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KabukiloverFeb. 14, 2016 - 04:25PM JST
Really and truly and literally, these presidential candidates are preposterous. The scary thing is one of them might be the next president of the United States. Here is a valid case for voting against someone.
Posted in: Republican slugfest overshadows policy talk in debate
KabukiloverFeb. 13, 2016 - 03:12PM JST
Thanks for that Smithinjapan. Forgot about that part. At any rate, the LDP / right-wings chose to punish NK with sanctions rather than work with it. So, NK closed the door, feeling betrayed after revealing the awful truth. The LDP scored points with the outraged but abandoned any abductees left alive. The tragedy is finished. The curtain has dropped. My condolences to the families of the abductees, robbed of their loved one by NK and then betrayed by the LDP.
Posted in: N Korea disbands team probing fate of Japanese abductees
KabukiloverFeb. 13, 2016 - 11:15AM JST
The abduction were considered a urban myth, due to lack of evidence, until the unexpected happened. From Wikipedia:
"On September 17, 2002, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited North Korea to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. To facilitate normalization of relations with Japan, Kim admitted North Korea had abducted 13 Japanese citizens and issued an oral apology. He attributed the abductions to "some people who wanted to show their heroism and adventurism," and avoided taking the blame.
"North Korea also provided death certificates for eight people who the North claimed were dead, but later admitted that they were forgeries in a conference in November, 2004.]"
Analysis. Kim Jong-Il wanted NK to come out of the cold. Steps and missteps. Admitted abductions. Hedged on responsibility in typical authoritarian fashion. (Democracies blame a previous administration.) Allowed Japanese abductees to go home. Blew it by demanding they come back. Japan should have demanded their return unconditionally. Kim likely would have conceded. Instead, Japan took the sneaky approach by taking their citizens back and then not returning them. Of course returning abducted Japanese citizens was absurd, Japanese was right not to return them, but that all but doomed the return of any other abductees. Still, fragile relations could have been salvaged had LDP politicians not tried to out bellow each other in condemning NK. Yes, anger was justified. Yet, it was a question of whether venting or saving any other abductees was more important. The LDP chose venting. NK gave up, returned to its paranoid state and shut the door. Today we read they will have nothing more to say about abductions. Too bad.
KabukiloverFeb. 12, 2016 - 09:52PM JST
One of Sanders's "unrealistic" goals is universal health care. We have that.
Posted in: Clinton slams unrealistic Sanders 'promises' in debate
KabukiloverFeb. 12, 2016 - 08:26PM JST
Actually this a dodge. She is dodging the fact that the Berlin film festival was largely lilly white and that Hollywood lacks diversity.
Hollywood could use some diversity. Lilly white movies out of Hollywood are absolute junk for the most part.
Posted in: Meryl Streep sparks uproar over 'We're all Africans' remarks
KabukiloverFeb. 12, 2016 - 02:14PM JST
A Leica RF is more pleasant to use than cellphone. More control, a variety of lenses and good photographs.
Posted in: Japan camera makers battle smartphone onslaught
KabukiloverFeb. 12, 2016 - 10:09AM JST
What the West, including Russia, should do is get the hell out of the Middle East. We would be doing better to help refugees than bombing people.
Posted in: Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria
KabukiloverFeb. 12, 2016 - 10:04AM JST
This is profoundly sad.
Posted in: Japanese musician found strangled in Trinidad
KabukiloverFeb. 10, 2016 - 07:51PM JST
The North Koreans sent up 1950s vintage suptniks. What do they. All they probably do is go beep. Instead of getting bent out of shape over this we ought congratulate NK for finding a harmless hobby.
Posted in: Do you think North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday is as big a deal as the international community is making it out to be?
KabukiloverFeb. 09, 2016 - 09:03PM JST
There is fast money to be made supporting anything right wing. I would like details on who is fans are over here in Japan.
Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan
KabukiloverFeb. 08, 2016 - 09:44PM JST
Because the greedy capitalists can get away with ripping us off.
Posted in: Oil prices have been dropping for the past few months, so why aren’t fuel surcharges on airfares coming down?
KabukiloverFeb. 06, 2016 - 06:19PM JST
Thank you for that joeintokyo. This case is really not about sex but political persecution.
Posted in: Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire
KabukiloverFeb. 05, 2016 - 09:22AM JST
I say give the man free passage to Ecuador.
Posted in: WikiLeaks' Assange 'arbitrarily detained' in embassy, U.N. panel to say
KabukiloverFeb. 04, 2016 - 10:00AM JST
I believe they wear sheer stockings. Here is a side beauty aid fact. Cold weather makes your legs look better because it tights the muscles. Okay until you catch pneumonia .
Posted in: How do Japanese schoolgirls, with their short skirts, manage to resist the cold?
KabukiloverFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:49AM JST
That the SDF's existence violates Article 9 is not a new revelation. The reason this violation has been tolerated is because the SDF has not engaged in warfare. This is to say that so far the government has stayed within the spirit of the Constitution though not the letter.
This why Abe is the most dangerous prime minister Japan has ever had. Revising Article 9 will open up Japan to becoming a warfare state. Japan is risking not only in becoming a military monster, but also of being bombed. Pause for moment and consider how easy it would be for all of us to get fried. The previous generation knew this. Thanks to Article 9 the current generation has no memory of war. Knowing what happened is good. Having it happen to you is not. Let Abe have his way and Japan may see history repeat itself.
KabukiloverFeb. 03, 2016 - 09:18AM JST
After all the apologies comes the big lie to the UN. Thanks to Abe Japan has shot itself in the foot. Japan has lost all credibility among all the world's nations. There will be blowback from all of this. That is inevitable. The pity is that Japan has been relatively good these past 70 years. Abe is really screwing Japan to protect his dead reatives.
Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery
KabukiloverJan. 31, 2016 - 10:42AM JST
The pulse I feel from the post bubble generation is that learning a foreign language and living abroad is not worth the trouble. Lousy language teaching has something to do with it, but a desire to avoid difficult situations. This goes along with avoiding marriage, not having children and not owning car.
KabukiloverJan. 28, 2016 - 09:12PM JST
There are bottom of the banjo creeps and then there are those who in some way abuse refugees. It is easy to make fun or and lie about refugees. They cannot fight back. If your words become action and refugees die there is no one to get at you. Refugees are the most powerless people in the world
The family of Anne Frank were denied a visa to the US. If it were otherwise, Ann Frank might still be alive.
Yes this vile cartoonist has free speech, but so do I. Boycott this monster.
KabukiloverJan. 28, 2016 - 06:12PM JST
I think that North Korea is more of a threat to itself than to the world. It is isolated, poor and weak. The only thing that North Korea knows how to do is put on a good show. A good spooky show that sends shivers down the spines of its audience. There is not much it can do to the world in real life. Who can it invade, really? With security the way it is it harder for it to plant bombs on planes or assassinate anyone abroad as in days of old. And it does not seem to want to. Or dare too. It's like an old cat who occasionally hisses and snaps at you but prefers to be left alone. It do not see much of a future for North Korea.
Posted in: Kerry says North Korea a threat to the world
KabukiloverJan. 27, 2016 - 06:11PM JST
Public places ought to be totally smoke from. The swimming pool analogy is an apt one. There are special tightly enclosed and isolated places at airports that made for smokers. How about underground vaults for smokers?
Posted in: Public facilities such as hospitals, schools and government buildings could be made completely smoke-free, while restaurants and hotels used by the general public could be required to have separate smoking areas.
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 07:05PM JST
WilliBFEB. 14, 2016 - 04:26PM JST
Big slippery slope here! What is next, criticism of Abe…
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 06:55PM JST
@smith... Tamarama's tone that you don't know the woman was very different to your reply. I…
Posted in: Bodies of woman, 8-month-old son found in car in Gifu
Feb. 14, 2016 - 06:54PM JST
Hopefully all fitted with a function which locks them while people are walking and driving. I'd…
Posted in: What do you think smartphones will be like in 20 years' time?
Feb. 14, 2016 - 06:42PM JST
Will Kankoku eliminate Han-Nichi kyouiku?
Feb. 14, 2016 - 06:38PM JST
This is all right, but what we really want to hear about is Shatner's relation with…
Posted in: Shatner boldly goes into Nimoy friendship in new memoir
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