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Ian DuncanMay. 19, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
A Realist - I'm curious as to why you are so keen to change the topic of this thread.
Abe posed with a symbolically-charged number. Whether it was intentional or just a blunder, by doing so he has given those countries who make a habit of criticising Japan a perfect piece of ammunition with which to do so.
We are not talking about whether ot not other countries are perfect. this topic is about Abe giving the thumbs-up over a military plane bearing the inscription "Leader: S. Abe 731".
Of course those elements hostile to Japan are going to have a field day with this. Why did he give them such a chance?
Posted in: S Korean media slam Abe's 731 jet photo
Ian DuncanMay. 17, 2013 - 08:43PM JST
A realist: thank you very much for sharing your assumptions about me with the world. May I now cordially redirect you to the topic of this thread: whether or not victims of Japanese imperial atrocities have the right to take offence when, in the same week as one high-profile Japanese right-winger says it was necessary to rape thousands of women and girls, another right-winger, the Prime Minister, sits giving the thumbs-up to a historically-significant symbol of atrocity?
If you read the article carefully, you will note that the topic is not "how similar is Ian Duncan to other 'gaijin' who, being all alike, fail to understand the culture".
The topic is, I would suggest, how can a head of state fail to see the importance of not giving enemies of his country a stick with which to beat him?
Ian DuncanMay. 16, 2013 - 08:01AM JST
I'm fascinated by the double standards on display here. We are expected to believe The Koreans have no right to be angry about Abe posing near a historically-charged symbol of Japanese atrocity. That they Koreans are overreacting and playing the victim.
Des anyone remember a couple of years ago when the British quiz show QI made an innocuous, light-hearted comment about the A-bombs? Suddenly everyone in the world had a moral duty to apologise for aggression. The embassy got involved, and the media got frothed up into a lather of self-pitying victim hood until the BBC was browbeaten into a grovelling apology for its insensitivity.
Now the Koreans are supposed to laugh off this - at best, an unfortunate and avoidable accident, at worst, a deliberately provocative and calculated insult?
Of all the possible solutions to this diplomatic blunder, accusing the Koreans of playing the victim card is most ill-advised.
Ian DuncanMay. 01, 2013 - 10:34PM JST
Thon Taddeo - I quite agree. In my office it is 26-27 degrees all winter and 28 degrees all summer. I never understood the Doublethink which states we must save energy in the summer, but from the start of Autumn until the end of Spring the heaters are on, and staying on, and anything under 26 degrees is so cold the women in the office have to drape themselves in blankets like they've been pulled out of the sea.
Japan may be unique in its four seasons outdoors (i.e.it isn't), but there are only two seasons in the workplace: too hot, and much too hot.
Posted in: Cool Biz season kicks off across Japan
Ian DuncanApr. 30, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
If there is a national obsession with cleanliness, why is there never any soap in subway toilet facilities?
Perform a bowel movement, use cheap, one-ply toilet paper, then let a trickle of water cascade on your fouled fingers for a second and get on the busiest mass transport system in the world.
Same with public parks. Run around with the kids for three hours, then have a picnic. Want to wash your hands before you eat? Just rub the grime around a little with some water. Then eat.
This is a classic example of Doublethink. We are a) obsessed with cleanliness and b) don't cover our mouths when we sneeze.
Posted in: National obsession with cleanliness bodes ill for health
Ian DuncanApr. 12, 2013 - 04:46PM JST
48 km/s is pretty fast.
Posted in: JR East train travels 48 kms with door open
Ian DuncanApr. 05, 2013 - 04:21PM JST
“We have no information at hand about the cause,” the TEPCO spokesman said.
Translation: The rat story didn't work as well as we thought, give us some time to think up something you'll like.
He then put on his big shoes and red nose, and tried balancing a bucket of water on a stick.
Posted in: Spent fuel cooling system back up at Fukushima No. 3 reactor
Ian DuncanMar. 07, 2013 - 03:23PM JST
Posted in: Where Japan stands two years after Tohoku disaster
Ian DuncanMar. 06, 2013 - 07:09AM JST
A local government in southwestern Japan on Tuesday advised residents to stay indoors or wear masks when they go outside
I'd be interested to know how many people were so utterly indispensable that they opted for the magic talisman masks.
Ian DuncanMar. 05, 2013 - 12:50PM JST
Tragic as this is, it is a refreshing change to read about someone who was a loving parent, instead of the ceaseless litany of child abuse and cruelty we seem to get on this site.
Compare this article with this one: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/man-arrested-for-shaking-6-month-old-daughter-to-death
The wrong man is dead.
Posted in: Father dies sheltering 9-year-old daughter from blizzard
Ian DuncanMar. 05, 2013 - 10:19AM JST
This is a very moving story.
Ian DuncanFeb. 16, 2013 - 05:33PM JST
I would want him to quietly and attentively listen to my complaints about daily life.
Editor - I think the words "constant, whining" and "every single thing he does or fails to do to my ludicrous standards of satisfaction" have been missed out of the translation.
Posted in: 10 things single Japanese women want from a man
Ian DuncanFeb. 14, 2013 - 10:01AM JST
**but conversations are usually vapid enough to toss yourself out the restaurant window **
I tried that once and got asked to leave.
Posted in: Miss Hooters Japan 2013 - vote now
Ian DuncanFeb. 13, 2013 - 10:20AM JST
"possibly expose breast nipples"
As opposed to what other kind of nipple?
Posted in: Stars ooze sex appeal, and show skin, at Grammys
Ian DuncanFeb. 07, 2013 - 05:05PM JST
I'm wondering why JT does not clarify that the reason he was forced to resign is a rape charge from 2004, after which he paid the alleged victim 100 million yen "compensation"?
Ah, the gool old reliable, honourable LDP. They never fail to lower the nadir. Can you imagine the uproar there would have been six months ago if this had involved a DPJ minister?
Posted in: First to quit
Ian DuncanFeb. 05, 2013 - 10:58AM JST
Is any of this pollution radioactive? Then we don't really have much a moral high ground, environmentally speaking, do we?
Ian DuncanFeb. 05, 2013 - 10:32AM JST
Why don't they try supplying soap, paper towels and HOT water in public conveniences?
A very astute observation. I will never understand why it is possible to afford to install infra-red sensors to detect when one has finished having a wee, or little sound effects to protect the modesty of anyone afraid of being overheard performing a bodily function in a lavatory, but the cost of a spot of soap is prohibitive.
A station near me just recently renovated its bogs at, I'm assuming, considerable expense. And somebody has evidently made a conscious decision to not install soap dispensers. So anyone using said bog now has to board public transport with filthy hands. This is why diseases get spread in this burg. The reliance on vapid ceremonies - gargling, or a film of gauze as a crucifix against the flu - takes priority over the elementary hygiene of a spot of soap and hot water.
Posted in: Gargling deemed ineffective measure against flu by health ministry
Ian DuncanFeb. 04, 2013 - 01:03PM JST
Well now...bullies shouting at people whilst taking money from them. I'm not entirely convinced that's a feature unique to Japanese sushi school. I'm pretty sure it happens everywhere there are bullies and people scared to stand up to them.
Posted in: In Japan, would-be sushi chefs suffer for their art
Ian DuncanFeb. 02, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
In a possible hint the statement may come in 2015
Come on - hands up anyone who expects Abe to still be in the job in 2015.
Posted in: Abe says he will release new statement on World War II
Ian DuncanJan. 23, 2013 - 04:30PM JST
That is not a dog. It isn't even a snack.
Posted in: Chic chihuahua
May. 21, 2013 - 07:15PM JST
dcog9065 - your comment is absurd and completely sexist. How are comfort women necessary in war?…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
Takashi Miike is hit-or-miss with me. He's made some good ones, but a lot of mediocre…
Posted in: Miike's action film gets booed at Cannes
May. 21, 2013 - 07:14PM JST
Hashimoto says American troops guilty of wartime sex abuse.
Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of…
May. 21, 2013 - 07:13PM JST
Moonraker - He should care cos he was sitting in the priority seat. That's why!
Posted in: Transport ministry to unify rules for baby strollers on buses, trains
May. 21, 2013 - 07:12PM JST
The problem is not Muchimoto (Hashimoto=無知元）, the problem are those old far right wing ignorant…