hokkaidoguy's past comments

  • -4

    hokkaidoguy

    @citizen2000

    What do you propose to do about it?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -7

    hokkaidoguy

    Mr prefect

    Sorry, but when the best people can come up with is accusations of Nazism, grandiose conspiracy theories and other histrionics I naturally assume an opposing position.

    The LDP won the election, and for good or ill we have them.

    Want to do something about it? Here's some suggestions for you: - get involved with a local business association. Get yourself known and your voice heard. - get involved with the local of whatever party you support and volunteer your time. Get yourself known and your voice heard. - naturalize and Vote.

    Want to be completely ineffectual? I suppose I could make a list, but you seem to have it down pat.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -4

    hokkaidoguy

    @mr perfect

    so that's how it works.

    Yes.

    Sorry, is this the first election you've witnessed as an adult or something?

    Pick a democracy, any democracy. Any election. You have the party platform and the election issues. Usually there is overlap, but you very rarely find that every part of a platform is covered as an election issue unless the opposition brings it to the fore.

    that's how it works.

    That's Japan, England, France, America, everywhere.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -4

    hokkaidoguy

    Mr perfect:

    Abe ran on the LDP party platform, which had included constitutional reform for generations (to say nothing of the last couple of years). Likewise, the patriotism idea has been part of the LDP plan since Abe came to power.

    These are not new ideas. There is no bombshell, no surprise, nothing that hasn't been covered before (and nothing you haven't weighed in on here).

    Would you like to see the Long Form now?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    @mr.perfect

    So politicians should be forced to temper the application of policy based on the number of votes cast?

    Is there a formula we can apply here? 60% of voters or less go to the polls, politicians agree to assume a lame-duck posture for the duration? 70% to 80% means they can negotiate trade and defence agreements, but not raise taxes?

    That's absurd, and you know it. The LDP won the election. There was no opposition, popular or political. Deal with it.

    The way people here are carrying on I'm expecting to start seeing demands for the Long Form Birth Certificate.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -6

    hokkaidoguy

    So almost half the voting populion didn't vote, and Abe claims a mandate anyway and is moving forward at full speed. Who would have guessed?

    Sorry, but the LDP were elected. Thus they have a mandate.

    A lot of people here seem to be operating under the illusion that someone can be elected but not receive a mandate based on some arbitrary percentage as yet to be defined. That isn't how it works.

    If you don't want to believe that, fine. What is the alternative?

    Shall we have another election?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -10

    hokkaidoguy

    Have all the Abe naysayers booked their flights home yet?

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    Who was the alternative again?

    Posted in: Is Japan in good hands with Shinzo Abe as prime minister?

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    @harvey pekar

    Have you turned on the tv or picked up a paper today?

    Posted in: Rosy night

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @frungy

    a third and far more likely option is that you misunderstood what was said to you.

    Posted in: LDP set for big win despite low voter turnout

  • 3

    hokkaidoguy

    @frungy

    If you do not have the time to go down to register to vote (during working hours) you cannot vote.

    That's just flat out wrong.

    Voting forms are automatically issued. They get mailed out to your registered address. you don't have to go anywhere to register.

    Posted in: LDP set for big win despite low voter turnout

  • -2

    hokkaidoguy

    @frungy

    Do you even understand the difference between public and secure information? I'm not sure you do, based on your post.

    Still waiting for that Article from the legislation...

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    @sangetsu

    Go ask your head accountant for access to everyone's payroll files.

    Are you not free because the accountant class keeps this information limited to people who have been vetted, and gave the need to know?

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    @frungy

    You said:

    No, it doesn't. The law is clear on that. If you ask a question and are then accused of coercion or inducement YOU are deep in it.

    Article 24 says:

    Article 24 (1) A person who acquires a specially designated secret by an act of deceiving, assaulting or intimidating a person, or by theft or destruction of property, trespassing on a facility, interception of wire telecommunications, an act of unauthorized computer access (meaning the act of unauthorized computer access provided in Article 2, paragraph (4) of the Act on Prohibition of Unauthorized Computer Access (Act No. 128 of 1999)) or any other act that violates the control of a person who holds a specially designated secret, for the purpose of using such secret to promote the interest of a Foreign Country or acquire an illicit personal gain or to cause harm to Japan's safety or to the lives or bodies of its citizens, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than ten years, or in light of the circumstances, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than ten years and a fine of not more than ten million yen. (2) An attempt of the crime prescribed under the preceding paragraph shall be punished.

    That's all about getting ahold of secret information. Nothing there about asking simple questions.

    Maybe it's in article 25? Let's check

    Article 25 (1) A person who conspires with, induces or incites other person(s) to commit any of the acts provided in Article 23, paragraph (1) or paragraph (1) of the preceding Article shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than five years.

    Hmmm. Conspiracy is hardly asking questions, is it?

    Where is the bit that says: "making inquiries about secret information will be punished"? You say that it's here in the law, clearly spelled out. I can't seem to find it for some reason.

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    Frungy:

    No, it doesn't. The law is clear on that. If you ask a question and are then accused of coercion or inducement YOU are deep in it.

    The law is clear on that? Where?

    Post it. Copy and paste. Show me.

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    Frungy-

    Asking a question is not the problem. Getting the answer is the problem. The liability rests with the person giving the answer, not asking the question.

    As far as coercion and inducement, these are both terms with at least a century of case law behind them. They are not up for debate any more than terms like theft and blackmail.

    As for your life logic - that's absurd speculation.

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    @stuart

    Yes, Frungy did say that. It's in the last sentence of what I quoted.

    As for the rest of your rant - you have said all along that you've read the legislation.

    I have the doc open on my desktop. Where does it say these things? What specific articles are you referring to?

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • -1

    hokkaidoguy

    Frungy

    Go and read the law, simply ASKING about a state secret is enough to get you imprisoned... and you're not allowed to know what is or isn't a state secret before you ask, so you might ask a seemingly innocent question and get imprisoned for life without ever knowing why.

    Ok, here's the law. http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?id=2231&vm=04&re=02

    English and Japanese.

    Now, find me the bit that says I can be locked up for simply asking an innocent question and imprisoned for life.

    Have at it.

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @Jeff Huffman

    Actually, spray insulation is too infrastructure intensive. Simple foil-faced or Kraft paper-faced insulation is many times easier to install, is the better option.

    The big benefit of spray is that its easy to retrofit - you don't need to gut the place to insulate it, it can be poured directly into the existing walls.

    I'm looking at renovating my place in the next year or so, and if I can find someone local to apply the stuff I will absolutely use it.

    Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction

  • -6

    hokkaidoguy

    DanielJ

    Also, not everything in the foreign media is about bashing Japan like the reports on whaling, nuclear trouble and wartime issues. There are also a lot's of positive reporting, especially on the low crime rate, the technology, the food, the fact that they are still a powerful nation while importing most of it's energy, the fact that they don't have nuclear weapons, etc..

    Really?

    Here's David McNeill's contributions page over at Japan Focus: http://www.japanfocus.org/-David-McNeill

    tldr; Fukushima, radiaton, comfort women, radiation, war crimes, Fukushima.

    The FCCJ membership writes two kinds of stories about Japan: Stories that portray the Japanese citizenry as unthinking drones obsessed with anime and strange foods, and stories that portray the government as a monolithic right wing bloc always one step away from reverting to pre-war totalitarianism.

    This has been the case for as long as the FCCJ has existed, regardless of the party in power.

    Perhaps the Abe government has finally taken a look at them and realized that the FCCJ contributes absolutely nothing to Japan - nothing to the enlightenment of the Japanese citizens, who don't read the foreign press; nothing to Japanese industry, who will be perpetually misquoted and vilified; and certainly nothing to the government of the day, who regardless of the party or the person being interviewed will inevitably be questioned on radiation dangers in Tokyo, their stance on whaling, and the status of Junior High School history textbooks - because those are the only things the FCCJ sees as worthy of covering.

    Don't believe me? Find me ONE member of the FCCJ who doesn't routinely partake in either "Weird Japan" or the whole rise of the right / fukushima radiation nightmare / historical revisionism / whaling / comfort women editorializing.

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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