Thomas Anderson's past comments

  • -10

    Thomas Anderson

    This sort of thing would not be legal outside of Japan. The companies in Japan have way too much encroachment on personal lives of the workers, way more than what companies in other countries can get away with. Not so different than forcing kids to clean school toilets, is there? Another proof that the Meiji and Showa era militarist practices still live on in Japan.

    Posted in: Boot camps and desertion in the mountains among the ways Japanese companies train new recruits

  • -1

    Thomas Anderson

    To me the school /government officials are more "miffed" about the fact the teacher showed some independent thinking -- and rejected the "power harassment" that is prevalent in schools and society here.

    Too true. No doubt that some are predictably mad because they broke the "unspoken rule". The usual responses ranges from something like "that's selfish", "it will cause trouble to others" to "that's un-Japanese behavior". Basically these are threats to get people in their rightful place.

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

  • -2

    Thomas Anderson

    Selling them out by protecting Japanese goods and domestic companies? Those fiends!

    You do realize that Japanese companies actually charge more for their domestic consumers than abroad.

    Also, "I wish I could buy cheap rice and beef from America!" said no Japanese person ever.

    If the price is cheaper, then I'm sure most consumers would choose the cheaper option.

    Posted in: Stalemate remains in Japan-U.S. talks on TPP

  • 0

    Thomas Anderson

    Fukuppy is right in that that is often the "real" work culture in Japan, where "tacit agreements" triumph over actual written rules and laws. In Japan, people spend most of their energy "reading between the lines". But the error comes in when whether that is actually what the people want, or it's just something forced upon from the top, or the "System". If there are no universal rules, then we can't really judge any good or bad behavior, since there won't be any measuring rod to measure something upon. Obviously, this approach tend to make people feel insecure, because there are no clear written rules and the rules can suddenly change arbitrarily. It makes people feel like they can't rely on anything stable, since human emotions are finicky. The people can't possibly be happy in a situation like this.

    But I think that the times are changing, and this "culture" is slowly but surely changing.

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

  • -4

    Thomas Anderson

    Frungy, you must be living in an alternate universe. In a normal situation, a CEO is virtually responsible for everything. A mere change in the hands of a skillful CEO can change an entire company's culture and health for the better.

    PROVIDED, that the people at the top exercise genuine power that he or she rightfully possess in actuality. This might not be so in a country like Japan, where people in the top actually exercise very little power, and they are more often than not controlled behind the thrones by the middle management.

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

  • -2

    Thomas Anderson

    A police officer being arrested... Now that's irony.

    Posted in: Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train

  • 3

    Thomas Anderson

    Impossible. The drones are reserved for killing senior Al-Qaeda leaders, more than 300 of whom have been liquidated since he came to office, finishing off a job that was utterly bungled by his bumbling predecessor.

    Ugh... are you serious. The drones also killed countless innocent people, including children. Bush was bad, but Obama is no better. The war on terror was an utter mess and a mistake. There's no such thing as "war on terror" anyway. You can't wage war against terrorists.

    Posted in: Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt

  • -3

    Thomas Anderson

    Well, I would give you this. Japan initially thought of Korea as more or less equals, or at least as a "little brother". Polls back then showed that Japanese placed Korea in the 6th place as their favorite nation, only 1 place after themselves, in the 5th position.

    The influential thinker Fukuzawa Yukichi initially had high hopes that Korea would also modernize their own nation like Japan did. But the reactionary response from the Korean rulers when Japan sent some troops to Korea, they tried to hold ever tighter to their regime made him lose hope, and how China was also crumbling, made him decide that the Asia was a hopeless case after all, and made the final decision of going datsu-a, or "leaving Asia" and "joining Europe". This thought spread to the right-wingers at the time who were pro Korea-invaders and colonizers. And all hell pretty much broke from there.

    So back then, the elites were definitely divided into two camps, the pro Korea invaders and anti Korea invaders, although the opposition were not necessarily against Japanese Imperialism, it's just they thought that the time was not right to be invading Korea, when they should have been focusing on their own nation's issues instead.

    Fukuzawa Yukichi's datsu-a-ron or "leaving Asia, joining Europe theory" was highly influential, and it gave the final stamp of finality in the prevailing Japanese thought that the Asians were no good, and that Japanese were superior to them and had the right to rule over them, and should join in with the class of Europeans and become equals, not unlike how the Europeans thought of themselves as being superior to the "uncivilized" peoples and therefore had the right to rule over them. Japanese were obviously also influenced by these supremacists thoughts from Europe.

    They were not just rumors, but Koreans actually looted stores, raped Japanese women, and set fire on houses in the chaos after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

    They WERE rumors. The media retracted the rumors a few days later and started reporting that people should not harm the Koreans, but it was too late, the damage had been done.

    Anyway, the police rounded up the Koreans, and killed them. Mobs and vigilantes made people speak so that they know who were with Korean accents, and beat them to death. Killing 3000 to 6000 Koreans because of some rumors is pretty damn terrible, and it should not be forgotten. Not to mention that it's not so much different than what is happening right now, when Zaitokukai is chanting to kill and murder Koreans because of some rumors that Koreans are receiving "special privileges". Of course, the media, the police and the government do nothing about it.

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

  • -2

    Thomas Anderson

    Dentsu... A single corporation owns 30% of the advertising shares.

    Posted in: TOKYO 2020 appoints Dentsu as its marketing agency

  • -5

    Thomas Anderson

    The "fixed" version though, pokemon? I am sure that more people (grownups I mean) outside Japan are more obsess with pokemon than in Japan.

    I highly doubt that... When in Japan, you already have Pokemon planes.

    Posted in: Air France geisha poster prompts satirical home-made fixes

  • -5

    Thomas Anderson

    They were not Japanese netizens... They were westerners, obviously.

    Anyway, the obvious photoshop would be the hag from the Snow White, holding a poisoned apple.

    Posted in: Air France geisha poster prompts satirical home-made fixes

  • -2

    Thomas Anderson

    The shindo WAS based on subjective measurements, but since that was unscientific and not objective, it was completely revised since 1996 and the subjective measurements were completely abolished. That's probably what you mean.

    Anyway, there's no way that a scientific measuring scale would use subjective measurements.

    Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert issued

  • -4

    Thomas Anderson

    This is nothing new... The only thing that is new are the odd colors.

    Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan

  • -7

    Thomas Anderson

    But I thought the help was unnecessary, and Korea would take it as offense? A change of heart for the right wingers?

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

  • -1

    Thomas Anderson

    The shindo scale is more subjective and depends much on the terrain, the soil and even the building conditions.

    No, that's not at all how the shindo scale works. It measures the shaking at "a point on the earth's distance". That's why you can have different shindo scales from the same earthquake. There is no way that a scientific measuring scale would be so unscientific to measure the subjective measurements.

    The effect on people and buildings are approximations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Meteorological_Agency_seismic_intensity_scale

    Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert issued

  • -2

    Thomas Anderson

    Why is she holding an apple? LOL...

    Posted in: Air France geisha poster prompts satirical home-made fixes

  • 0

    Thomas Anderson

    CH3CHO, nobody on the world believes that Japan treated Koreans in a friendly way. After the 1923 kanto earthquake. Japanese even killed 3000 to 6000 Koreans living in Japan because there were rumors that Koreans were poisoning the well and causing mayhem. The media, the police and the government all participated in this conspiracy.

    There were also discrimination against Koreans like any other minorities in Japan and they were seen as poor and inferior.

    Before the annexation of Korea, there were pro Korea colonizers planning on invading and colonizing Korea. It had nothing to do with being friendly toward Korea.

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

  • -5

    Thomas Anderson

    True, there's nothing wrong with the people who are working under the management. If the management is corrupt, then replace them.

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

  • -11

    Thomas Anderson

    Umm, no. They are either predictable right-wing gloating, or not wanting to offer any help at all.

    These are the top comments:

    これが大人の国の対応

    "This is the response of an adult country"

    中国に頼って下さい。良い仲なので。

    "Please rely on China. Since they're good friends."

    ただし金は一銭も出すな。

    "But do not pay a cent."

    韓国にプライドがあるのならば 丁重にお断りするでしょう。

    "If Korea has any pride, then they will politely decline."

    日本は大人対応だが、それはやめてくれ! 税金だべ!

    "Japan's response is mature, but please don't do that! It's tax-payers money!"

    Yes, so much for "Those Koreans don't need help! It will only offend them!"

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

  • -9

    Thomas Anderson

    Well, it looks like Japan DID offer help, anyway.

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140417-00000039-mai-int

    And the netouyos are going crazy.

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

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