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Michelle Klein-HassAug. 08, 2016 - 11:17PM JST
The Present Emperor should be allowed to be the Retired Emperor. If the "traditionalists" truly respected the Emperor his wish would be their command. Then again, his actions of late have been some of his best, beginning with his trips to Tohoku after the 3.11 tragedy. But after all, he's a mortal man, he's feeling his mortality, and he wants to pass his burden to stronger hands.
Posted in: Emperor worries age may make it tough to perform his duties
Michelle Klein-HassMar. 18, 2016 - 09:51AM JST
Trevor, it's been difficult. It is a measure of how little power the Imperial Family has that in spite of the Present Emperor advocating for the people of the affected areas mightily, the Japanese Government has dragged their feet. They are more concerned with having the Olympic buildings built than towns like Ishinomaki, Ogatsu and Higashimatsushima being rebuilt. It's been five damn years, people! There is only so much non-Governmental Organizations can do. The Japanese government has been as neglectful of Tohoku as my own government has been of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Michelle Klein-HassMar. 05, 2016 - 02:42AM JST
OK, here's an idea from a person who lives in the San Fernando Valley, CA. We now have a law on the books, although clogged up in the courts right now, that mandates condoms in porn. This industry is threatening to leave the Valley and the rest of LA County if the law is upheld. All Japan needs to do is mandate condoms in porn, and the JAV industry is DONE. Well, it will likely move to some other part of Asia, just like Western porn producers talk a lot about moving the industry to Eastern Europe if the condom laws are upheld. Honestly, I look forward to this move: our own industry is just as abusive as Japan's. We can do better here than being the Porn Fernando Valley.
Posted in: Japan's porn industry preys on young women, say rights advocates
Michelle Klein-HassJan. 28, 2016 - 09:02AM JST
Gorillas are not monkeys, they are Primates. Related, but different.
Posted in: Shabani the gorilla is so handsome he’ll be appearing on sweets in Japan on Valentine’s Day
Michelle Klein-HassJan. 21, 2016 - 03:15AM JST
I suppose nobody remembers Hetalia. Short memories.
Posted in: Fan-made Nazi anime parody, 'Goeppels-chan,' appears in Japan
Michelle Klein-HassNov. 27, 2015 - 01:40AM JST
Pay attention to the dateline. This is the area that was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. I suspect that there is a certain amount of PTSD involved that nobody's factoring into the story. His comment about wanting to escape from reality makes sense when you figure in that both of them dealt with the biggest human tragedy to hit Japan in centuries, and a disaster exceeded only by the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami.
Posted in: Man says he left mother's body at home because he couldn't afford funeral
Michelle Klein-HassOct. 13, 2015 - 10:32PM JST
Izumisawa Miki runs a Japanese fusion restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA. While our cranky "Sushi Nazi" Nozawa-sensei (Sugarfish) would look at her food and say "not real sushi," her food looks genuinely imaginative and beautiful and like it would taste good. I hope to visit her restaurant some time in the future.
Posted in: Nadeshico Sushi restaurant challenges gender roles with all-female staff clad in kimono
Michelle Klein-HassAug. 26, 2015 - 02:02AM JST
gokaiwomaneku: neither is Moto, as in Mr. Moto. Hollywood is not so good about getting Japanese surnames right.
Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes
Michelle Klein-HassAug. 18, 2015 - 11:43PM JST
As of the Iraq War, the United States' hands are no longer clean with regard to Aggressive Warfare. American critics of Yasukuni Shrine no longer hold the moral standing to criticize Japan. (or Germany.) We did the very same thing in Iraq, a war of choice against an enemy (yes, Saddam was a brutal SOB and had poked us in the past) that had absolutely NOTHING to do with 9/11. The Iraq War was a war of aggression. Hopefully eventually people like Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and their puppet President George W. Bush end up in the dock for war crimes trials, because we committed lots in Iraq. Abu Ghraib, anyone?
Posted in: Germany's past and present ties with Yasukuni shrine uncomfortable for some
Michelle Klein-HassAug. 15, 2015 - 08:45PM JST
Again, the Present Emperor outclasses the petty politicians of Japan. He has come out against the restarting of nuclear power plants, he went personally several times to Tohoku to meet with ordinary Japanese caught in the extraordinary circumstances of the Great East Japan Tsunami, he's a man of science. The fact that he can issue statements and the government can do the opposite tells you how much of a figurehead he is. It must frustrate the heck out of him but he maintains his quiet dignity. He carries his father's karma...it's like when he became Emperor, Japan's economy went sour almost right after. He's almost a Shakespearian character, buffeted by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse on WW2 anniversary
Michelle Klein-HassAug. 14, 2015 - 11:31PM JST
No mention of Sessue Hayakawa, (Hayakawa Kintaro) who not only was one of the greatest actors of the silent era, but a producer/director who made movies that attempted to show a different side of Asia to Americans. He and his wife Tsuru Aoki fled to Europe in the wake of Executive Order 9066, but they found themselves in the middle of the occupation of France. Hayakawa and Aoki ended up becoming involved in the French Resistance. Hayakawa and Aoki came back to the US after the war, and an entirely new chapter of his career began, starting with Humphrey Bogart's film Tokyo Joe. His most famous role was Col. Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 06, 2015 - 08:44PM JST
I love both teams. Nadeshiko had a great run and THEY DID NOT GIVE UP. I agree with "Disillusioned" that they deserve much respect. They have almost identical records (AFP didn't do their homework) and they both played their hearts out. And between 2011 and 2015 the makings of an epic rivalry has set up. This is HUGE! France 2019 is going to be a great time for fans of each team and weird people like me that love both. Yeah, I'm an American, but I fell in love with the plucky Nadeshiko squad in 2011 and I would have been happy if they had won again in 2015. Footie fandom is built on great rivalries, although some in Europe get downright ugly. Maybe fans of Nadeshiko and the women of Team USA can show the world how a FRIENDLY rivalry can happen. Ganbatte Nihon 2019!
Posted in: Japanese soccer fans turn to drink as Nadeshiko sink
Michelle Klein-HassJun. 25, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
I want to see US v. Japan in the final. Rubber Match. I'm sure the women of Team USA want what they thought was rightfully theirs in 2011. However, Nadeshiko Japan winning in 2011 was a wonderful thing to have happen so soon after the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The Nadeshiko showed how formidable they were last night against Netherlands. US v. China should be a great match, as will be Japan vs. Australia. Then it's a matter of finding out who prevails between Germany and France, and England and Canada. But I'm pretty sure that the rest of the board will be playing for third place.
Posted in: A look at the teams in the quarterfinals at the Women's World Cup
Michelle Klein-HassJun. 21, 2015 - 09:02AM JST
OMG. He still thinks he has a "Studly Body." It is to LAUGH!
Posted in: Schwarzenegger talks about age -- and being back as Terminator
Michelle Klein-HassMar. 13, 2015 - 01:19AM JST
The Tea Party should be called the Confederate Party because their existence is informed by the values of the Deep South, which run counter to the rest of America. Zurcronium: you are partially right, racism is only one of the motivations involved here.
And Bruinfan: it got started by corporate interests, by the Koch Brothers. They own what used to be DuPont, Georgia Pacific, and a bunch of other holdings. Their father started the John Birch Society in the '50s. The Tea Party are "useful idiots" for the 1% because the more you can distract poor Whites from economic issues that would have them making common cause with poor People of Color, (Latinos, Blacks, Native Americans, etc.) the more you can split them off from the rest of the economically disadvantaged.
This strategy worked in the Antebellum South. "You may be White Trash, but at least you're White" was the message given to poor Whites by the Planter Class, the 1% of its day in the South. It worked to thwart Reconstruction and empowered racist "Redeemers" struggling against the attempts to integrate the South just after the Civil War. It worked to gain poor White support for Jim Crow, even though poor Whites and poor Blacks were often working as sharecroppers in the same fields for the same people who once owned plantations and armies of slaves. It worked to rile up poor Whites against the Civil Rights Movement.
The Democratic Party was once the party of the Planter Class. Up until FDR, it was pretty much in the same place regarding policy as the Republicans are now. FDR inspired the Southern Democrats shearing off and creating the Dixiecrat bloc. And the Civil Rights Act of 1965 created the final rupture that cleaved the Southern Democrats off of the Democratic Party. Nixon's triumph in 1968 had a lot to do with his skillful use of the "Southern Strategy" to capture the homeless ex-Dems that Wallace was also angling for. The Southern Republicans became more and more powerful, and some of them are found in the strange position of going against the Tea Party.
"Gun Grabbers," "Baby Killers," "Creeping Sharia," and "OBummer" are distractions from the economic issues that could unite everyone who is not wealthy and connected to fight for an equal shake. This is what has built the Tea Party wing of the GOP. It's part of the same handwaving used by the power players of the Deep South to keep the 99% there divided by color instead of united by economic issues.
Posted in: Tea party may be on verge of becoming a 3rd party
Michelle Klein-HassFeb. 14, 2015 - 12:49AM JST
There is a statue of Sugihara-san in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA. The statue sits on a park bench and depicts Sugihara-san giving out Japanese passports. People sit next to the statue to take selfies. I don't know how many people "get" the story behind the nattily-dressed Japanese gentleman cast in bronze. I certainly do. His memory is a blessing, and no matter what you think about the conduct of the militarist Japanese government, his own personal actions were laudable.
Posted in: Holocaust exhibition commemorating Anne Frank, Chiune Sugihara to be shown in Tokyo
Michelle Klein-HassJan. 16, 2015 - 01:23AM JST
Silly movie. It will likely be a hit on outlets like Redbox out here in the US, though. Doubtful I'll buy it.
Posted in: Sony announces DVD 'Freedom Edition' of 'The Interview'
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 31, 2014 - 01:35AM JST
Happy Coming-Of-Age, Kako-hime!
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Michelle Klein-HassDec. 23, 2014 - 09:24PM JST
The current Emperor is right in choosing peace over militarism. He also holds a place in my heart for his travels north to Tohoku to meet with the suffering survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The Japanese Government has forgotten them. Perhaps he should remind the politicians once again that IT'S NOT OVER for them. And maybe he should shame the politicians into action.
Posted in: Emperor celebrates 81st birthday
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 14, 2014 - 12:12AM JST
@Hotmail : Miyavi, the actor who portrayed the prison guard, is a musician first and foremost. He'll do OK. He's basically the Hendrix of Japan. And he's got fangirls all over the world into him because he's cute. If he ends up emigrating somewhere he's got his axe-shredding talent to fall back on. He is also likely to get some juicy offers from Hollywood to act, because the scuttlebutt about Unbroken is that there are some great performances in the film, Miyavi included. So let's not shed tears about Miyavi's prospects post-Unbroken.
This also said: Japan's willful amnesia about the horror of war and the atrocities it committed during WWII is scary because it allows the possibility of militarists ginning up the population for new aggressions. To its credit, Germany has been pretty fearless about the atrocities of the Nazi era. Far-Right parties have to operate underground and there are arrests of neo-Nazis all the time. German students get an unvarnished (more or less) reading of the Nazi era in their history classes. Germany has inoculated itself against a return to militarism and brute-force fascism by openness. It hasn't stopped them from embracing corporate oligarchism of a stripe quite similar to what has taken over the US beginning with Nixon, accelerating under Reagan, and which has become a runaway train since the Bush II (more accurately Cheney) administration. But will we see a Fourth Reich? Likely not.
Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan
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Aug. 29, 2016 - 09:07AM JST
@Bass he should shoot straight as an arrow.
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Aug. 29, 2016 - 09:06AM JST
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Aug. 29, 2016 - 09:03AM JST
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Posted in: Japan's Self-Defense Forces, who have not fired a shot in combat abroad since the end of World War II, are training for rescue missions and U.N. peacekeeping operations under new security-related laws, where they may have to use force. How do you think the SDF will do in such situations? Will they be up to the task?
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