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JimizoJul. 31, 2014 - 11:54PM JST
Have you ever been outside of Japan in the summertime? I don't know, possibly a hot country like Australia? Singlets / "vests" / tank tops are the norm...!
My wife often derides my disregard for fashion. However, when we went to Australia and California, even I was taken aback by the appalling things we saw. I once heard my wife describe Australia as a warm England with the morals of 50 years ago and the fashions of 15 years ago. I disagreed, I couldn't remember seeing such atrocious clothes in England 15 years ago.
Posted in: 43% of Japanese women don’t like guys wearing tank tops
JimizoJul. 31, 2014 - 05:32PM JST
'I'm not going to lie, I'm a big muscular guy so on me, tank tops look good'
Dear, oh dear. Not a dry seat in the house when Bass is in town, eh?
A 'yokel' is an idiot from the countryside. I thought a professional writer would have known that. I had the pleasure of living in the south of the US and visiting some real backwaters. My lingering memories were mullets, Jesus, dry counties and men wearing vests ( sometimes it wasn't even warm, never mind hot ).
JimizoJul. 31, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
Just 21% of Japanese people had a positive view of the Abe cabinet in the last poll I saw. His personal approval ratings are now below 50% and on a downward trajectory. His nationalistic chest-thumping isn't deflecting enough attention away from the fact that his grand economic plan ( warmed-up and repackaged LDP past failures ) isn't cutting it. I can't see him being in power this time next year.
Posted in: Japan flirts with recession after output, exports drop
JimizoJul. 31, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
These tops are very tacky. I used to live next to a military base and the sight of vests in summer and skintight t-shirts in the bar in the middle of winter was pretty laughable. That said, at least they were in shape. Some of the men in my office should really do something about the pot-bellies and love handles if they want to wear fitted shirts. Wear what suits you but men in vests remind me of narcissistic military-types, monster truck lovin' yokels with highlighted mullets or older men on holidays wearing socks and crocs.
JimizoJul. 28, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
'If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?
Kill them as they killed their victims.'
Who would you ask to carry out the execution on those psychopaths who murdered in particularly gruesome fashion? Another psychopath?
Posted in: If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?
JimizoJul. 27, 2014 - 03:13PM JST
'A sequel to the massive-monster film featuring classic creatures from the franchise is in the works.'
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JimizoJul. 27, 2014 - 11:45AM JST
'Why should it be a "humane" way?'
What method would you advocate? A trip to the museum could help to remind people of how sick and twisted the human imagination can be in devising methods of torture and execution. We could use modern technology as in the Bond movie with Sean Connery tied to a table waiting for a laser to cut him in half starting at the genital area. Perhaps we can gather those very civilised nations with wonderful human rights records who most enjoy executions ( China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia ) and brainstorm ideas.
JimizoJul. 27, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
'I agree. Quick and to the point, no suffering.
That said, for particularly heinous crimes, they should make them face upwards'
Interesting idea. How about reintroducing burning for witchcraft?
JimizoJul. 26, 2014 - 12:23PM JST
Hate speech is usually based on stupidity and ignorance and a tends to lump all people into a stereotype. Bertie Wooster already pointed out how you can read moronic and vicious rants against Chinese and Korean people ( not their government policies ) on this site that would be attacked mercilessly rather than thumbed up if they were directed against the people of other countries. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and we can only pity the stupid, ignorant and hateful but when this turns into marching into a an area with a large Korean population ( whose opinions are not known ) shouting 'cockroaches' and 'kill Koreans', the line has been crossed and they should be stopped. Incitement to 'kill' a group of people isn't what a civilized country should allow.
Posted in: Japan should prohibit all propaganda advocating racial superiority or hatred that incites to discrimination, hostility or violence as well as demonstrations intended to disseminate such propaganda.
JimizoJul. 26, 2014 - 12:01PM JST
'Now I do think that Israel should halt building on settlements.....'
Israel was stealing land before Hamas came to power and will continue to do so if Hamas is gone. Unconditional support and funding will continue from the US as long as the US right wing includes it in its creed. You agree that land stealing is wrong, so how about cutting off support until Israel stops breaking international law? Are you happy funding a country which illegally appropriates other people's territory?
Posted in: Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan as death toll nears 850
JimizoJul. 25, 2014 - 07:48PM JST
I'm not sure that Japanese players are any more 'spoiled' than anybody else. I didn't see any lack of motivation from the Dutch or Germans in the World Cup - players from rich countries who mostly earn higher salaries than those in the Japanese squad. I did see greater quality in the Dutch squad and most certainly in the German squad than in Japan's. He is faced with the task trying to make Japan greater than the sum if its limited parts. I don't think there's a motivation problem.
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JimizoJul. 25, 2014 - 07:29PM JST
'The Japanese majority wants PM to visit the shrine. Period.'
I haven't seen any poll saying this. This a report on the results of a telephone poll from the Japan Times, 2013:
'According to the results, 69.8 percent think Abe should take diplomatic relations into consideration when deciding whether to visit the contentious shrine, versus 25.3 percent who disagree.
Another 47.1 percent said it “was not good” to visit the shrine, compared with 43.2 percent who appreciated the act.'
Posted in: Abe should avoid Yasukuni shrine, says int'l think tank
JimizoJul. 24, 2014 - 06:34PM JST
'Ok, for everyone who is against the death penalty, what would have been justice for Joseph Wood and those like him who are 100 % guilty of multiple murders? What do you think should have happened to him?'
Civilised societies choose not to execute people. In 2013, the world's most enthusiastic executioners were China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, the US and Somalia. Take a long look at those countries and decide if this is the kind of company the US should be keeping. As for '100% guilty', are you confident that an innocent person hasn't been executed ( murdered ) in the US? Keep people who are a danger to the public away from the public. The US disgraces itself worldwide with the kind of bloodlust found in dictatorships, theocracies, failed states and banana republics.
Posted in: Condemned man takes nearly 2 hours to die in botched execution in Arizona
JimizoJul. 24, 2014 - 01:28PM JST
'I hope those lustily cheering for the death penalty would one day be able to witness such gruesome scenes.'
No doubt some would enjoy it.
JimizoJul. 24, 2014 - 01:04PM JST
Ah, the US rightwing. Those people who supported the use of nearly a trillion dollars in a disastrous war but don't like the idea of providing healthcare to the less fortunate. If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. I seem to remember a Jewish preacher much admired by many on the US right telling people to give all, yes, all, you have to the poor. A little hard to live by, but certainly a man who believed in wealth redistribution. I also remember his comments about the rich making an ostentatious display of charitable giving.
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JimizoJul. 22, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
'Perhaps the Swiss model of firearm training of young, responsible individuals would be helpful in getting the balance restored. Alas, it would detract the youth from their video games, soccer matches, and doting on their eyebrows and coiffures...'
No way, no day, no shape, no form. Keep the disease of guns away from the children of this fine country. I'd take video games, football matches and vanity any day of the week. I
Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter
JimizoJul. 22, 2014 - 07:08PM JST
Good to see but if football really does take off in the US and the Premiership is popular there, make sure the games played there remain pre-season only. I've heard the ridiculous idea of playing Premier League games outside England and Wales floated before. America has the potential to be a footballing superpower and I'd love to see it.
Posted in: English soccer clubs 'invade' U.S. for pre-season matches
JimizoJul. 22, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
'As if we need more evidence that ordinary Japanese citizens, contrary to the negative stereotypes about them being blind sheeple afraid to speak out in public against causes, do in fact voice their public opinions on world events.'
You keep posting this. Five hundred people from a population in the Kanto area numbering over 30 million on a public holiday?
Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed
JimizoJul. 22, 2014 - 12:06PM JST
'A Google search plainly shows that Sonoko Kawakami is a professional protester with Amnesty and the CPJ. This simply shows who is behind this protest and yes 70% of the time in Japan the CPJ is behind them.'
So? The majority of countries on the planet regard Israel's land stealing as illegal and its treatment of Palestinians as immoral. Are they all members of the CPJ? One poster hinted at anti-Semitism as the motivation and now they are relegated to professional protesters with questionable political affiliations. Maybe they just see the soaring death toll including women, children and the disabled as disgraceful. I certainly do.
JimizoJul. 21, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
'Japanese people don't mind living poor. They're not particularly wanting to live in a big house. not wanting so much, just a simple life.'
Interesting that LV, Gucci and the like see Japan as one of their biggest markets. China has only recently overtaken Japan as the biggest consumer of LV goods. The days of being satisfied with a hinomaru bento may come back but not through choice.
Posted in: Japanese firms hurt by tensions with China, S Korea
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:30AM JST
@the Resident: No contribution to the topic? Re-read what I quoted from the article, then my…
Posted in: Airbus says no room for more talks in cancelled Japan jet deal
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:29AM JST
As Eamonn Fingleton has written:
The strength of Japan’s economy and its people is evident in…
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
These are a horrible idea. I really hope they don't catch on in Japan.
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“We urge you to hold Japan and Canada to the same high standards as other TPP…
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:13AM JST
There are plenty of observations to make about why one little installation doesn't generate enough power,…
Posted in: Ken Corp to build 68MW of solar plants