borscht's past comments

  • 11

    borscht

    World War II may have ended 70 years ago but that isn't the reason the bases are there. They are there to intimidate others and control aggression against Taiwan, South Korea, and, to some extent, Japan. The same war ended at the same time in Europe but there are still US army bases in Germany (Frankfurt) and NATO in places like Turkey. To defend against German aggression? No, to defend against the new enemy (at that time the Soviet Union and Eastern Block countries).

    However, I think Japan should stop hiding behind the US flag. Especially after revising Article 9. You're on your own now, buddy; good luck. The US forces should move to Guam.

    Posted in: Would you like to see U.S. military forces leave Okinawa?

  • 6

    borscht

    After retirement a certain period of adjustment is required. The wife has to accommodate another person disrupting her routine (even happens on the weekends, too), and the husband has to deal with no longer being needed by his company (which begged him to work overtime for free).

    It is easier to adjust if both people have other things to do and talk about besides housework and work.

    On the other hand, I agree with goldorak, this sounds like a fictional account dressed up as real and passed on by JapanToday.

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

  • 4

    borscht

    They were approached by a bear and Noboru yelled at her to run away,

    He yelled at his wife or the bear?

    Also, agree with Cleo – if it's a known bear habitat that means it's not a known Human habitat. Stay clear.

    Posted in: Two men killed in apparent bear attacks in Akita

  • 18

    borscht

    Just the $2,000,00 bribe?

    Or the logo fiasco, the stadium fiasco, the amakudari fiasco, and the attention the magic 2020 Olympics has taken away from Fukushima victims (not enough construction workers because they can make more money building the Olympics than they can housing for the homeless in Fukushima)?

    I agree with rainyday; didn't support it before because of costs, don't support it now either.

    Posted in: Do you support Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in view of the scandal concerning a $2 million payment for "consulting fees?"

  • 9

    borscht

    It appears that FEMA failed Katrina for the same reasons Bosner is saying the Japanese government is/was failing Kumamoto and Fukushima: politics. Baby Bush appointed his (political) friends to FEMA (and cut its budget) just as Abe et al have appointed politicians to 'head' (briefly) disaster organizations in the Japanese government.

    Bosner is simply saying the Japanese government should develop a team to coordinate disaster relief and the head of it and its regional headquarters should be experienced disaster coordinators, not the 'Heck uva job, Brownie" type appointees. The current FEMA director, Bill Fugate, has decades of disaster coordination experience starting as a fireman.

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  • 5

    borscht

    I believe after Japan forms a committee to look into their own misdeeds it will be discovered that a politician "acting as a private citizen" will be blamed but that since he was "acting as a private citizen" nothing can or will be done. The games will be held. All will be back to normal in November, 2020. Except for the nuclear refugees from Fukushima, of course. Extremely regrettable, eh?

    Posted in: French prosecutors probe $2 million tied to 2020 Tokyo Games

  • 2

    borscht

    Skiing is losing its popularity - Quick! Let the foreigners in! Then, when skiing is completely dead, we won't have any unemployed people. OR - maybe they should allow foreigners to be Snowboard Instructors instead?

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  • 8

    borscht

    Teachers have never been all inclusive; they often ridicule those who are different because of skin color, sexuality, family, or inability in sports. The more 'society' feels it should be homogenous, the more teachers are the problem. It's also why a record number of teachers are applying for sick leave due to 'stress,' depression, and other mental disorders.

    Posted in: Japan's schools 'hateful' places for LGBT students: rights group

  • 5

    borscht

    Friends in the import business might disagree, especially the ones hardest hit by Abe's drive to drive up the yen into the 120~130 range.

    And, really, aren't most companies in the import business? Even the ones Abe loves import resources to build their cars and ... Sony? Who is buying Sony products these days?

    Posted in: Yen surge threatens Japanese companies: Abe

  • 0

    borscht

    Myanmar (Burma) had a major earthquake on the 14th, I believe. So, a big (6.9) in Burma, two 7.0 earthquakes in Japan, one 7.8 in Ecuador. Earth is stretching itself.

    Posted in: Earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador

  • 1

    borscht

    I ike the one of the fan done by the guy or girl after the original was not so original.

    This one: the second one down.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34125046

    Posted in: 4 candidates for 2020 Olympic logo

  • 4

    borscht

    What should Kanazawa University's new nickname be, then? 金沢大学 (Kanazawa Daigaku) is often shortened to 金大 - Kindai. But never Kindai University or Kindai Daigaku.

    Besides, many Kinki Dai students I've met were either proud or amused by the name and it's English meaning.

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  • 6

    borscht

    Shonanbb,

    No, the opposite. When it comes to females in executive positions, Suriname and Azerbaijan have More than Japan.

    Posted in: Japan stumbles over baby steps to encourage working moms

  • 4

    borscht

    Good plan, especially about using rivers when roads are blocked. What will a tsunami do to this plan?

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  • -1

    borscht

    The infrastructure isn't there? You mean, roads?

    Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars are desirable?

  • 4

    borscht

    I'm looking forward to my car driving me to work, going back home to pick up the wife for her job, and then the kids to school before parking itself somewhere. At the end of the day I punch up a Pick Me Up order on my smart phone and viola! I have a ride home.

    Also looking forward to getting some work done when I have to go out of town - an hour or so one way - before arriving at the client's office. Why waste two hours watching for crazy drivers when I could be working? No parking available at the client's building? No problem. Tell the car to go hibernate somewhere.

    Not to mention my alcohol intake might increase on longer road trips.

    Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars are desirable?

  • 1

    borscht

    Wolfpack,

    These people are protesting the lack of city-run daycare centers. For a city-run daycare center to be built, the city has to approve. If they want to start their own privately-run daycare center, they still need city approval but won't get the money or subsidies so fewer people will use them.

    Plus, since 2004, the national and prefectural subsidies for city-run daycare centers stopped and the city now must provide 50% of the subsidies (before 2004 it was 25%). If the city can't afford it? No new daycare centers.

    Also, many parents already have jobs; indeed most of the men probably have careers and can barely afford food, housing, insurance, and education as it is. And you want them to quit and build a privately-run daycare center? In Tokyo? Where land prices are a bit high? A daycare center that will take at least a year before any profit, if any? Not a risk I'd want to take.

    https://www.jetro.go.jp/ext_images/en/reports/market/pdf/2005_69_p.pdf

    Posted in: Rally for more daycare centers

  • 7

    borscht

    Burning Bush is why self-driving cars have had accidents - millions of miles driven and a crazy human driver crashes into them.

    Also, BB, remember that autonomous cars will have people in them. Some of whom might be drunk and have some form of weaponry. And they can switch the car from autonomous to manual. Just a thought.

    Posted in: Autonomous cars aren't perfect, but how safe must they be?

  • 5

    borscht

    What kind of mother would willing abdicate the responsibility and pleasure of raising their own child to a stranger

    The kind who needs the money - the kind who wants Abe's vow to incorporate more women in the work place to succeed - the kind who has a career and wants a child - the kind who leaves work at 5:00 to be with her child - the kind who would rather raise her child but whose family business needs her help...

    Most women in the world raise children and work. In richer countries, they have the option of paying for others to raise the child in a healthy nurturing environment; in poorer countries, the babies get strapped to mon's back while she does the work needed to survive.

    Posted in: Rally for more daycare centers

  • 0

    borscht

    Indecent images and sculptures are not art.

    Definition of "indecent images" needs to be better defined. For example, the rumored-to-be-gay Michelangelo sculpted many - Many - naked men and slapped religious-oriented names on them (David). Indecent?

    On the other hand, what is with some in Japan who persist and insist on pedophilia in manga, anime, and music?

    Posted in: It is regrettable that the court failed to understand the value of my artistic activities.

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