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    cechanju

    Tamogami is an uber nationalist of the highest degree. Giving him credibility about this gives him general credibility. Google "tamogami was japan an aggressor nation" for his views on war time Japan. Scrutinize his motives for this before accepting it.

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State

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    cechanju

    Why on earth is anything Tamogami - the Nanjing Massacre didn't happen - being reported seriously in media. Why give ultra nationalists any air.

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State

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    cechanju

    http://mid.parfe.jp/kikannsi/115.pdf

    Not just one picture. She's looking pretty cozy here with Masuki. Not a good look for the cabinet minister in charge of police to be hanging out with people with criminal records. If he were yakuza, she'd be out of a job. But uyuko is ok... sad.

    Posted in: Cabinet minister denies ties to hate speech group

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    cechanju

    Asahi is under a lot of pressure because they've been opposing the government on matters such as Article 9 of the Constitution and the Special Secrets Act. Destroying newspapers that oppose the govt. is what fascist governments do.

    Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports

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    cechanju

    Taro Aso got a lot of flack for saying the tubes should come out...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/elderly-hurry-up-die-japanese

    I wonder if he was speaking from his own experience. For all his failings, he seems more in tune with the reality of some aged care here than his detractors...

    Bloomberg's article as a hyperlink.

    < http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-23/grandma-on-feeding-tube-without-consent-symbolizes-japan.html>

    Posted in: Japanese women retake top spot for life expectancy

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    cechanju

    Bloomberg had a gut wrenching article on force feeding of oldies the other day. Not a situation to take any pride in. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-23/grandma-on-feeding-tube-without-consent-symbolizes-japan.html

    Posted in: Japanese women retake top spot for life expectancy

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    cechanju

    There are huge efforts being made.

    http://www.saving10000.com/

    Posted in: No. of suicides drops below 30,000 for first time in 15 years

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    cechanju

    Getting bogged down in arguments about numbers in someway misses the point. Figures vary from it didn't happen to 300,000 (the figure Iris Chang uses).

    Jonathon Spence, one of the most reputable scholars on China puts the figure vastly lower. http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/china-marks-nanjing-massacre-amid-tensions/story-e6frfkui-1226536439570

    The Chinese govt. have very intentionally politicised the new Nanjing memorial. Nationalism and victimhoood of the Chinese state replacing domestic class conflict as the prevailing national paradigm. The old museum was much less nationalistic, and for me much more heart wrenching. The figure of 300,000, emblazoned in very large lettering out the front of the museum is an attempt to write history.

    What occurred in Nanjing, must be remembered, alongside atrocities such as Sandakan. Dispute of the number 300,000 is not only the province of extremists.

    Posted in: Chinese media seize on Hatoyama's apology at Nanjing Massacre Memorial

  • -1

    cechanju

    Mixed onsen are fine unless you find yourself bathing with a group tour of oyaji...

    Not recommended.

    Posted in: Don’t forget your towel - experiencing mixed public bathing for first time

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    cechanju

    How simple is it to send the documents... Sure Japan is being komakai, but that's a buyers prerogative.
    The US processors know the rules. They also know that Japan is very strict about the rules.

    The EU demands absolute traceback paddock to plate - and I think Japan now has a similar system domestically. (No doubt someone will correct me if I am wrong on that.)

    I don't buy US beef because of the routine use of Hormone Growth Promotants and antibiotics across almost the entire industry. (Not to mention Bovine Somatropins in dairy cattle...)

    I wish US consumers / govt were a little more demanding about the quality there.

    Posted in: Japan halts beef imports from U.S. plant over safety concerns

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    cechanju

    Totally agree, the latest subway posters irritate me. It's usually not the teenagers who are the problem.

    Posted in: Young people don't think much of elders' manners: survey

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    cechanju

    I see a Hashimoto- Ishihara- Abe coalition coming on....

    Not a happy thing.

    Posted in: Former PM Abe wins LDP leadership election

  • -1

    cechanju

    It's not a good time for there to be no ambassador....

    Posted in: Japan's ambassador-designate to China dies in Tokyo

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    cechanju

    Very odd. Nishimiya was the career diplomat to replace the former ambassador, who was an ex Itochu president and very unpopular with the ministry / Minshuto.

    Very very odd.

    Posted in: Japan's ambassador-designate to China dies in Tokyo

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    cechanju

    Purely personal matters are tricky.

    Politicians are absolutely entitled to a private life. In principle I agree with the fact that affairs etc do not affect a person's ability to be a good politician.

    Where there is scope for blackmail on account of their activities, it is problematic because it potentially flows into their political life as well. More significantly is where the line between personal and private ceases to exist , as in the case of Ozawa I mentioned previously. If he did flee to Kansai after the earthquake for several weeks, that is very definitely a public matter that his electorate (in tsunami stricken Iwate) is entitled to information about.

    There isn't proper scrutiny of the links that influence and compromise decision making by politicians.

    Posted in: Minister's suicide precedes magazine story on rumored affair

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    cechanju

    Very sad. I am not sure what is the article coming out, but presumably it's true... As regrettable as his suicide is, there should be more scrutiny of politicians. The allegations of Ozawa skiving off to Kyoto after the earthquake which came out in one of the tabloids have never been followed up by the "serious press". The cozy cozy relationship between media and politicians mean a lot of dodgy deals and behaviour happens with zero scrutiny.

    Political accountability is very low.

    Posted in: Minister's suicide precedes magazine story on rumored affair

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    cechanju

    Which streets were shut off? I was on Omotesando and it very definitely was not shut off - police had people herded down in a relatively narrow band - which stretched for a very long way.

    Posted in: Massive anti-nuclear power rally held in Tokyo

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    cechanju

    The boy leapt to his death in October from an apartment building in Otsu, which has one of the world’s highest suicide rates.

    What on earth does this mean? Otsu? the apartment buiding? or does it mean Japan for the highest suicide rates?

    Posted in: Boy's suicide over bullying sparks death threats at Shiga school

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    cechanju

    Very glad to see some of the fruit thieves being nabbed.

    Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested for stealing melons worth Y60,000

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    cechanju

    Multi task, have a different screen and it's not an issue I guess. I always have skype credit so not an issue for me anyway...

    I wish skype would allow being able to select who you appear on and offline to....

    Posted in: Skype jacks ads into free Internet phone calls

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