Sensato's past comments

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    Sensato

    the State Department referred to Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi’s comments made in February last year that broadcast stations could be ordered to cease operations if they repeatedly present politically biased content.

    One year ago the State Department's concerns that Takaichi's remarks threaten freedom of speech and the press in Japan would have held some weight. Now, with the U.S. under the Trump administration these remarks coming from the U.S. are laughable, and reek of hypocrisy.

    The U.S. is no longer one to talk when it comes to encouraging other nations to adopt democratic ways.

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    In my country, the waiting staff bring the main dish for the entire table at the same time, even when the group of diners is fairly large. In Japan, I rarely if ever see that. Quite often, one person will be finished with their meal before the last person in the group gets theirs. This can be very frustrating dining with small children when the adults get their meal much earlier than the meals for the little ones are served.

    Also, in Japan they tend not to handle special requests very well. They pretty much give diners nothing more or nothing less than what is on the menu.

    Posted in: What are some differences you have observed between waiters and waitresses in restaurants and cafes in Japan and other countries and also the way in which customers treat them?

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    Here is a photo of one of the homeless encampments close to Rokugodate Station (六郷土手): https://i0.wp.com/tokyodeep.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01ae79a56f2a60970b757e70302297f0.jpg

    Posted in: Tokyo's homeless boast their own upscale neighborhood

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    This same kindergarten whipped up controversy in December 2016. The story which was reported in Japan Today has since been removed, but the comments remain. Here is the link:

    https://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/japanese-kindergarten-teaches-students-pre-war-ideals

    Apparently, Akie Abe and the Nippon Kaigi are involved with this kindergarten. Here is a investigative report on Tsukamoto Kindergarten, made after the previous controversy. The person who posted it to YouTube titled it "brainwashing kindergarten": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd_lz1gyP9g

    Here is video footage of Tsukamoto students chanting the the Imperial Rescript on Education (kyoiku chokugo; 教育勅語), which was the cause of the previous controversy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo_fxeRIER4

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    This is unpresidented, bigly.

    Posted in: Hey, Mr President: It's time to make spellcheck great again

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    Sensato

    Here is a link to the video of the 1,500 meter gyudon race that got this woman all hot and bothered. To each her own, I say. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihFCPDg34fo

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    Sensato

    I have liked the way CEO Son as somewhat of an outsider has shaken things up in the Japanese business community in the past, but he has been blatantly pandering to Trump and shamelessly stroking his ego, perhaps more than any other non-American CEO.

    Posted in: Easing of regulations allows me to run businesses in the United States more easily. President Trump is a person with whom I can talk frankly with in an honest debate.

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    How can 70% of people here be satisfied with how the talks went? Abe went out of his way to placate Trump and to avoid speaking out against his regressive agenda. All leaders of the "free world" need to put their foot down and show strong contempt for the path the Trump administration is taking.

    Contrast Abe's visit to that of Canadian PM Trudeau who took a substantially firmer and more dignified stance against Trump. Trudeau spoke up for his nation's values and refused let Trump railroad him. Trump was unable to dominate Trudeau, and ended up looking small and pathetic by comparison.

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    My all time favorite Happy Science video is titled, "Spiritual Interview with the Guardian Spirit of Donald Trump," where HS founder and CEO Okawa channels Donald Trump. Okawa's Donald Trump impersonation may not be quite up to par with Alec Baldwin's, but absurdly hilarious nonetheless — eikaiwa lessons have obviously not paid of for this guy.

    Spiritual Interview with the Guardian Spirit of Donald Trump (2:12): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_SfS0J1f_s

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    During the news conference, Trump forgot to put in his earphone for interpretation when Abe was speaking. Still, he seemed to understand what Abe was saying.

    Posted in: Trump, Abe discuss security alliance, trade

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    "29.4% replied they were told it was stated in their contracts, and 23.5% said they were told that refusing the requests would bother other people, including their office managers."

    With respect to many of these girls performing on camera because they fear the prospect of breaking their contract or "bothering" others is something much more prevalent in Japan than elsewhere.

    I had a female Japanese friend who handed in her resignation from a standard office job, only to have her boss tell her he wouldn't allow her to quit because it would bother/inconvenience others. She stayed.

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    Now that it's been more than 70 years since the end of WWII, it is past time that the U.S. lay out a plan for withdrawing its military from Japan, and it's time that the Japanese government request withdrawal. I say this as a U.S. citizen.

    At this point, the U.S. military presence in Japan is detrimental to the U.S., and detrimental to Japan. Plus with an administration filled with the likes of Bannon and Trump, it is obvious that no nation should rely on the U.S. government for protection.

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    I wonder if bookies are posting odds for this on any of the online gambling websites. If so, my money is on Trump — I have a feeling it would be in Abe's best interests to avoid a twitter-storm and let Trump win.

    Posted in: Trump to team up with Abe for round of golf in Florida

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    The Bannon & Trump presidency is turning out to be an even greater disaster than Nixon's turn at the helm. The danger of Abe sycophantically saddling up to Trump is that the Abe administration could also go down with the ship when the sinking of the Trumptanic.

    Posted in: Trump to team up with Abe for round of golf in Florida

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    CNN International has been airing an English-language commercial touting the popularity across Japan of food from Fukushima, paid for by the Japanese government. One scene shows a family feeding their toddler rice ostensibly from the area.

    It's ironic that the government should be pushing this now, given that just last week the API reported a recently discovered radiation link at much higher levels than previously estimated, as @tmarie alluded to above.

    Posted in: I hope that local consumption of locally produced goods that was disrupted by the nuclear disaster will soon be back.

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    Sensato

    Goto works as a yoga instructor twice a week, while her husband, who is a company employee, returns home after 10 p.m. almost daily.

    “Never mind working full time, I was swamped with housework and child-rearing. So I was relieved to get even this small amount of help,” she said.

    You mean to tell me that this woman works twice a week, has one child, and is "swamped" with housework and child-rearing? It sounds to me like she is living the life of Riley.

    I'm surprised Kyodo couldn't find a mother with a truly stressful lifestyle whose life has been made better through the use of housekeeping services.

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    Sensato

    Japan is invariably late to the game when it comes to almost everything, and these proposed casinos will probably end up being but one example of that. Singapore got in on the windfall early on, at the ground floor.

    Once built in/around 2021, the casinos in Japan are supposed to generate most of their revenue by bringing in wealthy tourists from China and elsewhere in Asia. The problem is with relations between China and America/Japan now fraying, it seems fairly likely that inbound tourist numbers could drop off substantially by 2021, which would leave these casinos relying much more on domestic demand to generate revenues, which kind of defeats the purpose.

    Posted in: Who will casinos hit hardest?

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    The number of registered foreign workers in Japan has surpassed 1 million

    Go to nearly any Japan-born fast food joint or family restaurant and you will see numerous workers mainly from east and southeast Asia. Go to nearly any construction site in Japan and you will see numerous workers from a wide range of impoverished countries.

    There are visibly many more than 1 million unregistered foreign workers, many of whom maintain visa status by signing up with a sham college or language school.

    I wish Japan would be more honest in speaking about its many service employees and laborers from beyond its shores.

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    The head of Japan’s main opposition party has called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to speak up against President Donald Trump’s refugee ban

    As much as I hate to say it, I agree with several of the people posting on this thread thus far. Even if Japan's people/politicians disagree with Bannon/Trump's refugee ban, they don't have a leg to stand on given Japan's dismal and utterly shameful record when it comes to accepting refugees. Given that, in all reality how is Abe supposed to speak up against the refugee ban, and do it with a straight face?

    I know a number of Japanese people who are voicing anger regarding Trump's refugee ban, yet these same people never speak out about Japan's lack of willingness to embrace immigrants and refugees. Hypocrisy at its worst.

    Posted in: Opposition calls on Abe to oppose Trump's refugee ban

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    It's disappointing to see Abe so quickly succumb to the pressure of Bannon/Trump's rallying cry of "America First!" I would much rather see Abe and other world leaders show the integrity and strength to stand up against the duo.

    These new jobs that Abe is so feverishly working to create for U.S. workers are a symbolic victory for Trump in the short run, but extortionist tactics like this are increasingly alienating all of America's allies. This won't end well for anybody. It's a terrifying new world.

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