Ishiwara's past comments

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    Ishiwara

    And she just stated that she is willing to meet with the North Korean dwarf without preconditions? But not with Abe, elected leader of Japan, an ally and a democracy?

    Ridiculous.

    Posted in: S Korea's Park says she is not opposed to talks with Abe

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    Ishiwara

    China's reckless behavior TODAY has nothing to do with "what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two" or some other BS the Chinese come up with.

    Newspapers should stop mentioning this in cases like these, since it just gives Chinese propaganda a veneer of respectability.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    Ishiwara

    In this age of the adulation of youth it is not surprising that many old folk feel pressured to pretend they are young. In the US you see a lot of older men and women dressed in exactly the same clothes as their teenage kids. Cringeworthy.

    Still, this guy who berated the kid is an a-hole.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    Ishiwara

    You have to teach Japanese consumers about your products because they are very ignorant.>

    Hmmm.... I don't think this is a good formula for success. MacDonalds and Apple works quite well in Japan, because they have some things Japanese products have not. However, try to "teach" the "ignorant" Japanese consumers that they should like - let's say - the crappy stuff sold by K-Mart, Office Depot, Home Depot, I think the Japanese consumers are going to tell you to take a hike.

    Posted in: A quick study - Unilever Japan

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    Ishiwara

    The Soviet Union had a non-aggression pact with Japan during WW2. They were secretly preparing for war, and declared war on 11pm on August 8, 1945, taking effect the next day. Only an hour later they attacked, not technically, but in effect violating the agreement. Stalin wanted revenge for the loss in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Around 250,000 Japanese civilians perished. Around 70,000 POW's died in Siberia.

    While Japan was a main aggressor in WW2, in this case, Japan was also a victim, and the SU the aggressor.

    Posted in: Abe invited to Moscow for V-Day ceremony in May but unlikely to go

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    Ishiwara

    Happy 2015 to everyone! I want to thank everyone who posted thoughtful and informative comments last year. Sometimes we'll disagree and fight, often we'll agree. Let's not get into too much Japan-bashing (as our moderators call it). But lets also not give up on criticism when necessary.

    Posted in: A guide to New Year traditions in Japan

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    Ishiwara

    I just want to say Happy 2015 to my fellow Japan-todayers.

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    Ishiwara

    It is very important that the Emperor mentioned the war started in 1931. There is a long-standing debate among Japanese historians over how to call and characterize the war. Saying it started in 1931 endorses the concept of the "15-year war" (jugonensenso), traditionally used by Japanese left-wing academics (and opposed by conservatives) and extremely critical of Japan's descent into war.

    Posted in: Emperor stresses importance of learning from World War II

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    Ishiwara

    Beautiful!

    Posted in: Birthday girl

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    Ishiwara

    Apart from the two rocks in the Sea of Japan, Korea and Japan share a lot of interests and are allies in the Pax Americana. About time they start behaving like allies.

    Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

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    Ishiwara

    Good for the U.S. too. Now ordinary Americans van legally travel to Cubato get affordable health care.

    Posted in: Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

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    Ishiwara

    I am a bit surprised by the overwhelming criticism here.

    80% of Japanese TV is rubbish of course, but so is it everywhere else. Don't tell me Kim Kardashian stuff or reality TV in the U.S. is quality.

    • 80% of Drama's suck and are based on drama's, but some are true gems. And they don't drag on for 10 years.
    • Taiga drama's are sometimes spectacularly good, for example Ryomaden or Atsuhime.
    • 80 % of comedy is nonsensical, but a good chunk is very funny, like "shabekuri seben" - if you don't agree, well, lots of Japanese do think it is funny, that is why these programs exist
    • NHK documentaries are sometimes very good and in depth
    • Tanteinaito skip and Yoshimoto shinkigeki is really funny (if you live in Kansai)
    • True that there is too much stuff on food, but people are genuinely interested in local and seasonal foods, something that almost doesn't exist in the U.S. anymore. People like to watch programs about local restaurants (B-gurume) and some background of the chef.
    • Overacting has a very long history in East-Asian drama, even before the advent of TV

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Ishiwara

    I don't like smokers around, but they should be allowed to smoke in their own homes and apartments.

    In the U.S. several cities ban smoking inside apartments, which is insane. If the housing company forbids it, and puts it in a contract, fine. But banning by law what people can do in their own homes is totalitarian.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Ishiwara

    Maybe it is time we move on to the next fad.

    Posted in: Jeweler creates Y100 mil platinum calendar with 'Frozen' theme

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    Ishiwara

    I find it bizarre that posters complain about Christmas in Japan.

    1. Before we forget, Christmas is a Christian festival. Japan is not a Christian country.
    2. Christmas is everywhere mostly about consumerism and shopping. Japan does that quite a lot.
    3. Christmas is also about silly songs that no-one listens to the rest of the year. They play these in Japan too.
    4. Christmas is about family. Sure, but they have o-shogatsu for that in Japan.

    Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas

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    Ishiwara

    I personally like everything to be smoke-free, but there is no such thing as being "behind." The laws are what they are, and Japan will change them at their pace and how they see fit.

    Just compare it to this headline: "Japan is behind with gun laws. It is still illegal to own guns," and you see what's wrong.

    Posted in: Japan is still way behind in terms of anti-smoking policies, especially measures against secondhand smoke. You can still smoke in a lot of public places in Japan such as office buildings, coffee shops, restaurants and bars.

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    Ishiwara

    It's not a choice between smoke-free Starbucks and "smokey old kissaten." Japan has a large number of independent excellent coffee shops and smaller local chains that are smokefree. Just one example: Ogawa coffee in Kyoto. Smoke-free and the coffee is real and outstanding.

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

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    Ishiwara

    There is room for both. Starbucks is the MacDonalds of coffee, cheap and bad, but sometimes you need it. The wifi also makes it good for work & study. But Japan has a great range of excellent high-end cafe's where you go and enjoy a coffee, like a good restaurant.

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

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    Ishiwara

    Well, it's about time!

    Posted in: Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing armed conflict

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    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

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