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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 09, 2014 - 06:02PM JST
I find one of the biggest barriers to internationalization is the purpose for which Engilsh is taught. We all know the "test English" problem. The other is "learn English so we can explain Japan to the world". Many students study so that they can explain the mysteries of tea ceremony, kimono, or hot springs to foreigners. IMHO this is a backwards stance. It would be much better for the Japanese to learn English so that they can learn about the world. There is no need to explain Japan to anyone- that is what Wikipedia and Youtube are for. Better to use language skills to broaden your horizons.
That,and lose the attitude that different = bad, strange, difficult, wrong. Different is cool!
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 06, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
Dan, you fail to see that this is not a partisan political issue. Asserting that other presidents/politicians may have been worse than the current ones is not relevant. It's a very weak argument if all you can do is fingerpoint and stammer, "but..but... but the OTHER guys were worse..."
The current president is failing in this test of his nerve and guts. THAT is the most important thing.
Posted in: Obama thrust into role as leader of West
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 06, 2014 - 08:51AM JST
Dan, I believe the SEALs got Bin Laden. Not sure what the specific political feelings of the team members were, though. Good on the president for authorizing the mission. Other than that... "their guys suck" is hardly a cogent analysis.
As for the most unqualified person on a ticket, that prize may well go to the current inhabitant of the White House. Palin, for her myriad faults, at least had some years of leadership/executive experience on her resume. As well, she wasn't at the top of the ticket. Obama was. A partially filled term as Senator hardly seems equivalent.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 05, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
Obama the leader of the West? God save us.
The man hadn'T led so much as a lemonade stand before he was elected President. It's hardly fair to expect him to man up now. The best we can do is hope the next two years aren'T too disastrous around the world, and vote in somebody who actually has a pair of stones.
He is the Scold of the West, but hardly a leader.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 05, 2014 - 05:15PM JST
The Koreans need to mind their own damn business. What a Japanese leader does in Japan is nothing to do with them. The Koreans are the ones attempting to spread their disputes overseas with ridiculous actions like trying to change the name of the Sea of Japan, or trying to get American states to change their textbooks.
Yes, Korea was colonized. Yes, a lot of people suffered. Yes, Korea was also modernized and industrialized during their colonial period. Yes, the father of the current President was a complete Japanophile who joined the Imperial Japanese Army in WW2.
BOTH sides teach their own version of "history" in schools. As does every country in the world. Again, it's nobody elses' business. Japan shouldn't whine about what it taught in Korea, and vice versa.
Plainly stated, Korea needs to put on their Big Boy Pants. They won'T get any respect by kicking and crying and throwing tantrums every few months. Joining the larger community of nations means being mature enough to learn from the past, but not to bathe in it.
Posted in: U.S. urges restraint between Japan, S Korea
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorFeb. 03, 2014 - 01:36PM JST
This issue is like Yasukuni. They would both go away if the Kims and China would simply stop talking about them. But no. They spend inordinate amounts of time looking for things to be offended by, and also by picking the scabs off old wounds. I mean, Japan can only apologize so many times before finally realizing that it's a waste of time. Always the same excuses, the apology wasnt "sincere" or "heartfelt", or wasn'T done by the right person.
Time to grow up. Everyone's ancestors have been crapped on by someone at some time. Move on.
Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 20, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
Wow. Our Caroline managed to muster up the energy and willpower to send a tweet. Lovely. The definition of "slactivism". Who knows, maybe some day she might manage to click "like" on a Facebook page about protecting wildlife.
Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 20, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
First of all, the vast majority of international marriages involve a Japanese man marrying a non-Japanese woman, so the article has a very small data set to work from. As others have said, if you expect an internationally-minded wife, choose someone who has international experience. You can't marry Tomoko from the back woods of Aomori and expect her to suddenly become Miss Kokusai. Unfortunately, all too many of the (western) men I know who have married local ladies have caught the rather non-international type. Their lives seem basically 100% Japanese, with little or no international flavor. These dudes really lack any sense of cultural confidence.
Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 19, 2014 - 02:04PM JST
Actually, the world isn't watching. Most of the world doesn't care. Dolphins aren't endangered, so eating a few hundred, or few thousand, won't affect the environment at all. A few people going mental about it will only make the people of Taiji more and more stubborn. Ignore it, and it will die a natural death.
Posted in: Japanese fishermen capture dolphins ahead of slaughter
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 30, 2013 - 12:42PM JST
Good for Abe. The Koreans and Chinese need to mind their own business. What a Japanese politician chooses to do inside his own country is an internal matter. Besides, they have enough skeletons in their own closets to deal with without pointing fingers at anyone else.
As an aside, I noticed that the word "conservative" is often used with Abe and his party. Was the word "liberal" used as liberally when the left wing coalition was in power? Or is this just the bias of the media showing...
Posted in: Most Japanese want Abe to heed fallout over Yasukuni: poll
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 28, 2013 - 12:02PM JST
Vince; All Chinese? No, of course not. Just their corrupt and dictatorial government.
Posted in: Abe bets U.S. alliance, ratings can weather Yasukuni visit
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 28, 2013 - 09:15AM JST
The world needs to gather against China, as the planet's worst polluter and environmental criminal. The issue of Yasukuni is an internal matter for Japan, and China needs to shut up. A Japanese politician visits a Japanese shrine in Japan, nothing to do with anyone else unless they CHOOSE to make it an issue.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 28, 2013 - 09:12AM JST
The best answer yet is Japan telling China, "this is an internal matter and none of your business." A Japanese politician visits a Japanese shrine in Japan. Nothing to do with China. As well, the above "internal matter" is the perpetual excuse that China has used to cover up their very real crimes against their own people, human rights violations, and so on. Beijing has no credibility here.
Posted in: Abe visits Yasukuni shrine; calls it pledge against war
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 27, 2013 - 10:58AM JST
Unless the CHinese and Koreans actually believe in Shinto, and sincerely believe that the war dead have become "kamii", then they are protesting over nothing. A myth. Classic tempest in a teapot.
Posted in: Japanese watch Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit with mixed feelings
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 27, 2013 - 10:40AM JST
If the 14 secretly interred war criminals are the problem, why not just dig them up and toss them in the garbage? Then, the 2,499,986 remaining bodies could have a bit of peace too.
This seems like an all to convenient way for Korea and China to have a good self-pity party at Japan's expense. What a Japanese does in Japan shouldn't be anyone else's business when it does no demonstrable harm. I am sure that those who still glorify Chairman Mao aren't treated this way, and he is possibly the greatest murder of the 20th centry.
Posted in: Yasukuni shrine Q&A
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 27, 2013 - 08:36AM JST
Fugacis, japan HAS taken action. Since the war, what aggressive action has Japan taken? What military aggression? None. Now, compare that to the two nations currently whining and crying. Hypocrisy, thy name is China/Korea.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 27, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
I say that Abe should visit Yasukuni every week, like clockwork, until the Koreans and Chinese learn to shut up and mind their own business. It may teach them to spend their energy on more productive activities. They need to grow up and stop whining about things that happened when 95% of their people weren't even born.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 27, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
the Koreans and red China need to get over themselves, and stop having these attacks of faux outrage. No country in this area has clean hands, and whinging about others only makes the whinger look petty and small.
If I were Abe, I would make a weekly visit to Yasukuni part of my routine. Each time, go to pray for peace and international understanding. It's the only way to take the steam out of the ridiculous protests. I doubt that China and Korea could muster the steam and energy to be so vituperous on a weekly basis. In time, they would just learn to get used to it and mind their own damn business.
Posted in: U.S. disappointed by Abe's Yasukuni visit; China, S Korea protest
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorDec. 14, 2013 - 11:39AM JST
Good job Abe-san. It's about time that Japan recognized that it needs the ability to defend itself with minimal outside assistance. The reality is that Japan is in a very dangerous part of the world- surrounded by countries with nuclear weapons. Russia, China, N Korea, all have nukes. S Korea can probably build them in a long weekend too. Japan needs a military that is in proportio with its economic standing.
Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5%
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 26, 2013 - 01:12AM JST
What has Kennedy accomplished in either politics or international relations that would vault her to this very (in my opinion) important and delicate post? I look, for example, at Canada's current ambassador to Japan. An accomplished diplomat, fully trilingual (English, French, Japanese), with decades of experience in Asia. I look at Japan's ambassador to the USA. Another career diplomat with accomplishments and skill.
This is a crucial time in Asian affairs. There are real tensions between Japan and other countries that demand serious attention. Three nuclear armed countries are almost neighbours. Kennedy will need constant monitoring, need to be briefed and translated for and isolated from all important events because she is simply not capable of dealing with them.
I understand that presidents need to give patronage rewards to their political supporters. It's part of the game. But I would have preferred she be sent to be ambassador to Belgium or Sweden, somewhere that there is no risk.
Posted in: Kennedy says JFK's spirit lives on
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Oh look. Another Boeing Airplane. Just great.
Posted in: JAL Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Honolulu
Mar. 12, 2014 - 10:08PM JST
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