Pidestroika's past comments

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    Pidestroika

    smithinjapan: If you read the news, S. Korea is complaining about the education quidelines and most of the posts, including yours, agree with what S. Korea says. If you don't think that S. Korea and China are education model countries, do you have some other country in mind that Japan should emulate? Are school textbooks in England full of attrocities commited by the British colonial army? Do they sing the national anthem every morning and raise their flag? Don't know, do tell us. I have no idea why you mention Russia. Did Vlad complain about the Japanese textbooks too?

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  • -9

    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. For example, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the daily singing of the national anthem in Chinese schools accompanied by flag up-downs and daily drilling of the atrocities commited by the evil Japanese during the War. That's good patriotism that promotes critical thinking and should be encouraged. Similar things in Japan without a daily reminding of the atrocities accompanied by repentance, contrition and perhaps one moment of silence facing the direction of the city of Nanking and a bucket of tears in front of Ianfu statues raised in every Japanese school, that's ultra-nationalism. Interesting. Should the teachers and textbooks in Japanese schools first get a screening and an aproval from S. Korea and China? Even better, if English is tought by English teachers, should Chinese and Korean teachers be apointed to Japanese schools to teach history and geography? Perhaps this is what it takes to make Japan's neighbors to stop complaining. Personally I think the North Korean version of history, geography and science is the BEST and should be tought all over the world. Hey, why not? It's all a matter of correct perception!

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  • 1

    Pidestroika

    Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

    The robot got cleaner due to radiation?

    Posted in: Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    Yamaguchi-san, there is no plural in "aircraft". "Airplanes" yes, "aircrafts" no.

    Posted in: Japan to boost coast guard to defend East China Sea islands

  • 1

    Pidestroika

    Without even a hint of denying the atrocities committed by the Japanese Army (NOT Japan) or the existence of sexual slaves, I admit I fail to understand how exactly women forced into prostitution and their sufferings are exactly equal to the mass extermination of a whole ethnic group based on their race and religion or the attacks with atomic weapons on largely civilian populations. I don't understand the logic behind the constant claim of Korean nationalists and some comments here that the statues of sex-slave women are exactly equal to holocaust memorials and if the latter exist then the former should exist too. Or that somehow (in random order) Auschwitz=Nanking=Hiroshima=Ianfu and a memorial of one of these horrible events justifies the erection of memorials for the others. Wouldn't it help some wounds to heal more easily if these events were treated individually even though they happened during the same time period?

    Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community

  • 2

    Pidestroika

    Setting aside nationalists who don't want to change a single thing in Japan and money/time wasting committees, the old symbol for "onsen" is not one easily recognizable internationally. It could mean "hot soup", "liquid waste disposal facility" or even "nose diving jelly fish". Just because (some?) Westerners and permanent residents in Japan understand what it means, does not necessarily mean that visitors from ALL OVER THE WORLD will immediately grasp the meaning. So personally I understand the effort to improve on the symbol, and yes the new one is towards the more easily identifiable direction. To those who are more confused, how when you see the "male/female" symbol on a train station you immediately understand that it means WC? Having said that, googling "hot spring map symbol" shows only the old one and nothing else. I also agree that on maps etc a symbol explanation solves any misunderstanding. How about more important and urgent symbols like "hospital"? Will they keep the (red) cross symbol? Many Japanese maps don't have it.

    Posted in: Gov't reconsiders plan to change Japan's iconic hot spring symbol after backlash

  • 7

    Pidestroika

    I'll post after a very long time and disappear again. I'm "white" European (nothing to do with the Caucasus mountains) and have been stopped only once falling in the new-face-in-the-area category. The author obviously doesn't know what "profiling" is. They should go to Nippori where there is a constant hunt targeting Asians, especially Chinese and Koreans. I was never, ever, stopped there when Asians around me were constantly stopped and checked. Same thing happens to most people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, India etc. They are persistently checked wherever they are to the point of harassment. Also male Japanese bicycle riders in their 20s are constantly harassed by the police having their bicycles checked while elderly, salary-men or mothers with 3 children on the bike are never stopped.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    I'm not Christian and I wish people Merry Christmas. I celebrate Christmas as well. And by no means am I a rarity.

    Good for you. There are people though who do follow a religion, celebrate the birth of Jesus and don't just enjoy the lights and the presents. Have a good one.

    Posted in: Do you support calls in some countries to replace expressions like “Christmas tree” and “merry Christmas” with “holiday tree” and “happy holidays?”

  • -3

    Pidestroika

    Because I believe that "Merry Xmas" is a CHRISTIAN wish among CHRISTIANS and I am not. They pre-suppose I'm Christian based on the color of my skin or whatever. "Good intentions" shows the wish "happy holidays".

    Posted in: Do you support calls in some countries to replace expressions like “Christmas tree” and “merry Christmas” with “holiday tree” and “happy holidays?”

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    So you get peeved when people are sending good intentions your way?

    "Merry Xmas" means "enjoy Christmas". I'm not Christian and I don't celebrate Christmas.

    Seems weird.

    Yes, it does seem weird you don't understand what I'm trying to say. Supposing you're not Muslim, how would you feel if somebody wished you around July 17: "Eid Mubarak. May Allah blessings be with you today, tomorrow, and always." Or would you wish a guy from Saudi Arabia "Merry Xmas"? If they were annoyed, would you call that weird?

    Posted in: Do you support calls in some countries to replace expressions like “Christmas tree” and “merry Christmas” with “holiday tree” and “happy holidays?”

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    First of all nobody can force people to "replace expressions". People will keep wishing to each other any way they like. Having said, that I'm peeved (just peeved, not angry at all) when people who don't know me wish me automatically "Merry X'Mas" just because I'm hakujin and therefore I should be Christian, when I'm not. I would prefer to be asked first "Do you celebrate X'Mas?". I repeat I'm talking about people who don't know me. Because those who do just wish me "enjoy the holiday season and happy new year".

    I'm really happy living in Japan where religion plays such a small part in the every day life of the people.

    Posted in: Do you support calls in some countries to replace expressions like “Christmas tree” and “merry Christmas” with “holiday tree” and “happy holidays?”

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    Pidestroika

    For nuts of steel go to Yamato City!

    Posted in: Steel nut found in Kanagawa elementary school lunch

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    after "the walking dead", here come "the seafaring dead". The whole story could easily come out of or become a horror movie.

    Posted in: Boats with decomposed bodies recently found drifting off Japan

  • 1

    Pidestroika

    Yubaru - Putting aside the Greeks who 50+% speak English fluent enough due to the 25mil tourists visiting the country annually, what did the Chinese do when they hosted the Beijing Olympics? Did they ask their guests to change or did they try their best to accommodate them and make them happy (and take their money)? It seems there are people in Japan who feel uneasy or are clearly afraid because they think there's going to be a "foreign invasion" and they will be "required" to change. They see the Olympics and other issues (whale and dolphin hunting for example) as efforts by "foreigners" (who exactly?) to make the Japanese lose their identity and "uniqueness". Imagine the Japanese stop going to MacD and to start going to WenD because foreigners told them to! Other Olympic host countries saw the games as an opportunity to fix some things, put up a good show, attract investment and generally looked in the future. Some in Japan look in the past. Thankfully they are a minority.

    Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics

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    Pidestroika

    gogogo - how about Japanese realize that their foreign guests for the Olympics don't speak Japanese and are not interested to learn for the few days the games are held.

    Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics

  • 10

    Pidestroika

    The suggestions are all "Mediocre" as IJ would say. Last week I was at Nippori station taking my parents back to their home country when I discovered they had installed an excellent "Train Route Information" machine-thing. It looks like the ticket machine and is in English, French, Chinese and Korean (if I remember correctly). You type where you want to go and out comes a lovely little printed piece of paper like a bank receipt with instructions. Which line and track as well as estimated time and fare. Clear and precise and absolutely wonderful! Congrats to those who thought of that. More of these at major stations properly indicated (not just hidden at some dark corner) would be a great help to all visitors.

    Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics

  • 1

    Pidestroika

    First the "handicapped children", then the adult individuals with physical disabilities, then the mentally challenged...sounds like the first step to "keep the race clean". Do those who support her here like to sallute her "by extending the right arm in the air with a straightened hand"? I wonder?

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    Pidestroika

    No guns and no drugs. These are the only two reasons. The rest are just "suppositions and assumptions" as others very correctly mentioned put together by an Abe supporter. If there was easy access to guns as in the States we'd read of school massacres by bullied students every other week and turf wars by bosozoku gangs. Singapore is a multi-culture, multi-ethnic, multi-religion country as safe as Japan.

    Posted in: 10 factors that make Japan a safe country

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    No comedy at all! Because of these two A(capital)$#"%&' I was imobilized in Tabata for more than 40 mins and arrived home by taxi an hour later completely exhausted after a long day's work. Who's gonna pay me back the 2500yen of the taxi? Who's gonna compensate me for the all the trouble? Why JR doesn't give other passengers the right to sue these two for damages? I could use the 56yo drunk's house.

    Posted in: Irate passenger arrested after getting off train stopped between two stations

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    Pidestroika

    Bill Adams: when you've spent quite some time here in Japan and see the polite and delicate manner Japanese (not all ofcourse) interact with eachother and then...all of a sudden the switch goes on and they (not all ofcourse) behave awkwardly, blunt or utterly weird towards foreigners, then there are grounds to share the frustrations you've experienced, wishing they could at least just behave towards you as they behave towards eachother. In my konbini there is a clerk that always says "arashta" (the kombini version of "arigato gozaimashita") to every single customer except to non-Japanese like me to whom he says absolutely nothing. You can call this "paranoia" on my part or whatever you like. In my eyes the clerk lucks social skills. And I believe that's what this is all about. Is it rude for the Japanese to automatically speak English to any hakujin they see? Well, presumptuousness is indeed a form of rudeness. When you see a woman wearing a wedding ring you don't immediately ask how many children she has. You ask more delicately IF she has any children.

    Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan

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