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smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 02:01AM JST
"Consumer loan laws have been revised to try to keep people from taking on too much debt"
He says, as the government drools over the new Casinos being built.
I can't believe insurance companies pay for suicides in Japan. It's insanity. Suicide should equal automatic default.
Posted in: 21,897 people committed suicide in 2016; lowest number since 1994
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 01:55AM JST
Good on them, I guess, but I'll pass. I make my own, very mean burger -- just wish I could find a decent bun! -- or else there are a few pretty good ones in Osaka if you look. Chains like Hard Rock and Outback aren't bad, but Captain Kangaroos (if it's still around) make the best one I had in Osaka. Found a new burger shop that opened up in downtown Osaka (Tenjinbashi) that is similar to this one, called The Grateful Burger -- Chicago Girl's Burger Restaurant, but passed because it's the same price (and someone told me they meant to write "Grill restaurant" but forget to check the English, but I don't know if that's true or not).
Hope people enjoy it, though!
Posted in: California hamburger restaurant chain Umami Burger to open 1st Tokyo store on Friday
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 01:13AM JST
CH3CHO: "Two wrongs do not make one right."
Says the guy who denies all atrocities committed by Japan and then deflects by saying others did wrong instead. You didn't answer my question about Unit 731 -- you said they were an esteemed medical unit who only did good, did you not? And you also deny the Rape of Nanking, no?
Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 01:01AM JST
Still painful to think of those kids filming their final moments on a cell phone after being told to stay where they were (while the Captain ran), and joking that they were going to die... I also can't imagine what the families are going through, let alone what the people on the ship went through in their last moments.
Posted in: South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 12:23AM JST
Who the heck thought up "Tom"? And what is it? A peanut? A Russian Matryoshka doll (wouldn't be a surprise given Trump's ties to Russia)? Everyone loves Kumamon, though.
Posted in: Support for Kumamoto
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 12:19AM JST
goldorak: "Not saying Japan would have smashed Puerto Rico but clearly they have enough quality to win this type of games."
Ummm... clearly they don't, since they lost.
Good on the US for finally winning on their own soil, and with a team of second-stringers vs. the best other nations had to offer, for the most part.
Posted in: U.S. routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC
smithinjapanMar. 24, 2017 - 12:17AM JST
Maybe if he had spent less time threatening everyone if they didn't follow him and instead prepared a decent idea, he'd have more support. As it is, even his own party won't support him because their base is furious and even THEY know it's a dumb idea to scrap Obama care in favor of the... well, it's basically just less coverage and a huge tax cut for the rich, and that's all.
People are finally realizing they were duped, and Trump's own party is starting to see that following a lunatic like Trump -- something even the most partisan poster on this site has called him the past -- will only hurt you, and it IS hurting them.
Posted in: Trump fights for support ahead of healthcare vote
smithinjapanMar. 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
smithinjapanMar. 23, 2017 - 09:04PM JST
Guys, Abe's not going to resign, even IF solid evidence of what Kagoike is saying comes to light. In fact, I'm sure he's just going to demand the issue be forgotten and pray NK fires more missiles so he can try and deflect from the issue. I have zero doubt Abe and wife are in neck deep with donations and scheming, but he'll never live up to his promise to resign. Not until the Constitution has been revised. It was an Abe promise, after all.
Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 10:25PM JST
japan4life: "Just because Gov. Onaga said he wants the U.S. Marines off of Okinawa does not means he wants all of the U.S. Forces off of Okinawa or do you think that only the Marines are on Okinawa."
It most certainly does mean he wants all US forces off -- until he doesn't again. He has said it before, and so have many other Okinawans, until again, another Chinese ship comes close and they expect the US to abide by the defense pact if China or NK were to do something, even though they want them to abide by it from Guam.
"The people of Okinawa don`t wet their paints like the Mainland Japanese and some Foreigners do every time China or NK do something Militarily."
There you go again, talking like you represent or know what all Okinawans want, when clearly you don't even represent the majority, same as Onaga.
"The Mainland Japanese are afraid of China and NK because of all the atrocities the IJA committed against them and by the way the people of Okinawa were victims of the IJA just like other people in Asia were."
Agree with you that the Okinawans were given the short end of the stick during WWII and after, but that doesn't change the fact that many have abused their victim status and expect to get money while wanting the bases out, or the fact that they are to blame for Futenma still being there since they have delayed it's thrice agreed upon relocation.
"Like them or not both the Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times have been in publication for many years and if you think they are biased..."
There's no "IF", they are. Like I said, it's the same as quoting Breitbart to say that Obama wiretapped you and saying it's fact because that's where you read it.
"I would suggest you get all of your pro-base friends together and print a pro-base newspaper in Japanese or you could join and support Happy Science because they share the same views as you do."
If the point is about bias, why would I support it one way and not the other? You only prove that YOU support bias if it supports your argument, instead of being against it and rejecting it outright. I wouldn't support a pro-base newspaper at all simply because it is pro-base, but you constantly bring up those Okinawan rags because they are anti-base and present their BS as 'fact' and representing all in Okinawa when they don't one bit. And why on earth would I support the Happiness Science Party -- that's the second time you've suggested I or others do as a means of deflecting from the fact that you subscribe to bias media.
"I read the Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times every day and I have never noticed a reluctance on their part in criticizing the U.S. Military presence on Okinawa just because of something that China or NK does."
Ah, but you don't deny that the locals do it just because a few so-called journalists hide behind a paper. Well done.
"In my experience the majority of Pro-Base supporters seem to be people who benefit economically from the bases and look at the bases as being necessary for economic reasons rather than for Military reasons"
And the minority of them, then?
Yubaru: "So..what does that make him? A liar? A hypocrite? Both?"
"No but the media does it for them whenever a military member scratches the paint off a bridge, or makes an inadvertent U-turn at a public school. When China gets antsy the Okinawan's, media included, get all quiet and anti-base rhetoric is turned down significantly. There is too much history that proves it so."
Posted in: Okinawan governor to join local rally to protest U.S. base relocation
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 10:12PM JST
Lost-in-Nagoya: ""Kim, open my hidden porn files" instead of "Maluuba, open my hidden porn files", don't you?"
No, because 1) Korean porn sucks, if and when you find it. 2) It's not meant to be one way or another, and Maluuba sounds just as normal as anything else once you accept it. 3) How many people who don't know much about Asian names would think "Kim" is necessarily Korean instead of the short form of Kimberly? I do concede, though, that you were not being specific to Korean tech or Samsung, though. :)
Posted in: Samsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 08:31PM JST
"I am on fire! I am on fire! Move away from face! Please assist Bixby!"
Samsung as usual coming late into the game, and likely just copying Siri in particular.
Lost-in-Nagoya: "Bixby is S Korean, it should be called Park Kim Lee or something."
A bit stereotypical, don't you think? Should they change their smart phone name from "Galaxy" to "Seo" or "Park", too? Should Japan only call their products "Tanaka"? And why "Siri" and not "Gertrude" or "Anne"? I don't think there are such rules on creativity.
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 08:24PM JST
TokyoTigersDome: " I didnt realise this WBC went straight to a championship round in LA with only 3 knockout games... So this year teams like Israel and Cuba who did well dont get to the host country at all"
Bring on the excuses! And yet, when you point out that when Japan won the inaugural WBC despite the fact that Korea only lost once and Japan had already lost twice, you have no problems with the bizarre format at all.
stickman: "this tournament is seriously flawed in so many ways. dont really place a lot of value in it."
Precisely! It was then, and it is now. At least with Japan losing today the people who were a week ago saying this is the most important baseball tournament in the world and the team that wins are the world champions are suddenly looking at it from a different angle; as with when Japan lost the other of the five or six new tournaments (exaggeration... I think there are only four), that one was no longer the most important.
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 03:35PM JST
japan4life: "Both the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Times have websites that clearly show the protests are going on daily regardless of what China and North Korea do."
Yes, and the Yomiuri posts a lot of right-wing garbage, too. If that's all you read you may as well continue believing that the people being bussed to protests for money and being given out mass printed fliers, and then covering their faces for the camera, are all there for anything but the money. As Yubaru said, reading those papers, and worse yet depending on them for actual news, is like reading The Onion, or Breitbart, or even the National Enquirer.
"And you also always portray Gov. Onaga as wanting to kick the U.S. out of Okinawa when that is not true and he has never said that..."
"Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, a staunch opponent of the U.S. military presence on Okinawa, expressed outrage over the woman's death. He pledged to work toward removal of U.S. forces and revision of an agreement that, under certain circumstances, limits Japanese jurisdiction over U.S. troops and base workers. "I hereby express my unflagging resolve to push for drastic review of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement and withdrawal of Marines (from Okinawa),"
That's but one comment of DOZENS I can give you, if you like. And unlike the Okinawan rags you call newspapers, this is a direct quotation.
But anyway, do tell us -- how did Onaga's meeting with Trump go?
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 03:26PM JST
Guess the final won't be broadcast here. At least this time they weren't announcing the final game winning match Japan line-up like they were when they lost the last baseball event for the gold-medal match. Will they hold their own separate ceremony this time if they beat Holland for third? or will it be a quiet, non-media covered funeral procession back home? At least their coach was pretty humble about the mistakes made.
I could only watch part of the game before anyone had scored, but it was pretty intense. I can only imagine watching the rest -- and I wish I could have. Errors and rain aside, it sounds like it was a great game.
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 03:21PM JST
Is it a statement on Japanese society when it comes to speaking out? It's either that or the theme for this year is "Welcome to the Asylum".
Posted in: The new look
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 03:19PM JST
bass4funk: "We had to listen to "hope and change" talk for 8 years, I guess that's the new narrative now."
From a guy who not even a year ago called Trump a "lunatic" (your exact words) to being willing to sell his grandma to defend the man now, I have faith you'll eventually switch back to your "lunatic" impression of him once you have been left with absolutely no choice but that or admit you you've been dead wrong about him since your 180. In any case, I see we're back to the "b-b-b-b-butwhataboutobama?" 'defence'.
"No, being filthy rich is a sin. Obama once said about the late Steve Jobs and Apple, "you didn't build that."
"But then again, if you are a rich liberal, it's ok, even though rich liberals are the tightest people on the planet."
Sorry, bud -- you were chanting "drain the swamp" along with the other sheeple during the election, and now that he's filled it even higher you've done yet another 180, same as how Pence's private emailing on government accounts is okay after buying into Trey Gowdy's (now fat and oily, though he finally shaved!) garbage for years, and now how Trump's time for golf is suddenly okay when for Obama it was a major waste of tax money, etc. Again, you're in no position to even suggest any kind of hypocrisy, my friend.
And all the while you defend him he is now threatening his own party. The FBI has proven he's a liar and a fraud, and his popularity is at an all time low -- which given how it was the lowest in presidential history going into inauguration is saying a lot.
Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 11:18AM JST
Dango bong: "didn't this guy go to the US to talk to Trump? How did that go bro?"
Exactly! -- there hasn't been a peep since then, so clearly it was an absolute failure and just more use of the Okinawa handout money to shuttle him privately back and forth.
In any case, I guess it has been more than a week since NK launched its missiles into the sea of Japan, so Onaga's selective memory has kicked in again and switched back from 'need the US' to 'get out' mode. When China does something in the next couple of days, though, he'll make less of a deal of retreating again.
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 11:15AM JST
Doing something simply because you said you would when it was a bad idea to begin with is an even worse idea, and the polls are showing it. Yes, if they failed to pass the bill, it would undoubtedly cause SOME in the GOP to lose popularity and maybe even power, but that's a knee-jerk reaction to a stupid idea. If it DOES pass you'll see the same, if not worse results for some in the GOP, who are already scared of attending town hall meetings because their own base grill them on why they are going to lose their health care.
Let's face it, Americans who voted for Trump are FINALLY starting to realize they were lied to and duped, and nothing good is coming from their former hero.
smithinjapanMar. 22, 2017 - 11:10AM JST
That's it, then. I guess we've got maybe two or more Games left before it ends. The IOC waited too long before trying to make critical changes. Even though there will be cities to bid after 2024, no one will truly want it except money-makers, and even then it seems other nations aren't all that eager to get involved.
Posted in: Paris Olympic bid team tells IOC it doesn't want 2028 Games
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Mar. 24, 2017 - 05:03AM JST
Khalid Masood is the name of the attacker sad for the people who lost their lives.
Posted in: British police arrest seven in raids over deadly Westminster attack
Mar. 24, 2017 - 05:01AM JST
Maybe if he had spent less time threatening everyone if they didn't follow him and instead…
Mar. 24, 2017 - 04:46AM JST
People are finally realizing they were duped
Nope. Sorry. The political rhetoric has a long long…
Mar. 24, 2017 - 04:40AM JST
.There is no way she will say she was drunk with chocolate.
Mar. 24, 2017 - 03:46AM JST
The Rat ought to just take a drop dead pill-
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