Sensato's past comments

  • -5

    Sensato

    We did not have to use ketchup to pretend we participated IchiokuGyokusui. And I am still alive.

    This should be "ichioku gyokusai' 一億玉砕 (not "IchiokuGyokusui").

    @toshiko

    I am certainly grateful that you survived to tell your story as well. But still with the benefit of hindsight, if it had been my decision I would not have dropped the bomb.

    Tojo's call for ichioku gyokusai "100 million [people] shattering like a jewel" in February 1944 in his infamous emergency declaration was clearly a significant reason the U.S. was loathe to invade Honshu while opting for conventional and nuclear civilian air raids.

    Anyway, here is a quote from a certain news source about ichioku gyokusai: "in February 1944, Tojo, in his “emergency declaration,” had called for ichioku gyokusai, “100 million shattering like a jewel.” It was a demand that the entire Japanese population be prepared to die. Japan’s population at the time was 70 million, so he was also ordering Taiwanese and Koreans to meet the same fate."

    Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

  • 0

    Sensato

    On the one hand, the bombs enabled the Emperor to surrender somewhat earlier than would otherwise have been the case. That reduced the civilian-military body count overall on all sides, and foiled Russia's plans to complete an East Bloc/East Berlin-style land grab — which Russia having been caught off guard still hastily attempted resulting in it's invasion and occupation today's Sakhalin and other Northern Islands after Japan's surrender. Without the bombs, it seems likely that Japan would have surrendered when Russia set foot in Hokkaido, which would have meant a divided Japan like East-West Germany or North-South Korea.

    Still, I would argue that the bombs are a major reason Japan has never taken ownership of its role as wartime aggressor, unlike Germany. Instead, the bombings enabled revisionists to paint a picture of Japan and its people as well-meaning yet hapless victims of the war. This is the message conveyed in the Emperor's surrender speech, and the message still conveyed in Hiroshima and Japan's many other 'peace museums.'

    Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

  • 3

    Sensato

    One part of the speech that is somewhat lesser known than the "enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable" phrase is this:

    "the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should We continue to fight, not only would it result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization."

    Modern Japanese translation: "敵は新たに残虐な爆弾(原子爆弾)を使用して、膨大な数の無実の人々までをも殺傷しており、惨澹たる被害がどこまで及ぶのか全く予測できないまでに至ってしまった。 ことここに至ってまだ戦争を継続しようとすれば、最終的にはわが民族の滅亡を招くだけでなく、ひいては人類の文明をも破滅しかねないであろう。"

    Even if you argue that the U.S. should not have used the nuclear bombs, this part of the speech makes it pretty clear that they did play a significant role in enabling the Emperor to put an end to the war earlier than he otherwise might have. They gave him the excuse he needed to surrender.

    Posted in: Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

  • 12

    Sensato

    The thing I hate about this speech is, after his ambition and greed started a war which resulted in the deaths of countless innocents, he tried to sound like a victim.

    @sensei258

    In the Emperor's surrender speech, the "gyokuon hoso" ("Jewel Voice Broadcast" 玉音放送), one of the sections that really set the stage for Japan to take on the role of the victim, while playing down its role as the aggressor, is this part:

    "The hardships and sufferings to which Our nation is to be subjected hereafter will be certainly great. We are keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all of you, Our subjects. However, it is according to the dictates of time and fate that we (I?) have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is unsufferable."

    Modern Japanese translation; "何よりこれから先、日本国の受ける苦難はきっと並大抵のことではなかろうと思う。 あなたがた国民の本心も私はよく理解している。 しかしながら私は、時の巡り合せに逆らわず、堪えがたき思いに耐え、忍びがたき思いを忍んで、未来のために平和な世界を切り開こうと願い続ける。"

    That part about resolving for the people of Japan to "[endure] the unendurable and [suffer] what is unsufferable" always gets me. The people of Japan (and those Japan fought against and occupied) "endured the unendurable and suffered the unsufferable" during the war. After the war, Japan experienced decades of peace and the most prosperous decades in its history. Certainly life post-surrender and during the occupation was completely the opposite of the hardships the Emperor suggested the people would endure.

    Posted in: Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

  • 7

    Sensato

    The original site of Fukushima Daiichi was a cliff that was 35 meters above sea level safely above tsunami danger, but it was lowered to 10 meters above sea level during construction in the late 1960s. The height of the cliff was reduced by 25 meters in a move to cut costs of ferrying equipment to the site and pumping seawater to the reactors.

    If not for that "penny wise, pound foolish" move, Fukushima Daiichi would have been safe from the tsunami.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303982504576425312941820794

    Tepco gets the blame for this, which it should, but there is also plenty of blame to go around to the contractor, Kajima; the designer/builder/supplier of the reactor, GE; and they many other prime subcontractors and government agencies that are flying under the radar.

    Posted in: 3 former TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis

  • 2

    Sensato

    If true, it certainly wouldn't be the first time airport security have acted inappropriately. Just last April in fact...

    "Two TSA Officers Fired for Scheme to Grope Attractive Men at Denver Airport" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/two-tsa-officers-fired-scheme-grope-hot-men-denver-airport-n341596

    On numerous occasions I have seen U.S. airport security verbally mistreat visitors to the U.S. Many of these people are on power trips, and the TSA does a horrible job of vetting and overseeing their employees. Time for them to clean up their act.

    Posted in: Morrissey claims sex assault at US airport security

  • 2

    Sensato

    If you live in Japan, gochujang is known as "コチュジャン" (kochujang).

    I've seen this ingredient at some stores here and have been wondering how to cook with it. This recipe sounds good, I might give it a try.

    Posted in: Pump up the flavor of grilled chicken with Korean gochujang

  • -1

    Sensato

    Here is footage of their performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUY951W_oDY

    Posted in: Protest pop

  • -1

    Sensato

    This is similar to the National Fed Challenge for grades 9 to 12 in the U.S. which started in 1994.

    "One Fed Challenge team from each of the four participating Federal Reserve Districts competes at the national competition in Washington, D.C. FOMC members — Federal Reserve Governors and Reserve Bank Presidents — judge the national finals. The competition was created in 1994 by Lloyd Bromberg, the Director of Education Programs at the New York Fed." (Wikipedia)

    Posted in: Junior bankers

  • 0

    Sensato

    Does anyone have a link to the manga?

    @sandhonour

    Here is a link to the cartoon described in this article, Tell me, moustachioed commander! (教えて!ひげの隊長) 4'50":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YzSHNlSs9g

    Posted in: Cartoon capers: Abe uses offbeat PR blitz to rescue ratings

  • 4

    Sensato

    Here is footage of the accident site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZD5GYBVOyg

    Here is the plane flying over the soccer field before it crashed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1qtc9iu3oQ

    Posted in: 3 killed after small plane crashes into Tokyo residential area

  • 0

    Sensato

    Quote from Japan Focus: "Abe [made] a statement in parliament expressing his unhappiness that 'the ideas of our country' [are] being misunderstood by foreigners. He went on to call for measures to 'actively collect and spread information so that we will be correctly understood.'" http://japanfocus.org/-Tessa-Morris_Suzuki/3966/article.html

    Anyway, given recent Abe and LDP moves and comments regarding a more cooperative media, I can't help but suspect that this FT buyout and other recent purchases of stakes in English-language news and information companies by the Nikkei, Fuji HD and other Japanese media conglomerates are somehow linked to Abe's media strategy.

    Posted in: Nikkei to buy Financial Times for $1.31 bil

  • 2

    Sensato

    “One of the problems is that audit fees are very low in Japan. It’s nonsense that auditors, on these fees, are doing any proper work,”

    The Japanese government, and global regulators, need to do something about the relationships between corporations and their for-hire audit firms. The "big four" seem willing to turn a blind eye to corporate corruption.

    I smell a rat in terms of Toshiba in particular in terms of management's relationship with its corporate auditor Ernst and Young, which also happened to be the corporate auditor for Lehman Brothers, Olympus, and now Toshiba.

    Didn't these audit firms learn anything after Arthur Andersen's demise following the Enron Scandal?

    Posted in: After Toshiba scandal, foreign investors want tougher governance in Japan

  • 10

    Sensato

    Another purchase of an English-language news outfit by a Japanese media conglomerate.

    I wonder if the FT will now name Tokyo the world's most liveable city, like Monocle magazine did after the Nikkei picked up an ownership stake in it. http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tokyo-named-most-liveable-city-in-world-by-monocle-magazine

    Joking aside, the FT has always been one of the word's top and trusted business newspapers. I worry that this will compromise the impartiality and editorial independence of the FT.

    Posted in: Nikkei to buy Financial Times for $1.31 bil

  • 1

    Sensato

    Does anyone have a link to see this performance?

    @gary

    Here it is (17:49): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UxxpOz07E

    From Fuji TV's "Minna no News — Prime Minister's Studio" (みんなのニュース、総理スタジオ)

    Posted in: Abe mocked on Twitter over use of props to explain security bills

  • 18

    Sensato

    Japanese Twitter users were howling in derision Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

    This patronizing Sesame Street depiction of self defense is pretty much the go-to strategy in Japan when it comes to pundits explaining weighty topics to the public. Standard operating procedure.

    This infantile approach reminds me very much of the cartoon caricatures in the brochure on child abduction and the Hague Convention released by the foreign affairs ministry. Silly.

    This would be appropriate if Abe were addressing an elementary school audience, but he should not talk down to an adult audience. The Twitter user remarks quoted in this article came from the English-speaking community (@cassiuscanelo and @lautrea), but the Japanese public should also show outrage and demand adult-level communications from its public officials.

    Posted in: Abe mocked on Twitter over use of props to explain security bills

  • 1

    Sensato

    I am guessing that the guy with the white t-shirt pictured in the middle of the photo fills the role of the beer garden's Australian needed to man the bbq for a touch authenticity to the whole 'barbie' experience.

    He might have to work on matching the six-pack abs of his beach ready coworkers.

    Posted in: Barbie and beer

  • 1

    Sensato

    the victim was the guy, who was vocal about the yakuza buying a new HQ building in his neighborhood.

    @Alistair Is it a fact that the man was voicing opinions against the yakuza, or is it just conjecture on your part? The way you have stated it makes it sound like a fact — if so, I would be interested to know where you heard it.

    I did a precursory search of the Japanese news sources and couldn't find any mention of yakuza/boryokudan in relation to this story. What I did learn is that Mr. Kawamura was the head of his local neighborhood association (jichikai no kaicho), and he was on his way home from a jichikai meeting on the neighborhood's bonodori festival when he was murdered. RIP.

    Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for fatally stabbing man on street in Aichi

  • -1

    Sensato

    Japan’s financial watchdog plans to seek a financial penalty on Toshiba Corp,

    A financial penalty is a slap on the wrist as far as the perpetrators are concerned.

    A criminal penalty in the form of prison time for those involved would be an infinitely more effective deterrent against this type of corporate fraud being committed by in the future executives of other companies.

    Posted in: Regulators to seek penalty on Toshiba for false accounting

  • 20

    Sensato

    NHK expects to foot the bill through contributions from its viewers.

    It makes me angry that they refer to the presumably mandatory NHK fee/tax as "contributions" from viewers.

    Posted in: Search for a scapegoat, and new ways to squander money

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