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  • 2

    Tamarama

    Ya don't have to be smart to be a pop star now, do ya eh?

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

  • 10

    Tamarama

    There you have it, a big line in the sand.

    If China wanted to find out the extent to which the US supported Japan on this issue, they know now, if they didn't before. Whilst they might, and probably will make further attempts to needle Japan about this, ultimately a military move to control them will be a point of engagement with the US, and I doubt China will do this.

    At least in the near future.

    I think it poor that the region needs an external player to watch over it, but the truth is, it does. That it is the US is the result of their post WW2 manoeuvring and hegemony - and that's the bed they have to lie in, for better or worse.

    Posted in: Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

  • 9

    Tamarama

    No, but it's a pretty disappointing set of responses and shows that the Japanese are clearly in their own headspace when it comes to whaling and definitely out of step with many other countries in the world. There is possibly a little knee jerk bruised ego response in this set of answers as well.

    Even still, the UN ruling was overwhelmingly against the program, and in this case Japan really has a responsibility to comply with the spirit of the ruling and not quibble over technicalities to weasel a way around it.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • 0

    Tamarama

    That's a disgraceful decision.

    Posted in: Moyes fired as Manchester United manager

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Its not really Japanese territory. No Japanese live there and its used for nothing. Japan controls it militarily, but only seized it in 1895 during a war with China.

    Absolutely and unequivocally Japanese territory. No Chinese live there either, and it was CEDED to Japan in 1895 - look up what that means.

    Do you know when the last time the Okinawan people were given a vote on whether they wanted to be Japanese?

    And what do you think might be the outcome on a vote to determine if they were better served as citizens of China? Not to mention if they historically qualify as such.

    Posted in: Abe says China vital partner despite territorial disputes

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    Tamarama

    It's actually a pretty tough call because I'm sure she understood the importance of the ceremony to her own school and students, but I assume she did the right thing and gave the school plenty of notice and they endorsed her decision. So really, I would expect the school to publicly support her and to explain that they understand the importance of these ceremonies to parents and that their own staff are parents, and that they have the right to attend these things as well.

    After all, you don't let the tail wag the dog.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Tamarama

    YaThink

    My prediction is that the Chinese would occupy the Senkakus and happily stop there. Then everyone including the Chinese would begin to forget those worthless things exist again.

    And is that right? Would it be reasonable that China could just come in and take Japanese territory as it saw fit?

    There aren't many countries in the world, if any, that would think it was.

    I'm also not so sure that they would stop at the Senkakus:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/15/china-okinawa-dispute-japan-ryukyu

    Posted in: Abe says China vital partner despite territorial disputes

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    Tamarama

    Smith

    Says the guy leading a nation with a constitution that does not allow a military while putting military forces on the island closest to the disputed ones. Hypocrisy, anybody?

    Smith, if Japan disbanded it's Self Defence force, what do you think would be the outcome?

    Posted in: Abe says China vital partner despite territorial disputes

  • 7

    Tamarama

    Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party are forcing the hand of China's neighbours by their words and deeds, and Japan is no different in this respect aside from the fact that China harbours a special penchant for revenge for WW2 with Japan, so is particularly sensitive to what Japan says and does.

    Japan are doing what most countries would do in the same situation. It seems sensible, if not sad.

    Posted in: Japan sets up military post on western island

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    Tamarama

    Would love to see Liverpool win it.

    Posted in: Man City run aground; Palace rock Everton

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    Tamarama

    so why is there no voice against other countries to cease also ?

    There probably is - on the 'NorwayToday' website.

    These guys are just incredible.

    What a disgrace. Do they really not have any idea of how this makes Japan look? It's deceitful, selfish and myopic. Is this really the state of modern Japan?

    Will the Japanese people really passively sit by and just let these fools do this?

    Stupidity in in purest form.

    Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program

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    Tamarama

    It just goes to show the folly of right wing Japanese nationalists trying to re-write it's history - what Japan did in WW2 is very well documented and the world won't forget.

    Both my Grandfathers fought against the Japanese in that war, and neither thought very much of their enemy - as did the rest of the population of the same age, because the stories made it home and all got to hear them, including myself as a kid.

    Both men felt as though the Japanese had no honour, dignity or decency, which is ironic given how much of those character traits the Japanese attribute to themselves.

    However, I think it's important not to use this as a Japan bashing step off point, because it shouldn't be. This is history, and you have to be able to forgive people for what happened. Japan was put on trial afterwards and the nation dismantled. This is not the responsibility of the modern Japanese.

    Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness

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    Tamarama

    rickyvee

    No, it's about conservation and Japan playing it's part as a responsible member of the International community, not deifying whales.

    It's also about an apathetic Japanese public who don't eat whale meat and probably don't really care much for the 'culture' and 'tradition' of whaling. But whom remain silent, when they should kill it off once and for all.

    That's all.

    Posted in: Japan says it has made no decision on 2015-16 whaling

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    Tamarama

    why is it that a group of recalcitrant illogical xenophobic geriatric bureaucrats in Tokyo keep making Japan look bad

    Exactly. But not just them.

    I was with my in-laws when this news was released, and to be honest I was underwhelmed by their response. They showed a distinct disinterest in the whole thing, and the only comment they really offered was to say that they felt that Japan should not be whaling in places like the Antarctic 'because it upsets other countries'.

    But they were just so passive about it - no real fire, no real position, just a kind of passive acceptance of the decision one way or another. And this is the problem, and why the geriatric bureaucrats get away with this rubbish - the Japanese people just don't oppose things strongly enough. They don't voice their opinions and concerns, and even if they think these idiots are making the rest of them look bad, they do nothing about it. It's a very, very poor attitude to things that concern you.

    Posted in: Japan says it has made no decision on 2015-16 whaling

  • 2

    Tamarama

    All it is is provocative. They know that. Yet they go anyway.

    Disgraceful.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 5

    Tamarama

    I think what the foreign journalists, and probably the rest of the world for that matter, are really trying to ascertain, is - just how deeply embedded is this all too common denial of past misdeeds? How deeply does it permeate the skin of Japanese life?

    The world is well aware of the sex slave issue, it's an entirely accepted and well recorded chapter of Japanese history that has been verified by numerous and varied sources and was an important part of the post WW2 trials of Japanese soldiers.

    The world has, for the most part, forgiven Japan for this. But it most certainly won't just passively stand by if Japan tries to re-write the book on it.

    Confusing that for lapping up Chinese and South Korean propaganda is imbecilic.

    Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges

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    Tamarama

    Zenpun,

    The GDP of Myanmar is $1700 a year. Thailand: $9500.

    Australia:$43000 per year.

    You can't sell too many $35 000 Subaru Foresters to average Joe in Rangoon or Bangkok. Just like you can't sell a brand new Honda Civic for $5000 in Australia. These things are relative.

    The car industry in Australia has long been propped up by the Government from what I understand - it has not been able to survive on it's own merits due to the consumers showing a preference for imported cars.

    Posted in: Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal

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    Tamarama

    Well, I'm not sure if I see it as a competition to see who gets the best deal from the agreement, Paul. Japanese cars for example, are the overwhelming majority on Australian roads, so I for one am very happy that they will be cheaper as a result of this. That also goes for other Japanese goods. But also that companies can export to Japan more freely and with less financial barriers is excellent for producers and their businesses.

    It's all good to me.

    Posted in: Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Look, I know the Japanese cr*p on about their rice, and I've just had my wife's family stay with me for a fortnight and it absolutely infuriates me to listen to comments at the dinner table on how soft the gohan is, or how good the smell of the gohan is, or how god damn oishii the god damn gohan is every god damn dinner time, but as much as it pains me to say it, they are right. It's bloody good rice.

    My mother in law tells me that Japan's very, very best rice is grown on Sado, incidentally. She's a rice farmer too.

    My other favourite is a red/brown rice from Indonesia. Don't know the name of it, but it's got a killer flavour and texture.

    Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries?

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    Tamarama

    I don't. I'd rather pay 10 bucks for nice Hokkiado steak than that shitty Aussie beef.

    Ignorance is no excuse for stupidity. Australian Beef is lean, grass fed and has a distinctive flavour that makes it a pleasure to eat.

    Posted in: Japan, Australia to seal trade pact as U.S.-Tokyo talks heat up

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