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marcelitoDec. 07, 2013 - 04:01PM JST
Zichi is correct - using arguments about what UK is doing is simply irrelevant to this discussion as those countries have not experienced Fukushima Daiichi kind of accident and do not have N power plants in some of the most seismically active places on Earth as Japan does.
Do you live anywhere near a N power plant Heda? One located in an eathquake prone area where another strong quake is just a matter of time, like a lot of us here do?
No I didn't think so.
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marcelitoDec. 07, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
Just like the secrecy bill. Who in LDP gives any toss about a public opinion?
What were all those numerous public opinion about that time after time showed public,s overwhelming preference for gradually shutting down the N industry ? Obviously LDP holds public opinion in contempt and its corrupted ties to the N industry and its money are just too strong ( not that there was ever any doubt ).
And if some people start making noise about this issue ? The true info about the state of affairs can be hidden under the new dictatorship like secrecy bill and the protesters can be labeled terrorists and a threat to public order and dealt with.
Well done Japan , well done....this one week in politics seems to have pushed this country back decades.
marcelitoDec. 07, 2013 - 09:21AM JST
In the context of what the guy is protesting against this is an eerily telling photo.
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marcelitoDec. 07, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
Andreas you are correct.
Dictators around the world would be proud of the LDP ramming this through the diet.
Public opinion?- irrelevant.
Don't like it and want to protest? As long as you do it quietly and stand where the cops tell you , we,ll issue a token phrase about "carefully considering public opinion " before doing what the heck we want anyway.
Don,t like that and wanna protest louder against govt. policy ? - you are a terrorist and a threat to pulic order, we can just arrest you and put you away.
Democracy and people power in Japan ? - don't be ridiculous.
Posted in: Diet passes controversial secrets law despite protests
marcelitoDec. 06, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
Whats next ? ..you don`t agree with the govt. bill and policies ? - you are a terrorist ( as per Ishida ) , so lets lock you up ...that will teach the opposition.
Posted in: Democracy in action
marcelitoDec. 06, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
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marcelitoDec. 06, 2013 - 08:11AM JST
"The stimulus is loaded with public works spending, " - yep just more LDP payback to their crony and amakudari buddies, with a token handout gesture to the poor. LDP true to the form.
How about stimulating the economy with some real reform instead - where is that third arrow gone?
Posted in: Cabinet OKs Y5.5 trillion stimulus package to offset tax hike effect
marcelitoDec. 06, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
Finally a lawmaker with some passion in J - parliament. Wish there were more.
@T-rexmaxytime - got nothing better than to do than troll this morning?
marcelitoDec. 06, 2013 - 08:03AM JST
And this is Japan that likes to present itself as a shining beacon of democracy in Asia ?
Shame on LDP.
Posted in: Tempers flare in Diet over state secrets bill
marcelitoDec. 05, 2013 - 04:29PM JST
Personally I find Japanese food is great in majority of cases here - both in taste and presentation ( mislabelling and such issues aside ). I,m hardly ever disappointed especially if you splurge a little occasionally and go to a better restaurant. Yep, its pretty awesome and I have nothing against it being recognized - of course so is Chinese, Italian, Thai, Indian....etc. and I,ll be just as glad to see those added to the list too.
Love washoku or not , there is no need to put it down or resort to such and such cuisine is better because..dah dah dah....everyone`s tastebuds are different.
Its food we`re talking about here people - lets just take a deep breath and enjoy it :)
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
marcelitoDec. 05, 2013 - 01:23PM JST
"accusing it of a deliberate “strategy to weaken Qantas in the domestic market”
"accusing it of a deliberate “strategy to weaken Qantas in the domestic market”
Now, thats is what I call ironic - after years and decades undercutting and driving out domestic market rivals ( remember Ansett, Compass etc..) by any means including predatory pricing Qantas is crying poor about a "fair playing field ". Get real....about as hypocrytical as when JAL complains about unfairness.
Qantas can start by cutting the overblown salaries across the company ( I personally know of old guard long haul flight attendants who do bugger all work all on over 100 grand a year..).
Posted in: Qantas to cut 1,000 jobs
marcelitoDec. 04, 2013 - 04:05PM JST
"Effective package " - for the amakudari construction companies effective perhaps....the poor get a laughable 10 000yen one off bonus to "compensate" for the sales tax increase - that will last them for about a week if lucky and the rest of the taxpayers get zilch.
Effective ?....could not think of a less effective word to describe it.
Posted in: Japan preparing Y5.4 trillion economic stimulus package
marcelitoDec. 04, 2013 - 02:26PM JST
There are lots of nice elderly people in Japan and also a number of selfish, inconsiderate tw..s..just as there are in any other country or any other age group.
I generally do my best to be polite to seniors but I can not agree with one of the generalizations above re. the elderly here deserving respect just because they have gone through the post war years which were hard and traumatizing. My own grandparents and a number of other seniors I know spent the war years on the receiving end in occupied Europe and then spent the next half a century under a totalitarian communist regime which I dare say was just as harsh and likely a lot harsher environment then the decades in post war Japan. I can not imagine any of them "putting their bags on an empty seat to save it for a friend on a crowded train / bus whilst there is a pregnant woman standing right in front of them ". Such behaviour is nothing but totally selfish and inconsiderate and a person should be called on it whether they are a senior or not.
So while i do think that the elderly should be generally respected - if their behaviour is blatantly selfish, rude or inconsiderate to their surroundings ( such as the lady on the train inthe article ) I,m sorry but they give up the right to any automatic respect due to their age.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
marcelitoDec. 04, 2013 - 01:35PM JST
Love Japanese food - one of the best things about living here, no doubt...
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marcelitoDec. 03, 2013 - 10:36PM JST
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marcelitoDec. 02, 2013 - 04:11PM JST
>Why did I have a feeling Otaku was going to be on the list. Girls don't understand the fun and awesome behind Anime Culture -
Hey, I,m a guy and I don`t understand it either :)
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marcelitoDec. 02, 2013 - 03:16PM JST
“noisy protests against the government decision are tantamount to terrorism.” -
LDP`s idea of democracy...Anyone surprised?
Posted in: Ishiba under fire for comparing state secret bill protesters to terrorists
marcelitoDec. 02, 2013 - 11:31AM JST
Yep , and a great step towards a lot of dough to be made by "anti social forces " and brown envelopes for politicians.
Christmas has come early!
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marcelitoNov. 30, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
Homeland - surely you are jesting :-)
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marcelitoNov. 30, 2013 - 09:12AM JST
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Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:24PM JST
This is hilarious why talk about your future? We all will fall into this very same…
Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:23PM JST
The era of peace and love it AIN'T!!! Watching all this crime in Japan now makes…
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Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:18PM JST
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Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:14PM JST
i don't think this works. during cold war, usa y ussr both know they are strong,…
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