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KabukiloverSep. 25, 2016 - 06:45PM JST
Denial of crimes against humanity take many forms. This is one of them. No Japanese with any sense of decency should object to the statue of the comfort woman. It is a reminder of what imperial Japan did to Korea. It is also a symbol of mourning.
Posted in: Fukui mayor cancels trip to S Korea over 'comfort women' statue
KabukiloverSep. 22, 2016 - 08:14PM JST
We end this quickly. Stop and frisk is unconstitutional.
Posted in: Trump praises 'stop-and-frisk' police tactic
KabukiloverSep. 21, 2016 - 11:12PM JST
What seems obvious to me is that Kuroda does not know what he is doing but is acting by necessity as if he knows what he is doing. Please note that that the Abe government's economic policies have not worked. Printing money? Helped exporters and screwed importers, thus raising prices. The people, as I predicted they would, spent less money. Sellers had to make adjustments, which was usually to give less for their money in some way. Finally, the yen rose again. Certainly Britain's vote to leave the EU hastened this. But it would have happened away because you simply cannot keep printing money forever to keep a currency low. Well, good luck Kuroda. But if you are going to screw the people with your economy policies I can only hope you fail.
Posted in: BOJ adds long-term interest rate target to massive asset-buying program
KabukiloverSep. 20, 2016 - 11:29AM JST
I have no reason at present to doubt these statistics. I understand all the barriers that keep potential couples from being alone. It has always been this way. It is also true that if you want to make love you will find a way to do it in fairly comfortable privacy. I believe, though I cannot prove it, that this self-imposed celibacy is part of the disengagement of the post-bubble burst economy's limited hopes world. If you know you will never have nice things the best you can do is avoid problems that will complicate your life. No car, no children, no marriage and no sex, which can bring equal amounts of pleasure and distress. All the freely available sexual stimulation is of little use apparently to inspire coupling in an age group that is at its sexual peak.
Here is an interesting thought. Have a survey asking how many Japanese are engaged in some kind of same-sex relationship. Consider that a same-sex relationship will foster intimacy but cannot biologically produce children and does not have the pressures of marriage attending it.
Of course, people could be fibbing on those surveys. Even though they are anonymous, there is always the fear of being found out. Japan is a nation of masks. Masks only confess in novels.
Posted in: 40% of young Japanese single adults are virgins: poll
KabukiloverSep. 17, 2016 - 10:38AM JST
On the positive side. Public education is uniform from Okinawa to Hokkaido. There are inequalities but not the the "savage inequalities" you find in the U.S. Unlike the U.S., Japanese schools are not patrolled by cops, ready to handcuff children at the slightest infraction. With Japan's strict gun laws you do not have to worry about school shootings as you do in the US.
On the negative side. Too much emphasis is put on cramming. Students are overburdened with homework. The great shame is that with all the cramming you have to go to juku if you want a good university education. Rational discussion and critical thinking are put on the back burner or simply neglected. The Japanese English teachers who do not know English make English education less than it should be.
By the time Japanese enter university many are burned out and learning resistant. This brings down the level of university education. There are discipline problems in Japanese universities. Sleeping in class, talking, doing homework or texting, "escaping" after roll call. And then there are the Japanese English teachers who do not know English, sometimes less than the students. English study in universities is largely remedial.
The terrible thing is that Japanese style schooling has influenced so-called educational reform in the U.S. The U.S. now resembles Meiji Japan when standardized tests were thrown at you at every grade. Cram schools have spouted everywhere. In my hometown the local bicycle shop in my neighborhood has been replaced by a cram school from Japan.
Interestingly, my university students generally remember their school days fondly. They write about lasting friendships and certain teachers who inspired them.
That said, there is, in my view, a cast of intellectual disability pervading this country for which the cram and don't think schooling system is to blame.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school?
KabukiloverSep. 12, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
The might be a sign that the Chinese economy is about to crash.
Posted in: Last-minute cancellation by Chinese tour groups driving businesses crazy
KabukiloverSep. 10, 2016 - 11:16AM JST
No, you cannot blame the police as they are only doing their prescribed job. The culprit is entirely to blame for the death of the innocent cyclist. Having said that, there has got to be an alternative to car chases that too often result in innocent people dying. This is problem the police have an obigation to consider and to solve.
Posted in: Stolen car, being chased by police, hits and kills 74-year-old cyclist; driver arrested
KabukiloverSep. 08, 2016 - 07:54AM JST
Koizumi as ex PM has turned out to be a good guy, ready to expose the truth about Fukushima. Will he be Japan's Jimmy Carter.
Posted in: Koizumi backs sick U.S. sailors who blame Fukushima radiation
KabukiloverSep. 06, 2016 - 10:42AM JST
The smart phone zombie problem preceded Pokemon. Stupid high school kids on bicycles with ear phones and concentrating on their smart phones. Stupid slow drivers weaving in the fast lane while texting. Geezers with noses rubbing the smart phone screen bumping into you. The best solution I can think of a the moment is to pass a law against using a smart phone or any cell phone while in motion in a public place. Then take the smart phones away from those pests!
Posted in: What to do about mindless smartphone zombies?
KabukiloverSep. 06, 2016 - 10:21AM JST
Japan did not just decline the offer of the two islands. It was pressured by the U.S. not to accept.
Posted in: Putin: Japan once passed up chance to take back two disputed isles
KabukiloverSep. 04, 2016 - 10:27AM JST
Oh yes. We signed into a gym to swim and it was a chamber of horrors. The pool was divided into narrow lanes and each lane will divided into a left and right lane. We quit, needless to say.
Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide
KabukiloverSep. 04, 2016 - 10:25AM JST
The so-called expert Daie Klein said: "“Their focus was on safety or safe operation, not necessarily a choice of words.” This is hogwash. Wording and safety have noting to do with each other. They could have said the truth, it was a meltdown, that they were trying to stabilize the situation. No, TEPCO was more terrified of public opinion than the meltdown. Well, fact is, they did not have to say it. We pretty much guessed it.
KabukiloverSep. 04, 2016 - 10:14AM JST
Quote: "...Japan revised the law to ban possession of child pornography, partly in an effort to clean up its image ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. " In short this revision of the law is cosmetic and apparently only intended to made Japan look good when thousands of tourists will presumably flood this country to see the Olympics. It is not really for the protection of the girls discussed in the above article. It goes nowhere near the heart of the problem:the miserable thugs who are sexually exploiting girls and getting rich from it.
Posted in: Exhibition puts Japan's child prostitution in the limelight
KabukiloverSep. 02, 2016 - 09:20AM JST
This is familiar. Generalization via anecdotes. One can stack anacdotes to "prove" and group of people are outstandingly violent. Stacking anacdotes with an absence of any sort rational research suggests the this was an article written purely for sensation. It unfairly singles out a particular age group for derrision.
Posted in: Explosive seniors who erupt in murderous rages
KabukiloverAug. 29, 2016 - 07:49PM JST
When you need an excuse use the public. Whether the majority of Japanese want or do not want the death penalty (an open question) it should be abolished as it violates contemporary international standards of justice. The reason truly civilized countries (and states in the U.S.) have abolished capital punishment that it is ineffectual in stopping capital offenses and can in fact be as cruel and unjust as any capital offense. Poor innocent people are executed, who are either innocent of the crime they are accused of, or are mentally challenged, or in fact never committed what would constitute a capital offense.
Capital punishment poisons the body politic, as it helps make what could be a humane society into a vengeful society.
Certainly criminals must be punished. But when punishment is given there should be an open question if the person might be innocent or at least mentally diminished.
Consider also who is executed and who is not. In the majority of cases it is someone without wealth or power.
Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.
KabukiloverAug. 26, 2016 - 04:19PM JST
Duterte was elected democratically. Yet, his extrajudicial killing have made his country equal to or worse than North Korea.
Posted in: Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2016 - 10:27PM JST
The question boils down to this: was the university in question negotiating in good faith? The Panel's indicates it was not. Question of about speaking Japan because this is Japan are beside the point. The Panel was, I assume, following Japanese labor law.
KabukiloverAug. 23, 2016 - 11:46AM JST
Thank you gun nuts for creating problems for those of us Americans who visit Canada without guns.
Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home
KabukiloverAug. 21, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
China has not been entirely peaceful. Here is a list of China's wars and skirmishes since 1962 from Wikipedia.
Sino-Indian War (1962)
Nathu La and Cho La incidents (1967)
Sino-Soviet border conflict (1969)
1969 - Zhenbao Island
Sino-Vietnamese War (1979)
1974 - Battle of the Paracel Islands
1979 - First Battle of Lang Son
1979 - Battle of Lao Cai
1979 - Second Battle of Lang Son
1979 - Battle of Cam Duong
1979 - Battle of Cao Bang
1979 - Battle of Quan Ninh
1988 - Johnson South Reef Skirmish
Frankly, if China gets into a war with Japan or anybody it is going to be a bloody mess, not just interns of human casualties but also economically, considering China's financial interrelationship with the rest of the world. The Chinese should abide by The Permanent Court of Arbitration and lighten up. Really.
KabukiloverAug. 21, 2016 - 12:54PM JST
Give equal time and publicity to female athletes as male athletes.
Posted in: What can Tokyo learn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as it prepares to host the 2020 Games?
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Sep. 27, 2016 - 05:38AM JST
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as if electro cars were something only America is developing,…
Posted in: Japan-EU trade talks may proceed on possible EU concession on autos
Sep. 27, 2016 - 05:26AM JST
Bold move to ensure US companies can do as they like, get that many countries talking…
Posted in: U.S. guidelines on self-driving cars get good reception at G-7
Sep. 27, 2016 - 05:16AM JST
Japan is definitely an outlier among advanced nations when it comes to suicide rates
Posted in: 17-yr-old boy jumps to death in front of train in Saitama
Sep. 27, 2016 - 04:58AM JST
I blame Japanese "education." It destroys the ability to think.
It's not Japanese education that's the…
Posted in: Let’s get rid of smartphone use while walking.
Sep. 27, 2016 - 04:33AM JST
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Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims
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