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    crustpunker

    Abe is trying to follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, who lifted countries out of slumps

    Wait, what???? lifted out of slumps? the policies of both are STILL echoing hard times to this day in both respective countries.

    Posted in: Abe emerging as a rare strong leader in Japan

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    I set my TV to wake up to ZIP, the most terrible mess of "news" programming that has ever been made. Between the little dances they do between segments, the props that are swinging around and the use of constant techno music in the bkrgnd at all times, the 15 min. segments about some "tarento" making a commercial for something, it is the BEST way to get me out of bed and outta the house to work. Works like a charm.

    It's like hearing a leathal injection every morning. I get out my door and I feel like I've just been born. AHHHHHHHH sweet relief.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    crustpunker

    @yokohamarides-Cheers and thank you. This quote is exactly what I was trying to express in my previous post.

    "By patriotism I mean devotion to a particular place and way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the otherhand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power andmmore prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality." - Orwell "Notes on Nationalism

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    It seems to me that senor tummyache is confusing "patriotism" with "nationalisim". They aren't the same things.

    "Nationalism is the worst enemy of peace" -George Orwell

    Nationalism of course, being that one's nation and way of life, culture, everything is SUPERIOR to any other nation. Patriotism in the most basic sense of the word is simply an admiration of a way of life and is passive whereas nationalism is aggressive and forceful.

    A sense of patriotism is based on reflection and nostalgia. A way of life that is passively enjoyed and nurtured without the intent to force these feelings outside of yourself.

    Nationalism is militant in nature and based on rivalry and even resentment. Nationalists CANNOT tolerate any criticism and in fact, consider any such criticism to be an insult and thus become reactionary and abrasive towards the "threat" of critique.

    A Nationalist will try to find or force justification for mistakes made in the past:

    “Revising the constitution has always been an objective since the Liberal Democratic Party was launched. I will work hard to deepen peoples understanding and receive wider support from the public.

    Patriotism enables people to understand both the shortcomings and improvements made.

    Summary:

    Patriot: Expresses the emotion of love towards his country in a passive way

    Nationalist: Strives for independence and the interests and domination of a nation and expresses love or concern for the country in an active political way.

    Which is Abe trying to implement then? "Patriotism" or "Nationalisim"? He is purposefully hiding a nationalist agenda under the guise of patriotism. Be very very clear of the difference and how the words are being manipulated.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    This is the first time that a foreign person has appeared in an NHK drama. This may seem inconsequential to overseas readers but for the sake of comparison, it’s the equivalent of having a Western TV drama where the lead role is played by a hologram, or a robot, or a unicorn.

    Not true. Not even kind of true.

    Also, cheers for comparing the foreign community to illusionary non-corporeal wisps, a programmed automaton and a mythical beast.

    Posted in: Abenocolypse: the perceived fall of Japan

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    @BuBuBu- Non,non,non! Abe has a platform! He wants to make a "beautiful Japan that is once again at the glowing centre of the world" that is a VALID platform and not at all vague in ANY way shape or form ;)

    nochildleftbehind

    Posted in: Abe pivots away from painful reforms

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    @Yuya Kokie-

    I don't mind the movie is going to theaters. But I think it's difficult to screening in Japan. Who would like to see a movie that defame their ancestor? Also it is created by baseless fact.

    Sooooooo.....you were there then to say such a statement with complete authority? Well, by all means, please DO tell us what is was really like back then!

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan

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    “But there was absolutely no cannibalism,” said Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator and a priest in the traditional Shinto religion. “That is not our custom.”

    Thus no-one EVER in the history of the war participated in cannibalism. He said it is not our custom so. It must be true.

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan

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    crustpunker

    Is he trying to invite 3rd impact? Evanomics?

    Posted in: Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

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    crustpunker

    Individually, Japanese people seem to have tons of opinions and ideas, more than 2 or 3 together and then any opinion is hidden, any question of choice not chosen and you can almost see the relief in faces when a "leader" type comes in and decides for them.

    apply that to about 127,220,000 people living here and you can see why no one raises a voice.
    It seems to me that people here will defer to anyone who is a so called "leader" no matter how cak of a leader he or she is.

    Lemmings.... over the cliff...

    Posted in: Market bears bet on Abe victory, then a yen disaster

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    crustpunker

    Maybe he could visit "Fugibuzuashito"? Here it is very nice around the Xmas season.

    Posted in: British Embassy seeks suggestions for Prince William's Japan itinerary

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    Ya know, it is often said that Japan is sometimes a few years behind the latest trends, the gap has since been more or less closed since the internet became a common thing but, is Japan that far behind the times that she doesn't understand THIS........

    “Once you realize that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are -- a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer, as we were told.”

    ― Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

    Posted in: Market bears bet on Abe victory, then a yen disaster

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    crustpunker

    Nice, saw that exact quote on imgur like a week ago.

    Posted in: 'Hobbit' tinkering is in a good cause, film creators say

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    crustpunker

    He can watch as I give him a middle finger salute. There is no "secret" there. Just a feeling of expression. Maybe I should ask if I can borrow the vagina canoe first and do it from there? I'll likely get sniped by US soldiers because...

    > the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the law, which was passed a year ago amid protests, is essential to convince allies led by the United States to share intelligence with Japan.

    Random Jgov Official: Excuse me, allies led by the U.S. please?

    Allies led by U.S. rep: Yes, hello Japan! Thank you for calling! How may we help you then?

    RJO: Yes, well TERRIBLY sorry to bother you but, there seems to be (ahem) a FOREIGNER in a vagina shaped canoe and he is making obsence gestures with both of his middle fingers. We are afraid that this might be
    confusing for some people. Especially men who feel threatened by female sexuality and well, we were kind of hoping you could help since we are secret brothers now.

    ALUR: I see! we will send some operatives to assist with the situation immediately!

    (somewhere in Japan, shots fired,) PEW PEW PEW! And the proud nation of Japan is safe against "confusion" once again! For the time being......

    Posted in: New state secret law goes into effect amid protests

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    crustpunker

    Because Horenzo..... "The Cake Is A LIE".

    Posted in: New state secret law goes into effect amid protests

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    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government would implement the law while assuring “the public’s right to know isn’t infringed”.

    Phew!! For the last few months I had reeeaaallly been worried about this! I mean, who decides what consititues a "secret"? I was SURE that this law would be abused by the Jgov elites for personal gain or defense. Now, I can rest assured that Yoshihide Suga will make super duper SURE that "the public's right to know isn't infringed." Seriously guys, you can stop worrying about it! Suga is watching out for all of us! YAAAAAAY!

    Posted in: New state secret law goes into effect amid protests

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    crustpunker

    @Laguna- You rock. I'm cool with joking or being serious about either or, they are just parts to a whole ffs. But, it does stand to reason what ye say. Mommy issues and also the fear that they might be losing their grip on their male domination status.

    they feel......threatened perhaps? Looks that way!

    Posted in: Sex shop owner freed; vagina artist still held

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    crustpunker

    Seriously, are we being Rick-Rolled?

    Well, I guess in the country of the blind, the one eyed man is king after all.

    I'm moving to Iceland.

    Posted in: Abe's LDP on track for landslide victory: media

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    crustpunker

    Has anyone ever seen or been to the giant pink phallic festival held here in Japan?

    I'm calling pot and kettle on this one.

    Why is it okay to march around with a massive pink wang but this is grounds for arrest? Please explain internets.

    Posted in: Sex shop owner freed; vagina artist still held

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    crustpunker

    Plot twist, everyone has actually shown up to see and take pics of AKB48 performing on the roof up above Senor tummyache. Picture is cropped that we don't see it.

    Posted in: Abe works the crowd

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