Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
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-HassJan. 01, 2015 - 02:17AM JST
Ake-ome everyone, from Sunny So–Cal!
Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with 'Kohaku,' prayers, shopping and blizzards
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 31, 2014 - 01:35AM JST
Happy Coming-Of-Age, Kako-hime!
Posted in: Birthday girl
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
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 10, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
Meanwhile, over 300,000 Tohoku people are still living in temporary housing that was not meant to last almost 4 years, which is how long the temporary housing has been occupied. Perhaps attractive incentives can be found to encourage migration of homeless Tsunami victims to these areas. Some places near the Tohoku coast should never be occupied again. There is a dead zone surrounding Fukushima Dai-Ichi that should remain a no-go zone for millenia, just like the area around Pripyat, Ukraine and the Chernobyl nuclear plant is. It's time to think about resettling these people from what has become a slow-mo manmade disaster, even though it started out as a natural disaster.
Posted in: Scarecrows outnumber people in dying Tokushima town
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 07, 2014 - 10:02PM JST
LaWren: "Dr." Mercola is a quack. I live in California, where currently there is an epidemic of Whooping Cough in those least able to fight it off -- BABIES -- because of the anti-vaccine movement. People forget that the consequence of NOT having vaccines for childhood diseases means little coffins.
I lost a colleague to cervical cancer...it is not a pretty way to go. She fought valiantly but her case was too far advanced. Vaccines are a boon to our society. Anti-vaxxers are a MENACE.
Posted in: WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper
Michelle Klein-HassNov. 22, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
I love Japanese Kare Raisu. Here in Los Angeles we have huge populations from India and Pakistan and now Afghanistan, so authentic curries are very available, both vegetarian and also with meat. Kare Raisu is something I consider a completely different dish from curries from the Indian Subcontinent. The same goes for the curries from Thailand...very different. They may all have the same name but they are very different. I love them all, though.
As a native Angeleno my taste is for spicy food. When I make Kare Raisu at home I start with S&B Golden Curry Extra Hot, and add a bit of garlic. It's the first Japanese curry roux that is spicy enough for my tastes without having to doctor it up. I either use chicken as my base or go completely veggie, and I tend to put lots more veggies in mine than is the Japanese taste. In fact, I figured out something awesome with my last batch: add Kabocha puree to the sauce, and you add sweetness and substance to it. For someone who's a veggie conscientious objector, the Kabocha puree sort of melts into the sauce and is not perceptible as a separate ingredient.
As far as Japanese Kare Raisu in restaurants here, we have had Curry House for at least two decades, and there's Hurry Curry in the Sawtelle District. However, I can't think of any Japanese restaurant, unless it's a sushi restaurant primarily, that doesn't do Kare Raisu. It's part of the landscape here in LA.
Posted in: Curry is king
Michelle Klein-HassOct. 27, 2014 - 12:37AM JST
These laws actually date back to the American Occupation and our benighted American puritanism. Gomen nasai, Japan. Orz
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 18, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
Major Kusanagi Motoko, to the white courtesy phone, please...
Posted in: Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 14, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
Tim_Fox: no, you can't do this in the US. Haven't you read about the difficulties the mother and father of the Isla Vista Mass Murderer had getting help for their adult son? You have to be an IMMEDIATE DANGER TO SELF OR OTHERS in order to get committed for a 72 hour 5150 observation. And that has become a very high bar to jump.
I have an uncle who for about 20 years lived under pack rat conditions in a house without water, power or telephone service. It's a long story. We are attempting to relocate him to an assisted living facility. The first one was not to his liking so he basically ran away. Hopefully the next one will be more to his liking and he'll be able to settle down. We cannot FORCE HIM to live there. We have to prove that he is entirely unable to handle his own affairs, in front of a judge, in order to force him to stay someplace. It is exceedingly hard to prove a person is incompetent here in the US. I don't know about Canada, I only know about my own experiences here.
Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older
Michelle Klein-HassMay. 12, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
Japan, don't let Sheldon Adelson anywhere near your country! He's horrible. To use a Yiddish turn of phrase: he's a Gonif. A thief.
Do this right. Restrict casino ownership to Japanese citizens, and keep the authentically Japanese flavor of the gaming. Pachinko? Yes. Mah-Jongg? Yes. Poker and Roulette, Craps and Blackjack? No way.
And maybe reconsider the locale you are going to open to casino development. Kansai is doing just fine without gaming. What about Tohoku? Tohoku needs investment and a new economic model because fishing and farming are next to impossible right now. Think Sendai, not Osaka.
Posted in: U.S. casino billionaires place bets in Japan's tale of two cities
Michelle Klein-HassApr. 26, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
Why does Axis Powers Hetalia come to mind when I see this? Could it be the overwhelming buffoonery?
Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary
Michelle Klein-HassApr. 19, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
Good to see "Daddy" Choo is following his son's lead and doing good things for Japan. The whole Tohoku region is full of great artisans who just need a little help in rebuilding their workshops and getting their goods out to market. Good to see Choo the Elder doing this.
Posted in: Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoe line
Michelle Klein-HassJan. 17, 2014 - 01:41AM JST
Either way, this is fat shaming and wrong. People forget that High Fructose Corn Syrup was invented in Japan, and Japan, along with the US, puts it in a huge swath of processed foods and sauces. The Japanese traditional diet, which is very healthy, is being pushed aside in favor of an embrace of the Standard American Diet that would make even Americans embarrassed. Check out some of the super-sized entrees at Japanese fast food places! It's insane! The Japanese are also far more disinclined to exercise than even Americans...my friend Stu Levy is trying to change that with his "Super 40" videos on YouTube, and there are others trying to get Japanese people to get up and go. But it's slow going. It is only a matter of time before a higher percentage of Japanese become "Chubbies." For those curious about Super 40, here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydBVd_LNyLMtAWndY8aSNQ (Note: in Japanese, no English subs)
Posted in: Japanese TV show fills us in on 'the right and wrong kind of fat woman'
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 30, 2013 - 12:58AM JST
I think perhaps there should be a shrine to the memory of these Unknowns, and they should be lain to rest on hallowed ground...perhaps on as high of ground as can be found so that a future tsunami cannot disturb their rest. It's almost 3 years since 3/11. It's pretty clear their families will never be found. It's time to deal with them in a dignified and respectful manner.
Posted in: Remains of 104 Tohoku disaster victims still not identified
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 17, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
Wreck-it Ralph was called Sugar Rush in Japan.
Posted in: 13 surprising Japanese translations of American movie titles
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 11, 2013 - 02:11AM JST
Here in California we have a state-wide Safe Surrender law. A mother can bring a newborn to a hospital, fire station or a clinic, no questions asked, completely anonymous. We had a "dumpster baby" epidemic for a while, and this law stopped that trend in its tracks.
A friend of mine's story was very similar: he was born in Korea with a birth defect that tickled local superstition. He was left on the doorstep of a Catholic Church -- kind of rare in Korea, but there are a few. He was adopted by an American serviceman and his Korean wife, and is an amazing person.
Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter
May. 07, 2015 - 01:23AM JST
A sad thing is, behind these political words, what Abe is actually doing is that he…
Posted in: Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII
May. 07, 2015 - 01:16AM JST
The only issue I have is getting a receipt for absolutely everything - even a 20…
Posted in: The art of giving and receiving change in Japan
May. 07, 2015 - 01:07AM JST
Leave tips well. Minimum 10 % of total bill.
Instead of credit cards, pay with cash.…
Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules
May. 07, 2015 - 01:02AM JST
Moon1MAY. 06, 2015 - 09:27AM JST
Japan turns to the UN.....how ironic.…
Posted in: Japan turns to U.N. to pressure North Korea on abductees
May. 07, 2015 - 12:59AM JST
Then why suddenly flock to it after it's become a World Heritage Site
People have been…
Posted in: Visitors flock to UNESCO World Heritage Site recommendations