Pidestroika's past comments

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    Pidestroika

    For me it would have been more interesting to read how other colonial powers have atoned for their past sins and what apologies they have offered. The French to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the Dutch to Indonesia, the US to the Philippines, the British to Burma and especialy to India. Because I never read about apologies and reparations given or demands for such. THAT would be an interesting article; comparing Japan to Britain or France, instead of the classic with Germany all Korean and Chinese nationalists like to do.

    Posted in: 7 decades after WWII, many praise Germany, scorn Japan

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    Pidestroika

    Strangerland-You can keep saying it, doesn't mean you are right. Western Media do not use the word "suspect" after every criminal's name. Here. I'll give you the last word and you can go to bed happy.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    Pidestroika

    *Because I read it every day. * WOW! How many languages do you speak? French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish...

    No, which is why I mentioned that your country may be different. So, you do read meadia from all the Western countries but you don't know how they report it. Interesting.

    And I'm saying it's the norm in western media too Ok.You can keep saying it, doesn't mean you are right. Contrary to ALL Western media, only in Japan they instist on "Bin Laden-yogisha" and "Kouachi-yogisha" but you can keep insisting that BBC and CNN call them "Bin Ladin-suspect". But instead of being opinionated and just repeat what you think I got wrong, do you have anything to add to the conversation about the differences between the "Western" and Japanese media?

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    Pidestroika

    Strangerland-Still talking about my country...How do you know what they do in the "Western media"? Do you know how they report the news in all the "Western" countries? If no, talk about YOUR country. And I'm talking about the constant use of the word. Too difficult to comprehend?

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    Pidestroika

    Strangland. I'm talking about the constant need to add the term "yogisha" which is peculiar to the Japanese reporting. Even after a criminal has been found guilty by a court and sentenced you never hear any "name-murderer" or whatever. It's one thing to report "police claim..." and another to constantly add the "yogisha" thing as if there are no actual criminals in Japan.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    Pidestroika

    In Japan if you follow the way the news is reported by the media there are no actual criminals in this country. Everybody that gets arrested is a "yogisha" (suspect). Name+yogisha. Even the guy that got caught on the spot in Akihabara trying to kill as many people as possible with his car, was called name+yogisha. Ever heard of a "Name+satsujinhan (murderer)" or "Name+setohan (thief)"? And how about the "mozaiku" (blur) everywhere? You see the reporter saying "in this house...", and the house is completely blured. What's the point then? Or the stupid interview of the neighbours through the intercom...is supposed to show what? Just report what they said.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    Pidestroika

    @noriyosan73 with the 6 thumbs-up

    Nobody retires in Japan at age 50 with full health benefits unless he or she wins the lottery.

    Would you like to tell us at what age in your country do single mothers with one or two underage children retire? 67?

    Posted in: Japanese should take heed of Greece's woes

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    Pidestroika

    If the problem is yakuza with irezumi and these are Japanese, then only Japanese with irezumi should not be allowed. This is far more logical than the blanket ban of everyone in the world with tattoos. Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery and millions of other people are obviously not yakuza members.

    Posted in: Japan Tourism Agency surveys onsens over tattoo policy

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    Pidestroika

    When I first came to Japan and was home-staying in Tsukuba I used to go to Tokyo by bus. When I got back home from my first ride I asked my J. friend: "today I heard on the bus the driver saying "orinasai wa ashimoto gotsui kudasai" (get off the bus and watch your step). Why the attitude and what's with the grammar?" She explained that it's "orinosai wa" (when you get off...) but to my defense bus drivers always garble their words with the mic stuck next to their mouth.

    In my J. language school I once said that I love J. food, especially "tonkachi" (hammer), instead of "tonkatsu" (deep-fried pork cutlet). My J. teacher didn't notice but a Korean classmate asked me later if I eat nails and screws too. Never made that mistake again.

    Posted in: Language fail: 22 embarrassing tales of Japanese language missteps

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    Pidestroika

    I was there too. On Sunday. Absolutely horrible organization. Paid 13000Yen to sit on a piece of sand on the overcrowded beach. No score or any kind of announcement boards. Impossible to tell who was flying, their time, their position or anything. The loudspeakers were supposed to tell you all this but they were far from where we were sitting and couldn't hear a thing. No event schedule, no programme. Extremely hot, 35+ Celsius, no shade, no tents. I definitely wouldn't like to be in the shoes of the guys that paid for STANDING for 5-6 hours. You were not supposed to bring your own drinks but inside the place they were all extremely overpriced and from some time on they were all gone. A total rip off. These guys (and I mean the Japanese organizers) really worked hard to make the most with providing the absolutely least. Terrible. Loved the race but I'm never going again. Pity because there were thousands of people and great interest.

    Posted in: Air race

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    Pidestroika

    Germany and Japan are the war criminal states which massacred innocent people by the most brutal and heinous methods after getting engrossed in aggression against different countries in the first half of the 20th century. Germany has made efforts to relieve victimized countries of pain and redeem its crimes even a bit. But Japan has behaved quite contrary. Japan's rulers have never made sincere apology for the past crimes but totally denied them. It has incurred suspicion and hatred, not trust and respect of many countries. It's because Japan's morality and conscience are very vulgar. If Japan does not follow the example of Germany, it will suffer only insult and isolation.

    The above is from Rodong Sinmun. Not really surprising how similar the N. Korean and Chinese rhetoric sounds.

    Posted in: China must guard against Japan's denial of history: military

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    Pidestroika

    The zoo is discussing what to do

    The simians are taking a hard stand declaring they were not consulted about the name. The equids (zebras) count their stripes, the felinae (lions, tigers etc) don't give a rodent's posterior, the giraffes have a headache. The discussions have reached a critical point and hippos are expected to pull their weight. Where will the insects and reptiles stand? So far the strongest opinion is to ask the parents! Don't know about you but I honestly can't wait for the discussion results.

    Posted in: Oita zoo under fire for naming baby monkey Charlotte

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    Pidestroika

    I think you confuse respect for young soldiers who gave their lives believing they were serving their country with the idolization of them by modern day nationalists. I've met kamikaze pilots (those who did not fly their final mission) and not even one of them idolizes those who died or even considers them heros. Solemn respect is what they offer. Respecting kamikaze pilots does not make one automatically a nationalist. There are more shades in life than black and white. If Matsuyama is a nationalist and you disagree, I think you should protest against what he says and how he says it, without showing disrespect towards the dead by calling them "dumb".

    Posted in: Mourners pray for kamikaze pilots ahead of WWII anniversary

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    Pidestroika

    No, they showed that people who are young and uneducated save by propaganda are dumb enough to be duped into losing their lives so that the people in power who profit from it don't need to.

    Interesting. Therefore no respect is necessary to all the soldiers who died during the British (French, Dutch....) colonial wars. No respect to all those who died during the First World War or in Gallipoli. Or to the US soldiers who lost their lives in the war in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia in the 60s. The list of people who gave their lives for the wrong idea can be rather long... Perhaps you are from Switzerland? You should know that Germany pays respect to all those German soldiers who gave their lives in WWII. There are monuments in every German city etc. Or perhaps the suggestion is that only the Japanese soldiers who fought in WWII should not be respected. Interesting.

    Posted in: Mourners pray for kamikaze pilots ahead of WWII anniversary

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    Pidestroika

    Theo, kyo hima desu ne! Mizutani should definitely ogoranakya

    "Statistically" based on whose statistics? Where does it say the restaurant based their decisions on records they keep. Treating a customer based on their name some call it "racism" others "discrimination". You water it down and say "xenophobia" (fear of strangers). How about the Japanese singer who was recently sat in the back of a European hotel's restaurant because he was "asian". I guess you could call that "xenophobia" too, right? Exactly the same people who criticized and condemned that hotel's behavior, condemn Mizutani's. And you know, they don't have to sit and eat at that hotel's restaurant to "review" it.

    And since you like examples (usually irrelevant) so much here's one for you: Was at a fairly big Japanese restaurant in Ikebukuro's "Sunshine city" waiting for our menu. A Japanese customer with a friend of his showed up on a wheel chair. The restaurant did not have any ramp and "apologized" for not being able to serve them as there was "no space" for the wheel chair to maneuver, even though the restaurant was almost empty. They left and so did we. Following you logic this is not discriminatory and nobody should criticize the restaurant for this. It's just "xenophobia". Thankfully that one closed down after a while.

    Get a life dude.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    Pidestroika

    A. In this restaurant a Japanese name automatically makes you a trustworthy customer who would never make any cancelations. Everybody else, the rest of the world that is, is automatically potentially unreliable and troublemaking customers that need to follow specific rules to dine there. Some people can insist that this is the restaurant's policy and they have the right to accept and refuse whoever customer they want and on whatever terms they choose but the customers and the readers here have also the right to label this kind of thinking as discriminatory and racist (which it is) and slam the restaurant for this policy.

    B. Can someone explain how "not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers, unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company" ensures there will be no cancelations? Because it just sounds ludicrous to me.

    C. Following what logic a restaurant accepts bookings made through a credit card company but also accepts only cash for payment?

    D. If they prefer Japanese customers so much, they should simply remove themselves from Michelin.

    E. For every 100 perfectly friendly and wonderful Japanese establishments there is always bound to be one that is stuck to the isolation era of the 17th century choosing narrow-mindedness and vacuity.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    Pidestroika

    I have issues with any term describing an individual by the color of their skin or their "blood". Best of luck to Ariana.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    Pidestroika

    On many trains around Tokyo:

    "Warning! The train may stop suddenly in case of emergency"

    I think they should put a voice-warning on cars, bicycles and bikes too. "When you hit the breaks the vehicle may stop. Please be alert"

    Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs

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    Pidestroika

    Looking forward to this one. Note: Harrison Ford has never won an Oscar!

    Posted in: Harrison Ford to reprise role in 'Blade Runner' sequel

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    Pidestroika

    Flumpool : "The band's name is derived from the English word "four", since there are four members, they took the first letter "F", along with the word meaning mass, "lump" and the word "pool"."

    Hysteric Blue

    Orange Range

    Sons of All Pussys, abbreviated as S.O.A.P.

    and the marvelous Morning Musume

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the worst music group or band names ever?

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