BertieWooster's past comments

  • -10

    BertieWooster

    Well done Mr Abe, for creating peace and goodwill amongst the neighbours (sarcasm).

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  • -2

    BertieWooster

    liarsnfools,

    Agreed that it needs to be fought out legally and politically in Japan. The problem is that Abe ain't listening. The elected governor of Okinawa has tried to meet with Abe several times, but Abe turned his back like a miffed schoolgirl.

    The only people he listens to are mummy, his American handlers and the voices in his head.

    Posted in: U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit over U.S. base in Okinawa

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Wouldn't the water freeze overnight in winter, cracking the glass walls?

    Not in Okinawa at any rate.

    And I'm sure he has taken this into account in colder areas.

    Posted in: Japan-inspired 'water house' slashes energy needs

  • -16

    BertieWooster

    . . . but the actual trouble maker is Abe

    Who delivered his ultimatum in front of an Israeli flag, And who paid the exact amount demanded by the ISIS to fight them. Just to create his 9/11 moment and change the constitution.

    Posted in: Some Japanese see slain hostages as troublemakers

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    innit,

    The troops from the bases provide very little income to Okinawans. Most of the income generated here is from tourism.

    You write:

    Also housewives from the base can offer cheap, good quality English lessons meaning the bosses/teachers of the local ailing eikaiwa schools might have to get a real job.

    For one thing, not all the local eikaiwas are failing and for another, I wonder what you consider a "real" job.

    I worked at a kindergarten in Naha for a while where some of these housewives were employed. I'm sure that this doesn't apply to all, but these two - native American English speakers - seem never to have heard of grammar. One of them admitted to me that she wouldn't know a noun from a verb when I questioned her grammar in the following conversation:

    "Where's the schedule?"

    "It's wrote on the wall!"

    Posted in: Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Yubaru, why do you try to underplay it?

    You look at the facts:

    Attendance at demonstrations shows a continual increase way above any population increase.

    Okinawans voted in Onaga because he is anti-base in fact, not just when it suited him, like Nakaima.

    And there is very strong support for Okinawa internationally.

    "Transplanted mainlanders" are the product of your very fertile imagination.

    Posted in: Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    samwatters

    I want to know why Abe and his government waited until after the surprise December election to announce the Yukawa and Goto kidnappings.

    Me too.

    Slumdog

    Yukawa's kidnapping was reported here on JT in August 2014.

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/a-broken-man-living-on-dreams-pulls-japan-into-syria-hostage-drama

    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/

    Abe is responsible.

    If he wanted to save Japanese lives he failed.

    Posted in: Abe defends handling of hostage crisis

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    When I lived in Sapporo, there was a kind of "fashion" amongst high school girls known as "jibetazoku." They would squat or sit on the floor, showing off their legs.

    I was walking to the subway station one day and there was a bunch of these. One particular girl had her legs splayed wide open. I couldn't help noticing that she had very brief panties on.

    I don't consider myself a prude by any means, and, in other circumstances would have been well pleased with this sight, but honestly, I was embarrassed.

    Why?

    It was just so out of place.

    The shock must have been so much greater for this girl.

    But, on the other hand, let's not forget that this guy did have the courage to turn himself in.

    Though the "authorities" and "experts" won't have any more of a clue what to do about it than the fireman (or firefighter) does.

    Posted in: Fireman turns himself to police for flashing student last October

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    My girlfriend at college in London many years ago had a similar thing happen to her. She and the guy sitting opposite her were the only passengers in the underground (subway) car. Between stations, he flashed her.

    Her response - which I still love her for - was to burst out laughing. He apparently went bright red, covered himself up and moved to the end of the car.

    Posted in: Fireman turns himself to police for flashing student last October

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    By taking on the job, Abe made himself responsible.

    He failed.

    Making excuses for failure is typical of Abe's mindset.

    "Cover it up! Rewrite the history books! Never happened!"

    Dragging the country into long protracted wars looks likely to be the next big failure.

    Let's not let that happen.

    Posted in: Abe defends handling of hostage crisis

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Attention Deficiency Disorder

    Posted in: Tiring work

  • -5

    BertieWooster

    You cannot fight force with force.

    It just creates more force.

    Don't we ever learn?

    Posted in: Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Abe

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    What I love about a bath - especially a Japanese bath where you are in bathwater up to your neck - is that it's a time to think - a time to go over what happened today, a time to plan out what to do tomorrow - a time WITHOUT THE PHONE!

    Posted in: Bath pillow with smartphone holder

  • -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/

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 11

    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."

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  • 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

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