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nec123aMay. 20, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
No I hold a firm belief that the systematic rape and forced sexual slavery of anyone is deeply non-humanist behaviour. Attempting to justify these known actions of the Japanese government and military marks Hashimoto as a person not deserving of respect or my consideration. I certainly hope that Hashimoto is one day able to progress in his own humanity and understand why his stance is so appalling and both logically and emotionally indefensible.
Posted in: Do you agree with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's comments on comfort women?
nec123aMay. 20, 2013 - 09:02AM JST
I'd be willing to support Abe on this... just as soon as japan commits to arresting the (largely) mothers of abducted foreign children and immediately returning the children to the countries they were abducted on - otherwise, if I were a (say...) US politician, I'd consider any international political help in this matter to be tied to abduction issues in general.
I think japan needs to realise that being a glaring hypocrite on abduction won't encourage any sympathy towards Japan.
Posted in: Abe vows to seek talks with N Korea over abduction issue
nec123aMay. 17, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
"Lacked sensitivity" .... do you think?
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
nec123aApr. 17, 2013 - 11:40AM JST
She is an amazing woman - a true global symbol of defiance and the fight for democracy.
Posted in: Courtesy call
nec123aJul. 26, 2012 - 11:27AM JST
2 consenting adults - one single, have sex. Sorry, what again is the issue? Why does anyone even remotely care about this?
Posted in: 'Twilight' star, 'Snow White' director say sorry for fling
nec123aJul. 26, 2012 - 08:42AM JST
I heard that other ministers held him down until he said he'd do it......
Posted in: Education minister announces creation of anti-bullying task force
nec123aJul. 25, 2012 - 09:50AM JST
... death by guns in Canada are comparatively low it should have read....
Posted in: Gun culture thrives in U.S. despite cinema massacre
nec123aJul. 25, 2012 - 09:49AM JST
At the end of the day it is the US that needs to address their issue about guns in society for themselves. NZ actually has incredibly lax gun laws and we have a huge amount of guns out there(although pistols require enormous efforts to obtain: special licence, affordability, police vetting etc) yet our gun deaths are largely caused by the state (i.e Police shootings). As I understand it (I haven't checked) in Canada guns are fairly available as well and the deaths by guns So, it cannot be 'just guns' that has led to the huge amount of shootings in the US - doubtless there are many other factors as well.
if you check the wiki stats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofcountriesbyfirearm-relateddeathrate you'll see that the US features at 10th
Also, with the number of guns in circulation - how will this now be curtailed? That is quite a thorny policy question. Whatever the solution is - it is an issue that the US must solve for themselves
nec123aJul. 20, 2012 - 07:28AM JST
I had permanent resident status in Japan some years ago.... but it turns out that "permanent" doesn't actually mean that. In most countries PR status entitles one to stop needing re-entry visas... not the case here in japan (far too logical.....).
When we return I don't know If I'll even both trying to get PR the taxes alone make it more of a cost than a benefit.
Posted in: Cool Japan? With new resident system for foreigners, 'Cold Japan' fits better
nec123aJul. 20, 2012 - 06:56AM JST
She acted against her strongest biological need to protect and perpetuate her genes. That act is clearly irrational - unless you accept "evil" as a possibility (but your writing is far too logical and lucid for that). I understand that mental disorders are not well dealt with in many countries, including Japan. Nevertheless, this is the heart of the issue isn't it - not horror of the action.
Posted in: Mother suspected in murder of 1-month-old baby boy
nec123aJul. 20, 2012 - 05:07AM JST
ahhhh cue the blood-thirsty, revenge-rabble so prevalent on these pages. The women was clearly mentally unhinged - better to ask why this wasn't spotted by her doctors, nurses and midwives who should still be intimately involved with her post-natal. A sad story for sure - as for the horrified indignation... the less said the better.
nec123aJul. 19, 2012 - 08:22AM JST
@jessebayboy, No - that is not correct. Making music by it's very definition is a creative process. Which is what the question asked. You have confused "creativity" with "things that I like". A common enough mistake. Most people listen to music or maybe play a little guitar or something like that. Yet, they invest huge amounts of emotional capital into the artform. Only a handful of us study Music, work as musicians and/or teachers of the subject.
I constantly remind my music students that just as when I teach them Mathematics there is a wealth of knowledge about Music which requires study and practice outside of personal taste and listening experience (massively important aspects, but only a fraction of the Artform).
Posted in: Which decade do you think was the most creative musically?
nec123aJul. 17, 2012 - 04:17AM JST
There is more music being created now than at any other point in history - the 2000s (whether you like the music or not) is technically the correct answer.
nec123aJul. 16, 2012 - 06:47AM JST
Great to see that the Japanese Supreme Court is finally beginning to move to a more civilized and human position on state sanctioned murder. (Cue the rabid revenge-mongers punching the "dislike" button)
Posted in: Supreme Court rejects calls for death penalty for murderer
nec123aJul. 02, 2012 - 01:51PM JST
wow! 25% of you don't believe that the world is getting warmer....? The issue isn't that there is climate change - it is the extent of man's impact on that change. That, like any scientific model, is subject to refinement, testing and falsification. Simple 'facts' like: "average warming over a period of time"( once established through peer review) are only denied by the lunatic fringe (religious types, creationists, fundamentalist... assorted crazies).
Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction?
nec123aJun. 22, 2012 - 10:01AM JST
@wipeout - your points are devastating to tmarie's argument.
Posted in: American father wins custody of child after divorce from Japanese woman
nec123aJun. 21, 2012 - 01:56PM JST
No one cares about NFL outside the US - so a fairly good chance for Adidas I'd say
Posted in: Nike, Adidas lead suppliers' battle for gold
nec123aJun. 20, 2012 - 05:47AM JST
This case is a great and wonderful victory for parents fighting the obscene family courts of Japan. So sad that this would never had occurred had the myopic and racist Japanese courts/government been left to find justice by themselves.
nec123aJun. 18, 2012 - 02:04PM JST
why? He was an adult responsible for his own actions.... An apology frm his parents is just meaningless
Posted in: Parents of ex-Aum fugitive Naoko Kikuchi apologize
nec123aJun. 03, 2012 - 06:43AM JST
Well put Cowboy Ted - the modern world is big enough to contain all lifestyles and the thought that ancint ideas on family are all the we can hope for are illogical and restraining.
Posted in: Ex-lover arrested over death of kindergarten teacher in Gifu
May. 22, 2013 - 07:23PM JST
Dum and Dummer, a soon to be announced party of two.
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
May. 22, 2013 - 07:20PM JST
Peter Payne: "A bigger issue is, how the world can hypnotize themselves into thinking only Japanese…
May. 22, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
And, the BS at the end stating they want to protect Japanese women from abusive…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 22, 2013 - 07:16PM JST
Silly question. They give a few examples of kids w/very special talents/iqs. It is really up…
Posted in: Should we let wunderkinds drop out of high school?
May. 22, 2013 - 07:15PM JST
wareware, why did you use quotation marks around the word safety?
Posted in: Road traffic laws in Europe and the United States are simple, whereas in Japan pedestrians are always exposed to the risks of bicycles bumping into them from all directions...It is time for us to go back to the original point of the road traffic law, where bicycles and cars share the road.