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CrisGerSanAug. 01, 2015 - 07:16AM JST
Please let us all rest. This series is vastly over inflated in reputation. It has one cranky and selfish main character who constantly gets into trouble abuses others and then miracullously saves the day. over and over and over and over.
it was over after the first coeur. Now they are beating us to death with it
let him rest. please.
Posted in: Another 'Naruto' sequel? 'No way. Please, let me rest,' pleads series creator
CrisGerSanAug. 01, 2015 - 07:11AM JST
that was very honourable and he sets a good example to other captains who have jumped off their ships during emergencies fast. well done. Hope they find the missing man.
Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated'
CrisGerSanJun. 10, 2015 - 05:38PM JST
I am sorry to say that any serious student of history can say such sad afflictions of civilians happened in every war in history, and on a large scale. Japan is NOT alone or unique in this, Russia committed widespread such attacks on women when Berlin was captured, US forces did the same on the civili8an French population which resulted in a hatred of the US in many parts of France to this day, it is part of history. What IS unique is the attempt largely by China to shame Japan for political reasons and Korea to a lesser extent. Time to look forward, no one is trying to hid the past, some are just trying not to be forced to live in it.
Posted in: Denying WWII sex slavery stains Japan's honor: Kono
CrisGerSanMay. 23, 2015 - 08:54AM JST
Why in heavens name are you featuring news about a french inspired animated feature when Japan is home to the finest animation of modern age? Anime is far and beyond the best work done in animated form and forms a vast and varied literature of superb work in all genres. Please show more respect and coverage for the host nation of this serivce. Little Prince is old old old and very dated news.
Posted in: 'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes
CrisGerSanMay. 23, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
Some interesting responses here and some cogent alternative analysis quoted. It is largely due to inter service rivalry on both sides of the Pacific War that it took so long and was so costly to no real end result other than the killing of vastly more Japanese civilians and soldiers than was ever necessary for the end result. The US losses were paltry in compoarison and in their nature of suffering tho it was a terrible war for everyone. Largely caused by Roosevelt's fears of competition from Japanese industrial and labor superiourity, his fears proved true in the long run and the US lost the war of production over the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. So what was the point of it all? a very cogent criticism was made by Clark Lee an in law correspondent and one of the founders of the UPS at the end of the war saying that largely the war consisted of old men, generals and admirals sending millions of young men out to die for their own egos and not for any real need. It seems that may have been true of both sides. Japan does indeed NOW need amphib forces for China will attack on every front and is already doing it. I am proud of them for being realists of the modern age and taking the correct steps to deal with it. Coast guard forces cannot project the power needed.
Posted in: Asia-Pacific militaries seek to develop amphibious skills
CrisGerSanMay. 16, 2015 - 03:08PM JST
This show was from the start a ridiculous encouragement for false egotism and public display and a horror and an insult to any intelligent person in the USA. Sadly it started a whole flock of imitators and the so called judges were among the worst examples of this egotistic display in the whole scene.
Posted in: Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'
CrisGerSanApr. 21, 2015 - 05:19PM JST
The Battlefront titles were among the least in terms of quality of all of the many Star Wars based games. There are much much better quality SW titles with a lot more depth. The Battlefront games were a series of various Star War's themed setting with rather vague combat scenarios, really just fairly basic arcade limited story events strung together until they made up enough content to package as a "game" there was no real story or plot. Hardly promising as a subject for a remake. We will see EA is a fine company with many great titles published..so maybe we will be surprised.
Posted in: Video gamers feel force of new 'Star Wars Battlefront'
CrisGerSanApr. 21, 2015 - 05:15PM JST
OsanAmerica has said what needs to be said about this. Both China and Korea already accepted the appolgy years ago. Now the media including here are trying to find things to make stories about and China is trying to make trouble using any excuse it can.
And for pete's sake, this is ancient history now, just about everyone who had any say in the events of back then is very elderly or gone. Let their memory be respected by whoever wants to ...and let the present be based ON the present reality. Only China and press and news media ppl looking for a catchy story are beating on this long dead issue.
Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami
CrisGerSanApr. 21, 2015 - 05:11PM JST
Sadly Lucas sold off control to Disney...and Disney is showing that all of our fears, those of us who have loved and built the Star Wars universe of appreciation for many years...our fears have been that Disney would make a shallow mockery out of the Star Wars Canon. They already have, they murdered the Clone Wars animated series which in five seasons did fantastic work. In the very first sequel season Disney turned out one of the worst most shallow and horrible remakes, twisting the series into a bizxarre parody of Aladdin meets Star Wars, with a cheeky Jewish kid as the main hero, and politically correct proto negroes, female figures who are filled with modern feminist angst..and the worst most stupid slangy comedic bastardication of a really well done set or characters and story I have ever seen. I expect the same with the movies, in the brief glimpses we have seen, already we see a token negro inserted into the story, as soon as I saw that, i knew the liberal cabal that has taken over media in the US was going to use Star Wars to push their liberal agenda even into what was a haven of decent sci fi, into a universe far far away. Very sad, too bad.
Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
CrisGerSanApr. 21, 2015 - 05:05PM JST
Taco Bell is a terrible example of trash food, it is a curiosity in Japan but the glow will soon fade. There is so much better food in Japan it is beyond words.
Posted in: Run for the border
CrisGerSanApr. 21, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
First of all, Pixar and Disney make junk, bottom of the barrel trash. None of he recent releases by either are anywhere near the quality of most Anime and manga. Long ago Disney became a monster living off of its own greatly over inflated self image. Disneyland was a fun place for suburban american familes to visit, but frankly it was ALL a re hash of other ideas and images from everywhere under the sun. All of Disney media is derivative. On the other hand, Japanese anime is hugely original and remarkable, a vast literature literally unknown in the western media world. Shallow remakers of Disney shallow fantasy like Studio G are nothing to discuss for he is as shallow as Disney.
Posted in: Disney Pixar’s new movie attracts criticism again in Japan
CrisGerSanMar. 31, 2015 - 03:00PM JST
Another example of China's fantasy world that they live in, rather amazing really... Japan loves the Cherry Trees and Hanami is a special time of national love and interest. That is their right. If the Chinese want to love their cherry trees in equal fashion no one is going to object, but please China, please just stop being so silly. It is embarassing.
Posted in: Blooming row over cherry blossoms splits China, S Korea, Japan
CrisGerSanMar. 31, 2015 - 02:57PM JST
It is more than time for Japan to have the opportunity to be equal to any of the other nations that have addressed the US congress thru their leaders. More than time And there is no reason on earth for Japan to applogize for a war that is long over, that was then and now is now. It is ridiculous for any modern nation to be constantly blamed for events of the past ..carried out by people who are almost all now long gone. Any nation has the right to honour its ancestors and their acts, especially of they gave their lives for their country. No one is asking the United States to appologize for the horendous war crimes it committed bombing the cities of Germany, Italy and Japan without mercy. That was the past.
let Japan live in the present like everyone else.
Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress
CrisGerSanMar. 11, 2015 - 03:33AM JST
A remarkable and commendable effort. Well done.
Posted in: AKB48, sister groups to hold concerts to support Tohoku reconstruction
CrisGerSanMar. 11, 2015 - 03:29AM JST
The headband that Saotome-san is putting on is an authentic relic similar to what was handed out to school children and others to honour the pilots of the Kamakaze during the war.
I see many different misunderstandings of the issues of this, on both sides. To understand the true history it is necessary to study it and to have lived some of it or to know people who did, and were directly involved with it. Then you can reach a more accurate understanding.
The was in the Pacific was quite different from the WWII in Europe. It was caused mostly by the fear in the US of Japanese expansion along the same identical pattern that the USA, the UK, France, Holland, Germany, and even Denmark took in colonozing many areas of the Pacific, using land they took over for raw materials, and for markets for their products and for other purposes including military bases. Japan came to this process late but it was a natural step for a mature national power of that era to move to. But by then the US had taken a strong position and wanted the Asian markets and raw materials for itself. FDR started trying to cause the war quite a while before it happened. He tried various ways to incite it. Japan and in Japan there were many who did not want the war. It was a surprise that it happpened even to many who were engaged in developing some of the advanced ships and planes that were part of the normal military development of a modern power.
Japan had a strong and proud national culture. It was from the second attempt of the Mongols to invade from China, an independent power capable of standing on its own. Under the Shogunate a very advanced and very organized system was developed to organize society from the top to the bottom and rather than glorify war and militarism, it tried to channel that part of the culture into a very carefully controlled class of warriors who were trained in much more than just fighiting and it was designed to develop a lasting and stable peace after the turmoil and tragedies of the Feudal era. It worked well for hundreds of years. It was destroyed by the organized efforts of Western industrialists and arms suppliers who wanted the potential market of Japan and they supported the destruction of the Shgounate for their own aims.
Part of the problem of what happened after was that two of the major clans took over two of the main branches of the military namely the Fleet and the Army which later included the air forces. This led to an internal competition that resulted in some of the energy behind the military efforts in Manchuria and elsewhere. So internal and external causes led to Japan entering WWII. But the western view of Japan and the Japanese military during the war dominated the writing of the history then and still does. The fact was and still is to a degree that Japanese culture views duty, loyalty, respect of ones country, familiy and personal integrity as very important. These are no longer of much value for most westerners..and that decay has set in even during the 1930s in the major Western nations.
So it was a cultural conflict, between cultures with very different values. What seemed insane to western soldiers ..that Japanese forces fought to the bitter end, and took extreme risk in the face of certain defeat was a natural action for a culture deeply rooted in loyalty and courage on a personal as well as a nationial level. . once the war was entered into, it was reason for everyone in Japan to do their best. Respecting and understanding that is necessary if one really cares about Japan as an unique and very remarkable country. If you want reasons to hate and belittle Japan, you can certainly create them just as you can for any culture. China, the US, the UK, all of the European countries were guilty of massive cruelty and abuse of others and their own forces over many hundreds of years. No nation is innocent of such. Brutality to prisoners and abuse of power in war was common ...not unique to Japan.
No one can deny the abuses that occured under Japanese occupation . It has been addressed over and over and appologized for. But it cannot be changed or erased. Nor can the cruelty and the abuse of the massive bombing of civilian cities by the Allies in both Japan and Europe. it was a campaign of massive cruelty carried out at the orders of a few top general who thought it would be an effective way to defeat their enemies but in fact in both Germany and Japan, production of war materials was not prevented, just innocent people died on a huge scale. It was and is wrong. There is no sane defense of it, and the west has shown little official remorse. Yet many expect Japan to continually abase itself and remain powerless in a modern world that has many real dangers and challenges that must be faced by any responsible modern power.
China is now attempting to take over the entire Pacific region. Its clear goal is dominance and control in both fact and influence. It is carrying this out under the leadership of a small elite that has unlimited power and which is following the 19th century models of imperialsim. that might makes right. It has no respect for the rights of any of the neighboring nations. Japan has every reason to need to defend itself and to help its neighbors defend themsleves against the inevitable attempts to do to the Pacific region what they did to Tibet.
The facts are there to support all that I share here. It may take time to study and learn what actually happened and to understand the context of things. But the truth will become clear if you take that time. And for understanding and appreciating Japan and Japanese culture the effort is worth it. I work with and in Japan but I have family history in the US going back to the foundation of the US. My family also served in the military in WWII, i am quite a bit older than many here i suspect. A cousin of mine was the captain of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. My father and my uncles all served, several of them all over the Pacific during the war. From them all and from my own study of history and my own life long interest in and respect for Japan and Japanese culture, I encourage any who want to make the effort to see and understand that Japan today lives in the 2000's not the 1940s. It is not the nation it was then, but the culture is connected and directly the result of hundreds of years of development of a very sophisticated and very civilized nation, indeed a unique one. I hope you do make that effort. It is worth it.
Posted in: Firebombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
I am sick and tired of the ultra liberal left and the liberal dominated governemnt and media in the US pushing the racial issue over and over and over. People are people, not races. Get over it. Success comes from quality and there is no guarentee for that chance for success for anyone of any race..you have to work for it. and earn it. No freebies and i wish they would just stop the nonsense of it all. When we can get rid of the national joke of a non president in the US we may see some of this silly race focus go away. I hope so.
Posted in: Civil rights groups to protest Oscars over lack of diversity
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
I am not sad to see this series end. It was truly one of the most repetitious and boring series basically had the same story over and over and over..and the main protagonist Naruto was a coarse shallow and frankly ugly non hero. It was and is popular in a certain set both in Japan and abroad but not really for any real quality. There are far far fer better seris being released every season.
Posted in: Naruto art exhibition coming to Tokyo and Osaka with free, new manga for all attendees
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
I hope the Prince has a nice time. It is nice that he is appreciated. England had a major influence on the modern path of Japan including among other things, the way Japan drives on the same side of the road as the UK, the focus on the railroad system and british influence on how Japanese Schools are run.
Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:49PM JST
I am glad she is ok, and I hope the man gets life without parole
Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl
CrisGerSanFeb. 08, 2015 - 12:14PM JST
Japan like any other country on the planet should have the option to protect its citizens. There is no reason to continue the postwar demeaning constitution for Japan has shown over the following decades that it is fully worthy of being an equal world power to all, with equal powers to protect and further its interests. China and other nations try to demean Japan and keep trying to bring up ghosts of the distant past, but those times are all long gone, and Japan is a fully worth and respectable nation today and its citizens deserve protection and support when needed.
Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:54AM JST
If for this lifestyle we need wars, I don't want this lifestyle anymore.
Posted in: U.N. chief Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:53AM JST
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Posted in: Japan protests China news agency's call for emperor apology
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Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:50AM JST
You are the Chairman of a major corporation and are not a millionaire?
Posted in: Trump dumps insults on questioners; insists on control
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:49AM JST
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