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TorafusuTorasanFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
One of the most ridiculous statements on this topic was the politician who brought a snowball into congress to prove that climate change isn't happening because winters are still snowy.
Posted in: The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may reshape Earth
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:07PM JST
An inspiring story. The article doesn't mention that he is the only player to keep playing in all the years the J-League has existed! He claimed in an interview that he has no intention to quit...ever! I want to adopt that kind of attitude.
Posted in: 'King Kazu' to play on in J.League - aged 48
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 23, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
Senator John McCain just said he's ashamed of America, the president, and himself for letting this happen.
In my imagination, he then launched into a tap dance rendition of a medley of tunes from The Sound of Music.
Aides had to usher him away before he broke something.
Posted in: West sounds warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 23, 2015 - 02:09PM JST
Ouch, this is the second PR hit Chelsea FC has taken in the past week. I guess she and the singing hooligans are linked by anti-French feelings.
Posted in: Britain concerned over teenage girls traveling to Syria to join IS
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 21, 2015 - 04:14PM JST
The Friday episode ended with Ellie getting arrested and hauled off to the police station. Can anyone who saw the first 14 minutes fill me in about what the trouble she got into was?
Posted in: Charlotte Kate Fox goes from 'Massan' to 'Chicago'
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2015 - 08:49PM JST
Yeah, speaking of Momoiro Clover Z, I thought they were OK until I saw they are going to perform in blackface on Fuji TV in March according to an article and promotional picture in Japan Times yesterday. Ya think Uncle Gene will give them any advice about how this could impact their career ("Yeah, gals, worldwide audiences just love watching you in blackface, go for it! [Ha ha, they seem to believe me!]")
Posted in: Grammy winner Sam Smith meets Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2015 - 05:34PM JST
Did these dunces throw in a "uh, huh, uh, huh" in the middle of their song about "that's the way we like it"?
Posted in: Chelsea to ban three over Paris racism
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2015 - 05:24PM JST
"Hillary is busy"
And what would you want her to do considering she is not the current Sec. of State?
Posted in: Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive truce
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 19, 2015 - 01:37PM JST
"what concern is that for his majesty?"
Queen Elizabeth? King Abdullah? King Tut? Is this a Monty Python skit with grown men prancing in tights?
Now back to what you saying earlier about Bush being a gift from heaven. That was the best line on this whole thread.
Posted in: Jeb Bush says Islamic State strategy should be to 'take them out'
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 19, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
On a lighter note, if this most rotund of all the Bushes does become prez, then NK may have to relinquish the celebrity sumo title.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:44PM JST
The problem of real or fake is that proving or disproving the dog's loyalty is very difficult. Whether just acting out of habit by visiting the station daily as he used to do for Ueno, or showing loyalty to new caretakers (butcher, travelers, station staff, or others), somehow Hachiko did show fidelity to Shibuya and got rewarded with what turned out to be permanent memorials (statues in at least three places in Japan, bronze paw prints, an inscription, his body in a natural science museum, films in multiple countries). If you think that is too great an honor to be given a dog, just say that.
An extra piece of the loyalty puzzle is that the Hachiko story was promulgated by one of Ueno's former Todai students, who cared enough about the well-being of his former teacher's pet that he trailed the dog to see where it was staying. Maybe that is the type of charitable behavior the university hopes to encourage in viewers of the new statue.
Posted in: Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in new statue in Tokyo
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 16, 2015 - 07:59PM JST
My best guess is that the widow Ueno continued to be the main caretaker for Hachiko. She is pictured in the dog's funeral photo prostrating herself next to the railway officials, so it doesn't seem like she ever abandoned her pet. Maybe she deserves a monument of her own for not keeping the dog locked in the yard 24/7.
"Showa fascism" is not really related to the new statue shown in the article. Hachiko's owner Hidesaburo Ueno died in the last year of Taisho (1925). Neither the professor nor the dog can be blamed for rightists trying to channel Hachiko's popularity, which makes it possible to appreciate these statues independent of the terrible excesses of the war years. As for what the Ministry of Education was publishing during WWII, I would guess that anything mythologizing Hachiko is pretty tame stuff compared to the other textbook chapters.
Now if you want to witness a really questionable story, check out the Billiken statue at Tsutenkaku in south Osaka.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 16, 2015 - 05:51PM JST
OK, I just don't buy the idea that the butcher was the only one who cared about Hachiko as that article implies. Considering that thousands of people would have seen Hachiko every day, there's no way to build a monument that adequately represents all their reasons for taking an interest in the dog. Thus, the simple life sized dog sculpture had to suffice, and somehow became the enduring symbol of Shibuya. Seeing it as only wartime propaganda is too limiting.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 16, 2015 - 03:49PM JST
Even if I pay to order the Japan Times archives, how can I verify that the person who wrote the article has the definitive answer to why Hachiko returned to the station every day for nine years? I've read that the dog was well treated by travelers at the station, at first against the wishes of the station staff. So the dog's survival was the result of collective citizen goodwill against the less humane bureaucracy of Shibuya station managers, who eventually realized the magnitude of Hachiko's popularity and were photographed bowing down before Hachiko's corpse in 1935. A victory for the independent-minded adults who supported the dog against the powerful railroad execs, right?
Also, the original Hachiko statue was scrapped for the war effort. Was Hachiko really such an important nationalistic symbol if that was allowed to happen? The statue seen today is a postwar creation, and arguably represents some good values that survived the war.
The wider history of native vs. foreign dog breeds in Japan does seem interesting, as covered in books like BYU history prof Aaron Skabelund's Empire of Dogs. I would order that before spending any money on the Japan Times archives.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 16, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
First of all, Rocket News 24 is not a hard news website. They mostly specialize in "wacky Japan" and otaku culture pieces that tend to border on parody.
Going to the other extreme to nitpick their articles is equally comical. How are we supposed to verify what was going through a dog's brain many decades ago? The owner of Hachiko's mother is long gone. Was that person a fellow professor at Todai? If so, it sounds like the academic was showing signs of senility by writing about a dead dog.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 16, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
But the myth of the loyal dog kept Hachiko alive a lot longer than if he had been just another stray. His longevity-linked celebrity transcends whatever purpose propaganda makers were planning. Kind of like finding a sign on a tree stating the age in centuries, Hachiko shows the hardiness of the natural world. And this is from someone who has no plans to watch the Richard Gere movie.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 08, 2015 - 07:01PM JST
@WilliB, why imagine? It was just a week ago that FOX's consultants and guest politicians were yakking about fraudulent 100% sharia law cities of Europe. See David Cameron's response to Piyush Bobby Jindal as the point where the FOX fearmongers got cut down to size.
Posted in: Embattled U.S. anchor takes himself off air over Iraq story
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 07, 2015 - 05:32PM JST
New lower calorie formeldahyde, er um, juice!?!
Posted in: Japan Tobacco to pull out of beverage business
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 04, 2015 - 07:53PM JST
The replacement won't be veto-proof without a great nickname. Here are a few possibilities:
Black Lung Boehner Care (administered in a patch)
Mitch McConnell's Makudonarudo McCare (sorry no potatoes)
Posted in: U.S. House votes to repeal and eventually replace Obamacare
TorafusuTorasanJan. 27, 2015 - 03:08PM JST
I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but your band name is a toilet product line here in Japan.
Posted in: Toto to release new album after nine years
Feb. 28, 2015 - 01:47AM JST
I just phoned Keith.
Mr. Richards confirms
the band would be up for the
Posted in: Which music from the past 60 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now?
Feb. 28, 2015 - 01:45AM JST
"The only thing that is going to be shown is your way back to your country…
Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea
Feb. 28, 2015 - 01:41AM JST
Fitter than the average American half her age. And then she spent several hours next day…
Posted in: Madonna takes a tumble at the Brit Awards
Feb. 28, 2015 - 01:38AM JST
Scientists can map climate variances and their causes.
No they can't. Their "maps", better known as…
Feb. 28, 2015 - 01:37AM JST
They will never take into account Crown Prince's remarks. It's against democracy. Crown Prince can…
Posted in: Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement