hokkaidoguy's past comments

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    @Sfjp330

    Seriously? The Pescadores are to the southwest of Taiwan. Formosa is the island otherwise known as Taiwan. The Senkakus are otherwise known as the Pinnacle Islands, and in 1945 were internationally known by either of those two names.

    Posted in: U.S. urged Japan to consult with China prior to Senkakus purchase

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    Sfjp330

    The ultimate peace settlement was concluded SF Peace Treaty in 1951. By that treaty, Japan renounced all right, title, and claim to ‘Formosa and the Pescadores

    True, but the Senkakus are neither Formosa or the Pescadores.

    Posted in: U.S. urged Japan to consult with China prior to Senkakus purchase

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    sfjp330

    Then were the Chinese or other countries notified of Japan's facts on "terra nullius" in 1895? List the countries Japan notified of terra nulliius. I know the answer.

    Why would they have done? There was no obligation to under international law. The islands were surveyed, no evidence of past occupation or ownership was found. The islands were then mapped, markers placed, the land was incorporated and from then on land use permits were issued via Okinawa. International maritime charts were amended, international cartography associations made their changes, and the world moved on as though they were sovereign Japanese territory. There wasn't even a hint of protest until 70 years later.

    Posted in: U.S. urged Japan to consult with China prior to Senkakus purchase

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    @sfjp330

    What is the distance from Beijing to the Senkakus? You keep bringing up how far Tokyo is, but never mention that Beijing is almost exactly as far away.

    And second: knowledge of a thing does not indicate possession. Could Chinese fishermen have known about the islands? Probably. Japanese fishermen knew about Russia and Alaska, after all. That knowledge - even if it is represented on maps - doesn't translate to ownership. Does this really need to be explained?

    Posted in: U.S. urged Japan to consult with China prior to Senkakus purchase

  • 2

    hokkaidoguy

    Probably being shipped to Australia and the US. It's a car culture thing. Most people here will just buy one from Autobacs or whatever for a few hundred yen, but there is a market overseas for the real deal.

    Google "subway strap" and "JDM" (Japanese domestic model) if you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about.

    Posted in: Police investigate theft of over 330 hand straps from Tokyo trains

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    Apparently this was worldwide today. England, France, Australia all had a lot of school evacuations. A group called " the evacuation squad" is claiming most of them. Odd.

    Posted in: 1,200 evacuated after British School in Tokyo gets bomb threat

  • 4

    hokkaidoguy

    And you know it's the exact same group of people that are pro France and anti Japanese?

    On this site? Er.... yes, they are the same group of people. Feel free to search the archives for their Je suis Charlie moments, though.

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  • 2

    hokkaidoguy

    @Jimizo

    You are against censorship unless you're the one being offended, and you think this gives you the moral high ground. Not that complex, really.

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  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    Jimizo

    There is a difference between mocking a long dead religious figure and basing your attack on the living on the image of a child. The cartoonist has the right to do this but it's low and shitty.

    They've run at least two cartoons based on Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who was photographed dead on the beach.

    Your point again was?

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  • 6

    hokkaidoguy

    Je suis Charlie! Je suis Charlie! Je suis Cha... Wait, she's Japanese? Ban her! Hate speech! Threaten the bookstore! Petition her retailers! Shut her down!

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  • 5

    hokkaidoguy

    @citizen2012

    Yes, it can happen to anyone.

    Anyone who repeatedly lies to immigration about their visit can find themselves denied entry to any country in the world.

    Get the proper visa, tell the truth, or be prepared to find another way home.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

  • 8

    hokkaidoguy

    Cevin7

    They said that he couldn't enter Japan because he was lying about his reasons for coming.

    He told immigration he was coming as a tourist, but they feel he is here in his role as an activist. Which isn't really a stretch of the imagination.

    He refused to leave voluntarily, so he is being held pending deportation.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

  • 5

    hokkaidoguy

    Citizen2012

    I think he is right and his arrest seems purely arbitrary,

    He hasn't been arrested.

    He has been denied entry. The two are very, very different.

    Right now, O'Barry is free to go. He can get on any plane out of Japan, any time he wants. They'll even help him but a ticket and carry his bags through the airport.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

  • 1

    hokkaidoguy

    No, you aren't, Ric. A prisoner is someone who can't leave.

    You're more of an unwanted guest.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

  • 1

    hokkaidoguy

    @sfjp330

    BMW sells slightly over 20,000 vehicles a year in Japan.

    Try again. BMW Mini is around 20,000. The rest of BMW is north of 45,000. They outsell Lexus, to put that into perspective.

    Posted in: Ford to pull out of Japan, Indonesia

  • 5

    hokkaidoguy

    @GW

    Prejudice against NA cars?

    I don't think that's the case. I think that's the case here on JT among expats who love to beat on America, but I don't think it's true with the Japanese car buying public.

    I see plenty of Jeep commercials on TV, plenty of Jeep tie-ins and product placements in movies, plenty of Jeep dealer outreach events at shopping centers. As a result, I see plenty of Jeeps on the road. People know they're available, so they consider them when its time to buy.

    Ford has virtually zero presence here. I drive past a Ford dealership once or twice a month. They don't advertise, not even in the local paper. They don't even put up posters in the windows advertising promotions. Needless to say, they don't do things like TV commercials or product placements or anything else that might cost money. As a result, you don't see many Fords on the road - people don't know they're an option.

    And if you do walk through the door, interested in buying a Fiesta (as I have done recently), you have one option - the one on the lot. Want one of the other 5 colors? Want leather? Sorry, have to order that, could be up to six months. Actual quote, that.

    Contrast that with the VW Polo. 5 trim levels to choose from, 8 colors IIRC, plenty of other options, can have it for you by the end of the month. Sold.

    Ford is exiting a game they never tried to play.

    Posted in: Ford to pull out of Japan, Indonesia

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    Some last minute fodder for the anti-TPP lobbying?

    Whatever it is, Ford has been phoning it in as far as Japan goes. There are models that people would want to buy - fiesta and focus are both excellent cars - but Ford haven't even tried to access the market.

    Posted in: Ford to pull out of Japan, Indonesia

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    And heck, there's even a pretty good chance the gun is illegal and was brought in from the US. So, probably not wise to go there, sarcastic and tasteless or not.

    An illegal shotgun? In Northern Sask? I'd say the chances are almost zero that's the case. That town is overwhelmingly Dene and Metis, it's pretty rare to find a home that doesn't have a gun for hunting.

    Posted in: 4 dead after shootings in Saskatchewan

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    They DDoS'ed Narita airport between 9:30pm and 6:30am. Last flight is at 10pm, first flight at 7.

    Did anyone even notice?

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  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    @Geoff Gillespie

    IF O'Barry has broken any law I would be happy to see the back of him. I have the nagging suspicion, though, that that's not what this is all about and that it is actually payback.

    The law: (Denial of Landing) Article 5 Any alien who falls under any of the following items shall be denied permission for landing in Japan. (xii) A person who organizes, or is a member of, or is closely affiliated with any of the following political parties or organizations: (a) A political party or organization which encourages acts of violence or the assault, killing, or injury of officials of the Government or of local public entities for the reason of their being such officials (b) A political party or organization which encourages illegal damage or destruction of public facilities (c) A political party or organization which encourages acts of dispute such as stopping or preventing normal maintenance or operation of security facilities of a plant or place of work (xiii) A person who attempts to prepare, distribute, or exhibit printed matters, motion pictures, or any other documents or drawings to attain the objectives of any political party or organization prescribed in item (xi) or the preceding item.

    Source: http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail_main?id=173&vm=2&re=

    That's the law. You are aware of what Ric O'Barry does for a living, right?

    Posted in: O'Barry ordered deported from Japan

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