Tamarama's past comments

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    Tamarama

    More slapstick from the asylum....

    Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking

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    Tamarama

    I think it's a double edged sword. It's a good idea in theory, but they believe they're immune and their horrible diseases won't spread because they've got a flimsy mask on.

    Well, I'm not sure they think it makes them immune, but maybe you've heard otherwise. But if it's used as a measure to prevent the spread of what you've got yourself - that is stupid and selfish.

    Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan

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    Tamarama

    North Korea are incredible. The limits of their delusion know absolutely no bounds. I guess if you repeat a mantra often enough it becomes the reality. The Simulacrum.

    This attack is more an act of outrageous stupidity than anything - but if they push the envelope it will change things. The only real question with North Korea is how long you tolerate the lunatics running the asylum.

    The US just needs to send a couple of those big aircraft carriers up the North Korean Coast like it did not so long ago. Shhhhh.

    Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack

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    Tamarama

    It's funny, I was kicking around the other day and as I watched the people wearing their masks, it struck me as how incredibly sensible that is. And yet so many people here rag the Japanese for wearing them. Pretty smart idea, me thinks.

    I will not be happy if I get that flu though.

    Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan

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    Tamarama

    Was meant to be a 3 where I am, but I didn't notice it.

    Posted in: M5.9 earthquake hits off Fukushima

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    Tamarama

    Hotmail, you miss the point.

    Well... it's been over 70 years, you people should move on! why can't you forget and forgive?

    I think for the most part people are perfectly happy to forgive, in fact most western cultures - from which a fair portion of JT posters seem to originate, come from a culture that values forgiveness linked to Christian traditions advocating it's virtue.

    But to forget? No, for a host of reasons, least of all is that it allows people like Mutsuhiro Takeuchi leverage to attempt to re-write or censor history. That is unacceptable, deceitful and sinister. My grandfather, mentioned in my first post, bore witness to the cannibalism as he was there - Takeuchi was not, and therefore is either plainly denying facts or simply has no idea what he is talking about. Either way, it's unacceptable. I never heard my Grandfather say anything bad about the Japanese and I think he accepted that war was horror and made men mad, but I guarantee you he never forgot. And neither should he have.

    Of course, the other problem with idiots like Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, is that they inflame tensions and perpetuate the process of revisiting Japan's wartime past because they cannot accept the truth. They make forgiveness more difficult by their ignorance/arrogance. Without his comments, this thread would barely exist at all.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan

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    Tamarama

    But there was absolutely no cannibalism, said Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator and a priest in the traditional Shinto religion. That is not our custom.

    Whilst WW2 amnesia or outright denial is endemic in Japan, thankfully it is well remembered and/or documented by those who were actually there.

    As it happens I was reading my Grandfather's WW2 diary about a fortnight ago. He was posted to places like Rabaul, Cape Gloucester, Numfoor and other islands around New Guinea. He records the fact that because the Japanese guys they were fighting against were starving they kept trying to break into the mess tent at night to steal food and were repeatedly getting shot in the process. He also records the fact that as the Japanese killed American and Australian troops on patrol, they would eat the corpses because subsequent patrols kept finding the evidence. The diary records the horror of this.

    My other Grandfather fought on Bougainville in 1944/45 and told similar stories.

    Not liking the idea of something certainly does not mean it didn't happen. As they say, war makes dogs of men.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan

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    Tamarama

    A fair list of grievances about Christmas really. These ARE some of the hassles of Christmas we all know.

    I just love how people around here jump on the Japanese as soon as they have the temerity to point things like this out over a beloved cultural festival like Christmas.

    Human, all too human.

    Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas

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    Tamarama

    It's very beautiful, this display - one of my favourites.

    Posted in: Blue Christmas

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    Tamarama

    No more or less offensive than the penis/vagina festivals, imo. But it would appear that it's the distribution of images of her toot toot that the Bill object to.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist arrested in Japan

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    Tamarama

    I agree. I like to wind up our resident Manure supporters but in truth I've mostly lost interest in the Premier League. Money is making it silly. I'm a pretty long time City supporter, but it just isn't the same club with the obscene bucks. It's a shame, but that's the reality now.

    Posted in: Chink in Chelsea armour gives Premier League rivals hope

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    Tamarama

    This never makes sense to me. A company that values it's employees allows for the fact that they will inevitably get sick and covers their recovery. A sensible employee who is sick should allow time for recovery away from his co-workers so that they don't infect the whole lot of them. Fellow co-workers should understand and empathise with them whilst they recover.

    If you got to work when you are sick, you are an idiot.

    If the company frowns upon it's workers taking time off to recover, it's a flawed company in a flawed system..

    Posted in: How high a fever will you run before calling in sick?

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    Tamarama

    and I understand gaikokujin-samurai wanting to read minor, academically void literature to dispute that,

    William Adams?

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    Tamarama

    The conservative Yomiuri said in articles in English and Japanese that it was inappropriate to have used the phrase and others implying the women were coerced to provide sex

    Firstly, It is truly incredible that this narrative still prevails in Japan, full stop. In fact, it is scandalous and Japan should be ashamed, for it truly is a national embarrassment.

    It said non-Japanese people have difficulty understanding the term “comfort women,” used in Japan to describe the women, so its English-language edition added explanations improperly suggesting that “coercion by the Japanese government or the army was an objective fact.

    And then there is this blatantly supremacist ideology whereby they have the temerity to question the intelligence of 'others'.

    Ignorance of the events of World War 2 is a Japanese symptom, and it's widespread. Most Japanese people I know know virtually nothing about it, which is exactly how you get a population to believe such a scandalous assumption about sex slavery and the IJA.

    How completely pathetic.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    Tamarama

    Perhaps she watched a video of last year's Kohaku and had a moment of clarity.

    Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki to skip 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' for first time in 15 years

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    Tamarama

    I know 2 guys who have just moved to the gaijin enclave of Hakuba to live the lifestyle.

    They are feeling a little circumspect about that this morning.

    Posted in: Nagano quake leaves 39 injured as houses collapse

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    Tamarama

    Australia continues to give opportunities to youngsters - which is what what missing under Verbeek and Holger Osciek, so the team is developing in that transition phase right now. Full credit to Ange Postecogleu for that. Kruse trying to get back from injury, Francic the same, so definitely not full strength last night, but Japan much more clinical when it mattered and they look confident as well. Gotta be favourites for the Asian Cup.

    They just have to try and stop Timmy scoring in front of his home crowd. Good luck with that.

    Posted in: Japan beats Australia 2-1 in Osaka

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    Tamarama

    Australia continues to give opportunities to youngsters - which is what what missing under Verbeek and Holger Osciek, so the team is developing in that transition phase right now. Full credit to Ange Postecogleu for that. Kruse trying to get back from injury, Francic the same, so definitely not full strength last night, but Japan much more clinical when it mattered and they look confident as well. Gotta be favourites for the Asian Cup.

    They just have to try and stop Timmy scoring in front of his home crowd. Good luck with that.

    Posted in: Japan ready for Australian aerial assault

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    Tamarama

    The UN. A toothless tiger if ever there was one. Why has it taken them so long, and why now?

    The Kim family are absolute criminals and their despotic regimes are responsible for medieval style torture, repression and abuse of the populace. But they've been doing it for decades whilst the world has watched, so what's changed?

    The North Korean people are a beacon for the inequity of man. They've suffered for years and the world has just watched it happen. If North Korea was positioned somewhere in Europe, I wonder how things might be different. China, in endorsing this mad kingdom, have shown their true colours as a modern state as well.

    Posted in: U.N. to confront North Korea over crimes against humanity

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    Tamarama

    He is a great orator, a charismatic leader, Barack Obama.

    And he is right.

    Posted in: Obama warns Asia over territorial disputes

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