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HikozaemonApr. 12, 2013 - 02:15PM JST
The apology isn't even owed by Asahi specifically to him - the reason for the enormous apology was of course the offensive of the tone of the article toward buraku people, a constituency Asahi traditionally has defended and stood up for. They used a racist and broadcast prohibited term - "burakumin" to describe him, which is again, the equivalent of NYT calling someone the n word. The apology was as much to buraku ("Dowa") people as it was to Hashimoto.
Now whether the new writing is as much of a slander - it seems not. But for a publication that has already openly declared itself a political enemy of Hashimoto, it is understandable that this, combined with the discriminatory language it used against him in the past gives him a heightened sense of outrage at criticism from them that he believes is inappropriate or unjustified.
And if you like Asahi and hate Hashimoto, fine - but then consider how this stupid episode has put the Asahi and its ability to criticize Hashimoto legitimately on the back foot. Just a bone headed move by them, and a sign of why the left in Japan is in such complete overall disarray at the moment.
Posted in: Hashimoto's feud with Asahi resurfaces
HikozaemonApr. 12, 2013 - 01:55PM JST
The left wing pathologically politically correct Asahi, in it's desperation to attack Hashimoto - who made himself an enemy for his union busting politics that got him elected in Osaka - previously resorted to pulling out racial incitement using his buraku background in order to cast him in a negative light. While the Asahi is a champion of anti-discrimination and equal rights, it was so blindly full of hate for Hashimoto that they actually attacked him as a buraku, breaking one of Japan's few actual anti-discrimination laws that the Asahi was prominent in lobbying for, in order to attempt to slander him.
They did the equivalent of the New York Times attacking Dick Cheney as the son of a "dirty Jew". So YES, of course the apologized on two pages, and yes, of course the Asahi president stepped down.
And yes, when they start up on attacking Hashimoto again, who rose to prominence as a talented attorney, of course he is going to start talking about taking legal action.
Love or hate the man, the Asahi lost its mind in going out to attack him.
HikozaemonApr. 05, 2013 - 11:09PM JST
This actually explains much of his prime ministership.
Posted in: Noda tells of nights of hard drinking with Geithner, Cameron
HikozaemonApr. 03, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
Erm, how old is this...?
The DPJ has been out of government for a while now.
Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far?
HikozaemonApr. 01, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
If Japan transfers sovereignty of these islands to anyone other than the US, I hope it is Taiwan. Just a nice way of saying screw you to China.
Posted in: Taiwan adds new ships to patrol disputed islands
HikozaemonMar. 13, 2013 - 05:51PM JST
Japan should seriously propose the relocation of Futenma airbase to these islands...
Posted in: China plans to send surveyors to disputed islands
HikozaemonMar. 13, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
Last time Abe was in power, he considered banning pachinko and was asked not to by the South Korean President Roh, because of the detrimental effect such a ban would have on the South Korean community in Japan, which is prominent in pachinko owning (as are North Koreans). It looks like this is another new flow of cultural exchange - Japanese go to Korea for cheap plastic surgery, Koreans come here for abortions and and pachinko, both of which are illegal in South Korea.
I tend to agree that pachinko should be more regulated in Japan also.
Posted in: Korea’s ban on pachinko gambling sees increase in gamblers coming to Japan
HikozaemonFeb. 23, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
This is a good time for the US to make demands of Japan - the DPJ so badly damaged relations, and the LDP is so desperate to patch things up that the US will likely get its way on pretty much anything it asks for during this summit. Futenma relocation - done! Osprey deployment issue - what issue?! Negotiations for lowering of agricultural subsidies to join the TPP - we're still figuring out how to break that one to the folks back home, but consider it done!
All Japan wants in return is a reaffirmation of the US security commitment to Japan, in the face of rising Chinese aggression. And a good thing too - because frankly, the US, democratic presidents in particular, tend to have no stomach for confronting China, especially in favor of Japan.
But the US should favor Japan. It is America's most loyal ally, it is democratic, PRC unilateral actions against its neighbors are disturbing and unacceptable, and number three economy ain't number 2, but it is still pretty damned important.
Posted in: Abe tells Obama Japan will join child abduction treaty
HikozaemonFeb. 22, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
Someone slap me. I'm finding myself totally in agreement with Shinzo Abe...
Posted in: China slams Abe over comments in Washington Post
HikozaemonFeb. 21, 2013 - 12:19PM JST
Another fun stat - most guys presume they have good aim, and don't think their droplets on the floor are that big a deal when they miss them. But we pretty much feel the same as women when it comes to nearly standing in the urine of others.
It is a bit like driving in that way I suppose. I don't think Japanese have particularly better or worse aim than anywhere else. The article is also somewhat inflammatory framing this in terms of "Japanese pride" also.
That said, anyone who knows what Japanese marriages are like - the woman rules the home - and if hubby is not allowed to stand and hubby doesn't like that, life can get very unpleasant for the husband (don't forget, in most homes in Japan, the wife controls the bank account and husband's income, as well as pocket money allocations to the husband and so on).
In my experience, resistance is pretty much futile. Just thank heaven for smartphones.
Posted in: Standing up to pee 'a matter of honor' for one man
HikozaemonFeb. 21, 2013 - 12:11PM JST
tmarie - the reason the Hague Convention was agreed was because divorce and nasty child custody disputes are so COMMONPLACE in western cultures. Japan is only catching up.
Family law in Japan is still based on the time and age that divorces were almost unheard of and reserved for extreme cases, of death, or violence, or extreme abuse. Divorce is treated as a de facto death of the father in the family in most cases.
Japan's Family Law has not kept pace with the reality that more and more people with young kids do divorce now - and that divorce rates are particularly high in international marriages.
The issue is of Japan catching up to the west in nasty divorces and custody disputes, not of such things being some special problem in Japanese culture.
Posted in: Japan expected to ratify Hague Convention on child abduction
HikozaemonFeb. 21, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
This article is a bit of a mess. It makes valid points but gives the wrong impression that things like access of fathers to kids are something that the Hague Convention would fix.
Just to be clear, the Hague Convention is a procedural convention, set up to resolve situations where (1) parents in divorce proceedings get conflicting custody orders from family courts in different countries, or (2) where parents seek to gain an advantage in family court custody proceedings by taking their kids to another legal jurisdiction.
The convention is a mutually agreed mechanism to determine (1) which family law applies, and (2) where the proceedings should take place. And "wrongful" removal of a child is not inherently prohibited by the treaty. The stability and interests of the child are prioritized. Even a kid wrongly taken from the US and brought to Japan in violation of a custody order can become settled in life in Japan, attending school and making friends, whereby Japan becomes the "habitual residence" of the child. In such a case, the treaty would say that the Japanese family court would have to resolve the custody issue, but applying US family court principles.
The issue here is that courts will always clearly find ways to favor the law and principles they know over those of another jurisdiction. I find it hard to believe that a Japanese court will ever grant joint custody applying US family law, or indeed, that a US court would block paternal access to kids in the way a Japanese court would. But this is what he convention is for - settling the procedure so you don't get conflicting orders. Signatory states "trust" the family law systems of the other countries to handle cases appropriately.
The cornerstone of the convention is "habitual residence". If a parent removes a child from a jurisdiction to gain an advantage, the key is for the other parent to act before the residence of the abducting parent becomes the habitual residence of the child, thereby getting an upper hand in terms of forum, even though in theory, the forum is supposed to apply the law of the other country. So a parent can still theoretically benefit from child abduction, even with this convention. And it will not be a great help to the many foreign mothers and fathers that have tried for years to get access to their kids in Japan. In fact, my fear is that this convention will remain a sort of false hope, given that in most old cases, the kids will undoubtedly be determined to be in Japan now as their habitual residence.
The article is right to address the more important issue of domestic family law, and the definite anti-father bias that exists therein, among other issues, including the lack of a concept of joint custody. This lack of compatibility with other family law systems is partly why signing up to the Hague Convention has been a challenge for Japan. There is indeed some hope that it may be a source of external pressure for Japan to bring its family law legislation more into line with other countries. But that is a separate issue.
What hopeful parents tied up in messy child custody cases need to understand is that the convention is not in and of itself a solution to their issues. It is merely procedural and only likely to be of benefit in new cases of recent abductions.
HikozaemonFeb. 21, 2013 - 11:01AM JST
I fought and lost that battle a long time ago - I haven't stood up to pee at home in years now.
Now the complaint I get is that I take too long. I figure if I am not allowed to stand up and am going to sit down, I might as well take the iPhone with me and get some reading done or clear another level of Grand Theft Auto.
Sometimes you can still win by losing.
HikozaemonFeb. 07, 2013 - 09:47PM JST
Loving the intellectually lazy comparisons to the Senkakus.
The Northeast Territories were inhabited at the time of occupation. The townspeople and landowners from the islands are still alive, and Russia allows them to make periodic visits to tend to family graves and the like on the islands.
Japan has also never been silent or acquiescent on its claim to the islands like China was for 100 years. Japan has never conceded sovereignty of the Senkakus, unlike Breshnev who proposed returning two of the islands. Russia and Japan have never signed a peace treaty specifically because of this issue - Japan and China happily founded diplomatic relations with the issue set aside in 1972.
The last time the Senkakus was inhabited was when it was used as a mackerel processing center during the war. There are no Senkaku refugees or landless from this dispute - there is a whole town of islanders in Nemuro waiting to return to their property that Stalin took before putting them into gulags for up to 20 years after the war.
Oh yeah, but these are all exactly the same, I forgot...
Posted in: Abe pledges to resolve island dispute with Russia
HikozaemonFeb. 05, 2013 - 11:08PM JST
Avigator - the conclusion to the thesis points out China using military force in any way to resolve the conflict is dumb, and that sharing the resources around the islands (another thing China stopped doing years ago after the original agreement to jointly drill for gas).
The author rules out pretty much all solutions as unfeasible. Which leaves the islands under status quo Japanese control.
Posted in: Chinese frigate locked radar on Japanese navy vessel
HikozaemonFeb. 05, 2013 - 10:59PM JST
China is testing Japanese defenses and reactions - and Japan is basically unable to respond to these tests.
Today, coastguard ships spent 14 hours around the islands, the longest yet. Chinese navy is starting to more aggressively test and challenge the JMDF, and planes keep testing the resolve of Japan to respond.
The point of all this is China is looking to creep in to exercise control, confirming carefully at each point that they can get away with doing a new act, and that Japan will not respond. You know South Korea would respond with missiles if a coastguard vessel got near Takeshima, just as China would respond with force if Japan tried any of these steps against Chinese territory.
It is a slow invasion - something unaccountable dictatorships have the luxury of time to enable them to do. One day Japan is going to wake up and it will be Japan knocking on the door of these islands, rather than the other way around. Without direct intervention, with assistance by the US, China isn't going to stop escalating until it has taken control of them from Japan.
And frankly, I don't think the US wants to know about this. And if Japan reacts, as it is being provoked to do, PRC has a news story to distract the disgruntled 600 million affected by the unprecedented government failure to control air pollution and focus anger on Japan instead once again. It's all win-win for China.
HikozaemonFeb. 05, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
Can someone remind me how many women Judo athletes were cremated without family consent after being beaten to death by dojos that were also, at the same time engaged in professional match fixing?
Posted in: Minister calls judo beatings Japan's worst sports crisis
HikozaemonDec. 12, 2012 - 06:04PM JST
Thomas - I disagree, DPJ changed LOTS. They basically reversed nearly every manifesto promise and as of now, are practically a slightly less popular reincarnation of the LDP. I'm amazed at how much they've changed. Just unfortunately, nothing that they were voted in to change...
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HikozaemonDec. 12, 2012 - 05:51PM JST
Smith - I call the Future Party the "Ozawa Party", I have even called the LDP the "Incompetent Rightwing Maniacs Party" at some point. I call the parties what they are. If you are not smart enough to know that Komeito - founded by Daisaku Ikeda himself, located within a few hundred yards of his house, funded by SGI members, campaigned for by SGI members, unquestionably controlled by Ikeda is not a political front for the religion (which is a lovely group of very nice people that I have no problem with whatsoever), then I don't think you can really comment much on politics. I suggest starting with a lookup of the Komei League on Wikipedia. Komeito only disavowed links to SGI probably under legal advice that the JCP's threats of getting it liquidated as breaching the constitution were technically valid.
Komeito is a secular unaffiliated independent political body, in the way that pachinko is not gambling, and "health bars" are not brothels. They are illegal entities that the public willingly accepts and looks the other way upon - as they should. The constitutional separation of religion and politics imposed by America is an anachronism, and should be among the first thing to go when LDP amends the constitution. And if that happens, I GUARANTEE you that Komeito will go back to being an out of the closet religious party, as it already is. Which is cool - they are Japan's version of Germany's Christian Democrats. All good - but they ARE the Soka Gakkai Party, and EVERYONE knows that. No one would dream of voting for them otherwise.
HikozaemonDec. 12, 2012 - 02:20PM JST
Mod - Apologies - cut and pasted too much - can you please remove?
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I heard it costs at least two yen to make a one yen coin... seems pointless…
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May. 26, 2015 - 08:22AM JST
The way people use the cell phone has gotten out of control but the cell phone…
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Slightly overly gloom and doom umbrella?
I live well as do many I know and am…
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May. 26, 2015 - 08:19AM JST
Get rid of the 1 yen and the 5 yen coin. Both are just useless.
May. 26, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
Women's Rights next please!
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