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forzaducatiMay. 11, 2013 - 12:03PM JST
You can bet that some people weren't interested in this "promoting harmony among Asia's different ethnic groups, including North Korea" thing. If that was this temple's true intention in the first place. Some temples put their tax free yen at work by purchasing a collection of exotic cars, or purchasing real estate. But perhaps it was all genuine.
Don't think Mr. Ikeguchi woke up one morning with a dead horse's head under his futon, but it's my guess, that after his intentions of purchasing this building hit the news, rather than being addressed with the mandatory honorifics while picking up the phone, he was rather convinced in giving up on his ideas when a steady stream of less honorifics like teme, ku!abare etc., to enforce the threat of having large black painted vehicles turn up in front of his place of worship, tingled his eardrums.
Posted in: N Korea's de facto embassy to go back on auction block
forzaducatiApr. 30, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
From some earlier comments, not necessarily today's comments, one almost got the idea that this was another scheme by the Obama administration to deceive the Japanese. However, the fellow's name is Edwin Yoshihiro Fujinaga, which sounds like a Japanese name to me. He also looks Japanese and according to other sources, rules the company with an iron fist, wants to be called Boss and was the only person in charge of a bank account for investor funds.
forzaducatiMar. 28, 2013 - 10:44PM JST
It's a difficult problem. On the one hand, they should roll up this gang of thugs for the sake of the ordinary folks over there, but on the other hand, the world will then be deprived of their comedy capers.
Well, it is my guess that they have stopped frothing at the mouth by now and are busy at the moment with Photoshop and creating their own fleet of stealth bombers. To add to their "fleet" of photo shopped jet fighters, drones and hovercrafts.
What are these people thinking. They do not even have finger nails to scratch their butts. Ok, they managed to shoot something into orbit, at great cost. Nobody knows what it is other than that it's size resembles a small washing machine and that it is tumbling uncontrolably. It could very well be a washing machine. Someday their game will be up though and then our jaws will drop about how life was over there and how they possibly could keep up their sham for so long.
Posted in: U.S. flies B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea
forzaducatiFeb. 21, 2013 - 11:55AM JST
Really? I thought you had to stand here. I was once invited to a Japanese home party and when time came for a trip to the bathroom, the lady of the house showed me the toilet and then told me that I could stand, but not sit. It entered my mind to mention that pooping while standing would be messy, but kept it civilized and since I was a bit tipsy and not confident of my aim, peed in the sink instead. Thoroughly "flushed" though. I am not church going, but with the aforementioned incident in mind, in similar circumstances I have also kneeled in front of the toilet. Toilets are so low here. You can't miss that way. In my own home I do as I please.
Posted in: Standing up to pee 'a matter of honor' for one man
forzaducatiFeb. 03, 2013 - 11:57PM JST
Oh yes, "comfort women". Also something concocted by the deniers. Like enjo kosai, soaplands, they have a knack here for making things sound less unsavory than they really are. Why not call it by the proper name, rape. State sanctioned rape. You're not telling me that any of these women were prepared to service long lines of men, every day. There are accounts of these women, as well as women languishing away in Japanese prison camps, none of them Japanese, who definitely did not consent to whatever they were made to endure. But they made it up of course. If any of the deniers would have to face any of this, they would probably squeel a different tune.
These denials are an atrocity in itself. The constant denials and flip-flopping on the issue of comfort women or Nanking etc. by these people, with no first hand experience of the war anyway, is exactly the reason why this and any other issue with regard to Japanese atrocities during the war isn't going away.
And why denying what happened? What is the agenda of these ignorant, well, fools?
It didn't happen? Japanese soldiers, i.e. people that were actually there and probably plagued by a guilty conscience, painted quite a different picture than what Abe and similar minded people would like present day Japan and the world to believe. However, these people were deemed to be mentally incapacitated. Yes, crazy. And generally ostracized.
There is a book called "Ah, a story of a navy fool", written by a Japanese soldier named Yasuto Ichikawa, who was stationed in Papua New Guinea during the war, mentioning: "There were 3 brothels in Rabaul and young women were brought in from Joseon, completely by force, regardless of their will". Joseon is in Korea I believe. Maybe this person was crazy too, hmm? Maybe he made it up too. And this is just one account of an eye witness, there are many more, but still we have people saying it wasn't so. Shame on them.
Posted in: Tensions linger in U.S. over 'comfort women' plaques
forzaducatiDec. 25, 2012 - 10:16AM JST
Sad. Well, I am not surprised. I am surprised though, that in this day and age anybody would put up with such childish nonsense. Once, on my evening stroll I got passed several times by the same JP delivery bike. I noticed it was the fellow delivering to my place, so I put up my hand and he stopped. I said you look busy. He said no, I finished an hour ago but can't return before half past 8. Go figure.
Posted in: Post office employees have to sell (or buy if unable to) quota of 'nengajo'
forzaducatiDec. 03, 2012 - 12:00PM JST
Of course they are not lauching a satellite. They may be crazy, but not stupid. If your launch success rate is practically zero, you wouldn't try to put something with a value of millions of dollars on top of a likely to fail rocket. At best they use a couple of bricks to simulate a payload.
Posted in: N Korea notifies Japan of rocket path
forzaducatiDec. 02, 2012 - 11:02PM JST
If they are smart they keep that trojan alive then and let the Chinese or North Koreans scam the blueprints of those early rockets, that blew up one after the other.
Posted in: Space agency probes possible data leak due to computer virus
forzaducatiDec. 02, 2012 - 05:47PM JST
From what I have been reading, even Chinese companies are moving out of China to South-East Asian countries, apparently due to a labour shortage. Not that there are not enough Chinese, but less Chinese want to work for meager wages. The younger Chinese generation is seemingly not much different from anywhere else, they want easy jobs that also pay well.
Posted in: China less attractive to Japanese firms - but not because of riots
forzaducatiDec. 02, 2012 - 02:59PM JST
This tunnel did not collapse itself, but rather a section of the roof panneling dropped down.
Posted in: At least 5 dead in fire after Yamanashi expressway tunnel caves in
forzaducatiNov. 23, 2012 - 08:44AM JST
Hard to believe his motives. Couldn't he have waited for the elections?
forzaducatiNov. 14, 2012 - 08:42AM JST
Concrete walls, security cameras and watch dogs? Hmm, that exactly describes a compound here in Yokohama and I was told an "important" yakuza fellow lives/hides there. And then, "They shook hands and gave their word to each other as men, which in Japan is the strongest promise you can make". Hmm, is that a bad joke or something? I am self employed and I have learned the hard way, that a promise means absolutely nothing in Japan, even if it's written black on white. If someone shakes my hand, alarm bells start ringing in my head and I immediately know what time it is, get out/away. But now I read that it's ok, for Kurihara is a real estate broker and then you can lie all you want in order to rake in the yen.
So what did Ishihara say, "you reneged on your promise Kurihara!". Kurihara: "Demo Shin-chan, my scheme got you 2 billion yen". Or was that the promise, enriching each other? And now Ishihara wants additional funds to build something on those islands? He forgot already about his 2 billion yen? This whole story just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Posted in: How double-dealing sparked Japan-China island dispute
forzaducatiOct. 14, 2012 - 09:16PM JST
He crashed during warm up, but finished the race in 9th position, so I guess it looks worse than it was.
Posted in: Head over heels
forzaducatiOct. 10, 2012 - 12:28PM JST
Well I am not surpised, I think I saw this episode already on one of those Drifters re-runs. But sheesh, really? When I was marine-engineer, sometimes a serious problem would arise when you were alone on duty in the middle of the night and the first thing you were supposed to do was to stabilize the problem first and then call the bridge if you had to slow down and then call the chief engineer out of bed. I don't think you would be thanked for babbling over the phone while the main engine was in the process of self destructing. But whatever it was, it was never as serious as 2 nuclear reactors on the verge of melting down. What on earth was this plant manager thinking? If nobody thought of the obvious car battery, if you know where they fitted the damned thing that is^^, wouldn't you just drive to a shop, shout "the whole thing is going to blow up" , or just smash a window and just take a couple of batteries? Everybody living in the vincinity of the plant would know and/or would recognize the uniforms. Call the cops, we're at Daiichi, who cares. Or would you meekly call the office for advise and money? And then some pencil pusher suggesting to send some cash by helicopter? Wasn't there a marathon runner available? What fools. Well, I sincerely hope that the damned things didn't blow up just because a car battery couldn't be sourced in time.
Posted in: TEPCO couldn’t get battery during Fukushima meltdown; went to hardware store the next day
forzaducatiAug. 06, 2012 - 10:43AM JST
Never bought a record of the BB, but I like their music. Revives some good and happy memories sometimes. Saw a very interesting documentory about them once and yes, they were not exactly perfect human beings, but I never think about private lives when listening to a song.
Just out of curiosity Joe, the PX on "D" Avenue, was that located in Honmokucho, across the street from Yamate police station? Seem to vaguely remember having seen something over there when I came here for the first time in '79.
Posted in: Beach Boys to play 3 concerts in Japan next week
forzaducatiJul. 24, 2012 - 11:36AM JST
Omitted in this article is, that RR discovered a potential problem during endurance testing, resulting in this preemtive measure, which basically means that there isn't a problem yet, but a problem could develop, which is the preferred action to take, rather than having to sort through the rubble trying to figure out what made the damned thing crash.
Some more trivia readily available on the www. Honda makes nice stuff, but where jet engines are concerned, is nowhere in the league of the likes of GE or RR. They probably could, but they ain't. The latest Honda jet engine was developed together with GE and if you would hang these engines from a Dreamliner, you couldn't move the plane from the gate. And you would need 60 or 70 Honda engines to get anywere near the comparable thrust necessary to get a 787 in the air.
Posted in: ANA says five Boeing Dreamliners need repair
forzaducatiJul. 01, 2012 - 11:00PM JST
Both Kikuchi and Takahashi were positively identified through their fingerprints, which the police must have had on file then. Kikuchi even didn't report two burgleries for fear the police might find/take her prints as well.
These Aum people were the nation's most wanted fugitives. At every koban and police station wanted posters of these folks were prominently displayed. Every cop in this country would have been familiar with at least their names. So it was rather odd that when Hirata tried to turn himself in last year at a koban as "I am Makoto Hirata and I want to turn myself in", he was sent of his way again as being a nuisance. No, they should have checked him out, even if they thought the fellow was a nutcase. Luckily for the cops, Hirata didn't give up and went to a police station. Oh yeah, before Hirata turned himself in, in person, he first called the cops on how to surrender, but they hung up on him. Ok, the cops showed up when the manga cafe employee called to inform them Takahashi was in his place, but he had to keep pressing that it was really Takahashi. Go figure, the cafe employee recognised him and the cops said that he didn't look like Takahashi. That's not exactly competent.
Posted in: Police officers searching for ex-Aum fugitives failed to recognize them during 2006 visit
forzaducatiJul. 01, 2012 - 12:46PM JST
Well, it is a fail. I mean a "special investigation team" was created to look specifically for these people and all they do is compare some old pictures and ask their names? First thing people on the run who don't want to get caught do, is change identity. It wasn't a house-to-house search, they must have gone to that place for a reason and they obviously took it for granted when they were told "No, we're not the Aum fugitives, we're the Sakuras, honto da yo!" Not you and me, but detectives look for other things than the obvious. Finger prints for instance, particular features etc. They are supposed to be trained in this sort of thing, unless this task force was put toghether from volunteers among the Honda Cub squad. Fail.
forzaducatiJun. 20, 2012 - 11:25AM JST
Well, as a company, if you would invest your money with these crooks so your employees would be able to receive pension benefits, you would likely notice on the office walls the award(s) this company got for 'excellence'. It's probably hanging next to a dead animal, likely a turtle, and among slogans like "anzen/anshin", "don't hurt the heart of the customer", "besuto tsukushite, egao de kaerou!". I am sure they smiled all the way to the bank.
I have wondered before, on what merit this company actually received an award for excellence and by whom is was awarded. Was is the promised 240% return? It sounds impressive, but anybody with his/her faculties knows that in this day and age this just doesn't fly. As an investor, it would have been prudent to check with the people dishing out these awards how they came to their conclusion. The award could well have originated at a local printing shop or was exchanged for a brown envelope. My advice, check this and lock those people up as well. They're equally incompetent.
Anyway, as I understand it, employees will still receive their benefits, it's their employers that will have to fork out the money once more. Private investors can probably kiss their money goodbye.
Posted in: AIJ president, 3 execs arrested over pension fraud
forzaducatiJun. 07, 2012 - 07:44AM JST
They had a couple of these sheep in yesterday's Tokudane "news" show and Dave Spector asked them what they were going to do about the consumption tax when elected. Nobody seemed to get the joke, but I thought it was too funny.
Posted in: AKB48 No. 1
May. 21, 2013 - 11:48PM JST
Solution seems simple... merge Judo, TKD, Karate, Wrestling (and possibly even fencing) under one category of…
Posted in: Restore wrestling, give others fair shot
May. 21, 2013 - 11:47PM JST
tkoind2: one more point to add: people should take their vacations in full and if possible…
Posted in: Transport ministry to unify rules for baby strollers on buses, trains
May. 21, 2013 - 11:46PM JST
those questioning Obama's American citizenship include a long list of notable such as: Hillary Clinton
Posted in: White House: Obama is no Nixon
May. 21, 2013 - 11:44PM JST
Ishin-no-kai has only 3 upper house Councilors. Ishihara is jusr one of 53 representatives. YP has…
Posted in: Your Party to end alliance with Japan Restoration Party over Hashimoto's comments
May. 21, 2013 - 11:41PM JST
My mother was quite helpful in giving me work ethic. At 14 during summer break from…
Posted in: Parents advised to give the boot to their sponging adult kids