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kurumazakaMay. 09, 2013 - 07:44AM JST
I really thought Inose had a bit more common sense than Ishihara. Afraid the damage is already done. Tokyo had a real chance, but am predicting a distant 3rd now.
Posted in: No more blunders, Japan Olympic chief tells colleagues
kurumazakaMay. 09, 2013 - 07:33AM JST
Is it just me, or is Rola rebranding herself? Her newer ads seem to be moving away from the annoying ditzball role she has been playing so far.
Posted in: Rola, Junpei Mizobata are new faces for TBC
kurumazakaMay. 09, 2013 - 07:29AM JST
This is great news.
Posted in: Japan says it will honor apologies for World War II atrocities
kurumazakaMay. 08, 2013 - 08:08PM JST
Paramyog, how about because the US does not want a war with China. By the way, the US has now repeatedly stated that the Senkakus fall under the US/Japan treaty. What would you consider proactive, might I ask?
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
kurumazakaMay. 08, 2013 - 07:15PM JST
Paramyog, I think you are mistaken in this case. While I'm all for better military cooperation between Japan and India, do you really think the US would sit idly while China tried to take Okinawa, which unlike Vietnam or the present day Philippines, is probably the most important US platform in Asia? An attempt to take Okinawa by China would lead to full blown war with the US. I sincerely hope the Chinese realize that, and suspect they do.
kurumazakaMay. 08, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
Minello7, the sad fact is that whether Okinawa should or should not be independent is irrelevant. Okinawa won't be. It is screwed by its geography. It's strategic location ensures that a great naval power will seek to dominate it. An independent Okinawa has no means to repel such powers. Okinawa is much better off choosing the lesser evil. The anti base crowd needs to decide who the lesser evil is.
kurumazakaMay. 08, 2013 - 06:27PM JST
Claiming Okinawa is going to get Tokyo to concede on the Senkakus? Hope nobody in China actually believes that. All they accomplish with such talk is the end of Article 9 and much more robust US support for Japan. Was just a few years ago that China was running circles around the US in Asia diplomatically. Wow, what happened? Thought their long history would have taught them better. Both disturbing and disappointing. With their big talk, they have talked themselves into a corner with the domestic audience. Very worrying development.
kurumazakaMay. 07, 2013 - 09:54AM JST
We have 3 cats and 2 dogs. Both have their pluses, but I see more negatives with cats. First urban legend to dispel: cats are NOT cleaner than dogs. They puke...everywhere, wherever they happen to be, whether on your couch, bed, dinner table, computer keyboard, wherever, sometimes several times a day. They also shed fur like crazy, annihilate wallpaper and furniture and take a certain obscene pleasure in waking you up several times a night. Dogs must be housebroken and need walks, but other than that are generally happy just to be paid attention to. The enthusiastic welcome when you return home warms the heart, while the cats give you this "where the hell have you been, feed me NOW" look. Dogs exist for you, to be liked. Cats are very much in it for themselves and will share their love when and only when they feel like it.
Posted in: Which are more loved in Japan: Cats or dogs?
kurumazakaApr. 18, 2013 - 10:56PM JST
Bertie, Bradley Manning is not a civilian. He is active duty Army and had a top secret clearance when he committed his treasonous actions. He is, regardless of whether or not one approves of his actions, a traitor, and is being treated as such in accordance with the UCMJ. I will agree with you in principal regarding Assange, who is not a US citizen much less US military, but with Manning it is cut and dry. He should never enjoy another day of freedom. Many militaries would have promptly executed him.
Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to gain information that would prevent an attack like the Boston Marathon bombings or 9/11?
kurumazakaApr. 18, 2013 - 04:43PM JST
As I have neither received or administered physical torture I will listen to people I respect such as John McCain and Glenn Carle. Both know the subject far better than I (hopefully) ever will, and both stand emphatically against it. At considerable personal risk in Glenn's case.
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 01:06PM JST
"Again, anti-base is not anti-American and the kids in America are both fat and uneducated."
Whaaaaat??????? Can you not see the contradiction in this sentence?? If you run for public office, you will have to defend rants such as this under the glare of the media. Good luck with that!
Posted in: Gov't submits Futenma base relocation plan to Okinawa
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 12:22PM JST
I guess you are right, Yuri. Ignorant rednecks enlist in the Corps so they can hopefully get the chance to mow down some unarmed Okinawans...as pathetic of a response as I have ever read. You might want to consider letting Bertie do your arguing for you. You are embarrassing your cause.
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Chin4sailor, Yamaguchi kumicho Shinoda Kenichi has actually spent a total of 19 years in prison on two separate convictions. He got out of the pen from his most recent stint in April 2011.
Posted in: No. 2 man in biggest yakuza gang jailed for extortion
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 09:47AM JST
He should just take a year or two off then. He has boatloads of money and tons if talent. Work on some new material then come back when he wants it again. There is no requirement that he release an album a year and constantly tour. He is probably worried about losing his popularity by being out of the public eye, but overexposure can kill the popularity as well.
Posted in: Good boy gone bad? Justin Bieber's adult problems
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
"A lot of marines would love an excuse to fire into an unarmed crowd."
For gods sake, Yuri, get a grip! How in the hell is anyone supposed to take anything you say seriously when you constantly spout such utter tripe?
kurumazakaMar. 25, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
Biggest shocker for me; "Utada, 30." Damn, I feel old!
Posted in: Hikaru Utada to return to entertainment industry after 3-year-hiatus
kurumazakaMar. 15, 2013 - 09:37AM JST
While I'm no fan of AKB, good on them!
Posted in: AKB48 raises Y1.3 bil for Tohoku as of March 12
kurumazakaMar. 15, 2013 - 09:24AM JST
And regarding the cars that really sell here, other than the Prius, most of those super popular "box" cars are vehicles the average American driver would not be caught dead in. In general, "kawaii" does not sell in the US. Detroit makes cars for american tastes. It is no surprise that they don't sell here.
Posted in: 48 U.S. lawmakers sound alarm on Japan joining TPP talks
kurumazakaMar. 15, 2013 - 09:14AM JST
While I can't speak about the rest of the country, Tokyo is absolutely jammed with German automobiles. Detroit simply does not make the type of cars that the average Japanese consumer wants. The American cars you do see here are pretty much all high end performance models or top of the line trucks/ SUVs that are out of the ordinary even on American roads. As far as mass market "normal" cars, the Japanese costumer sees no reason to buy a Chevy over a Nissan, (or a 1 series BMW, for that matter.)
kurumazakaMar. 14, 2013 - 04:22PM JST
I first ate basashi on a dare from the tencho at our favorite izakaya who was constantly trying to find something that I would refuse to eat. As squeamish as I was about it it first, after the first bite I was devouring it. Great stuff, basashi is!
Posted in: Raw horsemeat the secret to Nagano's No. 1 longevity?
May. 19, 2013 - 04:19AM JST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni shrine, so what? Many Japanese people do it every year,…
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
May. 19, 2013 - 04:15AM JST
We will be visiting Miyagi in July, Sendai and Kesennuma.
Our last visit we had a…
Posted in: M6.1 earthquake strikes off northeast Japan
May. 19, 2013 - 04:09AM JST
Some people wrote about Fuzolu and Mizushobai. Fuzoku is 'manners and customs'. Mizu shobai is business…
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
May. 19, 2013 - 04:03AM JST
I agree with Hashimoto. Japan did similar things but Hashimoto was absoloutely right to point out…
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
May. 19, 2013 - 03:59AM JST
Virtuoso, its not humor. Assad does have the support of about half the country.
Posted in: Obama, Turkish PM demand Syria's Assad step down