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TatsumaruNov. 16, 2009 - 08:24AM JST
Google: Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
Posted in: What do you think about Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's proposal to create an East Asian community, to promote what he calls fraternity in the region?
TatsumaruMay. 16, 2009 - 04:05PM JST
Love freedom of speech, expression and all. But somethings shouldn't have to be made into a law for someone to compelled not to do something that is questionable at best. This leads me to point this as a fault of their society as a whole than that of legal equality issue.
Posted in: As far as storylines are concerned, we cannot easily say 'no' because freedom of expression is at issue. Some novels, comics and movies also contain extreme content.
TatsumaruMay. 16, 2009 - 03:56PM JST
Cash is called cash for a reason. The possessor is not biased by the the possessed.
Posted in: If you found a large sum of money on the street, as happened in Kanagawa last week, would you help yourself to some of it, or hand it in?
TatsumaruMay. 04, 2009 - 02:48PM JST
To all those debating with Sarge. Sarge is right, but he isnt presenting his point well.
Japan has 2 issues. A fierce ideal of buying Japanese made products and because most Japanese automakers focus on....hmm...well lets think about it, Japanese consumer opinions first, then everyone else's, in what they want in a car. Some auto makers even go to lengths such as make a whole line specific to that nation, like Toyota did with a truck design for the US market. If one foreign car of a foreign brand is sold in Japan the market isnt closed, just comparably they arent doing as well as they could based on the volume of the market.
It is just like Japanese car brands back in the 80s and early 90s in the US. They were rare. The Japanese adapted designs to the US market and look at where they are now. There is always room for improvement, whether the company takes initiative to make that improvement is up to them. But dont go around saying the market is closed when it very much isnt.
On topic point now. Overall, Chrysler's bankruptcy will only be bad to Japan in the near to semi-near future. Long run it is neutral or possibly good. Mainly because Chrysler as a car maker isnt "going away" it just is trying to get rid of debt. A company only "goes way" when the it cant remove enough debt to maintain operations. And as it looks, they are going to get rid of debt, get another installment of loans from the Federal Government and be back in operation. When will they be back in operation? Only the bankruptcy court knows.
Posted in: Is Chrysler's bankruptcy good news for Japan?
TatsumaruMay. 04, 2009 - 02:31PM JST
Anyone can over-react to a situation. The true question should be, are the health facilities capable of matching their over-reactiveness with preparedness and results?
Posted in: Do you think health authorities around the world have over-reacted to the new flu strain?
TatsumaruMay. 04, 2009 - 02:26PM JST
Hmm medical treatment now or medical treatment later by appointment? Most people who are capable of affording it, would like it now. Also, the moral obligation that comes with a patient coming to the hospital is important too. The worst headline for any hospital to see on the front page of newspaper is "Patient turned away at emergency room, being told condition was not serious" or something of that sort of bad publicity.
Maybe having a degree of separation between the emergency room doctors and the patient at first. Like a trained nurse that can record symptoms, and can conduct standard tests (or send samples to the lab) before a doctor is even seen, but isnt allowed to come to a diagnoses or treat because that isnt their job or within their capabilities. Doing this could weed out the sniffles, the migranes, the heartburn people, etc ad nauseum - but the doctor would make the final say of treatment. I am no doctor or health facilities management specialist, so I dont know the overall pros/cons of this but it is an idea at least.
Posted in: People go to the emergency rooms of big hospitals even for slight ailments, causing a congestion of patients.
TatsumaruMay. 01, 2009 - 12:49PM JST
If they werent effective on some level, doctors and medical staff wouldn't use them. Having the right one for the right situation is what is important.
But colds and flus aren't always a function of airborne activity. They prevent one level of entry, assuming it wasn't on food in the first place. In general, it is a semi-effective and courteous thing to do for those around them than combating anything "contact-contact" transmitted sickness. So it will help against getting it while walking down the street, but once you touch something, you still run the risk of getting it.
Posted in: How useful are face masks in helping combat the spread of flu and colds?
TatsumaruMay. 01, 2009 - 11:40AM JST
His words are true but rather obvious to the cultured person. A dictatorship is no more inherently bad than a democracy. It is the people in power that destroy the system. Look at China. They have 'elections' making it a democracy on some level, but when your opponents seem to always disappear a few weeks before the election happens doesnt really make it a democracy when you a person wins by default.
Posted in: A politician who does the people good is a good politician, regardless of whether he or she is a second-generation politician or worked his or her way up to become a lawmaker.
TatsumaruMay. 01, 2009 - 01:26AM JST
That is too bad really. It would be interesting to see the results, but personally there are too many shooting games on the market, it is rather repetitive one might say.
The biggest problem with the Iraq war is that the US did it all wrong. To root out a ruler of a nation, you declare war on that nation. To root out insurgency you call for Marshall law. Sadly they did neither, and look at the mess we are in now.
Wars by definition are immoral, to say you are doing anything moral while killing people is hypocritical at best.
Posted in: Konami pulls plug on 'Fallujah' video game
TatsumaruApr. 27, 2009 - 04:09AM JST
For all the hypocrites who are saying that homosexuality is wrong need to take a good look at themselves.
Are homosexual people hurting anyone by being homosexual? No, they arent.
So what makes homosexuality bad morals? Because some guy in a white robe told you? Because some book that has been translated hundreds of times told you? When you can find an actual argument where someone being homosexual threatens YOU in some way then we can talk about how to deal with it. But I have yet to see a case, and probably never will.
Here is a moral lesson you "bad moral" spouting people never seem to remember, "You if dont have anything nice to say, dont say it at all."
Posted in: Is Shinjuku's 'gay town' threatened with extinction?
TatsumaruApr. 27, 2009 - 03:51AM JST
I dont exactly agree with everything Obama has planned, damn I didnt even vote for the guy (or McCain for that matter). But I agree with DXXJP that time is needed. However, I disagree with the sidetrack thing, it is called democratic voting for a reason. It isnt suppose to be enacted quickly but with discussion and debate. The only difference between the democrats of the of the Bush admin and the republicans of the Obama admin, is that the Republicans are actually putting up a fight instead of just begrudgingly helping pass one Bush initiative after another.
Posted in: How would you evaluate U.S. President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office?
TatsumaruApr. 27, 2009 - 03:30AM JST
I would agree that there are probably many factors that are causing the decline of 2-chome, and unnacceptance of homosexuality isnt one of them I bet. It is a proven fact that in economic decline alcohol consumption increases, but not usually at bars. When I went to Japan at new years a fifth of Absolute was about 1000 yen. Who would want to spend 700 yen on a bottle of beer plus door charge (if there is one), when you can get a whole fifth that would last someone a few days at the same price?
I would like to see these 2-chome "statistics" versus any other "young people hotspots" in the greater Tokyo area. They are probably all doing equally bad. Just focusing on 2-chome only points out that social stigma of homosexuality 'could' be the issue, than the actually overbearing problem of no one having money.
TatsumaruApr. 27, 2009 - 02:41AM JST
If the Japanese were smart at all, they would let the fan scanlators scan it, hire one or two good Japanese-English translators, have them re-edit it. Then promptly print them in that language to be sold in the country of that language.
The scanlators would either stop because people making a profit off their work, or the publisher will save money on translators and make money on releasing it in print material at god speed.
Stream lining this process would bring great amounts of money. It goes back to common sense. Why do more work than you have to, make someone else do it, and reap the benefits.
Posted in: Japan comic publisher starts English version online to fight bootlegs
TatsumaruApr. 24, 2009 - 01:43PM JST
This has happened similarly to a Japanese turned US version of a magazine. The American version of the ever famous NewType magazine ended publication back in February of 08 (ADV Media Corp). Was replaced with a "media pop culture" magazine called PIQ which was suppose to fulfill the remaining subscriptions of the debunked NewType subscribers, but they too failed only after four issues. Didn't really like PIQ too much though. Things going under happens. Just wish it didnt happen to things I liked reading though.
Posted in: It has shocked many in the country's publishing industry and prompted them to have second thoughts about the reliance on advertising revenues rather than sales.
TatsumaruApr. 22, 2009 - 04:51AM JST
What a novel concept. Politicians listening to those who voted for them. Completely unheard of in a democratic-republic.
Posted in: Politicians pay more attention to the elderly because they vote.
TatsumaruApr. 20, 2009 - 04:29AM JST
In the United States, it tends to be pretty open. Most media outlets understands the consequences of defamation (the legal term). Basically, as long as media takes photos/film in good faith without exploitation, I see nothing wrong with a news group walking down the street just filming people and doing some exposé on a town for example.
Overall, getting permission from everyone that was photoed or filmed is almost impossible at best in some situations. So just preventing defemating material from being shown is far more favorable, both media outlet wise as well as legally.
Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, without asking their permission?
TatsumaruApr. 14, 2009 - 02:50AM JST
Just like any country's education system, there will always be problems, except for maybe the Finish (look into it, it is rather amazing). Listing them all would be a waste of time. The best suggestion I can give is to focus on one over bearing problem and fix it, then move to the next. The problem with politicians is they think they can fix the whole problem with one bill (i.e. USA's 'No Child Left Behind Act').
The overbearing problem of the Japanese education is that it isnt education, it is memorization. Starting there would probably be helpful.
Posted in: What do you think of Japan's school education system?
TatsumaruApr. 13, 2009 - 03:09AM JST
Will they still be around for some time? Maybe.
Will they always be in demand? They haven't been in demand for years. Still made? Yes. In demand? You better stop kidding yourself
Posted in: Do you think there will always be a demand for vinyl records?
TatsumaruApr. 07, 2009 - 11:07AM JST
Because if they had a puppet as the leader they wouldn't need to things such as this. Having a nation rather close to yours rise military alarms as a puppet government does not a good puppeteer make. N.Korea is just a buffer between westernization, culturely and militarily. They just dont want that buffer to fall, but they don't want to be the one giving it all its resources, i.e. doesn't want sanctions against N.Korea.
Posted in: A missile shot for Iran
TatsumaruApr. 07, 2009 - 03:52AM JST
The problem is the mainly the charging. Electric motors are a well refined machine by current standards. It is just that you have to have a motor per wheel, which takes microprocessors and such. Batteries are an issue because they dont charge fast and are heavy, super capacitors or the new carbon nanotube capacitors that MIT made are ideal, charge much faster - matter of minutes (depending on the outlets total power) and are far far lighter . Years ago, microprocessing the motors (so they all spin at the same speed, etc) might have been the main issue, but now it is distance/recharge time. 45 minutes (Tesla Motor's fast charge time) is a little long to sit at a "gas station" just to continue your road trip.
Posted in: Mitsubishi raises output target for electric car
May. 24, 2013 - 02:19AM JST
He had a knife! Why is Japan Today not reporting this? The suspect came at the…
Posted in: Man shot to death while being questioned in Boston bombing probe
May. 24, 2013 - 02:16AM JST
God created Hell just in case his flawed creation did not love him back... but stupid…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
May. 24, 2013 - 02:13AM JST
The poor bat! Being used is such a way instead of its intended purpose. All joking…
Posted in: Youth arrested for hitting 16-year-old girl with baseball bat
May. 24, 2013 - 02:08AM JST
Japan has dogs to see !!!
Posted in: Cheaper yen attracts record number of visitors to Japan
May. 24, 2013 - 02:06AM JST
A Realist and dcog9065, hope you end up dismembered and decapitated. c u nt....
Posted in: Japan considers talks with N Korea, surprising allies