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ka_chanDec. 04, 2013 - 10:10AM JST
The picture is a reference to one of the characters, Adenoid Hynkel was a parody of Hitler, the other main character was the Jewish Barber. The symbol of the regime is the "double cross". Chaplin in the film mocks the Nazi's as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts". The film was controversial at time of it's release in 1940 since the US was neutral on the "European War" that began in 1939 and remained so until the Japan's attack in 1941.
During the May 15 Incident in 1932, the Prime Minister Inukai was assassinated by a group of Navel Officers. Chaplin was visiting Japan at the time and was targeted but he and Inukai's son was at a Sumo tournament which saved their lives. The idea was that killing Chaplin would start a war with the US. The light sentence the 11 assassins got lead to the Feb. 26th Incident and Japanese Militarism.
Posted in: Abe depicted as Charlie Chaplin character in protest over state secret bill
ka_chanDec. 03, 2013 - 12:44PM JST
That is what is wrong with the Japanese Animation industry. They should not leave others to decide on censorship. This is the 20 anniversary of Sailor Moon and the English language dub was and is terrible. Canadians made it worst with Cardcaptor Sakura which was release as Cardcaptors. You should let the creators keep control and don't let go. I don't remember a US picture being edited for foreign release. I do have the title changes they do in Japan, it's a waste. Interesting that Jungle Emperor by Ozamu Tezuka was hardly censored in the 1960's by CBS. The song stayed in Japanese which may have confused the kids watching but they were brief. You also has Mighty Atom or Astro Boy on NBC in the 1960's. Don't think censorship works well and letting others change the story is even worst. Leave it as the creators made it. There is enough nonsense with translation.
Posted in: Film critic proposes censoring latest Studio Ghibli anime for overseas release
ka_chanDec. 03, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
Maybe companies should look at loss of intellectual property when doing business in China and some other countries. I you want to give away your trade secrets and let a competitor catch up in no time, keep making plants where labor is cheap but rights are low. Make those new factories and train those workers and in a few years, you may wonder why a rival was just up to take a majority of market share. And remember to keep things cheap even if it means sacrificing quality, and see more loss of market share.
Posted in: China losing luster for Japanese companies: survey
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Of course haafu is a derogatory term. It implies you are not one of "us". You are different and in Japan, different is bad. I found it interesting American how serve for the armed forces who may not have felt racism at home do feel it Japan. It is not major but you hear it in their comments. In traffic incidents, if you are not Japanese, you are in the wrong. It is as clear as that. How will a "haafu" be treated if they were to go to an establishment with the sign "no foreigners" ? And there's the rub. Japan lost to the west, so the west is more tolerated. Japan has a history of being a closed society and it still prevails. Being Korean decent is worst, there is some history there. If Japan returns to it's pre-war conservatism, how will "haafu's" be treated, do you think.
Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 07:03AM JST
It is still a bio fuel, so it still put out hydrocarbons. It can't be the solution.
Posted in: Scientist says he can end Japan’s energy woes by turning algae into fuel
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 06:46AM JST
Sounds like the return of the kempeitai is coming.
Posted in: Lower house passes contentious state secret bill
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 06:44AM JST
Maybe I wrong but this seems to be an epidemic in Japan as opposed to other countries.
Posted in: Cop busted for filming up skirt of student on escalator
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 06:36AM JST
Not sure why some seems think it was a revolver. Nothing in the article says that, just says "hand gun". I would have thought that it would be more likely to be a tiny pocket 9 mm pistols as a Tec PF-9 or Barretta Nano. Also today you can make a gun with a 3D printer. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/3d-printer-gun Kind of scary isn't it?
As for the teacher who fired the gun, you would think he would have taken off the safety to fire it.
Posted in: Father arrested after boy brings handgun to school
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 06:12AM JST
Aircraft and engine manufactures do know about icing issues. Why do you think they de-ice airplanes before take-off when it is snowing? Jets fly in the lower stratosphere where temperatures are around -50 degrees C and warms up as you go higher not the commercial jets fly in the upper stratosphere. Strong thunderstorms can reach above 40,000 ft or 12.2 km. They can also produce sprites. But it is beautiful seeing average thunderstorms from above at night even if it does shorten your life. The higher you go the more radiation you are exposed to. But things made by man is not perfect and always needs improvements. For aircraft, some things they find and others they find after an event.
Posted in: Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s, Dreamliners
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 05:43AM JST
The guy should be tried for murder or attempted murder since there is no cure and it will eventually kill those infected. How many others are now infected? At least 2 via transfusions but I don't think we was celibate and since he didn't admit to be a homosexual, just having homosexual affairs, how many are now infected of both sexes?
Posted in: Man contracts HIV through blood transfusion
ka_chanNov. 27, 2013 - 05:28AM JST
I don't get why it's called the "miracle pine"? It died. The tree is artificial. Just doesn't seem right to me. It can work as a memorial but the name seems out of place.
Posted in: Pine tree visitor
ka_chanNov. 15, 2013 - 09:00AM JST
Well, obviously there was no reporting requirement for damaged fuel rods. Wonder if other reactors around Japan had damage rods that are venting radioactive gas as Fukushima?
Posted in: Some spent fuel rods at Fukushima were damaged before 2011 disaster
ka_chanNov. 14, 2013 - 10:17AM JST
Posted in: Lawmaker who gave letter to emperor receives death threat
ka_chanNov. 14, 2013 - 10:13AM JST
So they are going to make one national grid? Who is going to manage that and isn't western Japan(60 hz 100 volts) have incompatible power from eastern Japan( 50 hz 100 volts)? Is there going to be a unified grid so all the electronics are the same? Who is going to manage the grid, a company like the former Enron, or a government agency? Is there going to be a electric power exchange to buy and sell power? Who is responsible for the stepdown stations? More questions than answers.
Posted in: Japan passes law to start reform of electricity sector
ka_chanNov. 13, 2013 - 07:57AM JST
I don't think racist is the right term. Japan is definitely Xenophobic. If you are not "Japanese" or "Japanese enough", you are not Japanese. A little less so now than in the past but kids of parents who work overseas, sometimes are considered "not Japanese" by the peers. Japans' hierarchical (senpai) system is fairly rigidly enforced. Those who got used to a freer systems overseas will get the hammer dropped on them in schools. Japan's saying of "if a nail sticks up, hammer it down" still exists. For a supposedly open society, there is very little questioning allowed.
But anything not "Japanese" is not easily accepted. There are still soto.
Posted in: Is Japan really racist?
ka_chanNov. 09, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
I don't understand why this isn't under sports. In any case, if the FIFA interferes with the Olympics, then the IOC should drop Soccer from the Summer Games.
Posted in: Winter sports up in arms over possible 2022 World Cup switch
ka_chanNov. 08, 2013 - 12:43PM JST
Not much info. When were the vehicles in question built? What model year and which models since it seem like it is likely to be more than just the 4,000 Tacoma's in the US. Toyota still hasn't gotten it's act together.
Posted in: Toyota recalling 33,000 vehicles globally to fix engines
ka_chanNov. 07, 2013 - 12:59PM JST
If the court rules that the Sea Shepard are pirates, they they should act like pirates and sink the whalers next time. That what Capt. Nemo would do.
Posted in: Anti-whaling activist Watson tells U.S. court: 'We're not pirates'
ka_chanNov. 07, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
I don't think the MBE comes with a title.
Posted in: Japanese man awarded by British government for honoring POWs
ka_chanNov. 07, 2013 - 07:45AM JST
I don't see anything illegal written in the constitution. It was a letter, not property. It may be illegal for the Emperor to act on it with the consent of the Cabinet. That fact that there is any kind of monarch in any government in the modern world is ridiculous. I don't care if it's Japan, UK, or any or the other 45 or so countries. I was surprised at Canada and NZ.
Posted in: Lawmaker breaks taboo by handing letter about nuclear fears to emperor
Dec. 08, 2013 - 01:16AM JST
I haven't seen a poll on LDP and Abe,s popularity published for quite a while...unlike when…
Posted in: As long as 'Abenomics' is producing some results and the Nikkei share average stays above 14,000, support for Abe will not fall.
What happened? The old guy never turned off his right car blinker? Slowed down traffic? Couldn't…
Posted in: N Korea deports elderly U.S. tourist
Dec. 08, 2013 - 01:12AM JST
no matter how much time passes and how the world evolves, there will always be A-holes…
Posted in: Diet passes controversial secrets law despite protests
Dec. 08, 2013 - 01:02AM JST
Chinese could have bought this islands but they didn't get the idea because they did not…
Posted in: U.S. urges China to set up hotline with Japan, S Korea
The KCNA claims that Newman "entered the DPRK under the guise of a tourist to confirm…