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    Tamarama

    Would love to see Liverpool win it.

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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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    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

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    Tamarama

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

    Disgraceful.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine

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    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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    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

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    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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    Tamarama

    Magnificent.

    Posted in: Full bloom

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    Tamarama

    Ah, no. The ruling says nothing either way about the SSCS.

    Oh dear.

    Posted in: Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

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    Tamarama

    The world is watching this very closely, particularly markets that believe that we are un the cusp of a rebound in the Uranium spot price. They won't like this news.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

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    Tamarama

    And I might add, that despite all of the shrill and ridiculous bleating we saw on these boards about the SS being 'Eco-terrorists ' - an illogical oxymoron if ever there was one when applied to conservationists, this ruling just goes to show they were well and truly barking up the right tree.

    Posted in: Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

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    Tamarama

    My family-in-law met the ruling with abject indifference, because none of them eat whale meat, nor support the whaling.

    Ah so ka.

    I can see the Nationalists gnashing their teeth and wringing their hands and complaining about 'culture', but you know what? Australia has a long history of whaling too. In fact, whaling was one of the founding industries on which it was born, and unlike Japan, that industry operated in the waters not far from Antarctica. So that argument is fairly moot in my opinion.

    The science angle was always a farce.

    Where is Arrestpaul I wonder? :)

    Posted in: Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt after ICJ ruling

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    Tamarama

    That's bloody awful.

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    Tamarama

    What's Japan scared of? Germany is a country that knows about honestly owning up to the past. Is Japan afraid it might have to?

    Does Japan officially refute that the Nanjing Massacre took place? No.

    Does it refute that 300,000 people were killed? I think that's more the point, isn't it? There is no definitive death toll, with the aforementioned figure being 33% more than International Military Tribunal for the Far East of the time.

    Not defending Japan over this one, just saying.

    Posted in: Japan berates China's Xi over Nanjing remarks in Berlin

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    Tamarama

    There has never been any doubt to the reasonable observer that the Japanese Whaling Program is anything but commercial whaling in disguise. Any 'science' that has come out of the program been rejected again and again by the international science community, and the fact that whale meat been so easy to find on menus in Japan belies the real reason for the hunt.

    21-4 isn't even close - it's a resounding verdict for common sense and calling bullish*t where you see it.

    I am very, very happy about this, and I am proud that Australia had the stones to go the distance on it.

    Wake up Japan.

    Posted in: World court rules Japan's Antarctic whaling not scientific

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    Tamarama

    As a Manchester City guy, I feel immense satisfaction with all of this.

    I am experiencing sporting Schadenfreude right now, and I'm not sorry to admit it.

    Posted in: Rebuilding Manchester United will take time, warns Moyes

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