hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    But I thought the help was unnecessary, and Korea would take it as offense? A change of heart for the right wingers?

    That was my comment. Why not address it to me?

    At the time, the offer wasn't being reported on - and I'm a little surprised that an offer was even made. South Korea has plenty of ships and smaller fishing boats available, not to mention a capable coast guard and navy. Offering to assist is like offering to send assistance if an office building was on fire - it implies that the local fire crews aren't up to the job.

    But that's just me. Abe apparently felt it would be polite to offer. I probably wouldn't have.

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

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    hokkaidoguy

    ohayo206:

    How about sending some help?

    This is a big tragedy in terms of loss of life, but a very small one in terms of size. It's a ferry, and not a particularly large one at that. The Korean coast guard has more than enough manpower and support vessels to handle this.

    In other words, offering to send help would be unnecessary and probably taken as offensive.

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    it is practiced all over the world, in every country on earth.

    Yep. I've been party to the end of fiscal spending sprees on a couple of occasions in Canada and the US.

    Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine

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    hokkaidoguy

    It's a fact of modern life wherever you go that in a divorce the cards are stacked against the male. If she says she's leaving, there are only two things you should do:

    1) Man up. 2) Lawyer up.

    In that order.

    Posted in: Hague Convention loophole

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    hokkaidoguy

    ICJ says Japan should have killed a lot more whales to qualify for whaling for scientific research.

    In a nutshell, that's it. Not quite the win that the press is touting, but it is what it is.

    I'm very interested to see what the IWC is going to have to say about this decision, as it will put a lot of pressure on them to re-define and clarify the special permit category in general.

    Posted in: Japan says it will abide by court ruling on whaling

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    hokkaidoguy

    There's more. A lot more.

    More quotes without context? I don't doubt that.

    Seems like your point is: Scientists have been wrong in the past, therefore all science is wrong in the present.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    hokkaidoguy

    It sure is. In my lifetime, I've been taught as gospel truth (in schools, etc) about a dozen doomsday scenarios, from the world's petroleum running out (by the late 80s), to acid rain destroying half our forests, to famines throughout East Asia. This was taught as truth, not speculation, either. We were actually tested and graded on these subjects!!! Anyway, not a single doomsday scenario...not one....has ever occurred. That's pretty compelling evidence, wouldn't you say?

    As far as acid rain is concerned, the reason that "doomsday scenario" didn't pan out was that governments and industry realized the problem and worked hard to change it. There were about a dozen air quality treaties and industry agreements that came into force in the late 80s and early 90s that dealt with high sulphur emissions. The result: acid rain in the USA is 65% lower than it was in the 1970s. The problem isn't solved, but it is a lot better than it was. It wasn't magic, it took a lot of investment and hard work for that problem to cease being an immediate threat.

    You're saying that humans will adapt to climate change. With acid rain, we did adapt, and we are continuing to do so, and the threat is decreasing as a result. With climate change, there isn't a fraction of the political will or industry acceptance of the problem, let alone the mechanisms for fixing the problem.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    hokkaidoguy

    Triplex - Every nation in the G7 has been dealing with separatism issues for years - one of the few things that keeps countries like Canada together is the knowledge that Quebec will not receive any outside help if they decide to leave. The French have the Basque, the Germans have a couple of different groups, the Italians have Sardinia, and on and on. If these groups see that it's only a matter of recruiting outside assistance to secede, the whole system starts to fall apart pretty quickly.

    It's not the only reason why the G7 is so against the Crimea vote and annexation, but it's a very big reason.

    Posted in: G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

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    hokkaidoguy

    The voting result here differs quite a lot from Abe's domestic poll results. Is this an indication that this English version of Japan Today is mostly read by foreigners?

    There is no Japanese version of Japan Today. Japan Today is a news blog. The target market is English speaking foreigners living in Japan, or who are interested in Japan.

    Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?

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    hokkaidoguy

    sfjp330

    Then what is the difference in some public hot springs, onsen in Japanese, that has "Japanese Only" signs up.

    The main difference would be that the soccer banner incident occurred in 2014, while there hasn't been a reported case of such an onsen sign in well over a decade.

    The second difference would be that it took a court case to settle the onsen thing, again over a decade ago - and it was settled reluctantly, and with a significant amount of public debate back and forth. In 2014 this incident was settled quickly without legal action, and the decision has been met with overwhelming public support. (Debito gets a lot of grief these days, but credit where it's due: he did a really good thing in Otaru.)

    Yes, Japanese Only signs crop up from time to time, but they are exceedingly rare. I haven't seen one myself since 2005, and that was over the door of a soapland in Wakkanai. Frankly, the Japanese can keep that one.

    Posted in: J-League orders Urawa to play next game in empty stadium over discriminatory banner

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    hokkaidoguy

    Nice to see the league come down hard on this.

    Posted in: J-League orders Urawa to play next game in empty stadium over discriminatory banner

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    hokkaidoguy

    The issue with China, which really was Ishihara pushing the issue, hasn't been handled well and caused a lot of damage to both sides.

    Why are people so reluctant to acknowledge that it was Noda, not Abe or Ishihara that nationalized the Senkakus?

    To answer the question: Abe is doing a reasonable job IMO. He has managed to stop the revolving door at the PM's office, which in itself is a major accomplishment. As a result, hIs economic policies are actually being implemented. Been a long time since japan has had any kind of coherent long term plan at all. In the current economic climate any kind of policy stability - even if it isn't perfect - is better than none. If he can stay in power for another 2 years and keep the same track record he has had so far, japan will be much better off. Fixing economies takes time.

    Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?

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    hokkaidoguy

    Hongo: the people complaining loudest about Abe today were doing the same thing 3 years ago today. Respect means nothing when you have an axe to grind.

    As for me, I'll be cracking a bottle of single malt tonight. Absent friends and all that. Rest in peace.

    Posted in: Emperor, Abe speak at memorial service as Japan marks 3rd anniversary of disaster

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    hokkaidoguy

    I get nostalgic.

    Seriously, I don't think I wore a seatbelt until I was 10. For a few years after that, after the law changed, it was only when my dad saw a cop that any of us would buckle up. Hell, my first car only had lap belts in the front! Somehow I survived.

    Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?

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    hokkaidoguy

    I remember the silence being broken by tsunami sirens.

    Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?

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    hokkaidoguy

    WilliB - it was a Chinese code share flight with a majority of Chinese passengers. Is it so hard to believe that a group that attacked a train station with swords last week might not be too concerned about collateral damage?

    Meh, it's just a hypothesis. In my opinion it's worth investigating. Makes more sense than the theories of alien abductions, meteor strikes or corporate hit jobs that have been making the rounds.

    Posted in: Searchers fail to find any trace of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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    hokkaidoguy

    Smith and WilliB Not sure why you think the al Qaeda hypothesis is so impossible. Most of the terrorism in China over the last 20 years has been at the hands of Uighur separatists, including the train station attack last week. The USA detained several of them at Guantanamo. There is a proven relationship between the two groups. Likewise Makaysia has been known for decades as a country where Islamic extremists can find funds and support, and al Qaeda has been one of those groups. This is all well documented.

    At this point it's too early to tell, but the scenario of foreign terrorist involvement (al Qaeda or otherwise) isn't too far fetched.

    Posted in: Searchers fail to find any trace of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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    hokkaidoguy

    Slumdog:

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems if you were looking for someone to play someone Scottish, that you might try casting a Scott.

    I know for a fact that they tried - I got a call from a friend-of-a-friend about it back in January. They were looking for someone within a specific age range, with at least some acting experience, fluent in Japanese and most importantly with a Scottish accent.

    Pretty hard to find, as it turns out.

    Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'

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    hokkaidoguy

    smithinjapan

    And, ummm, what country does the general director hail from?

    Currently Japan.

    Eklund wasn't Japanese, though. He was Swedish. Blix and ElBaradei aren't Japanese either. None of them ever saw the issue worth mentioning, and at no point over the last 40+ years has there been suspicion raised about japan's handling, storage or security of the plutonium. By anyone.

    But that probably won't matter on JT. The current head is Japanese, and everyone knows you can't trust them. He must be trying to cover for something, right?

    Posted in: Japan's plutonium stocks no reason for concern: IAEA chief

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    hokkaidoguy

    Trade experts say Japan, although aligned with U.S. interests on new trade issues like intellectual property and investment protections, will not put up its best offers until the White House secures fast-track negotiating power from Congress.

    That's pretty much the only line in the story worth reading. Japan - and everyone else negotiating with the USA - has nothing to gain by bringing anything to the table right now. Everyone is waiting on Obama getting that legislation through.

    Posted in: U.S. staring contest with Japan stretches out TPP talks

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