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JimizoMar. 03, 2015 - 06:51PM JST
From the party which wants Japan's education system to provide people with a solid grounding in ethics? Better late than never I suppose.
Posted in: Abe faces questions over improper political donations
JimizoMar. 03, 2015 - 01:47PM JST
'Many international students come to the US for the universities then leave once they graduate to return to their countries to use what they learned to either help their homelands or to attack the US.'
The vast majority will help themselves without too much of a second thought for anyone or anything else. Exposure to western education will certainly reinforce that idea.
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
JimizoMar. 03, 2015 - 01:08PM JST
The CCP will stay in power as long as economic growth stays on track and it can preserve China's unity. The CCP often points out to its people that countries like the US and UK were hardly democratic when achieving their economic take-off ( very limited voting rights ). Many Chinese I met in China parroted this line. The warnings about Ukraine plays to the second largest fear in China - disunity. These are the key issues the CCP is playing to. It will take a financial meltdown or severe internal unrest to shake the CCP, not a few hundred thousand rich students studying abroad from a country of 1.3 billion. Many of these students will be happy to take top jobs in the east without too much concern for anything or anyone else when and if they return.
JimizoMar. 03, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
At a time when the economic policies of the past few decades in the US and other countries have created massive and damaging wealth disparities, it's strange that a party which still calls itself communist doesn't make more of this in its tirades. I wonder why.
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 10:12PM JST
'I'm surprised "Royal's" still speak on behalf of Europeans, it's like Al Sharpton speaking for American's'
Royals don't speak on behalf of the French or the Germans to name but two countries without monarchies in the very diverse continent called Europe.
Posted in: Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 09:50PM JST
“But it’s a World Cup in Asia—and so we will have to cooperate by cramming in games in order to help make it a success.”
He clearly sees what this World Cup is but he's another jellyfish. The continent has got sod all to do with anything. All countries need to boycott this scandalous World Cup no matter where they are or what association they belong to. Time to grow a pair and give the finger to the geriatric brown envelope brigade.
Posted in: Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 03:55PM JST
'We now need to be more focused on how to educate and prevent more of these poor dumb girls from thinking about going over there in the first place.'
The first step could be for schools and/or parents telling young people what religion they are.
Posted in: CCTV shows British schoolgirls in Istanbul on way to Syria
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 03:30PM JST
'Personally, I think any reader who watches NHK and who doesn't pay is a deadbeat and bragging about how rude you act toward the collector just shows how uncouth some of you are.'
I fully agree. If you watch NHK, you should pay the fee. I stopped paying it after the switch to digital. My telly isn't digital and I couldn't be bothered buying a tuner so I couldn't watch Japanese TV and politely told the NHK man the situation. He was okay about it and there was no need to be rude.
That said, If I buy a new telly capable of receiving NHK, I won't watch NHK nor start paying the fee again. I don't know the political views of other posters but I found the appointment of a man like Momii to the position of head of a public broadcaster detestable and I'm not prepared to fund that kind of organisation. I would very politely tell the NHK people this.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 01:43PM JST
The usual NK rhetoric about mercilessly vanquishing imperialist enemies or whatever. They sound like the Old Testament crossed with Ming the Merciless and Fox News.
Posted in: N Korea vows merciless strikes as U.S.-S Korea drills begin
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 12:55PM JST
I don't watch nor fund rightwing propaganda. The idea of paying my hard-earned money to this organisation turns my stomach.
JimizoMar. 02, 2015 - 12:26PM JST
Japan often takes the boy/girl next door thing to extreme lengths. I'm not expecting Aretha Franklin or Marvin Gaye level vocalists in the case of bubblegum pop but the ability to carry a tune live ( or even in the studio ) is a basic requirement. I remember seeing SMAP singing live on the telly and it was absolutely atrocious considering how long they've been in this business ( it made One Direction's singing sound like the Beach Boys in comparison ). The likes of Arashi ( admittedly an improvement on SMAP ) and AKB are similar. Many Japanese people tell me this is part of the charm - supporting those who are not talented but cute and do their best. If Milli Vanilli had been Japanese, they probably wouldn't have felt the need to get decent vocalists in.
Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing?
JimizoMar. 01, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
“I never met a more hospitable, a more cultured, a more accommodating people,” he said. “How could a people like this have produced an army as barbaric as the one that came here and Nanking? ... Nobody has yet explained that to me.”
To explain that you first need to discuss it openly after facing up to it, warts and all. This isn't something Japan does well.
Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
JimizoMar. 01, 2015 - 01:39PM JST
I agree with your point that racism is a fact in every country, but I think it's fair to say that Japan doesn't exactly go out of its way to stamp out practices like refusing to rent to non-Japanese or having ryokan owners refusing rooms to non-Japanese ( this has happened to me and my wife twice despite us both speaking good Japanese ). The inaction is revealing.
Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?
JimizoMar. 01, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
The empty seat next to me on the train has never bothered me. I couldn't care less if it's shyness or something more sinister. Not people I'd want to get to know but I do remember a salaryman sitting next to me and offering me one of his 2 cans of happoshu and a bag of those spicy little rice crackers with peanuts. I was almost moved to tears.
I haven't had many experiences of direct nastiness here but I remember being in an an izakaya near where I live and an idiot sitting close to us told my female Japanese friend to be wary of STDs from foreign men. I was on the toilet at the time. I was able to get that explanation after asking about 5 times why she was upset and wanted to leave halfway though our drinks and yakitori. After asking her why she didn't smack him or at least give him a mouthful, I wanted to confront him and if necessary strangle an apology out of him but at that point she became borderline hysterical and literally dragged me to towards the register near the door where we paid and left.
When I went back to the place for dinner with my wife and explained to the master what that scene was all about he was mortified. I've never seen a person apologise so much and he refused to accept any payment for our food and drinks despite me constantly telling him it wasn't his fault. A jolly decent man - I've met plenty of them here.
JimizoFeb. 28, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
I agree innovation is great. Sticking to outdated and anachronistic ideas is never a good thing.
Posted in: Welcome William
JimizoFeb. 28, 2015 - 12:17PM JST
William acting like a human being and revealing how much he likes football and pop music and other 'look, he's just like us!' syrupy rubbish doesn't get away from the fact that he's still a part of an outdated, undemocratic institution based on the damaging and offensive idea of hereditary privilege ( but at least he smiles a lot and shakes hands very warmly ). What next? Taking the 'just like us' farce to reports of pints of mild and pork scratchings down the boozer with the trouble and strife and 'call me Billy'? Pathetic, insulting and very irritating nonsense. Give me the Japanese royals over this pantomime. It's less patronising.
Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince
JimizoFeb. 27, 2015 - 04:44PM JST
“Now every time I come to Tokyo, I will come to the theater'
For crying out loud, get yourself a naughty partner - you're 19. Your college grades will probably improve too.
Posted in: AKB Theater celebrates 4,000 performances, 1 million visitors
JimizoFeb. 27, 2015 - 02:38PM JST
Interesting. 'Highway to Hell' has a new meaning for me.
Posted in: Which music from the past 60 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now?
JimizoFeb. 27, 2015 - 12:01PM JST
It could depend in part on changing social trends. A taste for classical music has long been associated with highbrow culture and that has contributed to its enduring popularity ( I'm not saying all people who say they like classical music do so for purely snobbish reasons or classical music doesn't have merits ) and there is no guarantee it will keep its punching power in the status wars. Maybe an upwardly mobile upstart genre could relegate it. I hope all genres stick around - the plebby and the snobby. Variety is a nice thing.
JimizoFeb. 26, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
'Prince William to start first Japan visit with green tea'
Stunning, absolutely stunning. Be sure to keep us updated of any traditional snacks he may consume.
Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:39PM JST
That would really suck.
Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner turns spotlight on racism
Nikka claims to be the interpreneur, or not ?
Posted in: NHK drama boosts Japanese whisky production
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:32PM JST
Here's an idea - why don't they just cut down the offending trees producing all this…
Posted in: Stores stock up on products to fight hay fever
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:31PM JST
After two years on top, show some results, please.
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
Sharp's troubles started a long time ago when I told people about the Sharp landline (…
Posted in: Sharp's stock falls on bank aid report