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marcelitoAug. 01, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
"If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' "
Perhaps that would be, but I highly doubt that it will.
Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' I believe Japan can provide new solutions for future generations in the world.
marcelitoAug. 01, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
*Keep the clothes on!
Speak for yourself!*
I,m definately with you on this one slumdog.
Posted in: Actress/sexpert Aya Sugimoto founds organization for animal welfare
marcelitoAug. 01, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
"Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday,"
How about the govt. just stops wasting trillions on inflated white elephant public projects for their amakudari buddy companies instead.
"Abe has pledged to cut corporate taxes, usher in sweeping labour reforms, restructure the farming sector, and lure more women into the workforce,."
Pledges and promises - thats all that the 3rd arrow has been until now, how about starting to actually implement something after a year and a half of talking and forming panels to study the issues?
Posted in: Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF
marcelitoAug. 01, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
zichi - plus 1 as usual.
Posted in: Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
marcelitoJul. 31, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
@Burning Bush - Indeed. Civilian casualty figures are continuously in omitted most media reports here.
"“Grads come in from Russian territory, take pre-agreed positions and fire on the Ukrainians. This is hundreds of rocket launches. They come in, shoot around like in a safari. This is serious military aggression,."
These are the same Grad missiles that Ukraine army is using in Donetsk , shelling civilian areas, right?
But that is allright - I guess their army is using the "good" Grads.
Posted in: Moscow fights back after sanctions; battle rages near Ukraine crash site
marcelitoJul. 31, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
This is impossible - the supreme leader Shinzo says all is just dandy and going according to plan.
Its the damn Reuters reporters fault - those gaijin just don`t understand Japanese culture and economy and are causing "misunderstandings " again.
Time for NHK to put out "correct , shiny interpretation "of these statistics for the masses.
Posted in: Japan flirts with recession after output, exports drop
marcelitoJul. 29, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
"* Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said new fighting that prevented an international police team from getting to the site earlier Monday was the fault the separatists who are trying to cover up their involvement."
Oh I see, so the Ukraine military launches a full scale offensive to retake nearby Donetsk area but somehow it is the rebels at fault for breaking the ceasefire. So, how was it possible that the international teams were able to access the accident site ( granted -in the company, and under the eyes of the rebels) before Ukraine re-launched its offensive a few days ago? One could easily say it seems more like its the Ukranian side trying to prevent access to prevent a full on investigation. Could it be it is they who actually have something to hide? There is more than one theory about who downed the plane and who would most benefit from the outrage at the tragedy.
Also "Klimkin said the government is making every effort to mitigate collateral damage in civilian areas and blamed the separatists "
Well, firing unguided Grad missiles on residential areas doesn`t seem like making much of an effort.
There are enough videos and photos posted by locals on You Tube of dead civilians ( women, elderly..) in the streets after Ukraine aircraft strikes and shelling. Magically, these images almost never appear in the western media.
Balanced reporting is certainly not happening by our press in this case.
Posted in: Ukraine says rebels still manipulating crash site
marcelitoJul. 27, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
Ok, so Ukraine launches a.major offensive on Donetsk that will no doubt result in significant civilian casualties, right after Russia called for a ceasefire...but as always Russia is rhe.bad guy. Ukrainian reporter gets arrested and released and it's reported, Russian journalist gets arrested by Ukrainian.forces around the same.time but it's.not.reported.( Let alone when Russian TV crew member got killed a few weeks.back). Meanwhile there are videos on the net of.dead.civilians lying in the streets after Ukrainian air and artillery strikes that are.completely ignored by our western media.
I guess it's too naive to expect balanced reporting from our free media.
As for the gem of " holding Russia directly responsible because they supplied arms.to the rebels " how is that different from saying US must be responsible for the deaths in Gaza during the Israeli offensive or for the ISIS massacres in Iraq and Syria, since US supplied weapons.and training?
Sure, Russia is.not pure and innocent in this conflict but neither is West and Ukraine. More balance instead of biased one way, selective reporting would be nice but I sure won't hold.my breath.
Posted in: Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
marcelitoJul. 26, 2014 - 11:52PM JST
" As long as you people are acting like this, less and less Japanese people will travel to and invest in your country, and PM Abe will only be more popular."
Acting like what? Oh you mean, asking for justice. to right the wrongs committed and such....?
Yeah Ok then, let the boycott begin.
Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'
marcelitoJul. 26, 2014 - 08:55PM JST
Oldman - "Good for Japan not capitulating to a corrupt farce of an organization like the U.N."
One wonders if UN is such a corrupt farce of an organization why Japan contributes so much of its taxpayer dough to it.
Perfect chance to cut some wasteful govt. spending right there I guess then.
Btw, I ,m looking forward to you standing by your " corrupt and farce organization statement " next time Japan suggests taking the Senkaku issue to ICJ for resolution , or the Kurils, or the Sea Shepherd activists or nominates its Article 9 for the Peace prize or....whatever... Or is it that UN is a corrupt farce and the other international bodies are not?
marcelitoJul. 26, 2014 - 02:10PM JST
Agree with jerseyboy on this one. This UN comment is directed at Japanese domestic right wing haters so certain posters shouldn't be diverting as usual with the " but other countries do it too, look at China and Korea ..." line of logic.
UN directs comments to those countries as well. This is about Japan and the black van haters.
"Speech must remain free. That includes disgusting, racist, incensing, propagandist, ignorant, hate-fueled speech. The bad needs to be taken along with the good. *Society,s job is to write off the filth and ignore it..."
Strongly disagree - you might wanna ask some Holocaust victims how ignoring hate speech worked out for them.
Or numerous other, more recent victims of " ethnic cleansing " conflicts that started with hate speeches by one group against another.
We know well what happens when " good men do nothing " as the saying goes.
Posted in: Japan should prohibit all propaganda advocating racial superiority or hatred that incites to discrimination, hostility or violence as well as demonstrations intended to disseminate such propaganda.
marcelitoJul. 23, 2014 - 01:15PM JST
"terrorists who likely shot down the plane and then allowed the remains of innocent victims to rot in the sun for days, all the while allowing folks to loot their possessions and running amok over the crash site, "
When the rebels moved the bodies into a refrigerated train they were blasted for " moving and destroying evidence"...seems they are damned by the media whatever they do.
As for "looting possessions " - this claim by our western media was backed by a photo showing one of the rebels holding up a stuffed toy as a "trophy"....yet a full video of the event ( from which the still photo was taken ) is posted on the web showing the rebel actually holding up the toy, saying something to the effect of " the bastards who did this should take a good look at this ". Then he takes off his hat, bows his head and makes a sign of the cross to pay his respect. Of course that part of the video was not mentioned in western media. Quite different reality from the "outrageous looting " claims.
As I said before there are too many twists in this tragic story and it would be wise to wait for more irrefutable, verified evidence before making a judgment about who really is responsible for this and making them accountable for it.
Posted in: Rebels return 80 fewer bodies than promised from MH17, experts say
marcelitoJul. 22, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
I agree with those who suggest that people take their time before so assuredly assigning blame in this case.
I,m no defender of Russia but there are too many twits in this story...eg. why did the MA flight alter course and drop altitude to within the BUK missile range when the original flight plan ( 35 thousand feet would have been safe ), why was there a Ukranian fighter jet tracking the MA flight , why were there 3-4 Ukranian air defence battalions equipped with BUK missiles deployed near Donetsk held rebel area when the rebels have no airplanes...?
Here are some probing questions brought by the Russian side...http://rt.com/news/174496-malaysia-crash-russia-questions/..as always I think everyone should investigate the 2 sides of a story. Public opinion is a powerful weapon in war.
Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire
marcelitoJul. 18, 2014 - 03:31PM JST
People shouldn`t be so quick to pass judgment until the circumstances become clearer...
Breaking news on RT..."06:00 GMT:
The militias fighting in eastern Ukraine against the government troops have no weapons systems that could have shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane on Thursday, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, Vitaly Yaryoma, stated citing a military report submitted to President Petro Poroshenko.
Considering the high altitude the MH17 was flying, it could not have been taken down by a portable anti-aircraft missile or anti-aircraft cannon, which the Ukrainian militia have been using to attack Ukrainian military aircraft.
Earlier there were reports that the militia had captured a Buk missile launcher, which could have done it, but Kiev insisted that the system was out of order and could not be repaired by the militia.
Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine
marcelitoJul. 18, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
These are the same comments and findings that all these " study panels " and expert meetings have been producing for years and even decades yet as ever no meaningful ACTION is actually taken.
Just speeches and press releases about how the situation is bad and getting worse and steps such as A or B need to be taken to improve it, but no one in top level of govt .is actually legislating to TAKE the action steps.
You can bet that next year and the next and the next, the same soundbites will just be repeated ad nausea.
Stop talking and start DOING.
Posted in: Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo. We need to implement measures to stem the low birthrates and over-concentration of people in Tokyo.
marcelitoJul. 18, 2014 - 09:05AM JST
Obviously Ghosn is correct - going to 30% ratio in Japan in just a few years is just laughable ,pie in the sky soundbite politics on Abe`s part. Kudos for trying to improve the unbalance , but be a bit more realistic - if Japan gets near 10% in 6 years they will be doing well.
But hey , the boys can always form another "study panel, discussion group or an advisory body / institute " to "study" why the target wasnt achieved. Thatll keep the amakudari club happy.
t achieved. That
Posted in: Nissan CEO: Abe's goal to have 30% of bosses women too ambitious
marcelitoJul. 18, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
OMG , this is terrible.
As to who is to blame, it would be wise not to jump to conclusions and blame it on one particular side immediately without proof.
It is not uncommon in armed conflicts to stage / blame ones action on the other side.
Time will tell.
Regardless, prayers to the victims of this tragedy.
marcelitoJul. 15, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
Interesting thinking outside the box by the marketing executive...pretty cool and for a good cause to boot.
Posted in: Ibaraki zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans
marcelitoJul. 10, 2014 - 10:02PM JST
If the girl is a Junior High school student the case should be clear cut....if they don't chuck him out of the police force for going to a love hotel with what a 13 year old, then I really don't know what Jcops need to do to get the boot.
I mean these guys are supposed to be the fine examples , out there to " protect and serve".
Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl
marcelitoJul. 07, 2014 - 08:46AM JST
Indeed, the Abe,s facial expressions are priceless.
Posted in: Maori welcome
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
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Posted in: No. of reported stalking, domestic abuse cases in first half of year highest ever
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Posted in: Politician's weepy video spawns Internet parodies, commercial spin-offs
Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
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Aug. 01, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
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Posted in: Japan's smoking rate drops to record low