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marcelitoJan. 29, 2015 - 05:28PM JST
Thanks for stating the obvious Matsuko.
finally someone said.it.loud and clear.
Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan'
marcelitoJan. 29, 2015 - 09:27AM JST
No way NATO is going to get directly militarily involved and risk a markedly escalated conflict with Russia.
West will continue to be involved through Russia sanctions and military aid to Ukraine.
Posted in: Ukraine rebels claim key victory is within grasp
marcelitoJan. 29, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
While the resident JT right wingers are mostly pre occupied with discrediting the Korean women and their stories, how about the other,s be they Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian....or Dutch and Australian. They also made it all up and in fact were professional girls or volunteers right ?
I guess the opportunity to hang out and enjoy some quality time with the "selfless soldiers fighting for Japan,s modernisation who maintained highest moral standards and discipline" was just so irresistable to all of those girls" naturally, who could blame them?
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
marcelitoJan. 28, 2015 - 12:31PM JST
If it is clearly / strictly defined then yes, many countries with arguably more robust democracies have such laws...Germany, Australia..etc...
Posted in: 20 prefectural and local assemblies in Japan have urged the Japanese government to make hate speech illegal. Do you think hate speech should be illegal?
marcelitoJan. 28, 2015 - 09:22AM JST
"Why isn't the Foreign Minister Aso over in Jordan talking with the Jordanians?"
Uhm, might be due to the fact that he is actually not the Foreign Minister?
Posted in: Abe calls 24-hour hostage deadline despicable
marcelitoJan. 23, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
@Star viking... Can you please reference who provided funding for the 2 studies and the members of the teams.
Posted in: Prosecutors won't indict former TEPCO execs over Fukushima
marcelitoJan. 22, 2015 - 04:24PM JST
Sangetsu... " The government couldn't stimulate itself in a Bangkok brothel"....LOL...that's a.classic :-)
Posted in: BOJ sees growth rebounding in coming year
marcelitoJan. 18, 2015 - 09:36AM JST
No doubt once they split into 2 entities , the profitable one will stay private and the one that will deal with decommissioning and running up losses will be continuously propped up by our taxpayer money. What a great business model for the utilities - keep the profits and pass the loses onto the public. Can't loose.
Posted in: Japan Atomic Power eyes split to focus on decommissioning
marcelitoJan. 18, 2015 - 08:28AM JST
But 55 year old lecturer living with a 21 year old student... What the heck?
Posted in: University lecturer found naked on campus in Tokyo
marcelitoJan. 17, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
Smith...you beat me to it..totally agree.
Hard to believe that after the Takata fiasco they are only just now beginning to "consider whether or not the need to revise the law". As you said , TIJ.
Posted in: Transport Ministry to weigh possible law revisions in wake of Takata recalls
marcelitoJan. 16, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
The right wingers in J govt can ask all they like, rightfully the U.S. and others tell them where to go.
Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook
marcelitoJan. 14, 2015 - 08:04AM JST
Weren't, the increased profits and cash piles of Toyota and other J-Inc big guns ( courtesy of the Abenomics corporate welfare program ) supposed to be used for investment in Japan according to the supreme leader's sales pitch?
Can't blame Toyota for their investment strategy though.
Posted in: Toyota ends freeze on expansion; looks at three new plants
marcelitoJan. 10, 2015 - 01:09PM JST
Lucky break for the squeezed Japanese household spending. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Posted in: Amari says falling oil prices positive for economy
marcelitoJan. 09, 2015 - 10:51PM JST
@Mike O' Brian - no problems, you can purchase some Fuskushima rice from JA Zen Noh Fukushima, http://www.fs.zennoh.or.jp/
So yes, please do buy a substantial quantity and tell me how it tastes.
I,ll take the bananas any day, thanks & cheers.
Posted in: Fukushima rice passes radiation tests for first time since disaster
marcelitoJan. 08, 2015 - 10:54PM JST
"You mean the rice that is less radioactive than bananas or Brazil nuts, both of which I am sure are readily available all over Japan?"
Yeah right......I,ll take the bananas over Fukushima rice any day.
Are you going to put your money where your keyboard is and start consuming Fukushima rice then?
Please let me know how much of that rice you have purchased will ya, cheers?
marcelitoJan. 08, 2015 - 01:12PM JST
Heda - the tsunami was a direct result of the earthquake, which is also a fact. I,m not claiming anything else.
There is strong evidence power was lost before the tsunami arrived. But no point arguing semantics.
Earthquake + tsunami damage = meltdown = Fukushima rice and other produce is tainted for years to come.
You want to eat it to support the farmers ...go ahead.
I,d prefer farmers be properly compensated by the govt. for lost income and the rice stop being pushed into the marketplace under the guise of some supposed fuzzy "kizuna" concept.
marcelitoJan. 08, 2015 - 09:48AM JST
@heda - If you have done a fair bit of support of evacuees , then I honestly say good on you.
Yet I stand by my statement , as I said it can be argued that the damage was done by the tsunami ( even that is in dispute though since its been reported power damage was done before tsunami arrived ) but the tsunami was caused by the quake in any case. Yes, you are right , the damage could have been prevented if proper plans were in place - yet the fact is, they were not in place and damage was done ( courtesy of Tepco culture of cutting corners).
And the damage was not " minor" - I,m sure the evacuees and most of us living here in North Kanto would dispute that ( including the farmers )
Nigelboy - what's irritating is not my initial comment where I said if the Fusukshima rice is perfectly safe I look forward to the Diet members leading by example and putting it on their daily canteen menus. More irritating are attitudes by certain Japan experts who always take the side of J Government and J inc. no matter what. " How rich " is that?
I look forward to those individuals letting us know how much of the Fukushima rice will they be personally consuming to support the farmers.
marcelitoJan. 08, 2015 - 09:27AM JST
Oh spare us the fake outrage l..., so if theoretically Australia got into a dispute with say Indonesia over some specs of rock to its north and the same question was asked of Japanese public I bet the answers would be similar and a vast majority of Japanese wouldn't want to get involved either.
In the end though , as ossan says how the public feels would not necessarily be reflected in the stance of the Government ( plenty of examples of that here in Japan too ).
Posted in: Australians reject siding with Japan against China in island dispute: survey
marcelitoJan. 07, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
Heda madness -"As was posted earlier (yet strangely removed) Japan is one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world"
I look forward for this line to feature prominently in your next discussion about the safety of N plant restarts.
marcelitoJan. 07, 2015 - 12:48PM JST
Australians reject siding with Japan I island conflict ". - as would the thinking citizens of any other country.
Why should they get involved in a potential conflict created by a few oyajis such as Ishihara his Chinese counterparts for their own political purposes?
I bet if the same survey is done in any other country that is " Japan,s ally "the results will be the same.
As someone said above, this overblown issue needs to be settled by non military means.
@kurisupisu - " after all the billions of yen that Japanese tourists spent in Aus"..
Completely unrelated...take a walk around Ginza these days how much Chinese are spending there. Tourism has nothing to do with this and Australia certainly need not feel obligated. How much did J corporations benefit from Australian natural sources for their production lines? Same line of thinking.
Jan. 30, 2015 - 01:16AM JST
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Jan. 30, 2015 - 01:14AM JST
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Jan. 30, 2015 - 01:08AM JST
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