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dcog9065Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:23AM JST
I wonder if Junko Ishido will give another press conference on nuclear energy again? Her first press conference was bewildering to say the least
Posted in: IS claims it executed Japanese hostage
dcog9065Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:17AM JST
From my experiences, the only Japanese people I know who are talking about this incident are those that usually comment excessively on politics, etc., usually heavy Abe supporters. Most other Japanese people I've spoken to couldn't care less about this
Posted in: The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.
dcog9065Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:11AM JST
He looks tired? He looks like that at every single press event he's given. He looks like the most disinterested and pretentious guy I've ever seen
Posted in: Sad Sunday
dcog9065Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
Dear god.. I hate baseball intensely but is it really this low of a level?
Posted in: Baseball players like 'Frozen' too: 'Let It Go' chosen for Spring Koshien baseball tournament
dcog9065Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:05AM JST
35 shots on goal, wow lol
Posted in: UAE eliminates Japan from Asian Cup in penalty shootout; Iraq beats Iran
dcog9065Jan. 23, 2015 - 06:04PM JST
Uh, how is that a countdown ticker? All it says is how long has passed since the demands were first made, not counting down to Japanese hostages’ fate as quoted..
I see no issues with this? It's just putting up some info for viewers who may not know about what's happening
dcog9065Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:03AM JST
I would have preferred the sexy Kimono. I don't think an armour-plated soldier is ever a good idea
Posted in: Japan's national costume?
dcog9065Jan. 23, 2015 - 10:55AM JST
The guy himself sounds like a standard moron bigot, standard mold as the others, however I wouldn't ever call him a coward unless he was deliberately killing unarmed civilians, etc.
All I know is that Clint Eastwood is the man
Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate
dcog9065Jan. 23, 2015 - 10:48AM JST
The important thing is not to take this incident out of proportion or get too emotional over it. Obviously there will be a knee-jerk anti-Islamic prejudice solidified in Japan because of this incident, but people must debate rationally on whether this would require Japan to expand its international responsibilities against terrorism
Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts
dcog9065Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:16PM JST
Well if these 2 hostages are executed because of Japan's provision of non-military aid, then Japan should go all out in providing military aid and weapons to the Iraqi government and other groups fighting IS. Japan's involved in all this now, might as well go further in helping driving these people back into the desert
Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages
dcog9065Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
Is there any real purpose of the security council? It's so divided at the moment that nothing could get passed. I'd prefer a more representational council with all UN members
Posted in: There's a need to increase the number of permanent and non-permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council to deal with increasing new challenges.
dcog9065Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
Great news! East Asians (especially Chinese) are the big tourist spenders so it's good to see the numbers going up.
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan in 2014 highest ever at 13,410,000
dcog9065Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:31AM JST
It's good Abe is pushing the humanitarian and non-combatant side of IS. If they aren't released and are executed, all they've done is brought Japan directly against them who will then likely provide military support in the Middle East. By IS's demand of an impossible $200m, you would wonder whether they wanted this from the start..
Posted in: IS tells NHK it doesn't really need money; video authenticity questioned
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:37AM JST
@Probie: Uh, yeah I have
Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:14AM JST
IS must have dozens of hostages just held in captivity for the right moment to present them. It's no surprise that their ransom demand is the same amount as Abe's pledge.. No deal whatsoever for these animals. In fact, because of this incident Japan should pledge weapons to the Iraqi army.
Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:03AM JST
@Okojo: Thanks for the detailed information! Yeah, I've always heard from girls in Japan that it's often more profitable to be a housewife rather than work fulltime and was always wondering what that meant..
Posted in: It’s rational for them, but it discourages work. It’s basically a subsidy for housewives.
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:57AM JST
One of the guy's believes he was an actress in a previous life? Wtf?
Posted in: Q&A: A look at Japan and 2 being held by Islamic State group
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:53AM JST
@lationz: Wuh?! I come from Australia, who's public toilets are multitudes cleaner than the ones I've seen in Europe and the US, but even they're way dirtier than the public toilets in Japan.. Where exactly are you referring to in Japan?
dcog9065Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:21AM JST
Good on Japan for taking up a bigger role in the international security community, but situations like these may arise more often. There is no chance the government will pay $200m
Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom
dcog9065Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
@Olegek: Well Russia doesn't have much choice I guess, barely any democratic countries today would associate themselves with Russia anymore, they only have China, Syria and North Korea left. All terrible, terrible countries that treat their people like slaves
Posted in: North Korea's Kim Jong Un mulls Russia for his world debut
Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
According to witnesses, at the time of the accident, the railway crossing gate began lowering, forcing…
Posted in: Two children killed after train hits car in Aomori
Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:03AM JST
If I read about this news in Yahoo News, it will be exactly the same word…
Posted in: Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:00AM JST
Turbostat: well, the adjusted GISS data seems rather disturbing. I agree. That said, this is surface…
Posted in: Snowstorm could be biggest ever to hit New York
Jan. 27, 2015 - 09:59AM JST
@ Jonathan Prin at Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:39PM JST
"By the way, it is completely…
Jan. 27, 2015 - 09:57AM JST
Not a bad result so far for South Korea, with four key regulars out of the…
Posted in: South Korea storm past Iraq into Asian Cup final