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gokai_wo_manekuMay. 31, 2016 - 01:48AM JST
Bring back Sean Connery, the real Bond.
Posted in: Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 30, 2016 - 11:31PM JST
Japan was doing what Britian did. Making an empire. Japan modernized using Britian as a model. So of course we wanted to conquer/liberate Asia. It was the fashion of the day.
Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 30, 2016 - 10:53AM JST
I would be embarrassed if Abe went to Pearl Harbor. He is a war monger. The last prime ministor who could have gone to Pearl Harbor with dignity was Eissaku Sato. And remember that for several decades the US and Japanese soldiers met once a year for a baseball game at Pearl Harbor? That is more significant.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 30, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
Young people don't have money and they are not out to impress other people anyway. They don't need expensive clothes to prove their self esteme.
Posted in: Luxury brands struggle to attract Internet generation
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 30, 2016 - 07:34AM JST
There is something to learn from Hiroshima, as Obama pointed out: we can not destroy the human species. Is that alright? What is there to learn from Pearl Harbor. It will just remind Americans of how bad there self-defence is. Just like 9/11.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 29, 2016 - 04:52PM JST
@Brian Whehay I know what you mean. I was thinking of hand guns that do a lot of killing in the US. Here, there is a very limited ownership of rifles. These are owned by farmers who need to protect themselves from bears or wild boars. Of course, yakuza have illegal hand guns, but they know better than to use them against civilians. Mainly they use them to shoot out windows of rival gangs headquarters.
Posted in: U.S. schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 29, 2016 - 01:55PM JST
I can only say that I am glad I live in a country where guns are prohibited.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 29, 2016 - 01:40PM JST
Well, this only indicates the failure of economics. He can't say Abenomics is really working and the problem is the world economy. He should resign now.
Posted in: Abe looks at postponing sales tax hike until Oct 2019
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 29, 2016 - 01:39PM JST
The question he is really asking is whether it is morally acceptable for a few people who have political power and their finger on the atom bomb trigger to put an end to the human species (which we can now do with atom bombs). We have to think about this. Anyway, I predict that the perfect storm will occur within the next 15 to 20 years. That is all the time the human species, or all living species, have to live here on earth. So lay back and take it easy.
Posted in: What did you think of U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park?
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 29, 2016 - 07:36AM JST
It was very humanitarian. But everyone seems to look at it through their own political agenda lens.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 27, 2016 - 05:19PM JST
Hasn't this been tried before after other crimes?
Posted in: U.S. military bans alcohol consumption outside bases in Okinawa
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 27, 2016 - 09:11AM JST
Seiko-chan debuted the year I was born. I kind of grew up with her.
Posted in: Pop singer Seiko Matsuda, at 54, still turning heads as a lingerie model
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2016 - 09:01PM JST
Now they have a year and a half to work up the murder case. Get on it!
Posted in: American man gets 18 months for dumping woman's body in bay
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2016 - 08:45PM JST
Religion has always played a role in political ligitimation. Divine right of kings, etc etc etc. So it is consequentially involved in the ligitimation of political/military violence.
Posted in: There’s no doubt that Shinto was used by the government during the war. But is there a religion that has not been used as a reason for fighting? Shrines in themselves are not aggressive.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2016 - 06:40PM JST
She wants money, evidently, doesn't want to provide benefits any more..
Posted in: Johnny Depp's wife files for divorce
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2016 - 07:39AM JST
@MarkX Same thing everywhere. Huge churches and cathedrals all over Europe and the US. Could have used that money to help less fortunate. Now they build the size of football stadiums. But they could have used that money to help the poor. What to keep in mind about the current emperor is how he has stood against and rebuked Abe's historical revisionism. Yes, the tax for the Imperial Household Agency is equivalent to about 17 yen per person per year.
Posted in: Linked to emperor, Ise Shrine is no ordinary shrine
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2016 - 07:27AM JST
"living god" is not an accurate translation of 現人神.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 25, 2016 - 09:08PM JST
One more interesting point: actually geisha were men. "geisha" is not used in Kyoto, where they use "maiko" and "geiko", as the article notes. The reason is that in Kyoto, traditionally geisha were men, and after the last one died about 30 years ago, people in Kyoto did not use the word geisha anymore. Geisha for women is in Tokyo.
Posted in: 10 things you didn’t know about geisha
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 25, 2016 - 09:33AM JST
What would really win global trust (if that is needed) would be to implement the structural reforms that are one of the arrows of abenomics. But even Abe, I guess, cannot stand up against the interests of the 1%ers.
Posted in: Abe aide says raising sales tax would win global trust
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 24, 2016 - 09:33PM JST
How much does it cost?
Posted in: Piacere: A taste of cloud nine at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
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May. 31, 2016 - 03:15AM JST
Why is Yasukuni any different than Arlington? The United States has had several war…
Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery
May. 31, 2016 - 02:15AM JST
My prediction is that a lot of you commenting here that the guy is a fool…
Posted in: New photo of Japanese journalist missing in Syria appears with message plea for help
May. 31, 2016 - 02:09AM JST
I am not sure if the jury system is the same here as in the U.S.…
Posted in: Lay judges approached before decision handed down in yakuza trial
May. 31, 2016 - 02:02AM JST
The toddlers took out 17 innocent people before accidentally turning on their fathers. In all the…
Fares are not cheap in the US. It is way cheaper to fly here from Europe,…
Posted in: Fares are cheap in U.S., but airlines don't want them to stay that way
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