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    Frungy

    Wc626Apr. 26, 2015 - 08:45PM JST Japan is freeloading off US security. Sorry but when armed forces members receive their direct deposits (including their cola pay) it comes from the US dept. of defense. Not bank of Japan.

    Bull. The Japanese support of the US armed forces goes way beyond just paying for Japanese defense. I know for a fact that during the War on Iraq the oil running the U.S. aircraft carriers was paid for by the Japanese taxpayers as the Japanese contribution to the war effort.

    Darn right Japan will have to sink or swim alone if the "good guys" pack-up & leave.

    I long for the day when the U.S. stops its colonial agenda and packs up and goes home. It has repeatedly destabilised world politics almost to the point of Armageddon scenarios in the last 70 years, and the U.S. government clearly doesn't give two hoots about anyone, not even U.S. citizens.

    Posted in: Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan ready for bigger security role

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    scipantheistApr. 26, 2015 - 12:17PM JST I will chalk it up to Confucian BS about respecting ceremony.

    The only BS here is thinking that one culture is automatically superior.

    wtfjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 12:26PM JST @tina its scientifically proven that skinship especially on your children (hugging/kissing) helps them develop into more affectionate adults. no matter what cultural bs excuses you come up with. giving affection to your family (not just words and a bow) will breed much more mentally healthy adults in the long term.

    ... eyeroll Being more affectionate doesn't mean more mentally healthy. Someone who tries to hug people who CLEARLY do not want to be hugged is immature, needy, insensitive and anti-social. Those are NOT the traits of a mentally healthy person.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?

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    Frungy

    Because public displays of affection are not part of traditional Japanese culture. It is changing slowly.

    You can see the same pattern in many countries.

    There's no mystery.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?

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    Frungy

    Politics aside it is a pretty cool poster.

    However I doubt it would be quite as popular if they put Abe on it! It reminds me a lot of the Nazi propaganda featuring tall, athletic, blond-haired, blue-eyed young men when in reality most of the top leadership didn't measure up to the same heroic proportions.

    This may seem like a petty point, but it underscores the hypocrisy inherent in the senior nationalists' agenda. They won't be the ones fighting and dying, it'll be Japan's (increasingly scarce) younger generation.

    Posted in: Naked nationalist stirs up election campaign

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    Frungy

    Constrained by its pacifist constitution, Japan was for decades criticised in the United States for free-riding on U.S. military spending and using money that it would otherwise have used on its own defense to fund its economic development.

    After WW2 the USA forced the pacifist constitution on Japan and negotiated a fat annual fee from Japan (plus other concessions such as U.S.-run bases in Japan paid for by Japan amongst other things)

    .... and then the USA turns around and criticizes Japan for "free-riding" (when in fact nothing could be further from the truth).

    And this is pretty typical of the USA. If Japan keeps by the terms of their agreement and pays what the USA demands the US lies straight to their face and accuses them of "free-riding". If they break their agreements and build up their military the USA could (with more justification) call them liars.

    ... and then the USA gets all confused about why nobody likes them. eyeroll

    Posted in: Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan ready for bigger security role

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    Frungy

    What law did he break precisely? I'd be interested to know. There are no laws governing drones, nor was the "radiation drone" carrying sufficient radiation to require a license (or we'd all need a license to carry bananas).

    I suppose they could get him for illegal dumping, but then they'd be chasing every kid who lost a frisbee up a tree.

    If he broke no laws then release the guy.

    Posted in: Fukui man arrested for landing drone on roof of Abe's office

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    Frungy

    The drone was dry when it was found, indicating that it landed on the roof after April 20 when it last rained in Tokyo

    What kind of logic is this? It was found on the morning of the 22nd, which gave it a day and a bit to dry out. That's not an assumption they can safely make.

    SpankiApr. 24, 2015 - 09:07AM JST What is surprising is that seeing as it's the PMs office, they don't even have a marksman on the roof! Well i guess it's not really that surprising in 'safety' Japan.

    Why would they need a marksman on the roof? He'd have been unlikely to see a single drone, and would probably have been half asleep from boredom. And honestly how could you justify that sort of expense when a few sheets of high-spec bullet-proof glass with coatings to mute sound would do a MUCH better job at a fraction of the cost.

    ... in fact the entire idea of a marksman on the roof seems more and more preposterous the more I think about it. It wouldn't protect the PM against a sniper because the marksman would only know there was a sniper AFTER the sniper took his shot.

    All in all the idea of marksmen on the roof seems like a needless waste of public money.

    Posted in: Drone may have been on roof of PM's office for days

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    Frungy

    Why do prison exist? It is not (contrary to popular belief) for punishment, because punishment doesn't stop negative behaviour. Prisons exist to rehabilitate.

    If someone cannot be rehabilitated into a safe and functioning member of society in 20 years (I'd actually say that 10 years is more reasonable) then the problem is either an individual who can never be rehabilitated or a system that is not even trying.

    I'd say that in the U.S. the vast majority of cases are that the system isn't even trying to rehabilitate.

    But what to do with people who will never be safe to release into society, like serial killers, serial rapists, etc? The correct answer is what the Greeks decided to do more than 3000 years ago, offer them a choice, either exile or death.

    Posted in: Prison sentences should be capped at 20 years

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    Frungy

    Just another gimmicky and ridiculous idea in a long line of idiotic ideas from the J-cops.

    The solution to chikan is ridiculously simple, stop overcrowding trains.

    Of course to do that you'd need to convince Japanese businesses to adopt modern ideas like staggered opening times, telecommuting and other ideas that belong in the 21st century, and the geriatrics running most Japanese companies are horrendously resistant to change.

    Posted in: New anti-chikan cell phone stickers let you mark train gropers with sign of shame

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    Frungy

    Abe, an unabashed nationalist

    ... In no way is Abe a nationalist. A nationalist would do whatever was necessary to ensure the safety and security of their own country and people, even if it meant their own death.

    There's no way to say what Abe is, but "nationalist" isn't an appropriate description. Someone who needlessly provokes powerful enemies to action against their country with no goal other than their own political advantage isn't a nationalist/patriot/etc.

    Posted in: Abe says he may drop direct apology in WWII statement

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    Frungy

    katsu78Apr. 20, 2015 - 08:41PM JST "Symbolic" isn't the word you used. The word you used was "fantasy". You explicitly contrasted weddings with "reality", creating the implication that this wedding is not. I would agree that weddings are symbolic, like all rituals. That doesn't make them fantasy. If the distinction seems nit-picky to you, please keep in mind that in a great many countries around the world (including here in Japan and in this very thread) where LGBT weddings are not accepted as real.

    Oh you're so full of it. Go back and read what I wrote. I was talking about "almost all" weddings, and I stated that VERY clearly. I was not criticising LGBT weddings, in fact talking about "almost all" weddings regardless of sexual orientation.

    So you're not being "nit-picky", you're just plain flying off the handle and going out of your way to be offended regardless of what I actually typed.

    Oh, side-note: pretending someone needs to calm down just because they've criticized something you said is not generally the behavior of someone sincerely interested in honest conversation. I hope it doesn't continue.

    Pretending? I'm not pretending dear, you seriously need to calm down and actually READ what was written before flying off the handle. You imagined an attack on the LGBT community where it was CLEARLY a comment on marriage in general. The hint would be in the words "almost all", not "almost all ".

    And don't go on about honest conversations. Someone who dishonestly misrepresents someone's comment on "almost all" weddings (regardless of sexual orientation) as an attack on the LGBT community shouldn't even open their mouth about honesty.

    Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo

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    Frungy

    Of course yes! All those countries who DO NOT have nuclear weapons clearly have the right to tell those countries WITH nuclear weapons they should disarm.

    .... unless this question was proposing that countries with the reckless irresponsibility to have nuclear weapons should have the right to tell responsible non-nuclear countries they can't have nuclear weapons? Naaah, that would just be crazy talk.

    Posted in: Should some countries have the right to tell other countries that they cannot have nuclear weapons?

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    Frungy

    katsu78Apr. 20, 2015 - 09:21AM JST Frungy, that implies that there is some kind of objective reality to what a wedding consists of. It's not a fantasy if the brides decide that someone else's "only virgins wear white" rule isn't something they don't want to follow, nor is it a fantasy if two women decide that they are married despite some grognards on the internet insisting that they can't be. A wedding is a cultural construct that exists between the people who participate in it. It is real so long as the people who participate in it decide it is real. It doesn't matter what "rules" people who aren't participants in the wedding believe in.

    Oh for goodness sakes calm down. While frothing at the mouth you missed the point I was making, which is that ALL weddings are purely "symbolic".

    Sluts in white dresses, that a ceremony is more important than all the couple's time together before that, and a hundred other fantasies that drive the wedding industry and make people spend thousands when actually all that matters is the couple's commitment to each other.

    So stop frothing and try engaging your brain.

    Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo

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    Geoff GillespieApr. 20, 2015 - 08:10AM JST Don't wanna piss on anyone's strawberrys here...but can they BOTH be brides? Congrats anyway....

    Of course. In precisely the same way that almost all women get married in white despite not being a virgin. Come on, weddings aren't about reality, they're about a fantasy.

    Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo

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    IllyasApr. 18, 2015 - 02:17PM JST

    He spends billions on rewriting history while Japanese children are ignored, says Fukushima is under control while refugees languish in camps

    Those things have nothing to do with one another unless you think that the fallacy of relative privation is a legitimate argument.

    Those things are totally related. 50 billion yen to rewriting history books internationally while he's asking private donors for contributions to help Japan's children. The reality of budgets is that money into one column means less in other columns. Likewise spending trillions on the Olympics (and saying Fukushima is under control) while Fukushima refugees are still in temporary camps.

    Its all about actions. His words and his actions just don't balance up.

    Posted in: I would like all of society to work together to ensure that a child’s future should not be determined by his or her family’s financial circumstances.

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    Dan LewisApr. 18, 2015 - 10:49PM JST

    There are a host of other problems too, like the fact that even if 20% of the working population decided to become geriatric nurses (and no economy could support that percentage) there still wouldn't be enough to cope with demand and provide care for the elderly in Japan.

    I might be mistaken, but I think that was Robert's point - meaning that Japan will NOT be able to support the elderly and many will die off because of that. As a result, there won't BE a need for the support as the population will have stabilized somewhat. It's sad, but there will be daily reports of people dying in their homes for reasons ranging from "fallen and can't get up" to starvation.

    I think you might be mistaken. The thing is that politicians won't sit idly by when massive numbers of voters are dying, particularly if those older more conservative voters are the ones keeping them in power. We've already seen Abe's economic policies, and they're all short-term solutions designed to keep the elderly alive long enough for his term in office to end... and the next LDP politician will adopt a similar set of strategies, sacrificing long-term economic health for their short-term career ambitions.

    And when the pension and healthcare systems collapse (and no this isn't doomsaying, the pension system has already been running at a net loss for the last 5 years at least) Japan will be forced into economic compromises, the most likely of which is that Chinese businesses would begin buying up Japan one piece at a time and bringing their workers with them... and the LDP politician in power at the time would happily sell Japan little by little if it just kept them in power for one more term.

    Again, you think I'm doomsaying? It has already started.

    Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year

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    Frungy

    Does anyone else here find it ironic that the tone of the article is critical of the listing of Sony secrets online, while the writer of the article has absolutely no problem disclosing Sony secrets online in their article in order to sell their story?

    Did this story really need references to the information stolen to discuss the issue? No.

    The media has really already made up its mind, it obviously sees this information as of public interest, and the author completely undermines their entire argument.

    Posted in: WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

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    Robert DykesApr. 18, 2015 - 05:50PM JST Why does the world assume shrinking population = bad thing.

    The problem isn't the shrinking population, the problem is that in a decade there will be about 4 retired people for every working person, or to put it simply, one working person will be expected to support 4 retired people.

    There are a host of other problems too, like the fact that even if 20% of the working population decided to become geriatric nurses (and no economy could support that percentage) there still wouldn't be enough to cope with demand and provide care for the elderly in Japan.

    Now that wouldn't be a problem if Japan's politicians showed any sign of acknowledging this reality and actually making some sort of move to deal with it, but they simply aren't. All of Abe's policies, like getting women into the workplace and raising taxes, are short-term stop-gap solutions that will actually backfire in the long-run.

    the things that make Japan beautiful have been here 1000 years and will surely last another 1000 years

    I beg to disagree. The longer Japan waits the more compromises it will have to make and the more will be lost. If Japan starts planned and targeted professional immigration TODAY, and adopted English as one of the official languages of Japan, then they'd have some hope.

    Right now it looks like Chinese will be the language of Japan in 20 years, and while I have nothing against the Chinese it would completely change the face of Japan forever.

    Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year

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    Frungy

    Like most politicians Abe says one thing while doing something completely different. He spends billions on rewriting history while Japanese children are ignored, says Fukushima is under control while refugees languish in camps, talks about helping families while raising taxes in a way that hurt families with young kids the most.

    The usual two-faced rhetoric.

    Posted in: I would like all of society to work together to ensure that a child’s future should not be determined by his or her family’s financial circumstances.

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    Frungy

    Presiding judge Hideaki Higuchi said the method of predicting the maximum size of future earthquakes that could hit the nuclear reactors “has lost credibility”, pointing out there have been five quakes in Japan that exceeded such predictions since 2005

    This really is the only paragraph that matters. The "strict" nuclear guidelines just don't measure up to the reality of Japan's earthquakes.

    The bottom line is that if they set the safety guidelines to reality then no nuclear power plant would meet them, and Abe would throw a hissy fit as all the nuclear power plants were shut down.

    Need I remind everyone that part of the nuclear bailout deal involved the Japanese government buying a large percentage of nuclear power in Japan? They have a clear financial interest in the restart of nuclear power, and that's a MASSIVE conflict of interests.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

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