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Posted 9/25/09

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The problem isn't that I'm worried about having fundamentalist neighbors, it's the influence they have. There's alot of places in the US I know I'd love to live in, like New York or San Fransisco. It's not that I wouldn't' want to live in the US at all, it's just that I'd rather be in some other countries..

Japan is just awesome. For too many reasons, but the number one reason being that it's so unique. There's a famous festival held in some towns known as 'the penis festival', and it's the ideal example for why I think Japan is so uniquely awesome.

btw, I just watched the president of Iran on Larry King Live, he was pretty surprising.


Well, I would like to start by saying I think that Iran gets a bum rep. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The human rights violations, child executions, rigged elections, brutalizing of protestors, murder of Neda, and often flagrant ignoring of international law are all ongoing and serious issues. But, the CIA investigation found no evidence that they have any nuclear ambition, only that they’d have the resources to become nuclear in 2011. I think Iran is more progressive than it gets credit for. One example is that they offer equal educational opportunities to women, the majority of their university students actually being female. As far as that region goes, I think they’re one of the furthest along. Naturally they’re still behind Egypt and Israel but those nations have vast sums of US funding helping them along so that’s not really fair.

To get back on topic, I would never live in Japan. Don’t get me wrong, I think Japan is an amazing nation. I’m also a bit of an otaku so I seriously intend to visit Japan one day. I think Japanese women are sexy and Japanese culture is amazing. This being said I’ve done the research because I’d been looking for a job in Japan and honestly I feel that it’s been painfully romanticized. Ultimately, if you want to move to Japan and live there you’ve pretty much got two choices unless you happen to be very, very, very lucky. On the one hand you can go the rout of the average tourist and hit up Tokyo or some other major city. That’s fine but you can enjoy a colossal commute to work every day. Chances have it, if you can actually find work (unlikely unless you arrange it before arriving,) you’ll wind up standing on a train packed with sweaty bodies two or three hours to and from work every day. Now, I imagine that at first you’ll be chilling out in the fart and body odor vapors and thinking, “Holy shit! I’m in Japan! AWESOME!” That would probably last about a week and after that it’d wear on you pretty quick.

On the other hand you could always take refuge in a Podunk town way out in the sticks. That’s fine but expect most conveniences to be inconveniently far away, and also expect to either pick up rice farming or enjoy a two-three hour commute to work. On the bright side, you’ll be in a car not on a train. On the other end, you won’t get to enjoy the Maid Cafes.

Now, it’s possible you can slip through the cracks but this is unlikely, and even if you do good luck finding a job as somebody who isn’t native. There’s a reason why most of them are Japanese…oh, and did I mention that if you don’t manage to get that job within a few months they boot you?

As for me, outside of the US, I’d like to live in Canada.
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Well, I would like to start by saying I think that Iran gets a bum rep. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The human rights violations, child executions, rigged elections, brutalizing of protestors, murder of Neda, and often flagrant ignoring of international law are all ongoing and serious issues. But, the CIA investigation found no evidence that they have any nuclear ambition, only that they’d have the resources to become nuclear in 2011. I think Iran is more progressive than it gets credit for. One example is that they offer equal educational opportunities to women, the majority of their university students actually being female. As far as that region goes, I think they’re one of the furthest along. Naturally they’re still behind Egypt and Israel but those nations have vast sums of US funding helping them along so that’s not really fair.

To get back on topic, I would never live in Japan. Don’t get me wrong, I think Japan is an amazing nation. I’m also a bit of an otaku so I seriously intend to visit Japan one day. I think Japanese women are sexy and Japanese culture is amazing. This being said I’ve done the research because I’d been looking for a job in Japan and honestly I feel that it’s been painfully romanticized. Ultimately, if you want to move to Japan and live there you’ve pretty much got two choices unless you happen to be very, very, very lucky. On the one hand you can go the rout of the average tourist and hit up Tokyo or some other major city. That’s fine but you can enjoy a colossal commute to work every day. Chances have it, if you can actually find work (unlikely unless you arrange it before arriving,) you’ll wind up standing on a train packed with sweaty bodies two or three hours to and from work every day. Now, I imagine that at first you’ll be chilling out in the fart and body odor vapors and thinking, “Holy shit! I’m in Japan! AWESOME!” That would probably last about a week and after that it’d wear on you pretty quick.

On the other hand you could always take refuge in a Podunk town way out in the sticks. That’s fine but expect most conveniences to be inconveniently far away, and also expect to either pick up rice farming or enjoy a two-three hour commute to work. On the bright side, you’ll be in a car not on a train. On the other end, you won’t get to enjoy the Maid Cafes.

Now, it’s possible you can slip through the cracks but this is unlikely, and even if you do good luck finding a job as somebody who isn’t native. There’s a reason why most of them are Japanese…oh, and did I mention that if you don’t manage to get that job within a few months they boot you?

As for me, outside of the US, I’d like to live in Canada.



Yeah, but I got friends and family in Japan that I always stay with when I go there. If somebody has no connections and just decides they want to immigrate there on there own they will have a tough time. But the good news is recently a new government party was elected in for the first time ever (the Democratic Party), and they have begun doing some positive things for immigration and current immigrants.

The Iranian president gave mostly good answers, and wasn't that crazy up until the end. He gave good explanations for lots of things. In the end Larry started asking him about the Holocaust, and then things got weird. He never denied it, but at the same time he kept avoiding saying it happened.
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The Iranian president gave mostly good answers, and wasn't that crazy up until the end. He gave good explanations for lots of things. In the end Larry started asking him about the Holocaust, and then things got weird. He never denied it, but at the same time he kept avoiding saying it happened.


That’s really not very surprising to me. As I said before I think Iran’s more progressive than people give it credit for, but a while back I did some of my independent research on holocaust denial. A series of polls show that most Muslims deny or minimize the Holocaust. Schools in the United Kingdom are even starting to drop the Holocaust from history classes because the ‘western perspective,’ on the genocide against the Jews is offensive to the Muslims. Even in Israel Muslims and ethnic Arabs are denying the holocaust ever happened. 40% of Arab-Israelis deny the holocaust, and 41% of these say that Israel has no right to exist.

I even found a media watch website that posted a documentary that’d been aired on Iranian television saying that the holocaust didn’t happen but instead the Jews orchestrated an eradication of their own people to weed out the weak and inferior. They also had a sitcom that wasn’t specifically about holocaust denial but did feature Jews living in that time period as going about their lives unmolested but as instigators and politically aggressive martyrs. They had a children’s play filmed in a Palestinian grade school in which the children acted out Jews killing Jews and blaming the Nazi. Another play from a Palestinian school featured them making up lies about the holocaust and then enacting genocide against the Arabs.

Holocaust denial is pretty much every day education in the Arab/Muslim world.
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That’s really not very surprising to me. As I said before I think Iran’s more progressive than people give it credit for, but a while back I did some of my independent research on holocaust denial. A series of polls show that most Muslims deny or minimize the Holocaust. Schools in the United Kingdom are even starting to drop the Holocaust from history classes because the ‘western perspective,’ on the genocide against the Jews is offensive to the Muslims. Even in Israel Muslims and ethnic Arabs are denying the holocaust ever happened. 40% of Arab-Israelis deny the holocaust, and 41% of these say that Israel has no right to exist.

I even found a media watch website that posted a documentary that’d been aired on Iranian television saying that the holocaust didn’t happen but instead the Jews orchestrated an eradication of their own people to weed out the weak and inferior. They also had a sitcom that wasn’t specifically about holocaust denial but did feature Jews living in that time period as going about their lives unmolested but as instigators and politically aggressive martyrs. They had a children’s play filmed in a Palestinian grade school in which the children acted out Jews killing Jews and blaming the Nazi. Another play from a Palestinian school featured them making up lies about the holocaust and then enacting genocide against the Arabs.

Holocaust denial is pretty much every day education in the Arab/Muslim world.


It's just antisemitism, but the way he was "denying" it was weird. And it's the same way some people at my school do it, they start talking about Israel and the Palestinians. He told Larry something like, "it happened in Europe and was carried out by the Germans, so why did they go and kill Palestinians and steal their country?" And Larry kept trying to get a simple yes/no answer on whether he believes it happened, but he kept saying how it's something in the past we should forget about it and yet so many people talk about it today and use it as an "excuse."

The exact same things alot of holocaust-deniers I know say. I think it has more to do with Israel/Palestine than just Jews and WW2.
Posted 9/26/09
I would still go back and live in the Philippines. Even if it's not a well-situated country, being there gives me the sense of belonging. I had rich past experiences there, really similar to the Thai movie "My Girl"


Yei, you have your Japan, I have my Philippines.
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It's just antisemitism, but the way he was "denying" it was weird. And it's the same way some people at my school do it, they start talking about Israel and the Palestinians. He told Larry something like, "it happened in Europe and was carried out by the Germans, so why did they go and kill Palestinians and steal their country?" And Larry kept trying to get a simple yes/no answer on whether he believes it happened, but he kept saying how it's something in the past we should forget about it and yet so many people talk about it today and use it as an "excuse."

The exact same things alot of holocaust-deniers I know say. I think it has more to do with Israel/Palestine than just Jews and WW2.


Well, in their defence people do often use the holocaust to defend the nakba. I suppose if I were talking about Middle Eastern affairs and somebody from a dominantly Zionist area I would assume that’s what they were doing. So, that’s where my mind would go. In which case, yes. It’d be more about Palestine v. Israel and the Jews and WWI. And the Iranian president is obviously involved in Middle Eastern affairs, so that’s what he’s discussing. So in his position if somebody brought up the holocaust I’d probably assume they were trying to justify the nakba.

I think that's why they deny it, because they don't want anything to make people sympathise with the Jews. But unfortunately this breeds and spreads hate while doing little to contribute to peace or their political agenda abroad.
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yeah,..you've ur japan n I've Indonesia,...even now I'm staying in S'pore but,my country is still the best.
i had visited China n Vietnam,...sure i like to go e'whre but i don't find place just like my hometown whre e'one always be thre for me,...
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Iceland is the GREEN one right?

Well I personally wanted to try to live in Iceland, my only concern is that I don't think my body can take a sudden change of Hemisphere. DX

plus, i'm still a minor, so i don't think i can do anything about this yet... DX DX DX
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom :)


Eww...
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I think it depends on your preferences. If you really love some place I don't think you'll care much about economy and all that stuff, that's why I choose Poland
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i go for japan
just coz i like to shop
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Posted 9/30/09

Yei wrote:

btw, I just watched the president of Iran on Larry King Live, he was pretty surprising.


Aww, your little statement could divert the topic >_<


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Yeah, but I got friends and family in Japan that I always stay with when I go there. If somebody has no connections and just decides they want to immigrate there on there own they will have a tough time. But the good news is recently a new government party was elected in for the first time ever (the Democratic Party), and they have begun doing some positive things for immigration and current immigrants.

The Iranian president gave mostly good answers, and wasn't that crazy up until the end. He gave good explanations for lots of things. In the end Larry started asking him about the Holocaust, and then things got weird. He never denied it, but at the same time he kept avoiding saying it happened.


I think Ahmadinejad always being sarcastic. It's amusing whenever he denies Holocaust, then all nations -as like being ordered- condemn him right away, when Israel occupation of Palestinian rarely get responses from them. In my opinion, he accepts Holocaust as a truth but always saying his denial to suppress the Israel's violent on Palestine.

On topic, I'd like to live in London, Britain. I rarely see any racial issue there. Also the governor of London, once invites the people of London to understand Islam by fasting with them. Well, that's not the only reasons, though. The city is clean and mixed by old and modern buildings, also they have the Giant Wheel ~
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Yei
I've narrowed down the countries I'd like to live in to be either Canada, Japan or France.

So what country would you want to live in the most and why?


I was recently talking with my friend who moved to America from Japan and somehow wound up in Oklahoma State and I asked him about which country he preferred to live in. He told me that he wasn’t sure but some things that he mentioned:

In Japan you don’t have a lot of public expression of personal or political opinion. He likes how open people here are, especially since he still considers himself Japanese and not American. For him it’s like exploring the mentality of a new world.

He hates our food, but then the guy once ordered a burger from McDonald’s and then fried an egg to put on it. He said the burgers in Japan actually come with eggs on them, which boggled my mind. That just sounds disgusting to me.

He likes gambling. Apparently it’s illegal in Japan except this one game where they’ve got little metal balls and they win tokens they can trade in for prizes or cash. I don’t remember what it’s called, but he’s obsessed with the lottery, black jack, and slot machines. He always talks about getting rich.

He said that in Japan people are more concerned about what others think about them. That was kind of strange to me; I always thought that America was a pretty superficial nation. I mean, the “American Dream,” may have died with The Great Gatsby, but it’s still embodied by the materialistic life of celebrities. But, he says that people here are more tolerant of one another. Like in Japan it’s considered rude to laugh to loud in a movie theater, but here if something funny happens nobody gets mad about everyone else cackling their heads off…within reason, of course.

I don't know, he doesn't follow politics so he couldn't really answer my questions about the administrations and stuff. But, he says that he likes America but intends to go back to his home one day.
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Well, it's a tie between Norway and Iceland according to the United Nations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index

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