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Mark ElrodMay. 16, 2013 - 12:46PM JST
“I rented the car the day before, but I loaned it to an acquaintance.”
Um, OK, who is the acquaintance? What's that? You have no answer? You don't know the acquaintance?
Posted in: Ex-cop arrested for attempting to abduct 15-year-old girl
Mark ElrodMay. 16, 2013 - 12:43PM JST
How has Toru Hashimoto not been relieved of office? He should have been fired the very same day his comments were published.
Posted in: Okinawan women demand apology from Hashimoto
Mark ElrodMay. 13, 2013 - 08:42AM JST
P.S. I like how you attempt to downplay the acts of the Japanese forces by referring to the women who were held captive & used as sex slaves as comfort women. I am sure that being held captive & used as a slave would not be very comforting to any person.
Posted in: Japan pulls back on denials of WWII sex slaves
Mark ElrodMay. 13, 2013 - 08:39AM JST
@Toshiko: You are an angry individual. Did I say that you committed those acts? No, I didn't, so why are you getting so defensive about it. Also, regarding the acts in the Philippines,my wife is from the Philippines. That's where I heard the stories. Ever hear about the Bataan death march, where Japanese soldiers marched prisoners without water & food until they died? In a lot of cases, when prisoners would collapse from exhaustion, the soldiers would behead them on the roadside.
I am not the only person who knows of these things. Perhaps you have never heard about these things, because the only things you read are sanitized version of history, a.k.a. propaganda.
Mark ElrodMay. 13, 2013 - 08:32AM JST
This country has some really weird crimes. Well, at least Japan has fewer violent crimes than the United States.
Posted in: Man arrested for cutting off women's clothes as they slept
Mark ElrodMay. 13, 2013 - 08:30AM JST
Well, whatever "floats your boat." However, if it is true that she invited him to that type of activity, he should still have proof on his computer (messages between them).
Posted in: Man arrested for molesting woman after being invited to do so online
Mark ElrodMay. 10, 2013 - 12:41PM JST
@Magnus Roe: I have been living in Japan for more than 11 years. I personally experienced racism & discrimination on a weekly, if not nearly daily, basis while living in Chiba.
There are racist Japanese that still believe that Japanese society should be homogenous.
The thing that bother me is it is a "race" thing. You can be born & raised in Japan, obtain Japanese citizenship, but there are Japanese who are adamant that you cannot call yourself Japanese, because your DNA isn't Japanese.
In America, England & most other western countries, you can be Caucasian, Negroid, Asian, Indian, Hispanic etcetera & openly refer to yourself as American, English, German etc...
Posted in: Drunk U.S. serviceman arrested for trespassing in private residence
Mark ElrodMay. 10, 2013 - 12:33PM JST
@toshiko: Yes, there were cases of American servicemen raping women in Vietnam & Korea. However, it was not a widespread practice as it was with the Japanese forces.
My wife's grandfather told her stories about Japanese soldiers, in the Philippines, raping women in front of their husbands & families, forcing the husbands & families to watch, & then beheading them afterward, ensuring the last thing they witness before death was the woman being raped.
Additionally, Japanese soldiers used to cut of the arms & legs of Koreans & Filipinos & hang their body parts from trees.
That is totally barbaric behavior. There are no accounts of American soldiers doing things that barbaric. The Nazis & Japanese did barbaric stuff, because the Nazis viewed all non-Anglo Saxons as inferior beings & the Japanese viewed all non-Japanese people as being inferior beings. They dehumanized them.
Mark ElrodMay. 09, 2013 - 12:29PM JST
@BertieWooster: I have heard Japanese cry foul over discrimination in America. Yet, discrimination against foreigners runs rampant in this country. From reading many our posts, you are one the discriminators.
"BertieWooster," don't go to America & complain if someone acts racist toward you, or discriminates in anyway against you, because to do so would make you a hypocrite.
By the way, my son was born here & his first language is Japanese. Yet, he faces discrimination nearly everyday at school, because he is not Japanese. He was born here yet treated like he doesn't belong. One of his teachers went as far as to say my son's mother language can't be Japanese, because he isn't Japanese, yet is was the first language he learned & he speaks it everyday. Justify that with your homogenous, nationalistic outlook.
Also, your assumption is wring. The service members are paid by the U.S. Department of Defense, not the Japanese government. Also, the bases create jobs for Japanese people.
Mark ElrodMay. 09, 2013 - 12:18PM JST
It wasn't just Chinese women they forced into sexual slavery, they did it in the Philippines, as well.
Mark ElrodMay. 08, 2013 - 02:57PM JST
If you badmouth foreigners for simply being foreigners & doing the exact same thing that nationals do, then you shouldn't expect any respect when you visit other countries. the guy got drunk & passed out in someone's yard. He didn't rape, or steal.
Meanwhile there were much more serious crimes committed that very same night, throughout Japan, yet most people want to jump on this subject, just to simply badmouth foreigners.
Mark ElrodMay. 08, 2013 - 02:08PM JST
Oh, great! Another monopoly for EA. We all see how it has worked out with Madden & other games that they hold exclusive rights to. EA has been voted the worst video game company in the United States for two consecutive years because of horrible customer service & releasing games half finished, or so bug laden that they are almost unplayable.
Posted in: EA inks deal for Star Wars videogames
Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 11:31AM JST
@keroyon52: That's my point. In America she would have been fired, their is no resigning about it.
@lucabrasi: You are very correct. I work with a lot of master labor contract workers & I can tell you for a fact that they get away with nearly everything.
They rarely get fired. Usually, they just get moved to another department.
One Japanese guy stole my wallet & I had to fight to get him fired. The police did an investigation & determined that he was the guy that stole my wallet, yet, three months afterward, he still had his job.
I had to force the issue to get him fired & his supervisor gave me attitude, as if I was the person in the wrong.
Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl
Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
If it were a corporation in America, they would be given a slap on the wrist, the CEOs would all get bonuses & they wouldn't have to pay back a dime.
Posted in: NTV penalized for concealing Y150 mil income
Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
"The mother, who is Chinese, was quoted by police as saying she was sorry for doing such a terrible thing, but gave no motive.
"Her husband, who is Chinese, was out at the time. The couple also has a 1-year-old son who was home at the time of the incident."
REALLY?!!!! Was it necessary to point out that the people were Chinese, TWICE?!
Does it matter if they were Chinese, Japanese, Thai, American? No, it doesn't.
Posted in: Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony
Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 09:11AM JST
In the United States, she would have been outright fired & lose her right to teach children.
In Japan, ah, no problem, six-month suspension.
Mark ElrodMay. 03, 2013 - 04:20PM JST
They need to actually punish kids in this country, the way other countries punish their kids.
Posted in: 2 girls vandalize junior high school, inspire copycat incident
Mark ElrodMay. 02, 2013 - 02:17PM JST
A U.S. corporation mismanaging funds?! OMG! Say it isn't so!
Mark ElrodMay. 02, 2013 - 02:12PM JST
**Note to Japanese: ** Leave the bull fighting to the Spaniards & Mexicans.
Posted in: Man gored to death in bull ring
Mark ElrodMay. 02, 2013 - 02:11PM JST
Why should any country be concerned? The Japanese self-defense forces are so small & they don't have very many ships that they can't do anything to any country. It has been reduced to that purposefully, since WWII. Japanese imperialistic fanaticism, invading all countries around it & the willingness to fight until the death is the reason for this.
Just like Germany only has self-defense forces, not a full military, after WWII. In the past, the governments of Germany & Japan both invaded countries *needlessly * with primal lust for power.
As it stands, Japan is reliant on other countries protecting it. I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism
May. 20, 2013 - 03:46AM JST
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May. 20, 2013 - 03:32AM JST
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Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
May. 20, 2013 - 03:08AM JST
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Posted in: Winning ticket for $590.5 million Powerball lottery sold in Florida
May. 20, 2013 - 03:00AM JST
@m6bob: Excellent analysis you wrote, No guess Yours is analysis.
Posted in: Minister defends PM aide's surprise N Korea trip