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nandakandamandaJan. 27, 2015 - 06:25PM JST
The Asahi Shimbun was admired throughout the world for having the courage to print these stories, regardless of whether every word was true to the letter, and Japan was admired for their freedom of the press.
The world was horrified when on May 3rd 1988 some right-wingers carrying guns went into the offices of the Asahi Hanshin Bureau and caused death and injury over such freedom of opinion.
The repeated actions of these right-wingers brings shame upon Japan, in the eyes of the world.
See: Tomohiro Kojiri
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
nandakandamandaJan. 27, 2015 - 05:00PM JST
Offset against Toyota's massive opening up of their patents?
One way or another someone wants to get this new technology rolling.
Posted in: Toyota to increase Mirai production
nandakandamandaJan. 24, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
IS do not understand the Asian importance of face. What they have done, if they kill these hostages, is to embarrass Japan in the eyes of the world.
Japan will never forgive this, and what will remain rooted in their hearts is 恨み Urami, as the Kanji shows.
Posted in: Japan vows not to give up on hostages until very end
nandakandamandaJan. 24, 2015 - 11:24AM JST
You pay to get them off your backs and onto some other lot. Two lives maybe spared in the process. In the meantime you have fed the troll and it grows bigger and more nasty.
nandakandamandaJan. 24, 2015 - 11:21AM JST
Wolfpack, what you say is generally on target, but in Yemen the Iran-backed Shia Houtis have just overrun the government.
(The Sunni tribes and al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen are completely different factions.)
Posted in: U.S.-led coalition hits Islamic State with 25 air strikes
nandakandamandaJan. 24, 2015 - 11:12AM JST
UAE were scintillating in the first half. Japan savaged them in the second, with volley after volley at the UAE goal. Shot after shot after shot, but they all went wide until you just had to laugh. What a joke!
UAE's legs were by then long gone, and knowing they were never going to win in this match, they sensibly went for the shootout gamble.
The result wasn't a mistake by Kagawa or by Honda, it was a series of miss shots by the whole damn team, and that includes the goalie Kawashima who just stood there in the shootout like a scared crow.
Posted in: UAE eliminates Japan from Asian Cup in penalty shootout; Iraq beats Iran
nandakandamandaJan. 24, 2015 - 10:56AM JST
Another countdown? Like, no more Mr nice guy? So they were lying the first time?
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 11:42PM JST
If the Iraqi govt needs millions of dollars of new weapons, perhaps they should go back and get the ones they gave away to IS themselves...
Posted in: Iraq coalition tensions emerge in Islamic State fight
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 01:37PM JST
Agreed. How anyone can operate there is beyond me.
Take the rumors/rumours for a start. Often the absolute opposite of reality becomes almost instantly equally true to people. I am guessing that mistaken air-drop over Kobane where at least one parachute fell behind IS lines was the beginning of the one above about the US supplying food and weapons to Daesh. :headbang:
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
If a fan was used you'd expect the screen to be moving. If there were two lights, then you would expect there to be two shadows on each guy. The idea of photoshopping two separate shots does seems likely, though.
One thing is for sure; we do not see their legs or feet, so we do not know what surface they are standing on.
Posted in: Hostage video: Was it really done outside?
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 01:10PM JST
Some kind of Chinese Hollywood outfit?
Posted in: Japan's national costume?
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
Perhaps some of IS's more liberal and open-minded members read Al Jazeera.
This is on today's front page:
Posted in: Japan awaits news of hostages as deadline passes
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 12:11PM JST
My J wife took one look at Goto's mother on TV this morning and muttered that they should not be showing her like this.
nandakandamandaJan. 23, 2015 - 12:07PM JST
IS have backed themselves into a corner where their credibility is also on the line. They have made the threat in public, and the trap is set.
Actually IS could release these two and triumphantly say that Japan has paid, even if they haven't. Or even say nothing at all, as par for the course. No-one would know who to believe and Japan with its track record would continue to be under suspicion in the world community. Nothing new.
Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts
nandakandamandaJan. 22, 2015 - 04:08PM JST
IS will continue to take, forcibly, until it meets an equal and opposite reaction. Somebody standing up against them? This has to be a good thing. Go Kurds!
Posted in: Kurdish forces cut key road in north Iraq drive
nandakandamandaJan. 22, 2015 - 03:57PM JST
IS is the most damaging and most outrageously visible threat perhaps, but Boko Haram as Yubaru says, al Qaeda, various Taliban groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Jemaah Islamiah, etc, etc., hundreds of Islamic terror groups around the world are all embarrassing to innocent non-radical Muslims.
Posted in: IS tells NHK it doesn't really need money; video authenticity questioned
nandakandamandaJan. 22, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
Seem a lot of people enjoy seeing the feminists getting stuffed.
Posted in: Topless page 3 returns to Britain's The Sun
nandakandamandaJan. 22, 2015 - 11:39AM JST
Yes, psychopathic, even.
Boko Haram have copied them well, with their weapons plundering, hostage taking and cross-borders' reign of terror.
Posted in: Japanese reporter's bid to save friend led to IS abduction
nandakandamandaJan. 22, 2015 - 11:00AM JST
KCJapan, yes, but more than just desert pirates parading as prophets, many are religious zealots, actually having waking visions of what they have gleaned from the scriptures, and what their handlers whip them up to believe.
Fine for them, but not so fine for anyone who has to live in proximity to them.
Just my guess, but this is probably why Turkey has made a deal not to interfere with them, and maybe recognize them one day, in exchange for the return of those Turkish truck driver hostages. Perhaps Japan will make some kind of similar promise of recognition to them.
nandakandamandaJan. 21, 2015 - 08:30PM JST
Frungy quote: "If Abe just agrees to back down from his 200 million pledge to fight IS..." Sigh, Frungy, you know it wasn't money for fighting IS.
"If he agrees to back down from his promise of humanitarian aid for people displaced by IS..." , then we might be talking.
Jan. 29, 2015 - 03:02AM JST
I'm just wondering why the United Arab Emirates team is competing in the Asian Cup? Isn't…
Posted in: Australia beats UAE 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final
Jan. 29, 2015 - 02:39AM JST
Even if he doesn't get to 3,000 hits, I have to think he gets in the…
Posted in: Marlins announce 1-year deal with Ichiro
Jan. 29, 2015 - 02:37AM JST
I'd like to say that they should eliminate all sports that have their own successful professional…
Posted in: Organizations for karate, squash, snooker and 10 pin bowling are lobbying for their inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Which of these, if any, would you like to see included, and which current Olympic sports would you like to see dropped?
Jan. 29, 2015 - 02:34AM JST
Unrepentant types in Japan have been waiting 20 years for a prime minister to say something…
Posted in: S Korea, China warn Japan not to backtrack on wartime apology
Jan. 29, 2015 - 02:29AM JST
"Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military might that were a…
Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'