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ScroteMar. 04, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
Who need western values? Much better to celebrate a mass murderer by having his picture on your banknotes and a huge portrait of the swine overlooking the main square in your capital city. Let's celebrate the "values" of an unelected dictatorship instead.
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
ScroteFeb. 27, 2015 - 10:13AM JST
He could pay for his own advertisement in the train to counter the one that annoyed him.
Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials
ScroteFeb. 26, 2015 - 02:58PM JST
Toyota expects a profit of Y2.7 trillion, yet they claim they cannot afford a Y20 billion pay rise, which is 0.74% of their profit.
Posted in: Toyota calls union pay demands impossible
ScroteFeb. 26, 2015 - 02:53PM JST
Good to see that she was singing live.
Posted in: Madonna takes a tumble at the Brit Awards
ScroteFeb. 25, 2015 - 01:03PM JST
At least she isn't covered in tattoos that belong on the walls of an inner city slum.
Posted in: Taylor Swift officially world's top-selling musician in 2014
ScroteFeb. 25, 2015 - 01:00PM JST
So this guy beat his son before and what was his punishment? Nothing? It's not enough to simply take the child into care for a while: the man needs to spend some time in jail too.
Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 4-year-old son
ScroteFeb. 24, 2015 - 02:30PM JST
The Thais claim their king is revered, but if that were true there would be no need for these draconian laws.
Posted in: Thai theater pair convicted for insulting monarchy
ScroteFeb. 24, 2015 - 02:27PM JST
I ignore copyright laws as they have only been passed as a result of bribes paid to politicians.
It will be interesting to see how the US position on IP rights changes once China owns a sufficient number of patents and starts sueing US companies for violations.
Posted in: If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?
ScroteFeb. 24, 2015 - 02:24PM JST
We can see videos of the fascists shouting "kill Koreans" whilst the police stand idly by. That kind of hate speech is tolerated. But if I were to stand outside the palace in Tokyo shouting "kill the emperor" I would be arrested in seconds. No free speech for me.
Free speech in Japan only applies to those the authorities sympathise with, i.e. the fascists. For everyone else their "rights" will be trampled upon without hesitation and with no recourse.
Posted in: Abe criticizes hate speech
ScroteFeb. 24, 2015 - 02:18PM JST
I would have thought the "basic concept" of a national park should be an area free of development. Who will want to visit an area of solar panels? Solar panels should be placed on houses and factories, not farmland and parks.
Posted in: Japan announces 'basic concept' on solar plants in national parks
ScroteFeb. 21, 2015 - 07:50PM JST
This is what Abe means when he says he was "taking every possible measure" to secure the release of Mr Goto: playing golf and doing nothing.
Posted in: Abe defends playing golf during hostage crisis
ScroteFeb. 20, 2015 - 01:55PM JST
The TPP is a poor deal for Japan and countries other than the US. I don't want US IP laws forced down my throat. Nor do I want to eat GM food and hormone-ridden meat. Unfortunately, the big-business biased LDP will accept all the bad points in order to increase the profits of their donors.
Posted in: 8 U.S. lawmakers visiting Japan to promote TPP
ScroteFeb. 19, 2015 - 09:39AM JST
How much sympathy do Australians have with these two drug smugglers? They knew the law in Indonesia and went ahead regardless. Why Abbott is wasting his breath on them is beyond me.
Posted in: Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions
ScroteFeb. 18, 2015 - 05:16PM JST
It would be a good idea to quarantine the whole of Pakistan to prevent the spread of polio and to keep the half-wits away from the rest of us.
Posted in: Abducted polio immunisation team found murdered in Pakistan
ScroteFeb. 18, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
I'm all for mocking politicians, but what happens if you live in a theocracy? In that case mocking politicians will be equated to mocking their religion and you will be murdered for it, as is the case in various dumps around the world.
If I claim to be a prophet, does that mean I cannot be mocked? Anyone can make that claim and nobody else can prove the truth of it. If we are to have any freedom of expression at all it must include the ability to mock "religious" figures. I believe there are not, and never have been, any prophets and those who claim to be prophets are frauds. You are free to believe what you like, but don't tell me what I can and cannot do.
Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki says Charlie Hebdo drawings of Muhammad were a mistake
ScroteFeb. 16, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
Yamanashi is pretty, but I wouldn't like to live there as it's just too rural; even Kofu is fairly tedious. The company I used to work for wanted us to move to Yamanashi. I lived there for a short time before I found another job. The small town/village had nothing of interest whatsoever and mainly consisted of old wooden shops selling buckets and shovels. However, it did have a nice view of Fuji and there was even some cows in a field.
Posted in: The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to
ScroteFeb. 16, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
This is a hate crime, not "political" or "terrorism": the gunman deliberately targeted Jews.
It's not about cartoons either. What these people want is a prohibition on criticism of islam in any form. The cartoons are just a pretext. They want criticism of islam to be punishable by death, just as it is in various middle-eastern dumps. They cannot bear to have their beliefs challenged, possibly because deep down they know it is all nonsense.
Posted in: Police kill suspect in 2 deadly shootings in Copenhagen
ScroteFeb. 15, 2015 - 11:01AM JST
Suppose an image of Mohammed exists somewhere in the world. Does this mean that muslims will perpetually be angry? If I hide one of these caricatures in the forest will they riot until it is found?
Is it the idea of an image existing that annoys muslims, or the fact that one does? If it's the latter then they are condemned to be angry for ever, as there is no way to know if all such images have been destroyed. If the former: what is the sense in being offended by an idea?
Posted in: 1 dead in Copenhagen cafe shooting in likely terror attack
ScroteFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:54AM JST
A better way to raise happiness would be to give the Y100000 per year to the workers, instead of wasting it on this rubbish.
Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office
ScroteFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:52AM JST
Our pay has been frozen for the next three years. The education ministry can probably be blamed for that, despite the university supposedly being "independent". Also, Abe refuses to raise wages for civil servants, so he has no right to lecture companies on what they should do.
Posted in: Gov't pressures companies to raise wages
Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
I hope they'll make the Musashi a military grave to pay all honours to those who…
Posted in: Sunken WWII battleship Musashi found in Philippines
I doubt that a Yamato class ship can be raised with a displacement of over 69,000…
Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
Or, as Washington said on another occasion, the Constitution designated him the “sole channel of official…
Posted in: Why Boehner's invite to Netanyahu was unconstitutional
Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:10AM JST
Another reason to like Seka Owa!
Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?
Mar. 05, 2015 - 09:09AM JST
So they can sell more DVDs? C'mon, this is Japan...
Seriously though, there's nothing worse than…