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    The so-called "proof" full of "facts" of "what really happened" authored by self-described Korea expert Nishioka Tsutomu and linked to by Kazuaki Shimazaki in these comments is flooded with innuendo, personal attacks and twisted perspectives meant solely to guide the reader to the author's nationalistic way of seeing the world, with Japan at the top, naturally. By attempting yet again to somehow legitimize the whitewashing of the historical experiences so many non-Japanese went through, this seems hardly the most trustworthy resource or foundation for an objective argument to really get to the heart of the matter.

    Leaving aside the somewhat laughable (and desperate-sounding) name of the organization sponsoring this diatribe, the "Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact", here are the report's ending words. Reading them, I wonder how ANYone who desires the truth can seriously view this report as an unbiased review of what really happened so long ago?

    The controversy began with lies. The lies ballooned into fallacies, and ended with a resolution condemning Japan on the point of being passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. All along, the propel ling force was Japan-hating Japanese.

    They formed a mammoth global network, steadily accumulated documentary material, and launched a perverted interpretation of international law. These misguided souls continue to attack our beautiful fatherland, their fatherland! Their obsessive anti-Japanese emotions are contrary to everything we stand for.

    We must expose the lies they have been spreading during the past 15 years. That is the only way we can defeat them. And we shall prevail, because truth is on our side.

    "Yomiuri", as far as reporting the news goes, has long been a euphemism for "gomi-uri", a tool and mouthpiece of the ever-present right-wing government. This ridiculous apology only sullies their name and standing in the eyes of the world even more, even if many in Japan believe that the rest of the world's opinions & concerns don't matter.

    Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition

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    The Yomiuri has been long known by many, mainly English-speaking Westerners, as the Gomiuri for a reason.

    Posted in: Newspaper wars inviting permanent reader alienation

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    Now, if they would just print English books in a size that's easy to carry in one hand on trains. (yeah, I know, there're always ebooks, but I like paper too) I saw his book in paperback at the store today but in the popular (why?) larger format. British editions are often in the smaller format (up to a certain page count, of course) but I haven't seen anything on sale in the smaller size yet.

    Posted in: Lancet imbues new novel with vivid sense of Japan

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    The match is scheduled for 11 AM Sat, Sep 6 EDT (in Japan: 13 hours later, or midnight). The final is set for Monday 5 PM EDT (in Japan: Tue, Sep 9 at 06:00).

    Posted in: Nishikori carrying weight of history at U.S. Open

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    I think the authorities -- prefecture and in Tokyo, if not some local ones too -- mainly want to do everything they can to paint over the ongoing problem at Fukushima Daiichi and pretend it never happened... on their watch.

    Leaving their cushy government or corporate positions with the public having thought they at least tried to do something (thus saving their and their family's name for posterity), even if what they tried to do was empty of substance, I suspect is most important to them.

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    Thanks, Probie.

    Yeah, Toshiko, I was only perusing through his Facebook page, and making light of his interests, nothing more. I have no idea whether Tamogami, the LDP, Sakurai and others he liked were involved in his adventures, and in no way tried to imply that. I notice that I share a number of music & movie interests with him, but it doesn't mean I'm involved with or support his antics. Interestingly, too, the few minutes I was just on his FB page just now, his number of followers jumped up another 10 or 15 people.

    His Facebook page, Google+ page, and YouTube channel page all still are up, with lots of videos and photos and more. If it turns out something happened to him other than being released, then who knows how long these pages will remain. I think he's an idiot and rather reckless, but that's his choice, and hope he's OK all the same.

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report of Japanese man held in Syria

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    In addition to liking the right-wing Tamogami, the LDP, and conservative journalist Yoshiko Sakurai, his Facebook page also shows he likes Justin Bieber. The beginning of the fall...

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report of Japanese man held in Syria

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    @FizzBit... The Japanese version of History, Discovery, even sometimes NatGeo channel all have increased their military- and weapons-related, with lots on the jieitai, as well as more macho-type shows over the past 2-3 years. And lots of Hitler stuff, too. Abe and company have been working on this a while, though since Abe's recent dictatorial move, these shows have been really ramped up.

    People are slowly & unknowingly being pushed into accepting a militarized mindset as "normal". Just like in the US, it's all no doubt to help make it easier to draft young men (and maybe women) later for cannon fodder.

    Posted in: AKB48 singer recruits for SDF as Abe boosts military

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    Well, duh. Did any expect anything different when there's so much money to be made?

    Posted in: TOKYO 2020 appoints Dentsu as its marketing agency

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    Beer with 1/3 foam is obscene, a crime against nature. With fake beers (happoshu) and all too, it's all in the presentation, I guess.

    Posted in: Machine automatically fills cups with beer

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    I doubt that all US kids are necessarily like kids in Texas. That's a pretty bold jump from testing a rather small sample of kids in one state to saying that those affected are "a third of U.S. children". A third of some US children, perhaps.

    Posted in: Researchers fret over high cholesterol in U.S. kids

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    I wonder how many nuclear plants Abe is hoping to sell & have Japanese companies build in Ukraine? Or just about any other business too for that matter, like ensuring access to resources Japan might need. I can't think of any foreign aid -- loans or grants, doesn't matter -- that Japan has given that was done without expectations of getting future business in return, Myanmar just being one recent example. And sure, other countries' companies play this game too, it's the capitalist way in a globalized world, but Japan seems a lot more immersed in it than most.

    Posted in: Japan confirms $1.5 billion aid offer to Ukraine

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    How exactly will ordering something on the internet using a credit card, like from Amazon -- where usually the money is taken from your card immediately, on purchase -- result in the higher tax if bought before April 1st (Japan time)? For items paid on credit, so what if the item is delivered after April 1; isn't the purchase price, which includes all taxes, determined at the time of purchase? What do the authorities intend to do, make delivery companies charge an extra fee if your March order happens to get delayed, not handing it to you unless you pay up? (And what's stopping online retailers from delaying COD shipments so that you do have to pay the extra tax, even if they could very well deliver it before April 1st?)

    I think this writer is painting with too wide a brush in the last paragraph since it seems only items paid on delivery would be affected. Some more details about this so-called "national tax office stipulation" that the Rakuten person speaks of would be nice.

    In any case, I can't see how this new blanket tax -- at every step of every process (not just the end sale), and on everything including food -- is going to help regular folks in Japan. Only those collecting the tax and the big corporations stand to gain, as usual.

    Posted in: Interesting things will happen for consumers at midnight March 31

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    "American Vintage" prices would be nice, too.

    Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to serve 'American Vintage' burgers

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    Surprise, surprise! Has there ever been an OB corporate executive in Japan who's been punished, I mean really punished, not some slap on the hand like a 10% pay dock for 2 months or the ubiquitous suspended sentence? The mega corporations and all their yak connections run the show in Japan (as elsewhere, alas), with democracy and honest business dealing simply the thin pretty washi wrapping covering up the hard truths within.

    With so many glitzy distractions to choose from in cool Japan, though, people here for the most part don't really care, meaning the same old OB system will continue as the young corporate slaves there now yearn to get to the top too.

    Posted in: Mizuho CEO set to survive gang loan scandal

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    The fishermen here are testing probably just as much as Japan's whalers are testing. Whatever research fits.

    Posted in: Fishing operations resume off coast of Fukushima

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    Why does he need such a thing anyway? There's too much focus on bells & whistles and surface image.

    Maybe newly anointed nuclear expert Mr. Abe can now tell the people in Japan, and around the world, what the heck is going on and how to fix it (yeah, right). Otherwise this was just a publicity stunt.

    Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for getting Abe's name wrong during his visit to Fukushima

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    CrazyJoeSep. 20, 2013 - 07:01AM JST

    It's an aftershock of 311 according to NHK.

    FWIW, Asahi TV news at 11:30 later in the morning interviewed a Tokyo professor who said it was not an aftershock of 3.11. Other stations at the same time parroted what NHK said above.

    Fuel rod removal from Unit 4 supposedly begins in November. Let's all hope for no quakes while that's going on.

    Posted in: M5.3 quake rocks Fukushima; Tokyo feels shake

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    Like most misnamed "free trade agreements", TPP is not about "free trade" but rather the US shoving its corporate demands on other nations. Japan would be well-served to stay out of it if it wants to retain any sense of national sovereignty.

    Most of TPP's text -- from what is allowed to be known of it since public transparency is rather nil -- is not about trade at all but about secret "investor-state dispute provisions", essentially giving foreign investors, namely big corporations, tremendous rights & privileges over local laws and cultural norms. Under the proposed rules, which again apparently make up most of TPP's text, foreign investors/corporations would be able to bypass a country's (like Japan's) domestic courts and laws, and sue governments directly before secret tribunals, not accountable to the public, of three private sector lawyers operating under World Bank and UN rules to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic (i.e. Japanese) law that investors believe will diminish their "expected future profits."

    This could jeopardize a whole range of laws & institutions in Japan that people in Japan have come to expect and depend on, from reliable national health insurance and reasonably-priced pharmaceuticals to environmental, health & safety laws (like banning products, seeds, etc. with GMOs), to major industries like cars, farming, and intellectual property rights. Under TPP, Japan's national laws wouldn't be erased but many could prompt foreign (read, major US) corporations to sue and thereby drain Japan's already dwindling national coffers. For Japan's long-term survival and sovereignty, it would be short-sighted to join such a one-sided and overly corporate entity like TPP.

    Posted in: U.S. says differences remain after TPP-linked talks with Japan

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    Thank you, mods, for providing the train company & line. I would've written here sooner but for some reason have been unable for the last few weeks to post or rate comments from my work machine.

    Posted in: Man in wheelchair struck, killed by train at railway crossing in Kobe

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