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  • 2

    BertieWooster

    When did WWII begin?

    1940 with Pearl Harbor?

    1939 with Hitler's invasion of Poland?

    For China it was 1931 when Japan seized Manchuria after a bloody invasion.

    I note that what China is celebrating here is the “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression,” so China's time frame on this is 1931 to 1945.

    If Abe had the guts to put his pride to one side and attend this event he would go a long way to cleaning the slate.

    Such a pity he doesn't have the courage.

    Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Yubaru,

    A true statesman would have found this an opportunity to open better lines of communication, not close them.

    My sentiments exactly.

    But hardly surprising considering Abe doesn't even have the cohones to face Onaga, the leader of the poorest and weakest prefecture in Japan.

    Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    What about the atrocities committed BEFORE WWII?

    Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup

    "Don't worry. There's plenty more where that came from."

    S. Abe

    Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup

  • 5

    BertieWooster

    This is good news. The power lines are unbelievably ugly.

    Posted in: Tokyo considers removing overhead power lines in run-up to 2020 Olympics

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    True Okinawa,

    It's about time this lie about Okinawans being paid to attend demonstrations was put to rest.

    There were nearly 4,000 people at the event. Who do you imagine forked out between 12,000,000 yen and 40,000,000 yen for the demonstrators?

    NO ONE subsidises these demonstrations. I personally know of at least two separate people who PAID for taxis to get to an event at Henoko last year OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET because all the buses were full.

    We usually attend these demonstrations so I know the situation there. There are some sympathetic people from the mainland, but the vast majority are Uchinanchu (Okinawans). Don't forget that Onaga was elected BECAUSE of his anti-base stance and that the LDP did badly in the election because of its pro-base stance.

    Okinawa does NOT want yet another base.

    It is shouldering far too much of the burden.

    Posted in: U.S. base dispute worsens as Tokyo refuses to bend

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Nessie,

    Yeah, Mr. Wooster, it's not like anyone in your apparently advanced country would ever use pints for beer, stone for body weight, yards and miles for road distances, or other complicated systems, is it?

    I agree completely with you with stones for body weight. I could never understand that.

    Sixteen ounces to the pound made sense in the days before digital weighing instruments when a guy in the market could just chop a pound of something in half to make eight ounces, halve that to make four and so on. Since we don't all do that and paper calculation in metrics is much easier, it has my vote, whether the U.K. uses it or not.

    But there are some things that refuse to die.

    One is the pint. It just seems about the right size for drinking - 500ml is just a bit too little and a litre too much.

    Another is "mileage."

    "Kilometrage" just doesn't roll off the tongue in the same way.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    Cleo,

    A question of my own - why do US cooking recipes give quantities in cups? A cup of water, milk, any liquid is sensible, but a cup of flour, sugar, raisins varies greatly depending on how loose or packed it is. And a cup of carrots, potatoes, apples, cabbage etc., simply doesn't make any sense. Why not use weight?

    Good point. But then people who go to fast food places and actually hoover up the muck they serve there are not exactly discerning gourmets.

    They don't care.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Abe has a history of running away from problems. Fukushima, the Sentakus and Okinawa are good examples.

    He hasn't bought the US media as he has in Japan and so he's going to look the fool that he is when he tries to answer reporter's difficult questions.

    He has known about Okinawan opposition to Henoko for several years and, instead of confronting the situation and using his powers of persuasion (he doesn't have any), he uses trickery in a secret meeting with Nakaima, omits several VITAL facts from the environmental assessment and tries to cover up the fact that there is an agreement with the USA for the construction of a superbase at Henoko and not the "heliport" as it was termed years ago, or the "replacement for Futenma" that is the current smokescreen.

    Abe is a pathetic little coward. He doesn't even have the courage to meet with Onaga, even after Onaga made several visits to Tokyo to see him.

    Time for him to step down.

    And time for the US to build their bases - if they really must and their taxpayers can afford them - on their own land on their own dime and not Japan's.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    I have the same question. Why does an apparently advanced country use this ancient and complicated system of weights and measures?

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Onaga was the right choice.

    Someone has to stand up to Abe.

    Good on him!

    Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    Much as I applaud the anti-Abe sentiment, I cannot help but notice that there are only two placards that people in the demonstration are holding. One is a laminated A3 photoshop of Abe with Nazi cap and Hitler moustache and the other is a larger printed item.

    Something a bit odd here.

    It wouldn't be a set up to try to show that anti-Abe people are nutjobs, would it?

    Posted in: No to Abe

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    A rift!

    Thank heaven for that.

    So there are people in high places who haven't swallowed the Abe KoolAid and who can see reason.

    I hope more people stand up to this dangerous idiot and he gets booted out before he does any more harm.

    Posted in: Abe-Kuroda honeymoon soured by fiscal friction

  • 10

    BertieWooster

    I don't know about comparing Abe to Adolf. Personally, I don't think Abe has the charisma. He does have the history, however.

    Abe idolises his grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, who was a Class-A war criminal, serving in a key position in the cabinet of Hideki Tojo. Imprisoned at the end of World War II, he managed to worm his way out of a conviction and was released in 1948.

    Kishi returned to politics and became prime minister of Japan in 1957. Like his grandson, he was also addicted to the Yasukuni Shrine. Kishi is regarded as a ghost of Japan's past militarism and prewar political system. Abe's childhood was spent at Kishi's side.

    "Since my childhood, in my eyes, my grandfather was a sincere statesman who only thought about the future of this country," Abe wrote in his book titled Toward a Beautiful Country. Kishi is Abe's primary role model as a politician. Abe proudly declared: "I am the son of Shintaro Abe but have inherited my DNA from Nobusuke Kishi."

    Abe tried to defend Class-A war criminals such as his grandfather by claiming they are not criminals under the laws of Japan. HIs only defence is stout denial. Unfortunately there are many people who know the reality of the situation.

    People are beginning to get fed up with his attempts to whitewash history and turn back the clock.

    What we need at the helm is not someone stuck in past "glories," who is trying to relive the days of Japan's military "greatness" but someone who can listen as well as speak, who communicates with the neighbours and works toward peace.

    Japan had been going in this direction since WWII with a pacifist constitution.

    There is no need to change direction.

    Posted in: No to Abe

  • 9

    BertieWooster

    "Fighting for peace is like folking (misspelling) for virginity."

    It's an old one, but true. War doesn't produce peace. Abe and his right wing kooks are proof of that. Losing the war in 1945 put it on the back burner, but Abe and crew would love to start it over again.

    You want peace, do peace creating things and you'll get it. If the same money the US threw away in Vietnam, Iraq etc. had been spent on boosting infrastructure in those areas, activities that fostered understanding would have created links instead of breaking them.

    We have one planet. There is no other place to go. With the population increasing year by year, don't you think we need to work out ways we can live together and have a reasonably good time while doing it?

    Or is it better to become more and more suspicious of each other and wage covert wars, i.e. wars that say they are for one thing, but that are in reality to grab someone else's oil or stall another country's economic expansion.

    Posted in: Former LDP chief Kono urges Abe to erase doubts over war history

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    toshiko,

    Tourism will bring $$$ and local employment increases.

    Yes, exactly.

    Whereas a new superbase in Henoko would just turn Okinawa into a bigger target.

    For God's sake, military bases are so dark and gloomy.

    I'd much rather see people having fun and enjoying themselves than heavily guarded enclosures, ammunition dumps and several thousand people waiting for the order to "make the world safe for Democracy!"

    Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Tourism is the biggest source of income in Okinawa. Amusement parks like Universal Studios would increase the already rapidly rising income from tourism dramatically.

    The US bases have been around since the end of WWII and they haven't brought prosperity. Okinawa is still the poorest prefecture.

    However, if the US bases were returned, Okinawa could easily become one of the richest:

    The returned lands in Kuwae and Kitamae area in Chatan have created 108 times more direct economic effect and those in the Shintoshin area in Naha have produced 32 times more.

    Read the whole article:

    http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2015/02/18/17119/

    Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa

  • -8

    BertieWooster

    Perhaps a few of the US bases could pack up and go home to leave space for more ventures like this in Okinawa. It would be a much better use of space and provide jobs for Okinawans.

    Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa

  • 27

    BertieWooster

    Since there only appear to be four people in this "demonstration" I wonder why JT feels it has to publicise it.

    Posted in: Sign of the times

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    The way it's "taught," I don't blame students for disliking studying English.

    Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English

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