Tamarama's past comments

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    I've had a couple of old dudes who were drunk muttering away at me in different situations - once was actually a group of guys who looked homeless in a Park who were telling me I was a foreigner, didn't belong in Japan and should go home. That sort of thing. I've never felt scared in any of the situations, they are hardly intimidating figures.

    I head a great story from a mate who had an irate, racist salaryman berate he and a friend in Japanese in Yokohama. The guy just objected to them for no other reason that they were foreigners and tried to get them to move from seats they were sitting on. He even got the police to assist him, who came and saw what he was doing and ignored him. So my mate started to suggest (in cultured Japanese) that he himself was a foreigner because he looked quite a lot like a North Korean - mostly around the eyes. The guy went apoplectic, but when the two of them stood up and he realised the scale of the physical mismatch and took off.

    Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?

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    Manila was the second-most devastated city in World War II after Warsaw, Poland, said historian Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines. He called the city one of the worst battlefields in the world.

    This is something you rarely hear, and I wonder if it's not residue of the Eurocentric Colonial days where Manila is considered a secondary outpost when compared to the war in Europe at the time. I'm a bit ashamed to say I didn't know this.

    I never met a more hospitable, a more cultured, a more accommodating people, he said. How could a people like this have produced an army as barbaric as the one that came here and Nanking? ... Nobody has yet explained that to me.

    It's one of the great questions in regards to the war and perhaps this is the question that Japan itself still cannot reconcile. Modern Japan's Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers were part of one of the most heinous, vicious, sadistic armies to have ever walked the earth. The rest of the world knows and remembers it all too well, yet Japan seems unable to fully accept it and unwilling to really properly acknowledge it. And I guess what makes me say that the most is pretty much every Japanese person I know has essentially no knowledge of what Japan did in WW2, which I just find extraordinary. It's also sad and quite unjust to all of Japan's victims.

    Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

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    This is a really appalling case imo and from the limited information we have access to here on the electronic internet it seems very premeditated, very sadistic and very, very heinous.

    Trying to cut someone's head off with a box cutter?! It's like something out of a SAW movie fcs.

    I feel for his mother and family.

    Posted in: Police arrest 3 youths over murder of Kawasaki boy

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    Nothing better to do in the offices of the State run media that manufacture some pithy, infantile swipe at one of your neighbours? Grow up.

    The toilet seats in Japan are entirely magnificent.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

  • 11


    Tamarama for PM!

    All those thumbs down are making me feel like Tony Abbott!

    Posted in: Panel meets to discuss Abe’s speech for anniversary of WWII end

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    Crown Prince Naruhito should demand a seat on that panel.

    Posted in: Panel meets to discuss Abe’s speech for anniversary of WWII end

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    Likewise, the opposite can be said about Americans being in denial that Saddam shouldn't have been removed. Which was a good thing.

    What do you mean?! Saddam was NEVER ever a serious threat to the US in any capacity - which was proven by the fallacious assertion that he had weapons of mass destruction. You might do well to remember also that the US backed him in the 1980's as well.

    His biggest crime was that he made the US nervous about the reliability of the Iraqi Oil supply to the US, post 9/11 with the Saudis and their home grown terrorists.

    Posted in: 'American Sniper': The war U.S. wished for just might win the Oscar

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    No, most Americans feel that Saddam was a threat that needed to be removed, thank God and No one misses him.

    Oh god, this is utterly comedic. It just goes to show how completely duped some Americans were, and remain, over the invasion of Iraq. Especially when you follow with:

    but of what many of these heroes go through in fighting for our rights and freedoms


    Posted in: 'American Sniper': The war U.S. wished for just might win the Oscar

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    Some have bright futures, many will end up in dead end positions wondering somewhere down the line why and how they got where they are today.

    Some of these people may go on to do extraordinary things. yes some will but the majority will become mindless drones, living to work , not working to live, having little time to spend with there families/children.

    Oh, let's not pretend that is unique to Japan, gentlemen. Most people worldwide end up as cogs in the machine working a soulless job that offers little in the way of remarkable achievements and dreaming that winning the Lottery will release them from their banal lot in life. Whether it's IT in Rome, Corporate Law in Brasilia or Finance in Tokyo.

    What you are unable to see, or recall, is the wonderful experience of being that age and not knowing any of that that yet, and laughing flippantly at those who do. Let them enjoy it.

    Posted in: Pep rally for graduates

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    This speaks of youthful promise and optimism - of people with their whole adult lives before them who have slaved through the tyranny of the Japanese high school system to get into good universities to get into good jobs. They have promotion, success, marriage, family joy to come. Some of these people may go on to do extraordinary things.

    Good on ya kids!

    Posted in: Pep rally for graduates

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    I think that it lies in the reality of victory and the shame of defeat after such a brutal and destructive campaign through Asia. Japan was put on trial literally and figuratively after the war and the Atomic bombings were swallowed up in the discourse of post war self justification by the Allies. The metanarrative surrounding the atomic bombings is this:

    The choice of the US was simple - invade the Japanese islands at tremendous cost of human life on both sides, or drop the bomb and tell them there's more to come if you don't surrender. No apology necessary, let's just get over it, shall we?

    As expoused by Trevorpeace1. But Robert McNamara said in 'The Fog of War' that members of the American forces, including himself, would have been put on trial for war crimes had the US lost the war for the firebombing of Japanese cities and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    But, to the victors go the spoils as well as the right to determine the narrative of the war.

    Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?

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    If there were a Good Lord, I'd thank him that I am not of Generation Z.

    Some observations. I currently teach generation Z. The are COMPLETELY screen device obsessed - they reflexively, compulsively reach for these things at almost every opportunity. Their world is cyber. They are conditioned to take very small, flash snippets of information as normal experience, and subsequently many of them are unable to do more sustained, in depth research without explicit and considerable instruction. Even then, it is often a very superficial understanding of ideas and concepts. Books are largely foreign and research is solely internet based. As a result their knowledge or understanding of topics is generic, limited and predictable based on search engine suggestions.

    The flip side of this is that they are the tech savvy vanguard that will live their whole life up to their ears in technology and are undoubtedly a kind of 'new human' (adaption? Adoption?) that, providing technology remains, are almost the prototype hybrid cyborg generation or something. It's just the way it is, and likely, will continue to be.

    Posted in: Generation Z: Born in the digital age

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    The only surprising thing about this is that people seem surprised by it.

    Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control

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    A push by Japan to correct perceived bias in accounts of the country’s wartime past is creating a row that risks muddling the positive message in a mammoth public relations campaign to win friends abroad.

    I've said this before here, but Japan's insistence in attempting to sanitise what happened in and prior to WW2 is a stubborn, hard headed folly that the rest of the world will simply never abide.

    What Japan doesn't seem to realise is that the world will, and has for the most part forgiven acts that happened in a different time and socio-political reality. But it certainly will not forget and it's an insult to the goodwill and spirit of reconciliation that has existed in the post war years to attempt to re-draw the lines of the wartime aggression and atrocities.

    Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that the Japanese; a quiet and gentle people with their sense for beauty, who value order, manners, social propriety and safety, visited such violence and misery on the world not 80 years ago.

    But then I just need to pick up my Grandfather's wartime diary to remind myself that they did.

    Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past

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    Women should be able to travel safely in India - India really needs to sort this out. Show some respect for not only it's own women, but visitors as well.

    The reality though, is so much different.

    Posted in: Japanese tourist says guide in India raped her

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    You really have to question the wisdom of the guy wanting to go to Syria on the back of two fellow Nationals being kidnapped and beheaded in very recent times. I understand that he might feel he has a story to tell, but not only is his safety at grave risk, his family are to be considered as is the wider Japanese community which reacted with horror and anger at what happened to the other two - and could potentially be drawn deeper into a conflict that has nothing to do with them.

    Not smart - so I understand the government's reaction.

    Posted in: Man's passport confiscated after he refuses to give up Syria travel plan

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    When I first arrived in Japan I had a conversation about working with a Japanese businessman who had spent time working overseas, and he told me exactly the same story. He said that whilst Japanese people spend long hours at the office, they work neither harder, nor more productively that anyone else - in fact the opposite was true. He said that in his time in Australia he found that people worked hard between 9 and 5 to get the same amount of work done that it would take Japanese people to do between 9 and, say, 10/11pm.

    His advice was 'When Japanese people tell you they are working hard, take it with a grain of salt.'

    Despite this though, I do think there should be more time spent with those other people in their lives called 'Family'.

    Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year

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    I'm with you on this one Smith.

    I think Japanese women are fantastic. No complaints.

    Posted in: The No. 1 thing that foreign men find 'not so kawaii' about Japanese women

  • 3


    Well deserved. I've never lived or visited anywhere safer.

    Posted in: Tokyo named safest city in world; Osaka No. 3

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    The fact is Islam from its foundation was a bloody people and they did "just shoot up from nowhere."

    Firstly, you seem to confuse Islam with an ethnic group - Islam is a Religion obviously, not an ethnicity. Which 'bloody people' are you referring to? Secondly, you have confused my reference to Islamic Extremism as a reference to the birth of Islam - not what I was saying.

    Does that have anything to do with islamic terrorist? absolutely not.

    This is one of the most naive statements I have read on JT, I'm sorry.

    One can say that even America entered North America and killed the natives, but it was a short period and today those natives are free and can worship anyway they want to. I dare you or any muslim in a muslim country to convert to Christianity or spread the Christian Bible around! They talk about peace and tolerance yet this is not an idea they practice.

    We in America do meddle around in the world, but guess what we keep the Islamic terrorist from taking over the world. It is America that does this not Islam. It is America that is feeding the hungry in the world. It is America feeding and sending doctors to help the poor of the world, many of them Muslim! Where are all the Muslim missionaries?

    Have you ever heard the Dylan song 'With God on our side'? It was written in 1964 and shines a light on the naive evangelical patriotism that exonerates responsibility for killing people and justifies it in a Nationalistic framework.....I can't help but think of it as I read your response.

    US interest in the Middle East has virtually nothing to do with justice and goodwill to all and everything to do with hegemony. wealth and.....oil. In my humble opinion.

    We have made mistakes in the past but our heart is good and we make up for it when we can. Just like in Japan.. When we fought the Japanese we did not just turn and abandon them after the war. We stayed and today I feel like they are just like one of the states in the United States.

    Did the US do this solely as a measure of goodwill towards the Japanese? Was that the sole motivation?

    When Islamist attacked nations its sole purpose was to force them to embrace Islam or die.

    This seems to be a very superficial understanding of conflict and Islam to me. Islam is a complicated religion with many factions and subsets. They most certainly do not all sing from the same song sheet. ISIS are currently operating in and fighting other Muslims in Syria/Iraq/Kurdistan - they are all Muslim countries already.

    So I disagree with you that terrorism is complicated, layered, and lightyears beyond a simple equation.

    Sigh. Again, you have misread my post. I am referring to the general sociopolitical SITUATION in the Middle East, not just terrorism.


    You're not forgetting to study Muslim incursions into Europe all the way to Vienna and Spain, in your history course, I hope.

    No, not forgetting that. What's good for the Goose is obviously good for the Gander, evidently.

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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