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Peter PayneSep. 01, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
There are a bunch of old men in former British colonies named Hideki, named by their parents in praise of Hideki Tojo's "freeing" of British occupied lands. They were seen as heroes, in a very narrow way of course, at the time.
Posted in: Although most Japanese don't share Abe's enthusiasm for Japan in jackboots, Brand Japan suffers from Abe's revisionist views because he is the nation's leader 24/7 and the world scrutinizes all of his words and gestures. By showing a lack of contrition about the horrific suffering Japan inflicted on much of the rest of Asia, Abe has inflamed tensions with China and South Korea, and left Japan even more isolated.
Peter PayneSep. 01, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
The most backward-looking pathetic country ever. Do they share the same anger of everything the British did to them during the Opium Wars?
Posted in: With eye on Japan, China announces national 'Martyrs' Day'
Peter PayneAug. 27, 2014 - 03:15PM JST
In addition to the herbivore issue, Japanese are, as a group, older than other countries, and really kind of tired. I can't imagine this situation changing in the future, which is why, though I love Japan to death, I would never invest my money in the place.
Posted in: Japanese companies need to regain the animal spirit they lost over the past 20 years to lead innovation and sell products abroad. This is something that the government and business have to take more seriously.
Peter PayneAug. 27, 2014 - 03:13PM JST
If you join such groups, you should lose your right to return to a civilized country like Australia. And your family should have flags raised in their passports.
Posted in: 15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
At least they -- supposedly -- no longer harvest the organs of executed criminals, which is the most immoral thing I can imagine. They say they stopped, anyway...
Posted in: China executes 8 Tiananmen Square attackers
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:43AM JST
Is Hamas still launching rockets nonstop? If so, it's "sho ga nai" that they be retaliated against. If the rocket attacks when down by 50% it's reasonable that Israel's response fall by that much.
Posted in: Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Strangerland, I believe it used to be mandatory that they take approved name kanji names like everyone else. I believe it is no longer the case (though could still be the tradition).
One note on being "refused jobs," they're talking about jobs that only Japanese citizens can do, due to them being part of the 国家試験 system, e.g. police, firemen, nurses and doctors. People who want to do these jobs can easily get citizenship, but by holding themselves apart from society they don't help the situation very much.
Incidentally I live in Gunma, where there are many Zainichi Koreans of North and South descent. (Silly to pretend that they're anything for an ethnic flavor of Japanese.) I used to visit the North Korean high school to try to get students for the school I taught at. It was...not a fun experience, let me tell you.
Posted in: There are cases in Japan in which people are discriminated against, or refused work or marriage because they are Korean residents. We encourage people to come and consult us, no matter how small the matter.
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
Aren's all of these shopping arcades in decline? They make anime about them to try to reverse it, but I only go to mine to re-live old experiences from when I came to Japan back in the early 90s.
Not really anything you can say about it. Most businesses in places like this are not vibrant, don't even have websites yet. Amazon has most of what I need.
Posted in: Business is bad
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
Because anime is the realm of 憧れ akogare, or yearning for something more interesting than your own pathetic life. So we have characters with names like Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière.
Posted in: Why do so many anime characters have non-Japanese names?
Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
There's a Korean-run sushi place in San Diego called Dokdo Sushi. I keep wanting to visit next time I'm home but have never had the courage to try it.
Posted in: How would you rate the quality of Japanese restaurants in your native country (if you are not from Japan)?
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
If you visit this place, try to go on Aug 15, the people you see will be...entertaining.
I did this last year, and it was fascinating. For what it's worth, I expected to see untrue statements inside the museum (which is dedicated to Japan's local history from Perry through the end of WWII basically). While it tells the story of WWII from the point of view of Japan only, offers no comment on the sadness they inflicted nor any apology, I could not find any information that was not technically true. They really checked to make sure they were accurate, within the context of what they were trying to show (history from a Japanese right-wing perspective).
Posted in: Yasukuni shrine: Some key questions and answers
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
@Supey11-san, excellent comments, thanks.
Posted in: Japan not out of deflation yet: economy minister
Peter PayneAug. 21, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
How about a law making it okay to kill any poachers without repercussions?
Posted in: 100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds
Peter PayneAug. 18, 2014 - 11:49AM JST
Farmboy, excellent comments. Nanking and the sex slave issues are real, they're just blown out of proportion -- by 25%? 50%? 300%? it doesn't matter, really -- for political ends.
As usual, they also ignore the background that the events were happening in. "How could Japan be so horrible as to forge an empire out of the countries around it?" Well every country had an empire, except the U.S., which had one anyway, we just pretended we didn't for the sake of being moral. Stop and study the bloodbath that was the Philippine war against the U.S. a century ago. No one is clean, yet only Japan is eternally punished for doing what ever country did, to a degree.
Posted in: China wraps up anti-Japan propaganda campaign
Peter PayneAug. 18, 2014 - 11:43AM JST
They should have divided Iraq into segments. These people cannot get along. What will they do when we move on from oil, either due to increasing clean technology or U.S. generated sources of energy? No will deal with the Middle East except for Israel anymore.
Posted in: Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq
Peter PayneAug. 15, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
I love this guy. He makes the world a better place.
Posted in: Pope arrives in South Korea for 5-day visit
Peter PayneAug. 15, 2014 - 11:10AM JST
Posted in: Robin Williams had early stage Parkinson's: wife
Peter PayneAug. 13, 2014 - 01:29PM JST
Wow, she lived almost 60 years past her husband's death.
Posted in: Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall dead at 89
Peter PayneAug. 13, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
GaijinTraveller, it is good because a healthy economy has rising prices due to the economic activity. Not good for individuals, but good overall because it means wages will rise, too.
Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters
Peter PayneAug. 13, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
Excuse me, I have to kiss my wife and kids, be right back.
Posted in: Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt after his wife went to bed
Sep. 03, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
Hiroki Okabe, the vice chairman of ALS Japan, said there had been some complaints about the…
Posted in: Ice Bucket Challenge in Japan raises Y27 mil and a few complaints
"abrahams," pls learn how to type you know w/ like correct punctuation n stuff, lol
Posted in: Australia leans toward buying Japanese subs to upgrade fleet
Sep. 03, 2014 - 04:00PM JST
Online digital entertainment is the new paradigm and hollywood is failing to adapt.
Posted in: U.S. box office slumps to worst summer in years
Sep. 03, 2014 - 03:57PM JST
Its about time.
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
Sep. 03, 2014 - 03:53PM JST
Gasp! Nearly a whole quarter?! *sarcasm I guess it has to start somewhere... Cosmetic as it…