nigelboy's past comments

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    nigelboy

    Well, we know YOU can't, but the team and the Japanese association that allowed it in general can and should be. The youth may not know that the flag in question causes negative sentiment, but the staff with them most certainly do, and they made the choice to wear them despite knowing that -- so it's on them, not the South Koreans who are offended. You may not like it, but that's the way it is. Period.

    Smith

    Like others have alluded, Japan cannot simply keep up with the "hate trend SK style" so your assumption of "them" "knowing that" is simply your overestimation of Korea and nothing more. Like virgo stated, the image can be found in the symbol of Unification Church and Korean's favorite "Asahi Shinbun". It's a big joke on the Koreans and the more they cry, more people in Japan are coming to a conclusion that they may not be sane.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    nigelboy

    Agreed, but it was still a pretty dumb choice to use it, and they absolutely HAD to know it would cause this kind of problem.

    Sorry smith. But I simply cannot blame the Japan Hockey Association to be in tune with Korea's propensity to create another anti Japan issue which in this case started just 3 years ago. The existence of the symbol of JHA originated MUCH, MUCH longer than this recent Korean hwabyung.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    nigelboy

    What's left out in the clueless western media (or simply they don't have a clue hence this article) is that Abe's position is that his door is always open for dialogue while instructing his personnel that he will not entertain ANY prerequisites which in Pak case would be to address the comfort women issue and for Xi, it would be to admit the Senkaku as a dispute. In case of Pak, she vowed not to meet Abe unless her request was met. Sorry Ms. Takagi. It ain't happening.

    Posted in: Abe seeks summit with S Korea's Park

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    nigelboy

    Sorry, but American cars are not sold in Japan by American dealers. They are sold by Japanese sellers, who like other retailers in Japan, set minimum prices for their goods (a practice called price-fixing). Business in Japan is based mainly upon "relationships". If I am a seller of American cars

    Lol. Let me get this straight. Are you basically implying that every single Japanese dealer outfits who also sells other foreign brands are conspiring against just American cars, exclusively?? Just for the sake of argument that your off the wall theory is true, why not just set up your own dealership like I addressed above?

    How about other imported goods? Did the prices of fruits, vegetables, or meat drop in prices as the yen strengthened? No, no, and no. The only store in Japan which dropped prices as the yen strengthened was the American retailer Costco. The prices of every single item sold at Costco, even food items at the snack bar, went down in price as the yen got stronger.

    Yes, yes yes. When it went to the highest, they even had a special sales event. Google 円高還元セール

    As for 'perishables' those items are more susceptible to crop, weather, and harvest conditions so their prices are volatile foreign and domestic.

    I own a trading company based in Japan, and I have done a lot of business here over the years. I know a little bit more a out how things work here than say an eikaiwa teacher. As an exporter, I face almost no hurdles in doing business, but as an importer, it is not worth the trouble, I gave up trying.

    And how am I suppose to react with the above? What is a polite way to state "you are full xxxx"??

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    As mentioned in a related article, Japan has already concluded EPA with 8 out of 11 TPP participants. There is no hurry.

    What we have on the other fence is a President who has no fast track power (this is why he is powerless) so whatever 'agreement' that Froman and Amari can come to can quickly be rejected by the Congress. Therefore, it's akin to negotiating with a lower management personnel with no decison making power.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    Tragic that Deniers like Nigel try to spin and twist every truth regarding J topics.

    Spin? No. I clearly countered the BS. I'm still waiting for a response. Why don't you enlighten me with this so-called non tarriff barrier?

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    I admire the voter turnout. This is an ideal example of democracy.

    Posted in: Early results favor 'No' side in Scotland independence referendum

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    nigelboy

    Sangetsu with his repeated BS which was countered previously.

    In regards to the alleged "individual inspection"'

    https://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000997128.pdf

    As indicated in the above link all cars go through the same procedure under (型式指定制度)except for some IMPORTED cars, there is a "Preferential Handling Procedure" for models that are low volume where they are exempt from the aforementioned procedure. This isn't a non tariff barrier. This is PREFERENTIAL that Japanese government implemented to satisfy U.S. automakers whining.

    Next, there are a limited number of car distributors in Japan, all of whom have close relationships to Japanese car companies.

    Uhhhm?. No $hit Sherlock. They decided to directly be involved with the sales to ultimate consumer. For Americans, this simple concept appears to be completely foreign for they cannot fathom the idea that an auto manufacturer can bypass the individual/private dealerships to sell their cars to the public.

    This difference in the exchange rate should have resulted in foreign cars costing 40% less in Japan. But the price of foreign cars did not decrease by one single yen.

    The arrogance of these American automakers believing that their cars are "premium" so they wouldn't stoop to currency fluctuation.

    These NTB echoed by American automakers are simply nothing more than whining.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    Is Froman yapping on behalf of the powerless Obama, again?

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    Darn! You have figured out the grand conspiracy behind the sign, nigelboy! Better write it up on 2-channel! And don't forget to mention that ever-pesky Japanese man in Hokkaido! haha.

    Smith. What is with you, the activist, and his followers fascination with 2-channel?

    Let's face it. Foreign 'tourists' aren't going to be offended by this. If 'Foreigners' in Japan still can't able to figure out the reality of 'Japanese English' and it's harmless intent but rather assumes that it's meant to be offensive, let them continue to keep whining.

    Posted in: Step in

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    nigelboy

    I didn't say it wasn't. If I wanted a sign, a menu or anything similar written in Japanese, I'd have it checked by a native speaker of that language. Where did I state otherwise?

    It's harmless. It's funny. The only people that will EVER have issues with this are types that follow a certain activist who use to reside in the Northern part of Japan.

    Better yet, perhaps the manager did in fact ask the native English speaker to translate but the said individual decided to translate in an awkward way so that the aforementioned 'follower' gets offended so they don't enter the store.

    Who knows? Who cares?!!

    Posted in: Step in

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    nigelboy

    Please accept the fact that I have genuine concern and vested interest about the future of Japan's finances and children. I appreciate you and Tinawatanabe explaining your views and will read for myself more about the mercury in Southern Minke whales and what Japanese government does to test meat given to children, but please, nigelboy, remember you 'catch more flies with honey'

    If you are concerned with the finances of Japan, you should be advocating the lifting of the moratorium whereby the private entity alone are at risk operating the whaling industry without government hand outs.

    Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting

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    nigelboy

    Since it doesn't state if he was convicted of murder or manslaughter, your point is moot.

    Since murder conviction carries a minimum of five years, turbotsat's comment is worth more than your response which us definitely "moot".

    Posted in: Man who beat mother to death in 2008 arrested for beating father to death

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    nigelboy

    Jimizo and Zorken

    Google "変な日本語 海外" and click on images.

    Listen folks. This is universal. Also, I've witnessed bad, inappropriate, out of line, and off the wall Japanese language displayed by long time foreign expats (including those in this site) which I find more offensive than this sign.

    Posted in: Step in

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    nigelboy

    It's quite possible I'm missing a story (and if I am then I apologise) - but I'm not really sure what you are talking about.

    To be more specific, it' the "review" that lead to the Kono Statement.

    http://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000042171.pdf

    Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories

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    nigelboy

    Asahi's top management throughout the years were under the impression that their readers would simply swallow what they spew up without fear of repercussion. They falsely assumed that Abe will not form a panel to review the Kono Statement. They falsely assumed that the records of nuclear disaster management would not be released. On the flip side, they urged for 'transparency' in regards to the government and vehemently opposed to the 'secrecy' law. And now, the very thing that they opposed for bites them in the a$$.

    Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories

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    nigelboy

    And its the ROC that protested at the earliest points in history on the legitimacy and sovereign rights of those islands.

    No they didn't. The archives at FRUS indicated that they had no interest in Senkaku.

    Posted in: Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

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    nigelboy

    Again, since I actually do not have an opinion about whaling, but I am very curious because of these reasons about why the government and a large number of Japanese people are so adamant at preserving it. If your reason is culture, please explain to me how culture is more important than these three reasons.

    This is what I find strange about the opinions of those who claim to "not have an opinion about whaling" when they don't even bother looking at the various inventory statistics indicated in the Fishery Agency's site.

    First of all, most marine food sources are stored in freezers, initially. The list and the amount can be found on this link.

    http://www.market.jafic.or.jp/suisan/

    What I find is that there is a constant movement of products each month with inventory fluctuating as low as 2310 tons in September of 2013 and as high as 4318 in January of 2013. Under "品目別月間出庫量, we see a high of 661 tons sold in July of 2013 to as low as 365 tons in November of 2013. Hence, I do not see any unusual numbers to lead me to believe that whale meats are "low demand" compared to other marine products.

    Second, whaling is not a "top priority of the government" for it is just one of many issues that the Fishery Agency deals with. But speaking of "use of tax money" I find it laughable that a non-lethal research conducted by joint NZ-Australia failed to collect a SINGLE biopsy sample of the most abundant species out there in Minke Whale for that in of itself demonstrated that such methods will never come close to the biological data gained through lethal methods. But being openly anti-whaling nations that they are, it's a de facto 'success' by them for since they were not able to gather such data, they will NEVER come up with the population number and age dynamics in order to lift the moratorium. Yes. They succeeded in keeping the status quo by using this method.

    Speaking of levels of mercury, the Southern Minke whales contain very little. But I sincerely doubt the so-called people who "do not have an opinion of whaling" would advocate consumption of such species instead of the more toxic whales harvested locally. Am I wrong?

    Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting

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    nigelboy

    any state seeking to kill whales for research must show why non-lethal methods were not an option.

    Because your (as in joint 2010 NZ and Australia) multi million dollar non lethal "research" FAILED to collect a SINGLE biopsy sample of the most abundant whale species in Minke whale.

    Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting

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    nigelboy

    The other pastes I posted show active involvement by uniformed military in transporting the girls from Japan to destination and in maintaining control over the girls at the destination. A system was in place. The girls expected household employment at destination and were forced into and kept in a state of forced prostitution.

    Yes. When the regulated system is overseas, that's what happens. Military regulates the transport, safety, health, working hours, and prices. These are well documented in AWF archives. Not only that,

    -Issuing passports to comfort women, verifying their age. -Order for weekly medical examination by military doctors to check for VD with hundreds of reports summarizing the results. -Order to carefully screen the operators for some are recruiting underage girls under false pretenses. -Supply orders for "condomns" because the local area did not have them. -Setting up price and working hours -Warnings not to use brothels set up by locals for it appears that they are growing in spurts due to presence of IJA soldiers and therefore, hasn't complied with the regulations (VD screening, age, how they were recruited, etc.) -Warning to soldiers to pay the prepaid ticket before the actual service for it was reported by operators that some have skipped paying. -Reports of fighting among IJA soldiers because of their affection towards a particlar comfort woman. -Advisement to the soldier to pay for the property damage incurred at the brothel to the operator.

    And of course, there are documents/reports issued by Allieds when IJA surrendered which includes shocking documents. For instance,

    Rabaul

    -Women between ages 20~25, the fee is 2.5 yen which includes condomns. The drinks are quite expensive. -Operation hours between 8 am~6pm. However, certain upper class military can stay overnight at a price. -Women can refuse service if the customer does not use condom.

    Burma

    -According the Korean operator there, his restaurant business wasn't doing to well so he decided to operate the comfort station. -He recruited women from ages 19 to 31 paying in advance from 300 yen~1000 yen per woman. -In his operation, his women earned between 300 yen~1,500 yen a month of which a minimum of 150 yen per month was collected by the operator from each women.

    Seriously turbotsat.

    Would you rather have an unregulated military brothels run by the locals where the customers (occupied military forces) are only involved in the consumption?

    Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports

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