JaneM's past comments

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    JaneM

    Clamenza, Guess that something in your eye is so big that all your sensibility is concentrated on it. Your (and others ' comments) here only show how what you are trying to prove (that gays have it easy) is not at all true.

    I hope that at some point in the not so distant future we will get to live in a world we're celebrities and ordinary people alike will not have to be talk about sexuality just because others speculate or spread rumours about it. And then we might not see comments by people who pretend to not care but keep commenting on the thread.

    Posted in: Kristen Stewart says coming out is worthwhile if she can help others

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    JaneM

    Sorry but this attitude is wrong. Literally offering breadcrumbs to those suffering a famine. (In reply to: I applaud the gov't for trying something.)

    So doing nothing is better?? Ever heard of "Better late than never?"

    I am not Japanese but being part of the workforce here I took a half day off and did spend some on things which I could not have bought otherwise because I had no time for visiting that particular store. So if it takes the government to "order" the people to take some time off, why not? The first time ever, you got mixed results. Not 100% negative ones. If you stick to it, people and companies will gradually warm up to the idea. All the power to those who promote and stick to the Premium Friday.

    Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results

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    JaneM

    My company encouraged us to use part of our paid holidays (we can take time off on hourly basis, too) and urged us not to set any meetings after 3 pm on The premium Friday.

    If you really like your job, as I do, you wouldn't want to leave at 3 p.m. anyway. There is nothing really for me to do.

    Hmm. Loving your job does not have to mean that there is nothing else to do or enjoy.

    While I am sure that many of my coworkers are hesitant, I am going to take full advantage of this. I love my job but I love to spend time on my hobbies, too.

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    JaneM

    Many of my colleagues tell me that they had to study English communication after they graduated from high school because the English they were thought was useless.

    I studied Spanish for 4 years in high school and my teacher was a native Spaniard. In uni I learned Russian and Chinese, again from native Russians and Chinese. Strangely enough, none of these extremely talented teachers required the presence of a white American head teacher. And I was schooled 30 years ago.

    While that is often the case and probably the best option for the student, I would say that having native English teachers is not a must in other parts of the world. Back home, my English and French teachers were non-native speakers. Yet, they had a close-to-perfect (if not perfect) understanding of the English grammar, huge vocabulary and were experienced speakers of the language. They had the knowledge a language teacher is supposed to have and therefore explain to his/her students the grammar/syntax, nuances in vocabulary/expressions/usage, etc. But then, there is a big gap between the standard of English speaking ability here and in Europe. “A-san can speak English,” said by a Japanese usually means that A-san can say hello and more often than not can connect English words with no regard for their grammatical function in the sentence. In Europe, when you say that Mr. B can speak English, it means that Mr. B can articulate his thoughts and opinions using correct grammar and appropriate expressions so that everybody who speaks the same language understands what he wants to say.

    @pidestroika: From most of the comments, especially those with many thumbs-up, I understand that whatever (history, geography...)is tought in Chinese and S. Korean schools is historically correct, right and patriotic, while the same thing in the Japanese schools is full of lies, wrong and nationalistic.

    Mm, no. That is not the point. The point is that Japan should not go down the road it took up to WWII. With one more country in the region which introduces nationalistic education, the future of this part of the world seems rather dark.

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    JaneM

    The people who take taxis still take taxis, and those who don't, still don't."

    Hmm, it depends. The other day I got a taxi for a distance which I would have otherwise walked just because the distance was within a kilometer and it cost only 400 yen. I guess there are quite a few people like me. Also people with young children, families that visit somebody in the neighborhood, etc. And the rainy season just a few months away followed by scorching summer days will most likely have a positive effect on the number of fares collected then.

    Posted in: Inside stories about those new cheaper short taxi rides

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    JaneM

    It is common knowledge that Monkasho is one of the most conservative government organizations but this time they did overdo themselves. Nothing good has and will come out of nationalistic teaching.

    Article: a 33-year-old government employee in the capital who has a 6-year-old son said it is “good” that children learn about the country they live in at an early stage.

    This government employee seems to lack the understanding (though "common sense" might be a better suited expression) that infants naturally learn about the environment they live in (Japan and all things Japanese in this case) as they grow up.

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    JaneM

    @Agent:Yet the economy continues to slowly tank and human rights are getting more and more eroded. The fact that anyone (let alone a majority) is 'satisfied' with Abe highlights that they are either uninformed, or we are not getting the full picture.

    People have been saying that about the economy for years but we are not waiting in queues for food or fighting for bread. True, Japan is over the babble boom and last year the economy grew by a mere one percent. Although it could have done better it still grew. If you read the article and stop to think for a second, you might realize that not everybody is satisfied with Abe per se but with how his meeting with GT turned out.

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    JaneM

    No surprises here. Abe used the typical Japanese way of placating the opponent and as somebody mentioned above, it turned to be his show at the end despite the broad smiles and Hollywood-like behavior of Trump.

    @ AgentX: That just tells me that at least 70% of the respondents are terribly uninformed.

    Well, I would love to know what evidence you have for the above statement (apart for the result of the survey.)

    It's pretty obvious that Japan is a quasi-democracy and when it comes to dissemination of information shares some values with the likes of North Korea, Russia and China.

    Yes. That is why you can express your opinion out loud every next time you feel like doing so without being bothered by the government for criticizing everything they do.

    @koiwai: Why not? Japanese voted Abe, and Trump is pretty similar to him.

    Wow!

    @ Mr.Noi: The Japanese are famous for their unfair, double standards, and that's what the data says to me loud and clear.

    Yeah, because all other nations are always fair and never think about their own interests.

    @ the Japanese people are a politically apathetic sheep-like population

    Just because you do not scratch the surface to see what is happening under it does not mean that things are not moving and people are uninformed apathetic sheeple. But been condescending does help you convince yourself of your superiority to the people in question, right?

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    JaneM

    Comment: So great, war with Mexico now?

    Retort: They had a great free ride for 40 years, about time their gravy train stopped. I wish I could say that stupid is as stupid does and be over with it but I am afraid we will be seeing much worse for some time.

    Posted in: White House: Trump comments on sending troops to Mexico 'lighthearted'

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    JaneM

    Nordeic503: I agree. Japan has no room to talk on this issue.

    Only that it is not Japan talking but one person who happens to be the president of a private enterprise and thus he is representative neither of the country nor of its government.

    Posted in: Rakuten CEO tweets Trump move to ban refugees makes him cry

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    JaneM

    njca: I dont think its right that Japan depends on the rest of the world to buy its products but then says FU when other countries need help.

    Well, I guess you should not forget the fact that Japan has actually been making a lot of contributions to countries in need (the list is too long to give it here). Yet, every country should have the right to decide what is best for them in any given situation. It seems that some of the members of the EU were not really happy with the "open door" policy which Mrs. Merkel (indirectly) imposed on them. Leave Japan decide what is best for them.

    kurisupisu: would vote yes with caveats To be part of society requires acceptance of norms of the host country

    Says the person who is always one of the first to jump against whatever the Japanese (government/companies/universities/ society, etc.) do and very eager to tell them why they are wrong on so many counts!

    @M3: We actually agree on this point. Refugees have absolutely no obligation to integrate, contribute or learn the local language.

    Obligations aside, I do not see how without learning the local language and integrating they can ever get out of the limbo which the refugee status puts them in. And why should not refugees be expected to contribute to the country which accepts them? If they are not expected todo so, then what gives them the right to expect (and even demand) acceptance and support from their host country?

    Posted in: In 2015, Japan accepted 27 refugees, including three Syrians, after some 7,500 people from 69 countries sought such status in Japan, according to the justice ministry. Do you think Japan should take in more refugees?

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    JaneM

    @article: But your purpose is to export Japanese brands abroad, so it makes sense to consult people on the receiving side? .... No, we don’t think that way. For example, if a French restaurant wants to open in Japan, do they consult Japanese experts? No. They also don’t create their menu and interior based on Japanese people’s preferences. They base it on their own brand’s image.

    The oddest comment ever made by someone regarding foreign restaurants in Japan. All the restaurants offering cuisine from my country have adjusted their recipes to match the taste of their Japanese customers. The same with most of the French and Turkish restaurants here: go try the same dishes in the country of their origin and compare the taste you get here!

    @article: I think Japan should start promoting its countryside to foreigners. Everything is currently centered in the big cities.

    JNTO has already begun promoting Japan's countryside. And a number of local authorities and local producers have been doing so for more than a year now. Which world does this guy live in?

    @david v: I can rest assured that "Cool Japan" will continue to fail to do anything more than provide another white elephant that the government can throw money at.

    Well, with the rapid growth of foreign visitors this year, too, I would not say that Cool Japan has failed. The point is that they need to adjust to the environmnet and not be stubornly set in their own ways. The world is changing and so should any organization which is trying to sell a product (be it a destination or anything else).

    Posted in: Cool Japan Fund CEO on what’s uncool about how Japan handles its cool

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    JaneM

    @John Michael Wgit: Fat is not cute.

    Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am glad these girls have the courage to stand up against stereotypes created mostly by the fashion industry. I have seen enough women who have been struggling to fight their genes by starving themselves repeatedly, trying bogous diets and what not.

    Only hope that they will change the menu of the monthly lunch they have with their fans.

    Posted in: Japan's pudgy pop stars take aim at obesity prejudice

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    JaneM

    @Aly:First thing that comes to my mind is hiring people (skilled or not) to do unskilled manual type of labor. If they happen to get a degree in agriculture, well, they're in for a surprise...

    You might not recognize it but there is much more to farming than picking weeds and sowing seeds. If you do not believe me, try growing rice (for example) for one year and see how much you harvest. The same with any other crop by the way. And the farming skills are not required only in Japan by the way. All developed countries that have a well-functioning agricultural sector do rely on the high skills of their farmers.

    Comments like yours only show how little you know about the subject in question and how little respect you have for the people who produce your food.

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    JaneM

    @bertie: Better relations with the neighbours? A big NO on both counts.

    Really? Then you must have somehow missed the fact that the newspapers do not report problems regarding the bilateral relations with the tow neighbours, that there have been meetings with Chinese and South Korean state officials that the Chinese have not looted Japanese shops in China for quite some time, that Japan again paid compensation to SK for the comfort women,etc.

    Abe was PM before and then had a health scare and now he is back.... He had a nervous breakdown. Somehow they are keeping him upright. Often he looks like he's going to flip again when things don't go his way.

    In fact, he never had a nervous breakdown. The first stint as a PM was terminated due to the (inofficial information) that his "sempais" at that time (those are no longer in the Diet now) would not let him work for his ideas. If anything, he is the one person as far from a nervous breakdown as any mentally sound person in the street can be.

    @scrote: Abe's policies have all failed, yet he remains popular due to the lack of an alternative. If only the opposition could get their act together instead of nit picking over what some old LDP fool said

    That is a very big IF. We all saw how capable the opposition was and how they started to backpeddle on their promices as soon as they won the election and how they not only did nothing but not even try to do anything during their time in power. Abe's policies... They have not achieved the results everybody at the JT forum hoped for but I guess that if they had not been implemented the country would be much worse off than it is at present. At least he is trying to get Japan out of the passive mode and turn it into a more active palyer. I have not heard any of my Japanese frineds complain about their economic situation during the past two years so I think this could be somewhat indicative of why his popularity has grown.

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    @juzetto:Also, learning Japanese and surviving in this hostile environment (I am Caucasian, got my PhD in Japan, female, with a great job and still encounter a ton of racism and discrimination...

    I am really tired d people making statements like the one above. How hostile is the environment here? Are threatened everyday by someone who thinks your religion or cultural background is different? Or do you have to struggle with violence while in Japan? Or do you have to fight for your food while you are here because you chose to stay? Even though you got your Ph. D. here, you have missed a bigger lesson which is that what you perceive as a hostile environment in Japan is INDEED your lack of understanding of the locals' shyness and their ways of trying not to create "mebdokusai" situations for people like you. Call me an apologist or whatever you like. Still, in the Japanese society reciprocity is very important and you usually get back what you give away. Do you still wander why some people make long-lasting friendships with local people and others think the environment is hostile?

    Posted in: Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families

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    JaneM

    A pretty bad translation. The person/s who translated it did not (probably have time to) give it any thought at all.

    @yakyak: The Japanese people have very little choice. They are told who to like and who not to like according to the news filters and stupid talk show hosts

    Believe it or not, last Saturday I had a girl’s party with a bunch of J ladies. They “surprised” me by saying that though he was not someone they would have voted for Trump’s bad image had been tremendously inflated by the mass media and there was indeed a lot of performance on his side during the campaign. They continued by adding that there seems to be reason in what he wants for the American people. Did not sound like they were told to think so.

    @igloobuyer: how could any sane person like someone who has all the traits we dislike about a person

    Are you implying that over half of the Americans are insane?

    @fxgai

    I see what you are trying to explain. In many cases the use of “ga” and “wa” is more important in translating a phrase than many foreigners would care to admit. Cleo, Thunderbird and Strangerland seem to know better.

    Posted in: Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as 'I hate Trump'

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    JaneM

    @smithinjapan: Can you vote, even with a permanent visa, and the fact that you pay taxes? No. Even if that somehow could be called "tolerance", how is it accepting?

    Smith, being allowed to vote or not has nothing to do with racism. If you so much want to have your voice heard naturalize, become a Japanese citizen and vote. Once you have your Japanese passport, your ethnic background will be irrelevant to your right to vote. I may be ignorant but I have not heard of a country which allows un-naturalized permanent residents to vote in national elections.

    Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report

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    JaneM

    @jonathan: I love my Japanese wife but I am still a full foreign guy to her eyes without consideration of my experience and knowledge acquired about that country and its wonderful people.

    And what is wrong with that? You will never be an ethnic Japanese. Your "foreign" genes cannot be changed, not in your lifetime? If anything, knowing the language and culture but still being a foreigner gives you the advantage of being accepted while your Japanese relatives and friends do not burden you with their high expectations of you to be exactly like them. I think this is called tolerance, not discrimination, not racism.

    Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report

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    JaneM

    @DieRealityCheck: reaching as far as up to Japanese (Young and old) who rarely come in contact with non-Japanese media and/or with foreigners themselves. This way, some of the issues deemed as racism might turn out to be some misunderstanding on either one side or both sides.

    Quite often this is the case but as F4HA604 mentioned above, the self-entitled touchy expats are never too quick to call it “racism.”

    @roughneck: Joking aside, the outcome of this survey is obvious. Without understanding the Japaneses culture, all foreigners think that Japanese are racist. Isolation is not racism. A closed society is not racist. They don't beat you up, because you are different. (…) Many elements of Japanese society is not easy for foreigners to adopt. And just because foreigners can not adopt it, doesn't mean the Japanese need to change it. Japan value their culture, their way of life. And all those who can not accept this, will always cry of racism.

    Haha. I totally agree with you. The foreigners who cry “racism” are not very keen on trying to understand the local culture and the reasons for the frustration of many Japanese when they have to speak/counteract with foreigners. The easiest way is to blame the locals and hint that in this godforsaken land nothing ever changes. It is also quite often the case that the Japanese are aware that parts of their culture are difficult to be accepted by people of different cultural background yet they (the Japanese) do not ridicule the foreigners who are so clumsy at “reading the air.” I can go on and on but I know that there will always be people who will try to establish their imaginary superiority by ridiculing the local people or writing derogatory comments about their way of life, customs, traditions, etc.

    @takeda: For starters, Japan should create laws to actually protect the rights of foreigners, like they were supposed to.

    But then somebody might say that creating laws only for foreigners is racist because ….. (feel free to complete the sentence as you see fit – I am sure you can find a thousand ways to prove why such a law would be racist.)

    @Phil: I hope they also ask whether we have seen other foreigners behaving inconsiderately or condescendingly towards Japanese. Much of the dislike of foreigners by Japanese is due to an inability of foreigners to perceive Japanese sensibilities, or to think they matter.

    This.

    Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report

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