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MasterBapeMar. 11, 2013 - 11:56PM JST
Generosity is one thing and misspending is another.
It's a lot of money, surely some could be spent on getting people out of thos temporary houses...it has been two years after all.
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MasterBapeFeb. 26, 2013 - 10:45PM JST
With no witnesses, this will be another season for the history books with all the "they did this, and we were completely innocent".
With emotions running high, SS with an eye on shutting down whaling, the whalers frustrated at another pitiful catch, confrontation was inevitable given the last few seasons.
There are no inocent parties out there, it just dependson whose side ou'r on and who can edit their video footage the best.
Saying that, all the best to Sea Shepherd and another successful campaign.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd, whalers clash in Antarctic waters
MasterBapeFeb. 16, 2013 - 05:09AM JST
At the end of the whaling season, it will be the numbers of whales caught, not the court ruling that indicates how successful the SS has been and how the whalers have been foiled yet again.
Back to the drawing board, whalers. And another cash injection.
Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court rejects plea by Sea Shepherd
MasterBapeFeb. 16, 2013 - 05:05AM JST
Still doing a stellar job, SS.
All the arguments and running around by the whalers should see this season come to a close with a pitiful catch.
No mater which side you're on, you have to question the motives of the so-called "scientific research" and its costly, time-consuming actions.
Pride on behalf of the Japanese is at stake, nothing more, nothing less. A poor case of one upmanship.
MasterBapeJan. 30, 2013 - 08:16PM JST
Well done, Sea Shepherd!
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MasterBapeJan. 30, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
Bullying is part of the culture in Japan.
Quite shocking to read, especially as the coaches will get away with it, and Japan, whilst being a very modern country, will remain culturally stuck in the past.
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MasterBapeNov. 28, 2012 - 11:51AM JST
"Most Japanese love dolphins and whales for the majestic creatures they are but also enjoy eating them on occasion as they are considered tasty to many of us and if scientifically sustainable should not be interfered by foreign anti-whaling coalition and organizations just because they are against it from their cultural perspective"
And this is the "them versus us" which is part of the problem.
A few quick question for you:
You support whaling, so do you agree with the amount of tax and also large amount of Tohoku funds spent on whaling?
how often do you eat whale meat?
do you believe both Sea Shepherd and whalers use aggressive tactics? Or the whalers are the victims?
Posted in: Japan support for whaling outweighs opposition: poll
MasterBapeNov. 28, 2012 - 11:41AM JST
Takahashi was quoted by police as saying, “I was having trouble raising kids. I thought that if I killed her, my responsibility would go away.”
Unfortunately, this is a common response in Japan.
So, no kid, no responsibility...no grief? No explaining to family and friends what happened? No fear of a prison sentence?
She's clearly insane.
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MasterBapeNov. 28, 2012 - 11:37AM JST
7 or 8 is a bit old for breeding, I would say, possibly the reason they've been dumped.
The massive dog boom in the last few years, well, poodles, chihuahua, daschund, etc., makes you wonder how many more will be abandoned on the streets over the years.
It's a faddish society. Shame for the dogs.
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MasterBapeNov. 28, 2012 - 11:28AM JST
Safety, the main priority?
About time, Japan.
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MasterBapeNov. 28, 2012 - 11:25AM JST
Thanks to how whaling is portrayed in the media, the poll isn't at all surprising.
How many of hose polled know:
how much tax is spent on whaling?
how money was used from Tohoku funds for whaling?
whaling is supposed to be for research, not for consumption?
both whalers and Sea Shepherd are equally aggressive, but TV coverage paints the picture that the whalers are the victims.
If the whole story was told, the poll might be different, but the large percentage that don't actually give a stuff is more favorable to opposers than supporters.
MasterBapeNov. 19, 2012 - 08:56PM JST
Kariharuka, I see you mentioned "railway tragedies" , so that should include rail crossings and suicides, so the numbers would be interesting to see how other countries compare to Japan in that regards.
As much as this story is a shame, it's hard to point the finger at anyone.
I've seen, in Tokyo, countless numbers of elderly people struggling to control unruly and playful kids out shopping.
For whatever reason, this is an example of how the elderly might not be fit to cope with babysitting.
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MasterBapeNov. 15, 2012 - 09:35AM JST
That was to blackbagger...predictive text.
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MasterBapeNov. 15, 2012 - 09:34AM JST
Black bagged, then you should look into the Pentax K-30.
It has the two dials.
MasterBapeNov. 15, 2012 - 09:26AM JST
There is good and bad in every culture.
Whilst the post ,entionssome good points, like eating Mochica on New Year, some of them, like taking a bath, are a. Bit silly and I don't believe they reflect the culture that can't be found in other countries.
The mass gathering for cherry blossom season is one Japanese obsession.
Another might be the good (but possibly over the top) customer service, but that can be found in other countries.
There are bad points, however.
The ability to turn a blind eye and avoid any kind of responsibility - pretending to be asleep on the train to avoid giving up your seat for the elderly, pregnant, disabled is one that comes to mind. It's becoming more and more common.
Also, although it might be only in Tokyo, the way people push themselves, backwards to avoid looking you in the face, when boarding a packed train.
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MasterBapeNov. 09, 2012 - 08:24AM JST
The crime rate is so low in Japan because of a few reasons, one of them being the way police handle things by detaining the accused, who they think is guilty, until he confesses to a crime he/she may or may not have done.
The court also has an extremely high rate of convictions.
This alone puts the sh!ts up you and, should you become involved, in one way or another, there's no-one to help.
It's this fear that police rely on, so don't think it will change anytime soon.
In Japan one is guilty until proven innocent, and proving to be innocent is hard with that attitude.
Amnesty International has been monitoring this for a while, but expect nothing to be done with the tired old "this is Japan; this is how we do things" excuse, and then probably complaints of culture and foreigners wanting to interfere...etc.
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MasterBapeNov. 07, 2012 - 01:51PM JST
There's a lot to this story, as always with Japantoday, that is missing.
Maybe she was abused; maybe she as a runaway.
I don't believ the "she didn't notice" theory. She would have called the doctor or ambulance at some point, surely.
Then again, it has all the characteristics of thousands of people in Japan suffering in silence, nobody to turn to.
A sad part of this "unique" culture.
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MasterBapeNov. 06, 2012 - 01:09PM JST
My post above:
"Those claiming injuries and violence only towards the whalers are blind."
Those claiming injuries and violence only towards Sea Shepherd are blind.
Evidently there are several posters who only see the violentactions of the Sea Shepherd as the Japanese media plays the victim card for the whalers...it is not the case.
Both sides are aggressive, and the whalers have used military grade weapons to try to bring down a helicopter. The whalers have also fired water cannons at the helicopter and rammed a vessel.
Both sides have used aggression, but clearly the whalers actions is more life-threatening.
Posted in: Activists begin annual campaign against Japanese whalers
MasterBapeNov. 06, 2012 - 11:34AM JST
It should be a successful campaign by Sea Shepherd.
Those claiming injuries and violence only towards the whalers are blind.
Both sides have been aggressive, but no-one has been injured, and I don't expect them to be.
The only injury is butt hurt pride...on the side of the Japanese Govt. and whalers.
MasterBapeNov. 04, 2012 - 04:08PM JST
This whaling season could be the shortest yet.
The Japanese Govt. allocated all the money, controversially, and still the coast guard couldn't help prevent the Sea shepherd.
I"m sure after Noda promised the money would be well spent, he won't dare give anymore to the whalers. I wonder what they will have planned now.
I'll give it to the middle of January and the whalers call it quits...until next season. Then we'll see more political tussles as the Govt. bullies smaller countries into voting for whaling by bribing them with money and trying to go through all the loopholes to put whale meat on plates that nobody cares to eat.
Swallowing pride is hard to do in Japan.
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Jun. 19, 2013 - 03:48PM JST
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Jun. 19, 2013 - 03:47PM JST
I wanna be sandwiched by them ALL
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Jun. 19, 2013 - 03:43PM JST
Sounds like it could be fun, can see the 鉄道ファン lining up for that one!
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