Ishiwara's past comments

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    @kaynide

    Most japanese are perfectly aware corruption is a larger issue than just some individuals. The problem is ordinary voters dont know what to do about it. They once voted for the DPJ but that didnt end well. What's left? The communist party? Isshin no kai?

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    It was pretty weird to see most comments on yahoo japan basically saying it was Hashimoto who came across as rude for being unwilling to listen and engage in discussion, whereas it seems clear it was Sakurai who started yelling and being very rude from the beginning.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    @NathalieB

    If you want to outlaw it, it would technically mean you cannot take a photograph of your own daughter in bathing suit. Oh God! THIS is where it just feels like youre banging your head against a wall! Let me try and put this as simply as I can: Take pic of own child for family album = OK. Take pic of child and put it on DVD to sell to creepy men to whack off to = bad. Kapiche? Can you see the subtle difference there?

    Yes, of course. But my point is how are you doing to define this in legal terms? Would it be allowed to put a photo of your daughter in bathing suit on a blog? If answer is yes, then you would in legal terms have to allow other websites to put similar photos online. Can you share your pictures with friends who maybe also have kids? If yes, then how do you prosecute someone who is sharing photos of his/her daughter in bathing suit online, or via DVD's to his/her friends?

    To give a different example of how absurd things can get in the law: In the US (where everybody is hypersensitive about everything) there have been cases of girls taking naked selfies and sharing it, then finding themselves prosecuted for distribution of child porn.

    So my point is simple: OK and Bad might be easy to understand, but how to put that into law is a different thing, and way more complicated.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    This woman, and a lot of people in these comments are missing a very simple fact:

    This "junior idol" genre is not kiddie-porn and is not illegal because none of them are naked. Obviously the makers of this genre know exactly what they're doing and are pushing the limits. We might find this morally problematic, but it is legally very difficult to define this and do anything about it if they are not naked.

    If you want to outlaw it, it would technically mean you cannot take a photograph of your own daughter in bathing suit.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

  • -2

    Ishiwara

    It is still not really 100% clear why the IJA treated pow's so badly during WW2.

    For one thing, the IJA treated pow's during the Russo-Japanese war and WW1 extremely well.

    So the idea that it is all about the Japanese samurai honor code, saying that thus Japanese culture led them to see soldiers who surrendered as worth nothing, is not 100% true. On the other hand, Japanese soldiers at the time were indeed told things like this, so there is something to it. But this samurai talk and not surrendering was only instilled in the IJA in the 1930's. Samurai in conflict during the Sengoku and Bakumatsu periods often surrendered or changed sides.

    One thing that is often forgotten is that the IJA had a very bad logistical system (and lots of ships were sunk by US submarines), meaning there wasn't any food around, also not for the Japanese soldiers. A large number of them died of malnutrition. So the pow's were last in the pecking order. In my opinion, that doesn't excuse it, since it is the responsibility of the army to care for their prisoners.

    There is also a bit of a myth about "the Japanese POW camp" as being exceptionally cruel and bad torture camps. Some surely were, but although I surely wouldn't want to be in one, some POW camps were actually not that bad, with food around and pow's mostly running their own affairs. So it seemed to have depended on the situation.

    Also, the German treatment of Soviet POW's was probably worse. They just put them in a large field with a fence around and let them starve. Some turned to cannibalism. Some 3.3 million died.

    Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Good that the J-government is doing this. Good to hear these POW's stories and their ideas today.

    I highly recommend "The Railway Man": a true story about a British former POW who meets his former guard and interrogator.

    Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war

  • 11

    Ishiwara

    I guess a first female PM would be kind of cool, but I'm more worried that it is becoming the norm that every PM is the offspring of a PM.

    Posted in: Obuchi being touted as Japan's first female PM

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    Here's an idea I want to hear people's opinion about:

    Sometimes I think that to a large degree studying English in Japan is similar to how people used to study classical Chinese in the old days. It wasn't for actual use, since there were hardly Chinese around, it was only seen part of education and becoming a cultured person.

    That's why the system is set up with the examination as goal, not to actually use it. Example: I've seen people in companies study for the TOEIC test (which is interestingly a Japanese product) in order to make promotion in the company. When I asked them if their company did any business abroad or in any form with foreigners, the answer was "no."

    I know this is a generalization, and there are plenty of educated Japanese (especially scientists, diplomats etc) who actually use it and speak English fine.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    Japan has to protect itself from the erratic Bolshewists in Pyongyang and the phlegmatic maffiosi in Beijing.

    Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    Japan must face up to reality, show sincerity, take concrete actions and make efforts to eliminate political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations

    Thank you China for this very clear and concrete roadmap for improving Sino-Japanese relations. LOL

    Posted in: China says no change in policy on improving ties with Japan

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    I dont really get it. According to this article and the UN representative, Japan apologized and set up a fund for compensation. So Japan should do concretely... what?

    Posted in: U.N. issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women'

  • 8

    Ishiwara

    The answer is China, followed by North Korea. Very, very obviously.

    Posted in: Who do you think is the biggest threat to peace and regional security in Northeast Asia?

  • 7

    Ishiwara

    This year's propaganda campaign was pretty good. We can't wait till the next campaign comes!

    Posted in: China wraps up anti-Japan propaganda campaign

  • 10

    Ishiwara

    Strange survey; everybody knows Japan is still good, but loosing its edge in high-tech to South Korea and the U.S. among others.

    Here is my list, for what it is worth:

    1. Customer service
    2. Public transport
    3. Food (even Michelin agrees)
    4. Alcoholic drinks & drinking culture (except beer, which is just OK, but strangely lacks variety)
    5. Public safety
    6. AV
    7. Toilets
    8. Pens and all kinds of stationary (Japan wins hands down, just compare Loft with Office Depot...)
    9. Women's fashion
    10. Men's crazy haircuts (nothing to like, but you have to hand it to them)

    Posted in: 10 things Japan does better than anywhere else

  • 10

    Ishiwara

    Does the PRC have any shame at all?

    China might learn from Germany's neighbors and accept Japan's apologies and praise Japan's positive contributions to the world since 1945.

    Posted in: China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan

  • 9

    Ishiwara

    When will this era of trousers stopping ten inches above the shoes end? It looks clownish.

    Posted in: What you'll be wearing next fall-winter

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    Question to other commenters: if she played false that is bad of course, but why do people (and the media) get so worked up over this case for months on end?

    Posted in: Institute rejects stem cell research scientist's appeal

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    @Storm R

    Maybe how about getting some young diplomats to meet instead.

    Why do people always assume that young means better? The young Japanese are actually a lot more nationalistic than the post-war generation.

    Posted in: Senior Japan, South Korea diplomats to meet Thursday

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    All the fun of flying is gone nowadays. But the one thing I find a violation of my human rights is diminishing legroom.

    Usually one of my knees sticks out one side, and the other takes up space from my neighbor. I can assure you it is not nice to be awoken by a drink cart slamming into your knee and crushing it between the cart and the chair. The other option is to pull them both in, annoy my neighbor, and wake up with the blood flow cut off and the feeling in my legs gone.

    One time I had an annoying ossan asking the flight attendant to tell me I had to pull up my chair, while the seat in front of me was fully reclined, leaving me about 10 cm breathing space.

    Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most?

  • 13

    Ishiwara

    I strongly doubt this list. Here is what most Japanese miss most:

    1) Safety 2) Healthcare 3) Polite and good service; 4) Reliability of products; interesting choices of products (e.g. more choice than Zara) 5) Food: ramen, curry, truly fresh fish & veggies

    What they don't miss: omiyage-culture, hierarchical relationships, Fukushima, politicians, "isogashii," overhours

    Posted in: 6 things Japanese expats miss most about Japan

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