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CHAMADEMay. 21, 2013 - 06:49AM JST
Guru 29, thanks for your point of view on this sensitive subject. It will be entertaining to see what Japan, Taiwan, the US, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, Britain, France and others with any historical experience of engaging China will come up with, akin to China's laughable claim on Okinawa, to demonstrate the absurdity of this claim by claiming 'historical rights' to various sections of China. After all, in reality Shanghai was developed not by Chinese, but by clever caucasian Sephardi Jews - who used Chinese labor, not Chinese brains. Hong Kong was nothing until the British built it into a global economic powerhouse with Chinese labor.That sort of thing - you know, England reclaiming Shanghai and Hong Kong and so forth? No?
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
CHAMADEMay. 21, 2013 - 06:37AM JST
The reality is that China by its emerging belligerance is inducing more animosity around the world for it and its people than it has ever beore in its long, shattered history. Americans should reconsider to whom they subcontract production, allowing valuable tehnologies and industrial expertise to be seived off by Chinese hands so easily. China is famously worried that the rest of the world intends to "contain" it - but they are doing an excellent job alienating themselves from the rest of the globe all by themselves. Nonetheless, the West and Japan should continue to unite to restrainthis vulgar, lawless rogue nation and its bellicose attitudes. Despite the fact that for its population and land mass its acomplishments are somewhat modest in comaprison with Jaoan's, China does indeed seem potentially a very, very dangerous and globally destablizing country.
CHAMADEMay. 11, 2013 - 12:23AM JST
The recently deceased Donald Richie maintained that all of Japan would eventually look like Tokyo. (Gag.) We as foreigners have little sway over the tastes and demands of the average Japanese public, who clearly have minimal interest in their former traditional culture and architectural styles such as the dojunkai buildings (or even worse, the original Frank Lloyd Wright Imperial Hotel) and prefer anything o-new and "convenient." They will in fact surely "convenient" themselves into hell if left alone. The government's support of the shamelessly amoral construction industry and its breathtakingly talentless architects is another factor behind the destruction of so many beautiful old builidngs here. The dojunkai in Harajuku were iconic elements in Omotesando - and Ando Whoosits's new building, while ideal for somewhere such as ugly Kawasaki, where it woul be a beautifying element, does absolutely nothing at all for Omotesando other than perhaps attract mindless fashion victims and idiotic shoppers to its gimmicky courtyard ramps and tediously familar brand name shops. One almost wishes the world had a global architectural preservation body with the power to bring the Japanese constuction inustry to a world tribunal and sentence them to decades in one of their very own repulsive tenements in Takashimadaira (where suicide rates are often the highest in Japan!). This is one of Japan's very sickest characteristics.
Posted in: Last 'dojunkai' apartments to be demolished in June
CHAMADEMar. 26, 2013 - 09:07AM JST
Mister Donut should operate their outlets here themselves and not rely on a professional cleaning company (with lots of bleaches sitting around lol) that is Japanese. Too many American companies here lose out on expansion potential here by depending on Japanese 'partners' who merely want the know- how and the name. It's a very old story and the Americans have yet to learn.
Posted in: 5 fall sick after drinking bleach-laced water at Mister Donut store in Osaka
CHAMADEMar. 18, 2013 - 06:21PM JST
China must be contained by the world at large.
That's all there is to it. Contained by the world that bought its cheap products and shared its technologies. That era is over。
Posted in: Chinese military officials admit ship radar lock on Japanese detroyer
CHAMADEMar. 07, 2013 - 07:55PM JST
Mexican parts, faulty Yuasa batteries ---- maybe the Americans should make everything in the US to assure the aircraft is safe.
Posted in: ANA says it had Dreamliner power distribution panel trouble 3 times
CHAMADEFeb. 25, 2013 - 12:57AM JST
A sushi bar?
Posted in: Chef Wolfgang Puck: 19 years of feeding Oscars' hungry
CHAMADEFeb. 25, 2013 - 12:53AM JST
What does Yuasa have to say about all this?
Posted in: Japan identifies some Boeing 787 problems
CHAMADEFeb. 16, 2013 - 12:02AM JST
Isn't it ironic that two of the capital's most acclaimed international hotels are smack dab in hideous Roppongi (also affectionately referred to as Reppugni)? The Ritz Carlton, where the Japanese who would rather be foreign go to try to actually feel foreign, and the office-building-gone-bizarre Grand Hyatt, Tokyo's glitziest love hotel. Despite Mori-san's ardent aspirations to gentrify Roppongi with his rapidly fading Roppongi Hills and his ho-hum Midtown, the area remains one of Tokyo's very sleaziest - alive with gaijin wannabes and gaijins who don't want to be here but are for the money.
Tokyo isn't really very attractive for tourists who come here to seek the traditional Japan - since there's damned little of the traditional left in Tokyo -- except in the intellects of the natives living there.
But almost all of Japan's cities look just like Tokyo. And the traditional, "classical" Japan so many dreamy-eyed gaijins come here to experience is almost gone, or, as someone pointed out, propped up in front of some hideous signs and garsih, nationalityless buildings or isolated somewhere like Nikko. Kyoto has pockets of breath-taking beauty but it, too, is a for the most part a hideous metropolis when viewed as a city.
Ugliness is something today's Japanese appear to be able to ignore or edit out of view. Visitors, on the other hand, may just not be able to do that.
Posted in: Top 5 worst places to visit in Japan
CHAMADEFeb. 13, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
The batteries were made by Japan's Yuasa - what sort of explanations ar they offering??
Posted in: Boeing wraps up 787 test flights for now
CHAMADEFeb. 13, 2013 - 07:45PM JST
Japan's Yuasa made the batteries - what sort of cooperation are they extending?
Posted in: U.S. tries new line of inquiry in Boeing battery probe
CHAMADEFeb. 11, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
The problematic batteries were commissioned to Yuasa - the Japanese battery company. Boeing appears to have trusted Yuasa.
Posted in: Boeing conducts 'uneventful' test flight to probe battery fires
CHAMADEDec. 03, 2012 - 10:04PM JST
Ill miss her sublimely ludicrous, three story high skirts.Although I never took her singing seriously .
Enka is Japan's country and western....
Posted in: 90% agree with NHK decision not to invite Sachiko Kobayashi to 'Kohaku' - survey
CHAMADENov. 19, 2012 - 12:38AM JST
Posted in: No. of elderly criminals soars in Japan
CHAMADENov. 19, 2012 - 12:35AM JST
Get over it, Japan. There are relatively far more serious crimes committed every single day in Okinawa by Japanese, and few except the most serious crimes ever make the same splash in the media as incidents involving the American military.
Posted in: U.S. serviceman apologizes for assaulting boy in Okinawa
CHAMADENov. 19, 2012 - 12:31AM JST
Tokyu did this with Hilton. It's a poignant warning to those international hotel companies who want to enter the Japanese market with alleged Japanese 'partners'. It rarely works once the Japanese side gets the expertise which motivated the initial collaboration.
Posted in: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo to open in January
CHAMADENov. 19, 2012 - 12:25AM JST
China must be continually reprimanded, monitored and effectively contained by all its neighbors, Japan and the West until it begins to behave as expected and recognizes and honors internationally held rules of law, such as those governing intellectual property, currency manipulation, IT hooliganism, high tech theft, transparent government and human rights.
Japan must continue to defend and protect its homeland, including the Senkakus. And like it or not, the West and America must be prepared to help enforce Japan's position on this and other matters vis a vis a blatantly rogue China.
Posted in: Chinese ships seen in disputed waters for 28th straight day
CHAMADENov. 06, 2012 - 12:40AM JST
I hate to say it, but I prefer a China more similar to..ah..say Brzail, than to Europe, Japan or the United States. I don't trust the Chinese one iota - and haven't now for the past decade or so. Technological theft, intellectual property theft, vicious and adverarial web hacking, invasive belligerence vis a vis the Senkakus, economic campaigns to invade Africa, while embracing a virile protectionism of their own markets and manipulating their currency. They are abusing the goodwill the world had for them when they began pulling thmselves up by their boostrapes. Now they are simply antagonistic, expansionist and secretive - a loud mouthed rogue nation without laws. China must be minutely and continuously and quietly monitored and effectively contained.
Posted in: Chinese ships continue to sail in disputed waters
CHAMADEOct. 24, 2012 - 11:35PM JST
Romney LOOKs untrustworthy! His manner gives me the shivers.
Those forced fake smiles evoke a vaguely serial killer ambiance. I wouldn't trust this cheesy creature with a ten foot pole. He reminded me of the car salesman in"Fargo".
May Obama clean up once again.
Posted in: Obama says Romney cannot be trusted to deal honestly with public
CHAMADEOct. 03, 2012 - 06:33PM JST
It's a wonderful idea, and it could be very productive and beneficial to many people. It's far, far, far too expensive, in my opinion, though. It will be interesting to see how it's accepted or otherwise by the market.
And things change. There used to be "spooky" teahouses and sunakkus here where the frequently purposely weird-looking staff would jump out of dark corners or creepy corridors dressed in scary costumes, or popped up out of coffins placed here and there. The idea got old fairly quick and they all disappeared.
Posted in: Japan’s first 'cuddle cafe' lets you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour
May. 21, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
Who'd have thought a short, chubby bloke with bad skin could cause so much drama?! On…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 21, 2013 - 07:49PM JST
14 years ago this town suffered what was until then the worst tornado ever, and now…
Posted in: At least 91 dead in Oklahoma City tornado
May. 21, 2013 - 07:42PM JST
Why pay another 100-300 dollars worth of stupid gadget to watch a movie?
Or alternatively, why…
Posted in: Companies Japanese people are most proud of
May. 21, 2013 - 07:39PM JST
Shocking and such sad news. My thoughts are with the families affected and everyone else who…
May. 21, 2013 - 07:36PM JST
On the surface of it, the story sounds like a neat concept. Police defend a child-killer…
Posted in: Miike's action film gets booed at Cannes