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KabukiloverAug. 31, 2014 - 09:21PM JST
It's a silly superstition. I expect it will die off as Japan becomes more urbanized.
Posted in: What do you think about Japanese people's deep interest in blood type and personality?
KabukiloverAug. 28, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
Is anyone truly surprised by this? Abe has shown all the trapping of an amoral ultranationalist who would love to see a second act of Japanese militarist aggression and the end of democracy in this country. Ever heard the expression "reverse course"? I was used in the 60s and 70s in reference to the LDP's reactionary politics. Well, Abe has been putting reverse course into practice with a vengeance. He still too squeamish to actually attend this ceremony for these "martyrs" (read murderous swine) but maybe he will next year, in his "private capacity" of course.
Posted in: Abe sent support message to war criminal memorial service in April
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
The biggest war criminals work for the Israeli state.
Posted in: Air strikes pound Gaza as Israel presses offensive
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2014 - 10:28AM JST
This is gobbledygook article. Abe requires only a few words. He is a stupid right wing fanatic. Because of this so called Abenomics is rubbish that will only leave Japan worse off than it was.
Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2014 - 01:18AM JST
Yes, the Ebola like outbreak of negative (-) responses is suspicious. Either a rash of multiple accounts or we are being attacked by the Israeli embassy. What I reported above was prime news from Haaretz, one of Israel's prime journals. The news is about over 300 Holocaust survivors and their children registering their disgust with what the Israeli state is doing to Gaza. This fact. No one can make it go away.
Posted in: Prayers for Gaza
KabukiloverAug. 24, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
This relevant to this photograph and discussion. From Haaretz, August 23, 2014:
Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for 'Gaza massacre,' call for boycott [Headline]
"In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad accusing Israel of 'ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people.'"
Link: < Haaretz >
The prayers for the people of Gaza in Japan is perhaps unprecedented. That Holocaust survivors should take a similar--indeed stronger--stance only highlights how insane the Israeli leadership has become.
I am an atheist but at this moment my prayers go out the children and all the victims of the Israeli state.
KabukiloverAug. 23, 2014 - 02:57AM JST
School systems are black companies. Teachers are exploited in Japan and yes the supposedly left wing teachers union is either ineffectual or with the boards of education. With all the overwork no real education goes on. I is all for some high stakes examination. Unfortunately, this disease has spread to my country.
I agree, that rotten board of education ought to apologize for driving that teacher crazy.
Posted in: Chiba teacher arrested for threats to blow up government buildings because of Saturday classes
KabukiloverAug. 22, 2014 - 04:28AM JST
This teacher obviously went crazy working for what amounts to something like a black company. His case is not unusual. What is unusual is the exotic way he chose to crack. Teachers who are out of their minds often crack by beating students or bullying their fellow teachers.
KabukiloverAug. 20, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
There also no personal computers, only typewriters. Remember those days fondly. No way.
Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?
KabukiloverAug. 19, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
This is the sort of insensitive and discriminatory crud we have come to expect from LDP politicians, particularly from municipal assemblies. What this remark proves is that Yasuyuki Kaneko is an ignoramus with particular malicious bend. When a person like that complains about people "exercising their rights" you know that he is not a mere simpleton but a direct danger to democracy. He should be kicked out of the Sapporo assembly.
Posted in: Even if there are Ainu, they are no more than Japanese who are descended from Ainu. All they do is insist relentlessly on exercising their rights. It's absurd, and I can't explain it to the taxpayers.
KabukiloverAug. 18, 2014 - 03:40AM JST
War is good for business. That is one major reason we have wars.
Posted in: Most people wish, hope and pray for peace in the world. So why are there still so many wars going on?
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
The Soviet Union did not declare war on Japan on its own initiative. It agreed to do so at Yalta in cooperation with the UK and US.
Posted in: Japan protests Russian military drills on disputed islands
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
Japan played the imperialist game and lost. It is time to move on.
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Agreed. I wonder if I could give my remaining frequent miles from the airline I no longer fly to charity. I once tolerated that abusive and sloppy airlines for its frequent flier program, which has now become horrid, on top all else already horrid. I now fly a great airline which is reasonable and renders angelic service. That they have a modest frequent flier program is secondary.
Posted in: What do you think of airlines' frequent flyer programs?
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
"Eternal heroism" my aunt. Wilfred Owen call it dolce decorum est, the old lie. He knew war and died in it. Were it not for his poetry he would have been forgotten like millions of his fellows. I knew a kamikaze pilot. After the war he went Left.
Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
And watch sales drop in Japan. The international Japanese corporations will likely weather it through exports. It will be the domestic centered businesses that will suffer. Watch for a rise in unemployment and early retirement.
Posted in: BOJ minutes - Prices to rise on output gap, inflation expectations
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
Note that the so called output gap is for Jan. to March, before the tax hike in April.
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
I also see a lot of self delusion in the capitalists' thinking. Consumer spending in Japan has become more conservative since the tax hike and prices increases. The steadiness of high end produce sales is old news and not particularly noteworthy because people who buy high end produces can absorb price hikes. Very likely this is dwelt on because of the slump in overall sales. Also, as a consumer of high end products I know you buy them at generous discounts and get fringe benefits. The bottom line is that you can print just so much money to boost inflation before there is blowback. The blowback of reduced overall consumer spending is going to last a long time. It might become permanent, and thus a new norm.
Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:06AM JST
Predicting this was like sleepwalking. The inevitable was obvious. Should spending continue to be conservative watch for discounts amidst the price hikes.
Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks after sales tax hike
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
Mrs Doubtfire, from start to finish.
RIP Robin Williams.
Posted in: What are your favorite film memories of Robin Williams?
Sep. 02, 2014 - 03:49PM JST
Anyone coming back from fighting for any terrorist group in Syria or Iraq should have their…
Posted in: British PM Cameron says passports could be seized to fight terrorism
It would be insane to accord religious fanatics the benefits of political correctness. If it can…
Sep. 02, 2014 - 03:47PM JST
murdered two of her kids.....if this doesn't get life in prison, I honestly don't know what…
Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother
Sep. 02, 2014 - 03:44PM JST
Why do you have a special attachement to the animal? Why do other people have to…
Posted in: Dolphin-hunting season kicks off in Taiji
Sep. 02, 2014 - 03:43PM JST
to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear waste
"interim" nuclear waste storage facilities
Just substitute the…
Posted in: Fukushima agrees to interim nuclear waste storage facilities