hidingout's past comments

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    hidingout

    Such a pity he doesn't have the courage.

    Hilarious. Were you sleeping under a rock when this happened?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jul/08/shinzo-abe-world-war-canberra-video

    Mr Abe doesn't waste his time with insincere hate peddlers like the government of PRC, or third rate politicians without appointments like Onaga. Its only natural.

    Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade

  • 3

    hidingout

    was there something external going on that forced him to take that action like blackmail or threat to kill a family member of his by Jihadists?

    Can't say I blame people for jumping to the jihadist conclusion - its so often the right conclusion. But there are other boogeymen in the world besides fanatical muslims. Hearken back if you will to the case of Anders Breivik and the "motivations" for his killing spree.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

  • 1

    hidingout

    I am not sure what kind of controls an airliner can take for a crazy pilot crashing the plane. Even if you make them take psyc tests, these people can see normal until one day they go over the edge.

    There is nothing that can be done. Witness this comment from the CEO of Lufthansa, “no matter your safety regulations, no matter how high you set the bar, and we have incredibly high standards, there is no way to rule out such an event,” Carsten Spohr (CEO Lufthansa, parent company Germanwings) said.

    Its getting to the point where I'm seriously considering giving up travel. Thirty years ago when I first left my home country I could literally go anywhere. I wish I had known then that the world was going to go to hell and a dozen places I wanted to see were going to turn into no-go zones for folks wishing to keep their heads attached to their bodies. Nothing I can do about global politics, so reluctantly I narrow my parameters and try to stay more on the beaten path when I travel. But now its to the point that we have airliners vanishing entirely, getting blown out of the sky by rebels with access to missiles, crashing for no apparent reason, and being intentionally flown into the ground. I mean if you can't even get to the destination alive what's the use in taking precautions about where you go?

    I'm completely fed up with the airline industry. Obviously as someone who has a country of origin other than Japan, I don't have the luxury of just deciding never to fly again. But I'll tell you, I'm getting close to that point. Makes me sick to think of all the people who died on MH17, MH370, TNA222 and now 4U9525. RIP.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

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    hidingout

    Surprise, surprise, it is an anti-baser.

    Exactly. Time and again the anti-base folks seem to think they can dictate defense policy to the nation. Now they have resorted to (threats of) violence. Dangerous lot that.

    Okinawans don't like Americans and Japanese. We are getting weary about them

    People who live in Okinawa - no matter how long their forefathers may have lived there - are now citizens of Japan. The word Okinawan exists only in so far as the word Tottorian or Aomorian exists. They are all Japanese. I think a lot of people in Japan are "getting weary about" the NIMBY attitude and the constant moaning from Okinawa prefecture.

    Read history of Ryukyu why Okinawan people dislike mainland Japanese

    We all know the history thanks. Okinawa is not special when it comes to having its native population absorbed by a bigger and more powerful group. Everyone who has ever taken one history lesson knows this. There are countless examples from all over the globe. Nothing about Okinawa makes it a special case - other than their inability to recognize reality even now.

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    Posted in: Okinawan man arrested over bomb threats to U.S. Embassy

  • 0

    hidingout

    I'm aware that, in certain circles, the inability to pronounce katakana words in a fashion close to English is seem as a sign of low education and that some people take great pride in their ability to pronounce katakana words in a 'quasi-English' way. But that's just a matter for of social status and pride - I think that's why you feel insulted even though no-one is insulting you.

    See and I find the use of the word "haafu" completely unobjectionable except for the fact that the Japanese had to go and select an English word to get their point across. And worse, they selected one that doesn't render easily to katakana so native speakers of English unfamiliar with Japan wouldn't even understand what the word was if they heard it.

    Solid comments as usual JaneM.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

  • -1

    hidingout

    I guess you do not realize that you are perpetuating a stereotype when you talk about your own children in this manner. You do not even realize that you are helping to make them think they are different that any other Japanese person and in a negative manner not a positive one.

    Wow. How rude. You think the word constitutes a negative stereotype. That would be a problem in your head alone. Strangerland already offered you a very clear explanation for the term, and provided examples from Western culture where the term (half French, half Dutch etc) is used commonly and with no negative connotation whatsoever. Any attempt by you to attribute a sweepingly negative connotation to the word would be contrary to fact.

    And newsflash ... kids of mixed heritage are different than Japanese, contrary to your suggestion above. What kind of parent wouldn't recognize that difference? It just doesn't make sense. Almost as baffling as the people who object to the word gaijin or even foreigner. So many folks just looking to take offense.

    Personally I think people who get bent out of shape about this are actually reacting to the terrible pronunciation of the English word half. Now that is a complaint I could get behind.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    hidingout

    But I liked Hatoyama. I didn't like how he got forced out over the Okinawa base issue.

    Why am I not surprised.

    Hatoyama overstepped his authority. Japan is not a kingdom where one man gets to rip up agreements that have been painstakingly drafted, signed and ratified by two friendly nations in good faith over a period of what must be close to ten years. It was laughable that he thought he could get away with it. I posted here that he was writing his own obituary every time he opened his mouth wrt Okinawa and Futenma.

    His "economic platform" ( and we can only use those words with a rueful chuckle) read like he was Rip Van Winkle or something and hadn't been alive to see that the debate was over and capitalism won.

    I can't even take this man seriously when he's right (like I think he is in this case) because I know its just his commie roots causing him to back mother Russia no matter what.

    Posted in: Hatoyama says Crimea vote was legitimate

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    hidingout

    Japan is currently ruled by history deniers who look fondly back at 1930's military Japan.

    That is not true, but even if it were it would do no more than put them (Japan's leaders) on equal footing with the communists leading the PRC who continue to pay loud and grandiose lipservice to failed doctrines, enslave their people, corrupt the environment, threaten their neighbors openly, and worship at the mausoleum of fat dead guys who killed whacks and whacks more people than the IJA on their worst days.

    Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

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    hidingout

    Interesting how different the reaction on this site was when Hatoyama went grovelling to the PRC and made some speeches about how blah blah blah. Back then he was a hero to all the lefties and socialists on this site.

    Been saying it for years, this goof is the worst excuse for a politician that has sat in the PMs chair over most of our lifetimes.

    Posted in: Hatoyama says Crimea vote was legitimate

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    hidingout

    The Chinese, the Koreans, and the Americans, too, are waiting to see if Abe Shinzo is statesman enough to rise above revisionism and denial.

    You are speaking for a lot of people there, aren't you. I guess you are probably qualified to do so ...

    As for me, I'm waiting to see the communists stop their saber rattling and their incursions into the territory of their neighbors. And I'm waiting (in vain I know) to see the ROK honor its signatures on documents signed in 1965 that should have concluded this matter once and for all.

    Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

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    hidingout

    But given that I can walk any street in this country at any hour and never fear that the police will over-react to my race and shoot me, I feel pretty good about Japan. There are the occasional crazy people here who don't understand how to deal with foreigners or don't understand boundaries, but in general I'd give Japan an A- in terms of how people have behaved toward me.

    This is how I feel as well. I've had a handful of unpleasant experiences over several decades in Japan, but I think most of those were down to people drunk on alcohol or having mental problems.

    I did have one funny thing happen a few weeks ago in Hawaii. I was waiting for a family member near the front lobby of a posh hotel. A gaggle of Japanese obasans was standing nearby. One of them looked over at me, shivered and said to her friend "hey we really have to be careful about pickpockets over here". I laughed and said to her "pickpockets only target the rich, you are sure to be safe so long as you keep up the shabby appearance". Her eyes almost popped out of her head.

    Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?

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    hidingout

    In the U.S., for instance, children are regularly taught in schools that diversity has been the source of much of the nation's strength over the years. Despite plenty of ethnic/racial tensions, stories of the rags to riches immigrant who works hard and achieves success are widely celebrated in America. Japan is the polar opposite. Here,** homogeneity (lack of diversity) is proudly touted as one of the nation's strengths in ensuring cohesiveness, low crime rates, and a host of other pluses.** When I first came to Japan this attitude surprised me since I had always assumed (been taught) that diversity is a positive and homogeneity is a negative.

    You seem to assume, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, that "your" way is right and the "Japanese" way is wrong. Go ahead and try to prove the bolded statement wrong.

    Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo

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    hidingout

    Still can't believe this. How does a nutjob of that variety get to share breakfast with the US Ambassador? At the very least this shows that security and screening is lax. Wonder how many nasty violent hardcore nationalists like this there are in ROK. How embarrassing for them to have the whole world get a peep behind the screen.

    Posted in: U.S. ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N Korea

  • 1

    hidingout

    “That Chinese tourists swamp Japanese stores at a time when the country is facing a sluggish domestic demand is certainly not something to be proud of,” it said.

    I'm going to take a different tack than my usual anti-PRC one and post some compliments to the communist government. I really like the fact that they are being consistent. The one thing I hate more than all (even commies and socialists) is people who pick a stance and can't stick to it when it becomes personally inconvenient for them.

    The quote above, made by the state mouthpiece, is at least consistent with the communists anti-Japan stance. When I see mainland Chinese all over the streets in Japan (and I see them almost every day now) buying up cheap crap in drug stores and 100 yen shops I always wonder to myself wtf are these people doing here? Do they have no shame? There are certain countries in the world that I despise. I would never under any circumstances travel to those countries and spend my hard earned money supporting their economies. And certainly not for the sake of a toilet seat.

    So I applaud the commie newspaper for sticking to the party line and for following a logic (hate Japan? Don't travel there or buy their stuff) that makes "sense". I hope the people of PRC heed the words of the party and stop coming to Japan to buy toilets, toilet paper, shampoo and soap.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

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    hidingout

    Time for Japan to stop just thinking 'again' and look into their own history to see why so many people are still hurting from their war antics. Ignore it at Japan and look worse and worse in the eyes of the world.

    Laughable. You know who looks "worse and worse" in the eyes of the world? ROK.

    Plenty of other countries suffered a lot more than ROK in WW2. I have yet to see any other country in the world still whining and harping along about how they were done dirty .. and more money please. Every other country in the world has moved along with life - I don't count PRC cause nobody expects any decent behavior from them.

    If ROK wants to stop embarrassing itself in the international community they should just shut up about WW2 and Japan once and for all. What a pack of tools.

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    hidingout

    Yes with the Japanese staff greeting customers with "Aloha". Which has been pointed out by other posters complaining about foreign run washoku restaurants makes the cuisine "fake".

    Amazing the number of posters who cannot see the real issue here.

    No one cares if there is an "Aloha" restaurant in Osaka run badly by the Japanese. No one cares if there is an "irrashaimase" restaurant in Seoul, run badly by the Koreans. This is normal.

    This article is strictly talking about restaurants outside ones own home nation - created and run by third party nationals or third party immigrants.

    Would you think it was dumb if there was an "Aloha authentic Hawaiian" restaurant in Kona selling bad knock off food made by Japanese staff pretending to be Hawaiian?

    That's the situation you have with the thousands of korean run "Japanese" restaurants in North America. Truly pitiful.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

  • 3

    hidingout

    Even with a modest minority of "sensible" foreigners (basically the same as most of the long term ones here now) will have a positive impact on the country, socially and probably economically also.

    Not so. I am of the opinion that an immigrant who is not prepared to accept the way things are done in his/her adopted country shouldn't be allowed in the door. You want to do things "your" way? Great. Stay home then and do as you like.

    I guess when you say "sensible" you mean people like the population of posters here at JT? Mostly educated and mostly working. I would say that the comment pages of this site - wherein gaijin visitors to Japan (not even real immigrants) can be seen bellyaching about almost every aspect of Japanese society, mocking the culture, and longing for the day that Japan can "grow up" and become just like their home country where everything is "perfect" - should be used as Exhibit A for tightening up immigration even more.

    If even the most "educated" and "tolerant" samples from the immigration pool behave like the posters here at JT regarding their adopted home, Japan is better off without them.

    Let's get this focused. Le Pen in talking about Japan is talking against us foreign residents, whoever we are. Le Pen is our enemy.

    Yeah, the guy talking facts is the enemy. And the posters bashing Japan day in and day out on this site are the sample population of "good" immigrants. What kind of upside down world are you from?

    Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France

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    hidingout

    Yeah because homogenous (sic) Japan never had a terrorist attack cough Aum Shinrikyo cough.

    Are you comparing Aum to islamists? Cause that would be one of the more feeble comparisons I've ever seen drawn. On every level imaginable.

    The point is not "to avoid terrorist attack". The point is to maintain your culture and your way of life. Multiculturalism is a proven failure on a macro level. The most multicultural country on the planet - indeed a country built on a foundation of multiculturalism - is still facing the most horrific social problems rooted in ethnicity, color, religion etc. Its so bad there now that there are large sections of the population who believe that the police kill certain groups for fun, with impunity. In return they think that killing a cop is nothing - a kind of service to his community more than anything. These problems only seem to be compounding themselves as certain groups end up under educated, over represented in the prison population, kids in care, on welfare with dozens of their relatives on the way to join them at the end of the rainbow.

    The liberal/pc crowd will say that kind of talk shows a terrible tendency to stereotype. And yeah, obviously it does. When socioeconomic data leads researchers to certain conclusions that's stereotyping. Its also the truth. There are good people of every race and religion - that should go without stating. But taking a macro viewpoint massive immigration (as it has taken place in Europe where some cities are now 1/4 muslim) will destroy a culture from within.

    So in America, where they founded themselves on a policy of immigration, they still have different races killing one another with guns two hundred years down the line, and in Europe where they let in a whole bunch of immigrants willy nilly to "fix" their work forces, they have different races killing one another with guns.

    Perhaps in the long run (like 1000 years) humans can get past their pointless posturings - I doubt it, but I guess its possible. In the meantime, Japan would be very well served by maintaining the sort of immigration policy that rewards only the best applicants the opportunity and curtails any immigration from nations openly hostile to Japan. Certainly Le Pen's observations on this subject are right on point.

    Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France

  • -9

    hidingout

    Can't believe the number of posters with the simple-minded logic that goes "because Japanese-run restaurants routinely ruin the dishes of various other countries - in Japan, for the Japanese consumer, its totally OK for nationals of two certain Japan hating countries to immigrate to third countries and support themselves but passing off third rate slop as Japanese food."

    This might be a point that actually warranted comparison if the world was as full of bad Japanese-run pizza shops as it is of revolting "Japanese cuisine" served up by Koreans.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake

  • 0

    hidingout

    I'll say one thing for the ROK; they produce some of the most hardcore, loopiest activists on the planet.

    Dropping copies of this movie (in any format) is an idea so dumb that it beggars description. I can't even think of one good thing that could possibly come from the idea.

    Posted in: South Korean to drop Sony film in North by balloon

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