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budgieSep. 18, 2014 - 02:53PM JST
They can assign any target they want and they'll barely make a third of it before sea Shepherd again cuts the season short. How I love to watch the mighty whaling fleet limp home with its tail tucked between its legs every year. Wonder if even more govt handouts can make up for the shortfall?
Posted in: Japan to file new research whaling plan this year
budgieSep. 18, 2014 - 02:48PM JST
Clearly choosing a 65 year old male LDP member for a 'gender equality' role is an attempt to sabotage the effort from the outset. It's not even lip service. Even if they wanted to fool the public into think they'd do something about it they wouldn't have chosen such a person. His very appointment is giving a middle-finger to any sort of progress, and they must have known this.
Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly
budgieSep. 17, 2014 - 02:43PM JST
The Osaka bar found in 2004 that Nova was in breach of the law when it forced teachers to sign no-dating clauses in their contracts. Several teachers were transferred or dismissed for relationships with students. All were awarded compensation by the courts. IIRC Nova was ordered to retract the clause in contracts but continued to keep it in there at least till the crash of 2007.
They may still do so, anyone know about that?
Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans
budgieSep. 17, 2014 - 12:59PM JST
While China an ROK use Japan's wartime record as a stick to beat it with, Japanese politicians make it easy by denying history. It might not shut them up completely but how much less vocal would the neighbors be if Japan just admitted its past errors. Denying history adds fuel to the fire and keeps the 'debate' alive.
Now the political right has found itself a godsend, at least in terms of domestic propaganda. Though the weight of historical evidence never depended on this one Asahi article, neo-nationalists can seize upon it and say, 'look, we were right all along'.
Asahi has not just done itself a disservice: by giving ammunition to Abe and his grubby little right-wingers, they do all of history and humanity a disservice.
Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories
budgieSep. 12, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
The Chikans are going to have a field day with this...
Posted in: Sony develops new camera for taking images in dark
budgieSep. 12, 2014 - 04:44PM JST
A friend once told me it's not the rich customers who cause headaches, it's the ones who think they're rich. Guess this goes for 'gangsters' too.
Honestly dunno what I'd do if given the choice between Dogeza and 21 days in the slammer. Without a gun to my head I guess I' have to throw myself at the mercy of the police.
Posted in: Video showing convenience store workers being forced to kowtow to thugs leads to one arrest
budgieSep. 12, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
It's kinda lame that someone who denies the comfort women would be the host for a conference on women's issues. Just goes to show the disconnect that old conservative en have with reality in this country.
The world will judge on deeds not lip service.
Posted in: Pick two fingers
budgieSep. 12, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
It7s good Asahi has owned up to the false report. Unfortunately it gives the right wing a chance to seize on Asahi's comfort women reportage as 'the only source' and claim it has been discredited. No, just that one story. the rest of the rather large body of historical evidence out there is still solid.
Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports
budgieSep. 10, 2014 - 01:16PM JST
To those who say it's a 'waste of money' it actually shouldn't cost any more than the usual construction or maintenance budget. A prison has to have walls. Those walls need to be painted. Eventually they'll need to be repainted. I couldn't care less what color it is.
Posted in: Ehime’s new women’s prison decorated powder pink 'to relieve feelings of oppression'
budgieSep. 09, 2014 - 12:11PM JST
Plenty of books have already been written and they don't whitewash history:
Posted in: Japan compiles 12,000-page bio of former Emperor Hirohito
budgieSep. 05, 2014 - 04:54PM JST
Yes, this is political grandstanding by China. However if Japan had properly acknowledged its wartime crimes China wouldn't have nearly so much to bleat about.
And if Japanese leaders can continue to commemorate over a thousand war criminals as 'heroes' who fought for the 'glory' of Japan's 'greatness' then at least China should be permitted to happily remember the day they became FREE from the yoke of Japanese imperial aggression.
Anyone can see which cause is nobler.
Posted in: China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
budgieSep. 05, 2014 - 04:49PM JST
I find it laughable that Republicans are always complaining that it's not America's job to save the world then go on about Syria and the Arab Spring all being Obama's 'legacy'.
He arrived at a time of chaos, crises and insecurity. Some of that caused by the previous administration(s), some affected by his, and a lot caused by factors that have nothing to do with the US and that the US is largely powerless to affect the outcome of anyway.
Posted in: World events endanger Obama legacy
budgieSep. 05, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
There are so few westerners going over I hardly consider it a problem. It's when they start coming back...
Posted in: How to prevent Westerners from fighting for Islamic State
budgieSep. 04, 2014 - 02:17PM JST
If he wanted to show the 'futility of war', rather than focus on the victimhood of a presumably patriotic Japanese soldier, perhaps he should have addressed the brutality with which Japan treated the people it conquered and the allied POWs.
Really until the country can admit its fault in the war it hasn't earned the right to dwell on its own suffering.
Posted in: Gory Japanese war film shocks, thrills Venice film festival
budgieSep. 04, 2014 - 02:14PM JST
Subsidizing a failing industry for the sake of kickbacks, sorry...'national pride'. Or is that nationalist pride?
Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban
budgieSep. 03, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
LOL, being the LDP I half expected them to choose a man.
Didn't they once appoint a man to the new women's affairs post in the 1990's?
Posted in: New Gender Equality Minister
budgieSep. 03, 2014 - 07:37PM JST
Now they have a new 'quick test drug' I guess they'll be rolling it out at the airports. Of course Japan being Japan they'll probably eschew the logical course of testing everyone that lands from west Africa (including Japanese BTW) and just test every black person that comes through regardless of embarkation point.
Posted in: Will a summer vacationer bring back Ebola to Japan?
budgieAug. 30, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
Same garbage as all the other idol bands, just with a few more pounds. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
Posted in: J-pop group Chubbiness releases first music video
budgieAug. 28, 2014 - 01:12PM JST
Japanese leaders play for the home audience. they know they control the media and history books here and think it's fine to lie to their own people. So the whole world is wrong about history and Japan alone is right huh? Let these politicians get up on the world stage, in front of the UN and deny Japan's wartime guilt. They'll be laughed off the stage.
Posted in: Abe sent support message to war criminal memorial service in April
budgieAug. 28, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
Yes, perhaps an Island for merchants or a Gaijin Ghetto. Nothing says welcome to foreigners like a cultural quarantine.
Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative
Sep. 19, 2014 - 08:47PM JST
Any civil servant caught driving while under drunk should be fired and blacklisted from holding any…
Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban
Sep. 19, 2014 - 08:40PM JST
Every country has a problem with racism. Every one.
While this is true, few countries have…
Posted in: Obama picking his targets in Iraq and Syria while missing the point
Sep. 19, 2014 - 08:32PM JST
Many Americans find horsemeat offensive to consume. However the French, Bulgarians, Italians, Swiss, Japanese and Mongolians…
Posted in: Anybody care for horsemeat sushi?
Sep. 19, 2014 - 08:31PM JST
I live in a riverside, and the road between my apartment building and the river is…
Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting group of school children, killing 9-year-old girl
Sep. 19, 2014 - 08:30PM JST
I've eaten basashi (raw horse) a few times. It's actually really good. Never tried dog, but…