Ishiwara's past comments

  • 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

  • 4

    Ishiwara

    It is slightly ridiculous that Abe is criticized for making the comparison with pre-WW1.

    The Economist had a leading article recently stating the same, and many historians and observers have been talking about this before. (In the comparison, obviously pre-WW1 is Germany).

    Posted in: Abe calls for summit with China

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    After reading the comments and the different news reports from the time, it seems not at all 100% clear the Japanese Army did this. (Am I missing something?).

    As we all know, it would not be a great surprise if the Japanese would have done this, but I'd like to know the facts. Also, this took place in North China, not Nanjing, where the IJA had much stricter rules, and (although this might surprise some people) actually did enforce and convict Japanese soldiers if they killed or raped Chinese women.

    Posted in: Bishop burned alive by Japanese troops in 1937 may become patron saint of abuse victims

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Politicians who insist that they are only paying tribute to those who died for their country when they visit Yasukuni are not telling the truth. If that’s all they wanted to do, they could walk five minutes down the road to Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery, which is, like Arlington, Japan’s officially designated war cemetery."

    Chidorigafuchi is a special cemetery for the unknown soldier, whereas Yasukuni is for all who died for the country since 1868. There is no simple solution to this problem.

    Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past

  • 11

    Ishiwara

    I wouldn't mind reading newspapers and watching cat videos in return for a paycheck.

    Posted in: I won’t leave. Companies aren’t supposed to act this way. It’s inhumane.

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Actually, it is a bit of a myth that Japan has such a high suicide rate, or the highest in the world. It is now at number 10 in the world. Greenland the highest, Korea, China, and Slovenia all higher than Japan. The suicide rate in South Korea is actually significantly higher than that of Japan.

    Posted in: Teenage girl jumps to her death at Machida Station

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    1. It was not divine punishment, since the bomb punished innocent women and children in Hiroshima, not war criminals and folk from unit 731.
    2. America gave unit 731 folk a free pass, in return for research results, so it seems God changed his mind?
    3. There have been rumors that individuals from Unit 731 and their weapons have been used by the U.S. in Korea and Vietnam.

    What was God thinking?

    Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    The best argument I have heard that war is unlikely, is that should it happen, and China looses (which is likely, especially if the U.S. gets involved), the communist regime will not survive.

    Reading right-wing Chinese newspapers like Global Times gives a sense they are trying to calm things down now, saying that the Senkaku are important, but not important enough to risk war over.

    Posted in: Former ASDF general: 'China won't initiate war over Senkakus'

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    Drunk women. More than anything. (I drink myself, so yes, I am very unfair about this).

    Posted in: Poll asks men what behavior by women turns them off

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    The J-Government did the right thing by buying these islands, and so preventing Ishihara from building a police station or something on the islands, which would really have been a change of the status quo. J-gov buying the island was in itself NOT a change of status quo, just a change of ownership.

    The Chinese know this, and they could have stuck with the usual diplomatic protest. They did not, and escalated the situation at every turn since.

    Posted in: Which side is most to blame for escalating tension between Japan and China?

  • 4

    Ishiwara

    China says 300,000 civilians and soldiers died...Some Japanese revisionists claim the number of deaths is far lower.

    Yes, but to put it like this is misleading. A lot of respectable historians in both Japan, the United States and Europe question the Chinese government's figures. In any case, still one massive war crime of course.

    Posted in: Chinese media seize on Hatoyama's apology at Nanjing Massacre Memorial

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    • I prefer having a human traffic sign to the U.S. practice to put a sign saying "we're not responsible" etc.

    • Japan has indeed hidden unemployment, but the service is outstanding. Take the postal service; they come to your house, sending is cheap, it arrives when they say it will arrive. The box looks perfect. Nothing is missing.

    Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan

  • -2

    Ishiwara

    We need more violent movies to protect us from tyranny.

    I think some people did not get this is a joke;

    Posted in: Debate 'overdue' on movie link to gun violence: Redford

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    I think some people need to reminded constantly that Obama is not a commie extremist or whatever, but is actually elected (twice) by the American people, and therefore has a mandate to change some things, and put in place policies that some people disagree with. It is called democracy.

    Posted in: Obama unveils $500 million gun control package

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