BertieWooster's past comments

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    “The Japanese military complied with international law and maintained high moral standards, with the world’s strictest military discipline,” the document says.

    Right!

    Go to this page and scroll down to #8:

    http://listverse.com/2012/12/07/ten-iconic-photos-of-wwii/

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Strikes me that Shoichi Watanabe and his 8,700 right wing buddies have a little too much time on their hands.

    Come on ostriches!

    Get a life!

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    tokyo_girl

    Thank you for your excellent links.

    I wonder who the person who thought up the "Comfort Women" euphemism imagines he is fooling.

    Are we supposed to believe that front line troops lined up in front of a tent to sit down and have a nice cup of tea and a chat with a kind-hearted, matronly auntie?

    Pull the other one!

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 9

    BertieWooster

    If a person does something wrong, realises it, admits it, apologises, makes up the damage and adjusts things so that it is not likely to happen again, he is forgiven, those concerned forget about it and life moves on.

    If a person does something wrong, partly regrets it, apologises exaggeratedly and insincerely, lobs out some money, waits a while, and then denies that it ever happened and that it's all a conspiracy theory, it's NOT going to be forgotten.

    Ever.

    In fact, in contrary to Abe and his whitewash brigade, denial is the best way to make completely sure it never will be forgotten.

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 10

    BertieWooster

    Shoichi Watanabe's elevator obviously doesn't go to the top floor:

    The paper “never hesitated to humiliate (the men) who so selflessly staked their lives for Japan’s independence and modernisation.

    Were these the men who were tried and found guilty of war crimes in the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal after WWII or the ones like Abe's grandfather who managed to worm out of it?

    “The Japanese military complied with international law and maintained high moral standards, with the world’s strictest military discipline,” the document says.

    This must be some new and unusual definitions of "international law" and "high moral standards" that we are unfamiliar with.

    Watanabe is marching to the beat of some drummer in his head.

    He should be getting "professional help."

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Of course there are potatoes in Canada, Hokkaido, Saitama and even Okinawa. I think it's not so much a world shortage of potatoes as KFC and McOffal not being able to get spuds at the rock bottom price they need to to meet their profit margins.

    It's all about the money.

    Posted in: KFC Japan runs out of french fries due to U.S. industrial dispute

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Yet another massive fail for Abe:

    Nikkan Gendai describes Abe's response to the crisis: “Japanese Prime Minister Abe committed a triple fiasco”

    1) Abe dispatched a notably pro-Israel Japanese lawmaker to Jordan to deal with the crisis.

    2) Abe delivered his response to ISIS's demands standing in front of an Israeli flag.

    3) By immediately stating Japan would never pay a ransom, Abe effectively delivered a death sentence to the two men.

    https://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/01/23/shinzo-abes-efforts-to-respond-to-isis-ransom-demands-results-in-triple-disaster-of-fumbles/

    Posted in: Japan vows not to give up on hostages until very end

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    Illiyas, I am not anti-American. There is much I admire and love about the U.S.A.

    And to those who try to pin the blame on Obama, or Republics or Democrats, they are not the target, the ones to point the finger at are those who pull their strings.

    Thank you Strangerland and Avigator for understanding. I agree completely with what you post.

    You may be interested to watch this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZN_YDE-TU

    Posted in: U.S.-led coalition hits Islamic State with 25 air strikes

  • -22

    BertieWooster

    A handful of hostages are murdered and it's all over the media. The US slaughters hundreds of thousands and there is hardly a mention.

    Death is the same, however it's delivered.

    Posted in: U.S.-led coalition hits Islamic State with 25 air strikes

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    wtfjapan,

    Abe and his crack rescue team oh no thats the most worrying thing ive heard all week

    Don't worry.

    There is absolutely no danger of that happening. Abe hasn't even got the cohones to face the Governor of Okinawa, let alone ISIS rebels.

    It's an interesting thought though.

    Posted in: Japan awaits news of hostages as deadline passes

  • -10

    BertieWooster

    Whenever I see articles on this topic, one question remains.

    Why is the ISIS given so much publicity?

    Of course the ISIS murders are an atrocity.

    But death is death, however it's done. And thousands die each year at the end of a US drone.

    Suspected terrorists are killed (untried in a court of law) and so is anyone who happens to be in the vicinity, children, babies, whatever.

    Not much fuss is made about this, but the slaughter continues.

    So, I wonder why all the publicity?

    Perhaps there is an ulterior motive on the part of the media?

    Posted in: Japan awaits news of hostages as deadline passes

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Researchers find clues on how melanoma resists effective treatments

    How can they be effective if melanoma resists them?

    Posted in: Researchers find clues on how melanoma resists effective treatments

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Reckless,

    @BertieWooster, in my homeland the Spanish was always taught by native speakers. They naturally felt comfortable speaking Spanish so would begin using it first day and much more than English.

    Yes, in England we had a native French conversation teacher in addition to the English born French teacher. It helped. But then the class was 10 students. JETs are performing in front of much larger classes. Also Spanish, English and French have MUCH more in common than Japanese and English.

    As donkusai writes, this programme makes much more sense in the rural areas where people rarely see foreigners, let alone have the chance to talk with them.

    I think many critics of JET are sour grapes who couldn't get hired.

    They may exist. You may be right. It certainly isn't my experience. I ran my own English schools in Tokyo and Sapporo and never had the time or inclination to work as a JET. Many of the teachers I employed had worked as JETs and no one I met had anything good to say about it.

    It was and is a very competitive program.

    Well I'm glad to know it has some supporters.

    Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program?

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    A bad idea from the start.

    Instead of parading the "pet gaijin" in front of the students with a heavily narrated script - in Japanese - it would be much more effective if the foreign teachers taught the Japanese English teachers.

    Of course, it would be even better if the ministory (sic) of education got a decent curriculum together and worked out a way to actually teach the language. It's not difficult.

    But then, that would mean that many of us would be out of a job!

    Ho hum!

    Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program?

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Squat toilets used to be common in Italy and France, but it's years since I've been to either place, so it may have changed. As for how they could be confusing, I agree with lucabrasi, do we really need a manual for EVERYTHING?

    There is waste matter to get rid of, there is a hole in the floor. Is it that difficult to put poo and poo together?

    Squat toilets are actually very good because no part of your body comes into contact with any nasty horrible creatures that the previous occupee might have left on the toilet seat.

    But washlets have to be the most civilised way of paying homage to Thomas Crapper. I really miss them when I go abroad.

    Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    What a choice?

    Fascism and austerity under Abe or the bumbling idiots of DPJ.

    Isn't there someone with the ability to think logically and stand firm against the sea of "advisors," and offers of "backhanders?"

    Posted in: I would rather support Prime Minister Abe and the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party than support the same old DPJ, unless they change.

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Come to think of it there are no established medical standards around the world for ANYTHING connected with the mind, let alone dementia.

    Lots of long and complicated names for syndromes and no cures.

    Posted in: There are no established medical standards around the world about when to stop dementia patients from driving.

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    I wonder if Abe and the whitewashing crew's cunning plan is, having shredded most of the paper evidence, just keep quiet until the last witness dies of old age and shout, "Never happened! It's just a conspiracy theory!"

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

  • 8

    BertieWooster

    Abe, are you reading the comments on this page?

    If you aren’t, you should be.

    Learn to face things and not run away from them and you might avoid another nervous breakdown.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Look at it another way.

    It's actually a MacPlastic Nugget with bits of dead Thai chicken flesh stuck to it.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan says plastic in McNugget not linked to Thai plant

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