jansob1's past comments

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    jansob1

    Utorsa, just because one wins a Pulitzer doesn't mean one can't be wrong or biased....the overwhelming majority of historians say the damage was minor. And if there were civilian casualties they didn't equal a day of deaths under Imperial rule. But you and other denialists will continue to support the murderous "Empire" til the end of days. So get back in your black van and keep screaming about the glories of Nanjing and Bataan and Unit 731. And we'll keep celebrating the brave men who ground the Empire under their heels. All modern Japanese should be glad they did, just as modern Americans should be glad slavery was ended.

    Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan

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    It's none of Japan's business what we do in Ohio to commemorate our veterans. None.

    Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan

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    Yes, worry about food that's been checked and doublechecked against the highest standards in the world, all the while eating cardboard dumplings cooked in sewer oil, washed down with melamine milk.

    Posted in: Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears

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    Sounds good but it most certainly is not an enchilada. Without a tortilla, it's a Mexican chard wrap maybe.

    Posted in: Enchiladas don’t sound healthy, unless you do these tricks

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    Considering that people here will pay scam "bills" telling them they owe money for following a weblink, thereby "joining a club", I don't know why they bother to write the software.

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    A company I worked for part-time last year was what I call "Japan-style-paranoid" ie: ineffectively strict. They made staff change passwords each week and refused to let anyone but managers use the wifi. But they were using XP, all user accounts were admin accounts, and their network drives were accessible from all pcs, including those used by students in study rooms. They had signs forbidding anyone from accessing Youtube because "it's illegal in Japan". Not surprisingly their pcs were seething with malware and took 15 minutes to boot. I used my own laptop and tethered when I needed it. If I could have I'd have stretched a condom over it.

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    The fact that a store worker reported him makes me think he was acting really strangely or looked to be in bad shape.. Leaving home without money or food, sleeping rough and not giving in and calling parents after 3 days? I'm wondering if there aren't some mental health issues going on here.

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    Only once in 12 years, and it was a drunk guy whose colleagues apologized as they hustled him away....not a big problem for me (white American). But some of my Chinese and Korean students say it happens now and then when they are speaking their native language.

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    Burning Bush, no they don't any longer, which is why free speech is endangered. These protests are proof that they don't understand the system. Democrats see the Constitution as just an impediment to progressive goals written by dead white males. Now that Trump is President, they will of course hurriedly research it for limits to his power...but will forget it as soon as a Democrat is in power. These protests are just a way to try and delegitimize him because they can't stand the fact that they lost. To those who don't understand the electoral college, the election is really 50 smaller elections, and you have to win in more than just CA, NY and FL...otherwise those states would always choose the President. (Which is of course, why Dems now want The popular vote to suddenly matter)

    Posted in: Thousands of demonstrators plan to disrupt Trump inauguration

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    Just remember, anti-hTrumpers, if anything happens to Trump, you get President Pence. If something happens to both of them, it's President Ryan. The Republicans will still be in charge, and they will be extremely angry. You don't want to start a civil war, no matter how much you think you do.

    Posted in: Thousands of demonstrators plan to disrupt Trump inauguration

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    My guess is that they're reclassifying "trafficked sex slaves" as "tourists". Typical.

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    Zones2surf, we're all on the same page....hope someone with the power to make changes is reading this...but not likely. But while we're dreaming, I'd also add that they should poll shopkeepers and ryokan/onsen/restaurant owners to find out what exactly they fear about foreign tourists, and figure out how to deal with it. I've seen some great multilingual posters in onsens that explain the basics...that sort of thing for other facilities would be nice.

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    Yoshisan88 is dead-on about wifi...Japan is so paranoid that free wifi and prepaid cellphones are commonplace in every modern, industrialized country EXCEPT for Japan. To come to Japan means to give up any contact with the outside world unless you're in your hotel or a Starbucks. Personally I think this whole "attempt" to woo foreign tourists is to show how " international" Japan is becoming and to employ idle workers. Japanese are very uncomfortable with foreigners, and that's their choice...but let's not waste money pretending to draw them in if If they are serious about getting foreign tourists into the hinterlands (and that's where I suggest people go...as far away from 'modern Japan as they can...but learn some basic Japanese) the outreach has to reach overseas. No one will know about these places in time to plan trips until the info gets to foreign travel agencies and websites and magazines. Until they do this, the antenna shops are going to continue to reach only Japanese customers.

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    Thank you Sophie Duweisstschon! It's great that they are protective and appreciative of regional variations, but to expect my cousin visiting from New Orleans to have a religious experience by eating udon which is slightly chewier than the udon she had yesterday is just laughable. She loved udon, but slight variations aren't going to strike her as life-altering. And as was pointed out, Japanese should know better than anyone that travel in Japan by foreigners is planned out months before the trip...no one's going to suddenly decide to go to Toyama instead of Kyoto because they talked to a nice English-speaker in Tokyo. These antenna shops are going to have to reach their targets overseas in some way. But will they hire foreign marketing firms? Hahaha. Never.

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    As the son of a WWII Marine vet, I certainly didn't expect an apology for something he had no hand in. It's enough that he went and saw the memorial.

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    My grandfather was a survivor of the attacks, wounded by a strafing plane...and I have no doubt he wouldn't think Abe needed to apologize. When he visited me here, he obviously saw little connection between wartime Japan and modern Japan. He was charmed by the country and the people he met, and was more than willing to let the past go.

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    The popular vote doesn't matter any more than the total number of points in the World Series matters. If the World Series was run like a mythical "popular vote US", then you could win the first game 10-1, lose all the rest 0-1 and win the pennant. It's not that way because they want to see a team that can win multiple games consistently.

    In the same way, US elections are intended to be a combination of 50 smaller elections, not a bare total of votes. You have to be able to win in various parts of the country. If it were just the popular vote, then only CA, NY, FL and a couple of other states would matter and the rest of the country would be powerless. Getting rid of the Electoral College was considered in the 60's and it's advantages were deemed to outweigh the advantages. The fact that it's let Republicans win twice while losing the popular vote is more due to heavily Democratic states where 70% of the population is Democratic...they have more Dems than needed to win the electoral vote.

    Like it or not, Trump won according to the rules. And he inherited a presidency the Democrats spent he last eight years turning into a "pen and phone" autocracy (and yes, I'm aware this began with Bush Jr....Republicans started the trend, and Obama doubled down on it.) . I'm really hoping that Democrats rediscover the checks and balances they so despised when they impinged on Obama's wishes....and continue to apply them after he's out in four years.

    Posted in: Thousands march in U.S. cities against Trump presidency

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    So maybe forcing a child to live under a hyper-controlling microscope with no chance of either becoming empress or having a normal life is not the way to go? She's not weak, she's a human being forced to live as a museum exhibit.

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    It's a cultural program disguised as an English education program, and it's been quite good to me and Japan, in my opinion. After my three years, I returned to the US, got my MA in lingustics and came back to teach in university for 15 years so far. I'm a taxpayer who has added two children to the population and supporting my wife as she cares for her elderly mother. Two of my JET students are still in touch and are teachers now, and plenty of kids got their first experiences talking with a foreigner. JET rocked, and I'm sorry to see it being replaced by shady dispatch companies.

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    Why bother if they aren't going to replace them with anything capable of standing up to the Chinese anyway. Newer but still inadequate vessels will just mean greater losses when they start getting captured or sunk.

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