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Peter PayneMay. 20, 2013 - 09:34AM JST
Of course he was daft for saying what he said, though he's not 100% wrong. A bigger issue is, how the world can hypnotize themselves into thinking only Japanese soldiers did this during World War II, and that Koreans, Chinese, American, British, Filipino, Indian, French, German, Italian, Austrian, Belgian, Dutch, and all other soldiers sat around reading bibles in between fighting. A portion of the women were enslaved, which is bad, while a portion (probably large) were daughters sold by their families because that's what you did when you had 19 children you couldn't feed back in the 1930s. A lot of Koreans no doubt willingly embraced Japan for the obvious strength of the country, happy to be part of their empire. (Nikkei Koreans living in Japan now are mostly descended from Koreans who emigrated here willingly, though South Korea likes to think that 100% of them were enslaved against their will, which is completely ignorant of history.)
Posted in: Do you agree with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's comments on comfort women?
Peter PayneMay. 20, 2013 - 09:23AM JST
Agreed. THERE IS NO OLDER SPORT THAN WRESTLING.
Posted in: Restore wrestling, give others fair shot
Peter PayneMay. 19, 2013 - 11:47PM JST
Japan has a huge problem with imprisoning people wrongly. I will avoid crowded trains and/or keep tweeting or making FB posts, since that might provide an "alibi" if accused. (How could you be typing a tweet one handed while concentrating on something improper, etc.)
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
Peter PayneMay. 19, 2013 - 12:11AM JST
I was in a Toto showroom buying a new butt washing toilet, er, testing one of the models out, when this hit. Lol.
Posted in: M6.1 earthquake strikes off northeast Japan
Peter PayneMay. 18, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
@kiyoshiMukai Also, don't try to eliminate their local language in place of yours. It isn't appreciated.
That said, I believe Japan was only idolizing Britain, essentially wanting to do all the things awesome Britain did. They sadly chose to do it in a more barbaric way, and also in the age of photography, so there's evidence of what they did, whereas Britain somehow has fooled us into thinking they were tea-sipping gentlemen as they subjugated half the world.
Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks
Peter PayneMay. 18, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
Gaijininfo, unfortunately it's still an icon, but representing Japan in decline, just as it is. Very sad.
Posted in: Sony is an icon. Until now, it hasn’t had a fellow like this coming in and making demands in public. But now he comes in with guns blazing. This hasn’t quite started off right, you might say.
Peter PayneMay. 18, 2013 - 02:51AM JST
Gods, I have no words. As you go through life, DO NOT HARM OTHERS. It's a really good rule.
Posted in: Man kills 3 family members, then himself
Peter PayneMay. 16, 2013 - 01:59PM JST
Hashimoto isn't 100% wrong, in other words one thing a military needs to do is consider the sexual health of its troops just as it considers how to feed them and arm them. However these are not comments that can be made by a Japanese politician in a major position however, just as no American politician should can say some things publicly that they obviously are thinking privately (about women, minorities etc. -- look at their actions and you'll know their hearts). Thus he is a fool for trying to say these things, and needs to apologize and/or GTFO.
Posted in: Okinawan women demand apology from Hashimoto
Peter PayneMay. 16, 2013 - 01:52PM JST
Um, if America weren't in Okinawa Asia would be much different and more dangerous place? As in, there'd be a war within 5 years or so? Is this not clear to anyone but me?
Posted in: Okinawa marks anniversary of return to Japan
Peter PayneMay. 16, 2013 - 01:51PM JST
Wow, they're selling what used to be cool in 1998 or 2002. Dig that embedded optical drive.
Posted in: 'Let’s note' laptop series
Peter PayneMay. 16, 2013 - 01:49PM JST
They say that when a student is ready (Hashimoto) a teacher will appear (Ishihara).
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers urge Japan gov't to distance itself from Hashimoto
Peter PayneMay. 15, 2013 - 02:29PM JST
Maybe they could have used a number other than 731.
Posted in: S Korean media slam Abe's 731 jet photo
Peter PayneMay. 15, 2013 - 12:24PM JST
AKBFan? What would you have liked Obama to do differently? I'd say he has been fine, doing great work though believing his own PR a little too much. He is also a very lucky president, having been able to get rid of three of America's four enemies (Ghadaffi, Bin Laden and Kim Jung Il) without losing a single American life. Yes I know Kim just died conveniently during his presidency, but jeez, that's pretty frigging good, don't you think? And the economy is up and the deficit is headed down.
Posted in: White House: Obama is no Nixon
Peter PayneMay. 15, 2013 - 12:17PM JST
GOOG is laughing all the way to the bank. Or they would if they received any revenue for Android.
Posted in: Android, Samsung extend smartphone lead: survey
Peter PayneMay. 14, 2013 - 10:39AM JST
1) Star Wars
2) Empire Strikes Back
3) Blade Runner
4) Children of Men
5) Time After Time (1979)
Posted in: What are your five favorite science-fiction movies?
Peter PayneMay. 13, 2013 - 03:09PM JST
I barely know where to begin with this article. Yes, some good points about return on investment and all that. But everything good that happened to me happened because I took learning Japanese seriously. I frigging won my wife's interest because I could draw the kanji for 薔薇 (bara, rose) from memory...back when I could, before computers ate all my kanji knowledge. I now have a successful company with many employees and if I hadn't learned Japanese none of this would have happened.
If you want to consider ways to learn Japanese without wasting your time learning to write kanji, we might have a discussion. Learn to read only, forget testing on writing kanji, do reading only...it could actually work out pretty well.
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
Peter PayneMay. 13, 2013 - 02:37PM JST
See? Even when there is strict gun control, at least 0.00056% of people are at risk for getting killed with a gun! Yes, I'm being sarcastic.
An American friend of mine got his hunting license, though his wife isn't comfortable with the idea of a gun in the house. It has been interesting learning of the process for getting a hunting license through him.
Posted in: 64-year-old deer hunter shot dead by fellow hunter in Miyagi
Peter PayneMay. 12, 2013 - 02:08AM JST
OTOH, many groups get tax-free status yet do not deserve it due to not following the guidelines. These groups, along with churches which are not really churches, should not have tax free status.
Posted in: U.S. tax authorities admit Tea Party scrutiny
Peter PayneMay. 11, 2013 - 12:37AM JST
dances a jig
I'm in export, our company's profits will increase, we'll pay more taxes, and we've already done increased hiring.
But since this is JT, do go on hating everything that a Japanese prime minister does, by all means.
Posted in: Nikkei surges past 5-year high as dollar tops 100 yen
Peter PayneMay. 09, 2013 - 11:04AM JST
Because the yen is so bad right now, Toshiba?
Posted in: Toshiba says quarterly profit tumbles on weak demand
May. 25, 2013 - 06:34PM JST
Japan, the most radioactive country in the world, since 1945.
Sorry for the bad joke, I…
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
wow, you must be watching fox news 24 by 7 to get all that tag…
Posted in: Obama wants to end 'war on terror' but Congress balks
May. 25, 2013 - 06:33PM JST
The picture with this report says "Liberty for all relationships." Does that include Incestious relationships, Bestial…
Posted in: British PM Cameron heads off rebellion over gay marriage bill
Why should it go to charity here?
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.6 mil
May. 25, 2013 - 06:32PM JST
He's preaching to the wrong people if he's in the US. He needs to come here…
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran