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KabukiloverMay. 19, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
@BurakuminDes. Yeah, I hear you. Still, stuff between guys is less volatile then between men and women. There are Women Only cars and if women are groping women it has not yet hit the news.
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
KabukiloverMay. 19, 2013 - 12:36PM JST
Other thoughts. Take a train with a group of friends or cohorts if possible. Also, try to travel sober. This is hard after company parties and such. In that case, do your very best to sober up before boarding or take a taxi home if it is not too far. Also, a bus could be an alternative.
KabukiloverMay. 19, 2013 - 12:22PM JST
I am for Men Only cars as well, though I have never had this problem in all my years of commuting.
To protect myself, I never sit next to women and avoid standing close to them. Also, I will do almost anything to avoid packed cars. Being a foreigner has its advantages I think. Predatory women assume you are a tourist and they cannot get any money off of you. But you never know.
This is a terror every man in Japan lives with. The false victim and the false system of justice.
KabukiloverMay. 18, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
Let me restate that Hashimoto is arguing off the point and throwing a red herring into the discussion. Whatever US GIs did here does not justify Japanese sexual slavery. Period.
This said, let me supplement what I said about American G.I. running amok during the Occupation. According to various sources here is what happened. There were massive rapes of Japanese women by US soldiers. This was largely covered up thanks to the draconian censorship of the MacArthur regime. There were only 6 known courts-martial. Notes author Terese Svoboda: "Although both white and black soldiers were convicted of rape in both theaters during the war, only black servicemen were executed for this crime." <http://teresesvoboda.com/blackglasseslikeclarkkent/papers/rape-Ottawa-legal.pdf >
There was apparent concern by the top brass but no great interest in stopping the mass rapes.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
KabukiloverMay. 17, 2013 - 11:18PM JST
Soldiers running amok is one thing, a government forcing women and girls into sexual slavery is another. The latter is what the Japanese did.
Hashimoto is now arguing off the point having put his foot in his mouth. Grant this idiot one brownie point for admitting that Japan engaged in sexual slavery.
KabukiloverMay. 14, 2013 - 12:01AM JST
The Great Depression sunk FSF. He created the Jazz Age and it died when the stock market crashed in 1929. The party was over. The flappers and philosophers were unemployed and broke. FSF tried coping with the new reality in "Babylon Revisited." But FSF was not Charlie Wales, the ex-alcohol who took one drink a day to show it had no effect on him. FSF relapsed into alcohol addiction (see "An Alcoholic Case") and into trying to bring the dead 1920s back to life in Tender is the Night. There is no way FSF could write something like The Grapes of Wrath. Lots of famous writers were suddenly forgotten in the 1930s. If only poor FSF could have lived to see his revival.
Posted in: Fitzgerald's Hollywood ending followed sad death
KabukiloverMay. 05, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
Here is another thing (from Rolling Stone): "A May 2012 poll conducted by Republican pollster Frank Luntz revealed surprising moderation on behalf of NRA members: Three out of four believed that background checks should be completed before every gun purchase. Nearly two-thirds supported a requirement that gun owners alert police when their firearms are lost or stolen."
In short, 3/4 of the NRA membership are more rational and more liberal than the arms industry puppets running the NRA.
Posted in: NRA chief: We will never surrender our guns
KabukiloverMay. 05, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
Calling the Civil War "the war of Northern aggression" makes him an ipso facto traitor.
The NRA is the biggest right-wing front group in the US. It is the enemy within.
KabukiloverMay. 04, 2013 - 09:22PM JST
Obama has been saying this for years. So close it and compensate the poor people who have been jailed and abused but not charged for over a decade. What a disgrace.
Posted in: Obama can close Guantanamo
KabukiloverMay. 03, 2013 - 07:22PM JST
bam_boo, how in hell can I be an "appeasing poster" when I want Abe out of power and see the LDP as authoritarian? I have also stated that given Japan's history the end of democracy can happen here.
Posted in: Abe's 'stealth' constitution plan raises civil rights fears
KabukiloverMay. 03, 2013 - 09:54AM JST
There are things not to worry about and things to worry about.
The prime minister is not like the American "imperial" president. He has less power and can be out tomorrow. Furthermore, unlike the imperial Japan of old, modern Japan is a subordinate of the US. Abe is already sending up red flags in Washington and, like it or not, if there is any criticism from the US Abe will back down. When several US congressional leaders criticized Abe's stated desire to reverse the Murayama apology he shut up, or at least toned down. It is not in the US interests to see Asia's model democracy go authoritarian or to cause conflicts with neighboring countries.
On the other hand it can happen. There have been democracies that have gone authoritarian. Iran. Chile. Argentina. The latter two have come back and Iran has sort of come back, no thanks the Islamists. The point is that democracies can and have become authoritarian. Also remember that for most of its time Japan was not democratic. And Abe longs for those times, as does much of the LDP.
Something else to worry about. The US has wanted Japan to fully militarize for decades and would love to see Article 9 killed off, even if it means the LDP will make the Constitution less democratic in the process. One also has much to fear of an extra-strength military. The Navy and the Army got Japan into trouble back in the 1930s, those the road to that hell was paved back in the Meiji Era.
All things considered, the sooner we are rid of Abe as prime minister the better.
KabukiloverApr. 27, 2013 - 11:53AM JST
So how do you get chickens if your bank account is frozen?
Posted in: Nightmarish scenarios of the coming financial collapse
KabukiloverApr. 21, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
The nut jobs are the people who knowing anger Asian victims of the Japanese holocaust by visiting Yaskuni. It is not just the war criminals enshrined there but the entire imperialism-justifying mentality of the place that makes it vile. Imagine a church in Germany that enshrined Nazi war criminals and justified the Hitler regime.
Posted in: 2 ministers visit Yasukuni shrine
KabukiloverApr. 20, 2013 - 11:08AM JST
Let us hope this capture is the end of this horror story. My deepest condolences to everyone hurt by what happened in Boston. Beyond this there is nothing to be said, except let justice take its course.
Posted in: Second Boston bombing suspect in hospital after being captured
KabukiloverApr. 20, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
Well done, Mr. Kimura.
Posted in: World's oldest ever man turns 116 in Japan
KabukiloverApr. 20, 2013 - 09:29AM JST
Consumer spending will certainly first morph if not fall with rising prices. High prices mean paying more consumption tax, which is going up. Couple that with depressed wages and unstable employment prospects and you have the perfect formula for more circumspect consumption.
People will be considering what they can do without. You'll see less children being born and a spike in abortions. Less cars will be bought. Luxury good like Gucci bags will not be bought as much. Cheap clothing will be in. Very likely young people will be staying at home longer. Everything from the housing market, the camera industry, fast foods, the auto industry, restaurants, department stores, the tourist industry with take a hit.
Abe's voodoo economics and Noda's consumption tax hike will end in a financial mess. More people will be unemployed and prices will have to drop no matter how weak or strong the yen will be.
Posted in: Firms eye price rises in response to weaker yen
KabukiloverApr. 19, 2013 - 08:08PM JST
There are things about 77 year old women you don't know.
Posted in: Woman, 77, ordered to repay Y400 mil she got from 79-yr-old man for sex
KabukiloverApr. 18, 2013 - 11:22PM JST
I know lots Chinese who have left the People's Republic and are not going back. There is a good reason for that. The real "scum" are the people who run China.
Posted in: Chinese basketball player branded as 'scum' for moving to Japan
KabukiloverApr. 16, 2013 - 10:20PM JST
Downright creepy. Trying to capitalize on Boston's tragedy. Way to go Mizuno.
Posted in: Tokyo Olympic bid chief vows 'safe' Games after Boston blasts
KabukiloverApr. 16, 2013 - 10:16PM JST
"Hungry spirit" indeed. There is absolutely no need to develop a "hungry spirit" at Todai when you can sleep in class and still pass and then go on to cushy job. "Hungry spirit" is what high school teachers preach so that their students will get high scores and go on to "good" universities, which in term will raise the prestige of the teaching. I do not know who this Junichi Hamada character is but he is totally out of touch. Todai might tried raising their academic standards to that of American universities. You work damn hard at American universities, whether at Harvard or the local community college. Telling students who are pampered at a place like Todai is like telling Bill Gates to save food stamps.
Posted in: The amount of time spent on studying by students at the University of Tokyo is less than that of students at famous U.S. universities. To play an active role in society, I want you to develop a hungry spirit and an eagerness to learn.
May. 19, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
Keen to hear his new plan regarding immigration
Don't hold your breath!
Posted in: Abe outlines targets in latest growth strategy
May. 19, 2013 - 10:23PM JST
annnsow: have you ever been in a Tokyo train at peak hour? Just wondering where you…
May. 19, 2013 - 10:19PM JST
Wikipe3dia often uses ? when it has problems in a vocabruary in Japanese . State Shintō…
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
May. 19, 2013 - 10:16PM JST
Your comment sounds a little strange. Destroying an innocent individuals life is not acceptable. The…
May. 19, 2013 - 10:15PM JST
@ Smithy - in fairness to the mods, rest assured that at least 90% of NigelPensioner's…
Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks