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  • 5

    borscht

    Bush,

    Er, yes, Washington needs a shake up. Billionaires need a tax break and the little guy needs to be screwed out of health care, social security, medicare, medicaid, and housing. In fact, Trump just screwed the construction industry (no more "Obama" mortgage relief = no more little guy buying homes.).

    However, Washington does need a shake up, I agree. Get rid of know-nothings (Sec'y of Education and Sec'y of Energy (I have to ensure the safety of what? Perry) and lawyers. Get rid of bankers who want to roll rules back to before the 2008 crash caused by, uh, maybe, greedy bankers - you know, the ones Candidate Trump accused Clinton of being in bed with. Those bankers, the ones in PGOTUS' cabinet.

    But yes, let's tweet about the number of people who showed up at the inauguration; that's the most freakin' important. It's Yuuuuge. So Huuuge, we have to make up "alternative facts" to prove we're right.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-20/trump-administration-overturns-obama-s-fha-mortgage-fee-cut

    https://www.thebalance.com/how-could-trump-change-health-care-in-america-4111422

    Posted in: Trump promises big change, picks small fights

  • 1

    borscht

    Educator and Ms Delicious,

    Good points. Thanks for the info/education.

    Posted in: 2 candidates with same name, kanji characters run in Saga Pref city assembly election

  • 4

    borscht

    What's wrong with adding pictures of the two so the voters don't have to do anything but vote. To quote our dear leader, this will lead to confusion.

    Posted in: 2 candidates with same name, kanji characters run in Saga Pref city assembly election

  • 4

    borscht

    The Japanese people are just sick and tired of having to hear about Nanjing or comfort women every other day. They've apologized, compensated countries and people and most importantly lived in peace for 70 years.

    It's time to move on.

    Germans have apologized, and compensated people about killing 6,000,000 Jews and others. I guess, by your logic, it's time to move on. Screw history, eh? It will never happen again (cough Drumpf LePen anti-refugee parties cough)

    Plus, that peace the Japanese have been living in for 70 years was forced on them because they lost a war; it wasn't out of the kindness of their hearts or other altruism. But don't worry, now that Abe has "re-interpreted" the constitution, certain things will hit the fan and that peace will come to a grinding halt.

    Posted in: Winter Games bosses look to remove APA books, porn from TV in its hotel rooms

  • 8

    borscht

    First the P-Grabber of the US (PGOTUS) says They're Wrong! Then, when they're proven right, he says They're Nazis! Then he says The Media Lied! Now he says I'm Behind You!

    Fip flop much, PGOTUS? Also, as a consumate salesman (and liar) he will say anything the customer/voter/sucker wants to hear while talking to him to make the customer/voter/sucker feel like the PGOTUS is his best friend. And something completely different the next minute. And people said they voted for him because Clinton was a liar.

    Posted in: Trump vows full support for CIA after feud over Russia hacking

  • 2

    borscht

    I'm no headline writer, but whiie 17 is still not an adult in many countries, I think "17-year old killed by train in apparent suicide" would've been more accurate. A "boy" to me is much younger, 6~13 maybe.

    His emotional pain seems to have been too much for him; too bad he couldn't get the help he needed.

    Posted in: Boy killed by train in apparent suicide

  • 12

    borscht

    Removing the book only hides the true feelings of APA hotels. Leave the books in the rooms so that the world will know APA's true feelings about China and Japan's mutual history. Once the atheletes discover APA's true feelings, maybe they will tell their social media friends and APA will find themselves losing customers and money.

    Also, why stay at a cheap hotel if there isn't porn on the telly?

    Posted in: Winter Games bosses look to remove APA books, porn from TV in its hotel rooms

  • 4

    borscht

    I think I would agree that:

    Some art and architecture in Japan is cutting edge. Most architecture in Japan is bland, boring, and functional. Alot of architecture is utilitarian. I don't know how art can be cutting-edge, though. Maybe she meant Unique?

    Posted in: Japan is the leading country in creating mascots and characters, and has lots of talented professionals. We have to consider how we get them on board as well as the general public, and make the mascots loved, especially by children. Art and architecture in this country are on the cutting edge and people overseas have high expectations that Japan can spread its culture.

  • 10

    borscht

    Christian sites? The ones the Japanese government wanted destroyed in the past few centuries? The ones that showed the shogun was out to kill all Chirstians? Those sites? Will they include the government's persecution of the Christians in their little ads and pamphlets? Great. Oura church is nice but nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to churches. France and Spain have more inspiring churches that probably aren't registered.

    Posted in: Japan decides to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

  • 14

    borscht

    I know JapanToday likes to post clickbait, but what I hope they will do is cite a few peer-reviewed scientific journals that show beyond a doubt that "We Japanese" have unique bodies, unique fat-absorption organs, and unique seasons. Doubt that will happen in my lifetime, though. This doctor is just recycling Nihonjin-ron arguments; maybe her book has more sources - proof - evidence.

    Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?

  • 2

    borscht

    This will sound like Japan-bashing, but if Japan wants world class casinos in order to haul in vast sums of foreign currency, they will have to find someone other than a Japanese company to run them.

    Japan's infatuation with being "unique" isn't enough. The "We know what foreigners want" attitude will also fail. They'll need world-class food, service, and entertainment. Which will require at least English and Chinese speaking staff. And staff who understands gamblers needs and don't use go-by-the-book thinking.

    Also, amakudari could very well turn a casino into an abandoned complex that will show up in 2050 photo books of Haikyo, like the numerous empty amusement parks scattered around Japan now.

    If, however, the point is to funnel money to the construction industry (aka Abe's friends), then go for it. We voters/consumers are used to being screwed over.

    Posted in: Proponents of the Integrated Resort Promotions Bill that would legalize casinos in Japan say casinos will help revive Japan’s stagnant economy, generating hundreds of billions of yen worth of investment and thousands of jobs, as well as bringing in more tourists. Opponents say casino legalization will add to gambling addiction problems. What's your stance on the issue?

  • 1

    borscht

    Why not make it his birthday This year? Yeah, calendar makers will only have three months to get more overtime from their worker-bees. Also, are calendar makers dictating national law now?

    What if the emperor passed away in July of this year? What oh what will everyone do?

    Posted in: Emperor's abdication eyed for his birthday in 2018: source

  • 4

    borscht

    It better be faster than a vending machine and give bus information better than a human, especially to travellers who either don't know Japanese or don't know how buses work in Japan.

    Posted in: At your service

  • 6

    borscht

    After a certain age in this safety country, finding a job is not difficult; it's impossible. Especially if the job-seeker has spent any time in the slammer. That's a double whammy. While being in prison at least they can eat, bathe, and have 24-hour health care. Not that I think it's in anyway a comfortable living situation, it beats homelessness, poverty, and hunger.

    Posted in: Japan's elderly inmates prefer jail

  • 4

    borscht

    200 hours overtime per month is more than regular time. Is it that Kepco workers are so inefficient and their productivity is so low that they can't accomplish their work in regular time and need twice regular time? I blame that on the supervisors and managers higher up the food chain - bad training / supervision. Or bad delegation. Just watch the Drumpf delegate the entire US government to Goldman Sachs for a hint on delegation.

    If Abe's government really wants things to turn around on this kill-yourself overtime, they shouldn't just "give guidance" to wayward presidents. They should jail them for six months, fine them six months salary, and forbid them to hire new employees for a year. That will get their attention. Their wives will definitely complain. Never gonna happen, of course.

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  • 4

    borscht

    Based on my own experiences

    Decided to stop reading here primarily because, based on my own experiences, statements about anything can't be generalized from a sample of one. However, not wanting to reject someone's own experiences as irrelevant, I pressed on.

    I agree with Yubaru. Most of my wife's and my arguments can be placed almost directly on mis-communication, lack of communication, and not listening.

    Posted in: Love in Japan: Common post-honeymoon stage issues

  • 4

    borscht

    Eventually, the situation deteriorated to the point that she was forced out of her home.

    Except, according to the article, she was living in her in-laws' home, not they in hers.

    Having never lived with my in-laws I don't know the possible problems. However, my wife doesn't get along with her mother and I don't want to get in between those two.

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  • 6

    borscht

    The government should look at this as less of a health issue (which they don't) or a 'losing face at the Olympics' issue (which they are) and more as a revenue issue.

    In many states in the US and cities in the UK after the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, tax revenue from food and alcohol sales went up. Meaning, of course, the restaurants and bars were doing more business after the ban than before it.

    Like many addicts, smokers need something in their hands: a cigarette, a glass, or a pair of chopsticks. With the cleaner air, non-smokers arrive more often.

    And here's something else I learned. Musicians and musician unions are for a ban for two reasons: health of the musician and, this I didn't know, health of the musical instruments. Smoke kills not only people but also machines like musical instruments and computers.

    https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0144.pdf

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  • 0

    borscht

    Maybe they could enforce the law rather than discuss, revise, get the people to 'understand', and "urge" companies to do the right thing.

    First thing they need to enforce is the right to be a whistleblower without being bullied by the company. Whenever an employee complains about overwork or bullying or forcing false documentation on the public/government the Labor Ministry should just assume the whistleblower is right and the company wrong. Then, unless the company can prove otherwise (an impossibility), fine and jail the company and company executives. That will force changes more than Abe's urges and countless revisions of laws that will be ignored by everyone.

    Not gonna happen.

    Posted in: The planned further revision of the standards will contribute to the disclosure of more company names to some extent.

  • 0

    borscht

    Smith,

    I believe all Japanese-Americans fought in Europe because the military thought if they were fighting against Japan they'd be shot by US soldiers. Except for translators. Former US Senator Daniel Inouye was a member of the 4442nd and lost his arm in Italy, I believe.

    Posted in: Filming underway for movie on Japanese-American units in WWII

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