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Ian DuncanJan. 31, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
They are seeking compensation of 100 yen each
Moderator, is this a typo?
Posted in: 1,415 sue builders of Fukushima nuclear plant
Ian DuncanJan. 21, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
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
Ian DuncanJan. 21, 2014 - 11:01PM JST
They won't go on record for fear of the loons targeting their houses and families
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.
Ian DuncanJan. 19, 2014 - 06:48PM JST
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
Ian DuncanJan. 11, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
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
Ian DuncanJan. 08, 2014 - 09:22PM JST
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
Ian DuncanJan. 08, 2014 - 09:17PM JST
No I do not think the legal age should be lowered to 18. I had a much better time when I was 20, so I would like to be legally 20.
Posted in: Do you think the legal age of adulthood in Japan should be lowered to 18 instead of 20?
Ian DuncanJan. 04, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
I wonder if he beat Kim Jong Il's 11 holes in one? We may never know. It must be a state secret.
Posted in: Abe takes media with him on golf outing
Ian DuncanJan. 04, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
TheResident: Nice bit of amateur psychoanalysis there. Doubtless you are a hyper-successful tycoon and have been able to shed the grim shroud of compassion for others.
Subyyaki - I couldn't agree with you more, old boy. I fear Mr Dunkerley may be the only CEO up there who dared to speak the truth: the age of affordable air travel for the majority is over. If you're minted (as our dear pundit TheResident doubtless is) you're well away and things will only get better.
For working families, however, we'll be paying more, getting less until it just isn't worth it any more.
Posted in: CEO predictions for the next 100 years of air travel
Ian DuncanDec. 30, 2013 - 11:50PM JST
Smith - very well put.
Posted in: J-Pop singer Nicholas Edwards’ first concert delights fans
Ian DuncanDec. 30, 2013 - 11:47PM JST
Surely, if you pay to see a singer, she should sing? Tom Jones is still filling stadia.
Posted in: Britney Spears begins two-year Las Vegas gamble
Ian DuncanDec. 28, 2013 - 08:55PM JST
I'm with Takuma7. Face masks. If they worked, we wouldn't keep catching colds. Or the good old, all-purpose standby, a fever.
We catch colds and 'flu because sick people who should be at home in bed keep getting on trains and transmitting their germs to everyone they meet for the rest of the day.
Instead, they put on a bit of fancy dress and pretend they're indispensable.
And if the train stations don't have soap and hot water, that transforms public transport into a gigantic petri dish.
MASKS ARE POINTLESS.
Posted in: Health ministry says flu season has begun
Ian DuncanDec. 14, 2013 - 02:04PM JST
I didn't know chinese noodles were Japanese food.
Posted in: 10 Japanese foods you can make at home worldwide
Ian DuncanDec. 02, 2013 - 03:46PM JST
Well now, that didn't take long at all, did it?
Anyone in any doubt as to the Abe regime's commitment to acting in your best interests should find those doubts resolved.
Do as you are told. Believe what you are told. We are your masters and you will obey us. Dissent is terrorism.
Posted in: Ishiba under fire for comparing state secret bill protesters to terrorists
Ian DuncanNov. 07, 2013 - 11:54PM JST
Ozymandias: that's not what you were saying yesterday!
Posted in: 1st shipment of Beaujolais Nouveau arrives in Japan
Ian DuncanOct. 27, 2013 - 08:58PM JST
I would rather sit alone barefoot, in a dark room with urine on the floor, crying, than watch a Japanese variety show.
And, jpnguy, this is nothing to do with my level of Japanese. It is to do with a sense of discernment.
Posted in: What do you think of Japanese TV variety programs? Seen anything you like?
Ian DuncanOct. 24, 2013 - 12:12PM JST
I want to know how many hours of overtime the government officials spent burning electricity in meeting rooms before they came up with the strategy of advising Japanese people to eat Japanese food.
Basing it on the assumption that anyone will leave their overheated office in time to get home early enough to eat at the same time as their family. I bet they all got taxis home after coming up with this brilliant stratagem. Which we paid for.
Posted in: Warm Biz campaign gets under way in Japan
Ian DuncanOct. 15, 2013 - 01:19PM JST
I don't believe this is a mistake. Someone has got to be having a giggle.
Posted in: Fukushima Industries unveils new mascot with an unfortunate name
Ian DuncanOct. 05, 2013 - 11:40AM JST
The only bag worth 2.6 million yen is one with 2.595 million in it.
Posted in: Thieves grab Hermes bags worth Y40 mil from Ginza store
Ian DuncanOct. 03, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
The tank was already nearly full, but workers pumped in more contaminated water into it to maximize capacity
What? It's nearly full, but if you fill it up more, there will be more space?
Do these goons understand anything?
Posted in: Overflowing tank cause of new leak at Fukushima plant
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
@serrano, comparing sushi at Jiro's to yer neighborhood KappaZushi is like comparing dinner at Gusto to…
Posted in: Abe to take Obama to Jiro's for sushi dinner
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:23PM JST
Oh for cryin' out loud, Bieber wasn't paying his respects to the war criminals.
Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:16PM JST
Posted in: Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of S Korean ferry
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:14PM JST
What's funny is that I read this article before the one about Abe taking Obama out…
Apr. 23, 2014 - 08:11PM JST
Ya don't have to be smart to be a pop star now, do ya eh?