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ka_chanJan. 28, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
Why is this story in the crime section? It's not like ISIL kidnapped Goto from Japan, he handed himself over to them. He doesn't understand who he was dealing with. Now it's a government problem but J-gov doesn't have much bargaining power. Just dependent on the kindness of strangers, Jordan. Not sure if Jordan will go along with the deal.
Posted in: Abe calls 24-hour hostage deadline despicable
ka_chanJan. 28, 2015 - 11:01AM JST
Why can't Japan come with something original?
Posted in: Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 08:46PM JST
I don't think you can say what Charlie Hebdo is hate speech, offense maybe to some but satire can offend. A legal definition is different than a simple dictionary one. Here is a US legal definition:
Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.
Posted in: Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to upset Muslim world
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 08:14PM JST
Some time I think that the U.S. and Europe should stay out of ISIL way and let them destroy the so called coalition partner in the region. Who create ISIL in the first place. It is also strange that the U.S. is fighting Iran's battles for it.
Posted in: Abe briefing document rules out Japan strike on Islamic State
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
I don't understand. Japan has been a target for a long time. Just that Japan isn't a hot target as the West. Don't you remember the attempted bombing of a JAL flight? Only one Japanese was killed because the terrorist had an old seating plan and the bomb was a couple seats from where it needed to be to bring down the airliner.
I feel sorry for the two and Goto is a Christian, more reason not to be there. First rule of rescue, don't try if it will get the rescuer killed or needing rescue. It only puts more lives at risk. I read somewhere that Goto was warned no to go but he said that he was not European or American, he is Japanese. So it seems that he did not understand the environment he had been reporting on. As for Yukawa, I don't understand at all why he went there unless he want to finish the suicide attempt he committed in Japan.
In that region they have a saying, the enemy of my enemy is my friend and the friend of my enemy is my enemy. Where do you think Japan lies?
Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 07:08PM JST
AU, unless it is design in Japan, I'm not impressed. As for a diesel sub, unless it is nuclear, there is a problem. I was glad to hear that Japan started to build their oun come rial jet, but also sorry to hear that they could make it with composite or carbon fiber. The 200 km limit means nothing since Japan has JAXA. Still, design is everything.
Sorry but giving supplies or money, just makes Japan seem less commited and a bit cowardly. I think Japan did send some forces to the Middle East for supply and humanitarian jobs but soldiers need combat experience. I'm not saying put boots on the ground now since that would be counter-productive. But sooner or later, Japan will need to do something or Japan will never have a military that can defend her.
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 06:33PM JST
Macau topped cities as the top economic performer. Ontario Canada pays for their healthcare system with government run casinos. As for Atlantic City, they are in trouble because of badly run casinos. Not to mention that there are illegal gamble going on in Japan.
Posted in: Are you in favor of legalizing casino gambling in Japan?
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 06:14PM JST
I don't think Russia and Ukraine makes much difference whether Europeans go to Micky D's. Maybe they should try to put something on their menu that tastes good and won't kill you.
Posted in: McDonald's earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 05:36PM JST
TEPCO officials have nothing to lose. J-Gov will not prosecute.
Posted in: TEPCO to miss deadline on decontaminating Fukushima water
ka_chanJan. 24, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
Japan fight ISIL? The JSDF would be slaughtered. They have no experience being soldiers, just playing soldier. And if 2 kidnapped citizens can active Article 9, what about all the Japanese kidnapped by North Korea? There is only a cease fire and not an end to the UN Korean War. Ofcouse Japan did not participate except to profit from that war. Then again the JSDF is too small to much and Japan is not ready for what happens to soldiers in war once they come home. It is also questionable if Japan's young adults can be soldiers. They have been raised to be pacifists. It would take 10 to 20 years of working with active military countries in combat zones to get experienced staff officers. Japan doesn't even make their own equipment. It' not like 1930's Japan, were they had the Kenpaitai to keep people in line. J public is not ready.
ka_chanJan. 17, 2015 - 08:20AM JST
Never understood why the 47 are considered heroes. Their lord was a hot headed idiot that couldn't control himself. His underlings were not smart enough to pay a bribe to make the lord's life easier. It took too long, 2 years, for the 47 to claim it for honor instead of revenge. The Shogun only yielded to the ignorant public support to let the 47 die with honor even though they did not follow bushido. In a time of peace, their clan was out of step with the times.
Posted in: Condo to loom over samurai graves, spurring protest
ka_chanJan. 14, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
There are unintended consequences. Pollen flies so it will spread to other fields. One out it will spread. Then there are effects on people that may not be seen for years. Today may produce is genetically altered and you don't even know it since it is not identified.
Posted in: Genetically altered rice could solve Japan’s pollen allergy problem
ka_chanDec. 20, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Well, seems to be ratcheting up... seems the NK has attacked SK's nuclear plants and has demanded to be shut down. SK is shutting down all their nuclear plants. So for how long can Japan say that Sony is an American problem when it is a Japanese company and reflects on Japan. Cyber attacks on Japan has been ratcheting up for some time now. Wonder if NK already can control Japan's nuclear plants... good thing they are some what down.
Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack
ka_chanDec. 20, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
Too little, too late. They should have put quality in the design and tested it especially since they are using an explosive propellant. Question is if they don't know why, how is the replacements safe?
Posted in: Takata vows to step up airbag safety effort in open letter in U.S., German media
ka_chanDec. 20, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
I don't know...seems to me that with their gaming network hacked and now their Sony Pictures, don't seem worth it to buy it. Don't seem safe. Any corporation that had hackers in their network for months and and didn't notice is not something I want to be associated with. Guess I have to go to Microsoft.... Sorry Sony but you not the Sony of the 1980s nor is Japan's auto makers. What happened to quality control?
Posted in: Europe holiday sales of PlayStation 4 'inventory challenged'
ka_chanDec. 20, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
According to SONY Pictures CEO, they didn't make the decision, the theater owners did. Still sounds cowardly of Sony and they may be up for big law suit from their employee. They didn't protect the information and what is worse, they had every on the same network. Are they idiots? Also how did NK get the administrators keys to the everything. One person should not have access to everything. What is worst, this is the 3rd or 4th time Sony has been hacked. They don't seem to be able to learn.
ka_chanDec. 11, 2014 - 02:53PM JST
In the west, Christmas comes with traditions. Christmas dinner can have ham, turkey, roast, string beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, apple pie, mince pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, ice cream, cake, fruitcake, hot rum, champagne, hot chocolate, etc. It came be a combination or even have fish, crab or oysters, it depends on what part of the US you are and the ethnic background. When I was young, we had turkey with stuffing and ham, string beans, sweet potato casserole, cake, wine, soda, eggnog, You don't have to eat it all. I didn't like ham so I never ate any when I was a kid. White meat turkey and stuffing with gravy was my favorite and cranberry sauce, not so much. The holiday is about family, similar to Thanksgiving. Christmas is also about a White Christmas....snow. But then I lived in NY so the kids always wanted snow especially if it closed the school.
Today many people just get catering so they don't have to make it. The holiday is more and more commercial. It more about Santa then Christ.
Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas
ka_chanOct. 21, 2014 - 05:34AM JST
Considering that Japan was never purged of those who were in the government during the war as was done with the Nazi party in Germany, it is not inconceivable that the J gov may revert to their old ways. After all Abe grandfather was Minister of Labor when Japan used slave labor. Though never trialed, he was held as a war criminal until the Korean War change US policy toward Japan. And he became Prime Minister since the U.S. was more worried about communists in Japan than the old regime. As for the U.S. wanting a war with Japan, that is not true but it wasn't unexpected. That is why the fleet was in Hawaii instead of San Diago. The British knew about the attack on Peal Harbor but didn't tell the US since they needed the U.S. to join the fight against Hitler. Japan would have lost sooner but the first 2 year were concentrated in Europe. Also in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt predicted that Japan would attack the U.S. in a future terrible war.
Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy
ka_chanOct. 16, 2014 - 05:36PM JST
I guess most of you don't know that the CDC has no authority but to provide guidance and recommendations to the local public health authorities. So the Texas Public Health Department is the authority in Dallas not the CDC.
Posted in: Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'
ka_chanOct. 16, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
If you don't stop the outbreak at the source, no travel ban will make a difference. WHO estimates that by December there will be 10,000 cases a week and in 2015 there will be 1.5 million cases. Looks like a good chance that this will become a pandemic. No travel ban will help you then. You already have cases in Spain and Germany, stop all flights to those countries too? Can you say economic collapse.
Posted in: Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola
Jan. 29, 2015 - 09:16PM JST
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Posted in: Hostage crisis trips up Japan as it seeks global security role
Jan. 29, 2015 - 09:10PM JST
The IJA hod their own military police force as well, the Kempetai. I dont…
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
Jan. 29, 2015 - 09:07PM JST
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Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan'
Jan. 29, 2015 - 08:56PM JST
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