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JaymannMar. 08, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
@ The Original Wing the first time I saw Herbie play was in Osaka in 1996/7 - I took a train down from Akita to watch him. I saw him several times in London too; the last time with Wayne Shorter. You should go!
Posted in: Osaka to host all-star concert on International Jazz Day
JaymannMar. 06, 2014 - 11:59AM JST
To the ebst of my knowledge this 'friendly' wasn't even shown here. I certainly heard no mention of it at my sport-mad school today.
Posted in: Japan beats New Zealand 4-2 in soccer friendly
JaymannMar. 04, 2014 - 03:00PM JST
Maori King! What a joke! A bunch of northern tribes loosely gathered together to thumb their nose at NZ's legitimate authority. Never was there a more daft movement in NZ.
Posted in: New Zealand's Maori king refuses to meet Prince William next month
JaymannMar. 03, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
@Samwaters - You are now my hero!
Posted in: For some women, husband's death like a breath of fresh air
JaymannMar. 02, 2014 - 02:08PM JST
It's storys like this that makes one understand and support men's extra-marital affairs. After humping away in the office for life (essentially trading in all their hopes and dreams) to support a family men must face some heartless wench who wants nothing more than for him to die. If you didn't want that life - don't marry the go-getter type. Better yet, get your own job, stay single and die a spinster.
JaymannMar. 01, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
@Lubrasu - NZ ave THE rugby team (Sport's most successful team)
Posted in: Japan not World Cup underdog, says coach
JaymannFeb. 28, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
I didn't even realise we had a soccer team in NZ.... are they failed rugby players?
JaymannFeb. 25, 2014 - 02:17PM JST
No, certainly not. Whilst it is an abhorrent and utterly misguided notion (like creationism, or intelligent design) the act of denying the Holocaust is not in itself a 'hate-crime' as it does not incite people to partake in illegal acts, in and of itself. Freedom to express one's ideas is crucial in a free society, however awful or just plain in opposition to the facts they are. That does not mean that anything at all should free to be broadcast to other people; we should ot be free to incite murder, nor rape, nor genocide.... these things should not be protected under freedom of speech as they do actual harm.
Posted in: Should Holocaust denial be a crime?
JaymannFeb. 25, 2014 - 02:12PM JST
this is just one of the reasons that Japan does not deserve a seat at the table of important International affairs.
Posted in: Gov't considers revision of 'comfort women' apology
JaymannFeb. 24, 2014 - 07:34AM JST
Very interested to read the 2009 Government poll. 86% is obviously a faulty reading and one would be suspicious of the methodology, or even the actual results given the nature of Japanese government. And how very different when an actual criminologist makes a valid survey. 46% in support falling to 36% after explanation of legitimate concerns seems far more believable. One can only hope that Japan moves towards the stance taken by enlightened and humane countries who have removed this unnecessary, irrational and ethically bankrupt anachronism.
Posted in: Japanese public skeptical on death penalty: study
JaymannFeb. 21, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Why is Lorde taking an award instead of Lady Gaga a shock? Although not particularly a fan of Lorde's music (or Gaga's... or Pop for that matter), the rise of Lorde as a media/pop sensation would seem to make awards hardly a surprise.
Posted in: Bowie becomes oldest Brit Award winner, but Arctic Monkeys steal show
JaymannFeb. 13, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
will the TPP not be beneficial to this as well?
Posted in: Reporter points to collusion in the drug industry
JaymannFeb. 12, 2014 - 03:39PM JST
Powerful words from Murayama - total respect for him ....and those funky eyebrows he rocked with such panache!
Posted in: WWII sex slavery indescribable wrong: ex-PM Murayama
JaymannFeb. 12, 2014 - 03:11AM JST
@ SmihinJapan - I don't need to look up the definition smith.... but if you don't see irony in an overseas magazine publishing hateful material about Japan when there are whole publications in Japan dedicated to such things... then perhaps I can forward a dictionary URL link to you?
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 04:09PM JST
I think that Japan's blatant sponsoring of tiny nations who then decide to vote for them on the IWC qualifies as goading... or although I was probably being a bit mild.
I agree with all you write. I just don't get where your optimism that a sustainable quota will be adhered to - I think the evidence is overwhelming that it won't given our pretty rapacious appetites for 'more'.
Posted in: New Zealand summons Japanese ambassador over whaling dispute
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 02:46PM JST
Just another article from "Oh my, how about that Irony" collection....
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 02:02PM JST
@ Heda - no, the economics isn't really that simple and I certainly understand your point. I realise that there is a whole branch of sustainability economics devoted entirely to fishing. And, yes the demand for whale meat is declining. My point is that this situation could be reversed rather quickly if 'sustainable whaling" becomes normalised. Whales have a huge amount of usable resource on their large carcasses and that resource would easily be reaped when/if whaling becomes normalised.
My other point is that 'sustainable fishing" hasn't been shown to be successful outside of small-community groups (to the best of my knowledge - which is hardly exhaustive). Countries like NZ have 'apparently' sustainable fishing practices and yet our stocks are also plummeting; it's been a very long while since I read of any prosecutions on commercial whalers here. Indeed I haven't read of many (to do with harvests at least) anywhere for as long as I can remember. What makes you think that whaling would be any different. Economic behaviour dictates that in a commercial setting one entity will seek to take as much as possible under the assumption that their competitors will be doing the same (even if the evidence suggests they are not doing so... they still might 'Nash Equilibrium' and all that.)
I certainly am not a fan of whaling - but I cannot see how the rest of the fishing world would simply sit back and let a few nations 'enjoy' the harvest if the IWC is goaded into allowing whaling again. I don't think the evidence is there that I behaviour would be any different to the rest impact we've had on the rest of the oceans.
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 01:51PM JST
Perhaps the US could start denying any attacks are happening? In their newspapers and text books at school the US government could just write out any references to the attacks on Okinawan women and start an internet campaign to obfuscate it? maybe members of congress could start justifying the attacks as ' pretty natural occurrences" ... Or if that irony is too much on the Japanese people - perhaps they could continue to apologise wholeheartedly and make as much restitution as they can. *written with a degree of sarcasm *
Posted in: Documents reveal chaotic U.S. military sex-abuse record in Japan
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 09:55AM JST
It is incredibly sad the abuse that Okinawan women and girls have been subjected to - and the complicit US army'e response has until recently been pretty poor.
JaymannFeb. 11, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
@ Heda: except that companies regularly break agreed upon regulations. And demand is constantly moving upwards; simple economics.
@ Nessie: The market for whale meat/blubber/oil will return quickly if the cost of substitute goods keeps increasing ( a certainty) and/or if whaling becomes normalised.
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:29AM JST
This is a tear jerk-er.
Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:28AM JST
My patience have run out long ago with all the world for so called,"world leaders." Wake…
Posted in: Patience running out among Japan's disaster refugees
I was desperate. I'm Italian, but maybe I love Japan more than my country.
Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
I was working at home in central Tokyo when the earthquake hit. I had been in…
Gee, what a surprise. "Nature" originally rejected her research after raising serious concerns about it. What…
Posted in: Scientist urges withdrawal of his own 'breakthrough' stem cell research