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SwissToniMay. 17, 2013 - 02:42AM JST
Well Taj, we'll have to just disagree. The negotiated settlement I refer to is to respect the spirit of the moratorium and the majority of the members of the IWC rather than leverage pork barrel diplomacy and legal loopholes. But you know that.
In my almost 30 year relationship with Japan and its people I'd say I've met many more who think the situation is ludicrous and a waste of resources than have had their curiosity peaked, or are angry with Sea Shepherd. The market is the final arbiter though and auctions don't attract buyers and retail sales continue to fall.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd is asking for cash donations to help finance its anti-whaling campaign. Are you going to donate?
SwissToniMay. 16, 2013 - 02:02PM JST
Taj, you may be right but only to point. Sea Shepherd are a symptom of the failure of the authorities to find a negotiated settlement. While you will always get those that take a vocal hard line stance, many in Japan are simply embarrassed by the country's position. Even with the little meat coming in from the research and imports, the whale meat market continues to shrink. The silent majority are voting with their wallets.
SwissToniMay. 16, 2013 - 05:20AM JST
"Man hires men to smash his Maserati in protest". I bet that taught them a lesson.
This man sounds like a petulant kid.
Posted in: Chinese man hires men to smash his Maserati in protest at poor customer service
SwissToniMay. 16, 2013 - 01:29AM JST
I'm not sure you're right when it comes to effectiveness. Diplomatic efforts have had no effect on Japan's whalers at all, ever, let alone since the moratorium. Essentially SS gets the support it does because of all the years of prevarication. Dislike them if you will but here's no denying their effectiveness.
SwissToniMay. 15, 2013 - 04:45AM JST
Impossible to know if the guy that died was the banks an or just another worker on the site. On thing is for sure, he had no right being underneath the load being lifted. Sounds like the consequences of a badly planned lift.
Posted in: Construction worker dies after being hit by metal pipes falling from crane
SwissToniMay. 13, 2013 - 02:49PM JST
So far 9 donators and 51 nos. if this ratio were maintained SS will do very well.
SwissToniMay. 05, 2013 - 08:17PM JST
Not good. Hope the EU takes notice and applies sanctions.
Posted in: Iceland to resume disputed fin whale hunt in June
SwissToniMay. 01, 2013 - 05:21AM JST
Me. Thick cut, twice fried, a little sea salt and white wine vinegar. Only improved by wrapping a few in a slice of bread and butter.
Posted in: Who serves the best-tasting French fries in Japan?
SwissToniApr. 30, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
Professor Fujita declines to mention the major cause of the major reduction in intestinal bacteria, the over prescription of antibiotics.
Posted in: National obsession with cleanliness bodes ill for health
SwissToniApr. 26, 2013 - 12:27AM JST
Otago1000 "And Japan has justify China needs of rearming!"
China isn't rearming, the PRC's always had a huge standing army. What they're doing is upgunning and creating a blue-water capability. The question is why does China feel the need to project power far from home?
Posted in: China plans second, larger aircraft carrier
SwissToniApr. 20, 2013 - 02:15AM JST
Starting to wonder if any of my childhood heroes weren't kiddy fiddling. Very disappointing if proven true.
Posted in: Rolf Harris arrested over sex offense allegations in UK
SwissToniApr. 17, 2013 - 01:26PM JST
"it's only the "geek" types who are interested in Cool Japan."
It could be a pretty far sighted approach.. If you look at the world of business, geeks are the new jocks.
Posted in: Pop culture subcommittee formed to show world ‘Cool Japan’
SwissToniApr. 15, 2013 - 04:51PM JST
"They're lucky we weren't reviewing this paper."
Interesting perspective. I think if all scientific papers were given to the Japan Today contributors for review we could cure the world. Anarchy and chaos would certainly rein in human progress.
Posted in: Antarctic summer ice melting 10 times faster: study
SwissToniApr. 15, 2013 - 04:39PM JST
Cliques exist in all walks of life. Two rather palid one sided examples to not a conspiracy make. The learning to take from this should be, do your research, look at both sides of the story.
Posted in: Mama-friendships can be deceptive
SwissToniApr. 05, 2013 - 01:15AM JST
Interesting article and generally quite supportive. So far though, no-one&s thought of asking what went wrong. If you don't know why your people make a mistake, you can't help hem fix it.
Posted in: How to scold employees in this age of power harassment
SwissToniMar. 28, 2013 - 10:05AM JST
No one here can judge this woman. The only information from the story is that he's dead, she admits to killing him and she says she didn't know what to do.
The woman's already demonstrated her love for her son by caring for him for 25 years. It's all well and good to say she should have sought help but I would speculate that after all that time she was receiving all the help she was ever going to get. This is a tragic story with no simple answers. Just think yourself lucky it's not you in either the mother or son's position.
Posted in: Woman confesses to killing 25-year-old mentally disabled son
SwissToniMar. 27, 2013 - 11:43PM JST
Poke,"but how long do people really need to live anyway, in retirement, severely disabled?"
How callous can you be? Everyone should live as long as they can, able bodied, or otherwise.
Posted in: Paralysed man awarded Y189 mil in damages after bicycle crash
SwissToniMar. 14, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Obviously a titanic struggle for survival between the two, no doubt ranging across the store and culminating in mutual destruction at the top of the escalator. There's a seat at the top table in pigeon heaven for the little birdy......he...he...faught bravely.
Posted in: Dead cat, bird found on department store escalator in Kashiwa
SwissToniMar. 05, 2013 - 02:22AM JST
Francis Urquhurt, you've obviously been hurt and clearly it still smarts.
My relationship with Japan goes back to the mid eighties. Although self employed now, I've worked for Japanese businesses as well as foreign. I've seen the behaviour you described and come a cropper on cultural issues many times. Life got much better when I stopped trying to change Japan to suit me.
Posted in: Five things girls do in winter that Japanese men find adorable
SwissToniMar. 04, 2013 - 03:50PM JST
Francis Urquhart, 26 years married to mine and I still find her cute. Over the years I'd say roughly half of the marriages of friends have failed, be they mixed or not. Bitterness seems to come with the break up, not the nationality. I wish you luck and hope you get to move on.
May. 25, 2013 - 08:24PM JST
If you can afford to fly Canada-Japan, presumably you can afford to buy your own camera.…
Posted in: Canadian man arrested at Narita airport for stealing camera
May. 25, 2013 - 08:10PM JST
Vote this scum out of politics !!!
Posted in: Hashimoto regrets meeting cancelation; wants to apologize to U.S.
May. 25, 2013 - 08:03PM JST
Funny feeling there's more detail we should be getting.
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
May. 25, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
To pay 1.6m yen for a pair of Yubari Melon (Rock Melon)? If you pay me…
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.6 mil
May. 25, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
Are they serious about this crap? Ghosts? Lol...
Posted in: Gov't denies ghosts keeping PM out of residence