JTDanMan's past comments

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    JTDanMan

    Obama is a patriot and does what he thinks is best for the county.

    Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy

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    JTDanMan

    Ossan

    Data is helpful:

    Among all the countries which participated in the BBC World Service Poll in 2007 and 2009, South Korea and People's Republic of China were the only ones whose majorities rate Japan negatively.

    The two exceptions to this positive reputation for Japan continue to be its neighbours China and South Korea, where majorities rate it quite negatively. Views are somewhat less negative in China compared to a year ago (71% down to 63% negative) and slightly more negative in South Korea (54% to 58% negative).

    http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/mar07/BBCViewsCountriesMar07_pr.pdf see pg 9.

    And then there is this study: http://www.genron-npo.net/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50:the-1st-japan-south-korea-common-opinion-poll-&catid=2:research&Itemid=4

    First of all, the percentage of Japanese respondents who replied that they have a "favorable impression" of South Korea was found to be only 31.1, including those who replied they have a "relatively favorable impression" of South Korea. This number in South Korea was a mere 12.2%. In contrast, those who responded they have an "unfavorable impression" of South Korea, including "relatively unfavorable," was 37.3% in Japan. In South Korea, this number was 76.6%, showing that almost 80% of South Koreans have an unfavorable impression of the Japanese.


    If these data are correct, then it is not true that only Koreans hate Japan, and not the other way. The data shows that Koreans hate Japan at a much higher rate than vice-versa.

    Posted in: Courtesy call

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    JTDanMan

    Bill Kristol, aka, the man who gets everything wrong,

    "Someone said, 'we can't just bomb,'" [Kristol] said, speaking about an ABC panel he was on. "You know, why don't we just [bomb?] We know where ISIS is. What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there. We could kill a lot of very bad guys!"

    You can't make this up.

    Lets we forget, 10 years ago that @hole along with the whole right wing noise machine said

    "Let's invade Iraq and and seeing what happens?"

    Well, we saw happens. ISIS happens.

    @ssholes.

    Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy

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    JTDanMan

    I played once. I lost ¥3000 in ten minutes.

    Posted in: What do you think of pachinko?

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    JTDanMan

    bonestructure

    According to Wikipedia: Due to its popularity in Chinese communities (including Chinatowns in the United States)[5] the maneki-neko is frequently mistaken for being Chinese in origin rather than Japanese, and is incorrectly referred to as a "Chinese lucky cat" [5] or jīnmāo ("golden cat").

    Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio

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    JTDanMan

    Don't tell me Shin-chan is not a Crayon....

    Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio

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    JTDanMan

    In the end, the real winners here are the lawyers.

    I live in Silicon Valley and know many patent attorney's and patent litigators. And they all say the same thing:

    The real winners here are the big companies. And the so-called 'patent trolls.' Only they have the muscle to make work the system in their favor. A patent does not give you the right to use an invention. It gives you the power to prevent someone else from using it. (Its a negative right).

    What that means in the real world is only those with a lot of money can sue and counter sue, and then reach some kind of sharing agreement based on MAD.

    That is how it works. And the lawyers only make a small cut of what is at stake.

    Posted in: U.S. judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung smartphones

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    JTDanMan

    This law is a bit of a side show. I can't wait for main event:

    Obama is gonna do something big on immigration. Some kind of relief for the millions being deported under our current broken policy. WIth the Republicans refusal to do anything, Democratic executive action is the only option left.

    And it will be great.

    First, Its the right thing to do.

    Second, Republicans will blow a gasket. The rabidly racists base will want blood, and freak out. Again. Which the establishment Republicans have been trying their bet to avoid. Because, boy did that govt shutdown work last time. LOLGOP.

    But that won't stop the racists. They will freak out, and try to impeach.

    Which makes Republicans look crazy, further solidifying the stereotype that the whole party is full of fringe nutjobs clinging thrusting Uzi's into nine-year old hands and screaming about the end of day, BENGHAZZZIIII and Kenyan socialist.

    Y'now, the Republican base.

    Finally, the luke-warm on Obama Latino and progressive base will see who is on their side, who is not, and rally around the flag.

    Bottom line: Republican impeachment of Obama because he's trying to help brown people will be the best goddam get out the vote strategy the Democrats could dream of. We don't perform as well as Republicans on mid-terms, and this impeachment will change that.

    And America.

    So, please, Republicans. Pretty please. Freak out, call Obama all the nasty names you want, specifically refer to the 'illegals' as to why Obama needs to be impeached.

    'Cause you are just helping Team Democrat.

    Posted in: U.S. to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

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    JTDanMan

    • Art is not; sorry but that is an obvious truth.*

    Not in Europe, or Japan.

    Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint

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    JTDanMan

    GalapagosnoGairaishu

    What part of "ironic" do you not understand?

    Posted in: Israel closes Golan area as Syrian rebels seize crossing

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    JTDanMan

    Lincolnman

    It is not just an opinion. Its an opinion which influences the US's decisions.

    On how we treat Japan.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    JTDanMan

    I hate this show.

    Posted in: Police kill TV crew member while filming reality show 'Cops'

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    JTDanMan

    An iWatch may actually be useful.

    Posted in: Apple to unveil iWatch on Sept 9: report

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    JTDanMan

    Correction

    Above, I wrote: "The problem is Japan's scientists routinely do not submit their research for review."

    This statement is incomplete. I contacted a friend of mine who is an American trained biological research scientist working in Japan. Here is a breakdown of what he said:

    Japanese scientist publish in international science and Japanese language science journals. The Japanese language science journals are viewed by the greater international science community as peer review in name only. Meaning, the peer review process in Japan is, well, lax.

    This lack of rigor affects the quality of their submission to the international journals, because much of their State of the Field section in the paper (the part where they list what they know and how they know it, i.e. previous studies) is based on functionally non-peer review research.

    That said, the hot issue in science today is indeed "reproducibility." And, unfortunately, we are not immune from this problem in the West. According to my friend, whereas in Japan the problem comes from the compromise of the peer review process because of, well, Japanese culture (hierarchy, prestige, 目上、内/外, etc, in the US its....

    yeah, wait for it....

    Private research.

    The profit motive has supplanted academic search for truth. Proprietary interest has kept scientists from sharing their research. And so it cannot be peer reviewed.

    Posted in: Riken says it was unable to replicate stem cell results

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    JTDanMan

    For decades, many have lamented Japan's inability to attract foreign tourists.

    First, I am not so sure Japan isn't tourist friendly. Everyone I know, and I mean everyone, who goes to Japan remarks how:

    1. It is safe,
    2. easy to get around;
    3. the people are really friendly.
    4. wonderfull is Japanese culture -- both traditional and current.

    The people I know span the human ranges in age and national origin, and gender identification. I am often surprised by the amount of gushing, and about the kind of things even normally serious, even stolid people will enthuse. For example, I personally think Japan's city-scapes are ugly. Yet, I recall once while taking the discount bus to Kansai airport, I met a fellow from Turkey who simply could not stop blabbing about all the bridges and overpasses.

    And everyone I know can't get enough of the service. "They bowed when we got off the elevator!" (Except Koreans, which do the same.)

    People used to complain about how pricey things were, but that was decades ago.

    So, yeah, I am not so sure why more people don't visit Japan.

    Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

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    JTDanMan

    Same with hiking. So far, I've seen one foreigner besides myself off the (moderately) beaten path, and he was there with a Japanese friend who took him (not there through his own interest).

    Which is kinda true; and really sad. One of the best things about Japan is all the wonderful hiking trails. Granted, it takes an hour or so from Tokyo, but in Kobe it was quite literally at my doorstep.

    Farther afield, Japan is a mountainous archipelago, with some of the best mountaineering on the planet -- if you are a foodie. One of my best memories was going on a day-hike while camping somewhere in Gifu, and coming across a mountain top cafe that had pizza from a wood burning stove. Really good, not even counting how hunger make the best sauce.

    Turns out, the gal who ran the place was one of those types who fell in love with something, and went to some corner of Japan to make her dream.

    Man, I miss Japan!

    Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

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    JTDanMan

    Crazy

    While I so share you sentiments, try to appreciate how far we've come in the past decade. It's a generational thing; we are winning.

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

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    JTDanMan

    but 90? Seriously?

    Yeah, that is a lot. Maybe that is why he bowed.

    Posted in: ASKA pleads guilty to using, possessing drugs

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    JTDanMan

    a Japanese version of amakudari

    Federal law requires officers to retire at the last pay grade at which they served satisfactorily

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

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