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browny1Sep. 26, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
Kimigayo is modelled on England's "God save the Queen / King" - sombre, reflecting England's command as the world empire leader in the 19th c.
Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'
browny1Sep. 20, 2014 - 02:32PM JST
Agree with Jack & Frungy -
What gives anyone the right to utter lies & false statements, therby imposing upon the "freedom, privacy and rights" of the abused.
And guising it in the cloak of "Free Speech" is lame, when the lives of the wronged are considered.
Sure if it's true and needs to be said, say it - but a barrage of lies is not democracy, because as Frungy mentioned, it's more often than not, that the exponents are in positions of power - politically, socially, physically, or emotionally or they are anonymous and choose to be tough in cognito. Slimes.
Posted in: Where should the line be drawn, if at all, between freedom of speech and libel, slander or defamation?
browny1Sep. 20, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
ossan - thank you for your reply.
So, as you stated, in accordance with the changes in food sources," ...a number of specimens would have to be killed and examined every year to detect such changes."
OK. So, my question was/is, What is the necessary amount of kills (number of specimens) required each year to glean the desired information? OK, I know it will vary, but a ball-park figure?
As I understand, by the quotas set (not ahieved but set) by the Whaling Industry of up to a high of around 1,000 / year, I imagine that to be the scientifically arrived at number to fulfill all research requirements.
I wonder by what means such a number was arrived at? Perhaps they borrowed from the science of human sampling, ie Gallup Polls, which often use a random spread in the vicinity of 1,000 people to ascertain trends with a +/- 5 discrepancy???
I'm not a scientist, but find it a little hard to accept such numbers of kill are needed to substantiate the research. Perhaps you have a link as to the methodology used. I'm not saying up to 1,000 kills is bad science, I'm wondering why 10, 50 or 100 etc kills is not an adequate sampling %?
Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution
browny1Sep. 20, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
ossan - re "How does one determine the diet by non-lethal means?" , I believe you are correct in suggesting that killing whales and examining the contents of their stomachs will give an exact answer. And as you further stated this may well help save endangered whales such as the Blue whale because they are competing for food resources. So lethal research may help save others - that's good isn't it!
But my query is, after examining the guts (and I assume the whole alimentary canal) of over 10,000 whales don't they know yet? I mean a program, spread over decades, taking into account seasonal variations and climate changes impacting food sources, ocean currents etc, to date is unfinished? Are whales stomachs so complicated that after 10,000 examinations, the mysterious diet is still so elusive?
Or is it because they may change their diet suddenly from one year to the next (which may impact on those that are truly endangered) so a continuous lethal program is necessary - just to be sure, you know?
It's all a little confusing.
browny1Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
tina - it was challenged.
At the ICJ.
Convincing grounds were apparently presented, because the court ruled against Japan's whaling operations as they existed.
No ruling was decided on animal smartness, cuteness etc as you suggested.
Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting
browny1Sep. 13, 2014 - 11:15AM JST
gaijininfo - genetics certainly is aconsiderable factor in determining many aspects of the human condition, but not quite sure if it's the "magic bullet" you allude to. And as you stated some people don't acnowledge it's role.
However lifestyle choices, unforseen circumstances, technology and just plain luck can skewer any "set-in-stone" presumptions re DNA.
Re the great longevity of many Japanese, it'scritical to look at their histories. In most parts, all have been through severe hardships, deprivations, sadness, stress and uncertainty for large portions of their lives. Together with extended periods of malnourishment one could well expect their lives to be shortened. But no. Is the X factor DNA, diet, communal spirit, will, positivity, luck, or a combination of these and or other elements? If DNA is the all powerful factor, should it not have been evident for centuries? For instance, does data shows the longevity of Meiji citizens to exceed that of the French or Irannians of the same era?
It is also interesting to note what similarities exist between other long-life communities. For example Hong Kong-ites live in what many people believe are physical conditions not conducive to long healthy lives. Congestion, pollution, lack of privacy etc. But statistically the longevity of those people is equal to or greater than the Japanese. Italian men generally live longer than Japanese men and womens lives are only a little shorter. DNA? Wine? Diet? Family? Positivity? Medicine?
All interesting, but personally I think those who believe the Japanese possess a magic longevity bullet , may find it's a blank when it fails to fire in the near future. The wonderful people of great age will begin to decline as the lifestyle factors of dietary habits, tobacco & alcohol use, a relatively sedentary existance, pollution and stress begin to impact and guarantee that the ensuing generations will envy their grandparents.
But I could be wrong.
Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high
browny1Sep. 12, 2014 - 09:08AM JST
While Asahi are culpable of neglience re checking sources, the whole "comfort women" issue did and does not hinge on the ramblings of one single man.
Many other accounts exist from a variety of cross-cultural sources, too numerous in number to ignore.
The anti-Asahi forces focus on this one single view, is a weak attempt to discredit all views & accounts.
And re Fukushima - again it's not really clear from Yoshidas vague account whether his words / actions / in-actions did or did not play a significant role in a controlled evacuation or a panic evacuation. He says they didn't follow his orders, so there are unknowns.
While I'm not a blind Asahi fan, it does seem there are certain forces at play at the moment designed to crush their voice and cast doubt on their status. I wonder how any of the other media networks would come out from a similar scalpel wielding dissection? Clean as dirt I suspect.
Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports
browny1Sep. 09, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
From this brief we are to believe 10 kinder kids on a raft with 1 teacher.
If so then there are zero excuses.
Gross negligence resulting in death.
Lifejackets??? - we don't know!
Posted in: 5-year-old boy drowns while rafting in Iwate
browny1Sep. 07, 2014 - 01:10AM JST
Mike O - well thank you for challenging my intelligence. Tells me a lot and a whole lot more.
I understand that you as a worker for the JWI will obviously have a vested interest in any aspect of discussion re whaling. No quibbles there.
But it's interesting to note over the years that you almost fail to give any credence to other opinions at all. Even ruling out a lot of the misinformed, the incorrect, the extreme and / or rude - it appears you cannot give at all. Can it be that you have been correct / right / justified in all of your 100's of statements & assumptions and everyone else has been incorrect and mistaken?
Simple example being the afore mentioned Tohoku aid monies going to the Antarctic program. Yes as I said it may be technically in bounds, but you could have given just a little and suggested something like "but the timing was a bit rich" or the like. But no - every other opinion is always fallible.
I as an observer on these discussions with no particular vested interests, find it amusing, Grins abound.
Good luck for the future of your industry. I hope you you sort it all out.
Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban
browny1Sep. 06, 2014 - 05:27PM JST
Mike O - thanks for your reply.
All becoming rather cyclic isn't it, however a few final comments on this occasion.
As we were talking about the Japanese Whaling Industry(JWI) I only assumed you would take "they" to mean such. But perhaps I assumed too much.
Re - leaving the IWC - yes we all know Japan IS a current member. i simply stated that there is nothing stopping them (btw this "them" refers to the JWI and not the world) from leaving - you know, in the future! Then they would not be held to any moratorium. They(JWI) could then in their own rights satisfy the needs of the working members (JWI) and customers. I wonder why this option has not been employed, because it's an obvious answer to a vexing problem.
And re "demand is low, that doesn't mean it has dwindled" must take into account a different understanding of the term dwindle. My Oxford dic states dwindle as "to become gradually less or smaller". Well you could have fooled me, becasue I was under the impression that the amount of whale meat consumed in Japan since it's peak has til now has been becoming gradually less. But musy have been mistaken. Sorry. And indeed if that it the case it would reflect a societal change - even in the least dietary customs.
And re Norway - yes I agree, they (norway) are still members and that their "ignoring" the moratorium was wrong, when in fact it was an objection which allowed them to not follow the moratorium and whale to their content. And yes Iceland is a current member, but it did have the soirit to leave the IWC in the 90's (I think) to show it's disapproval of the system. My comments were made in regards to suggesting NO ONE is stopping Japan from following suit and or leaving. If little places like Norway & Iceland could stand up to bullying why can't Japan??? Unless...?
And re testiing for contaminants - yes it has been inconsistent. One would hope it to be actually Very Consistent in light of all the attention. In fact a regular public release of research data showing the levels of contaminants would be appreciated by many. Can't be too hard. And mentioning other "bad" products people consume is rather a lazy diversionary comment isn't it? We are discussing whale meat at the mo' and not tobacco, junk food etc etc.
And finally re the Tohoku money. Yes we all know the Tohoku whaling indutry also suffered, but the money that was earmarked for aid was hardly intended to top up the Antarctic Whaling Program to the tune of $20,000,000+. And if it was then I'd suggest a complete lack of empathy for the millions of people hurting from the disaster. I have no factual data, but I'm sure many East Japan citizens were surprised in the least. Technically it may well have been in bounds, but smacks of arrogance and meaness and leaves a somewhat disquietening impression.
browny1Sep. 05, 2014 - 09:01PM JST
semperfi - where does my call regarding restriction of democracy (in the case on hand) is a crock, relate to Singapore or American war rules?
Please look at the issue being discussed without diverting attention by bringing up what other countries do or not do.
I simply stated that the democraticright to criticize is in effect inalienable, just that the choice of words depicting ethnic hate need to be moderated - not erased. eg "I strongly disapprove of A country's intolerable actions and their citizens intolerable actions" vs 'Kill all f****** A s"
Your can of worms response stating all democracies are different has no bearing on this.
You are off track.
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browny1Sep. 05, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
Mike O - thanks for your replies.
Re the moratorium - you categorically said re going alone "they can't do that because of the moratorium"
My suggestion was, Japan can ignore the moratorium as you well know - all it has to do is leave the IWC. They are not bound to remain members. As I said others - Norway & Iceland - have ignored the IWC and backed up their beliefs with actions. NO ONE is stoppiing Japan from leaving a voluntary club. Fact!
Facts I stated -
- Whale consumption has dwindled to a miniscule amount of total meat consumed in Japan.
- Extremely low demand indicates a change of order in society.
- Market economics are the central determinant in the viability of a private enterprise in capitalist societies.
- A % of Whale meat tested, has consistently shown to be contaminated with elements above the govt allowable levels.
- Antarctic whaling is heavily (NOT Totally) subsidized by the govt to the tune of millions of dollars / year and some of that money was earmarked for Tohoku reconstruction/aid.
That's just what I mentioned in above posts.
Please address each fact
browny1Sep. 05, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
Restrictions on democracy! Now that's a real life crock!
Japan is one of the most regulated countries in the developed world. The tiers of govt bind the populace in many ways.
The media is strangled - ruled by corporate-ism, despotism, crony-ism, kohai-ism - and frequently avoids unpleasant truths or noteworthy facts.
In a democracy people have the right to voice their opinions - but in doing so need to curb outpourings of ethnic hate - ie keep the message, tone the language.
This is a public forum and rules of decorum dictate that I can't call Professor Ikuo Gonoi a " f****w**" so I won't.
Is my right to freely express myself - you know be democratic - hindered? Not really, because I'll just call him ignorant of reason instead.
browny1Sep. 05, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
While it's a positive to have greater female representation in a male dominated club, the critical point as others have mentioned is how do they differ in their thinking or do they just play the line and follow the set beliefs ie - conservative to the hilt?
If Abe has appointed them as a "feel good" measure, designed to get votes (nah - couldn't be) then little will change, as the LDP machinery will roll on as usual.
Tokenism is not required.
Posted in: Abe looks forward to winds of change from women in cabinet
browny1Sep. 05, 2014 - 09:27AM JST
JTDan - if the data you seek is re meat consumption stats then I think you can find it on FAO sites or google world fish consumption etc. I researched these figures a while back.
Mike O'brien - thanks for your reply. Firstly you suggest that "they - the whaling world" - can't expand on their own, because of a moratorium. But as you know and I know that moratorium is non-binding and other whaling entities ignore it, so I suggested - Go For It!
And thankyou for acknowledging the existance of rubbery handouts & cough-ups. Many won't.
And no-where did I suggest (or believe) that Antarctic whaling exists** entirely** because of govt subsidies - no doubt there are many hard working individuals & companies putting in toil and coin - but I did suggest that if the industry believes what it is doing is right, cut the govt. umbilical cord (you seem to hint that it is not a pressing requirement anyway) and market itself to the country. And after success there, the world. Be strong in their beliefs.
Yoiu won't get any cute animal or the like argument out of me, but I will state facts as they exist and look forward to you addressing those facts.
browny1Sep. 04, 2014 - 09:45PM JST
Black Sabbath - War Pigs.
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browny1Sep. 04, 2014 - 09:41PM JST
Japan consumes over 2,000 t of whale meat / yr.
Japan consumes over 6,000,000 t of seafood / yr.
Japan consumes over 4,000,000 t of beef, pork, poultry / yr.
Whaling is obviously an industry supplying a meat product indulged in by very few.
The product itself often exceeds basic govt. contaminant limits but open publication of these statistics is rare.
The whaling industry is heavily subsidized by the govt. in order to carry out it's Antarctic operations(over $20,000,000 of Tohoku reconstruction / aid money was diverted to the Antartic whaling cause)
Japanese coastal whaling has a long history involving small coastal communities.
Japanese Antartic whaling became an industrial scale operation pre-WW2 in order to procure resources esp. oil for it's military security. It was re-established post war to feed a starving nation, and fell into rapid decline asw Japanese citizens sourced more desirable foodstuffs.
Japanese people have little interest in consuming whale - proven by the demand - and the total costs involved in meeting such a dwindling demand are grossly excessive in the least.
The Japanese govt is unwilling to accept this reality and instead tries to paint it as an act of western cultural imperialism(essentially to garner sympathy - votes) playing the "we iz wronged" card.
Times change. Somethings remain and some don't. Whaling for all it's past usefullnesses, is simply past it's use by date.
If proponents of Antarctic whaling believe otherwise, then I suggest they encourage the industry to stake it out as any venture company must do in these competitive times, give up the rubbery hand-outs and cough-ups and go for it. Be strong in your beliefs, bend your backs - go global, get listed.
Millions will support you. Good Luck.
browny1Aug. 29, 2014 - 09:26PM JST
Don't believe I've ever heard of such a thing happening before in any country anywhere.
A guide dog is about as sacrosanct as it gets.
Some real twisties in our midst.
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browny1Aug. 28, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
Bertie - right to the point.
And the use of "Martyr" - In Japanese did he really call them martyrs on whose sacrifices modern Japan is founded???
Reality check seriously required.
Posted in: Abe sent support message to war criminal memorial service in April
browny1Aug. 28, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
While I broadly support any attempts to create better understanding of Japanese society, culture, industries etc for foreigners, the whole "Cool Japan" campaign is the antithesis of "Cool".
A committee, meeting , discussing and deciding what constitutes "coolness" is so "Uncool".
A name change is to be expected.
Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative
Oct. 01, 2014 - 12:50AM JST
Basically it is a calculated risk that Japan as well as the Japanese automobile and energy…
Posted in: Honda sets up compact hydrogen station in Japan
Oct. 01, 2014 - 12:45AM JST
" ... the best time to find a job is around August or February when the…
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 12:40AM JST
Did they lower their prices when the yen was at 70 per dollar?
Posted in: Nissin Foods to hike prices of 250 products from January
sangetsu, So you do admit they're ripping off Japanese companies. And you also admit it is…
Posted in: Japanese shipping firm fined $67.7 mil for price-fixing
Oct. 01, 2014 - 12:39AM JST
Yah, let's thumb down the person who calls junk food junk food. /s
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan is now adding to home delivery junk mail