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budgieMay. 23, 2013 - 08:41PM JST
Hottest world leader ever
Posted in: A visit from Thai PM
budgieMay. 22, 2013 - 12:43PM JST
You know you've said too much when the old imperialist windbag himself has told you to stop.
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
budgieMay. 21, 2013 - 07:36PM JST
On the surface of it, the story sounds like a neat concept. Police defend a child-killer against the howling mob. Would make for an excellent suspense/chase movie with dark moral undertones.
As usual though when you go the action route, violence and gore are likely to mar the film, undermining its potential and blurring the message. Hollywood - and those overseas who mimic its Tarantino-esque conventions - need to get away from over the top shock factors and return to solid storylines. This film sounds like another missed opportunity.
Posted in: Miike's action film gets booed at Cannes
budgieMay. 21, 2013 - 07:31PM JST
Jeez, when is this clown going to get it? Yeah, we get it Hashimoto, it's everyone's fault but Japan's. Why on Earth should these nationalists be allowed their own version of history? History belongs to everyone and while the facts are open to interpretation, they are not negotiable. Denying what happened won't make it go away?
Refusal to face up to the past is Japan's national shame.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
budgieMay. 21, 2013 - 12:21PM JST
So everyone thinks he7s an idiot so they must be wrong. When you're in a hole, stop digging.
Posted in: Hashimoto hits back at polls showing majority disagree with his comments
budgieMay. 18, 2013 - 12:31PM JST
Even if it is true, it's no surprise that an ethnic minority so discriminated against - politically, socially and economically - has to turn to the 'water trade'. They may be left with little choice. So if Nishimura wants to point the finger at Koreans in the sex trade, it's people like him who are to blame in the first place.
Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks
budgieMay. 17, 2013 - 07:18PM JST
Funny the guy who was busted for having an affair with a hostess would have such a comparatively laissez faire view on prostitution.
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
budgieMay. 16, 2013 - 05:58PM JST
Green tea beer, cherry beer, chocolate beer....all these hare-brained schemes to add flavor to beer and there's only one type of beer that ever truly caught on: BEER.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Posted in: Tea shop offers something new: green tea beer
budgieMay. 16, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
Is there a Japan Loli-con (Lolita Complex) Association?
Yes but they simply call them 'men'.
Posted in: Japanese Lolitas plan world domination
budgieMay. 16, 2013 - 05:50PM JST
“I will tell the comfort women that I’m sorry for Japan having had such a system no matter whether it was forcible or not,” Hashimoto said. “It was a disgraceful act and should never be repeated.”
Firstly, he's already trying to go back on the apology before he's even made it as you can see above. He's provide an excape clause for his nationalist supporters.
Secondly I guarantee no sooner has his plane touched down in Japan after meeting the comfort women, he will hotfoot it back to Yasukuni Shrine to pay his respects to their tormentors.
They always do.
Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize
budgieMay. 16, 2013 - 02:27PM JST
There's a lot in the JAPANESE papers lately about how Pamyu Pamyu and the 'kawaii culture' is taking the world by storm but barely a peep about it overseas. The fact is this lolita garbage is only a niche fetish enjoyed by the same tiny percentage of weirdos overseas as here. Nobody outside Japan cares.
budgieMay. 16, 2013 - 02:24PM JST
The Okinawan women have a right to be incensed at the suggestion that they're all a bunch of prostitutes (or should be). But they've missed a wider opportunity. These groups seem only focused on Hashimoto's comments regarding the sex industry in Okinawa, and don't seem to have mentioned the meat of it - his tacit approval of the comfort women system in WWII. In fact plenty of Okinawan women were also pressed into sexual slavery by a wartime militarist government that looked down on them as an inferior race to the mainland Japanese.
They should go beyond merely defending their own turf and stand in solidarity with their Chinese, Korean and Filipino sisters in condemning ALL of Hashimoto's remarks.
Posted in: Okinawan women demand apology from Hashimoto
budgieMay. 15, 2013 - 04:27PM JST
Sorry, the Koreans are nitpicking
Posted in: S Korean media slam Abe's 731 jet photo
budgieMay. 15, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
Maybe someone should have noticed the number but I doubt this was intentional. The Chinese are just nitpicking now.
budgieMay. 14, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
Hashimoto is simply a disgusting little man. There's nothing else to say about him when it comes to this issue.
Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments
budgieMay. 11, 2013 - 04:39PM JST
Surely there are better mothers out there who aren't celebrities?
Posted in: Kyoko Hasegawa receives Best Mother Award 2013
budgieMay. 11, 2013 - 03:46PM JST
Good points Fungy. I've seen a lot of opposition to this on other forums from self-styled 'conservatives'. This is one of their 'arguments'. Another is the parents' 'right' to know and be consulted (veto?). They seem to think parents should have the right to force teens to bear and unwanted child.
Posted in: Debate in U.S. over morning-after pill for 15-year-olds
budgieMay. 11, 2013 - 11:41AM JST
So America's economy has taken a hit in recent years. This does not mean a 'decline', especially not in the face of its main rival China.
China might be making cash hand over fist but that's setting a low bar for measuring the quality of a civilization or society. The economy - money - is only one factor and the only one China is doing well. Nobody talks of a 'Chinese dream'. People do not aspire to be more like the Chinese - corrupt, autocratic and totalitarian. Nobody wants to live under the Chinese government or one like it (except perhaps those few like the North Koreans who have it demonstrably worse). Hell, even the rich Chinese use their wealth to move to America, and other free countries abroad.
China will remain an economic and military power, but it's cultural footprint will not grow much and the world will never look to it for leadership the way it does America.
Posted in: America's decline is a myth
budgieMay. 09, 2013 - 01:14PM JST
Wartime denial only works for the home audience. The rest of the world knows its history. While nationalists like to think it's all evil Chinese and Korean propaganda, the fact is the imperial army murdered and raped its way across much of Asia. It 's victims included women and girls of half a dozen or more local nations and of colonial powers such as Holland, the US, France and the UK, when their civilians were captured. Denying atrocities might seem like a cute jab at China, but it will actually offend a whole host of nations. Japan is smart enough not to try too hard to offend its allies as well as perceived enemies.
Posted in: Japan says it will honor apologies for World War II atrocities
budgieMay. 08, 2013 - 12:03PM JST
I wonder if they'll have the guts to take on the conservative establishment and the right wing like they do in the states. There seems to be this culture of 'avoiding conflict' in the Japanese media and anyone who doesn't toe the line gets relegated to the tabloid press.
Posted in: Huffington Post launches Japanese edition
May. 24, 2013 - 08:36AM JST
“God often borrows the hand of a human to punish the evil deeds of men,”
Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'
May. 24, 2013 - 08:35AM JST
So you are in favor of limiting peoples rights?
Posted in: Tokyo Marui comes to play with replica sniper rifles, pistols and grenade launchers
May. 24, 2013 - 08:32AM JST
Weve never seen this volatility...that were seeing today in the Japanese market
Oh, yes we have.…
Posted in: Financial market gyrations underline economy's vulnerability
However, he said that each “option has virtues in theory, but poses difficulties in practice.”
Posted in: Obama lays out guidelines for drone strikes, Guantanamo
May. 24, 2013 - 08:30AM JST
"direct voice"? No it isn't otherwise they would not be putting out that disclaimer.