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Ian DuncanJul. 26, 2014 - 09:24AM JST
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
Ian DuncanJun. 17, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
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
Ian DuncanJun. 14, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
And learned what?
Posted in: Japan kills 30 whales in 1st hunt since ICJ ruling
Ian DuncanMay. 27, 2014 - 04:29PM JST
Dogs are immeasurably superior pets. Cats are bastards.
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Ian DuncanMay. 23, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
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.
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.
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Ian DuncanDec. 30, 2013 - 11:50PM JST
Smith - very well put.
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Ian DuncanDec. 30, 2013 - 11:47PM JST
Surely, if you pay to see a singer, she should sing? Tom Jones is still filling stadia.
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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.
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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!
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Jul. 30, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
Not at all JTDan! Simply stating a fact. Yes, I do have sympathy for the Palestinians.…
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Jul. 30, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
Japan doesn't really have many Asian friends.
Japan has very positive and friendly relations with every…
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Jul. 30, 2014 - 01:47PM JST
Okamoto tried to punch a flight attendant who intervened
Wonder what intervened means here. I've seem…
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Jul. 30, 2014 - 01:45PM JST
What you wrote was Malley's opinion. I pointed out his facts.
They are all Malleys opinions…
Jul. 30, 2014 - 01:42PM JST
Japanese consumers are not quick to forget or forgive
Uh, no. Think Akafuku or Shiroikoibito.
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