BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

    Spilling their guts?

    What a horrible choice of phrase.

    There is a need for this kind of service. What's the point of going to a laughingly called "mental health professional" when very few of them have good listening skills and you end up with the "professional's" opinion anyway, followed by a course of anti-depressants.

    If psychs could learn to listen instead of pontificate, people might go to them.

    Posted in: 'Rented men' are paid just to listen

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Here's an idea:

    Since the Emperor is just a symbol and has no political power, why not allow the current Emperor to abdicate and put Abe in his place?

    I bet he'd jump at it!

    Posted in: Hurdles ahead to enable possible abdication of emperor

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Nuclear power in a country where earthquakes occur so frequently is a crazy idea. Large areas of Fukushima are uninhabitable and thyroid cancer is on the increase. There is no room for choice. Sustainable power production must be implemented. As kurisupisu points out, there are several excellent alternatives. The Asian super grid would supply renewable energy for much of Asia:

    http://apjjf.org/-John_A_-Mathews/3858

    The only thing is that it would require international cooperation. Something neither Abe nor the USA seem very keen on.

    Posted in: Business lobby says Abe gov't can't rely on nuclear energy

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    The US military is NOT in Okinawa to protect Japan. They are here to prevent the spread of communism and protect their own interests. If the US military really HAVE to be in Okinawa, they should pay rent commensurate with Okinawan land prices.

    In other words they should pay their way or get out.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr Trump!

    Posted in: Trump's 'America First' causes concern about U.S. commitment to defense of Japan

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    With Trump at the helm, the US is not going to be able to spend time "defending" anywhere else. They're going to be too busy "defending" the States.

    Maybe finally the US military will leave Okinawa!

    Posted in: Trump's 'America First' causes concern about U.S. commitment to defense of Japan

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    James Burke,

    I can't see Okinawa going for independence. Personally, I think it would be a great move. But, I can't see it happening.

    It's not that Japanese people don't care about Okinawa, most of them don't know much about it. Very little real news about Okinawa reaches them. News media in Japan is heavily filtered. I am often told by people in Honshu that Okinawa would collapse if the US bases left. Possibly true in 1950, but not at all true now.

    In fact, a large part of the reason for the poverty is the US bases. With this much military here, few entrepreneurs want to invest. Because of the huge US bases, Okinawa would be a prime target in an international dust up.

    You are quite correct when you say that Japan would not consider building more US bases. There was an uproar a few years ago when it was suggested that the marines move from Okinawa to Kyushu. Tens of thousands of signatures were collected and the plan was stopped before it got off the ground.

    Okinawa has been used as a dumping ground, by the Japanese government who have the US military breathing down their necks. There has also been plenty of dumping by the US military. A huge stash of what had been agent orange was recently found under the soccer ground of a Junior High School. As an answer to the question, "What's worse than finding a stash of Agent Orange?" The answer in this case is, "Finding a stash of steel drums that HAD CONTAINED agent orange before the drums rusted away."

    I also agree with you that Okinawa is not Japan. It is very similar in many ways to Ireland. Both have their own distinct cultures and both have been heavily used and abused by their neighbours.

    But, as I said, I can't see them going so far as independence. Okinawans are much more laid back and tolerant than the Irish.

    But you never know . . .

    Posted in: Construction of U.S. helipads resumes in Okinawa amid protests

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    DocCarlos,

    hopefully a Peaceful world and China puts their Dragons back in teh caves and North Korea becomes civilized and not threatening to Nuke Japan ans South Korea. Taiwan is Fully allowed to be an Independent Nation with no threats of a military invasion to take it back.

    Great sentiments. But they are going about it the wrong way. It will never happen as a result of military "strength."

    Force doesn't create peace, it just pushes the aggression under the surface.

    The Tiger,

    Why are the Americans even in Okinawa? I was there last week, such a beautiful place but too many Americans who don't respect the local culture.

    There are many of us here with this question. Why indeed?

    The locals don't want them here. And many of the US servicemen don't want to be here either.

    Abe's happy because he'd lose votes big time if he suggested putting bases anywhere nearer Tokyo. And if there is any act of aggression - with so much US military grunt in Okinawa it is very likely - it will happen as far from Tokyo as it's possible to get and still be in Japan.

    Okinawa is an incredibly beautiful place, with its own distinct culture, food, music and language. It's put up with 20% of its land being used by a foreign military for 70 years. Isn't it enough?

    Time to leave.

    Give the land back.

    Posted in: Construction of U.S. helipads resumes in Okinawa amid protests

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    chowaruoyaji,

    It would make an interesting thread.

    There have been some lulus.

    There was the 625th anniversary of Naruhodo the World. I thought that was quite amazing. They had TV programmes even before TV!

    Actually, Naruhodo the World and Sekkai Marugoto How Much were quite instrumental in educating the Japanese public about other countries. Before these programmes, you would ask a question like, "What's the capital of the U.S.A?" and get answers like, "Los Angeles!"

    The NHK "educational" programmes (I use the word advisedly) were a good source of amusement. For NHK, humour in any form will probably always remain a mystery. Not wishing to appear racialist, the same could be said (on a general basis) of Germany. Join these together and you have something excruciating.

    One December there was a skit on a "Lets learn German" NHK programme.

    The whole family sat down to dinner. The turkey was on the table. The Xmas lights were on and there was "Oh Tannenbaum" playing in the background. Mum and the kids were there waiting. Someone was missing.

    One of the kids asked, "Wo ist Vatti?" (Where's dad?), to which the general answer was, "Ich weiss nicht," "Mir auch," etc. Then the door opened and Santa walked in, sat down and there was general chat about presents and so on.

    Then Santa kind of smirked, put his hand to his face and pulled off his false beard.

    "Ah!" cried the kids, "Hier ist Vatti!"

    Someone got money for writing that skit!

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    The anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will pick up from the cliffhanger

    Cliffhanger?

    What cliffhanger?

    It was all I could do to stay awake in the last one.

    Posted in: 'Episode VIII' to break 'Star Wars' tradition; new Han Solo unveiled

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    The Harry Potter series.

    Otoko wa tsurai yo!

    The Monty Python films.

    Posted in: "Ghostbusters" is the latest remake from Hollywood. Which of your all-time favorite movies would you absolutely not like to see remade?

  • 16

    BertieWooster

    I cannot see how selling off one of the U.K.'s greatest assets is a success.

    If ARM had bought Softbank it might have been a different story.

    Posted in: May says Softbank-ARM deal shows Britain can be a success post-Brexit

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    One of the most amazingly stupid programmes I think I have ever seen anywhere was on NHK. It was a series about housework. It must have been produced with the brain dead in mind. The issue I watched was a full 30 minutes, with no commercial breaks on "how to clean a chair." I couldn't believe it. It was completely serious! It was so bad that I had to watch it through to the end. It wasn't as if there were any useful tricks or techniques to learn. It was just the painfully obvious steps of cleaning a chair.

    On the other hand, there have been some good programmes. Sazae-san was very useful when I was struggling to learn Japanese. The "Iron Chef" series were also very good. But, sadly, these were as diamonds in a cow pat.

    Whenever I am forced to watch, because the TV is on in a hospital waiting room or restaurant, it just seems to be the same old people, the psychotic Beat Takeshi, that idiot Sanma and a few pet gaijin, complete with canned laughter.

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

  • 13

    BertieWooster

    Japanese TV is CRAP!

    There simply is no better way to describe it. Ten years ago we dumped our TV and are SOOOOOO much happier for it.

    Japanese TV is complete rubbish!

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Bass4funk,

    And uh, how do you think they will start it?

    Easy. Fake a terrorist attack. It's been done before.

    Posted in: Can U.S. prevent war in Southeast Asia?

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Can U.S. prevent war in Southeast Asia?

    The US DOESN'T prevent war.

    The US STARTS wars. That's what it does!

    Posted in: Can U.S. prevent war in Southeast Asia?

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    This lady was so drunk that she passed out in a hotel lobby. One wonders how valuable her chastity was to her. I can't imagine that it was a big issue for her. If it was important to her, she wouldn't put herself in a position where she might be taken advantage of. I think the judge took this point into account.

    Sex has a different meaning for different people. Rape might be a minor annoyance for one person and the end of the world for another. For the guy in this story, sex probably meant just a temporary relief. As for what it meant for her, how are we to know? The judge met these people and listened to their cases. The punishment he decided on fit his interpretation of the crime.

    Without this information, any opinion expressed here is pretty meaningless.

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  • -1

    BertieWooster

    Yubaru,

    Coming from the person who would have like to see him hung.

    Looks like you've got me mixed up with someone else.

    I certainly didn't suggest hanging the guy.

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  • -8

    BertieWooster

    I wonder why so many people posting here have such strong opinions. There is simply not enough information to make any kind of judgement. Yes, he raped her. Of course, that was a bad act. I wonder what she was doing dead drunk in the hotel lobby anyway. She wasn't staying there. This doesn't excuse what he did, but I'd just like to make the point that there's a lot of information missing here.

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  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Why the fuss about an Empress?

    There have been many empresses of Japan:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Emperors_of_Japan

    In any case, isn't this a bit outmoded in the 21st century?

    It's not as if the emperor does any empering.

    Mr Abe, take note.

    Posted in: Emperor abdication debate could stir discussion on female succession

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Two and a half years in solitary, with no one to talk to, no books, no TV, no nothing.

    He's going to be certifiably insane by the time he gets out.

    I did some interpreting work in Sapporo at the prison there. I've seen what this does to people. A couple of years of solitary will reduce him to a gibbering wreck.

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