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    hatsoff

    What do you find more offensive a silly drawing or a bunch of screw loose nutters running around killing people over a silly drawing ?

    There's no reason why you can't be offended by both, and being more offended by one doesn't necessarily excuse the other. There are millions of Muslims out there who condemn the murderers. Just because someone supports free speech doesn't mean they have to support Charlie Hebdo. But the sheeple will carry on with their 'Je suis' group-think...

    Posted in: Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to upset Muslim world

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    hatsoff

    I've seen many Japanese avoid the possibility of embarrassment by getting up and moving silently to another part of the car. That way, the older passenger can take the empty seat with - if they want to see it that way - dignity.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    “I think it is now extremely important that at this opportunity we fully learn from the history of this war… in thinking about the way Japan should be in the future,” Akihito, 81, said in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency.

    Hearing this, all those right wing nuts who so adore the emperor should pause for thought. Ain't gonna happen though cos a nut's a nut.

    Posted in: Emperor stresses importance of learning from World War II

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    hatsoff

    Just propaganda for the mainland masses. But China could play fair if this was allowed:

    > Tibet's new website, www.tibetautonomouscountry.org.tb, was unveiled Tuesday by Tibet’s National Data and Information Service.

    Featuring a Tibetan flag on its front page, the site displays legal documents, maps and a timeline dating back to ancient times, centuries before Beijing invaded, and claims the country’s Tibetan name first appeared in writings.

    The documents on the website “provide strong evidence, from both a historical and legal perspective, that Tibet is Tibetans' inherent territory since ancient times”, the official Xinhua oops, Tibetan news agency wrote.

    But since they'd never allow this, it's clear that history means nothing to China unless it stands to gain from it.

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    hatsoff

    That main picture caption is wrong, isn't it?

    The Air Self-Defense Force uniforms are blue serge with blue caps and the JASDF flag is completely different and doesn't feature a rising sun. I believe the pic shown is of the Maritime Self-Defense Force with their white caps and rising sun-type of ensign.

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the caption is wrong.

    Posted in: Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops

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    China would not want a democracy on its doorstep, especially one which is in active partnership with the USA and could feasibly station US troops on the border (or move them there in times of tension). We've seen what Russia has done in Ukraine when it felt threatened after Ukraine aligned itself more with the EU. North Korea currently acts as a convenient buffer for China.

    Posted in: S Korea proposes unification talks with N Korea

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    Tina, you're just revealing your own closed mind and reinforcing the image that Japan is incapable of and uninterested in communicating effectively with the international community.

    The international press doesn't just consist of Japanese-based English language newspapers, you know. It includes The Times of London, The New York Times, the Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and other prominent well-known newspapers.

    I'd hardly call these journalists illiterate imbeciles and I wouldn't expect them to learn Japanese either (not to mention the fact that it wouldn't do them any damn good as they're not members of the kisha club).

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    hatsoff

    Agreed, Simon. It's a 'foreigners don't count' attitude, but Japan needs to build strong relationships with these 'illiterate imbeciles'

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    hatsoff

    I mean they are busy, no time talking to Japanese illiterate imbeciles.

    I can only generously assume tinawatanabe is ironically mimicking the head-in-the-sand attitude that many of her fellow citizens display. With China growing and flexing its muscles, Japan, more than at any time in its post-war past, needs to show it can be an international player if it wants to build solid relationships to the mutual benefit of itself and its partners in the region.

    Or maybe Tina is unconsciously refelcting the attitude of the indigenous population, who are largely politically illiterate imbeciles who can only continue to meekly suck at the teet of their political leaders even as the milk runs dry.

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    hatsoff

    I mean they are busy, no time talking to Japanese illiterate imbeciles.

    I can only generously assume tinawatanabe is ironically mimicking the head-in-the-sand attitude that many of her fellow citizens display. With China growing and flexing its muscles, Japan, more than at any time in its post-war past, needs to show it can be an international player if it wants to build solid relationships to the mutual benefit of itself and its partners in the region.

    Or maybe Tina is unconsciously refelcting the attitude of the indigenous population, who are largely politically illiterate imbeciles who can only continue to meekly suck at the teet of their political leaders even as the milk runs dry.

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    hatsoff

    How contemptuous of Abe and the LDP that they refuse to be accountable to the public, international as well as domestic.

    They are not prepared to answer the hard questions and simply wish for a compliant media to be their mouthpiece (let's remember Abe has installed his cronies on the executive board of NHK).

    The incident above is another example but it was exemplified last week when a Keio University student was pressured out of his role as an NPO that aims to engage young people in politics. Aoki Yamada had designed a website asking child-like questions of Abe's policies. Abe personally responded:

    “I hope his deed is not part of some organized attempt to manipulate public opinion against me ahead of the election."

    I say: why the hell not? If you want to play the big guy in politics you'd better be prepared to take the big punches. What a pathetic response from Abe, but it speaks volumes of how he sees politics in Japan.

    As for the DPJ, they are doing a huge disservice to the people of JApan by not having the wit to reorganise themselves into a credible opposition.

    Student story: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/25/national/abe-laughing-online-stunt-pokes-fun-snap-election-call/#.VHqdSBFxmM8

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    hatsoff

    Critics accuse South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s conservative government of clamping down on journalists in an attempt to control her image.

    Daughter of a dictator. Is anyone really surprised?

    Posted in: Japanese journalist goes on trial for defaming S Korean president

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    hatsoff

    Of course they won't use force. They'll just let their fishing boats do it:

    http://www.news.com.au/world/ship-from-china-rams-and-sinks-vietnam-fishing-boat-in-south-china-sea/story-fndir2ev-1226933233110

    And the punishment for the Chinese fishing vessel was.....?

    Posted in: China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

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    hatsoff

    While translation isn’t on the same lucrative level as fields such as finance, law, and medicine, trying to find a qualified translator willing to accept an offer for a one-sentence project is pretty hard to do.

    Nonsense. There are any number of translation agencies that will knock out a quick sentence for a fee, just Google for them. You have to pay for it, and maybe that's the problem for these establishments. They don't take their images seriously.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    hatsoff

    “People in any country pay homage to those who died for the sake of their countries,” he told reporters at the shrine.

    > “It is odd that Japanese people are told off over doing what is also practised in any country” in the world, he said.

    The problem is they don't declare a distinction between the ordinary footsoldiers and the ringleaders like Tojo. However, visits to the shrine have been going on since before Tojo and his ilk were enshrined there.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    The muted response of the world's leading countries is disgusting, countries that are otherwise all too eager to destabilise and even send troops to foreign lands under the call for democracy and freedom for those peoples. China has bought off the world's leading countries through its foreign investment strategies.

    Posted in: China blocks BBC website as Hong Kong tensions rise

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    hatsoff

    Despite efforts by law enforcement, this trend continues all over Japan.

    Efforts? Don't make me laugh! The police do nothing but follow them in their cars, if that.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

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    hatsoff

    Whilst English tuition will always have room for improvement, what I read in the article could equally be applied to the French I received at school. Even today, in schools across England, you'll hear horrible pronunciation that would have a Monsieur or Madame covering their ears in pain, then there's archaic language like saying bicyclette for velo. How many schoolchildren leave school being able to hold a free-ranging conversation in French? How many are taught to pass their tests?

    Yes, let's improve English in Japan but let's not imagine Japan is the only country that struggles to teach its children modern foreign languages.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    hatsoff

    The theft “happened in a flash, an act of impulse—like the devil got a hold of him.

    No devil, it's called opprtunistic theft.

    Tomita was expelled from Japan’s delegation and told to pay for his own air ticket home after admitting to stealing the $7,600 camera

    Good action taken by the team. He should also face a period of expulsion from some future events too.

    Posted in: Disgraced Japanese swimmer 'lost his mind,' says JOC

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    hatsoff

    What China should realise is that the protesters are concerned only with Hong Kong, their homeland, and not the Chinese mainland. They are not interested in campaigning for democracy on the Chinese mainland because they see themselves as being quite separate from mainlanders (which is why they now tend to call themselves Hong Kongese rather than Hong Kong Chinese).

    China could stop these protests by having free and fair elections and it would be perfectly possible to live with this political anomaly under the one country two systems agreement. Instead, China actively wants to curtail freedom.

    For all those who believe that China is truly 'opening up', here is evidence that it is not. It has simply learnt how to manipulate the avarice of others.

    Posted in: China warns of chaos if Hong Kong protests persist

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