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Saxon SaluteFeb. 06, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
So when Abe said he wanted more women in prominent roles, he meant his own hand-picked nut-cases.
Posted in: NHK governor praises rightist's suicide in 1993 as glorifying emperor
Saxon SaluteFeb. 05, 2014 - 02:57PM JST
I was out drinking with a 27-year-old girl on Friday night. The subject of Abenomics and Abe in general came up. She told me that not only did she dislike Abe and all he stood for, her entire circle of friends did too. I was quite surprised, but she reminded me that the LDP is elected by an unconstitutional system which allows elderly people (particularly) in the countryside to skew the vote. 1 vote in the countryside is worth about 2.3 votes in the city.
A majority of Japanese adults did not vote for Abe, but a majority of those who voted (mainly the elderly) elected him. So old fogies like Hyakata represent the Japanese voting public, but we shouldn't make the mistake of believing they represent a majority of Japanese. Face it, if you are young and female, you are not represented here at all, and there is nothing to vote for. Old women vote Abe and LDP, younger women don't vote, thus we have the politicians and "public servants" that have been voted for.
Posted in: NHK manager's Nanjing denial no problem, gov't says
Saxon SaluteJan. 31, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
aussie-musashi, some of those posters have been defaced near where I live.
Posted in: NHK chief apologizes in Diet for 'comfort women' comments
Saxon SaluteJan. 31, 2014 - 04:46PM JST
I could swear I just read the words, "NHK, truth and journalism" in one sentence. NHK has long been a government mouthpiece. Now it is little more than a propaganda channel run by a man Abe "backed", with Japan's new secrecy laws in place to further prevent any truth spilling out. The suppression of free speech is part of Abe's agenda, so no wonder at all that an opinion different from Abe's was hushed.
Saxon SaluteJan. 28, 2014 - 01:32PM JST
70% only? I thought around 85% would feel this way by now. In April we will have tax increases, then again the following April, and probably again and again and again. There is no "Abenomics", there is only the normal LDP policies of weakening the yen and spending borrowed money on pork-barrel projects. Meanwhile prices will rise (inflation) due to monetary easing, but salaries will not rise for most because there is no improvement in the domestic economy. Japan needs inflation to service its debt, but Abe's policies were not made with the majority in mind and will do nothing good for the vast majority of Japanese, particularly the retirees who voted for him, and the working families.
Posted in: Over 70% say they don't feel any benefit from Abenomics: poll
Saxon SaluteJan. 22, 2014 - 10:56AM JST
Strangerland, quite right. None of these silly articles written for Japanese audiences can get their heads around the idea that a non-Japanese person is not a white American, just like ANA couldn't.
Posted in: Things Japanese women love (and hate) about Japanese and foreign guys
Saxon SaluteJan. 21, 2014 - 04:49PM JST
Strangerland, it's not just the reading, it's the meeting. In my 20 years in Japan, meeting someone happily married to a Japanese girl (Japanese or non-Japanese hubby) is something of a rarity. Most people I know earn a reasonable salary, 500,000 a month minimum I would think, but the wives still take it all and hand them a pittance, particularly the Japanese professionals I know. My best friend here is a Japanese doctor, and he doesn't even own a wallet. Mind you, he is very happily married, whereas most people I meet seem not to be. Some salaried workers I know earn 10-million-yen a year easily, but put up with a system of only having 30,000-yen a month for themselves. Lunch is a bento or a conbini sandwich and onigiri. It's their choice to be treated like this, but they say their wives are too unpleasant to discuss things with. If non-Japanese go the Japanese way, they end up very unhappy in my experience, and the complaints are not about wifey eating tofu, not by a long shot.
Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife
Saxon SaluteJan. 21, 2014 - 02:07PM JST
Quite a few non-Japanese I know give their entire salary to their wives, beg her for some pocket money when they want to go out, then complain about this state of affairs. When I ask them why they don't give her house-keeping instead of entire salaries, they ask me, "Do you have any idea how unpleasant my wife can be?" I then ask them why they are married to this woman if she is so unpleasant, and they tell me that if they attempted divorce, they would never see their children again. In the vast majority of cases foreign men can be happily married to Japanese women, but this is tested when children are involved. Japanese men tell me the same thng though. They wouldn't divorce because of their children and the social stigma, but they find their wives unpleasant the majority of the time. It sounds like most Japanese and non-Japanese men are unhappily married to Japanese women. The Japanese have the least sex of anywhere according to resent surveys and the most sexual dissatisfaction going. No wonder foreign spouses who weren't ready to be treated as ATMs and didn't want the sex button switched off so early have issues.
Saxon SaluteJan. 20, 2014 - 03:47PM JST
I don't find this offensive, just pathetic. Did they ask a single non-Japanese person about changing their international appeal? I fly ANA to London, and it is easily the best economy flight going. It whips JAL, BA and VA. It has a 34-inch seat pitch in economy and the seat reclines in its own shell. It is luxury compared to the others. I wouldn't ever fly economy again with any of them. Why doesn't ANA show off its additional space and comfort to appeal to westerners instead of the traditional big nose and blond wig? Do not avoid ANA because of this silly ad. Avoid crappy airlines that want to crush your legs for 12 hours before you avoid ANA!
Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial
Saxon SaluteJan. 11, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
Man U were a footballing goliath until they met their David. In all fairness though, Moyes did not inherit a brilliant young squad of hungry players. Sir Alex should have strengthened MU over the last two seasons, but he didn't. Moyes does not have a squad that can compete with Man City or Chelsea, neither does he have the funds to compete with several others. MU was a great side due to the depth and strength of their squad, for which Ferguson deserves a lot of credit. But when Ferguson came in and had to rebuild, he didn't get instant success either. Moyes deserves a good chance and some real money to spend.
Posted in: Rooney issues rallying cry to United faithful ahead of Swansea clash
Saxon SaluteJan. 07, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
£1 = US $ 1.6397 . 30000 pounds does not equal 36000 US dollars.
I think it looks okay. The current ones are iconic, but due a more modern look.
Posted in: Nissan unveils black taxi model for London
Saxon SaluteJan. 06, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
Mitch Cohen, it is B, but he also suffers from A to be fair to him.
Posted in: Abe wants to explain Yasukuni visit to China, S Korea
Saxon SaluteDec. 11, 2013 - 04:35PM JST
Just google Monty Python's Galaxy Song and you'll get all the answers you need, sort of. I've played this to a lot of Japanese students in my time:
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the 'milky way'
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
We go 'round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth
Posted in: Japanese college students struggle to answer basic astronomy questions
Saxon SaluteDec. 11, 2013 - 02:58PM JST
Could signing up for this result in the import of dry-roasted peanuts? If so, it has my full support.
Saxon SaluteDec. 05, 2013 - 04:46PM JST
I've done it, so have 2 of my brothers and many of my friends. The main problem is night vision, with slight halos and small starbursts at night. I am uncomfortable driving at night after Lasik, but I don't know anyone who has had other problems. My advice is to check several clinics and make sure you're comfortable with one. If performed badly, you could lose your sight completely, but there is no risk of this if you go to a well-reputed clinic. As with all things, cheapest is not necessarily best.
Posted in: Gov't calls attention to risks of Lasik surgery
Saxon SaluteDec. 05, 2013 - 03:24PM JST
ozymandias, I totally agree. I have never been so disappointed with any nation's food as I have been with Japan's. Japanese cuisine has 2 basic varieties: bland and slightly salty. I admit it's healthy, but that's about it. They're really welcome to it as far as I'm concerned, especially the vegetables that taste like they've been in the sea for a while.
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
Saxon SaluteDec. 03, 2013 - 01:25PM JST
I don't think they're getting any worse. There were quite a few rude old people 20 years ago too.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
Saxon SaluteDec. 03, 2013 - 12:33PM JST
GW, me too. I banned the Japanese TV from even being switched on in my house many moons ago, so happily I don't even know who any of these announcers are. Hurray!
Posted in: 'Jejeje,' 'omotenashi,' 'baigaeshi,' 'imadesho' voted top buzzwords for 2013
Saxon SaluteDec. 02, 2013 - 04:33PM JST
Wonder if he's going to ban the black vans as terrorist instruments any time soon. No, didn't think so. It's all one way with the LDP and Japan's rightists. Protesting a vaguely-worded bill that removes our right to information and lessons personal freedoms is terrorism, driving around in black vans screaming for violence against ethnic Koreans (terrorising people) is tolerated.
Posted in: Ishiba under fire for comparing state secret bill protesters to terrorists
Saxon SaluteDec. 02, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
geronimo and others are spot on. Casinos will bring crime and misery. I can't think of many things I'd less rather do than sit in a boiling hot bath full of men, but replacing onsens with casinos is not a great idea.
Posted in: Hot springs are passe - Japan's tourist towns covet casinos
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Mar. 23, 2017 - 09:09PM JST
More quality gaijin...seems Brits/Yanks and perhaps Russians are prone to violence when they drink too much,…
Posted in: American man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, refusing to pay fare
London policeman who was stabbed have no gun. How on earth Policeman who was guarding for…
Posted in: 5 dead, 40 injured in attack at British Parliament
If you check the original story, you will find that the author has been in Japan…
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Would you approach a Policeman wielding a gun, in order to ask for directions, or looking…
Mar. 23, 2017 - 09:05PM JST
Why? Japan never explains it's statements about China or other Asian countries.
Posted in: Japan asks China's state-run TV to explain report on safety of Japanese food products
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