Ian Duncan's past comments

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    Ian Duncan

    Now read the same story without the "to speed up reconstruction" LDP-apparatchik propaganda spin:

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14764

    Posted in: Gov't may lift most Fukushima evacuation orders by 2017

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    Ian Duncan

    Hmmm...The Abe Junta getting more involved with how (and presumably what) kids get taught at school.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    Ian Duncan

    I've had this explained to me by a Japanese person that this kind of method, together with the policy of giving JHS kids and above the duty to take part in"voluntary" club activities through their school holidays, is designed to inculcate the mindset that "If I go home after eight hours' work or take a week off once a year, it will be burdensome for my co-workers". Thus guaranteeing another generation of drones on autopilot, not making waves.

    I don't know if it's true, but it certainly seems plausible.

    Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month

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    Ian Duncan

    Gov't pressures companies to raise wages?

    Point 1: This is preposterous. Can you imagine what would happen if a European or American leader started banging on to industry, "Please pay your staff more, otherwise my promises won't come true and I'll look silly"? He/ she would be laughed out of office - and rightly so. Unless Japan becomes an outright communist country, Abe can wish all he wants, but can't demand anyone raises wages;

    Point 2: Since when did the verb "to pressure" come to mean "make meek entreaties with no expectation of success"?

    Pathetic. Abe, pack your bags.

    Posted in: Gov't pressures companies to raise wages

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    Ian Duncan

    Doubtless TEPCO executives will forego their bonuses this year to take responsibility for their failure.

    Oh wait, I'm getting confused.

    Posted in: TEPCO to miss deadline on decontaminating Fukushima water

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    Ian Duncan

    High heels certainly have power over me. I've done empirical research, and the result was they get me going. But there have to be ladies' feet in them.

    I'm an altocalciphiliac.

    Posted in: Science proves high heels do have power over men

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    Ian Duncan

    In Japan's fading hinterland, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will help economy

    Correction: Anyone with a brain in their head doubts Abenomics will help economy.

    Posted in: In Japan's fading hinterland, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will help economy

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    Ian Duncan

    With a bit of fine tuning, that chair looks like it would be handy for the Heimlich Manoeuvre.

    Posted in: Unicare unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair

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    Ian Duncan

    Japan has pursued a “postwar path abhorring the atrocities of war that brought tragedy to innocent people

    Except for those that didn't happen, eh, Shin-Chan?

    Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture'

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    Ian Duncan

    unless you are there watching and timing each and every move precisely, you can not judge.

    illsayit: I was not present at the Holocaust. Should I keep an open mind about it? I've never had Ebola. Should I try it, so I can make an informed decision?

    Of course not. What a preposterous world we would live in if we ignored everything outside our own narrow pinprck of direct experience, gained in our safe, protected, privileged countries. Some things are self-evidently wrong, and this abomination currently being carried out by the extremist Zionist government of Israel is clearly one of them.

    If the slaughter were being conducted by any other nation, immediate action would be demanded to stop it. But Israel get a free pass for any atrocity at the UN, because any criticism of Israel gets immediately vetoed by the USA, and whoever criticised the barbarity gets called a Nazi.

    Posted in: Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan as death toll nears 850

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    Ian Duncan

    Comfort stations were not set up by the allies. Maisons de Tolerance (aka Brothels) were set up by Napoleon and were an accepted part of the noble French way of life. The Maisons de Tolerance were enjoyed by the Wehrmacht throughout the occupation, and the Allies similarly basked in the glories of French culture upon their arrival.

    So, point 1: Comfort stations were not set up by the allies. Hashimoto is, as always, taking out of his ringpiece.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    Ian Duncan

    And learned what?

    Posted in: Japan kills 30 whales in 1st hunt since ICJ ruling

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    Ian Duncan

    Dogs are immeasurably superior pets. Cats are bastards.

    Posted in: In your experience, which makes a better pet - a dog or cat?

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    Ian Duncan

    The former residents of Diego Garcia should be able to give this well-meaning chap a rough idea of how much he can expect to achieve.

    Posted in: Nago mayor takes anti-base case to U.S.

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    Ian Duncan

    They are seeking compensation of 100 yen each

    Moderator, is this a typo?

    Posted in: 1,415 sue builders of Fukushima nuclear plant

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    Ian Duncan

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2014/01/20/taiji-dolphin-drives-started-in-1969-and-are-not-a-part-of-japanese-tradition/

    Andreas - well spotted. The "venerable culture" gambit is specious nonsense, swallowed whole by people who have been trained not to question authority.

    Posted in: Taiji official says Kennedy should come and see dolphin hunt

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    Ian Duncan

    They won't go on record for fear of the loons targeting their houses and families

    Wasn't that the way the right-wing trucks targeted the homes of cinema owners naive enough to try to show the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" in Japan? Yes it was.

    You can't defend something on the grounds of its being cultural and then do everything you possibly can to hide it from your own people. The media assault on The Cove was worthy of Pyongyang. "Don't look at this, it is anti-Japanese propaganda".

    I'm all for Kennedy going to have a look. Let's all have a look. Don't hide it under tarpaulins - show off this majestic tradition to the world. Then maybe, just maybe, enough Japanese people will see this abomination with their own eyes and demand it stop. Teacher X has it right. Call something "cultural" and people will cling to it like a toddler's comfort blanket. It serves no purpose, it's threadbare and disgusting, but try and take it away and there will be tantrums.

    But let Japanese people see this atrocity, and change will come.

    And who, may I ask, is Shiori Ueno? She wants mooning.

    Posted in: Taiji official says Kennedy should come and see dolphin hunt

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    Ian Duncan

    What an absolute disgrace. Japan, hang your head in shame that you allow this barbarity to continue.

    And to those of you who would try the threadbare "this is Japanese culture" excuse ( the automatic reaction when faced with the otherwise indefensible, I say:

    1) If this is a cultural tradition, why was it shrouded in secrecy from even the rest of the Japanese people until a tea. Of foreign filmmakers revealed the custom to the rest of the world? Why did the Japanese media pull out so many stops to paint The Cove as a piece of anti-Japanese propaganda, to justify the thuggish aggression against cinema owners who tried to show the Oscar-winning film here? In an outstanding piece of self-censorship worthy of Pyongyang, I find the majority of Japanese I meet still know nothing of this butchery;

    2) Sometimes it is a good thing to discontinue a tradition. This Taiji monstrosity guarantees that the rest of the world views Japan in a very poor light indeed. It might be a wise idea to pack it in.

    Posted in: Japanese fishermen capture dolphins ahead of slaughter

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    Ian Duncan

    What a phenomenal surprise. It's almost as if a corrupt elite is milking Japan's biggest post-war disaster for its own ends, with no regard for public safety.

    Posted in: TEPCO paid way over going rate to contractors

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    Ian Duncan

    I confidently expect this person to be elected.

    The demographic of voters has demonstrated time and again that they will simply do as they are told by this bizarre, embezzling, loony. Even when he told them the disaster of 3/11 was their own fault, they re-elected him by a landslide.

    Ishihara has spoken. Do as you are bidden. And don't ask again where all the billions went for his shambolic bid for Olympics 2016.

    Posted in: Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor

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