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YongYangJul. 02, 2015 - 03:51AM JST
@Bura: Being right isn't being pedantic. Michael Chang was the first Asian man to contest and win... The youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 4 months.
Posted in: Nishikori pulls out of Wimbledon with calf strain
YongYangJul. 01, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
UNESCO should register it, as a remembrance of inhumanity.
Posted in: Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws flak over slave labor
YongYangJun. 30, 2015 - 05:47PM JST
It WAS a mistake to allow Greece into the Euro when it did not meet the strict criteria required to join the Euro --yet let Greece join THEY did--, but that pales to what will happen if they let Greece go... 'Ah, so it isn't a union, it's a loose monetary exchange mechanism.. OK, let's make a run on... Italy! Then Spain, Portugal...' and so on. This is what happens when you put politics before economics.
Posted in: BOJ not considering emergency fund injection over Greece yet
YongYangJun. 30, 2015 - 01:11AM JST
We should be clear: almost none of the huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone there. It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors – including German and French banks. Greece has gotten but a pittance, but it has paid a high price to preserve these countries’ banking systems. The IMF and the other “official” creditors do not need the money that is being demanded. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the money received would most likely just be lent out again to Greece.
But, again, it’s not about the money. It’s about using “deadlines” to force Greece to knuckle under, and to accept the unacceptable – not only austerity measures, but other regressive and punitive policies.
Posted in: Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut
YongYangJun. 29, 2015 - 03:27PM JST
It could certainly herald the beginning of the end of the Euro, this dogmatic morality on the part of the Germans, where debt is literally seen as a sin, is nothing short of lunacy, this combined with the other creditors inflexibility, the IMF, has pushed Greece --which shouldn't have been allowed join the Euro in the first place-- to this "break point", once Greece leaves the Euro it is no longer a "common currency" but a loose exchange rate mechanism, exposed as weak and vulnerable... next then, Italy, Spain and so the dominoes will fall. This is what happens when politics trumps economics.
It is NOT entirely the Greeks fault, the creditors have to shoulder blame as well.
YongYangJun. 29, 2015 - 01:39PM JST
As the currency wars continue, well, I think the Euro just pulled off a blinder, letting an entire nation fail, well, it's going to make the Lehman Brothers look like a nice social dance. Hang on folks! The Yen is about to get stronger under its 'Safe Haven' moniker. FX Heaven.
Posted in: Japan factory production down 2.2% in May
YongYangJun. 28, 2015 - 06:40AM JST
As a patriarchal society Japan is slow to change with its take on the women that are eseential to its society, but I have to believe that the right decision will be taken. Women given the right to remarry the moment divorce is finalized, a right to keep their family name.
Posted in: Top court to hear arguments on Civil Code articles on remarriage, surnames
YongYangJun. 26, 2015 - 09:45PM JST
@MarkG, the word you're searching for, 'endured murder in large numbers' is genocide.
Posted in: 2 victims of Charleston massacre mourned as battle rages over flag
YongYangJun. 26, 2015 - 04:02PM JST
Important to establish protocols. Reduces the chances of The Bedford Incident.
Posted in: Japan, China to agree on procedures for unexpected military encounters
YongYangJun. 26, 2015 - 12:56PM JST
The ONLY confederate flag that mattered is that white one shown April 9 1865.
YongYangJun. 26, 2015 - 01:30AM JST
@Tessa: 'meh' or 'meow'?
Posted in: Wakayama's famous stationmaster cat Tama dies at 16
YongYangJun. 25, 2015 - 07:28PM JST
@Smith, so because some humans are left to rot, this cat should suffer the same fate? Come again? Weird logic. This cat gave joy to millions of people, we need and should and have to respect animals more than we do as we carry out the Sixth Great Extinction through our actions, perhaps making a connection to this cat will help some see that we need to look after and respect nature a lot more than we do.
YongYangJun. 24, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
If only the instruments --the soldiers-- of a few select mad men's intentions to reap havoc would collectively say, 'No'.
Peace to these men. Peace to all men. Peace to you.
Posted in: Japanese, British 'Death Railway' veterans meet in reconciliation
YongYangJun. 23, 2015 - 09:28AM JST
The original Ring film, makes your "eyes roll"? Is "cheesy"? What? Don't think so, Sadako is scary as hell in that film. 'Have you watched THAT video?'
Posted in: Commercial for latest 'Grudge' film pulled from air after complaints of being too scary
YongYangJun. 21, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
@Luca: Yes it does: ウル
Posted in: MERS sparks mask rush in Asia, but are they effective?
YongYangJun. 21, 2015 - 12:37PM JST
The way MERS is spread... well, masks don't really help, washing hands and not touching your nose, mouth and eyes is much more effective.
And of course --this will never be picked up by the Japanese media but it'll make me feel better-- it is MERS as in purrs, not Mars, which is a planet or a candy bar.
YongYangJun. 20, 2015 - 03:54PM JST
Maybe at last the presumption that the vast majority of Japanese have about children, that they are someone's Object, is finally being questioned and found unacceptable. The abuse of children is so under the radar here it borders on the criminal. It's a 'family affair' has got to stop being the excuse for not doing anything.
Posted in: Man arrested for slamming 6-year-old son's face against wall
YongYangJun. 19, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
@Fox's dad. See that where you started that sentence, 'In Germany...' That's right. End of gripe. This IS Japan.
Posted in: Man arrested for uploading video of himself driving at over 170 kph
YongYangJun. 19, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
Hamp: You have 28 days to get your story right.
Posted in: Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested
YongYangJun. 19, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
This IS Japan. As a member of the military, or as an ambassador representing whichever country you are from... you should know better, what are you, an inexperienced child or a responsible adult? Abide by the traffic laws or ship yourself off to somewhere you can do your 'speed' legally."
Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:18PM JST
Congrats on the win. However, I'm of two minds about this Sunday game between Japan and…
Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal
Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:16PM JST
'And just an offside - I just watched the highlights commentated by 2 British(a man &…
Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:15PM JST
zichiJun. 30, 2015 - 10:38PM JST
Unlike Japan, European countries and America don't try to whitewash…
Posted in: U.N. commissioner urges Abe to meet 'comfort women'
Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:14PM JST
Oh c'mon people! She was given a choice. Resign or be fired! There is no way…
Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest
Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:12PM JST
zichi -- what a heartless post. First off, you know full well, your number of…
Posted in: Court orders TEPCO to pay Y27 mil in damages over suicide linked to Fukushima