borscht's past comments

  • 7

    borscht

    Music and politics have been mixing since forever; sometimes obviously, sometimes more subtly. Simon and Garfunkel's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme" is an anti-war statement.

    Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 was used to demoralize German soldiers in WWII. And probably Mozart wrote something that jabbed at politics, too.

    In other words, whoever thinks music and politics shouldn't mix is a dimwit and should just come out and say they don't want a political activist to teach them anything; they prefer their heads in the sand.

    Posted in: It appears that elements that do not look kindly on having an individual who has been critical of the current administration appear at a noted event like Fuji Rock are using the logic that politics should not be brought into music.

  • 6

    borscht

    Sensei25?

    Yeah, we really should be allowed to hate LGBT people; it's in the Bible, after all, ain't it?

    Posted in: Japan's 1st ordinance to deter hate speech comes into force

  • 3

    borscht

    Take a few trillion spent on things like an Olympic show and put it into programs designed to encourage birth such as what Yubaru pointed out: free daycare, medical care, education, and subsidized rent for those who need it. If the government gets off their collective butts today, in 30 years, things might be reversed. But that's a big If...

    The social security system here gives those who have worked their entire lives just enough cash to spend on things that they might need (food, meds) or enjoy (small trips, hobbies); esp. if their houses are paid for. And while young people might complain about helping other people, when the young people get old, they'll demand the extra help.

    Posted in: Over 25% of Japan's population aged 65 or older: gov't data

  • 11

    borscht

    Japanese firms selling products in Britain will be stable, but Japanese firms (any firm, actually) making product in Britain will have a hard time selling them in the EU (most of Europe). One reason Toyota set up a factory in Britain was to access the EU market, for example, and now that is gone.

    Posted in: Kishida calls on Britain to ensure stable environment for Japan firms

  • 7

    borscht

    diuneahma,

    Yes, better to shut up, gaijin; we Japanese can screw this up all by ourselves, thank you very much. Now, bugger off. Besides, like you, typing an opinion on a second-rate news site is hardly meddling.

    Posted in: Abe campaigns on 'stability' ticket as Brexit rocks markets

  • 4

    borscht

    Also, some of these incursions are perfectly internationally legal; the US and the old USSR used to do it to each other all the time - sail between two international bodies of water via cutting very close to another country's land.

    Posted in: 3 Chinese vessels enter Japanese waters around Senkakus

  • 2

    borscht

    True innovation comes from being blind to the things that separate people, listening to the ideas and contribution of people without a shred of consideration of anything except their competence.

    That is practically the definition of diversity. However, too often concerns about nationality, age, alma mater, sex, gender, and connections need to be shoved a bit to the side and diversity allowed in.

    Posted in: Workplaces for all: British firm sets bar on diversity

  • 5

    borscht

    Financed by China if I remember correctly. Go Trump!

    No facts required for Drumpf supporters, yes!

    Institutes financing the new Panama Canal:

    Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)—US$800 million - Japanese government institute

    European Investment Bank (EIB)—US$500 million - an EU consortium

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)—US$400 million - international consortium concentrating on Latin America

    Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)—US$300 million - a South American consortium

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)—US$300 million - an international consortium

    Also, east coast/south coast US goods will be cheaper in Asia because of lower transportation costs; including natural gas, gas, and oil exports. Go USA!

    Posted in: Expanded Panama Canal opens

  • 0

    borscht

    Sentence Number One mentions the 450,000 condoms, but that's the only mention.

    Posted in: Plenty of condoms but no TVs in Rio Olympics athletes village

  • 2

    borscht

    Suspended Sentences are very common. She might have committed premeditated murder but we've seen parents get less than four years for murdering their children (child), often suspended for three years or so. Judges following the law is not a requirement, it appears.

    Posted in: Woman jailed for 4 years for murder, assisted suicide of parents

  • 3

    borscht

    I had a 2ldk apartment once that was nearly empty. My friend had the same apartment below mine. You needed to walk sideways to get through all the stuff he had: tables, dish cabinets, massage chairs that were broken, two TVs etc. He always told me I had a "really big apartment."

    I guess he didn't get the memo about how "in Japan, we like empty space. Westerners don't."

    Posted in: Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

  • 7

    borscht

    I really hope curling is dope free.

    Posted in: How widespread do you think doping is in pro sports? Are there any sports that you think are clean?

  • 12

    borscht

    There must be an election coming soon. Pre-election is the only time he says this. And he can't say what he has Done in the past because he hasn't done anything.

    Posted in: I will do all I can to resolve the issue and work until the parents of abductees can embrace their loved ones again.

  • 3

    borscht

    Of the 24 Japanese Nobel prize-winners, 9 graduated (either undergrad or PhD) from Tokyo University while 6 graduated from Kyoto University, 4 from Nagoya University, 3 from schools in the US (Penn State, Rochester, and UC San Diego), and the rest from other places like Tohoku University, Hokkaido, Tokushima, Nagasaki, and Yamanashi and Saitama.

    If research is the key to higher rankings, as Tim Fox says, Tokyo ranks higher than Kyoto but Nagoya should't be sniffed at. Two of the Nobel winners were born in Japan but became US citizens later, when they won the prize.

    But internationalization? Lots of lesser regional schools have a student body of 50% non-Japanese. Tokyo University can't match that.

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  • 8

    borscht

    Fds, Do you mean a privately-owned place the public visits shouldn't be deemed public as in every business in the world? Every restaurant, department store, most museums, many hospitals? Then you mean Only government buildings should have smoking banned in them? You're right, 'public' should be defined better.

    Posted in: Would you support a total smoking ban in public places?

  • -28

    borscht

    The governor of one of the largest and richest cities in the world takes a government car home. I'm a bit dense but I don't see the problem. It would've been more political if he took the subways, though. Also, he flies first class. Should he fly tourist or business? Why? To save yen while he's trying to drum up billions of yen's worth of business for Tokyo?

    I think some political group is trying to get rid of him as governor for relatively small -and not illegal - political missteps. (His buying pajamas and family dinners with government money is definitely a no-no, however.)

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  • 5

    borscht

    Besides tissues, leaflets, and posters I think they need a cuddly mascot. They have six days to "eradicate" groping. They need to bring out the big guns.

    Posted in: Police begin campaign to stamp out groping on trains

  • 0

    borscht

    Shoronagashi in Nagasaki. Everyone has fireworks and alcohol. What could go wrong? Dancing in the streets. Huge, deadly floats.

    Posted in: What's your favorite festival in Japan?

  • 6

    borscht

    Seems that the police had to make two judgment calls: were the messages written by him? Should they take the case to the stalker unit?

    On the second one, maybe the manual should be re-written to say "If someone complains about being stalked, take it to the stalker unit." From the current: "Might we suggest that if you think the stalker might be dangerous maybe think about taking it to the stalker unit?"

    Maybe the first one was still "under investigation" for 12 days.

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  • 9

    borscht

    Get to work earlier and go home on time. In other words, work longer for the same pay. Sounds like a good benefit for the government. Also, if you don't go home on time (wink wink nudge nudge) we'll turn the lights out at 8:00 - thereby forcing you to go home... Or out drinking. But also to let you know that the real ending time is 8:00.

    Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August

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