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  • 1

    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

  • 3

    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?

  • 0

    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

  • 4

    hatsoff

    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

  • 29

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 9

    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

  • 2

    hatsoff

    In a sign of Beijing’s growing unease, a local tourism leader said Chinese travel agents were reporting that group visits to the city had been suspended.

    Other parts of Hong Kong are perfectly accessible, such as the popular tourist spots of Ocean Park, Disneyland, Stanley, Repulse Bay, the Peak, Lantau, Cheung Chau, Macau, Causeway Bay, Hollywood Road.... it's just that the Chinese government doesn't want the mainland tourists to see what real freedom of speech and protest looks like.

    Posted in: Thousands swarm Hong Kong leader's office; China tells U.S. to back off

  • 5

    hatsoff

    A freedom never afforded Hong Kong by Britain.

    However, Britain created a robust Legislative Council, the members of which were voted for by the people of Hong Kong. Strong opposition to Hong Kong's policies could be voiced freely and vociferously, and was done so on a regular basis. Martin Lee, Emily Lau, even Baronness Dunn could influence the governor of Hong Kong and LegCo's final decision. Not any more because the puppet governor is now hand-picked by China.

    Jimmy Lai, owner of Apple Daily, came to Hong Kong from China after being given "delicious" chocolate as a kid by a Hong Kong businessman on a business trip. That's where his dream of a new life started and he rose from nothing in the British Territory because he had the freedom to do so, regardless of how vocal his political views were. These days he and his journalists get attacked and brutally beaten by gangsters doing the bidding of the mainland Chinese government because it doesn't like what he prints.

    The people of Hong Kong are seeing a real erosion of their freedoms and their right to express their opinions. They are seeing attempts made to change education policies that denounce multiple political parties on favour of one party as per the mainland. They are seeing their elected LegCo representatives increasingly sidelined due to China's interference and influence on the governor. Impartiality is being destroyed.

    The people of Hong Kong know that these negative developments can only lead to one thing in the near future if not protested against.

    China, for its part, has used its cheap labour, markets and foreign investments to buy virtual silence from countries that are, in other circymstances, all too willing to invade countries under the banner of supporting democracy.

    Posted in: Cameron reminds China of obligations over Hong Kong

  • 4

    hatsoff

    From the sportsman representing China: "Honestly speaking, the Japanese national anthem sounds ugly."

    From the sportsman representing Japan: "...first and foremost we’re all athletes and we have to respect each other. We also have to show human values so hopefully we can continue to compete in that atmosphere."

    Not hard to judge who has more class here, is it? As we English say: "It's not the winning or losing, it's how you play the game."

    Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'

  • 0

    hatsoff

    Underground cabling results in power companies constantly closing off and digging up the roads (with the inevitable poor surface repair to follow) resulting in closed roads, diversions, mayhem and an excess of noise in an already noisy city. Anyone from London and no doubt other major cities will testify that this is a nightmare, not just for drivers but for pedestrians and residents too.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

  • 2

    hatsoff

    The world is very lucky to have people like this around. I have also read about others who walk around the suicide areas and cafes near the forests of Mount Fuji looking for would-be suicides and trying to help.

    Posted in: Longtime anti-suicide crusader patrols cliffs of Tojinbo

  • 1

    hatsoff

    Oh the irony of the band's name. Hardly wild, is it? Anyway, the girls should just tell their slavemasters there was no romance involved and that they were only dating for the sex. Loophole found and problem solved.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

  • 17

    hatsoff

    When bystanders do nothing these scumbags will continue to do as they please.

    Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama

  • 19

    hatsoff

    If Japan stops denying and instead teach its past like Germany and stop worshiping war criminals at various shrines, relations will undoubtedly improve.

    With respect, that's a little naive. One only has to look at China's deteriorating relations with Vietnam and the Philippines to see that there's more going on in the region than a disagreement over WWII.

    Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

  • 4

    hatsoff

    Even if Takaichi and Inada genuinely have no political sympathies with the fascist Yamada I am pleased to see that there are still some Japanese journalists around who are willing to dig these things up and force the government to account for itself, though this article doesn't say who exactly brought the photos to the public's attention.

    Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

  • 0

    hatsoff

    Keep your eyes open everyone for someone matching that description and maybe - just maybe - we'll catch her before her next theft.

    Posted in: Long-haired woman in long dress sought over purse-snatching spree in Tokyo

  • 1

    hatsoff

    And thus society continues down the path of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing, where the free market trumps principles, morals, effort, humility and personal responsibility.

    Posted in: Pay apology agencies to say 'I'm sorry' when it’s just too hard to do it yourself

  • 5

    hatsoff

    Although she can't directly influence policy outcomes, I think it's refreshing that such a high profile public figure is willing to share her views like this on issues that affect her and the country. I wish more public figures would be willing to do the same.

    Posted in: Akie Abe discusses sales tax, nuclear power, life with PM

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