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AkashiAussieDec. 13, 2013 - 03:46PM JST
Why is Rudd being quoted? He's in love with China and is a nobody in Australian politics at the moment.
Posted in: Biden assures Abe that U.S. doesn't recognize China air zone
AkashiAussieDec. 10, 2013 - 07:34PM JST
Katakana adds emphasis to a word.
Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter
AkashiAussieDec. 09, 2013 - 02:39PM JST
Good on them. For many, police are seen as distant and potentially dangerous characters. If this helps soften their image and means that some girls are more willing to seek their assistance, then good job Nagano. Police must be sensible about the way they handle cases though and manage their time appropriately. Regarding the death of that stalking victim recently and your comments about the police 'refusing' to take stalking cases seriously, the way some girls are over here, if the police jumped through hoops every time some princess claimed she was being followed or that someone had said something mean to her, they'd have no time for anything else.
Posted in: Girls fawn over Nagano police station’s new pretty-boy mascot characters
AkashiAussieDec. 09, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
Exactly sf2k. Teenagers in Japan wouldn't know what is going on in the UK because they don't even know what is going on here. Ask them about any current events and you'll be met with a blank stare. How a link between two random attacks of women and a criminal trend in the United States can even be considered is beyond me.
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
AkashiAussieDec. 05, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Don't like deserts.
Don't obsess over trains.
Don't watch anime.
Couldn't even name one idol.
Come at me ladies. ;)
Posted in: Five hobbies that prevent guys from getting a Japanese girlfriend
AkashiAussieDec. 04, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
There are good and bad in all groups within society. As a foreigner in Japan though, you get some very strange receptions from some old people. In Australia, a lot of old people still hate Japan and Japanese with a passion and will say racist things to Japanese tourists. I get that same vibe in Japan. Some of them still treat non Japanese with disrespect, so I find it hard to treat them with the respect I would normally give the elderly.
White_Shinobi, I had a similar experience with an old person in a gym in Japan. I had just been for a swim and as happens when you are in water, I got wet. When I went back to the change rooms, I sat down on the change room bench and a bit of water dripped underneath me.
This old guy came over and started yelling at me and rolling his Rs in the same manner a yakuza speaks to someone or an angry school teacher talks to his worst students because I had made a bit of a puddle in front of his locker. I didn't understand all that he was saying, but got most of it, including where he said, 'This is not your country,' so I replied in a similarly disrespectful manner. I told him it was a public place and people normally get wet when they are in a pool. I also told him not to talk to me in the manner in which he was talking to me.
The angry old man didn't understand what I was saying, but he did not appreciate it. I assumed that in his day he was some sort of low level manager who got where he got in life by yelling at people and intimidating people - there are plenty of elderly types like that who no longer have power, but still have the attitude.
In the end he looked like he was about to pop he was so mad. He started saying some more racist crap about how this was not my country and I should be subservient to him. In the end he got up close and pushed me, probably waiting for me to hit him or something. Given that I am 6'3 and over 100kg and this guy would have been lucky to be 5'2, I just laughed at him. I have heard too many horror stories about foreigners who have stood up for themselves over here...
Some old people in Japan need to learn to relax. They are stuck in the hectic salary man mindset they lived for so long.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
AkashiAussieNov. 28, 2013 - 12:45PM JST
Abbot has already said this year that Japan is our most important friend in the Asian region and the liberal party tends to favor stronger ties with the United States. During the Taiwan crisis though, Australia said it would not get involved in a potential conflict.
You can tell even by the content of the newspaper articles themselves that Australians don't understand the situation and for a lot of Australians they don't care. Despite this potentially being the beginning of a dangerous chain of events in the Pacific, Australian newspaper headlines are about Justin Beiber doing some graffiti, Lara Bingle's cellulite and a whole bunch of other crap.
Chinese government funded education has overtaken the universities and money is the most important reason according to a lot of Australians to further relations with our neighbors. A free trade agreement is on the cards with our largest trading partner and this will be important to a lot of people. Many Australians too are sick of following the United States into battles they don't understand and will lump this event as just another one of those events.
I have been proud of the way that Australia has responded to the rumblings out of both Indonesia and China of late, but if Bishop withdraws her complaints, I will be very, very disappointed.
Posted in: Japan receives int'l support over China air zone
AkashiAussieNov. 28, 2013 - 08:51AM JST
China is not happy with Australia.
AkashiAussieNov. 27, 2013 - 02:28PM JST
China says monitored US bombers' flight through airspace zone
BEIJING - China's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday it had monitored the entire progress of two unarmed US B-52 bombers that flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea on a training mission without informing Beijing.
"The Chinese air force monitored the entire course and identified (them) in a timely way, ascertaining that they were US aircraft," the ministry said in a statement on its website.
"The Chinese side has the ability to effectively manage and control the relevant airspace," it added.
Good job China.
Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights
AkashiAussieNov. 27, 2013 - 02:17PM JST
The aircraft carrier and convoy were already organised to head to the South China Sea to parade around the Paracels and Spratleys. It just so happens that they will be heading through the East China Sea to get there. Some people are calling it a response to the B52s, but that it is not.
Posted in: Japanese airlines to stop giving China flight plans through new zone
AkashiAussieNov. 25, 2013 - 10:08PM JST
Smith, I can't take what you say seriously any more - especially after you didn't know that China was involved in a war in Vietnam.
Those 50 year old bombers seem to be regular tourists in the airspace around the Senkakus. Maybe they are heading out as bait to see if Japan sends another lot of fighters out to intercept it. Then I guess we see what China does in response. Either way, it's going to be an interesting night and day.
Posted in: Abe calls China's air defense zone 'dangerous'
AkashiAussieNov. 25, 2013 - 08:19PM JST
My friend in China just reported that he has seen 8 of these taking off in Nanjing.
AkashiAussieNov. 22, 2013 - 05:52AM JST
The one in 1986 lasted just over a year.
An submarine eruption built a new island on 18 January 1986, but the new island had been eroded again by waves and disappeared under the surface by 8 March 1987.
Posted in: Volcanic eruption creates new island south of Japan
AkashiAussieNov. 20, 2013 - 09:20PM JST
Exactly. Indonesia are two faced clowns. I am glad that Australia finally has a leader who says what he thinks and doesn't walk on egg shells. As you suggested, they themselves have admitted to spying on Australia in the past and I would bet you anything that they are still doing it today. When it was found out that the Indonesians were spying on Australia, Australian politicians just shrugged it off - as the Indonesians should be doing. It is the way of the world and hollow, meaningless apologies from either nation would be pointless.
When the extent of the USA's NSA espionage was exposed, they charged the whistle blower (Snowden) with espionage and accused Hong Kong of destroying relations with the US because they wouldn't extradite him. Prior to the exposure, the US were pointing the finger everywhere else themselves too, no doubt to try and divert attention away from their own shady operations.
So Corby wont get parole? I will cry myself to sleep. We will have to find someone else to sell our natural resources to? That wont be hard. Watch Indonesia's tourist market collapse as Australian tourists dry up. Without Australians, Bali will go bankrupt within a month. Indonesia are not a friend or an enemy to Australia and both nations will always be suspicious of each other. If Indonesia want to play hardball, they have a lot more to lose than us.
Posted in: Indonesia suspends Australia people smuggling cooperation over spy claims
AkashiAussieNov. 19, 2013 - 02:15PM JST
Abbot is a member of the Liberal Party of Australia which is a centre right political party. Only the left wing radicals would label him a right wing extremist. If anything, Austraila had the chance of catching up with Europe in terms of unmanageable debt if the left were left in power and the people could kiss their jobs goodbye. He and Abe are similar though, and this is a good thing and exactly what Australia needs in the face of massive increase in human trafficking of refugees with questionable statuses arriving on Australian shores under the watch of the left.
The leader of the left was able to communicate in Mandarin, but went to China and made more enemies than friends. His speeches were very quickly censored and the Chinese university students were offended, claiming that he was trying to be more Chinese than the Chinese. Abbot has made very clear that his aim is to strengthen relations with the USA and Japan and personally I support this. Anyone who thinks that Australia was in a better position under Rudd or Gillard has rocks in their head.
Posted in: Australia eager to conclude FTA with Japan
AkashiAussieNov. 18, 2013 - 01:02PM JST
Nobody remembers who got second.
Posted in: Lying down on the job
AkashiAussieNov. 17, 2013 - 11:45AM JST
School text books are so out of date, they are in desperate need of revision. The other day I asked 300 JHS kids what the Senkaku islands were and only a handful knew what I was talking about. History text books focus a lot on ancient Japan.
History changes all the time as new evidence becomes available and revisionary versions arrive on the scene. It is not something that is fact and remains exactly as it was 50 years ago. A government not willing to revise their history syllabus to make it more relevant to the lives of young citizens would be negligent IMO.
Posted in: School textbooks to be revised to reflect gov't view on history
AkashiAussieNov. 14, 2013 - 02:44PM JST
I live in Akashi and I investigated getting a license and even doing some bow and knife hunting of all the boars north of Kobe, which are in plague proportion. The cops were not helpful at all and just thought I was crazy. Knife hunting was a definite no go for them and the process you have to go through to get all licensed up in Japan is out of this world. Added to that, like all government institutions in Japan, they are never open when you need them to be, so I gave up getting it all sorted in the end. If I was an innocent young Japanese girl or an honest old Japanese man it might be a different story though... :)
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AkashiAussieNov. 11, 2013 - 03:59PM JST
It looks like Japan has its sights set on North Korea. I don't think Abe wants to sit idly by the next time North Korea start playing with their missiles and threatening other nations. Also, China are potentially in the cross hairs too methinks.
Posted in: Japan collective self-defense should include others, not just U.S., says Abe adviser
AkashiAussieNov. 10, 2013 - 08:40AM JST
If it encourages more people to brush their teeth, who cares?
Posted in: Sashihara, Yamamoto named Best Smile of the Year Award winners
Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:59PM JST
Make love... (not war...)
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Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:58PM JST
Girls were arrested for walking? And then they were marched to the police station?
Posted in: Tokyo police take 13 underage girls into custody for 'JK walking'
Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:54PM JST
If the woman is poor or of the lower caste, India wouldn't care so much. But…
Posted in: India outraged after female diplomat arrested, strip-searched in New York
Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
I have to agree with nikkeiboy there. The article specifically states that the survey was done…
Posted in: 80% of 'black companies' guilty of illegal business practices, survey finds
Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:50PM JST
Whatever happens in India is not germane to this issue.
I believe it is germane to…