budgie's past comments

  • -6

    budgie

    So they hope it will lead to a diplomatic thaw huh? If Japan's position remains to dig its heels in and deny its wartime atrocities that won't solve a thing. The whole world knows what happened. It is not in dispute - except by a handful of right wing revisionist Japanese historians everyone agrees on what happened. So what is there to discuss? Confess already.

    Posted in: Gov't official heads to Seoul for 'comfort women' talks

  • 3

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    Fact is Japan just doesn't want to change. They need to, they have to but they will delay it until demographic realities drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Sadly this will occur sometime around the start of the 22nd...

    Posted in: IMF's Lagarde urges Japan to increase women's participation in work force

  • 0

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    LOL their target was over 900 IIRC. Thanks to Sea shepherd and the ICJ they got less than a third of it. In fact Sea Shepherd has cut short the hunt and reduced numbers every year they've been in operation. Sorry corrupt government-subsidized failing industries: 'eco-terrorism' works.

    Posted in: Japan says it killed 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt

  • 4

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    40 Good Bad tideofironAPR. 10, 2014 - 07:48AM JST I'm almost 100 per cent sure that this is what happens when countries that actually have a media whose job it is to be critical and ask tough questions runs up against a culture like Japan where real journalism is pretty much non-existent. When the guy from Arashi is one of the lead anchors on the 10 o'clock news, you know your country's media is just a huge joke.

    ^^^ What s/he said.

    I am also curious as to how the Japanese plan to counter this 'anti-Japanese propaganda'. Their "Nanking never happened and the comfort women are all greedy prostitutes" narrative doesn't fly overseas. they constantly rail against the Koreans and Chinese for being so vocals, but the truth is the whole world knows about Japan's atrocities except Japan. So my guess this is just going to be played for a home audience, as usual.

    Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges

  • 3

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    Whaling, wartime atrocities and no foreigners banners: Japan makes it easy to 'swallow anti-Japanese propaganda'.

    Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges

  • 3

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    Old Wives' tales seem to have a bigger foothold in the popular consciousness here. The ministry only lifted the recommendation that Gargling prevents colds a year or two ago; people still believe that cold drinks give you diarrhea and that you have to keep your stomach warm or your womb will shrivel or some nonsense.

    Posted in: Advisory against pregnant women using hot springs to be lifted after 32 years

  • -1

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    Not likely to happen. FIFA won't want to admit they were wrong so they'll move heaven and earth to make Qatar happen.

    Posted in: Japan ready to take over Qatar World Cup, JFA chief says

  • 4

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    This is just xenophobic scare tactics by the Police. They should run a comparison to the number and type of crimes committed by Japanese, but I guess it makes the xenophobic little racists feel reassured to make it look like we're all on a crime spree. Most of those 'crimes' are visa violations, which stretches the definition to say the least. It is also by default a 'crime' that Japanese cannot commit. So in other words the 'crime' figures are artificially inflated: the police are basically lying to the public.

    Posted in: No. of foreigners arrested for crimes in Japan up by 8% in 2013

  • 0

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    Let's say the pressure system failed and the cabin slowly lost oxygen. It would be like that Olympus Air flight a few years ago where everyone, pilots included, gradually fell asleep and were none the wiser.

    Posted in: Why do you think that passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane didn't make mobile phone calls when they realized something was wrong? Authorities say there were no phone calls, Twitter or Weibo postings, Instagram photos or any other communication from anyone aboard the aircraft after it was apparently diverted. Any theories?

  • 0

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    There's another one - they think that cold drinks give you diarrhea and you have to wrap your stomach up to keep it warm. I had an office colleague once tell me I shouldn't take the medicine prescribed by one doctor (painkillers) because it might clash with the medicine prescribed by another doctor (stomach troubles). It all came from the same pharmacy. Add in the facemasks, heat patches that fall straight off your skin and other junk they sell at the pharmacy because it's white and looks 'medical'. To old ladies, medicine is magic, not science.

    Posted in: Gargling to prevent colds – just a Japanese old wives’ tale?

  • 0

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    Industrial secrets are one thing, but I wonder if they'll use this to clamp down on corporate whistleblowers who expose financial malfeasance?

    Posted in: Japan vows to tackle corporate spying after Toshiba breach

  • -1

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    If I may take the eikaiwa example: falling pay, tougher working conditions, getting no more respect than a burger flipper at McDonald's. This is the way eikaiwa schools treat the very 'product' they are peddling - native English teachers. Is it any wonder they don't care and don't try? The dissatisfied worker isn't the brand assassin: it's the unscrupulous employer unintentionally sabotaging his own business.

    Posted in: How to motivate your team

  • -10

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    These anti-Japan protests are not really the way to go about it. However Japan has only its own government to blame. Abe and his neo-nationalists are stirring the pot. It would be nice if Koreans differentiated between 'Japan' and 'LDP' when making these protests, but then again, since the people of Japan have done so little to speak out about the current revisionist streak in government, their silence is seen as acquiescence.

    Posted in: Anti-Japan rally in Seoul

  • 2

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    The weight of historical evidence is against Japan on this one. At the moment they like to claim it's just China and Korea stirring the pot, but Japan discredits itself by trying to lie about established historical fact.

    I truly hope the rest of the civilized world sits up and chides Japan for its recalcitrance, then they can't just blame it on regional disputes or deflect to China's domestic crimes. Japan's atrocities in WWII - especially comfort women and the Rape of Nanking - mark singular acts of barbarity and low points in human history. Quite apart from what anyone else has done elsewhere before or since Japan must first and foremost face up to its own past.

    Posted in: S Korea chides Japan over 'comfort women' apology review

  • 3

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    gaijinfoMAR. 01, 2014 - 10:24AM JST Great. More pro-union propaganda on TV. How DARE those EVIL companies make a profit! Don't they know they should make stuff and give it away for free?

    Profits are fine as long as companies obey labor laws. Are you aware of the tricks Japanese companies get up to to avoid listing workers as full time, to avoid paying overtime, to avoid their obligation to enroll workers in pensions. They're called 'black' not just because they're cheap, but because they're breaking the law.

    Do you work in eikaiwa and if so are you cool with the company paying its Japanese staff bonuses twice a year but not the teachers who actually make the profits? Are you working over 30 hours a week yet listed as 'part-time' by your company to avoid paying shakai hokken? If you go around affirming the corporate 'right' to shaft workers in the name of profits then sooner or later it's going to happen to you.

    Posted in: Ikki Sawamura, Meisa Kuroki to star in drama about 'black companies'

  • -9

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    How about busting the pervs instead of blaming the victims.

    Posted in: Police caution 158 minors for using Internet to solicit dates, sell underwear

  • 1

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    Sop a bunch of fake money disappears in smoke. Anyone surprised?

    Posted in: Mt Gox files for bankruptcy; CEO says 750,000 bitcoins gone

  • 0

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    "Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told parliament on Monday that the government “would like to consider” setting up a verification team with academics who would look again at the 16 Korean women’s accounts."

    And who will be on this verification team? A bunch of Japanese revisionists? If they were serious they'd seek an international opinion. But of course any finding that doesn't suit their narrative is dismissed as 'Japan bashing'.

    Posted in: S Korea chides Japan over 'comfort women' apology review

  • 4

    budgie

    Well isn't that convenient:

    First they poke a bear with a stick by denying specific wartime atrocities, then throw their hands up and - vaguely - say, 'What us? We stand by Japan's historical acceptance of its role in the war.'

    Well, Abe-kun, which is it?

    Posted in: Japan says it is puzzled by new China WWII national days

  • 1

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    Please Mr Abe, listen to Murayama.

    If Japan wanted to do a serious review of the evidence surrounding Comfort Women they should bring in the UN and frankly the ICC or ICJ - organizations qualified to give an impartial investigation.

    But I am sure that Abe's government have already decided what answers they want and are quite willing to manufacture evidence in-house and ignore inconvenient facts to come to their [foregone] conclusion.

    Posted in: Murayama says 1995 sex slavery apology review not in Japan's interest

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