Sensato's past comments

  • 6

    Sensato

    And this is how propaganda is made. Who is parking in the street? Japanese tour bus drivers. Whose urban design plan forces them to park in the street? Japanese urban planners. Who profits from their huge numbers? Japanese businesses. Who is implied to be at fault for the problem? Chinese people. Shame on you, Kyodo.

    @katsu78

    Well said.

    Even the headline refers to the buses as "Chinese tourist buses," which they are not. They are Japanese tourist buses filled with Chinese and other foreign tourists who can't wait to pump some money into local businesses.

    Inbound tourism is one of the only sectors in Japan that is performing marvelously well. People in Japan should be elated, but instead I hear mainly resentment combined with a "barbarians at the gates" siege mentality. A little more animosity toward overseas visitors and and they might start choosing to go elsewhere.

    Killing the goose that laid the golden eggs comes to mind.

    Posted in: Chinese tourist buses causing headaches for Tokyoites

  • 0

    Sensato

    ...is this the same women a year or so back that wrote a article in the papers about why everyone non Japanese should be living in segregation from the Japanese population?

    @nattorice

    No, different woman, but I thought so at first as well.

    Ayako Sono was the one who wrote an article for Sankei saying that South African apartheid had been good for whites, Asians and Africans.

    She had served on a government education panel and as an adviser to the LDP.

    For some reason, the women that Abe hand picks to take part in the government on average seem to have worse foot-in-mouth disease than the men. Go figure.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts

  • 9

    Sensato

    This has been a catastrophic week for the Nikkei, and it is only Wednesday.

    The Nikkei 225 is now lower than the DJIA for the first time in quite a while, and the USD JPY has strengthened to the 114 range.

    The BOJ's negative interest rate didn't keep the yen weak for very long at all. The impact of monetary policy seems to be fading fast.

    Posted in: Yen surges as global market rout continues

  • 3

    Sensato

    Texas Daddy's primary handler in Japan is apparently Shunichi Fujiki (藤木俊一). He serves as the Secretary General of the Texas Daddy Japan Secretariat office. This man has been in the press quite a lot for his involvement in a number of right-wing exploits.

    Here is Shunichi seated with Marano: http://goo.gl/fQ3Atq

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 2

    Sensato

    [Japanese right wingers] even accompanied Daddy Texas in California to visit (disrespect) the [comfort woman] statue, seemingly not taking any offense when Daddy Texas had his own theories about why the statue is bad (he believes it's bad because these women apparently helped Japanese soldiers during the war, which means it was bad for American soldiers, the heroes...). ...You might also wonder what Daddy Texas might think when he hears Japanese right-wingers blaming America and the West for holding [Japan] back....I think there's some compartmentalization going there.

    @ThePBot

    There is definitely some compartmentalizing going on in Marano's mind when he embeds himself with uyoku lot who are essentially Japanese supremacists who are akin to the KKK white supremacists.

    These same people who deny the IJA's role with the sex slaves also loathe Louis Zamperini's (who like Marano is an Italian American) story of his POW ordeal and want to keep Unbroken out of Japanese theaters. I would imagine Marano's views clash with those of his uyoku handlers in that regard.

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 5

    Sensato

    If this man (Marano) is backing "Japanese Right Wing views" then so is the US Government. I guess the US Military is backing "Japanese Right wing views"? As are the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and India?

    @OssanAmerica

    That sounds exactly like something Tony Marano aka. Texas Daddy would say.

    I am assuming that you are trying to say that Marano does not back Japanese right wing views, and neither do the governments of the U.S., Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and India. So, if Marano's views are not right wing, how else would you describe them?

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 24

    Sensato

    This explains much of why we are seeing increasingly rampant self-censorship by the press and stories released by the media with gaping holes where obvious key elements are simply omitted.

    Reporters without Borders ranked Japan 61 in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index, behind countries such as South Korea, Argentina, Niger and Croatia. Japan is down from number 59 in 2014, and with Abe tightening the screws I expect the ranking to have dropped significantly more when the 2016 index comes out.

    Link to the 2015 World Press Freedom Index: https://index.rsf.org/#!/

    Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts

  • 3

    Sensato

    I've always wondered just how out there [the cult Happy Science] were...

    @savethegaijin

    Happy Science has released a slew of YouTube video content in recent years under the title "The Fact" featuring respectable looking Japanese WWII vets claiming that the IJA troops were welcomed with open arms by the Asian countries it invaded, and that the soldiers were benevolent toward those they occupied, and well-liked, and that any and all talk of wrongdoings are utter lies.

    Many of their videos are about the comfort women and full of first-hand accounts of how well the comfort women were treated.

    They are nut cases. For your entertainment, here is a video they produced (in mangled Engrish) titled "Spiritual Interview with the Guardian Spirit of Donald Trump." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_SfS0J1f_s

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 7

    Sensato

    My feelings of pity for him easily outweigh any unease I might otherwise have with what he is saying

    @rainyday

    He is not deserving of your pity. He is clearly pandering to Japan's right wing to build celebrity status in Japan and make his fortune, and they in turn are exploiting him for all he is worth in a harebrained attempt to lend international credibility to their claims of Japan as a benevolent occupier. Anyway, Marano knows where his bread is buttered, and may not be as dimwitted as he seems.

    This is almost laughable. It is akin to a situation where the Aryan Nations, Ku Klux Klan and National Alliance white supremacists combine forces to get a Japanese nobody (who they consider as inferior) to appear in videos and give speeches in the U.S. about how wonderful life was under slavery.

    The next thing we know the uyoku might be loading Marano into their black sound trucks and parading him around Tokyo. If so, he may be the first visibly non-Japanese person ever to get that honor. (photos of Japan's uyoku sound trucks: https://goo.gl/LQVvPS)

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 2

    Sensato

    Exactly. It's like putting a humidifier and dehumidifier in the same room, switching them on, and then returning later to find -- to your great surprise -- that the effect has been zero.

    @JeffLee

    That's a perfect metaphor for Abe's austerity-economic stimulus tug-of-war. Clearly the net effect is zero in terms of room humidity, but still the electric bill that comes due at the end of the month doubles.

    So essentially, these two conflicting strategies will have a short-term net effect of zero, be will be very costly to Japan's well-being in the long run.

    Posted in: Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics

  • 6

    Sensato

    The public spending should have continued strong, the consumption tax hikes scuppered, and silly talk about "fiscal discipline" scrapped...Helicopter money is what the economy needs.

    @JeffLee

    I agree. It is odd that Abe is combining the opposing aims of austerity measures (ie. consumption tax hikes which curb middle class spending) with the Abenomics goals of fiscal expansion and monetary stimulus.

    I also agree with you on the helicopter money. The BOJ's quantitative easing is nothing more than a trickle down economics — print money and give it to the rich via ultra-low interest rate loans, and hope some of that money finds its way to the middle class.

    Most economists now agree that austerity measures and trickle-down economics do not help the economy, yet Abe persists with these strategies.

    Posted in: Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics

  • 19

    Sensato

    Marano is a former telephone company employee

    Tony Marano is what you would get if you were to combine blowhard Donald Trump, vile talk show host and hate-monger Rush Limbaugh with the Japanese 'uyoku' right wing.

    Marano has certainly hit a financial gold mine with this gig pandering to Japan's extremists, and is certainly generating far more income than he ever did in the white collar world.

    Here is a picture of Marano proudly seated with other historic revisionists representing some of Japan's most shameless organization including Happy Science (幸福の科学), Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform (新しい歴史教科書をつくる会), and Zaitokukai (Association of Citizens against the Special Privileges of the Zainichi; 在特会). The photo is titled, "The Faces of Japanese Comfort Women Denialism." http://goo.gl/fQ3Atq

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 0

    Sensato

    Where in Tokyo was this photo taken?

    Posted in: Super Monday

  • 4

    Sensato

    The 20-minute film was screened for the first time at the Hiroshima International Film Festival in late November and will be shown across the United States starting in May.

    This film will "be shown across the United States," and I know that many people in the U.S. will be very receptive to its screening. Most likely, there will be no extremist groups trying to put a stop to it.

    Now why can't a there be a similar situation in Japan? Will it ever be possible to screen a film "across Japan" that shows the suffering people throughout China, Korea and other parts of Asia endured at the hands of the IJA? Maybe not in my lifetime. Hypocrisy.

    Posted in: Japanese director makes film inspired by Hiroshima 'paper crane' girl

  • 4

    Sensato

    "give Japan a break. WWII is over 70 years ago. It's absurd to have daily news about it like if we were still fighting that war. It's becoming an obsession just to revamp nationalism in East Asia." That was @Alex80's comment admonishing the release of Unbroken.

    "I learned about Sadako's story at school in Italy. It gives you hope." @Alex80's comment in support of this film.

    This is so typical in Japan. Any talk of Japan causing suffering should be quelled, because that was 70 years ago, but talk of Japan enduring suffering should be encouraged because it "gives you hope." Pretty inconsistent if you ask me.

    Posted in: Japanese director makes film inspired by Hiroshima 'paper crane' girl

  • 3

    Sensato

    Hori defended what he called the Japanese view of zoos as an educational exhibition of wildlife, which he said was culturally different from the Western view.

    Once the culture card has been played, it seems to stifle all debate in Japan. The assumption, of course, is that if the practice reflects Japanese culture/sensibilities, then it must be inherently good and honorable.

    Posted in: Move sought for Japan's oldest elephant may be too late

  • 8

    Sensato

    There were concerns that right-wing extremists may try to disrupt the opening.

    Plus, give Japan a break. WWII is over 70 years ago. It's absurd to have daily news about it like if we were still fighting that war. (@Alex80)

    The international media and worldwide media consumers do not seem to be all that interested in WWII overall, but what does pique their interested is the high-profile and vocal revisionism/denial that Japan's right-wing extremists and Abe/the LDP bring to these issues. Otherwise, these stories would hardly be covered at all.

    The Japanese extremists and LDP politicians continually and consistently shoot themselves in the foot — its almost masochistic to the extent that they seem to be gluttons for punishment.

    Also, 70 years ago is relatively recent history, and WWII films will be with us for many centuries to come. Think about it. African American slavery which ended in 1865 can still make headlines. Japanese movie makers are still putting out films about the nation's Sengoku Jidai wars of the 1500s. Films are still made about the Romans.

    By the way, I made a mistake with "the Bird's" name above, it should be Mutsuhiro Watanabe (渡邊睦裕).

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

  • 6

    Sensato

    Seemed to me just the one guy "The Bird" who was vicious.

    @Sandiegolov

    CBS Sports put together an outstanding documentary on Zamperini during the 1998 Nagano Olympics. They even managed to track down "the Bird," Mutsuhiro Watanaba (渡辺むつひろ), who everyone thought had died in the closing days of the war. He managed to escaped trial as a class B war criminal by hiding out for several years after the war, and at the time of the interview was working in the insurance industry in central Tokyo. Here is the video (about 35 minutes, interview with the Bird starts at around the 31-minute mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGL-wyz1yk

    If you live in or visit Japan, the Yokohama and Tokyo sites of the POW camps he was placed in were the Omori POW Camp nearby present-day Omori Station one stop from Shinagawa Station, and Ofuna POW Camp in Kanagawa Prefecture nearby Ofuna Staion on the Negishi Line, not far from Kamakura.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

  • 1

    Sensato

    I would have thought any of the commenters here might name the company. Seems the best thing to do, if so-called journalists are afraid to.

    @TrevorPeace

    Read the third comment from the top by @Bruce Chatwin.

    For some reason there is a media blackout on the name of the company, and any comment posted here containing the name will be deleted. Still, given the clues provided by media sources, it is not hard to find with a simple Google search.

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  • 7

    Sensato

    Where were the dads in this video? Conspicuously absent. Aside from a back-of-the-head shot of one toward the very end, not one — just the silently suffering moms as dad lives the life of Riley. No wonder Japanese moms are always "feeling angry," as the article notes.

    This video sends the message that in Japan's two-income families mom shoulders ALL the burdens while dad is completely out of the picture (literally and figuratively). I know this may be an accurate portrayal in many cases, but definitely not in most cases in this day and age of dual breadwinners, even in Japan.

    This video is a very misleading portrayal. Back when my children were in Japanese hoikuen (day care), I got them fed and dressed in the morning, took them to hoikuen, and picked them up at the end of the day far more often than my wife did, which meant that I as the gaijin was the one who had to duck out in the middle of the time-wasting, all-hands-on past 6pm meetings that are ubiquitous in Japan, so that my wife could show her dedication and stay on the job. Although I played that role more than any of the Japanese dads, I did see many Japanese dads also dropping off and picking up their children at daycare. This video gives an unfair portrayal to say the least.

    Posted in: Video explores gap between ideals and reality for working mothers in Japan

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