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    smithinjapan

    thepersoniamnow: Thanks for that. I was thinking I might try it just to see, and I may still, but the more I read it the more it sounds more like a monstrosity of flavors combinations in a culture that still uses "simple is best". It's like there's no happy medium.

    Posted in: Starbucks Japan releases delicious baked apple drinks

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    DieRealityCheck: "Except that 2 other countries have been denying or suspecting the legitimacy of this secret promise by each Individuals"

    Either way, they are still Russian held, administered, and inhabited islands. Not one iota Japanese. Nothing Japan can do about it except hand out more and more money and hope, then lose again.

    Posted in: Trump's election unlikely to help Abe in isle dispute with Putin

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    I think of something the Japanese government came up with for what they thought everyone else should think of them.

    Posted in: What do you think of when you hear the words "Cool Japan?"

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    They had better keep the pressure up at home, too, to find the 800 who have just run off to hide after their relatives caught them looking wistfully at the sea.

    This is seriously just coming up after one of those "abducted by NK" was found safe and sound and hiding out in Japan?

    Posted in: Japan seeks to keep pressure on N Korea over abductions

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    So-called justice, in every nation, can be flawed. In Japan you read time and again about forced confessions leading to imprisonment, years after the fact. It is indeed an outrage, especially in cases like this when the person loses so much of their life, and then ultimately the rest, and suffers through no wrong-doing of their own. This is closure for the family, to an extent, but it will never be justice. You cannot give back what was taken from this man, and people like him.

    Posted in: Nicaragua's top court acquits Japanese man of murder posthumously

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    sensei258: "But, the biggest was the attack itself."

    A growing number of Japanese honestly believe they are the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor -- that it was "self defense" and they "had no choice".

    Posted in: 'This means war' -- New book draws on Pearl Harbor reports

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    Ah, how slowly the wheels turn in Japan. This guy should have been out ages ago, but I think in truth no one had any problems with what Momii said or did, only HOW he said it. His retractions were most certainly not because he changed his mind on anything. And you notice it mentions NOTHING about him coming under fire for suggesting that MyNumber be used to track personal information and find people who are not paying their NHK fees? Because no one was really against the idea of abusing the system.

    Hopefully the new guy has a bit more common sense and balance in terms of thinking, but I doubt it -- we'Re talking Japan; it looks just like the usual musical chairs and old boys' club hiring.

    Posted in: Beleaguered NHK chief likely to be replaced

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    This is sick. It's absolute proof that the lawmakers and others in government are playing a twisted game and just eager to test how Japan's military forces will stand to task. I'll match their 90 million in a bet that none of THEIR family members are over there. I really think they WANT some battles to happen and some Japanese to die so that they can say it is the first time a Japanese has died in combat "for his/her nation" since WWII ended. I think it's something they would be actually proud of -- they could call the dead soldiers beautiful sakura again and speak of how fleeting and beautiful life is, etc.

    I hope they are disappointed, and I hope that they don't see any combat and no one is injured or killed. Might throw a wrench in some politicians' plans to build the military machine, but hey.

    Posted in: Japan to pay Y90 mil for death of each SDF soldier in South Sudan

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    I was told when I first got here (by a Japanese man) that if you go blindly looking for a dentist aim for one that has been around for more than ten years, but not one that has been around for more than 40. Less than the former and they will likely be paying off debts accrued in setting up their practice, and will recommend the most expensive treatments, necessary or not. The latter he did not expound upon. In any case, he said try seeing what dentists a number of people approve or disapprove of, and why (especially the latter), and if you don't know a dentist or a friend/family member of one, use your best judgement.

    I've had friends who at one dentist were told they needed 800,000 in treatment, and at others told they could use the health insurance and really only needed about 3000 yen or so in treatment. The disparity is ridiculous sometimes. But if you find a good one the quality of dentistry here is pretty good, I find.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of dentistry in Japan?

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    I can just imagine the conversation:

    Kishida: Here's a script of what we'd like you to say to the media, please.

    Putin: (swearing in Russian) I will say what I please, thank you.

    Kishida: Oh, of course! Who would suggest otherwise? We just... ummm... this is what we would like you say. Your cooperation is appreciated.

    Putin: (grinning) I just said I will say as I please, not go by some script.

    Kishida: Of course! No one is suggesting you don't (bowing)

    Putin: You are.

    Kishida: (muttering about being regrettable) What I mean to say is, well, if you could just say what's on the script, please... ummm... it would be appreciated... (starts twitching). Please talk about how we are making progress on our islands.

    Putin: OUR islands. We've offered to give two to you but you've refused, so you get none. Now, let's talk about how much you're going to pay us.

    Kishida: (aside) Regrettable! (to Putin) of course... lead the way, please. So sorry.

    Posted in: Kishida meets Putin ahead of Russian president's Japan visit

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    kazetsukai: "Who cares what someone else does... Stop making everything an issue... Just don't make it a political or a social issue..."

    If no one took issue with the way others sometimes acted, the world would be in chaos. Making it political and social is what's necessary, and it's been proven that often the ONLY way to get Japanese to act on issues it is lagging the rest of the world in is to shame it. Yeah, they get all defensive and flip-flop on whether it's for science or tradition and what not and deflect like deflection were going out of style, but eventually they come around when they see that their "defense" of somethign THEY THEMSELVES do not even believe in is a completely lost cause.

    "Being a celebrity does not automatically allow that person to force or political view upon others and influence society."

    She's not forcing her views on anyone at all, she's using her influence to spread information and express her point of view. That you cannot see the difference proves what I said about being defensive. On the contrary, you demanding people not take issue with something in order that the scandal be kept down is the problem.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

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    Now what are they going to do? They've already guaranteed the bid-riggers billions. I guarantee they won't cut any of those contracts but will cut corners on safety and security, as well as accessibility for athelets and spectators. And I highly doubt they'll suggest they give up all their pay.

    Posted in: IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's Y2 tril budget for 2020 Games

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    "Momii told a news conference that he had spoken with the group’s management to try and convince them that SMAP should appear on the program."

    Good on Momii -- who cares what the band members think? just go above their heads in the typical Japanese fashion and try to force them to do so by pressuring those above them to do the same. I hope one of the SMAP members, or better yet all of them, personally tell Momii to shove it up his backside for not asking them directly how they feel.

    Posted in: NHK chairman confident SMAP will be on 'Kohaku' on New Year's Eve

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    Sounds like they are FINALLY moving in the right direction. Let's hope it's not just lip-service, though, and they actually check regularly and enforce the laws they have just implemented.

    Posted in: Fine for rule-breaking chartered bus operators hiked 100-fold

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    I had an old guy in my gym use this word yesterday evening when talking to me and I didn't catch what he meant. He then spent ten minutes trying to explain it to me in half English, half Japanese (he could have just used Japanese, but likes to try his English). I nodded and thanked him, not having the heart to tell him a true buzzword shouldn't take 10 minutes to explain and then still be meaningless, but I did remind him when he explained the "god-like" part of it that Hiroshima lost.

    Posted in: Hiroshima Carp's 'kamitteru' feat picked as Japan's top buzzword in 2016

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    79 and driving a truck of all things, and killing a kid. RIP to the boy.

    Posted in: 8-year-old boy hit and killed by truck; 79-year-old driver arrested

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    Take away his license immediately and red flag him so he can never get one again. There is no business, "joke" or not, calling a person from the area "germ" when approached about being bullied by other students with the name. It's like the teacher wanted to score popularity points with the bullies by joining in their fun. Sick.

    Posted in: Teacher calls Fukushima evacuee pupil 'germ'

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    Stop blaming China for increased defense spending and either have the courage to say you're doing it because you want to, or just don't do it. Last I checked, while Abe wants to make Japan into the new China, China doesn't dictate Japan's policy.

    And meanwhile, didn't they just announce recently further increases in pension premiums because there's no money? I think it mpwas maybe soon after promising Africa, Russia, and then Columbia billions each and not long before announcing this record budget for defense.

    Posted in: Japan's defense budget for FY 2017 likely to hit record Y5.1 tril

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    They're Russian islands. Period. Don't believe me? Go to them and protest and see what happens.

    Posted in: Anti-Russian protest

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