Ishiwara's past comments

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    It is, and was at the time, illegal to kill civilians in order to break military resistance.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki are no exceptions to this rule.

    Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    This is a weird debate. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the ONLY cases where we seriously debate the killing of civilians in order to break military resistance.

    If you support the argument that Hiroshima was effective, and therefore broke Japanese military resistance, and therefore moral, then you have to accept the argument that the 1940 German bombing of Rotterdam (10,000 killed), and which broke the Dutch will to resist, was also moral. And so on for practically every similar case.

    And the argument that this "was a different era" is bogus. The German bombing of Guernica in 1937 and the Japanese bombing of Chongqing in 1938 was widely denounced as barbaric, including by the U.S. government, and FDR, who openly called on all countries to pledge not to bomb civilians.

    Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable?

  • -6

    Ishiwara

    Japan doesn't have investigative reporting.

    Of course Japan has investigative reporting. To give two prominent examples: Honda Katsuichi, who did some of the first research into the Nanjing Massacre, and Suzuki Tomohiko, who wrote on the confluence of the Yakuza and the energy industry.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    Cool story, thanks JT.

    a bank account has been opened under Taira no Masakado’s name in the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

    I am surprised it is easier for a ghost to open a bank account than for a foreigner.

    Posted in: Japan is full of ghosts: Visiting the grave of Taira no Masakado’s head

  • 7

    Ishiwara

    Ridiculous that Park hasn't agreed to meet Abe yet.

    Some of Korea's historical grievances and criticism of Abe are legitimate, but if Park is more willing to meet the leaders of North Korea and China than the elected leader of Korea's only democratic neighbor, a country that has been a force for peace and stability for the past 70 years, Korea has some priorities wrong.

    Posted in: Abe, Park call for a new era, free of burden of history

  • 12

    Ishiwara

    I sometimes wonder what went through the minds of the people who sent these young kids out to die? I can't imagine sending someone else to a pointless death for a lost cause.

    On the other hand, things probably looked very different at the time. The U.S. treated Japan extremely generous after 1945, but how would you know that as a Japanese officer at war? The U.S. was bombing all Japanese cities and quite literally killing their wives and children. Maybe then you start to think that making the U.S. pay a too heavy price for the battle of Okinawa and show fanaticism through Kamikaze tactics will make the U.S. loose heart. And thus a price worth paying. The horrible logic of war.

    Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

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    Ishiwara

    I am not in favor of pushing this on universities. With that out of the way, I think it is important to put things in perspective a bit.

    In China, all university students have to take Marxist-Leninist and Maoist propaganda courses, and the contents of what is taught in Chinese university classes is under government surveillance and control.

    ALL students have to undergo military training. In the words of one official: "The goal isn't to make the students battle-ready, but to instill in them a sense of patriotism, collectivism and national defense." This practice was expanded after the Tien-an-men debacle.

    So, before making favorable comparisons with China, please keep these facts in mind. Japan is (still) pretty far away from that.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

  • -5

    Ishiwara

    Everybody's comments on education in Japwnese classrooms are interesting, but let me say it again: the rankings have nothing to do with education! It is all calculated on the basis of the number of publications and other measurable factors that ALL have to do with research, not what happens in the classroom.

    Posted in: China beats Japan in Asian university rankings

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Rather than going after mythical slipping standards these educators are better off thinking how to make more young Japanese take gap years, study/live abroad, get real company internships and be ready to plan careers that might involve changing companies every 3-4 years.

    You know as well as everybody else this does not describe what Japanese companies expect. And nobody in Japan with a full-time job changes companies every 3-4 years.

    Posted in: China beats Japan in Asian university rankings

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    Once a male is over 40 it is really too late to find a partner HERE if you want to have a family. The women are too old from a physiological perspective. Save your self the time, effort and emotional stress and find a nice women half your age from the Phillipines or Thailand for example.

    Everybody disliked this comment, and I see why. But sad (and bordering on the immoral) as this may be on many levels, this is probably the most realistic advice for these guys. In reality many Japanese men on the countryside are already doing this.

    Posted in: Heartache for Japan's 40-year-old virgins

  • 3

    Ishiwara

    The critical comments here on Japanese education might be true, but have little to do (at least directly) with university rankings. Rankings are almost entirely based on research output, meaning how many articles its faculty publish in high profile journals like Nature and Science, how many times they are cited, and factors such as internationalization. THE is a bit unique among the world of rankings in that they add a somewhat subjective factor, reputation, basically asking a large number of academics what they think of X university in general.

    So a high ranking university doesn't necessarily translate in a great education. It gives you a degree with prestige, and you'll have famous faculty there, but (as for example at Harvard) these people don't actually teach you; teaching is left to low-paid adjuncts and graduate students. In Todai and Kyodai, famous Japanese professors do teach, but not a lot; they spend most of their time on research.

    Posted in: China beats Japan in Asian university rankings

  • 17

    Ishiwara

    Normally when the comparison with "Nazi's" and especially Munchen is brought up, I think, "Oh, there we go again," and it doesn't have a lot of credibility. However, in the case of China it might be very correct.

    Posted in: Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    The guard's own fault. He does not have the legal powers to make an arrest or to stop someone by force.

    Posted in: Fleeing shoplifter drags security guard along with car

  • 4

    Ishiwara

    To be fair, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam have also been building on disputed islands. So this development is not completely new. But the scale of China's building is unprecedented, and China claims ALL of the SCS. The source of tensions in the SCS is of course mainly China.

    I hope a concerted alliance of South-East Asian nations, Japan, and the U.S. will come together to stop Chinese expansionism. Chinese control over the SCS would be a geopolitical disaster.

    Posted in: Pentagon chief says U.S. flights over South China Sea will go on

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Foreigners say “thank you” to shop staff, Japanese people don’t

    Ha?? I might be wrong, but this might be a Tokyo thing. In Kansai people definitely thank shop staff. OK, not everybody, but not a minority.

    Posted in: Blogger lists three things foreigners do that impress the Japanese

  • 7

    Ishiwara

    But it was Japan’s actions in Asia during that war that threatened to overshadow his historic address.

    Nonsense. Abe squarely and strongly talked about Japan and the war, and talked about what mattered.

    He offered condolences to Americans killed in the war, and this is the most important, since this was a speech in Washington, not Beijing. He said that Japan will uphold the past apologies to Asia. Abe emphasized that Japan and the U.S. were bitter enemies, but are now strong allies and bonded in spirit, since BOTH sides have since reconciled. I think the message is pretty clear.

    Posted in: Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII

  • 6

    Ishiwara

    Uh, so what? All this proves is that Japan has done a great job of operating a protected economy, plus the fact that there are certain businesses in Japan that cater to a particular regional taste or service that a company can survive for centuries. But, my question is, of these 3,146, how many are really thriving, versus just still in existence?

    What's wrong with just existing?

    Posted in: Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan

  • -5

    Ishiwara

    I don't think U.S. Congress is the time and place for Abe to issue another apology.

    Similarly, imagine the British PM apologizing for the colonization of India and the Amritsar massacre (which has not happened yet) in a speech delivered in Paris.

    A new apology should be delivered in Seoul, followed by a handshake with Park.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'deeply pained' over 'comfort women'

  • -10

    Ishiwara

    Good for her! This girl has a bright future. AKB will continue to be popular in Japan and Asia for the forseeable future.

    Posted in: One finalist for AKB48 draft this year is just 11 years old

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    Apart from the fact that Japan has already apologized many times, you cannot just have any kind of pressure group demanding the PM will say so-and-so in an upcoming speech. Maybe victims of Fukushima will demand Abe will talk about the crisis, maybe the Philippine government wants Abe to talk more about military cooperation, etc etc. Abe, like the man or not, is the PM of Japan, and his speech in Congress is about Japan and the U.S. Other parties cannot intervene beforehand and trying to change the speech.

    Posted in: In U.S., 'comfort woman' demands apology from Japan

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