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  • 7


    It is easy to google a list of Americans who actually participated in WWII as high ranking officials

    Yes this is true. But I prefer to quote a serious and extensive study done by 20 historians specialized in World War II than just picking some quotes from google. -:)

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia

  • 5


    Most Japanese believe they were unjustified.

    Most Japanese view has unfortunately little value here given how little most of the population know really about what happened during the war and how biased the little they know is. Just look at a text book for schools of any grade to convince yourself.

    Critics argue that by not apologising, Obama will allow Japan to stick to the narrative that paints it as a victim.

    Totally ridiculous statement. Knowing the tendency of Japanese to play the victim card, an apologize of US (outside of the question whether it is necessary or not) will surely make the victimizing attitude of the population even stronger and give them more excuses to say "you see, we were not that bad. What is then with this sex slaving and Nanking massacre things?" Unless Japan fully recognizes the atrocities the Japanese Empire did, I don't see how US could apologize for anything.

    expected to address the debate over whether the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified.

    The justification of the bombings was clear from the US side at that time, there is no question about that. It wanted to make Japan, a country viewed as populated with fanatics, capitulate and it was not willing to have more american soldiers killed on battle fields.

    What is questionable is whether or not the bombings made Japan capitulate. A recent extensive historical research published in a french book called "The World War II myths" says it was only partially the case. The second major reason that contributed to the capitulation was a sudden and rapid advance of the Russian soldiers in Manchuria and Korea on August 8th 1945 between the two bombings. The Japanese army (around 700,000 men) was wiped out in Manchuria (a poorly known battle by the way) in one week. By that time only the Sea of Japan was separating the Russian troops from Japan and from a total invasion of the country. The Emperor and his generals were terribly scared by a potential Russian invasion which could have changed tremendously the social and economical structure of Japan. This fear is now known to have strongly accelerate the decision of the Emperor to capitulate.

    Now this is actually the Japanese Emperor who started to say that Japan is capitulating because of the nuclear bombings, so he is the direct responsible of this "myth". The reason he did that was that he tried to distant himself from his tremendous responsibilities that brought Japan to an unnecessary and apocalyptic war. By claiming that Japan was capitulating in front of an inhuman weapon that goes beyond any horror commuted during the war, he tried to escape from his own responsibilities that lead to a catastrophic management of the Japanese Empire and to its committed atrocities since 1937. Basically putting the entire blame on US in order to save his head.

    On the other hand, US never contradicted this version because US had also all to win to have people believe that Japan capitulated because of the nuclear bombings. First it made the victory and then the influence of Russia less important in that region and second it allowed the US government to justify the massive public investments that went into developing those nuclear weapons.

    So at the end, this myth came into life because Japan needed it to save the head of the emperor and US needed it to justify its weapon development program and to win over Russia in this region.


    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia

  • 2


    So you are telling me that the only thing that Abe has achieved with his stupid Abenomics is to have people eat more cup noodles?

    Posted in: Japan's cup noodle binge is sign of the times

  • 1



    None of the companies you indicated are doing well internationally wise. For some of them they may do better nationally in some very limited markets, but Japan is not the world. You should already know that by now.

    Also it's funny that you mentioned Olympus and Toshiba, two companies involved in gigantic financial scandals which have dragged them in massive losses. If you wanted to quote two well doing Japanese companies, you already picked the wrong ones...

    The photography business is not that big anymore to make Canon, Nikon or Pentax more relevant outside of Japan.

    Same for IT, companies like Fujitsu or Toshiba have almost no presence outside of Japan, they are irrelevant.

    Posted in: Suzuki denies cheating on fuel, emissions testing

  • 7


    Masuzoe “needs to reflect seriously (on his conduct)

    This is BS. Reflecting himself and saying that he will give back somehow the money is not enough. He should be judicially punished because what he did is illegal by law for world sake.

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  • -1


    Gov’t to convert love hotels into regular lodging facilities ahead of 2020 Olympics

    The title makes it sound that the government can just ask a private sector to completely change its business model for the sake of Olympics. This won't happen unless a large amount of money (tax payers money) is put on the table to "buy" their decisions. And since its not a secret that a large number of love hotels are directly or indirectly managed by Yakuzas, it won't be cheap...

    the government has also asked the state-run Japan Finance Corp and other loan lenders to provide adequate financial support to such hotels

    Asked the Japan Finance Corp? Ok, so who is still saying that the Olympics are not costing money to tax payers?

    That being said, I should say though that trying to remove all love hotels is another blow to what is one of the last remaining "fun" part of this country. Abe is just making this country a boring place to live.... Sad for the people.

    Posted in: Gov’t to convert love hotels into regular lodging facilities ahead of 2020 Olympics

  • 9


    Japanese society misogyny at work.

    On top of that, what kind of person with a normal functioning brain would have such a dumb idea?

    Posted in: H.I.S. cancels travel with 'beautiful girls' campaign after complaints

  • 5


    despite a ban on the acquisition of the creatures introduced by the country’s aquarium association

    Well it just shows that the ban is just to save face in front of the international community but in reality they are not enforcing it. This is how this countries often works.

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  • 1


    I see no problem with the governor flying first class or business class, nor with his staff flying for the same. They are flying for business, and are representatives of one of the biggest cities on the planet.

    This can't be serious. The city you are talking about is home of 14 millions people (34 million for the Greater Tokyo Area) who happen to pay taxes and expect to see some return to make their life better. They certainly don't want to see some corrupted politicians use them to buy themselves a luxury life.

    Yes sure he could possibly fly in business class (first class no way!) for only a few trips with a delegation of at most five people including him. The necessity to have a small delegation should be enforced to reduce the accommodation cost which should stay in the limit of reasonable.

    But what we have here instead is a guy who is using tax payers money to pay himself and his friends (yes the 20 people with him) a luxury life. This is crazy and must be illegal to do that.

    And I should mention that knowing that Tokyo is the city where we constantly hear that people are struggling to find child care centers and nurseries and that ¥200 million yen just evaporated to pay for eight totally useless trips, I am still wondering if this kind of scandals will finally open the eyes of the population here who seem to be completely disconnected from a reality where the politicians (=oligarchs) of this country have and continue to ruin the country at the detriment of the population.

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  • 1


    For a country that adopted cell phones well ahead of many others

    This is basically a wrong statement. In the late 1990’s, countries in North America and Western Europe were the first areas to begin rapid adoption of mobile phones.


    Posted in: Social media: Japan opens up

  • -2


    Happens to be spot on in this case.

    Non sense. No one is forcing Japan to be so socially late TODAY. No one is forcing Japan not to reform itself and become up to the standards of civilized countries. This fallacious argument that Japan was at some point in time more open to people having different sexuality and then changed because of "westerners" is total rubbish. It's again the victim attitude prevailing here, saying that's not our fault.

    Neither the general public nor advertisers seem to have much problem with openly gay people. Matsuko Deluxe an openly gay cross dressing male is hard to miss on television and in advertising posters on trains. There are also some noted "butch" female television types as well.

    This is again a weak argument given that Japanese society likes desperately to categorize people inside predefined boxes. Television and media are absolutely not a reflect of what the society is in reality, particularly in Japan where such mediums are so "faked", childish and just totally disconnected to the real.

    The proof of that is a recent study which showed that although same-sex relationships are becoming more widely accepted in Japan, many are tolerant of the relationships only among unfamiliar people. From the article,

    "Many people are accepting of romantic feelings between same-sex people, but there is strong intolerance of such feelings when it comes to those they are familiar with and to same-sex sexual conduct".

    So what you are saying seems to be quite far from what the reality is.


    Posted in: Japan's schools 'hateful' places for LGBT students: rights group

  • -3


    The same time Apple posted losses, how ironic.

    You are totally wrong! Apple did not post a loss, Apple posted a decrease in revenue last quarter compared to the same period last year. Which is by the way not surprising, Apple can't grow indefinitely every quarter and it was arguably impossible for the company to do better than the explosive quarter last year.

    Now since you are totally confused, let's compare the two companies shall we?:

    1) Sony made $2.7 billion net profit for the ENTIRE 2015 financial year.

    2) Apple made $10.5 billion for the last quarter ALONE.

    Do you just realize the scale of differences between those two companies and how far off you are?

    Also the article above misses two keys points:

    1) The Xperia mobile division made an operating loss of ¥61.4 billion ($544 million) — that's 57.4 percent bigger than the company predicted a year ago. Sony mobile business is basically a disaster and should be considered dead.

    2) The devices unit, which handles things like image sensors, batteries, recording media, took an alarming dip to an operating loss of ¥28.6 billion ($253 million) after posting an ¥89 billion profit last year.

    You see with those two figures that Sony results are not that bright in fact. Also note that Apple has not business losing money whatsoever.

    Apple's demise

    Demise my a..., look above. And I should add that Apple earned more in the last quarter than Alphabet ($4.2B), Facebook ($1.5B), and Microsoft ($3.8B) combined.

    namely 3D virtual reality

    If you think that any company can generate with this thing the scale of profit that Apple does with its mobile products, you are out of your mind. This 3D virtual reality is a total gimmick.

    Basically the Apple magic had worn off and people are seeing that other smartphones and tablets provides the same functions at a lower price.

    Factually wrong, and I am not going to argue why. Just look at the facts. Apple sells more iPhones/iPads than any competitor. It does not happen with some magics. On the other hand, I can't only see some Chinese and Korean companies copying Apple design and trying to sell their junk at a lower price. I don't think that people should buy counterfeiting products...

    Posted in: Sony posts profit as PlayStation sales soar

  • -3


    One also should recall that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was involved in the construction of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California and the all thing got into a gigantic debacle. The company is responsible of faulty steam generators that led to the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.


    I believe that the case is still pending in order to figure out how much Mitsubishi will pay in damages. There is no way that the Australians did not know about this by the way.

    So given this kind of dramatic failure of Mitsubishi, they should better shut their mouth up instead of claiming that " Japan’s capabilities were not sufficiently conveyed". This is incredible arrogant not to accept that their competitors offer was just technologically superior.

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

  • 3


    Yeah this silly behavior of claiming that Australia chose France instead of Japan because of China is just plain BS. Could we stop with this crap please?

    Some people shall really stop to be over sensitive with anything related to Japan and stop to always come up with the - this is the fault of Chinese that Japan loses. This is ridiculous.

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

  • 0


    The Japanese techology is probably superior

    Actually looking at the details, this appears not to be true at all. The DCNS pump jet propulsion technology is actually quite superior, this was a key factor in the Australian decision. Their technology is just better.

    Also they will provide their stealth technologies utilised on board French nuclear-powered general-purpose attack submarines (SSNs) and ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Another very convincing argument.

    By the way this is US which will be responsible for supplying integrated combat systems to the future submarines, as well as the submarine’s weapons.

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

  • 7


    These people are desesperetly stupid.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes shopping vouchers, promotions to boost consumption

  • 13


    Well if Australia likes cheap and weak French products then so be it be don't hide behind a skirt to say it. Japan is the world's finest in submarine next to the US and Russia

    Hum well DCNS haven been building submarines for more than 110 years for different countries including of course France. This article describes well the company:


    From the article:

    DCNS boasts of being the only company in the world that can supply both conventional and nuclear submarines, having built more than 100 subs for nine nations. The company’s prowess dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and the earliest days of sub technology with the Morse and Narval classes in 1899.

    Given this kind of profile, there is no way that anyone rational would have chosen Japan with zero background in this field and particularly after the many scandals involving Japanese companies.

    DCNS is just too strong.

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

  • 4


    Boy they are just showing again that they have so much bad taste. They just managed to choose the ugliest design among the four designs which were considered. This is so ugly and completely fails to represent what it claims to do.

    As a quick comparison, Paris unveiled a few weeks ago its logo as a city candidate for 2024, it looks so much better.


    I am not a fan of Olympics as they are more a giant business machine than anything else, but at least Japan could have made sure to get the logo design right.

    Posted in: Organizers opt for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo

  • 1


    The misconduct has revived memories of a scandal more than 15 years ago in which Mitsubishi admitted to systematically covering up customer complaints for more than 20 years, bringing the company close to collapse.

    What customer complaints mean exactly? Why not say the plain truth and clearly explain what really happened since a lot of people may not know it. Saying just customer complaints sounds quite complaisant.

    The truth is that Mitsubishi Motors had covered up defects involving flawed axles that could lead wheels to detach. There were people who died from this in Japan and other were injured.

    Below is a Washigton Post article describing the Mitsubishi scandal back in 2004. What is also interesting is how the article describes Japan Inc with its lies, cover-up, outdated corporate culture and little punishments from the authorities whenever a company is caught violating the law. We are in 2016, and the situation has not changed at all, we are still dealing with the same sh.... over and over again.


    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors scandal widens as U.S. regulator seeks information

  • -1


    the physical education curriculum to encourage teamwork and endurance.

    No it just encourages to become intellectually limited. They should better teach their kids to be more curious, to have a critical spirit, to be open minded and intellectually free. This is what kids should learn at school, not making silly human pyramids, which is an excuse to hide military-like education behind moreover a dangerous activity.

    On top of that, this has nothing to do with sports or gymnastics. Sports is used to make kids and adults bodies healthier. The idea is not to use sport to destroy people's body, particular the fragile one of our children.

    Posted in: Teamwork or torture? Japan's bone-breaking school gymnastics


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