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    hidingout

    None at all.

    Kent Brantly is a doctor with plenty of real world experience treating ebola. He specifically credited the experimental drug with saving his life. Do you know more than him?

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    hidingout

    If all you can provide to back up your argument is anecdotes, I don't find the argument very convincing.

    Let me repeat myself since you don't seem to be following along. I don't have an argument. I have an opinion. I responded to jersey's opinion that Abe is a terrible PM because Abenomics is "uncertain", he isn't pals with commies and Fukushima. jersey's post was opinion, so was mine. I had no intention, or particular wish to "convince" you of anything. So what's the problem? So troubled by reading opinions that differ from your own?

    Says you. I think the PRC leaders are pretty loathsome as well to be honest, but that just sounds like paranoid rubbish to me.

    I guess we'll wait and see.

    That, like Japan, have thus far been more than happy to overlook all their bad points and do business with them. If the issues with Japan suddenly clear themselves up, e.g. if everyone actually abides by what an international court decides on the territorial disputes, the PRC leaders will still be just as brutal and despotic but "freedom loving" (smirk) leaders in the west will be happy to do business with them again.

    Nice pipe dream on the international court stuff. It will be a cold day in hell before the communists ever abide by any international rulings that go against them. The rest of the paragraph I agree with. Shame on all the western countries, (and Japan too) who have gutted their own manufacturing sectors to outsource everything to PRC. They have no one to blame but themselves for the monster they have created in their greedy search for cheap labor and ways around environmental regulations.

    I wonder if you can read and understand English, because I don't think I ever actually criticised Mr Abe's response to the disaster myself. If I did, quote me.

    I never said you did. And while there is no doubt that certain things could have been done better, people need to realize that the magnitude of the disaster was unprecedented. Pretty much a worst case scenario. Compare for example to the way the Americans handled Katrina. That was a bungled relief effort/cleanup.

    You should have made that comment in response to what jerseyboy said, rather that all that guff about blaming Abe for the disaster itself. You would be better off responding to what people actually say; these attempts to deliberately misinterpret their comments in order to support your own views are pretty transparent.

    Oh please, there's been no "misinterpretation" other than your willful attempt to pretend I believe Mr Abe has supernatural powers and can create disasters whenever he wants . Only someone spoiling for an argument would think that I suggested Mr Abe caused the disaster. That kind of logic doesn't even deserve a response. Criticize Japan for not updating their reactors sooner, or for building them in dumb locations, that's valid. Pretending that the handling of the disaster is a reason to call Mr Abe's government a failure is just silly. But then I've been reading here long enough to know that silly is what some posters do best. Carry on.

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    hidingout

    Racial discrimination encourages progress. Right.

    I said discrimination, not racial discrimination. Discrimination, in the pure sense, encourages progress. I don't see how you could deny that. If people didn't consciously prefer superior things over inferior things then we'd all still be wearing animal skins and living in caves. Evolution is a discriminatory process - its what "survival of the fittest" means. Even the Earth discriminates against the weak and inferior. I submit that Japanese free citizens have every right to choose not to marry a gaijin based on their own preferences and their own relative standards of superior/inferior.

    That's your interpretation.

    Fair enough. I may have been unduly influenced by jersey's known penchant for running down Japan. I withdraw the point.

    Anyway, thanks for the exchange, the first civil one I think I've ever had with you.

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    hidingout

    I'm sure you know that the root of the word discriminate has a good meaning. For example, "a person of discriminating tastes" etc. In that sense it is simply a matter of selecting one over the other. This is normal behavior whether we are talking about cars, wine or prospective marriage partners. Discrimination encourages progress.

    I can't say I don't like it when I get special treatment for being white.

    See, and that bothers more than when I get treated poorly for being a gaijin. The latter I can understand, the former just mystifies me.

    But I hope you aren't one of those people who thinks that since something cannot be done absolutely, that we should just not do anything about it at all.

    Well obviously all citizens should have the same rights under the law. Non-citizens should expect to be treated differently imo. Furthermore, I do believe that its a fallacy to present the idea that "everyone is equal". Human beings may be equal from the standpoint of the value of their human life, but that's about where the equality ends imo.

    I'm not seeing it. Where is the claim that these things do not happen in the countries you listed?

    Semantics. In stating that "this is the root problem with Japanese society, jersey sets it apart from other societies. Were it not so, he would have said "this is one problem with human social interaction". That I might actually agree with.

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    hidingout

    Discrimination is the act of differing your actions based on whatever it is that is being discriminated.

    Given that definition, and I don't disagree with it, do you think discrimination is a) a bad thing, and b) likely to ever disappear from human society?

    Where has anyone said that other than you?

    All over the place? See jersey's comments above for example.

    I am forced to agree with you, and that is the root problem with Japanese society -- they hate lots of other nationalities/races just a little and keep that hatred sort of under-the-radar. But, due to that hatred, foreigners can never truly assimilate there and the closed society just keeps shrinking and aging.

    He is "forced" .. lol.

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    hidingout

    Abe fails to visit victims of landslide and is criticized.

    Abe visits victims of landslide and is criticized.

    Some people are so dumb its almost criminal.

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    hidingout

    many recover with the aid of good critical care nursing

    Many? While the mortality varies by strain, Ebola kills between 50 and 90 percent of those who contract it. The current strain has killed about 70% of infected patients.

    Given the substandard (and that's putting it kindly) levels of "critical care nursing" in most areas where this disease strikes, I think delivering medication (unproven or not) is the best recourse.

    I didn't read anywhere that this company, or the government, intends to donate this medicine. That would be "well done".

    It is implied that the medicine would be donated. In April, the Government of Japan gave $520,000 through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ebola outbreak response in Guinea. And in August, $1.5 million provide additional support to efforts to aid is to be disbursed via the WHO, UNICEF and Red Cross. The communists, to their credit, have donated about $5 million in medical supplies, so Bgood41 is wrong in his assertion that PRC has done nothing. ROK, on the other hand? Crickets.

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    hidingout

    You obviously don't know what the word 'discriminate' means.

    Rubbish. If you choose not to assimilate you will be treated differently than those who do. Its common sense.

    For the life of me I cannot understand the people who move to a foreign country and the moment they arrive start complaining that their individuality isn't being "respected" and that they don't get to do things just like they did back home. And if some individual doesn't want to marry you because of your ethnicity, then probably that's not the sort of person you should be marrying anyway. Seems like some people are suggesting the government should step in and require people to marry. Its ludicrous.

    Also, acting like this is a "Japanese" problem is false. Go to any country in the world and you will find people who refuse to marry outside their own ethnicity. Pretending that such things don't occur in France and Canada and ROK and USA etc is intellectually dishonest and makes a mockery out of the discussion.

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    hidingout

    So how many millions of people do you know in Japan? If you aren't personally acquainted with at least 10% of the population I'm afraid I don't find your argument very convincing.

    Its not an argument, its an anecdote. If you focus real hard I'm sure you can see the difference.

    What, bad and getting worse because none of the idiots in government of any of these countries want to back down or compromise? When there's actually some kind of lasting resolution to the disputes that are going on, I'll agree. Right now it's all just a horrendous mess.

    Lasting resolution? Good one. As long as PRC remains a land grubbing, communist nightmare, and ROK remains a faithful lapdog, there will be no resolution of any kind. Never mind a "lasting" one. I personally am not interested in having any sort of "relationship" with either of these countries. Its my personal opinion. Do you understand?

    It's all worked out just peachy so far, hasn't it? Abe and his like can only stand up for themselves because they've got the Americans behind them. Otherwise they wouldn't dare.

    Says you. And besides, its not just the Americans "behind" the Japanese, its every single country in the free world. Unlike PRC, and in spite of ethan's protestations to the contrary, Japan has friends among freedom loving nations around the world. When, not if, PRC decides to make their big move, they will find a shocking number of countries lined up against them.

    Classic strawman argument. Of course no one is holding Abe responsible for what happened in 2011 and it's stupid to suggest that anyone would.

    Don't be so obtuse. I know you can read and understand English. Blaming Mr Abe for not cleaning up the aftermath of the unprecedented disaster as quickly as you would like is unfair, and unhelpful. Experts from around the world have weighed in and no one seems to have the magic bullet solutions you are looking for. Maybe, just maybe, nuclear disasters are not the easy peasy cleanups you seem to think they are?

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    hidingout

    actually the man wants to dress the women for his own pleasure

    Ridiculous. Sounds like something the ayatollah would say.

    ironically these people never criticize bikini, skirts and semi-nude cloths but they do have problem with full covering.

    And this is ironic how exactly? The aforementioned items of clothing are normal in western society, unlike full black body suits.

    This choice should be only entitled to the person what she/he wants to wear.

    And does the muslim world give women the choice to wear "bikini, skirts and semi-nude cloths" if she wants?

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    hidingout

    It proved again and again, you do seem living in a parallel universe for some reason.

    Yes. In my universe things are going along very nicely. The company I work for has seen double digit growth in sales since Mr Abe was elected. We have hired two hundred new staff over the same period. The stock market is flirting with records highs. Summer bonuses were among the highest I've ever seen since coming to Japan. Check out the unemployment stats - anyone who can speak Japanese and has a functioning brain can get a decent job these days.

    I seriously don't know anyone who lives in your universe. In fact, the only people I see complaining are those with a socialist agenda (like many of the gaijin here at JT) or people with an obvious axe to grind against Japan (like yourself). I look forward to many more years of Mr Abe's excellent leadership, and I will keep coming here to JT to read the impotent tear stained comments of the socialists and receive my "bad" ratings from folks who obviously wouldn't recognize a solid economic platform if it was succeeding right in front of them.

    So how about you stay in your universe and I'll stay in my "parallel" one. Sound good to you?

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    hidingout

    'Normal' according to whom?

    Normal according to the western civilizations we are talking about. So normal in fact that millions of people who don't have any religion at all wear a crucifix.

    Interesting that you cite Lenny Bruce as your authority ... a guy who was once arrested for dressing up as a priest (crucifix and all) to fraudulently collect money for himself, and a man who sadly, died naked on the floor of his bathroom with a syringe sticking out of his arm. I'm going to go out on a limb and ignore anything he had to say about society.

    Mostly I agree with probie. If you can't assimilate to the cultural norms of a society in which you choose to live (usually one that you ran to in order to escape the brutality and poverty created by the backward religion of your home nation) then gtfo.

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    hidingout

    He knows all of them personally.

    Yes. I know. He's a mighty important man ;)

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    hidingout

    please educate us skeptics on EXACTLY how Japan is "a better place to live" because of Abe. The economy had at best a short-term bump from all his spending, but is still uncertain at best. Relations with neighbors SK, China, and Russia are all strained to say the least. And Fukushima is still an embarrassment, -- and a dangerous one at that -- both in terms of the recovery for the victims as well as the TEPCO-managed efforts at the reactors themselves. Hardly a glowing resume.

    lmao. Those are your three reasons why Abe is terrible?

    • economy is doing quite well. Almost everyone I know is better off now than they were two years ago. You say its "uncertain". Well duh. The world economy is "uncertain". Please point out the countries that are exempt from facing "uncertainty".

    • relations with ROK and PRC are right where they should be. For once Japan is standing up for themselves. Personally I don't require good relations with those two countries; in fact, the less I have to do with them the better I like it. Relations with other normal thinking countries such as Australia, USA, Canada etc are fine.

    • right. Lets hold Abe responsible because a once in a lifetime massive earthquake followed by a once in a lifetime massive tsunami wrecked a out-dated nuclear plant that should have been replaced decades ago. Go ahead, hang your hat on that one if you want.

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    For once the French are actually showing some guts. Totally agree with their laws on this issue.

    And honestly, lets not try to compare a crucifix worn under your shirt with a full black body suit. The former is normal and many many non-Christians wear such jewelry, the later is an affront to normal thought, and adopted by extremists only.

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    hidingout

    Abe is the best PM this country has seen in the three decades I have lived here. Koizumi being a close second. Mostly everyone else has been a joke - with the best example being an idiot like Hatoyama. People expecting the country's problems to be wrapped up in a mere two years are living in a fantasy world. Abe will definitely win a second term, and his reforms will continue to make Japan a better place to live. And tears will continue to flow from the socialists at JT.

    after 23 trips and 47 countries about 310,000 miles later, not many world leaders actually even like him or his messages

    Speaking for the leaders of 47 countries are we now ethan? What galling hubris.

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    hidingout

    Boo hoo. Maybe ROK should stop acting so adversarial. As a gaijin I get judged bythe reputation of my home country all the time. It may not be fair but its just the way the world works.

    The bit about 'being refused marriage' is just silly. The government doesn't prohibit anyone from getting married. If certain Japanese families don't want to have their family member marry a foreigner, oh well, that's their prerogative. That's bigotry on an individual level and has nothing to do with national policy.

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    hidingout

    Laughable to see all the usual pessimists claiming Abe ruined their good times at ratty, old, broken down shopping arcades that mostly sell stuff nobody wants to buy. I wish they would just stop it.

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    hidingout

    The obvious answer to the question - which btw doesn't ask "who is most likely to go to war, but rather who is a threat to peace and stability - is PRC. Following behind closely in second and third place would be DPRK and ROK since they jump when their master tells them to.

    You see every drone strike kills maybe one real terrorist and about a dozen innocent people.

    Stats to prove your fantasies? Links? Any evidence whatsoever?

    Or were Americans at fault for believing that Asians were immature people who couldn't work together in an EU-style group?

    I'm no great fan of US foreign policy, but are you serious with this comment? If anything, "Asians" have proven themselves to be even more "immature" and incapable of "working together in an EU style group" than even the most pessimistic American strategists could have foreseen. The whole region is pretty much the definition of immaturity, led of course by the communists who act like they are kids in a sandbox.

    If you doubt this, have a look at the news today regarding a communist fighter engaging in dangerous maneuvers against an AMerican P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane over international waters. Here are some relevant comments.

    The Chinese plane had been tailing the American jet, a practice Beijing’s military has increasingly adopted. “It’s not a normal practice to play bumper cars in the air,” Admiral Blair said.

    One American defense official lamented the episode as “so totally high school.”

    Immaturity and stunted mental development are great threats to regional peace and security. PRC exhibits both in spades.

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    hidingout

    you're on a long, slippery slope to Fascism

    We aren't going to agree here, and that's cool. Just let me say that I'd rather live in what liberals call a "fascist state" than in a pc wonderland where we have to sacrifice our culture and our way of doing things to appease scum like Anjem Choudary and Abu Hamza.

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