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edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 04:16PM JST
Honda will find the action in the Italian soccer league a lot rougher than where he's played before. Just hope his body holds up under the wear & tear it will experience in that tough, rough, exciting soccer environment.
Posted in: Honda set to join AC Milan
edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 04:12PM JST
It's OK to give $20 billion in aid to the ASEAN countries ... but please don't take this money from our Social Security funds nor our pension funds. I don't trust the Liberal Democratic Party on the handling of money. These guys do a lot of drooling when they look at the Social Security & pension money. Please ... just don't touch it ...
Posted in: Japan to pledge $20 bil aid to ASEAN
edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 04:05PM JST
Next Biden must also telephone the leadership in Beijing and tell them to buzz off. This will be bigger news than telling Abe that the U.S. is on Japan's side in this dispute.
Posted in: Biden assures Abe that U.S. doesn't recognize China air zone
edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 01:40PM JST
Yes, "tmarie," I was also wondering about Kim Kyong Hui, Kim's aunt and younger sister of his father, Kim Jong Il. I sort of figure she will be eliminated along the way, too.
She might be scooped up along with perhaps hundreds or more other Jang followers who will undoubtedly walk the path to the execution fields. And they might have to expand their gulags to accommodate the lower Jang supporters who will be allowed to live a little longer.
But ... as stated before, that's life in this Marxist state. They should be used to it.
That's why I say give the new leader, Kim Jong Un, some breathing room so that he can try to build the nation in his mindset ... and hopefully that will include making major changes for the better in this Marxist society.
Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA
edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 12:41PM JST
Hey ... cats gotta eat too ...
Posted in: Burglar stole Y18.5 mil worth of items during year to feed 120 cats
edojinDec. 13, 2013 - 12:39PM JST
Actually ... after seeing the way Jang was hauled away from that big meeting the other day, it should come as no surprise that he was executed so quickly. Reminds me of the way Josef Stalin eliminated his opposition during his reign of Russia, which grew into the Soviet Union. This is what happens in such societies.
Kim Jung Un seems to be getting rid of the people who may have been a thorn in his father's (Kim Jun II's) side ... and now his own side. By studying overseas he has had a glimpse of life outside of Marxist North Korea. Maybe he has some changes in mind that might upset people like his uncle Jang. Maybe he might try to remake the North into something like what he saw and experienced during his overseas student days. To do so is not easy in such a Marxist state.
I say let Kim Jung Un try to do what he has in mind. Let him build up his own version of what he expects North Korea to become. If he follows the Marxist line, so be it. Then nothing has changed. If he tries to follow something different that might lead to a better way of life in North Korea, then great. At least give him a chance to do something that might bring about changes for the better in that self-battered country.
edojinDec. 12, 2013 - 06:00PM JST
Saw this on TV. As I can't read sign language, I can only say that this dude seemed to know what he was doing. Now that I know he's fake ... it is funny to watch him in action.
Posted in: Sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial a fake
edojinDec. 09, 2013 - 05:17PM JST
As philly1 and StormR commented above, I too wondered about all those negative signs. I thought that maybe some weirdo was tooling with this sight and wanted to make everything look bad. As there were as many as seven thumbs down signs, I figured there must be at least seven negative attitudes afloat somewhere out there ... Sickos ...
Posted in: What are your three favorite cities in the world to visit for a holiday, and why?
edojinDec. 09, 2013 - 05:02PM JST
All of the above comments are logical. If all sides in the negotiations are serious about seeing the TPP efforts come into reality, they must take their time and make sure everything is in perfect working order. This "end-of-the-year" stuff is just too fast ... too dangerous ...
Posted in: Activists say U.S. trying to ram through TPP pact
edojinDec. 09, 2013 - 04:58PM JST
Saw on TV this afternoon the way Jang Song-Thaek was ousted. He was sitting on an aisle seat during a huge committee meeting and two guards came in, grabbed him by the arms and forcibly escorted him out of the massive hall. The man sitting beside Jang acted as if nothing was happening, while others sitting in the area merely watched the ouster as it happened.
In other scenes shown on TV, we can see Jang not applauding when he apparently was supposed to do so while standing near Kim Jong-Un, and in another scene acting as if he were not interested in what was happening at the moment. Apparently something was amiss.
I think that Kim Jong-Un is gradually flexing his muscles and is ousting the old-line generals and other powerful figures who are blocking his way in running things the way he wants them to be run. He is risking his neck by taking on these powerful figures, but seems to be brave enough to take them on. So far he is winning. No matter what the outcome, I'd like to see him whisk away the old guard entirely and put some young, new brains in position to run the country. Who knows, young Kim might just give us a new, better North Korea.
Posted in: North Korea confirms leader's uncle dismissed for 'criminal acts'
edojinDec. 08, 2013 - 05:01PM JST
I thought the judges at Fukuoka, well, sucked. Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia should have received more points in the short program, and although she did an excellent job of skating in the final stage, she again received low points. I became angry at the judges for "voting" against Julia. Because of her agile body at age 15, she did moves that 23-year-old Mao could not do. It was fresh talent vs. a big name star. And the familiar face won out ...
I am a Mao fan, but I thought she looked flat in the final. She said later she could not perform up to par because of a bad back, and this might have been the reason she looked rather dismal.
I just hope that the judges who judged the Fukuoka contest are not asked to go to Sochi. I feel that they would make the same prejudiced judgments in selecting the winners at the Olympics.
Posted in: Asada wins Grand Prix Final despite triple axel problems
edojinDec. 08, 2013 - 03:51PM JST
Three of my many favorite cities are Athens, Rome and Paris.
Why? In brief ...
Being in Athens and surrounding areas in Greece is like being back in early history ... in the B.C. era. Lots to see and do. Also find the Greeks very friendly ... and I love their relaxed lifestyle and way of enjoying their good food. I especially enjoyed, I think the spelling is, Plaka, in the heart of Athens.
The same can be said for Rome. I enjoy the way the city preserves its distant past. Again, lots to see and do here. I also like their many kinds of food ... and, of course, their kind hospitality.
Then there is Paris. This city also preserves its past quite well. I especially like the Louvre Museum and the stroll along its many boulevards and narrow streets. I also enjoy French food ... guess you'd say the cheaper dishes ... like things I can afford. I am quite fond of the French and enjoy their company.
I could also include London in this list for the same reasons ... and Frankfurt for its many kinds of interesting, tasty beers.
On other continents, there are fun times to be had in Tel Aviv, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle.
Here in Japan ... well ... there's just too many places to name, so I will just stick to the overseas cities.
edojinDec. 07, 2013 - 09:12PM JST
Another exciting ending to a regular J-League season. Watched both games simultaneously on 2 TVs, and saw lots of good soccer. The Marinos put a lot of pressure on Frontale's goal in the extra five minutes of play, but just couldn't push the ball in. Seems as if the J-League always provides plenty of breathtaking play up until the very last second. Great!
Posted in: Sanfrecce Hiroshima wins J-League title
edojinDec. 07, 2013 - 02:00PM JST
The "government panel" named in the above article should have pointed out that they were probably selected by Abe's people .... which means they voiced their opinions on the same way that Abe thinks.
What would happen if a panel of common citizens were asked to voice their opinions on this subject? They would undoubtedly give a deafening NO to Abe's and the Liberal Democratic Party's plans to restart the nuclear power industry here in Japan in the near future.
Posted in: Nuclear to remain key Japan energy source, gov't panel says
edojinDec. 07, 2013 - 01:54PM JST
Just wait until somebody figures out how to apply this law to the internet system. China already controls its internet system ... and other countries would love to do the same without taking away their "freedom" banner. If Japan can twist the law into controlling the internet, then sites like this one will be history.
As the story said above, the provisions in this law are vague ... very vague. So anything can be declared secret, depending on the political party in power.
Saw on TV live coverage last night where a huge throng of anti-security law demonstrators were holding out in front of not only the Diet, but also in Nagoya and perhaps other cities. But all this noise was in vain as the people they voted for to run the country didn't listen to them and passed the bill into law anyhow.
Posted in: Diet passes controversial secrets law despite protests
edojinDec. 07, 2013 - 01:43PM JST
Am a regular NHK watcher ...
Always watch NHK's excellent history drama, which is shown on Sunday nights and runs for nearly a year. I believe the present series ends either this Sunday or next Sunday. It is about Yae Neesima, wife of Joseph Hardy Neesima (or Niijima Jo), the founder of Doshisha University in Kyoto. It covers Yae's life from the Boshin War in Fukushima Prefecture, where she was an expert sniper for the Aizu Castle clan, to just after Jo's death. She lived from 1845 to 1931 and Jo lived from 1843 to 1890.
Also watch NHK's popular morning drama, which this time around is entitled "Gochi-so San" and takes place in the early 1920s. These 15-minute daily dramas run for sixth months. The last series was entitled "Ama-Chan," and took place in the tsunami-hit area in Fukushima Prefecture.
Moreover, NHK always provides plenty of sports coverage, especially Major League Baseball in the summer months and European soccer in the winter months.
Then there is the nightly news coverage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., which can be picked up in English read by native-English speakers. The only problem here is, it seems they use British-style English to cover baseball, which just can't be done by these people.
Otherwise, thumbs up for NHK's coverage ...
Posted in: What do you think of NHK? Do you like any of their programs?
edojinDec. 06, 2013 - 05:39PM JST
And with the boost of Abenomics ... the prices just keep climbing higher and higher ...
Thanks to Abe, Tokyo and other Japanese cities will continue to be the most expensive places to live in the world ...
Posted in: Tokyo costliest Asian city for expats
edojinDec. 03, 2013 - 05:41PM JST
The news media in Japan seemed to be seeing Biden as some kind of a savior. Actually, he does not have much power in handling such a delicate situation. So I can see him passing off the buck and not taking sides on this issue.
Posted in: Biden urges Japan, China to lower tensions over air defense zone
edojinDec. 03, 2013 - 05:22PM JST
Saw on TV this afternoon where Solis gulped down water from a plastic bottle despite an official's attempt to stop him and drank from the soft drinks. Never saw anything like this before. Seems like he intentionally was trying to get out of the fight or else keep his belt by being overweight. Weird!! Should be an interesting fight ... but believe Kameda will win easily as he is fighting in front of his home folks in Osaka.
Posted in: Overweight Solis stripped of WBA superfly title ahead of Kameda bout
edojinDec. 03, 2013 - 05:14PM JST
This is one of the things the people voted for in the last election, whether they like it or not. Prior to the election now Prime Minister Abe said he wanted to win big so that he could control the government without any opposition. And the voters of Japan answered his wish with a landslide victory in his favor. So Abe now has full control ... and he and his Liberal Democratic Party can do as they please.
As was pointed out in a full-page Japan Times article months ago, politicians will give themselves free run of their doings if this law is passed. Everything that they do they will declare that it is a state secret. Even the press will have a difficult time pinning anything on them ... no matter how evil their intentions are.
In the recent public demonstations against the proposed law some of the voters may be awakening to the fact that too much power in the hands of one party may be dangerous ... but it is too late. Abe and his cronies have complete run of the government for at least several more years ... thanks to the voters who voted for them in the last election.
Posted in: Japan set to pass state secret law despite growing opposition
Dec. 13, 2013 - 11:48PM JST
yosunDec. 13, 2013 - 05:52PM JST
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Posted in: China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit
Dec. 13, 2013 - 11:43PM JST
wipeoutDec. 13, 2013 - 06:21PM JST
The news confirmed the brutality of this regime. He has…
Dec. 13, 2013 - 11:42PM JST
Well, Ho Ho Ho ASEAN.
Christmas came early for the Southeast Asian Countries pledging…
May be but the countries that owe Japan money have no intention of ever paying it…
Posted in: Cabinet OKs Y5.5 tril stimulus package to cushion impact of sales tax hike
Dec. 13, 2013 - 11:41PM JST
Unions have warned of a multi-billion-dollar hole in the economy and the loss of up to…
Posted in: Australian PM seeks Toyota talks to save car industry