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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 10, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
Perhaps, Dutchman, people are somewhat immune to stories about a suicide bomber from The Religion That Shall Not Be Named (at least in this article). It's nothing new or unusual, sadly.
Posted in: Suicide bomber kills 47 boys in Nigeria school massacre
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 08, 2014 - 02:51AM JST
She is a name without any substance. An Obama financial supporter and member of the 1%. A lightweight. Somewhat similar to the windbag she replaced, John Roos. Another friend of Obama, whose sole qualification seems to be his fundraising prowess (he raised over $500,000) for Obama's presidential bid. He was also rewarded with the ambassadorship.
Japan is an important American ally and trading partner. It is insulting to Japan in the extreme to grant the ambassador's post as a gift to reward political support. Make her ambassador to the Solomon Islands, or to Lesotho.
Let's contrast our Caroline to the Japanese amassador to the United States- Kenichiro Sasae. A former vice foreign minister, a professional diplomat for 30 years, graduate of the Tokyo University school of law and politics.
Posted in: This month marks one year since Caroline Kennedy became U.S. ambassador to Japan. Do you think she has done a good job so far?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 20, 2014 - 07:56AM JST
I wonder why the writer felt it necessary to mention that Obuchi has two children. This is constant in the media. I don't recall ever reading "Shinzo Abe, father of zero".
Posted in: For 3rd day in a row, media expecting Obuchi to resign
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 16, 2014 - 02:01PM JST
Is this crap pornography? Perhaps, perhaps not. It certainly does skate very close to the line, though.
What really gripes my cookies, though, is thinking about the parents of these 'models'. WTF are they thinking? Who ever told them it was a good idea to have their prepubescent daughters pose in such magazines? I guess they are simply either greedy or stupid. To me, this is akin to child abuse or exploitation. As a father, I couldn't sleep at night knowing that my 10 year old daughter was wank bait for thousands of greasy cretins across the country.
Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 07, 2014 - 10:34PM JST
Unfortunately, this kind of result is commonplace when dealing with liberals. They try to refute facts with emotional outbursts, ignore inconvenient truths, and generally refuse to listen. As for Affleck, he is paid to read other people's work. He isn't used to being challenged on his ideas. His type generally live in a comfortable cocoon of support from like minded people.
The truth about the state of the Muslim world is uncomfortable for many, it is true. Recent polling done by Pew Research (hardly a right wing organization) shows many disturbing trends in the way Muslims perceive the world and react to it. In countries like Egypt for example, a large majority of the population voices approval for stoning adulterers and the death sentence for apostasy. I am not saying that the majority of Muslims are actually violent- they aren't. However, there is widespread tacit support FOR violence when it comes to what are seen as attacks on their faith.
Can you imagine the outcry if a survey found that, for example, 80% of Italian catholics were in favour of the death penalty for anyone who voluntarily left the Holy Mother Church?
Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 06, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
First of all, there is very little English education here. There is a LOT of Eigo education, but little English. I mean classes taught by Japanese to Japanese in Japanese using Japanese textbooks to pass a Japanese test to enter a Japanese university. Not much room for English there...
a/ False mythology about the utility of English. Many Japanese equate learning English just with communicating with native speakers, or doing business in the US or UK. Reality is that most English speakers in the world are NOT native speakers. Learning English means that Japanese can communicate with Koreans, Germans, Malaysians, Vietnamese, etc.
b/ False notions of nationalism. The idea that learning a foreign language too well by necessity means that you are somehow less Japanese. How many times have we heard, "I'm Japanese, so..." as an excuse for something?
c/ lack of drive. English needs to be taught as a skill, like a sport, rather than as an academic endeavour. Sitting passively in class with an open book and closed mind won't do anything. Language learning requires active participation, gambling, and expecting temporary failure. These are not things most Japanese like to do.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 14, 2014 - 10:56AM JST
Social anxiety happens everywhere, but IMHO the response in Japan is different. The emphasis here is on keeping the family name clean and avoiding embarassment, rather than on treating the afflicted.
Mental health issues in general are not well understood here.
Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 13, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
Sorry, but there really is no such thing as a true "hikkikomori". Answer these simple questions:
a/ Do they bathe/crap/pee in their rooms?
b/ Do they do their laundry in their rooms?
c/ Do they cook/eat in their rooms?
d/ How do they get money to buy smokes, games, snacks, etc?
There is a whole lot of enabling going on, by families who are far too generous and understanding. Simple solution, lock/nail the door shut when the hikikomori goes out to Lawson's, takes a bath, eats lunch. Then, have a counselor standing by to talk to them. If they talk, they can go back to their room. If not, the door is over there, and have a nice life...
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 12, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
Yabits; consider the fates of the Jewish communities of various nations in Africa- Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and so on.All these nations had thriving Jewish communities, and all were driven from their homes, beaten, killed, exiled.
What is to stop the same thing happening?
Posted in: Shattering myths: The conflict between Israel and Hamas
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 12, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
...except that is not what is happening. Please compare the civil rights enjoyed by Palestinians inside of Israel to the rights enjoyed by Jews in Gaza. Actually, compare human rights in general between the two. Pride Week just passed, for example. How about comparing Pride Week festivities in the two places? Try being LGBT in any territory controlled by Hamas...
The violence would end tomorrow if only Hamas stopped shooting rockets at civilians in Israel. It is really that simple.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 11, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
Typical petty bickering by Korea. Anything to try and breathe more life into the long-dead ghosts of the past.
Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 11, 2014 - 03:17PM JST
The worst part for Brazil is having to play in a consolation match against the Dutch. It is a stupid idea to have a game to decide third place. There aren't gold/silver/bronze medals at stake, so it strikes me as a useless gesture. Plus, what if they lose again to the Dutch, a very distinct possibility? Double humiliation to wear around their necks like an albatross.
I was happy to see their fans snuffling and balling in the stands.
Posted in: Argentina in the final: Brazil's Cup nightmare deepens
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 11, 2014 - 03:13PM JST
This isnt too surprising for a couple of reasons. First, in Japan Tanaka was used to pitching only once a week. In the Majors, it is every 5 days. He isn't getting the rest he (and his arm) is used to.
Second, Japanese kids who show promise as pitchers are brutally overworked from the time they are in high school. It isnt uncommon for them to throw 200 or 300 pitches in a couple of days at tournaments like Koshien. Teams will try and ride a single star pitcher all the way to the championship, no matter the long term cost to that player's health. It is sickening that there are no rules in force to protect players from this kind of abuse by coaches.
Posted in: Yankees' Tanaka out for six weeks due to torn elbow ligament
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 01, 2014 - 04:40PM JST
Disillusioned; actually, Japan canNOT defend itself. The military is far too small to do anything but moderately inconvenience a serious threat from communist China. Having friends, especially friends with big guns, is one way to preserve your freedom.
Posted in: Cabinet adopts resolution dropping ban on collective self-defense
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJul. 01, 2014 - 04:35PM JST
This decision wasnt so much about free speech rights as the RFRA, a 1993 law signed by President Clinton and sponsored by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The right to access birth control has nothing to do with employment. Hobby Lobby isnt forbidding its employees to use birth control, or to use any of the "morning after" type medicined in question. All Hobby Lobby wants to do is to not pay for them. Not a big decision IMHO. After all, a dose of the "oops pill" costs around $10 in most places, and is also available at Planned Parenthood.
Posted in: White House says Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive care jeopardizes women's health
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJun. 18, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
This was a wise decision. There is a huge difference between animation/manga/written material and actual video or photos using real people. Those who traffic in the latter should be punished harshly, but the former?
It would set a dangerous precedent to make material illegal that did not cause direct harm. Otherwise, material that depicts OTHER crimes may be next. Manga that depict murder may be next...
Posted in: Diet enacts law banning child porn possession
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJun. 05, 2014 - 12:07AM JST
The constant demands for more, and more formal, and more sincere, apologies is getting tiring. It shows me that South Korea sees its future as being part of red China's orbit rather than the free world's. They are merely following along with their masters in Beijing. In turn, China keeps North Korea from imploding and wrecking the economy of the South. It is a bizarre symbiotic relationship.
Yabits, the Korean government at the time in 1965 refused to let Japan participate in the specific distribution of the money. Instead, it kept the cash for infrastructure projects and paid a pittance to the victims. So, if the survivors have a beef with anyone, it is their own government. THEY are the ones who stole the apology money.
To an outsider, the whole fetish for apologies that is such a large part of many Asian cultures is fascinating.
Posted in: 6 former 'comfort women' demand apology from Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMay. 31, 2014 - 05:56PM JST
The Korean American community needs to remember that they are American first. This pointless dredging up of old issues and opening old wounds only serves one purpose: to drive Korea into the Chinese sphere of influence. It has been plain for a while that Korea sees itself as having more of a future by kissing up to red China than remaining with the free world.
The statue itself? Meh. Next, I'd like to see the Vietnamese American community erect a statue beside it to commemorate the thousands of innocent Vietnamese civilians butchered by Korean soldiers during the Vietnam war.
Posted in: Monument to comfort women dedicated in Virginia
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMay. 31, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
If you don't like the name, that's fine.Don't buy their souveniers, don't attend or watch their games, give them the cold shoulder. Ask the owners to change the name if you are so motivated. However, IMHO it gets dangerous when the idea comes that the name should be banned or forbidden.
BTW, this opens a dangerous "Panodra's Box" as well. Should the Notre Dame Fighting Irish be forced to change? A pugilistic leprechaun is a virulently racist mascot, after all.
It all becomes silly...
Posted in: What do you think of the nicknames that sports teams use? For example, in the U.S., the NFL's Washington Redskins are under pressure to change their moniker because it is now seen as being disrespectful to native Americans.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMay. 13, 2014 - 11:34PM JST
Michael, the problem is that there WERE no actions. Just a few remarks in a conversation that he thought was private. Of course what he said was rude, but who among us has not made comments that we thought were in private that we would not want to be made public?
The issue isn't about free speech. It is about privacy. I don't want to have to frisk all my friends when they come to my house, and make sure they aren't carrying any recording devices. I don't want my unguarded words to be made public. Nor do I want them given to my boss or co-workers.
Posted in: Clippers owner apologizes, says he was 'baited' into racist comments
Nov. 22, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
Like so many aspects of J-society politics sucks!
Japan needs to re-invent its entire political system,…
Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever
Nov. 22, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
As somebody who has taught in both Japan and Australia I feel that the Japanese education…
Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade
Nov. 22, 2014 - 11:33AM JST
had recently been saying that she couldn’t cope with raising her child.
And, what do her…
Posted in: Woman held for murder after dropping 3-year-old daughter from bridge into river
Nov. 22, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
I've seen quite a few elections in Japan but in a competitive field, none quite as…
Nov. 22, 2014 - 11:29AM JST
Having no sales tax on essentials like groceries is the kind of confusion I, and I…
Posted in: Gov't to reduce sales tax on food, other items in April 2017