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JimizoDec. 19, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
My department's end of year piss-up is tonight. I'm at Narita waiting for my flight. Heartbroken that I missed it again.....
Posted in: Police step up presence at Tokyo stations to prevent trouble during 'bonenkai' season
JimizoDec. 18, 2014 - 01:00PM JST
'Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
2016 can't here fast enough!'
Have you already booked your holiday in Havana for then? That was quick. See you in the bar for a Mojito.
Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
JimizoDec. 18, 2014 - 12:27PM JST
I never knew not stuffing yourself, not getting rotten or saying 'no, thanks. I'm full' or 'just a coke/a cup of tea' was that difficult.
Posted in: What are some suggestions to avoid overeating or getting too drunk during the Christmas-New Year party season?
JimizoDec. 18, 2014 - 12:05PM JST
'Obama has never met a dictator that he wouldn't bend over backwards for. It just proves what sociology tells us - people are most comfortable with people like themselves. The Castro's are good at writing executive orders as well.'
Previous US presidents have backed scumbags like Saddam Hussain, Suharto and Pinochet. Perhaps your knowledge of sociology can help you make those connections too?
JimizoDec. 18, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
"Happy togetherness"??? Only in Japan would such a ludicrous claim be made. Unless, of course, you're British (and I'm not).'
Posted in: Catatsu: A ridiculous new item for your pet to wear this winter
JimizoDec. 18, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
Great news. This will benefit both countries.
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
No doubt China's record on intellectual property is very dodgy but they are more than capable of innovation. They are very quick to tell you that many world-changing inventions originated in China ( they also claim some which didn't) and their intellectual high-flyers are comparable with anybody's. I know many are unable to say anything remotely positive about Chinese people but I've spent over a decade working with Chinese industry and as much as some here hate to hear it, they are not simply rip-off artists.
Posted in: China drives growth in patent applications worldwide
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 02:32PM JST
All that money? As far as I can tell, many people only play the lottery at the end of the year. It's hardly eating into their livelihoods. I'd be the first to agree that gambling can be addictive and destructive - I've seen it - but a few hundred Yen at the end of the year, or even at the end of the week, doesn't deserve the snobbery from some posters here. Not all things people do are logical. For many, buying a lottery ticket is 'fun'.
Posted in: Life's a lottery
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 01:42PM JST
I'm not allowed to buy anything extravagant. I once surprised my partner with an expensive bottle of perfume and was asked why I didn't buy dangly earrings, a fur coat and a Vuitton bag to go with it seeing as I obviously thought she worked at a knocking shop. Bah humbug.
Posted in: How much do Japanese girls expect their boyfriends to spend on Christmas presents?
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
His idea of a Japan that can say no is a debate worth having and he did put these ideas forward forcefully. However, his attacks on the people of other countries, women, his idea that those who perished on 3/11 were taken by divine justice and various other insanitary and insane outbursts were disgraceful. I saw him as a man who above all loved a headline but I never doubted that his bigotry was genuine. Just unpleasant.
Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 11:56AM JST
They are buying a lottery tickets for less than the price of a beer, not twisting on 19 with their life savings in a Vegas casino. Give them a break.
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 11:39AM JST
He and his bigotry did as much as anyone to reinforce negative stereotypes of Japanese people in Asia and around the world. He should be remembered for that. Unfortunately, he's not the last of his kind.
JimizoDec. 17, 2014 - 12:18AM JST
'But no teacher in UK would refuse to stand up to sing and teach the kids not to, I think. In Japan there are many such teachers.'
Sorry, Tina. You are now in the territory of stunning ignorance if you believe that teachers in the UK wouldn't refuse to stand for the national anthem. The government would not dare to impose such a ludicrous idea on them in the first place. I'm far from a patriot or nationalist but I do respect my country of birth in the sense that we are open enough, mature enough and respectful enough of personal opinion to accept differences of opinion without throwing silly tantrums about being bashers or haters or to use idiotic expressions with 'anti'. I'm far more critical of my own country and its faults than I am of Japan's or any other country. Nobody has the right to tell me to sing a song or salute a flag or debauch the education of children. How dare they? Differences of opinion are healthy - attempting to enforce a nationalist one-fits-all ideology on anybody is an outrage.
Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools
JimizoDec. 16, 2014 - 09:30PM JST
'Nonsense. I only ever had to sing God Save the Queen once at my school and that's when we had a royal visit. There's none of this flag and anthem nonsense at British schools, and just watch the Last Night of the Proms to see if British people are less patriotic because of it.'
I never sang it at school or outside if it. The opening line alone contains two things I don't believe in. Thankfully, I come from a country which doesn't accuse me of being a 'UK hater/basher' for this belief. A mature country shouldn't need silly flags, anthems, patriotic education or whitewashed history. It's a sign of deep insecurity.
JimizoDec. 16, 2014 - 07:07PM JST
So, let's see. The Education Minister was spouting the usual twaddle about improving the standard of English and enabling students to engage in debates in that language. How about this for a topic to warm Shinzo's heart:
Unit 731/comfort women/the Nanking Massacre - filthy lies or malevolent propaganda?
JimizoDec. 16, 2014 - 11:57AM JST
'In my entire life I have never heard Japanese describe Kimigayo so negatively.'
You should broaden your circle of acquaintances. I know plenty.
JimizoDec. 16, 2014 - 08:30AM JST
Ishihara has a bit more free time on his hands these days. A nutty, nationalist writer who's dabbled in laughable fiction could be just the man to write new history textbooks.
JimizoDec. 15, 2014 - 11:23PM JST
'If you don't respect J public decision, and think you have to teach them how to behave because you believe they are not well informed (although in fact it is you that's not well informed for lack of Japanese fluency), then you are a hater.'
You haven't really got the hang of the idea of democratic debate. Many Japanese people I work with tell me that stating opinions or debating isn't cultivated in Japanese education. I can see what they mean.
Posted in: Abe says economy is No. 1 priority as ruling coalition wins big
JimizoDec. 15, 2014 - 04:13PM JST
'Exactly! If anyone thinks that radical terrorism is only an American tide is very, very sadly mistaken.'
Erm, I think the bombings of transportation in London and Madrid to name but 2 may have made people aware of this.
Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe
JimizoDec. 15, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
'Putrid Democratic system, vile, and unashamedly skewed to the same families as it has been for decades. It will take another decade at least to rid this country of nepotism and corruption. As the aged meet their fate I hope the young can regenerate a beautiful country.'
How I wish I could believe that things will change when this generation shuffles aside. Their offspring will take up the mantle and the familiar surnames will continue to crop up. The best and the brightest in Japan are bright enough to see how it works and take their talents elsewhere. More well-connected mediocrities are on the menu.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
That's right. I rather Japan lives in the Stone Age with free shrine access.
Posted in: 'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:18PM JST
Turns out this is a way bigger problem than terrorism.
How in the…
Posted in: Australian woman arrested in stabbing deaths of 8 children
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:16PM JST
now all the US courts have to do is get Australia to impose its rulings on…
Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:10PM JST
But, unfortunately, that kind of "thinking" is not all that rare in Japan.
That's right. I…
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
Having flubbed the final opportunity to redeem herself, the fraudster should now be subject to the…
Posted in: Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited