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Piotr GierszewskiMay. 22, 2013 - 10:17PM JST
The problem of nationalists is that they don't want to solve their problems. They hate everyone who is not identical to them, and want everybody else to be their slaves.
Posted in: Bad eggs
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 22, 2013 - 10:09PM JST
The weather on the picture is good. It looks like they have good conditions to safely reach the peak.
Mountains are so exciting - especially when you live in a lakeland, like me. I'm used to the views of Pomeranian lakeland and when I traveled to the mountains once (which weren't as high as the Mount Everest), it was fascinating to see these all of these giant hills and highlands. On a flat terrain the view is mostly blocked by surrounding trees. Although the perspective of climbing a steep slope or steep stairs without handrails is quite terrifying for me, so I usually crawl on them and hug every tree.
Posted in: Nearly there
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 21, 2013 - 10:09PM JST
It looks like someone enjoys reopening the historical wounds which should be already cured and dumped into the ash heap of history.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 14, 2013 - 04:22PM JST
I think I don't have to explain that war is not a state of love and tolerance but fear and anger. In my personal opinion, comfort women were one of the consequences of the brutality of war. But it's not justifiable in the moral way.
Japanese comfort women are not a unique phenomenon, it's a common thing during wartime that men have to satisfy their sexual needs. During WW2 Russians and other soldiers who didn't have access to any 'comfort women' were just raping local women. In Poland we use a term "stalinki" for the children who were born because of Russians raping Polish women. German women were also often raped, because it was a symbolic "punishment" for the German nation. Not to mention Americans, and gang rapes on German women.
Last but not least: Hashimoto says that the 'comfort women' were good, but on the other hand they were bad. I think that man needs to make up his mind.
Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 12, 2013 - 03:48AM JST
Chinese territorial claims aren't very spectacular. For example history remembers times when certain person from Europe wanted all of the Eastern European countries to peacefully hand over their territories, so that he could give his people a "space of life". He managed to take part of Czechoslovakia, because people from Czechoslovakia were openly ignored in international disputes. Japan is in a better position because it can speak for itself; but the last word on this matter belongs to China.
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 05, 2013 - 06:07PM JST
Edit: the sun is not burning, the glowing is the result of nuclear fusion.
Posted in: What's up there?
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 05, 2013 - 06:04PM JST
A burning ball of gas, responsible for life on Earth. When it will stop burning, it would be the real end of the world. But until then human race will either extinct or transform into other species.
Piotr GierszewskiMay. 02, 2013 - 04:12AM JST
Japan is very decent to allow such parades to happen. Those people, participating in such events, I think they are actually proving the point of people who are against them - I mean they promote the negative image of themselves. But well, if they want to do so, who cares.
If you'd ask me "do parades like this make any change", I'd say that they are convincing the already convinced. I'm myself a believer and I was taught that homosexuality is a sin. I'm not a fundamentalist, but this matter makes me feel uncomfortable.
Comte said in his books that if a sociologist wants to describe something, he should have complete knowledge about observed phenomenon. I don't have the complete knowledge about homosexuality, and I don't think there is a single person in the world who would knew everything on this subject, but my personal observations prove that the modern homosexual pride and the gay rights are a PR plague caused by the world war 2, where homosexual people were mass murdered among Poles, Jews and representatives of other nations. After the war western European countries had to do something to not be associated with Nazi and their negative image. Prohibiting nationalistic rhetoric, fighting antisemitism and approval for gay people were the three main elements. And of course, the European Union.
I don't neglect that images of homosexual behavior can be found in every historical era, in many cultures. Though themselves they don't have a big effect on tolerance for gay people in wider society. For example, Iran which has a rich culture about homosexual relations has also a very strict religious laws which prohibit this kind of relationship.
Posted in: Rainbow Pride
Piotr GierszewskiApr. 02, 2013 - 05:11PM JST
The Japanese ideal of a worker: life devoted to never ending work (resulting in death from overwork), military-like discipline, zero creativity, maximum efficiency.
Posted in: First day on the job
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 28, 2013 - 06:30AM JST
Same sex couples definitely need more attention from the government, since the society isn't really helpful when it comes to minorities. Unfortunately, the logic of hierarchy which places homosexuality on the lowest place cannot be broken, since there are real and objective differences between the traditional and gay relationships. First of all, you can't make babies the natural way, secondly sexual relations are potentially harmful to the biological system (especially when it comes to men).
Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 27, 2013 - 05:50PM JST
It's not that just some people are more evil and they lie more often. It's usually a result of a long historical process, and very strict social control which forced people to be hypocritical.
In society everyone's an actor who gets a certain role to play. In Japan which used to be highly bureaucratic when it comes to family, some men had the possibility to decide about the life and death of other family members, practically without any justification. With this attitude people were just objects of trade.
Basing on this fact I presume people often had a choice to either lie or die, which perhaps became later the factor of natural selection. On the other hand this constant feel of threat from the householder created a whole system of honorifics which are present even today. I doubt there is a nation which has more honorifics than Japan. Maybe also the Japanese culture with its horrifying monsters is a psychological reproduction of the fear of people, who can decide about your life and death.
Posted in: Japan 4th in world liar rankings
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 24, 2013 - 05:35AM JST
Many words were spoken, but time will tell whether they really meant something... I just hope this change in the constitution won't release a bunch of radicals who will happily murder everyone standing on their way (because historically that was the main reason for World War 2 in Europe, where Nazi party was almost bankrupt, and Hitler was compared to a hairdresser).
Whatever people say about the current political issues, I think nothing significant is going to change in next few years. Unless there will be an "accident", and something quite unexpected will happen.
We all are aware that there is a nationalistic tension between the Chinese, Korean and Japanese nations (which is constantly reminded to people of each of these nations). However each of these nations shares quite similar cultural base. Since unfortunately nobody is able to delete nationalism and military ambitions from anyone's minds, I just hope the Asian nations will be able to maintain a healthy distance from each other, for everyone's sake.
Posted in: Abe vows to change constitution, reestablish 'proud Japan'
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 21, 2013 - 08:56PM JST
The best solution would be to give these islands to a third party. Historically many areas which witnessed many wars and different reigns developed own culture. But since the islands are uninhabited that doesn't make any sense. Why won't people just call this terrain "no man's land", anyway? That would be the best consensus (and probably the only consensus possible).
Posted in: U.S., Japan review plans for retaking disputed islands
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 20, 2013 - 08:57PM JST
These dresses look very... protective. Lots of black which is the psychological "protective layer", and whats more: sunglasses, which I perceive as tools used by insecure people to hide from the public.
Perhaps this is a negative opinion of mine, but with my sociological knowledge I would say this form of fashion pretty much resembles the current political situation in the area. The military turmoil and the uncertainty about diplomatic relations (especially the insane politics of North Korea) creates an unwanted tension in the life of many people.
Posted in: Next autumn's look
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 10, 2013 - 07:29PM JST
I suppose this is the price of technological boom. Until someone will make engines fueled with water, oxygen or hydrogen. Thankfully in my area the air is a lot cleaner (I can hear the maritime polar air mass whistling outside).
Posted in: Dust storm shrouds Tokyo in haze
Piotr GierszewskiMar. 10, 2013 - 06:09PM JST
You can call it a "miracle" pine but since it apparently doesn't have the title of "natural monument" it doesn't have more value than just the value of a cultural symbol.
Posted in: Miracle pine
Piotr GierszewskiJan. 14, 2013 - 12:38AM JST
Nice. There are people in Europe who like to swim in the Baltic sea in winter (when the water is freezing) and they are called "walruses".
Posted in: Fit and freezing
Piotr GierszewskiJan. 11, 2013 - 06:02AM JST
America has already tried to defeat Korea, when it was one state, during the World War 2. We all know how it ended. Korea was separated into a democratic south part and communistic north part.
So I'd say the goal should be not to defeat the North Korea, but to create a situation when the North Korea would be absorbed by the southern neighbor. Such scenario happened to Germany, which was divided into democratic and communistic part. But the key element was the weakening of communist power, leading to the official termination of Soviet Union. And I doubt this will happen in a peaceful way. Especially with communist China creeping around and being a passive beneficiary of the current political state in Asia.
Posted in: Abe calls for 'resolute' action against N Korea
Piotr GierszewskiJan. 10, 2013 - 04:51AM JST
Oh, this is bad! Fortunately I live on the other side of the globe.
Posted in: Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015, says Ryukyu University professor
Piotr GierszewskiJan. 07, 2013 - 07:58AM JST
Orange color is is said to be associated with food. Even in language, the word describing orange color also means a fruit (I know it works for Polish and English, not sure about the Japanese). Orange dishes boost hunger. If you want to eat less, you should eat on a blue dishes - blue color is associated with unhealthy things.
If someone is interested in this particular topic, the psychological influence of colors, there is a whole specialization of psychology called the "color psychology". It's quite popular in Europe.
Posted in: Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup
May. 23, 2013 - 11:02AM JST
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Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British solider butchered near London barracks
May. 23, 2013 - 11:01AM JST
Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair
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Posted in: Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair
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May. 23, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
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Posted in: Japan considers talks with N Korea, surprising allies
May. 23, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
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