hatsoff's past comments

  • 4

    hatsoff

    Dan Lewis, If the yaks didn't get contracts for reconstruction work, you wouldn't see them helping out. They only do it as an organisation because there's a pay off. After all, if they really cared for their communities, they wouldn't be extorting business owners and the like on a daily basis in the first place.

    Posted in: Yakuza quick to mount rescue operations in Kyushu

  • 5

    hatsoff

    Good to see. Thank you, South Korea.

    Posted in: Korean help arrives

  • 6

    hatsoff

    China has built on and militarised disputed islands in the region. A third of the world's oil goes through the region. It doesn't take a genius to see the dangers.

    Some parasites living here will find fault with anything Japan does, but then they'll be the first ones to scuttle off to their home countries when the going gets tough.

    Posted in: Japanese warships, sub arrive in Philippines amid China tension

  • 3

    hatsoff

    This is precisely the reason Japan needs to stay strong in the region. China doesn't recognize anything else and ignores diplomatic appeals.

    Posted in: China accuses U.S. of militarizing South China Sea

  • 3

    hatsoff

    It's a good thing that this racist scum group has had its videos taken down. There are hate speech laws in Japan and it's good to see them being enforced.

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  • 2

    hatsoff

    The publishers said their actions were intended to improve textbooks and teaching manuals rather than influence the selection of materials for use in schools. Some publishers were found to have sent gifts to local government and education board officials involved in public school textbook selection.

    You don't send gifts. A better way to thank schools for help in developing effective teaching materials would be to credit them on the inside page of the textbook. That gives the school or individual prestige in the educational field. It also makes purchasing the book for those particular schools more likely. Even better, pay leading private schools like Waseda to help develop the books. That will add a whole lot of perceived kudos to the sales process.

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  • 12

    hatsoff

    Read between the lines. The deal always included the removal of the statue but that particular condition was not meant to be publicised by either side. With agreement reached, the South Korean government would quietly go about getting the statue removed by bringing pressure on the civic group that erected the statue to 'understand' that its aims had been achieved. Abe unfortunately chose to disclose the agreement in order to counter accusations from his natural support base, the right, that he had capitulated on the issue. There was always a link between Japan giving the money and the removal of the statue. It's a logical and unsurprising link, whether one agrees with it or not. It was just never meant to become public because it makes Korea's negotiation of a settlement look weaker.

    Poor move by Abe. A more able politician would have focussed on the positives that will ensue from a more harmonious relationship between the two countries.

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  • 0

    hatsoff

    What I would much rather see is an official apology, one that goes in the white-washed textbooks, stating that Japan did indeed force the women into sexual slavery (directly and indirectly), and that they are genuinely sorry for the pain and suffering they caused. THAT would end the issue

    LMAO. Course it wouldn't. Whiners love to keep whining. It'll never stop. Oh, and take anything other than the official whiner's line in S.Korea and you get prosecuted:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3342334/S-Korean-academic-denies-defaming-comfort-women.html

    White-washed textbooks you say? Well South Korea's got some of their own coming:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/opinion/south-koreas-textbook-whitewash.html?_r=0

    Koreans suffer at the hands of their own government. First, they suffered under the post-war dictatorship, then they never got the compensation that Japan gave their government, then freedom of speech is stifled under an unobjective legal system, then they get their new government-approved version of history...

    Posted in: Japan to propose new fund for former 'comfort women'

  • 9

    hatsoff

    Don't forget to close the door on your way out.

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  • 2

    hatsoff

    “I thought about the burden that families with disabled children bear, but I was not able to fully explain (what I wanted to say),” she said.

    BS, obvious BS. And if you can't be articulate, you shouldn't be in a public position.

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  • 0

    hatsoff

    Brilliant so a third world countries should welcome colonization in the name of progress? Is this Taiwan Prez mentally fit for the office? Wouldn't you rather be independent and free than having a foreign ruler as your master?

    (sigh) Pick the bits that suit your agenda all you like but anyone else reading the article would see that's not what the Taiwan president is saying. Why, it's right there in the first paragraph.

    Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad

    Posted in: Taiwan president says country should remember good things Japan did

  • -1

    hatsoff

    Ah, the Japan haters spouting their usual short-sighted nonsense here. But hey, any excuse... The UK's security services have long been concerned about the level of Chinese investment in key areas:

    In 2007, Jonathan Evans — then head of MI5 — wrote to a number of British firms warning that: "For some time, the Security Service has been aware of an increasing level of Chinese electronic espionage… directed at a wide range of public and private sector organizations globally, including in the UK." He wrote that targeted industries included: "defense, energy, automotive, finance, petrochemicals and IT… any company that holds commercially sensitive material, including intellectual property and commercially sensitive material, the theft of which could benefit China.

    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20151016/1028635445/britain-china-relations-securuty-threat.html

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  • 0

    hatsoff

    After years of not getting this fixation with white rice, I finally experienced it myself last summer after being back in England for two months over summer. Most supermarkets here stock mostly basmati rice. I tried loads of others too but just couldn't eat them plain. When I got back to Japan and had my first bowl of white rice I just had to laugh out loud.

    Being non-Japanese, I guess this shows that it's not so much how Japanese the Japanese are but how entrenched their preferences are. Nothing to do with nationality. The same thing goes for the exceptionally high standards of customer service.

    Posted in: Survey reveals top 5 times Japanese travelers realise just how Japanese they are

  • 5

    hatsoff

    South Korea called on Japan to remember the need for transparency in implementing its new defense policy “while maintaining the spirit of the pacifist constitution,” its foreign ministry said in a statement cited by the Yonhap news agency.

    I like South Korea's response. It's measured and not hysterical. The two most belligerent nations in the region respond in an unlike manner. Oh, what a surprise. China's long term plan to control trade routes and close down the South China sea just hit a complication.

    Posted in: China calls Japan's new security laws threat to regional peace

  • 5

    hatsoff

    “The unyielding Chinese people fought gallantly and finally won total victory against the Japanese militarist aggressors, thus preserving China’s 5,000-year-old civilisation and upholding the cause of peace,” Xi said.

    The unyielding Chinese government has also ordered all residents of Beijing to stay indoors and not look out of their windows while the parade's going on, thus preserving China's post-1949 totalitarian grip over the people, Xi conveniently didn't say.

    Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan

  • 2

    hatsoff

    You think at 4 a.m. (think of the lighting at that time) you will absolutely be able to see and avoid hitting the senile old person in the middle of the road dressed in grey, whose chin seems very close to resting on their shoes as they walk?

    I assumed nothing.

    ??? Being found dead at the side of the road at 4am doesn't mean she was killed at 4am. She could have been knocked down at 10pm on Saturday night for all we know and not found until hours later.

    Posted in: 75-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run in Yokohama; man arrested

  • -4

    hatsoff

    As I have often said, no apology means anything if the actions that follow the apology go against what it was all about in the first place

    Actions? 70 years of peace not good enough for you then? And oh what a terrible country is with such a stable society, nowhere near going to war again, and all this while a military coup takes place in South Korea and millions of Chinese are killed at the command of their own leader?

    Change the record, why don't you?

    Posted in: 63% say Japan should stop apologizing over war: poll

  • 3

    hatsoff

    To be fair to Mao and the commies, they did, unlike Chiange, actually fight the Japanese

    They also murdered and starved to death millions of their own people but we don't hear you crowing about that in your anti-Japanese rhetoric, do we?

    Posted in: Chinese film on WWII summit lambasted online for distorting history

  • 2

    hatsoff

    It's been said so many times in this forum, just own up to your wrongdoing and then everybody can move on

    If you think that will lead to less tension over the Senkaku Islands or China reducing its military spend or China giving up its ludicrous claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, you are hopelessly naive. 'Moving on' is not what China wants to do.

    Posted in: China stresses nationalism in war anniversary propaganda push

  • 2

    hatsoff

    Windows cannot be opened, and doors open only when the train fully stops, which takes several minutes.

    Yet, in a country with strict gun control and low crime rate, security is lax — no identification or baggage checks required.

    How is this different to any other country? No one checks my baggage on domestic journeys in England. The doors won't open until the train stops and the driver pushes the button... Hardly a Japan/shinkansen-specific problem. The thing is to have a clear understanding that of a fire breaks out, the car should be immediately evacuated by moving to another one and keeping any interconnected doors closed.

    Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses

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