nigelboy's past comments

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    nigelboy

    Fine, you 'win', The new textbooks are obviously going to be exactly the same as the old ones. It is just a ploy by the publishing industry to make some money. I don't care what the textbooks say, for the record. As I originally stated, if there is confusion or miscommunication the best way to stop the problem is to clarify.

    Monkasho approved textbooks are 'updated' every four years. But by all means use your projection to interpret that as 'revision'.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • 1

    nigelboy

    日本の領土に関する記述を充実させるとともに、新しい教科書検定基準に基づく教科書検定を進めます。

    Good. Where does it say kyoukasho kijyutsu shuusei? It doesn't.

    You are merely projecting your bias with a touch of magical leap to come up with the conclusion that the above is 'textbook revision'.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • 4

    nigelboy

    Given Japan's recent record of quality control I wouldn't be sending them to Japan either.

    This coming from Korea. How rich.

    There is a reason why U.S. selected Japan as a service location for north which not only includes JSDF own fleets but as well as from U.S. fleets in Japan. There is a reason why 38 of the 42 F-35 Japan plans to own are made in Japan. There is reason why Korea has neither of these.

    Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

  • -1

    nigelboy

    70% of Japanese companies will report a loss for 2014,

    You put this a lot in your post and to my understanding, it means 70% of the companies did not have a 'taxable' income which can be misinterpreted comparing to U.S. for instance where there is an system of S corporation. In other words, a company can have a profit for the fiscal year but not have a 'taxable' income due to carryover losses.

    Posted in: Gov't considering 2.5% corporate tax cut from fiscal 2015: Nikkei

  • -1

    nigelboy

    That's utterly moronic. Why didn't he just refrain from standing and let someone else run in his place so that people who wanted to support a candidate with views like his weren't wasting their votes?

    ??? The so-called 'someone else' wouldn't be voted in either. Do you not understand" He placed himself last in the proportional representation list of his own party?"

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Tell me, is Panasonic still in debt? Yes, or No?

    Yes. But your assumption is that the debt funded for the cumulative losses.

    Tell me, how many jobs did Panasonic eliminate in order to balance it's books, nearly 40,000, wasn't it? Tell me, if Panasonic had to reduce headcount (and the resulting payroll) in to help return to profitability, why would they raise wages?

    Because it did in 2014.

    Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages

  • -1

    nigelboy

    No, nigelboy, just because you found some PDF claiming it is clean does not mean it actually is. Unless, of course you have some sort of deep insight the rest of us lack. You might recall Abe-kun and his "we have it under control"-statement. Same goes here, I suspect.

    http://www.toyosusinsijyo-kouji.jp/inquiry/

    The organization that monitors them include consumer groups and the retailers.

    Posted in: New Tokyo fish market expected to open in Toyosu in November 2016

  • -1

    nigelboy

    I'm curious, how does one teach others to foster an attitude to respect traditions, culture and to love the country and region that nurtured them. How does one asses and grade a student's ability in these categories? Would it be through testing, ability to recite by memory various information etc.... What do you do if a child or their parents want to opt-out for say, religious reasons or that they perceive this so-called education to be in contrast to their political views. Do they get booted from school or do they fail or are the students reprimanded or punished for failure to abide by the acts that are presented by the Ministry of Education?

    It's simply one of five 'Objectives of Education' added to the law which includes

    ' to foster an attitude to acquire wide-ranging knowledge and culture, and to seek the truth, cultivate a rich sensibility and sense of morality, while developing a healthy body.'

    ' to develop the abilities of individuals while respecting their value; cultivate their creativity; foster a spirit of autonomy and independence; and foster an attitude to value labor while emphasizing the connections with career and practical life.'

    'to foster an attitude to value justice, responsibility, equality between men and women, mutual respect and cooperation, and actively contribute, in the public spirit, to the building and development of society.'

    'to foster an attitude to respect life, care for nature, and contribute to the protection of the environment.'

    Don't know of any 'political views' that are contrast to this.

    Nigel, you often talk about needing to read original sources, which I believe is partially true. But In order to help develop the international community, perhaps Abe can start here at home and care a little more about the foreigners here who you seem to believe 'could never fully understand Japanese' and provide more detailed information about what he means about 'revising textbooks' and 'installing moral education' (both mention in the link about his policies you provided) and also more about the proposed constitutional reforms his party is pushing.

    Why is there such a need? I may sound rude but have you made any efforts to comprehend the 'actual' debates within Japan about the education system instead of believing word for word like this article states? You stated 'revising textbooks'. Where did you come up with this? Let me guess. From another Western media sources who comes up with this boiler plate BS that's repeated on and on, right? Is it indicated in the latest LDP manifest? Was it even indicated in the 2012 Manifest? If not, ask yourself WHY you keeping repeating this 'revising textbooks' stuff?

    So to sum it up, there is no need for Abe and the government of Japan to engage in a 'straw man' debate with this type of journalism.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -3

    nigelboy

    as the article turbotsat cites calls to mind in 2007 Abes patriotic agenda became a central focus and one of the main reasons for Abe's failure then. Especially his murky ideas about how patriotism should be dealt with in schools was a point of discussion and created some uneasiness.

    And as a result, this was added on to the Basic Act on Education

    "...to foster an attitude to respect our traditions and culture, love the country and region that nurtured them, together with respect for other countries and a desire to contribute to world peace and the development of the international community..."

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • 2

    nigelboy

    So have they cleaned it up already? Probably not, right? But they go ahead and build it anyway?

    Completed in October.

    http://www.toyosusinsijyo-kouji.jp/pdf/end.pdf

    Posted in: New Tokyo fish market expected to open in Toyosu in November 2016

  • -1

    nigelboy

    "経済だけではありません。東日本大震災からの復興も、また教育の再生についても、あるいは外交・安全保障の立て直しも、まだ道半ばであります。"

    That's it? Kyouiku no saisei ni tsuitemo?

    And to continue, where on earth does this translates to "instill patriotrism in schools" when LDP manifesto, under the <教育再生の実行とスポーツの振興を> pg 21 lists NO SUCH THING?

    http://jimin.ncss.nifty.com/pdf/news/policy/126585_1.pdf

    How on earth can you come up with the conclusion that "Could it be because that this is what he stresses most if he talks about education?"

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Does that explain how Abenomics has helped to create the McDonalds' french fries shortage?

    No. But I'm amazed at the lengths people go through to blame this 'shortage' on Abenomics when it's simply a slowdown (half work strike) of dock workers at PNW ports where movement of ocean containers are at snails pace both inbound and outbound.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan rations french fries due to strikes on U.S. West Coast

  • -3

    nigelboy

    In his speech Abe clearly referred to rewriting the constitution and he also mentioned Kyouikusaisei

    Tell me at what point?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjVlQMxxW4Y

    This is getting ridiculous.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Many companies may have seen profits in 2014, but when you subtract the debt many of these companies have accumulated over the last decade, it is obvious that will need several years of strong profits just to break even. You can't pay for increased wages with money you don't have.

    You gave Panasonic as an example but your 'accounting' method is something waay out there.

    Panasonic's long term debt have decreased substantially from 2010 to 2014. One just needs to look at the statement of cash flow to figure out how those operating losses were covered and in Panasonic case, they do have the 'cash' for increased wage proposal.

    Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages

  • -2

    nigelboy

    All of that explains why he wasn't reelected

    That was my post all along. Do keep up.

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

  • -3

    nigelboy

    Right, which was also why his party lost all but 2 seats

    No. It means that the only way for him to get re-elected was for his party to not only gain the most votes in the Tokyo block but to have a margin where ALL them would be voted in. NEVER happened in history of any party.

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

  • -7

    nigelboy

    Yes, because all of western media is tainted and only the Japanese know the real truth.

    Better yet, point out to me where he vows to "instill patriotism in schools" in his Monday speech and the Q&A that followed.

    Bottom line. You can't.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -2

    nigelboy

    Just answer the question. Why did he lose the election?

    Simple. He placed himself last in the proportional representation list of his own party on December 2nd which is in essence, a de facto retirement from politics. Only 17 seats allocated in this voting block in which he is a member of a minor party.

    It was common knowledge among the Japanese public that he was going to retire then but as usual, Western media aren't informed enough to get a clue then.

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

  • -4

    nigelboy

    think anyone who wants to interpret a sentence containing "has also said" as referring to that specific speech is being deliberately stupid. I see nothing wrong with providing context for his remarks.

    interesting enough both of you are using formalities to try to divert from the main discussion about the content of Abe's political agenda.

    Mind boggling excuses. Please read the headline. Please read the first sentence of the article.

    Abe did not mention ANYTHING remotely close to "instill patriotism in schools". If so, please point out to me at which point of the linked video.

    This is simply another 'biased' reporting from Western sources targeted to people who have no comprehension of the Japanese language. Stop with the excuses.

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Don't celebrate Ishihara's loss until he actually lives up to a promise for a change and resigns

    Well smith, he just announced his retirement. But this was de-facto announced on December 2nd when he himself listed his name at the very bottom of the proportional representation list.

    Posted in: DPJ leader Kaieda, Ishihara lose seats; Obuchi re-elected

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