

    smithinjapan, The restaurants, landlords or any other business don't gain anything by being racism. I know it's a big loss for restaurants if no show. If you run a restaurant and if Japanese customers seldom cause trouble but foreigners often do not show up, what would you do? You rather go bankrupt than being called racist?

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    YongYang

    @Tatsuwashi: What a load of stereotypical crap. I know plenty of Japanese who rock up late and as for finishing on time? NEVER!

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    UK9393

    Discriminatory, for sure. Time to 'Go Online'.

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    Theo Lubbe

    @zone2surf "Huh? Sorry, I am completely confused by this. What are you trying to say? I don't understand. I am saying that I have never booked multiple restaurants in advance and then decided on the night which one I am going to go to. How does your comment relate to that?"

    My mistake, I had missed the 'book' part of the comment you were replying to. As for the latter part, they specifically stated "unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company"

    It's a major inconvenience, yes, but you're also talking about a place which charges from 20,000 per person, so I'd imagine the sorts of people going to a place like this are already used to making these sorts of exclusive/high-profile arrangements. After all; I was treated to a full-course meal at a highly-exclusive restaurant in Tokyo which doesn't discriminate based on nationality, but does discriminate based on the 'position' of the one making the booking. Under any normal circumstances I would apparently have been unable to make a reservation there unless I could prove I'm worthy of rubbing shoulders with government officials and high-ranking employees from mega-corporations.

    Those of you downvoting me without actually explaining your positions, it'd be great if you'd take the time to explain why you disagree rather than simply hiding in the shadows, passive-aggressively expressing your disagreement with little thumbs-downs.

    Many parts of the world allow for a "right of admission reserved" legislation for private establishments of all sorts. If a restaurant like this were to choose to not admit a smelly, dirty person who still happens to have the money necessary to pay, and you are a fellow patron at that restaurant next to whom this smelly person would want to sit; would you cry 'discrimination!' or quietly wait for management to get rid of that person?

    Please don't assume the statement of the above sentence is to imply these foreigners are considered smelly and/or dirty, because it's not. The point is that the management is still discriminating (I highly advise you go look up the definitions of this word) against this patron and electing to deny them admission to the establishment on grounds they have chosen. You don't need to agree or disagree with those reasons beyond choosing to patronise them or not; getting vocal about their policies in their establishment which needn't serve you if it doesn't want to is indicative of an entitled attitude.

    When I visited Japan in 2008 I went to Fuji-Q Highland. There they had on one of the ice rinks a Sedgeway 'ride' where people could use Sedgeways after some instruction on their use. Unfortunately for me, the indemnity forms all participants must sign were in only Japanese, and you could tell the guy who had to handle the situation was afraid I would get upset about the whole scenario and didn't want to have to deal with me about it either because of that.

    When I explained to him that my Japanese isn't good enough to read and understand the forms myself and that I'm aware of how that's a problem, so I'll accept the situation, he almost-immediately opened up and was perfectly willing to talk a little about the things even though he couldn't let me use them - going from avoiding eye contact, mumbling and trying his best to get me to just go away to smiling, making eye contact and enthusiastically talking about the things.

    He was discriminating against me. He was assuming that because I'm a foreigner I wouldn't be able to read the forms and thus be unable to fill them in. I assume that he was assuming I would get upset about being denied the chance to use the things. Did I take it personally and get upset about it? No. He and his management have their reasons for their policies and I as a customer can either accept those policies or move on.

    This journalist could have done the same. They could have made their booking through a hotel or their credit card company as they were advised to do. It seems they instead took offence and decided not to go there at all and criticise the restaurant for their policy.

    If either party was in the wrong here, it's the journalist, not the restaurant. The journalist can find another restaurant to go to and the restaurant can try to get a different customer despite the negative press they receive.

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    Stuart hayward

    Fadamor & Educator60

    Is it so much to expect people to realise the word terrorism was not invented on September 11th 2001 and actually has a history of use to it, or is that too much to expect of the average reddit user?

    The earliest use of the word terrorism identified by the Oxford English Dictionary was in 1795. Terrorism: Extraordinary violence against civilians to further a political cause.

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    CrazyJoe

    South Korea cannot truly be considered an advanced nation, unless it puts the safety of its citizens above all else and its citizens also put safety above all else.

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    puregaijin

    Yup. Rightly said boots on the ground. Better than anything else. Especially for places where donations and aid can leak off sometimes, without getting to the needy. They will also send precious feedback as to what's really needed. Practically. On the ground. Good job, Japan.

    Posted in: Helping hand for Nepal

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    japan4life

    Wow this is great news! Now Japan will be in a position to help the U.S. win its first war in 70 years and the U.S. will be in a position to allow Japan to participate in its first war in 70 years. A win win situation. I can imagine all of those young JSDF personnel salivating at the thought of finally getting combat experience. Spending billions of dollars a year supporting U.S. troops is nice but nothing says I Love You like spilled blood.

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    richmich7868

    TATSUWASHI. 15 years in japan?? You should know better. I also 15 years in japan. 15 years in the food services industry too. When Japanese make a reservation, they believe it gives them the right to turn whenever they want, as a table will be waiting. The time of the reservation is not an arrival time, it's a time when the table is available for them to show up at their leisure. Quite often guests of Japanese customers will arrive late, with various excuses, The must common..... Delayed at work.

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    smithinjapan

    tinawatanabe: No, tina, it's pure racism and discrimination. Wouldn't expect you to realize that, though.

    Just take away their stars. All their is to it. If they say the problem is not being able to speak Japanese but the person discriminated against is a fluent speaker and the STILL cause problems, it's discrimination.

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    Christopher Glen

    John Rabe saved about 250,000 Chinese. I think he comes out trumps in the humanitarian business, Mr Abe

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    tinawatanabe

    Pure racism.

    No. Pure business. You open up your restaurant in Tokyo and see for yourself.

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    scoobydoo

    Would by an apple over any thing on the market now. For the time being stuck with Crapdroid

    Posted in: Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales

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    Thunderbird2

    So basically we are discriminated on the grounds that we will not turn up for the reservation, but Japanese people will? Pure racism.

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    divine intervention

    Some posters here must have "superior foresight" giving them an advantage over those "stupid" international institutions buying all that JGB "toilet paper" that has surged in demand recently because of widespread zero interest rates.

    Posted in: Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns

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    sensei258

    Once you test negative, insist that any potential partner take the test.

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    albaleo

    They probably have a blacklisting policy for local no-shows in place as well which we're simply not privy to.

    I was wondering about that. Given the snobbery of Michelin ratings, I was wondering how bookings over the phone from heavily-accented Osaka residents are treated. "From Kishiwada? Let me look. I'm sorry, but we appear to be full on that day."

    While this was certainly discrimination, my anger is tempered by the lazy bugger getting his secretary to make the booking. I would be amused if a restaurant had a general policy of not accepting bookings placed by people's secretaries.

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    Guy_Jean_Dailleult

    A thoroughly wrong statement.

    Feel free at any time to give your explanation of why it is wrong. But as the money supply consists of 1) money created through loans by commercial banks and 2) money created through government spending, matched to an equivalent issuance of government bonds, the government debt and the net private sector financial assets are by definition the same. And that means any explanation you can come up with will by definition be wrong.

    Such behaviour is not without consequences.

    Such behavior is how every country in the world operates. It is logically and mathematically impossible for the system to operate in any other way. Any consequences that occur are due to the fact those in charge around the world either don't understand that reality (they think there is still a gold standard in place) and so make irrational policy decisions, or do understand the reality and use that understanding to line their own pockets by feeding at the trough.

    When even the ratings agencies who mis-rated mortgage securities have figured out that Japan has problems, that is an alarm bell.

    They haven't figured out a thing. If they had they would stop making fools of themselves.

    Posted in: Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns

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    scoobydoo

    Discmination certainly, but my experience is that the Michelin rating seems to be more stars, more cost, less service and food that is less than average in quality. I think its the tyre Michelan more than the food Michilin that makes the rating.

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    I guess I can join the dissing bandwagon, but just bashing is no fun so let's write something that will get me downvoted instead.

    First, regardless of your feelings, this Mizutani is betting real money on its choice. Forget bad mouthing by annoyed Westerners, they are turning away business and eating a cost for it. They choose to accept that loss apparently thinking it'll be the lesser one. They are putting cash where their mouth is and their critics aren't.

    Second, examining the common solutions of "credit-card guarantees" or the like, let's take their implicit assumption - locals are sufficiently more reliable that fewer guarantees are needed. You might disagree, perhaps based on personal experience, but again remember they are willing to back their bet with cash and you haven't shown that yet.

    If that's the case, then insisting on resolving it with universal standards in effect shafts the better-behaved group, forcing them to suffer to conform to a Lowest Common Denominator. Is that fair?

    Is discussing issues like this more worthwhile than just bandwagon bashing?

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    Spanki

    The restaurant is handling this badly and they need not.. Just be more upfront and ask if the customer speaks Japanese (or has a Japanese speaker in the group) b) Tell them a deposit will be taken from their credit card at the time of booking, which is non-refundable after a certain time. It's a classic case of walking into a PR disaster unnecessarily.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    tonttu2012

    I am anxious to read a transcript of his speech in (official) English translation. Is it going to be published somewhere?

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    sensei258

    I bet there was a lot of laughing and retakes during the production of that video.

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    CH3CHO

    The market is unimpressed by Fitch. 10 year JGB gained in value and is traded at 0.295% pa. This means the total interest payment for the 10 year period is just 2.95% of the principle.

    As long as the notes are denominated in yen, there is no worry about default.

    Posted in: Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns

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    Alex80

    There's a Hollywood movie about him, like for Schindler.

    Not Hollywood, a German/French/Chinese movie. I corrected myself.

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    sensei258

    If you don't like your job, look for another. But don't quit until you have another position to move into.

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    LFRAgain

    It's me who is shocked at such a slow response by global community when people are pleading for aid even after 72 hrs.

    You are aware of Nepal's actual geographic location, aren't you? Just checking.

    Posted in: Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

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    sensei258

    I've heard about this hero. He's like a Japanese Oskar Schindler. In the beginning he was doing official documentation on passports and such. At the end, he was staying up all night and signing notes on scraps of paper. His name was all the immigrations folks needed to see.

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    sillygirl

    A well travelled co worker with a masters degree said to me, "maybe they don't speak english and are worried or embarrassed " and I mentioned that when Japanese travel abroad they are welcomed at restaurants, stores and other establishments although the locals don't speak Japanese. This kind of behavior cannot be excused with such rubbish.

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    tinawatanabe

    What does Abe being invited to congress have to do with rule of law?

    Abe being demanded to apologize over something settled by law is against rule of laws.

    That would be the morally correct thing to do.

    Japan knows what's morally correct thing to do. .

    Then Japan can improve relations with its neighbors.

    Japan is improving relations with USA and China. Haven't you notice?

    Which American site did this poll show up on?

    JapanToday

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    Guy Jincarde

    Such a small, small man...

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    Sabrage

    I think of a meadow of long sweeping grass, a running brook and a skylark's shrill song on a spring's day in the mountains.

    Then another email pops up...

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    zones2surf

    @Theo Lubbe:

    No, you're practically-guaranteed to have done so. To say otherwise is to imply that you have never once looked at a dining establishment while out on the town and not felt compelled to immediately choose it as your place of dining for the evening over any other place, so as to not discriminate against it. That you have never once chosen one product over another because of some personal reason, even if something so simple as a price difference.

    Huh? Sorry, I am completely confused by this. What are you trying to say? I don't understand. I am saying that I have never booked multiple restaurants in advance and then decided on the night which one I am going to go to. How does your comment relate to that?

    They already have this, it only applies to non-nationals.

    Really? Where did you read that in the article? They said that you had to make a reservation through a credit card company. That is completely different from making a reservation directly with the restaurant and providing a credit card number/information to guarantee the reservation. Two very different things.

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    sensei258

    We can talk about this until we're blue in the face, but nothing will happen to this guy (Notice that they left out his name) other than a polite verbal reprimand (maybe). "Hey, try not to get caught next time. And that excuse, it's getting old, can't you make up something else?"

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    Alex80

    Maybe they could hail John Rabe, the Nazi hero of the Nanking massacre at the same time. He established a safe zone where Chinese citizens could take refuge - and saved thousands of lives.

    There's a Hollywood movie about him, like for Schindler.

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    Christopher Glen

    Maybe they could hail John Rabe, the Nazi hero of the Nanking massacre at the same time. He established a safe zone where Chinese citizens could take refuge - and saved thousands of lives. It cuts both ways Japan

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    Theo Lubbe

    @zones2surf No, you're practically-guaranteed to have done so. To say otherwise is to imply that you have never once looked at a dining establishment while out on the town and not felt compelled to immediately choose it as your place of dining for the evening over any other place, so as to not discriminate against it. That you have never once chosen one product over another because of some personal reason, even if something so simple as a price difference.

    "but, rather, to institute a credit card guarantee system for all customers/reservations"

    They already have this, it only applies to non-nationals. They probably have a blacklisting policy for local no-shows in place as well which we're simply not privy to.

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    Guy Jincarde

    I can't believe this guy's bringing out his Toro Tartare and Caesar Sashimi Salad for Abe and Obama.

    Don't get me wrong - I like it. But I just don't think it's an appropriate starter on this occasion.

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    sensei258

    Why did they wait so long before doing something? 50 calls wasn't enough?

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    Achernar

    Another example of Japanese racism, which has grown much worse since Abe became prime minister. Even when the reservation is made by a Japanese on behalf of a long-term resident and fluent Japanese speaker.

    It just goes to show no matter how long you live in Japan and now matter how hard you try to integrate, you'll never be fully accepted.

    The Michelin stars should be revoked.

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    Serrano

    "I'll stick to Kura Sushi."

    Hear, hear!

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    Sensato

    I remember not long after the movie Schindler's List came out in 1993 Sugihara's name was suddenly in the newspapers as Japan's Schindler. So, that was the first time I had heard of him.

    According to Wikipedia: "In 1947, the Japanese foreign office asked him to resign, nominally due to downsizing. Some sources, including his wife Yukiko Sugihara, have said that the Foreign Ministry told Sugihara he was dismissed because of "that incident" in Lithuania."

    "Sugihara died ... at a hospital in Kamakura, on 31 July 1986. In spite of the publicity given him in Israel and other nations, he remained virtually unknown in his home country. Only when a large Jewish delegation from around the world, including the Israeli ambassador to Japan, showed up at his funeral, did his neighbors find out what he had done. He may have lost his diplomatic career but he received much posthumous acclaim.

    "

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    Sunrise777

    Chiune Sugihara saved 6000 jews. A lieutenant general of the Imperial Japanese Army Kiichiro Higuchi saved 20000 jews. Nazi protested to Higuchi's boss, Hideki Tojo, against Higuchi's act. But Tojo rejected Nazi's protest.

    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kimama08/e/936f0c897a59c533954c91605e0404ca

    Sugihara was fired not because his act but because his rank as officer. He was not elite bureaucrat but rank-and-file bureaucrat. In those days, Japanese government fired a lot of rank-and-file bureaucrats because of financial deficit.

    Sugihara worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan until 1947 without penalty. The Ministry remarked formally that Sugihara was not fired because of his good deed.

    http://blog.guts-kaneko.com/2007/05/post_261.php

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    zones2surf

    @John-san:

    That really is such a stereotype and a generalisation. It is not something I have ever done in Japan and I am a foreigner. I am certain that there are many other long-term resident foreigners who would never dream of being so inconsiderate.

    However, again, the remedy is not to discriminate by nationality, but, rather, to institute a credit card guarantee system for all customers/reservations. Problem solved.

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    Achernar

    Sugihara is indeed a hero for what he did.

    But while Abe is happy to hail the noble things done by Japan, he refuses to accept the darker side of Japan's WWII legacy. This story is just another example of Abe's hypocrisy.

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    Gary Raynor

    Imanishi E.Apr. 28, 2015 - 05:28PM JST

    If one does not like a policy of any establishment, don't go there. Vote with your feet.

    There's lots of good old Dixie boys in the deep south of the USA, who spent their weekends dressed and hooded in the family bed sheet, who wished the US Federal government had taken the same attitude. circa 1965.

    Dammmmm human enlightenment, human rights and human progress.

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    clamenza

    If I were married to this woman and she spoke to me like that, I'd put her over my knees and paddle her behind.

    Either that or you would sulk in the corner like a child. Im guessing the latter.

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    Asakaze

    Madverts, old chum, long time no hear! Nice to see you again.

    But you disappointed me this time.

    You have seen Obama cruising in countries he illegally invaded and annexed?

    Of course not!! Can you imagine Obama visiting freshly bombed Libya, "I brought you democracy!"?? And give me the long list of countries Putin "illegally invaded and annexed", I'll be obliged. Here on this forum lurks one funny russophob, call sign scipantheist, intellectually a pale shadow of you, he several times on different threads promised to give the list of countries Putin has invaded. I asked him two or three times to do it, but to no avail. May be you will enlighten me.

    since you were denying the Russian army was carving up Ukraine

    Yes, I deny it. You have proof otherwise? Allright, share with me and I'll change my opinion.

    One question. What do normal countries do when invaded? Declare a state of war, severe all connections with the agressor, right? And what Ukrainians do? President Poroshenko chats with Putin and keeps making money with his chocolate business in Russia, Ukraina keeps buying Russian gas (not neglecting to demand discounts), hundreds of thousands (may be a million, nobody knows exact numbers) of Ukrainians fled to Russia. Typical agression, huh?

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    mrkobayashi

    Puke, top 15? Kei has beaten all of the top 3 players, and has won 2 out of 5 matches against Djokovic.

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