Knox Harrington's past comments

  • 9

    Knox Harrington

    No, Japan got what was coming to it. Japan is responsible for everything that happened to other countries and to its own citizens during the war, whether they want to admit it or not.

    That's the bottom line. Japan got what it had coming for wanting to be the master race of Asia. The sad thing is that I feel Japan still doesn't get it. They act all tough and scream and shout on their little island, when what they should do is open their arms and embrace the world. As of today, they don't. I have not met any Japanese who can discuss the war in an open and expressive way, without always, always, adding a big "but". I find it pathetic. This has to do with the educational system actively misguiding people and not telling them the whole truth, instead wanting to instill "pride" into the people. It's BS.

    Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans

  • 9

    Knox Harrington

    Interesting piece - I'd like to hear much more from old boys like this, before it's too late.

    For all their talk about kindness, you can sense that they're disappointed in how Japan carries itself today. They are so for a reason, for Japan has not, does not and will not truly repent what they did during the war. That's why I think it's important to hear from these POW's and the people who actually experienced the War.

    Today's educational agenda in Japan seems to be that of forgetting (or lying) so the kids won't know. Only the very, very curious (a rare breed here) will get to know a more balanced view of history than that of Abe's dream of an ustkushii country.

    Lester Tenney is right to want an apology from Mitsui and other Japnese companies using slave labor during the war. They made money, and got rich, on the backs of prisoners and they should save enough balls and decency to AT LEAST apologize.

    They never will.

    Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    I think this symbolizes Japan well. Old people, out of touch with the current, gloryfying the past. This is what Japan has become (or more likely always has been, just supressing it for a couple of decades).

    More of the same. As usual.

    Posted in: More than 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

  • -2

    Knox Harrington

    Takita was quoted by police as saying that when he heard the police copter flying overhead, he had been overcome with feelings of regret for having hit Kawashima, and leaving the scene.

    BS. If he'd have thought he could get away with it (which he initially did, thus running away) he'd have never turned himself in. Lip service á la Japan...

    Posted in: Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in at police station

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    Abe-kun is in a tricky spot here - He doesn't want to piss off the deluded ultra-conservatists who wish to take Japan back to its former (imaginary) glory days of master race mentality and world domination, yet he knows he can't piss the outside world, specifically China and the US, off too much, either as Japan has got to learn to get along with the outside world if it wants to survive. Ay ay ay...

    Posted in: Abe says he may drop direct apology in WWII statement

  • -4

    Knox Harrington

    Oh? So the much horrayed Miyazaki, making all his movies based on other works is... Mondainai? Anyway, this is only an issue domestically. Nobody will know or care about this internationally since the Japanese can't communicate well with the outside world. Sakoku light.

    Posted in: Disney Pixar’s new movie attracts criticism again in Japan

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    As usual here, everything has to be done in a more complicated fashion than necessary, also avoiding to deal with the problem at hand in favor of ridiculous, childish 'solutions'.

    Chikan is an attitude problem. Teach people to respect each other and evetually, chikan will decrease. Put friggin stickers over the problem and scream 'KAWAAAAAIIIII' at anything and everything and nothing will change.

    Posted in: New anti-chikan cell phone stickers let you mark train gropers with sign of shame

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    So what is abe looking for? A new restoration? Bet he would like the ring of that, huh? The Abe Restoration.

    Posted in: Abe pledges to carry out sweeping reforms

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Ifhe wants to commit suicide, send him! Let him sign a bond that when he gets kidnapped and killed, Japan Government will do nothing. Then give him a one way ticket, send him! The fewer stupid people stays in Japan, the better.

    Thankfully, there is no such thing as a waiver to support from your government. At least not in democratic nations.

    The majority of Japanese have strongly agreed with their Ministrys actions. Theregore the people have indeed spoken.

    Who is this "majority" you're talking about? All the 53% of the people who coted in the last "election"? I do think many people agree with the decision, though. There we agree. Tragic that the Japanese can't see beyond these shores.

    Not to mention the trouble he would bring to the nation as a whole.

    Individual first. Then nation.

    Amazing to me that people are so gullible and obedient to whatever the authorities tell them. And the ones who don't agree almost never speak up. This 'meiwaku' BS they can stuff. People have the right to go wherever the hell they please. Confiscating passport does not occur in a democracy. Sugimoto would probably be welcomed in a more understanding nation. I wish him all the best.

    Posted in: Photographer says barring him from Syria sets a bad precedent

  • 3

    Knox Harrington

    All hallelujah. What a fantastic place Japan will become! This guy wants to do it all, and he wants to do it for you!

    Of course, if a normal functioning adult reads/hears this, (s)he soon understands the unsustainability of it all. Nevermind that. Let is pretend.

    Just waiting for the "banzai" in the streets...

    Posted in: Abe pledges to carry out sweeping reforms

  • 12

    Knox Harrington

    Golly, beheading two Japanese nationals sets a dangerous precedent for other journalists also.

    Perhaps you missed the fact that other journos lost their heads over there before the Japanese? How about that precedent? Was it not dangerous until it affected the Japanese?

    Maybe he wants to make this all about him?

    Maybe this is not about him at all, but a cause for concern. Can't you see that? What's next? People who want to go to Korea, prohibited from doing so? Might disturb the harmony and tranquility if bringing back disturbing new ideas?

    ...there's a little event called embedded journalists...

    Embedded journalism is not journalism. It's propaganda.

    Sugimoto's beef is a thin one; more for show than credible intent. Good luck to Sugimoto, the phone must be ringing off the hook to help this selfless defender of journalistic integrity.

    I find it worrisome to read posts like kc's and realize that many people probably reason in the same, naive way in Japan. It's all about meiwaku and the greater good (read calm) for the country, not understanding at all the work freelancers do or what it does for the world at large.

    For those of you still uninformed, I recommend a TED speech by the photojournalist James Nachtwey.

    Posted in: Photographer says barring him from Syria sets a bad precedent

  • 5

    Knox Harrington

    This is a pretty pathetic move by Japan. Not entirely unexpected, but pathetic nonetheless. Sugimoto seems to know what he's talking about and from this article it doesn't really seem he would venture into random daesh controlled areas.

    Hopefully (but doubtfully), the world will finally see what kind of a joke of a democracy Japan is. I especially like these lines:

    ...they could keep it for an unlimited time.

    and

    ...told him he would be arrested if he did not hand in his passport.

    "We can do as we please, so now shut up citizen." This is the speak of totalitarian regimes. Sounds like action I would expect to hear from Russia, Iran or NK, not Japan, but I guess it's time to wake up, right?

    Posted in: Photographer says barring him from Syria sets a bad precedent

  • 13

    Knox Harrington

    Yawn...

    This revisionistic attitude Japan seems to be stuck with has gotten pretty old. It feels like Japan carries a big dose of insecurity with it wherever it goes and desperately tries to assure everone of its power. Kinda like those shortlegged, stocky oyaji taking up more space than they can use on the subway.

    I think it's time to rethink this nationalistic BS. Most young people don't seem to give a frack about it and that is somewhat assuring.

    Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    It's a solution that has been preferred by the Japanese for generations - throw engineering and technology at the problem and call it a day.

    A happy office derives from respect, challenging tasks, given responsibility and good pay. That and perhaps a few plants will work wonders. Oh, and ample time off to recuperate.

    There.

    Now give me ¥100000 yen/employee and year.

    Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    How important it is for Japanese society to always, always, point out that people arrested are jobless, or what they do for a living. It's as if their whole lives revolve around... Oh, wait...

    Posted in: Man arrested for spraying graffiti near Yotsuya Station in Tokyo

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Blatter is like the Hugo Chavez of the sports world. Leave the post to others, already! How come old men never know when to quit? It's like they become little mini-Caesars after a few years in power and just have to keep ruling. Kick him out.

    Posted in: Blatter likely to win FIFA election, but problems remain

  • -3

    Knox Harrington

    At the same, there is an expectation that the U.S. government would do what it can to assist U.S. citizens that find themselves in trouble, regardless of the circumstances leading them to be in the situation, even if it is limited and precludes certain actions, such as negotiating with terrorists. That is the job of the U.S. State Department/Foreign Service. That is what they are paid for.

    Exactly. the government us there for the people and should do whatever it can to help people with what means it can. Revoking passports to journalists is, as far as I know, unheard of in modern democracies. It is the way of least resistance, the way of heavy handed tactics when citizens won't listen. It says a lot about Japan and how it views personal freedom with how they have handled this case. Troublesome, but not surprising if you read what Abe+cronies want to do to current Japanese constitution. Maybe this is just a preview...

    Posted in: Gov't defends seizing journalist's passport over Syria travel plan

  • 3

    Knox Harrington

    Mental problems, no doubt, enhanced by communication ineptitude. Feels assuring Japan can't, or won't deal with its giant shaky mental health problem ever. Just smile, shop, shut your mouth, bow and pretend all is fine. How many people kill their own offspring every year in Japan? Seems an awful lot.

    Posted in: Chiba woman arrested for killing daughters aged 4, 1

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    We have a smoking room at my place of work. It's great - adjacent to the dining area! Great idea. The airconditionig system also seems to do a good job of somehow letting the smoke smell enter the dining area.

    Although I really dislike smokers and their selfish ways, I fail to see why some bureaucrats should be allowed to line their pockets with (almost certain) kickbacks from the construction industry for subsidizing this. Let smokers smoke outside. Don't let those asshats enter any building.

    Posted in: Offices in Tokyo's Chiyoda, Minato wards to build indoor smoking areas

  • -3

    Knox Harrington

    Goodness!

    All you people in here seem to have missed the fact that journalists are a necessity, and sometimes, they have to put themselves at risk. Most of them are aware of what they are doing.

    But, by the logic of all you safety junkies, nobody would have ever covered WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Gulf War, well, any conflict areas, really. Thankfully, we have people not listening to naysayers like you and the world is a much better place for it.

    Journalism serves a purpose when all of us others zone out in the couch in fron of the TV, a few other brave souls risk life and limb to tell stories about how things really are. I respect that very much.

    Posted in: Gov't defends seizing journalist's passport over Syria travel plan

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