CH3CHO's past comments

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    CH3CHO

    itsonlyrocknrollMar. 27, 2015 - 08:24PM JST

    neither the ADB nor the AIIB combined can raise anywhere near the sums required.

    China's foreign reserve is 3.8 trillion dollars, whereas that of US is 0.04 trillion dollars. By the way, US is the world's largest net debter nation. which is no problem, as long as US dollar is the key currency of the world trade.

    China has to think of some good use of the 3.8 trillion dollars. But I do not think other nations should contribute money for the sake of China, unless they are convinced that they get more than they contribute.

    Infrastructure loans are risky business, unless the money comes right back to the country as construction fees.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

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    CH3CHO

    Beijing has pledged to put up most of the initial $50 billion in capital for the bank, which is expected to be set up by year's end.

    The co-founders are asked to contribute money. China, holding majority of the shares, decides where to use the money.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

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    CH3CHO

    Christopher GlenMar. 27, 2015 - 02:33PM JST

    I know, I know. You are from Korea and when you look at Korean newspapers, they are all arguing that letting Abe speak at Joint Session would bring Japan at the same rank with Korea, whose President Pak gave a speech at the Joint Session on May 8, 2013, and therefore Koreans should prevent that happens.

    The world does not rotate around Korea.

    Posted in: Boehner invites Abe to address U.S. Congress on April 29

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    CH3CHO

    April 29.

    Did he choose the day on purpose, or just coincidence? April 29 is a national holidy in Japan.

    Posted in: Boehner invites Abe to address U.S. Congress on April 29

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    CH3CHO

    StrangerlandMar. 26, 2015 - 06:03PM JST

    It doesn't matter what aggression meant then, it only matters what it means now. The statement is being now, therefore the current definition of the word is what matters.

    What you suggest is called rewriting history.

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

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    CH3CHO

    But a panel member, whose name was not recorded in the document, said it was wrong to retrospectively apply values and definitions, citing a 1974 United Nations ruling on the meaning of the word "aggression" in the international context.

    What is called "1974 UN ruling" in the article is actually a UN General Assembly Resolution.

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/United_Nations_General_Assembly_Resolution_3314

    After reading the resolution, I think it does not go beyond 1945 when UN was established. So, it seems to me that we have to refere to older definition of aggression. But I think the argument is futile because war, if aggresive or not, is prohibited by Kellogg Briand Pact in1923. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Kellogg-Briand_Treaty

    ARTICLE I

    The High Contracting Parties solemnly declare in the names of their respective peoples that they condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies, and renounce it, as an instrument of national policy in their relations with one another.

    The whole argument on aggression comes from US insistence that war is OK if it is not an aggression even in face of the above mentioned treaty it has signed and ratified.

    War itself is wrong and Japan should express its remorse for that.

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

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    CH3CHO

    But a panel member, whose name was not recorded in the document, said it was wrong to retrospectively apply values and definitions, citing a 1974 United Nations ruling on the meaning of the word "aggression" in the international context.

    Very interesting legal point. How far would the 1974 ruling go?

    Does it go back to the days when Chinese dynasties were just killing everyone in its neighboring countries, or the days when Americans were taking the land of natives?

    Or, the ruling does not have any retroactive power?

    A law should be fair.

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

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    smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 08:44PM JST

    So you're outraged about the waste of money for ONE machine from a foreign company (and mistake a for-profit company's greed for actual help and expertise offered and refused by foreign workers!),

    That is because the Areva project is the most expensive waste of money in the list.

    The trouble-plagued machine lasted just three months and treated only 77,000 tons of water, a tiny fraction of the volume leaking every day.

    Areva's equipment could not de-contaminate even one day amount of water and failed. Other companies and even low wage workers are doing better job than it.

    Admit it, Smith. Westerners do not have any more expertise in decontaminating melt down NPP than Japanese. The difference is the eagerness. Look what the people without expertise and without eagerness did. I would rather let people without expertise but with eagerness do the job.

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

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    warispeaceMar. 25, 2015 - 06:27PM JST

    Good to know that disaster capitalism is alive and well in Fukushima.

    As a taxpayer and electricity bill payer, I am seriously angry with the waste of money and the Westerners who pressured TEPCO into buying good for nothing gadgets from France.

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

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    browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 05:03PM JST

    even if you don't have "Yamato characteristics" you can be considered truly Japanese

    This is by no means the first time that a Japanese national who is not "Yamato" became a representative of Japan.

    Son Kitei, 1936, Olympic marathon runner and Gold medalist, ethnic Korean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sohn_Kee-chung

    Togo Shigenori, 1941-1942 Foerign Minister, descendant of ethnic Korean http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%9D%B1%E9%83%B7%E8%8C%82%E5%BE%B3

    Koji Murofushi, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic hammer thrower and Gold medalist, his mother is Hungarian and his father is Japanese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Murofushi

    Son Masayoshi, Many times "richest person in Japan", naturalized ethnic Korean Japanese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masayoshi_Son

    I can make the list a lot longer if I search.

    Posted in: The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.

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    gogogoMar. 25, 2015 - 04:13PM JST

    Pretty obvious, Japan didn't ask for any help and just spent spent spent, almost they didn't want things to work so they could get more money.

    Are you serious? Would you rather believe such unbelievable story than much more believable story that the French company simplely did not have an equipment that worked in severe accident? What difference, do you think, the French company made if Japan "asked help," rather than "spend money"?

    Why can't the government sue some of these companies to get the money back!?

    It is not unusual in nuclear industry that manufacturers like Areva and GE get indemnity in the contract.

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

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    CH3CHO

    Constitution of Japan

    第二十四条 婚姻は、両性の合意のみに基いて成立し、夫婦が同等の権利を有することを基本として、相互の協力により、維持されなければならない。

    Article 24. Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis.

    I think the Conservatives have very strong argument on this issue.

    Posted in: The constitution does not rule out same-sex marriage, so an interpretation can be made that it is constitutional. Abe and the LDP don’t like the idea of same-sex marriage, but at the same time the issue is gaining momentum.

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    CH3CHO

    has expanded the definition of what it means to be Japanese.

    How exactly did it expand the definition? Can anyone answer, please?

    Posted in: The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.

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    CH3CHO

    FRENCH IMPORT: Among the costliest failures was a 32 billion yen machine made by French nuclear giant Areva SA

    All the expats who vociferously argued that Japan needs help from the West should know this consequence.

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

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    jpn_guyMar. 24, 2015 - 05:35PM JST

    If your statement that haafu is a neutral, non-discriminatory category with no relationship to Japanese uniqueness, please explain why no-one has ever called me, as a non-Japanese mixed race guy, a haafu?

    That is most probablly because you do not introduce yourself as "Half/Hafu", but as British.

    By the way, if you google オバマ (Obama) and ハーフ (Half/Hafu), you get a number of hits because President Obama has a Black father and a White mother and therefore is a "Half/Hafu" in Japanese terminology.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    jpn_guyMar. 24, 2015 - 04:29PM JST

    But what, by the way, do you think of CH3's sudden claim that haafu, like mixed race, is completely neutral does not even imply haafu-Japanese at all?

    I have been arguing there is no much difference between "mixed race" and "Half/Hafu" from the beginning.

    I just googled "黒人と白人のハーフ" which means "Half/Hafu between a Black and a White." If jpnguy were correct there should be no such expression in Japanese. In face of continued denial by jpn_guy, there are 17000 hits to the search.

    It seems you got everything wrong right there.

    jpn_guyMar. 24, 2015 - 03:20PM JST

    such people are treated as foreign. I know because I am one of them.

    I remember you said you are a British national. A British national is a foreigner in Japan. Is this a joke or something?

    you argued that haafus are happy with the term and there is no problem with the category (implying your understanding and agreement with the premise that haafu is pretty much used to mean half-Japanese exclusively)

    How could that ever imply so? I did not mean so, and if you have got that impression, it is your fault.

    Otherwise the 'you really do not need to come around and say that they are alienated' comment makes no sense.

    It does make sense, just as saying "If Blacks are proud of being Blacks and proud of being called so, you really do not need to come around and say that they are alienated and have no alternative" makes sense.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    jpn_guyMar. 24, 2015 - 11:09AM JST

    Some one with a Chinese Malaysian mom and Black Brazilian Dad is labelled in Japan as a Haafu

    Ha ha. Are you trolling? Are you telling us all with a straight face that most Japanese people, on seeing the above hypothetical person, would not on first glance consider and treat them as gaijin?

    "Gaijin" means a foreign national. "Half/Hafu" means a child whose parents are from different ethnicities or nationalities. So, the Japanese language has such expression like インド人とイギリス人のハーフ a "Half/Hafu" between an Indian and an English. "Gaijin" and "Half/hafu" are not mutually exclusive, whereas you faulsely think they are. One parent of "Half/Hafu" does not need to be a Japanese, either.

    It does not matter if you are persuaded or not. What matters is truth. Ask your daughter, who you say speaks Japanese well, if there is such an expression in Jpaanese like 中国系マレーシア人とブラジル人黒人のハーフ.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    CH3CHO

    The mere fact that the Supreme Court has set a date for delivery of judgment indicates that it is most likely to vacate the judgments of the lower courts. Otherwise, it would have sent its judgment by mail.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    jpn_guyMar. 18, 2015 - 01:52PM JST

    Chinese Malaysian mum - Black Brazilian Dad UK label: Mixed race Japan label: Gaijin

    Fijian mum - White Mexican Dad UK label: Mixed race Japan label: Gaijin

    White British Mum - Asian-looking Japanese Dad UK label: Mixed race (note this is the same label as above) Japan label: Half (note this is not the same label as above)

    This is where you get evrything wrong.

    Chinese Malaysian mom - Black Brazilian Dad UK label: Mixed race Japan label: Half/Hafu

    中国系マレーシア人とブラジル人黒人のハーフ

    Fijian mom - White Mexican Dad UK label: Mixed race Japan label: Half/Hafu

    フィジー人とメキシコ人白人のハーフ

    White British Mom - Asian-looking Japanese Dad UK label: Mixed race Japan label: Half/Hafu

    イギリス人白人と日本人のハーフ (note this is the same label as above)

    jpn_guyMar. 23, 2015 - 05:34PM JST

    When people express surprise that someone who has lived in Japan all their lives speaks, acts and want to be treated just like everyone else

    So, you say they want to abandon all their heritage, and assimilate into Japanese. I doubt.

    Japanese schools these days teach their kids to respect the difference, rather than assimilate minorities into majority. You should remember "racial blindness" is denial of multi-culturism.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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