Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
TorafusuTorasanDec. 06, 2013 - 04:45PM JST
@Jean, the Soetero clan was his Indonesian stepfather's family. His half sister is correctly named Soetero. Nobody mixes up her surname, so why is it harder for you to keep it straight with our president? If there were any doubts about his real name, Joe Arpaio would have already sent one of his deputies to Indonesia to putz around like he did to Hawaii last year.
If you are interested in Obama's actual parental lineage, you'll have to look in Kenya, Kansas, Hawaii, and other places his blood relatives settled (like New England in the case of this uncle). Of the three places I just mentioned, I'm guessing you never toss out Kansas as an epithet at Obama's family background. "Horrors, the president is a Christian with Kansas roots on his mom's side!" just doesn't get anyone riled up, right? Why is it always about exotic Kenya, a place that Obama has visited even fewer times than he did this long lost uncle on the East Coast?
Posted in: White House says Obama did meet uncle reprieved from deportation
TorafusuTorasanDec. 04, 2013 - 01:46PM JST
I don't get the comparison between Amazon and the ACA, since Amazon does not deal with health insurance. Even if I could figure it out, your figure of 9 million customers worldwide seems off the mark. I would guess that could be the minimum number of people Amazon sells to monthly in the US alone, but what does that have to do with the ACA? You are saying if Amazon.com just took over handling it, the ACA registration--surely much more complex than ordering a book from a warehouse--would magically improve? Maybe the main issue is that American conservatives are fighting tooth and nail to stop it, with shutting down the government repeatedly one of the desperate options. If it starts succeeding, we will never hear anything from the minority opposition party, unless Darrell Issa decides to have yet another "hearing" (translate: smearing) that predictably will bring up nothing of interest.
"get the people off welfare"
Do you agree this should include not only the jobless but also the workers at places like Walmart and most chain restaurants? Strange that workers at some of America's biggest and richest companies need welfare to survive...
Posted in: Obama comes out fighting on health care
TorafusuTorasanNov. 28, 2013 - 02:16PM JST
This just shows you never know what is going to be collectible. The Puritan settlers got into witchcraft accusations as a backlash against technological and scientific changes that newer settlers where bringing to the colonies. The old school Puritans tried to enact religious law to save their eroding place in a developing nation, but instead it hastened their decline. With all the negative fallout from the Salem witch trials, early Americans would have sent anything to do with the Puritans to the landfill, which could explain why only 11 copies of this book exist. If Puritan legal doctrine had prevailed, the USA would certainly be a much stranger place today, with executions based on nothing more than the hysterics of teenage girls and feuding neighbors.
Posted in: First book ever printed in U.S. sells for $14 mil
TorafusuTorasanNov. 28, 2013 - 01:54PM JST
@StormR, "there isn't enough room for everyone to be smart enough or motivated enough, the system relies on those who will accept there fate easily."
I hope you are not in the business of deciding who is smart enough, since you don't seem to understand how to use the word "their": "those who will accept their fate easily". Now we can get back to bashing the semiliterate working poor.
Posted in: If you're low-income, here's what you're doing wrong
TorafusuTorasanNov. 25, 2013 - 03:57PM JST
@bluesushi, you are right, but it would be a bad move if Kennedy brought out a chart showing Japan's actual standing. Gotta learn to parse the diplomat-ese.
Posted in: Kennedy says JFK's spirit lives on
TorafusuTorasanNov. 25, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Even if the comment was about the lack of Ford/Chevy/GM on the streets of Japan, I just saw a couple driving a newer Mustang over the weekend and I'm not someone who watches what people are driving.
Posted in: Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market
TorafusuTorasanNov. 22, 2013 - 07:38PM JST
I agree with the previous three comments. Sorry for the man's family, but Mr. Newman's previous years living in Korea and his recent language study looked like he was going over with (in his mind) the ability to lecture the NK gov't officials in either language. I wonder which language would have angered his hosts more during their "difficult" discussion.
Posted in: U.S. tourist detained in North Korea in unusual case
TorafusuTorasanNov. 22, 2013 - 02:34PM JST
@sangetsu03, sorry about the plagiarism accusation. I was thinking of sfjp330 copy-pasting without attribution on one of the Kennedy articles. It looks like you created the stuff you posted here by yourself. Carry on then.
The other issue with your evidence-free writing still stands. Exactly what marine mammals had their poor little paws or flippers frozen by the dangerous ice, as you claim? Can you quote a biologist who studied the problem?
Posted in: Climate talks in trouble as green groups walk out
TorafusuTorasanNov. 22, 2013 - 02:03PM JST
"Canadian Mayor lost his backpack"
Nah, wrong conservative politician. It was the Florida congressman who got nailed buying coke from undercover po-po.
He was thinking ahead. Indefinite leave of absence at a quiet temple in Japan, alternately meditating and medicating.
Posted in: Record Y7.2 bil cocaine haul washes ashore on Yokosuka beaches
TorafusuTorasanNov. 21, 2013 - 01:02PM JST
Does drinking coffee and beer at the same time, as these cleaners get to do before work, diminish or amplify the buzz? And is the free tobacco loose/unrolled just to make them work a little harder to satisfy their nicotine fix?
If this program is popular, maybe the Dutch gov't will raise the bar by making all the cleaners dress as Dick Bruna cartoon characters and work as tourist greeters. People in theme park and yurukyara mascot suits always seem to wobble around unsteadily, so maybe it has already started.
Posted in: Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets
TorafusuTorasanNov. 20, 2013 - 05:36PM JST
JVJ, I have seen a glaring example of the problem. The Sony Playstation 3 has a game that simulates summer vacation or summer camp. From the package, it seems like the purpose is horseplay in alpine meadows. It goes without saying that a virtual trip to the mountains is no substitute for real summer camp.
Posted in: Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were
TorafusuTorasanNov. 20, 2013 - 04:21PM JST
@Himajin Don't see anything strange in Fox Cloud's post (besides his desire to embrace the loathed Otaku), but proud papa Meguroman and his "crotch fruit" (named Mikan, Banana and Durian?) disclosure came out of nowhere.
Gloating parent bumper stickers: Honor roll crotch fruit on board. My crotch fruit can beat up your honor roll student.
Posted in: What makes people want to move to Japan?
TorafusuTorasanNov. 19, 2013 - 08:54PM JST
Walk around the renovated Tokyo Station and you will see large carriage-sized doors that are off limits to all us commoners. I wonder if these carriages are left parked in the JR station year round when there are no ambassadors to fete.
Posted in: Pomp at the palace
TorafusuTorasanNov. 06, 2013 - 04:52PM JST
Yes, Scherzer has a better record with more decisions and overall innings. He helped the Tigers get farther into the playoffs than the Rangers or Mariners. Second choice is Yu with his MLB leading strikeout total (most in AL in 13 years!), and third place Iwakuma's double streak of scoreless innings was impressive and his W-L record is better than Darvish, but those merits are probably not enough to win it this year.
Didn't a Tiger's pitcher also win Cy Young last year? Was it Scherzer? Bet they didn't start the year expecting to get knocked out of the playoffs by the Red Sox of all teams (based on Boston's terrible 2012).
Posted in: Darvish, Iwakuma named MLB award finalists
TorafusuTorasanNov. 06, 2013 - 04:37PM JST
I'm not a doctor, but it would appear that the mayor is suffering from Deep Brain Thrombosis.
Chris Farley would have been perfect playing this obnoxious guy. "I'm Rob Ford, the only mayor in the world who lives in a suspicious smoke filled VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!" (sound of breaking furniture)
If Ford turned into a superhero, his baggy, ill fitting tights would read Stuporman.
Posted in: Toronto mayor vows to stay on after admitting he smoked crack
TorafusuTorasanNov. 06, 2013 - 01:33PM JST
When has the number of crimes in NY (whole state?) ever been as low as 2000 per year? Pre-statehood?
If you are talking thousands of murders, look no farther than Juarez, just miles from El Paso in Rick Perry's Texas. Do you know if Perry mentions the region in his company relocation speeches in other states, or is Texas profiting too much from Juarez's turmoil for him to help out? If a Canadian city had a 100X higher murder rate than nearby US cities, don't you think the local politicians would be working together to tackle the problem so people don't have to abandon their state or country? What has Perry done besides holding out Texas's decent economic growth as bait?
Posted in: Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York
TorafusuTorasanNov. 01, 2013 - 03:47PM JST
This is nothing compared to what it will be like during the Olympics. Anybody who doesn't like a country's media showcasing its own athletes (who also serve as the faces of the nation's business through their endorsement deals) should brace themselves. Is sports coverage more balanced in non-contender countries than in places where athletes have skin in the game? Guess I should go to Greenland or Jamaica for Sochi 2014 to find out.
Posted in: Uehara hailed in Japan for World Series glory
TorafusuTorasanOct. 31, 2013 - 06:14PM JST
@homeland, your lack of any poll data hurts your argument. Out of curiousity, which of the 400+ NA tribes were polled?
Must not have included the protesters in front of Lambeau Field just a few weeks ago when the (insert racist team name based in Maryland) was in town. This has been a political issue since probably the 1960s or 1970s, and it shows the glacial pace of creating awareness about minority concerns in the USA.
Marquette University in Milwaukee changed their logo and name from Warriors to Eagles about a decade ago. This year there is a case in Mukwanago, Wisconsin, where the high school board has refused a post-lawsuit demand by the state education department to change their mascot from Indians. The school board seems willing to forfeit thousands of dollars from state school funding to save their anachronistic name. The smartest one in that case was the school AD, who already removed the schools mascot and name from the gym the last time they renovated, accepting the inevitable outcome.
Posted in: Native Americans push NFL over Redskins name change
TorafusuTorasanOct. 31, 2013 - 05:15PM JST
Original Wing, if you want "journalism-centric" coverage of major news, then follow post election analysis, the Fukushima daiichi crisis, or coverage of behind the scenes maneuvering to get the 2020 Olympics.
This is just a series of baseball games, shown in their entirety every morning on NHK's satellite channel, with Japanese announcers talking about every single player who batted, pitched, and played the field. What more do you really want?
Stating that Uehara was not one of the top storylines of this WS, despite being involved in bizarre game ending plays in two consecutive games, is off the mark. Being the teams most consistent reliever--having a Mariano Rivera like season despite spending most of his career as a starting pitcher--must be overrated in your book. Bitter Yankees fan perhaps?
Posted in: Red Sox beat Cardinals 6-1 to win World Series
TorafusuTorasanOct. 31, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
To be fair, the live playoffs coverage is also giving Tazawa and other Red Sox a lot of attention, having So Taguchi interview Tazawa after WS games about equally to Uehara. They also interviewed non-Japanese like David Ortiz, who gave props to "my people in Japan", promised to bring his magic stick, and ended with "see you later, alligator...arigato"! In comparison, the Japanese players probably give a more satisfying interview for Japanese viewers, not just cutesy free association.
ALCS MVP winner Uehara is newsworthy because, as a 38 year old veteran who who used to star for NPB's most powerful team (Yomiuri), he joined the Red Sox as a fifth closer. In other words, he was hardly expected to turn into their top reliever. Think of how strange it would be if NY media didn't cover R.A. Dickey as a 37 year old Cy Young winner!
Tazawa was an unknown quantity in Japan, playing for a corporate team with no media exposure, and threatened the establishment in NPB by avoiding the draft and going straight to MLB. His back story is problematic for fans of NPB, which could be the reason Uehara may be getting more coverage in the sports papers as you noted.
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
This article seems like a poor excuse to make some kind of local reference to the…
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
Japan needs to build on those islands like last year.
skipjack333Dec. 09, 2013 - 03:04AM JST…
Posted in: 3 Chinese ships sail through disputed waters
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:09AM JST
It's not a game its a crime and should be treated as such, anyone inflicting violence…
So all it takes is two random attacks in different cities that apparently have nothing to…
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:06AM JST
Liberal gunlaws would put an end to these stupid "knock out games" in a week or…