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    crustpunker

    Need something more right wing...

    Posted in: Baseball players like 'Frozen' too: 'Let It Go' chosen for Spring Koshien baseball tournament

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    By the way, there is a serious error in the first sentence of this article: it should read "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday said that HE did not intend to join the U.S.-led military operation against Islamic State, but wanted to continue to provide humanitarian aid." Many Japanese, myself included, have never supported him.

    I love this guy!!! That is a very good point....me neither aye?

    Posted in: Abe: Japan won't join U.S.-led military operation against IS

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    crustpunker

    “I condemn it strongly and resolutely,” said the Japanese leader.

    Actions, not words senor tummyache.

    Posted in: IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

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    Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!! Police!!!!! Dear LORD! ALMOST went a few days without a psycho-cop story! Now I think I can get back to my life. Glad to see things are still par for the course.

    Posted in: Osaka policeman arrested over murder of girlfriend

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    Just goes to show that even in the face of protest and public disdain, these useless and destructive projects WILL eventually continue. There may be a period of lull due to protest but rest assured, big money public work projects will almost always eventually come to pass.

    Dreadful as it is...

    Posted in: Construction of controversial Yamba dam resumes

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    “This budget is well-focused in terms of speedily responding to weak and fragile spots in the economy,” Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting. “I think it meets the aim of reviving the economy and rebuilding public finances.”

    Uh....What? Is it a trend with all politikos in Abe's cabinet to not adress anything in specific terms?

    "weak and fragile spots in the economy"- such as? what are they exactly and in what manner will they be addressed and with what amount of budget?

    It is like when a kid has to give a presentation about a book that they haven't read and just talk about everythig in vague and non specific terms.

    Who said it? "Japan in its current trajectory is like a fly looking for a windshield." Tru' dat.

    Posted in: Gov't OKs Y3.12 tril extra budget to fund stimulus spending

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    Yes, the J public is certainly a powerful force to be reckoned with, especially considering the voter turnout for the last "election" They certainly do much to make their "powerful" voices heard as can be seen by all of the current reforms that are happening for the lower class....

    L....O......L.

    Posted in: What will Abe say about Japan's role in World War II?

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    "battle-scarred" implies that they have ever even fought for anything at all....

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    Gee, I wonder if METI will approve the rate hike. I'm sure there won't be any kind of kickbacks for "key figures" in METI that are "instrumental" in helping to help KEPCO make the "difficult" decision to raise the rates so that they can continue to provide the same "service" that they have come to....OOPS I mean the CUSTOMER have come to enjoy.

    This is very important that METI make this decision for the people because, it would probably be too "confusing" and maybe even "regrettable" if the average consumer were to be upset about a 10% rate hike.

    Go Go Go, Go Go Go KEPCO, Go Debaser GOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    Posted in: KEPCO applies for 10.23% rate hike

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    I guess strategically the plan is that Japan provides know-how in engineering and such, while the SE allies like Vietnam and Malaysia provide cheap labour and resources.

    That does make a bit of sense. Thanks for providing insight! Still I think it would be fairly easy to cut off supply lines from these countries to Japan. It is basically what the U.S. focused a lot of their efforts on. The fact is, Japan is an island nation that HAS to rely on imports to maintain its current level of population and lifestyle. Take that away and the effects will be seen almost instantly. It is a MAJOR handicap for any aspiring nation to NOT be self sufficent.

    In fact, in the history of mankind, was there ever an island nation that was at the "centre of the world"? Powerful, self sufficent etc?

    I really think this comes down to basic geography and people here need to be THRILLED that such a tiny place was able to achieve number 2 and 3 economies in the world. What more do you need Japan??? Be happy and appreciate your ways of lesiure and apathy.

    Posted in: New defense minister favors strong military

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    "We heard people’s voices calling for me to push on with Abenomics,”

    Ummmm, might wanna get that checked out. Sounds like the first stage of schizophrenia.

    I heard some voices tell me the other day to buy a Ford Mustang. I chose not to listen to them though because in reality, I knew that I could not realistically afford such a purchase so instead I chose to be content with what I have.

    Posted in: Abe set to be re-elected PM at special Diet session

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    "pursue a nationalist agenda" and "powerful diplomacy" as well as have Japan's "powerful"? military come to the aid of allies such as the U.S."

    Ok, these things are presented as things he wants to do but he never seems to say why?

    Pursue a nationalist agenda because?....... Have a powerful diplomacy for?..... Have Japan's "powerful" military come to the aid of....why?

    It reminds me of when I used to ask students what kind of careers they wanted and would answer with the obligitory Pharmacist, C.A. or I want to get married. And never give any reason why...Follow up information is needed.

    Everythig Abe is presented is complete fluff without a detailed and intricate follow up and how or why he thinks these things are necessary. And, no to create a "beautiful" Japan is not a good enough reason. How are these things really going to help the country, the common people, the children of a younger generation? Doesn't he have an obligation to explain in simple clarity why these things are also in the peoples interest?

    So many times people here seem to go to great lengths to avoid "confusion" Seems like it should be a priority to be clear about why these things are necessary for the good of Japan. Wait...it's almost like....he...cares...more about....himself and his agenda rather...than...the..people....who supposedly..elected him?........

    His words are an abstract spattering of ideas that would visually be similar to a Jackson Pollock painting. No.5 I think.

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    Japan simply does NOT have the resources to maintain a capable military machine. Being so dependant on imports for almost all sectors, all it would take is an end to supplying Japan with resources and it will fall apart. This is even MORE of a danger if Japan were to build here military to unsustainable levels and then suddenly find herself without the resource to maintain and oil the military machine. Even doing so now would come at the expense of other gov. expenditures.... or maybe just less road work lol.

    Posted in: New defense minister favors strong military

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    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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    crustpunker

    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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    crustpunker

    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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    crustpunker

    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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