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browny1Mar. 31, 2015 - 05:44PM JST
Sorry I'm too lazy to research what the "significant gaps" and the "non-tariff barriers are.
If someone in the know, knows, could you please explain it?
Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access
browny1Mar. 31, 2015 - 05:37PM JST
Doesn't mean much at all.
Mao is probably the most well known Chinese, Evita the the most well known Argentinian, Gandhi the most well known Indian - all historical as is Hirohito and well covered in literature, studies, arts etc.
Abe is here and now and covered daily in China, Korea and parts of Asia.
Posted in: It is an ironic result, given that the United States is Japan’s top ally.
browny1Mar. 31, 2015 - 05:27PM JST
Strangerland - classic number cruncher fallacy.
Please try and put a cost on the loss of a loved one. The pain, the sorrow, the heartache, the devastation. The wife/husband gone. The mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, best friend....!!!
My mother died in her 60s - smoking killed her.
Her younger brother - my uncle - died @ 56 - smoking killed him.
Her older brother died @ 63 - smoking killed him.
Please don't play that BS game of trying to quantify early death in monetary terms - especially when so needlessly so.
How much do you think a life is worth.? How much would you pay for another decade or so with a loved one?
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke
browny1Mar. 31, 2015 - 05:13PM JST
Fits right in with last years AKB48 "cutie" Haruka Shimazaka's promo CM for the self defense force. The slogan was "You & Peace" I think.
War is so soft & cuddly.
Posted in: SDF hopes to attract recruits with cutesy smartphone game
browny1Mar. 27, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
Illyas - thank you.
And so say you.
So semantics it is. The term "race" was long in use before the jonny-come-lately lay folks of the world new zilch about genetics.
It's popular historical use has been to distinguish between different ethnicities / cultures based on such deep meaningfuls as skin/hair colour, dietary habits, religious beliefs, etc.
It's superficial use was part of the tribalism power game to bulk up on notions of superiority. Over centuries, it has gathered an enormous baggage - a girth - which unfortunately weighs heavily in the folds of negativity. You know- racial superiority, racial inferiority, racism, racist, dirty race, white race, black race, etc etc .Perhaps it's time for genetic science to find a more appropriate term, which shouldn't be difficult seeing that new scientific expressions evolve almost daily.
In addition you say anyone who attempts to do such research is viciously attacked but earlier you stated that modern scientists agree that race has a basis in genetics. I can only assume from that, that there must be 1,000's of cases of
vicious academic attack going on all the time - considering how many modern scientists there are in the world.
Posted in: The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.
browny1Mar. 26, 2015 - 05:42PM JST
Laguna - I agree.
The problem here is a senior govt official is blind drunk in public.
The fact that it was due to a "post work drinking session" is in itself another major problem.
Why is the least of the problems - essentially possessing a pocket knife - the main "bit"?
Posted in: Wakayama City official arrested for taking fruit knife home from work
browny1Mar. 26, 2015 - 04:01PM JST
Illyas - really? All scientists agree on "races" existing because of genetic variables?
Off the top of my head, the geneticist Alan Templeton for one, would beg to differ. As do thousands of others - but not all.
browny1Mar. 26, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
Alphaape - sorry, but your answer doesn't directly answer.
Are you saying Jesus said to follow the laws of your rulers no matter how much it goes against your beliefs because you wouldn't want to be outside of the law?
And please a little more substance to your statement "...but the payment for a horrific crime(murder) with your life doesn't seem to be going against what Jesus taught". Doesn't seem? Well what is it then - it follows his words or it doesn't follow his words?
And my lovely friend a 70year old christian lady who is the pastor of the local chapel, would certainly disagree with you on your statements. But according to you she may well - seem to be wrong. I'm meeting her next Wednesday - I'll ask her.
And re trying to use religion against others - I'm not. I simply asked, since you brought up the religious angle, what would Jesus think about all of this.
My limited understanding of the dynamics and intricacies of christianity and it's word, doesn't allow me to proffer a deeply qualified response, but a simple comment based on my " historical image" of a merciful Jesus, is that he'd be horrified at the cold killing of another human being in Utah or anywhere for that matter - state ordered or not.
Posted in: Utah's reintroduction of firing squads bucks global trend
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 08:13PM JST
CH# - thank you. You did include Murofushi - my miss. And yes certain people of mixed ethnicity have become famous in Japan as you noted.
Without any scientific data to back me, I'd however suggest that most people of such background are not considered "true Japanese" by many.
As an add-on - I recall the winner of the 2007 Miss Universe, ehtnically Japanese Ryo Mori, was widely criticized here in Japan for not being "Japanese" enough. Her looks were deemed not to be "traditional" Japanese with even accusations of her defaming Japanese beauty with a "slutty" look. Many considered her speech, her mannerisms, her lack of deference and demureness and her dispensing with the notion of "kawaii" as childish to be really planing against the grain of "True Feminine Japanese-ness".
So if Mori attracted that much attention, then I can only assume other "lesser-than-full" types would also.
M3 - yes I know Yamato is not scientific, just that it is trotted out by many as The Exemplar of what to be Japanese is. They even named a big boat after it.
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 06:22PM JST
I was more focused on the "...whip the moral carpet from underneath ya".
And yes, mutilation can take many forms from ear piercing to 50 lashes - but the greatest mutilation of all surely has to be the promise of death and then the carrying out of that mortal mutilation.
Being an opponent of state killing is not about being a do-gooder, but rather bringing to a halt the already tragic and despicable circumstances, by resisting the call of further blood letting.
An earlier poster suggested modern practices can be programmed so "nobody has blood on their hands".
Well. I challenge that and say that I believe the state and all it's death supporters certainly do have blood on their hands.
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 06:09PM JST
CH3 - I didn't say "representative" of Japan - I said "considered truly Japanese". That's the bone of.
And while debate on ethno-purism is an exercise in feeblism ( in my opinion), I will humbly address - the examples you have chosen are all east asians who share characteristics so similar to one another that differentiation is quite difficult at times.
Include a person of Caucasian or African ethnicity into the pool for example, and suddenly the inclusiveness becomes muddied.
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 05:56PM JST
"Oh, and you know calling for mutilation of certain convicts does tend to whip the moral carpet from underneath ya"
What on earth are you on about? Please explain?
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
Cleo - whole heartedly support your views. Barbarism begets Barbarism begets Barbarism.
And to throw in a can of barbarism - why are the most militaristic states on earth the greatest capital punishers irregardless of political persuasion? Just asking!
And Alphaape - seeing you are bringing God & The Bible into this discussion -
What would Jesus say? What would Jesus do? Just asking?
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 05:03PM JST
I think it means that even if you don't have "Yamato characteristics" you can be considered truly Japanese - which may come as a shock to some whose concept of Japanese-ness is bolted securely to a past dream.
browny1Mar. 25, 2015 - 04:48PM JST
Recently, quite frequently -
"Generals gather in their masses, just like witches at black masses...."
Posted in: On parade
browny1Mar. 24, 2015 - 08:47AM JST
Bewilderment Abounds. The juggling judiciary.???
Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death
browny1Mar. 23, 2015 - 08:52AM JST
Can't believe that because a protest is well organized, well attended and the protesters have - Aghast! Printed Posters - then some people believe it must be some kind of political conspiracy and even perhaps funded by evil foreign empires.
Anecdotal I know, but I have elderly friends who have nothing but contempt for Abe and his manner. I assure you they are certainly no closer to the "left" than center.
And also, those who drag out this tired old dog of argument - "If you'ra agin Abe(or any conservative), you'ra lefty, commie, pinko,tree hugging, maoist" - need to push their re-set buttons.
In a modern society of many multiples, it is assumed by those learned enough, that one can hold a myriad of views on a myriad of subjects without needing to be pigeon-holed by some antiquated mindset.
Posted in: No to Abe
browny1Mar. 22, 2015 - 09:34PM JST
I'm sure the intent of the placards is to create impact - and impact it is doing. It's being discussed here and I'm sure in many other places as well. Shock anti-tactics can work well in many cases - like graphic horror pix on cigarette packs.
I don't think any(or hardly any) of the protesters here actually believe Abe's antics are comparable to Hitler's crimes. Hitler, and esp his little toothbrush mo, have become mocking symbols of anything seen to be rightwing, dictatorial or overtly nationalistic. Saw a poster of Sarah Palin with Nazi cap & Adolf mo on tv news a while back. Ha, Ha!
And as others have said, it's good to see ordinary folks here not afraid to publicly voice their opposition to a politician or ideology. The more the merrier I say. Start leveling the playing field by drowning out some of the vitriol being espoused by the "Ranting Rightists" and confront the Orwellian "Doublethink" conjurors.
Challenge - don't cower.
browny1Mar. 20, 2015 - 05:51PM JST
Harvey P - Rinko's standout role was in Babel - nothing shallow at all. As I recall she was nominated for best supporting actress and many in glitter-land were surprised she lost.
And re Japanese actors shunning roles in foreign movies, I have read about that somewhere recently (sorry I forgot and cant be bothered checking up now) and apparently therei s truth in it. If you blow it or are not well received, it could mean ridicule and a big downer for your domestic career. So why risk it!
However, I don't believe young Japanese artists are held to that so much these days and we'll see more true talents emerging in the future.
Posted in: Rinko Kikuchi stars in film about girl who went looking for 'Fargo' buried money
browny1Mar. 20, 2015 - 05:36PM JST
Pandabelle- not that there wasn't anyone stating the possibility of a meltdown, but TEPCO officials DID state in early days there was no meltdown.
I recall the statement clearly. I recall NHK clearly reporting such.
Yes learned ones stated from the onset about the high likelihood of a meltdown happening "here & now".
It took TEPCO much longer.
Posted in: Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO
Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:17PM JST
Exactly, and Hayashi has no business sticking his nose in Okinawan affairs
Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work
Development banks are. Not needed. Most projects are a failure.
More troublesome is, with these big…
Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank
[ Jay Que at Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
"IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH…
This is ridiculous, Obama is no more a threat to the U.S. than the $17 trillion…
Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin
Mar. 31, 2015 - 08:09PM JST
Development banks are. Not needed. Most projects are a failure.