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TorafusuTorasanOct. 24, 2014 - 01:28PM JST
While we're at it, why don't we finally address the deleterious effects of mental illness and homelessness on well to do Canadians. Mom has a high flying job for a national government agency and she has only met her son once in the last five years to get a reading on his mental health? That seems to be as much a factor in this case as the Islam angle.
Posted in: Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police
TorafusuTorasanOct. 24, 2014 - 11:00AM JST
Wow, two stories on this case in a row where the second comment blames Obama. The shooter's mother holds a high level ministry position in the Canadian government.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 21, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
Those statistics should weigh the ease of access to citizenship, after which people are no longer counted as foreign nationals.
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
TorafusuTorasanOct. 21, 2014 - 04:33PM JST
Comparing the physique of these two fighters, I'd say the trim mayor could outrun the bulging gut endowed ultranationalist if it came to blows, er, slaps.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 06:15PM JST
@kyushubill, that must be a different story. This article explicitly states the places involved: Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Pref., and Shirahama, Wakayama Pref. The writer bends over backwards to provide helpful hints like "south of Osaka."
In contrast to Okinawa, military-related protests are extremely rare in the sleepy beach resort town Shirahama. The biggest draw in the off season is the baby pandas at Adventure World, so to get 500 protesters together in that kind of out-of-the-way place is actually a big deal. Almost all local Kansai and Kii folks would be my guess.
Posted in: 2 U.S. Osprey aircraft take part in tsunami drill amid protests
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 04:14PM JST
Abe: "Just finished watching The Social Network."
Zuck: "Oh yeah, I've never watched it myself."
Abe: "You should see the scene where the idea for Facebook was sparked by the lame parties put on by the Jewish fraternity. Only nerdy Asian girls at those parties. It was a knee-slapper."
Zuck: "Hey, hand me your translator's Google glasses so I can watch it."
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TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
@SamuraiBlue, sorry, should have said "local Asahi Shimbun office in Wakayama." Note the operative word: "local"
Interesting that Yomiuri's local branch office also overlooks the same park in Wakayamashi, but the SDF don't seem to park their jeeps directly in front of the Yomiuri office. Makes you wonder which newspaper is more at odds with the LDP, hmmm?
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 02:34PM JST
"Would love for some common sense to start taking hold on these isles"
Well, there was some common sense staging the exercise in Shirahama during the off-season. Can you imagine the crowds on "Shi-lala-hama" fleeing a Russian-style beach landing like the one attempted in the run up to Sochi Olympics!
Maybe what titaniumdiOxide meant is that the Osprey doesn't look Gundam enough to satisfy the average otaku.
When I saw the placement of Japan's military personnel directly across the street from the local Asahi Shimbun headquarters yesterday on Keyakidori in Wakayama, it sure didn't seem "common sense." Intimidation of journalists might already be happening with the new state secrets law clamping down on the media by the end of this year.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 20, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
I see a lot of knee-jerk responses to the protesters such as Ted2014 calling them "stupid" and SamuraiBlue calling them "similar to hippies."
But thanks to the local protesters decades ago during the nuke plant construction bubble, the Kii Hanto was kept free of nuclear power plants. In hindsight, that was downright visionary--the opposite of stupid--and local protest leaders from Wakayama Pref. were publicly praised after the Fukushima meltdown three years ago.
The current protesters are probably suspicious that Osprey maneuvers are just part of a larger military push by the Abe government. The same day the Osprey flew into Wakayama, for example, the SDF had a public display of some of their vehicles and personnel at Wakayama Castle Park. Were these two things just a coincidence or a ploy by Wakayama's government to set the stage for upcoming base relocations to the mainland?
TorafusuTorasanOct. 18, 2014 - 11:09AM JST
"Those people [Texas Presbyterian medical staff] are already contained" says BFF, in italics.
If that is true, please explain how they keep turning up on vacation cruise ships, flights to and from the Midwest, and more places we don't know about yet.
It is going to take some amazing contortions of logic to explain why Mali should be locked down at the same time that anyone in Dallas is allowed out of city limits. If Rick Perry's border guards aren't busy, he could order them to form a big ring around the city to enforce the quarantine--a simple task compared to sealing off the vast Texas border.
Posted in: World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost
TorafusuTorasanOct. 16, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
By Mali, I'm certain he means one of the following:
a. Senegal (1 case, no fatalities)
b. Spain (1 case, no fatalities)
c. Nigeria (20 cases, 8 fatalities)
d. Guinea-Sierra Leone-Liberia (8000+ cases, 4000+ fatalities)
e. One of the 190+ countries in the world not currently afflicted by ebola but all the same just begging for martial law airport closures 'cause they got funny-sounding names.
(Source: WHO/Yahoo News)
Posted in: Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'
TorafusuTorasanOct. 16, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
"Just shut down the borders out of Africa"
a. To annoy all the expats and missionaries in Africa who don't live in ebola hotspots.
b. To cripple the economies of Africa's most successful countries and put the blade runner Pistorious in his place.
c. To satisfy right wingers for whom the word "border" is a secret code word for Canadian fishing trips.
d. To mess with airlines for not allowing the Knee Defender product.
TorafusuTorasanOct. 16, 2014 - 02:20AM JST
A travel ban? Tell that to Texas's top official, Gov. Rick Perry. He took off for Europe--same place Duncan flew in from--just when this started taking a turn for the worse.
Better yet, tell that to nurse #2 who flew back to Ohio for a week between the time she spent with Duncan and the emergence of her ebola infection.
How many cases does the US need before being subjected to a travel ban of its own?
Posted in: Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola
TorafusuTorasanOct. 11, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
@bass4funk, if you are referring to an incident a while ago in Ferguson, why has the official story about the near-shooting already changed? If you check the STL Post Dispatch, it went from plural suspects to only one. Next, will it turn out to have been an embarrassing accident? How about a rally to encourage officers to get better training for handling firearms.
Rand Paul just spoke to the NAACP in Ferguson. Do you include him among those who want to politicize the issue?
Posted in: Tensions high as more protests planned in Missouri
TorafusuTorasanOct. 11, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
The other Malala thread starts by smearing Obama before wallowing in hackneyed complaints about religious pacifism. Think we can do a little better on this one? Try to see what Malala's story means to women and children the world over.
Posted in: Malala invites PMs of India, Pakistan to Nobel ceremony
TorafusuTorasanOct. 06, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
@UK9393, most of those disasters are localized in various regions of the U.S. My home state in the Midwest does get tornadoes, blizzards and floods, but everything else on that list does not happen there. These military personnel could have been from regions of the country with limited personal experience of typhoons or hurricanes.
The point was that the relatives reading this story and our commentary may not know the background on the frequency of deadly typhoons and the predictable responses on JT condemning storm victims for their careless behavior. The relative said the women in the family are besides themselves, so why continue to rub it in that their son/brother made a mistake.
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea
TorafusuTorasanOct. 06, 2014 - 02:21PM JST
@lostrune2, are you kidding? Islamists in Haiti? A veiled reference to Hussein, Assad, or somebody else?
As it was, he was flown out of Haiti on a U.S. plane, allowed to settle in France with his family, and spent the last years of his life living freely in Port Au Prince. Sounds like he got treated like royalty his whole life.
Posted in: Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dead at 63
TorafusuTorasanOct. 06, 2014 - 02:12PM JST
@Callie Robertson Ecklekamp,
I'm sorry that this accident has harmed your relative and his friends. Let's hope that the missing service members will turn up alive soon.
If any of the comments about this story seem insensitive (skip this if you are not new to JT), it is mostly because there is a long-running expectation on here that anytime a typhoon blows through, a number of people die in preventable accidents such as going up on the roof to secure something in the middle of the gale. Since this story seems to fit the usual "I told you so" theme, some of the comments may be construed as uncharitable to your loved one(s). It's sad, but human nature may cause this kind of superiority response from readers who deal with the stress of living long term in a frequently disaster damaged country.
TorafusuTorasanSep. 22, 2014 - 07:26PM JST
A non-mystery on par with Yale University's secret society Skull and Bones membership pledge rituals.
Posted in: Japan insists no mystery behind skulls at Chicago consulate
TorafusuTorasanSep. 18, 2014 - 04:44PM JST
And in Japanese, they are given the nefarious title Chair Lamb Country. Unless my translation skills are not up to par ;-0
Posted in: Still no word on fate of Japanese national held captive in Syria
Oct. 24, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
The LDP sado-nepotist line on ministerial objectivity:
“Keeping (the shares) means I’m supporting TEPCO as the…
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares
Oct. 24, 2014 - 10:19PM JST
Liberty has a signification that has not reached all countiries. Usa knows it well since we…
Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted
Oct. 24, 2014 - 10:02PM JST
Inexpensive, ready-to-wear kimonos woven from pre-dyed yarn were so easily mass-produced that customers began to expect…
Posted in: Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan
Oct. 24, 2014 - 09:58PM JST
Shouldn't he had been vetted first?
"Harvard graduate Miyazawa—a nephew of late Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa…
Oct. 24, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
so, he also own tepco shares and abe also did not know that before he chose…