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ScroteOct. 22, 2014 - 11:26AM JST
Fat, loud, sweaty, ugly, rude and ignorant, yet this creature still attracts thousands of followers. What Japanese characteristics does he think he embodies, I wonder? He certainly isn't following a traditional Japanese diet. Imagine if the country were full of people like him: is that what his half-wit supporters really want?
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
ScroteOct. 22, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
Whatever the motive, the fact is that this man dumped a large amount of rubbish in a park and should be charged. It's people like this that have turned Japan into a massive garbage dump.
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
ScroteOct. 21, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
So when will we see Obuchi and Matsushima arrested and prosecuted for their crimes? I expect the police to uphold the law.
Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns
ScroteOct. 20, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
Unlike Senkakku that has always been Japanese
Unlike Senkakku that has always been Japanese
"always been Japanese"? Surely the Senkakus were part of the independent Ryukyu kingdom, until Japan invaded them? I think someone has been brainwashed by Japanese history lessons.
Posted in: Chinese coast guard ships in disputed waters
ScroteOct. 20, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
"I feel that ignorance is no excuse"
"I feel that ignorance is no excuse"
Quite right but, unfortunately, this is not the attitude taken by her colleagues who usually feign ignorance and refuse to accept responsibility when these scandals come to light.
Posted in: For 3rd day in a row, media expecting Obuchi to resign
ScroteOct. 19, 2014 - 11:47AM JST
The more the merrier. There are quite a few small local breweries up here in the north. Their products are far better than the awful Asahi / Kirin stuff on offer at most places.
Posted in: High hops - British brewer hopes to change beer perceptions
ScroteOct. 18, 2014 - 10:54AM JST
I don't understand Apple's obsession with making thin things thinner. It means a smaller battery and shorter usage time. For the sake of an extra 1 mm I would prefer the thing to work for longer between charges.
Posted in: Apple unveils thinner iPads, sharper iMacs
ScroteOct. 18, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
I can't remember a year when there hasn't been a supplementary budget.
Posted in: Aso says extra budget one option for sales tax hike next year
ScroteOct. 17, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
As usual, the obvious solution of assessing the same tax on occupied and unoccupied property is ignored for year after year.
Posted in: Even in cases where such houses are causing problems, it's hard to do anything about them without the owners' consent because they're personal property.
ScroteOct. 15, 2014 - 09:43AM JST
Most hotel TVs use a cable system to deliver programmes. It should be simple to remove NHK from the available channels, thus avoiding the need to pay the fee.
I've also wondered what NHK is doing with all the money they receive. Their output in terms of TV and radio is much smaller than that of the BBC, on a similar income. A lot of the NHK cash is wasted on "production companies", which charge a small fortune to set up those outside broadcasts of tedious concerts from shimin kaikan around the country. Of course, the "production companies" are staffed by former bureaucrats and other wastes-of-space, earning large sums for doing very little.
Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs
ScroteOct. 15, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Another victory for Abenomics. Devaluing the Yen means higher prices for gas and coal. Is this the kind of inflation that is meant to drive the economic recovery? Perhaps the sage Kuroda could explain how that works.
Posted in: Gov't approves Hokkaido Electric rate hike
ScroteOct. 15, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
Either the article is true, in which case it is not defamation, or it is not true and the question then arises: why don't the South Koreans indict the Chosun Ilbo journalist too? This case just makes the South Koreans a laughing stock and shows their "legal" system to be vindictive and biased.
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
shonanbb: Every time I turned on NHK yesterday, and even this morning when it was sunny with a light breeze, they were talking about a "typhoon". It hadn't been a typhoon since Sunday afternoon; it was only a tropical storm yesterday. Then we get pictures of someone standing in a hard hat talking about puddles forming somewhere or other. It was pathetic, inaccurate scaremongering.
We do pay the NHK basic fee. I only tend to watch the news, which just causes me to become vexed by the blatant pro-LDP bias. Many of the other programmes seem little different from the commercial channel "variety" rubbish, consisting of a room full of shouting half-wits. It's not worth the money really and I don't think I will be buying another TV.
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 11:47AM JST
The hotels in Tokyo are reasonable priced for a single guest. If you go on a family trip it costs an arm and a leg, which is why we usually go overseas where we can get much more, for less.
Posted in: Japan must work to ward off 'Olympic Curse'
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 11:43AM JST
They should have a doped-up Olympics, where anything goes and life bans for anyone caught doping in the "clean" olympics.
Posted in: Is end in sight of forgiveness for dopers?
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
The Palestinian state already exists and is called Jordan.
Posted in: British MPs pass non-binding vote to recognise Palestine
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 11:38AM JST
I'm not sure what we are supposed to eat when all the farmland is covered by these solar plants. Panels should be fitted to existing buildings first.
Posted in: Sharp starts to construct solar plant in Fukushima
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
Confiscate the bikes and send them straight to the crusher. Problem solved. There are rules about noise, it's just the police don't enforce them.
Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper
ScroteOct. 14, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
Does the court have the power to force someone to sign a contract? I don't think they do. If the contract isn't signed what can the court do? A contract is only valid if both sides agree to the terms. If NHK refuse to negotiate that should be a valid reason for not signing the contract. After all the tripe about the "typhoon" on NHK yesterday I don't blame anyone for not paying them.
Of course, this is Japan, so logic and common sense have no place. The courts seem to think they can force people to sign contracts under duress. Yet such contracts are legally invalid. The "justice" system here is run by dangerous clowns.
ScroteOct. 13, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
The usual tricks are in play. I imagine most of those who won the "lottery" were pro-nuclear plants, told in advance what questions to ask.
The government has no interest in the opinions of local people and all these meetings are just for show.
Posted in: Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled town hall meetings
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
women being tied up with ropes and male patrons whipping them
"This is not what I…
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:29AM JST
How could I get a couple of thumbs down for my response above? The sentencing of…
Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:23AM JST
No Ebola cases have been reported in Rwanda, which is in East Africa. The U.S. Embassy…
Posted in: U.S. expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:20AM JST
The app should also be able to calculate the calories you are burning while chewing and…
Posted in: Chewing too much hassle? Here's just the thing
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:17AM JST
If you care at all about what you eat, don't go to McDonald's in the first…
Posted in: Worried about McDonald’s chicken in Japan? Don’t be! Free McNuggets ease your fears