Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
JimizoMay. 29, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
'I'm rather puzzled by your question because it makes no sense. You speak as though I have or would ever want a choice as to who to "support", whatever that means. I'm an active duty member of the U.S. Navy in Japan. What do you think I'd do? What do you think I'm here for?'
You're in the Navy! Rum, sodomy and the lash? You gave this bin dipper a real laugh tonight.
Any relatives in China?
Posted in: Pentagon chief says U.S. flights over South China Sea will go on
JimizoMay. 28, 2015 - 05:41PM JST
What would you do if such a war broke out? Watch it for a while and then support the side you think looks more likely to win?
JimizoMay. 28, 2015 - 05:18PM JST
'The day will come when the Chinese will hear: "THIS IS US NAVY FIGHTER SQUADRON VFA-XXX. DO YOU WISH TO ENGAGE!" China is really wishing for something they shouldn't!'
Is anyone going to join in with 'the most awesome military machine in human history', 'bulls and horns' or the more direct 'don't #### with us' rhetoric? This kind of talk terrifies me but it is almost erotic to many in the US and convinces me that a full scale war between the US and China is not out of the question. These are two countries not exactly afraid to see their people dead - the US has been sacrificing rivers of blood for disastrous wars of choice for decades and the CCP is historically swimming in the blood of its own citizens.
JimizoMay. 28, 2015 - 09:20AM JST
How are people supposed to enjoy their reeking warmed one-cup and dried squid snacks while leering at the naked women in Tokyo Sports with that racket going on?
There are worse things as long as you keep the voice down.
Posted in: Does it bother you when people talk on smartphones on buses, trains or in restaurants?
JimizoMay. 27, 2015 - 09:55PM JST
'I think as humans develop and receive better education over time, religion will phase out for it's silliness.'
I think you're being a bit too optimistic in the case of Islam. This is the youngest of the major religions, has fire in its belly and more than the other religions, will tend to dismiss the new or erect defences against anything which contradicts its beliefs. It's generally the hardest nut to crack.
Posted in: If Muslims in Japan live peaceful lives without forgetting the virtues of Islam, understanding of Muslims will spread.
JimizoMay. 27, 2015 - 08:06PM JST
I don't know about reform. I think FIFA needs fumigators or exorcists.
Posted in: Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes
JimizoMay. 27, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
'You shouldn't have to sing it but you should certainly have to stand as a mark of respect to your nations flag.'
I don't get it. You shouldn't be obliged to sing a song with lyrics and symbolism which are against your principles but you should be obliged to stand for a flag which symbolises something against your principles. Very strange logic.
Posted in: Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem
JimizoMay. 27, 2015 - 07:53AM JST
People being obliged or pressured into singings songs, saluting bits of cloth or mumbling silly sentences against their will gives me the creeps. Thankfully, I've never had to suffer this indignity. Good to see this judge has some sense of fairness.
JimizoMay. 26, 2015 - 09:44PM JST
'It is likely that we'll see a Pacific War in our lives but I hope not........'
I'm worried that the US leadership and the arms industry has gone so long without a war ( by its standards ). If it goes on too long, the pressure could reach critical mass stoked up by the arms industry and the rightist nutters and they could go absolutely bananas with China. Perhaps they need a minor war to relieve some of the pressure.
Posted in: Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions
JimizoMay. 26, 2015 - 08:35PM JST
Great post. The US government has always exaggerated threats to justify its gigantic military and the mind-blowing amount of taxpayer money which supports it.
I wouldn't agree fully that there is no 'threat' from China. It's extremely doubtful that in the future China will act like the US in bombing the living daylights out of countries it doesn't like and establishing bases all over the place, they are too insular for that, but they are looking to expand their sphere of influence in Asia and unequivocally reclaim their role as the dominant power in this region. Certainly in terms of territorial claims, China wants to call the shots.
JimizoMay. 26, 2015 - 06:31PM JST
'Well, I think 30 C. is something like around 85 degrees F. That is spring-like weather around these here parts.'
My those there here down there knees are getting weak with all this tough talk. I'm inspired. Sod the sunglasses and short sleeves. I'm going to work starkers tomorrow apart from a holster with two revolvers.
Posted in: Temperature tops 30 degrees in Tokyo for first time this year
JimizoMay. 26, 2015 - 05:30PM JST
Did they hand out flyers reminding them to cheer for their team?
Posted in: 70,000 flock to Chelsea victory parade
JimizoMay. 26, 2015 - 01:12PM JST
'It is good that the few countries willing to stand up to China are presenting a united front. There was a CCP tabloid recently saying that war with the US was inevitable. It is up to the countries that actually have some freedoms to make sure that the result of such a war is clear to the nutters in Peking.'
There are many analysts who are far from nutters inside China and the US who see war as inevitable between the two countries. They aren't exactly shrinking violets when it comes to strongarm tactics in foreign policy and neither would lose too much sleep about the death count.
JimizoMay. 25, 2015 - 12:43PM JST
The US rightwing mentioning the word 'science'! The same crowd made up of geniuses who deny evolution ( one lawmaker claimed this idea was 'from the pit of hell' ), claim the earth is 6,000 years old, say homosexuality is 'unnatural' despite the clear facts that it is common among many species ( many used to claim it was only humans who made this 'choice' ) and deny human behaviour has anything to do with climate change despite an overwhelming scientific majority believing it does?
Please pardon us for having a laugh when these people mention 'science'.
Posted in: Australian PM resists gay marriage referendum push
JimizoMay. 25, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
Allardyce gone and Carver very probably on his way out. Rodgers? Conceding 9 in two games against Palace and Stoke isn't going to impress the board.
Posted in: Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of season
JimizoMay. 25, 2015 - 12:05AM JST
'Ironically the push for marriage equality means the end of the idea of marriage itself.!
No, it means the end of your view of marriage. Please speak for yourself and drop the tiresome slippery slope tongue flapping. The moral views of US rightwing comes across as at worst bigoted and at best quaint to most in a thoughtful country like Australia. Enjoy the used-car salesmen and snake handlers in the shiny suits blabbing and ranting in megachurches but remember this is one product these nutters will have difficulty flogging to decent countries.
JimizoMay. 24, 2015 - 11:24PM JST
'You think he'd at least want some happiness for his sister.'
Bigotry runs thicker than blood?
JimizoMay. 24, 2015 - 09:07PM JST
You still haven't answered my question. Why do you decide to follow the bible in regarding homosexuality as a sin but decide not to follow the teachings of Jesus in terms of giving all you have to the poor ( you bought a device capable of accessing the internet ) and amputating hands and removing eyes ( have your eyes ever looked where they shouldn't )? Do you take no thought for the morrow or are these things just too inconvenient to live by? By the way, it was man who decided they knew better than god by abolishing slavery. Were they wrong in doing this? I can't remember a single verse in the bible which says slavery should be abolished. Perhaps you know some.
I suppose picking out a few biblical verses on homosexuality and justifying your own dislike by doing so is so much easier than actually living according to the beliefs you say you follow. Isn't that called cafeteria Christianity? I'd say the Catholic Church with its cover-up of truly horrific sexual behaviour by some of its priests should actually start living closer to the teachings of the man who founded their church before passing sanctimonious judgement on the sex lives of consenting adults.
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
JimizoMay. 24, 2015 - 05:28PM JST
'That said, for me marriage should always be exclusively a marriage between a man and a woman. Homosexuality is not what god intended.'
There are plenty of verses in the Jewish and Christian scriptures which clearly outline things god doesn't approve of but Christians choose to ignore. These would include stoning adulters to death and executing unruly teenagers. Christians seem perfectly content to ignore those particular examples of what 'god intended'. Jesus told people to abandon their families, take no thought for the morrow, give everything to the poor and to cut off limbs or gouge out eyes if they cause you to sin. It seems very clear what 'god intended' but I'm sure you and others don't follow these injunctions.
I find it very suspicious when people select bits and pieces of the bible here and ignore bits and pieces of the bible there to support an argument. This is very common when the church and the subject of homosexuality comes up.
JimizoMay. 24, 2015 - 12:34PM JST
I know that quote is there but there still isn't any direct condemnation of homosexuality in the gospels. The point I'm making is that the Catholic Church and others are very adept at glossing over, ignoring or reinterpreting the parts of the bible they find inconvenient or embarrassing. This is an obscenely rich organisation able to say it is the church of a man who railed against wealth and materialism - remember the camel and the eye of the needle and to give all you have to the poor quotes? To gloss over, ignore or reinterpret ''a man uniting with his wife" would be child's play for this organisation.
May. 29, 2015 - 01:03AM JST
During the same ten-year period, how many non-deployed SDF members committed suicide?
Posted in: 54 SDF members sent to Iraq, Indian Ocean committed suicide over 10-year period
May. 29, 2015 - 01:00AM JST
@Yubaru: DOH...the IJA burned them all!
Remember Suga had heated argument in Diet about existence of…
Posted in: Japanese academics join calls for gov't to face up to responsibility over 'comfort women'
May. 29, 2015 - 12:58AM JST
Policy makers, though, are betting strategic benefits would outweigh any economic downside by helping anchor the…
Posted in: China-led bank adds urgency to Japan's pursuit of TPP deal
May. 29, 2015 - 12:55AM JST
Basically there are two stereotypes that affect Asian Americans. One is that all Asians Americans are…
Posted in: Nishikori hardened by American dream
May. 29, 2015 - 12:43AM JST
The very last WW II related soul enshrined was Yosuke Matsuoka who is the father in…
Posted in: China raps Japan after Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine