cleo's past comments

  • -1

    cleo

    I think they choose the one that helps poor Taiji people. We shouldn't be greedy.

    It is the handful of dolphin-killers in Taiji who are greedy and who are keeping the rest of Taiji poor.

    Replace dolphin-slaughter and the sale of captive dolphins into short-lived slavery with dolphin-watching/wild dolphin swim tours, and a much greater proportion of the population of Taiji would benefit; not only the boat-owners and tour operators, but the people running (and working in) hotels and B&Bs, the people running (and working in) restaurants, souvenir shops and the rest of the paraphernalia of a tourist trade.

    The greedy, blood-stained dolphin-killers should stop spoiling things for everyone else.

    Posted in: Aquariums using dolphins caught in drive hunts to be expelled from JAZA

  • 2

    cleo

    interesting isn't it that the Shimpo has deleted that day's editorial from it's archive

    What are you talking about? You mean the editorial from the 18th March? That's the one bam_boo's second link leads to. It's there, it hasn't been deleted, it isn't at all embarrassing, it does not criticise the rescue efforts at all. In fact it praises the men and women putting themselves on the line for others - 放射能への被ばくリスクがある地域で救援に取り組む人々には敬意を払いたい。(*We want to express our respect for the people who are engaged in the rescue operations in areas where they are risking exposure to radiation*).

    Interested in a link? Let me introduce you to this new thing called a search engine

    Funny you should say that. I googled your 'Ryukyu Shinpo criticized the U.S. Marine humanitarian assistance ~' quote, and found it was taken from an article on the Heritage Foundation website entitled 'Top 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Marines on Okinawa Are Essential to Peace and Security in the Pacific'. Yup, fair and unbalanced. And also incorrect.

    I'm really not providing these facts to convince or influence you ..... it's for others who may be reading this thread

    -and who, like you, don't have access to the original editorials to judge for themselves?

    you're so intent on having a link for everything

    Not everything, just the relevant ones.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

  • 1

    cleo

    my quotes were from one on 18 Mar.

    For which you omit to provide a link, instead 'quoting' in English from a newspaper that publishes in Japanese. Do we take it that instead of reading the original, you rely on translations (by the military? Fair and unbiased?) to tell you what to think?

    These words speak for themselves

    ....except those words never appeared in either paper. Wrong language.

    you cannot re-interpret them.

    But you do (or whoever provided the translations you are relying on does). You are taking words that refer to the American consul-general's blatant use of Operation Tomodachi to make a propaganda spiel and trying to claim that they refer to the humanitarian activities themselves. They do not.

    the actual quotes are there in black and white

    I see no 'actual quotes' apart from the one I gave you. Would you like to provide a link to the original article(s)?

    Your efforts remind me of the worst of the far right wingers

    lol not often I get called a right-winger. In fact I think it's a first. You could not be farther from the truth, lincolnman.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

  • 1

    cleo

    trying to somehow spin these editorials to say that they only mean to criticize the reporting of the effort

    There is no spin. That is exactly what the editorial bam_boo linked to says. Did you bother to read the link? It quotes the American consul-general in Okinawa crowing about 普天間基地が本土に近いことは極めて重要 (*the vital importance of Futenma Base being close to the main Japanese island*) - a propaganda statement if ever there was one - and points out that if being close to Honshu and potential earthquake disaster areas is of such importance, there are much closer places than Okinawa. Like, um, Honshu.

    Criticizing a humanitarian effort that saved hundreds if not thousands of lives and labeling it as "politically motivated" is cheap and cynical - clear evidence of tabloid-like journalism.

    If that were the case, then yes it would be. But the criticism was not of the humanitarian effort, which was very much appreciated. The criticism was of the cheap, cynical and politically-motivated use of the humanitarian effort to try and justify the continued American occupation of way too much Okinawan land.

    Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs

  • 0

    cleo

    age is more than a number. We age. We grow old. Our body ages. Our minds age.

    Yes, we all age. But we don't all age at the same rate. I see people, men and women, way younger than me in years, who are old. And I see people way older than me in years, who are not. The numbers are not accurate and cannot be relied upon as anything more than a very rough guide.

    Viking isn't the only Petra Pan 'round here. :-)

    Strangerland - I think the anger at being called nesan comes from it being the term patrons often use when addressing bar hostesses. I would be miffed if some random male called me nesan, livid if he called me obasan. (Onechan, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable for very young girls.) If in doubt, with an adult lady try okusan.

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

  • 0

    cleo

    Bass, when you read first take a nice deep breath and try to pay attention to little words like likely and most. It might help your comprehension and prevent you writing meaningless, irrelevant replies.

    Non-Americans with no strong ties to Japan can surely root for whoever they want?

    Posted in: 'Bring it on' - U.S. women relish facing Japan in World Cup final

  • -2

    cleo

    Ladies are never middle-aged. The very idea is ludicrous.

    Age is no more than a number, and not a very accurate one at that.

    Anyone no longer in a school uniform who makes the mistake of calling me 'obasan' gets my famous withering death-stare.

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

  • 4

    cleo

    The cat that has me trained to give it cow milk loves it, and cats are smart, so cow milk must be good.

    The cat that has me trained to pander to her every whim turns her nose up at any kind of milk.

    She likes licking out ice cream cartons, though.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

  • 0

    cleo

    bam_boo is spot on. There is no criticism of Operation Tomodachi itself at all in the article, only criticism of the inappropriate political propaganda.

    Posted in: Freedom of speech is the element of democracy that must be protected most. That's true no matter which party is in power. Crushing freedom of speech would plant the roots of a terrible evil in Japan's future.

  • 1

    cleo

    A drug smuggler sells or passes on the drug to sellers. a drug addict smokes or sniffs

    No. A smuggler moves stuff illegally into or out of a country. A drug smuggler moves drugs illegally into or out of a country. An addict is physically or mentally dependent on a particular substance and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. A drug addict is physically or mentally dependent on a drug or drugs and unable to stop taking it/them without incurring adverse effects.

    Sounds like Ms Hamp to a T.

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

  • 1

    cleo

    JaneM, I think we're both guilty of being anecdotal. :-)

    From where I'm sitting, I see no one (apart from the director bloke) continuing past 60 on the same salary they had before. Most of them either continue in the same job for much lower pay, go part-time, or find other work that's less stressful, again for much less pay. Many stay on in the job for a while, until the blow to their pride at being expected to do the same job as before for a fraction of the pay forces them to reconsider. Not everyone gets a bulk retirement allowance, some are still paying off loans they took out to buy their home (at bubble-era prices) or pay for their kids' education. I know of maybe only a couple who are happy enjoying their free time (and who can afford to do so). Most still need to work, whether it's for the money or because after decades in the treadmill they just can't stop running.

    As far as I know none of them skipped gleeful and singing out of the office on their 60th birthday clutching a retirement package in one hand and a set of golf clubs in the other.

    Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever

  • 0

    cleo

    Changing the name and employing a pretty lady doesn't change the fact that Kose is not cruelty-free. They state on their website that they 'have a policy of not testing on animals', which they nullify in the small print - 万一、社会に対して安全性の説明責任が生じた場合や、一部の国において行政から求められた場合を除きます。(=Except when it's easier to do so, or in order to sell to China) In other words, they do do animal testing, same as Shiseido. They don't get my custom.

    Posted in: Kose Corp’s prestige-luxury brand Cosme Decorte signs model Kate Moss

  • 2

    cleo

    I have seen recently some 60-something people work for lower wages than the system otherwise would guarantee them but that is still a minority.

    My friends' husbands are starting to hit the 60 mark, and with one exception only (a bloke on the BoD of his company) every single one of them were expected to either retire and live off their savings until the pension kicks in at 65, or continue in their current job at a drastically reduced salary. They are not a minority at all; this is the system.

    Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever

  • 5

    cleo

    they say that milk is not necessary after you have teeth.

    Neither are lots of other things, like chocolate, whisky, coffee, Black Forest chocolate cake - all the good things in life. 'It's not necessary' doesn't mean it should be totally avoided. Moderation in all things!

    1 cup of mishosiru has the same calcium that 1cup of milk has.

    And over five times as much salt. Now that should be avoided, or kept in check at least. I enjoy the occasional bowl of misoshiru, but I'm not about to pour gallons of the stuff daily down the throats of my infant grandchildren.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

  • 6

    cleo

    I think a small carton of milk would be more beneficial health-wise at lunch time than a bowl of misoshiru, or salt-cured fish drenched in soy sauce.

    M3M3M3, your nutrition studies link deals with high consumption levels - no one would suggest that too much of anything was a good thing. One 200ml carton a day is not high consumption. The link also points out the benefits of fermented milk products (cheese and yoghurt). More cheese, please. Your saveourbones link warns against the dangers of bovine growth hormone in milk, but the use of growth hormones in dairy cattle is banned in the EU, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

  • -1

    cleo

    The face recognition on iPhotos is pretty good. It even sorts out look-alike siblings with better (not 100%) accuracy than some family members. Maybe Google should ask Apple for a few tips.

    Posted in: Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'

  • 0

    cleo

    Why are English members here giving thumbs down to U.S. fans if your team just lost to Japan? Wouldn't you want U.S. To win?

    Why? This is Japan Today, it's likely most non-American posters have stronger ties to Japan than to America. With England out of the running, why not root for Japan with the rest of the family?

    Posted in: 'Bring it on' - U.S. women relish facing Japan in World Cup final

  • -7

    cleo

    That's probably because they take the order directly from your hubby.

    Mmm, no, they take my order from me. I tend to be pretty fussy/picky about my food, and it usually involves lengthy discussions about whether a dish is actually vegetarian or not. Mr cleo prefers not to get involved. He just wants his dinner.

    And what does fluency have to do with getting your change back?

    You tell me. You're the one who complained about you paying and the change being given to your Japanese girlfriend.

    Methinks the Japanophelia (sic) of some folk obscures their reality of what's real.

    Ditto the Japanophobia of some folk?

    Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?

  • -1

    cleo

    I couldn't look more non-Japanese, but I never have any trouble getting the wait staff to take my order or my money, or give me my change, even when I'm with my very Japanese-looking hubby or Japanese girlfriends. Methinks the folk who think their Japanese is fluent aren't quite as fluent as they imagine themselves to be.

    My pet peeve is wait staff who understandingly nod and smile while you explain you're vegetarian and don't want any animal products apart from dairy in your meal, then suggest pasta (with bits of bacon in it), salad (with ham), chicken curry or in that case perhaps Madam would prefer a fish dish? Jelly for dessert? No meat does not mean anything that isn't a steak!

    Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?

  • 22

    cleo

    "several tablets"

    So, we're talking 3 or 4 pills.

    Actually a total of 57 pills, divided between and hidden in a number of boxes within boxes.

    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/06/25/20150625k0000m040135000c/003.html

    her statement that she didn't believe she had imported narcotics is probably true.

    When you believe your actions are above-board, you don't hide the stuff in false bottoms under junk (a high-flying executive with a major company importing 'toy necklaces'?) and 'forget' to mention the stuff on the import declaration form. If she believed there would be no problem bringing the stuff in, she would have left it all in the bottle it came in and posted it with a proper label on it.

    it's spun to make her sound suspicious

    Her actions were suspicious.

    A person doesn't get to her position by being dumb or stupid or naive; she knew what she was doing, and what she was doing was trying to smuggle an illegal substance into the country.

    Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

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