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
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 16, 2014 - 12:59AM JST
Stranger, if sharing a bed with a president were qualification, then Nancy Reagan would have been a great Commander in Chief. Also, parachuting into a very safe Senate seat doesn't show any talent other than rank opportunism. As for her stint as SecState, can you name any accomplishments? Major treaties or deals?
Didn't think so. She's all hat and no cattle.
Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 15, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
Whistleblower protection?!? Does the name "Snowden" ring a bell? Obama has declared war on WHistleblowers- he has used the law to supress them more than any president in recent memory. Obamacare is a sad joke, the worst of private care plus the worst of government bullying all rolled into one useless law. As for his "support" of the HGBTIQTW community, it can best be described as weak. He was against gay marriage until Joe Biden forced his hand last year.
He's an intelligent guy, but dismal as a president. He looks down on those he sees as inferior, his vaunted communication skills are largely electronics, and he doesn't have 1/10 the political skill of a president like Clinton. Nowhere to go but up for whoever succeeds him.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 15, 2014 - 09:37PM JST
Hillary would be a disaster candidate and a disaster president. She has no qualifications to speak of: being first lady means nothing, being a carpetbagger senator parachuting into a safe Senate seat is no big deal, and she has no accomplishments to speak of from her term as SecState. Another consummate Washington insider. It shows how thin the Democratic pool of potential candidates actually is that she gets so much attention.
Not to mention if she ever got into a debate against someone like Ted Cruz, he would totally destroy her.
I think Christie can resurrect his political reputation with no trouble. He has two years and the electorate has a notoriously short attention span. As a running mate........ perhaps Paul Ryan again?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 13, 2014 - 03:50PM JST
Strangerland; the situation you describe is the political version of the "heckler's veto", where free speech is limited due to the potential of noisy reaction. In Japan, Abe can do as he pleases and Korea can react as they please. However, Korea CHOOSES to react.
Face it, Koreans don't even really like each other! The South treats those who manage to escape from the North quite shamefully. They are seen as an embarrassment rather than as returning family.
Posted in: Abe seeks trilateral summit with S Korea, U.S.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 13, 2014 - 03:11PM JST
A Japanese politician visits a Japanese shrine in Japan on a Japanese holiday to pay respects to Japanese who died in the war. Frankly, it sounds like nobody else's business to me. I don't hear too many politicians in Japan sticking their noses into Korea's internal affairs.
Korea is suffering the geopolitical equivalent of "small man syndrome". Let's call it "small country syndrome". They feel the need to constantly make noise and poke their larger and more important neighbours. It is a sign of national insecurity and immaturity.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 13, 2014 - 02:05PM JST
Having a summit now, when there are no pressing issues, is a very wise move. It is better to start relations before anything happens than to scramble about in the heat of a crisis. Establish contact, set a schedule, and let things thaw out a bit.
But no. Kim wants to play the victim card. It's tiring. Korea has a short memory when it comes to the rest of the world coming to their rescue in 1950-53. Totally ungrateful. But they whinge about their colonial past with crystal clarity...
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMar. 13, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
The Koreans can go pound sand.
The current president is obviously embarrassed by her personal history- after all, her father was a member of the Imperial Japanese Army during WW2, and he was also the man who signed the treaty normalizing relations with Japan. He also took the compensation money Japan paid at that time and refused to distribute it to the victims of WW2. Now, she has to live with that uncomfortable legacy.
"History" is exactly that, history. It's past. Reality dictates that nations have to move forward, not backward. Otherwise, every country in the world could continue to nurse grudges with their neighbours, and international relations would come to a standstill. The Koreans are acting like immature children.
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
Apr. 16, 2014 - 10:00PM JST
Reconciliation is the way forward. Yes, the handful of surviving women from other nations will probably…
Posted in: Gov't official heads to Seoul for 'comfort women' talks
Apr. 16, 2014 - 09:51PM JST
offering profiles that concentrated on her supposed feminine charms.
Nani? how they are "supposed" JT, you…
Posted in: Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study
Apr. 16, 2014 - 09:44PM JST
Hedamadness First off i never called anyone evil or stupid , your words not mine .…
Posted in: Kyushu town rallies for nuclear plant restart
Apr. 16, 2014 - 09:43PM JST
I thought terrorism was caused by the West?
Posted in: Muslim extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria
Apr. 16, 2014 - 09:31PM JST
I know this will get me a lot of grief, but, respectfully, a xenophobic country that…
Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%