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ka_chanMar. 07, 2014 - 06:14AM JST
Now if the producers and director(s) were place on trail for murder, that may be a show to watch.
Posted in: S Korean TV station takes flak for reality show suicide
ka_chanMar. 07, 2014 - 06:05AM JST
"the milk of amnesia", the same drug that killed Micheal Jackson. Used for general anesthesia and sedation under mechanical ventilation in adults.
Posted in: 2-year-old baby dies in Tokyo hospital
ka_chanMar. 06, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
The reference to Nazis is not that far from the mark. The closest even to Russia taking over the Crimea (Putin says not he) is the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1938. Although Hitler seems to had been a better diplomat than Putin is today. He got the western powers to give him the territory. Also looking at the history of ex-Soviet states, there is a good chance that the Ukraine may break up along ethic lines as Czechoslovakia did. Today we have the Czech Republic and Slovakia created in 1993. With Putin stepping in (says not), this complicates any break up. As for Japan's reaction, it just depends on what Abe's administration thinks of the rule of law and territorial sovereignty. Neither China nor USSR/Russia has a record of standing for territorial sovereignty. Japan seems to be right with them. The west has said they will replace any loss of petrol product due to sanctions. How the Japan-Russia relations plays out is still an open question. But I also would not be surprised if Putin had a new Richard Sorge in Japan.
Posted in: Japan's embrace of Russia under threat with Ukraine crisis
ka_chanMar. 06, 2014 - 05:33AM JST
Cruel, I don't think so. The parents got to hear from their daughter one last time but with all the hope and dreams of an 18 year old.
Posted in: 10-year-old letter arrives from daughter lost to tsunami
ka_chanMar. 05, 2014 - 08:12AM JST
If you want to "atone" for a crime or scandal then atone. It doesn't matter if is hard, try. If you took a life, save a life or adopt and raise a life. Hurt people, help people. Make the world better. Depending on how bad, you may never be able to fully atone but you should try. Howard Hugh felt responsible for the death of one his engineers during a test flight. He made sure that the engineer's family never was lacking and his kids when to college.
Posted in: Do you think suicide is an honorable way to atone for a crime or scandal?
ka_chanMar. 05, 2014 - 07:28AM JST
UCLA Med School is not expensive, relatively speaking. It is a State school. No sure if this is a picture of the guy but...
Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki marries UCLA med student
ka_chanMar. 05, 2014 - 06:58AM JST
Posted in: 7-year-old Japanese girl mauled by 4 dogs in New Zealand
ka_chanMar. 04, 2014 - 08:07AM JST
It isn't like people weren't tried and convicted for this during the war crimes tribunals. So to say that this was voluntary and not sexual slavery is beyond belief.
Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology
ka_chanMar. 04, 2014 - 06:54AM JST
Guess people here don't know their history or geography. Eastern Ukraine is Russian speaking and culturally closer to Russia. The Crimea is where Russia's largest navy base is located. Eastern Ukraine feels closer to Russia and may consider themselves more Russian than Ukrainian. There is the long history between Crimea and Russia as the Crimean War which didn't work so well for the Russian Empire in the mid 19th Century. If want to draw a parallel with the per-cursors to WWII, then it is much closer to the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. Are we going to see something like the Munich agreement, maybe. As for Crimea today, it is basically a fait accompli.
Posted in: Japan expresses concern over Russia's Ukraine move
ka_chanMar. 01, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
Reagan was not such a good president. He took social security away from 16-22 years survivor benefits. He ended the GI Bill. He cut and ran from Lebanon.
As for the Ukraine, there is more of an internal conflict here. The Eastern part of the country is pro-Russian and speaks Russian, the Western part of the country speaks Ukraine and is pro-European Union. Just a bit of history but the "Charge of the Light Brigade", immortalized by Tennyson, happen during the Crimean War in 1854 (French and British against Russia). In almost 200 years, not much seem to have changed.
Posted in: Russian troops deploy in Crimea as Obama warns Kremlin
ka_chanMar. 01, 2014 - 08:46AM JST
Pure capitalism at work.
Posted in: Mt Gox files for bankruptcy; CEO says 750,000 bitcoins gone
ka_chanFeb. 28, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
I thought the fastest train was Europe's AGV at 574.8 kph. The Shanghai Maglev can go faster in theory but it's build by Germany's Siemens.
But building the Airbus allows China to have a state of the art assemble plan that can be used to any aircraft manufacturing including military. They could just copy the plant and make new fighters for their new aircraft carriers.
Posted in: Airbus China plant opens door to massive market
ka_chanFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
What is this non-sense about blue lights, the cop said "red and blue lights". It is also true that in California you can drive with a valid non-California license from any states or country. The country part is weird to me. Most countries and most US States requires both a valid license from their home country and an international drivers license. BTW, it is some 545 miles ( 877 km) from LAX to Bryce Canyon National Park, an 8 hr trip but if driving that slow more like 13 hours. I think most of the park is closed this time of the year. Since the speed limit is 75-80 in this area, she break any speed laws but is some states you can get a ticket if you drive under 40 mph on the freeway. You are supposed to put your flashers on to warn other drivers if you drop below 50. And it is mph, the speed-o-meters are in MPH and the signs are in MPH. There are no lights in most of Interstate15 and the road is worse once you get off the freeway to get to the park. You are in the mountains and the snows can be deadly.
Japan police do have guns. Sometimes you wonder if they know how to use it as in a story a couple months ago where a J-cop left is gun in a restroom. I've driven in both the US and Japan. The 80 kph seemed real slow to me and never mind 35 or 25 kph. Many drivers in the US tend to drive much faster than the posted limit, especially on a freeway. With a posted speed limit of 70 it not unusual to drivers at 80 or 90 mph. Posted speed, add 10.
Granted it is much easier driving in the US since the roads are wider and straighter, especially freeway with multiples lanes up to 6 on each side.
Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
"Disaster Prevention" just doesn't sound right. How is he gong to prevent Mt. Fuji from irrupting, or a major earthquake in Tokyo? Also a disaster hitting in middle of the games may not be as bad as one hitting a week or two before the games. The Athletes would not be able to get to Tokyo if Fuji erupted or a major earthquake and tsunami.
Posted in: Disaster prevention is top priority, Tokyo governor assures IOC
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
Nothing against Isao Mizoguchi but it seems like marrying your cousin. They really should have tried to hire a non-Japanese woman. But they probably can't take real change.
Posted in: Honda appoints woman to board, promotes foreigner
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
Maybe China needs to read Dale Carnegie:
“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don't Kick Over the Beehive”
“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don't Kick Over the Beehive”
Posted in: China, with eye on Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 09:12AM JST
Are their old homes even livable after 3 years? There is nothing to say that some can't happen again with the next 40 years.
Posted in: Gov't to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town on April 1
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 09:05AM JST
Well, the US had broken the Japanese diplomatic code and the Navy may have broken the Japanese Naval code but that doesn't mean they know exactly when and where an attack would come. The British has broken the Japanese military code but didn't share the information with the US. But to the main legal point, Japan did not deliver the declaration of war or ultimatum until after the attacks had started. Attacks in the Philippines, Guam, Wake, Malaya, Thailand, Shanghai, and Midway were also carried out on the same day. The British were never notified. So Japan violated Article 1 of the Third Hague Convention on the opening of hostilities. BTW, the message delivered by the Japanese Ambassador to the US was not an Ultimatum or declaration of war but a series of grievances. The US delivered their declaration of was the next by a radio address to the world and the British Foreign Office delivered the following letter to the Japanese Ambassador:
On the evening of December 7th His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom learned that Japanese forces without previous warning either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war had attempted a landing on the coast of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong.
In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression committed in flagrant violation of International Law and particularly of Article I of the Third Hague Convention relative to the opening of hostilities, to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government in the name of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom that a state of war exists between our two countries.
I have the honour to be, with high consideration,
Your obedient servant,
Winston S. Churchill
Posted in: Nimitz's WWII operational diary posted online
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
Nope, no way. No 24 hour transit system. Don't think there are top class restaurants of almost every cuisine from around the world. Where is the theater outside of Noh and Kabuki. New York has Broadway, London has Piccadilly. It's very subjective. The list of the "World's Greatest Cities" had Tokyo 5 and was base on the following, Architecture, Arts & culture, Buzz, Food & drink,
Quality of life and
. Above Tokyo was 4: Berlin, 3: Paris, 2: London, and 1 New York.
All of this is very subjective anyway. For tourist it seem Kyoto is #1 in Japan from a travel guide. One of the major problems with Tokyo would be that Tokyo does not have enough ex-pats living there compared to the population. I don't see Japan as all that welcoming toward foreign workers.
Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo is the No. 1 city in the world
ka_chanFeb. 25, 2014 - 06:49AM JST
Where it was an out-of-service train or not-in-service train, it is definitely "out-of-service" now.
Posted in: Two injured as commuter train derails at Kawasaki
Mar. 08, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
The guy's been a flop so far and getting booed by the fans but that's Milan's…
Posted in: Honda looks to overcome Milan struggles
Mar. 08, 2014 - 05:01AM JST
why can't i find anywhere in japan the samsung tablets that seem to be sold everywhere…
Posted in: Judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung devices
Mar. 08, 2014 - 04:53AM JST
True. With currency they can show you withdrew X amount of cash just about the same…
Posted in: Gov't says bitcoin not a currency, but taxable
Mar. 08, 2014 - 04:52AM JST
bass: I think you mean, lies, deception and intimidation would be the proper verbiage.
Posted in: Another delay to Obama health law
Mar. 08, 2014 - 04:42AM JST
It seems to me that, rather than banning the entire chapter over this reference, they could…
Posted in: Malaysia bans Ultraman book over use of Allah