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ospreyjpAug. 19, 2012 - 10:33AM JST
The Japanophile/apologists are out in full force this morning finding righteous fault with every comment in a new article that is intended to be humorous. I think the author did a nice job of putting into words the kind of experience that almost all of us have over here. Sure the questions might vary a little and certainly the amount you are spoken to in English versus Japanese varies according whether you are living in Tokyo or Yamaguchi.
I find funny the self-evident questions that I receive. Such as, "can you eat raw fish?" while I am sitting in front of 6 or 7 empty plates at the Keitenzushi and actively stuffing a piece of hamachi into my mouth. Ditto that question for chopsticks. Or the awkward or strange questions about whether or not you like Japan or if you like Japanese ladies. I mean what do they expect you to say, "well, actually I don't like Japan very much, but I had some student loans to pay off and this seemed like a pretty decent option" (for the record, I do like Japan:). Or, "as a matter of fact, I like Japanese women a lot" (then give lecherous smile). Lastly, the ever present "what is your hobby?" question is annoying in that you find yourself forced to give one thing that you are interested in above all others. Heck, a lot of us don't even have hobbies in the true sense of the word. I mean think of a "hobby shop" back home and what comes to mind? Model airplanes, remote controlled cars, macrame, painted figurines...
That said, I like Japan and its quirkiness. Thankfully, once you get to know individuals here, they stop asking the silly repetitive questions and start having more genuine conversations. That is until they introduce you to one of their friends and the cycle repeats....
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ospreyjpSep. 03, 2010 - 03:55PM JST
Almost every movie that Jerry Bruckheimer has ever made. You can almost feel IQ points dropping while watching them, so that by the time you leave the theater you are unable to remember how to do basic arithmetic. I really hate his bloated brand of Hollywood movie...
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ospreyjpSep. 01, 2010 - 12:52PM JST
Where's the weenie in this story? I thought to myself, "okay, I'll bite... there must be something more to this story than the headline leads on... I'll read it and find out". I think I am going to stop reading this supposed news site as it is now including random bits of nothingness. Come on, these are just some juvenile delinquents shop lifting. In a country the size of Japan, this is news? I know Japan is supposed to be so crime free and all, but give me a break. Check the police blotters again and find us something a bit more noteworthy than some teenagers shoplifting. See you Japan Today!!
Posted in: 8 youths arrested for stealing cigarettes
ospreyjpAug. 16, 2010 - 07:06PM JST
ospreyip. The article doesn't say either way. How do you know they are not?
My point is this. For a decade now we have been fighting in Afghanistan, and by proxy that means NWFP Pakistan. Much of that fight without much forward movement towards peace. Add to that the fact that our border bombings have cost considerable civilian lives, and given rise to even greater anti-western sentiment in the tribal regions and you have a serious problem.
This flood is the greatest tragedy for the region in memory. As I wrote before, my contacts there are seeing this as the wrath of God for the situation in their region.
What better opportunity to do some honest good, while helping to win the hearts and minds of the tribal region's people? This is in many ways the time for us to shine as friends to the people of the region and to help them find peace. That is why it is so critical that we deliver aid and help the people. Doing so may do more for peace in the region than another five years of armed conflict.
We should act now out of compassion and out of a will to help turn this tragic event into something that can help forward peace in the region.
I have lived and worked with Afghans in Afghanistan for the past year. Many of my students either have lived or have relatives in the Peshawar region. I have spoken with them at length about the floods and have asked them what relief they have heard about coming from Islamic countries, the answer... none.
I think you are mistaken to think that the USA hasn't been doing a lot to help rebuild this country. The USA provides a lot of money and resources (human and capital) to both countries. I work with people who are helping build clinics and schools here in Afghanistan. I personally have been in charge of administering a significant budget to build and maintain a language school paid for by the DoD. The non-Taliban folks that I work with every day want the USA to be here until they have security. They are scared of what will happen if the USA and other NATO countries cut and run leaving them to face a dangerously violent situation.
Again, I assert, where are the Islamic countries and why are they not providing aid? I hope I can be proven wrong since the residents of NW Pakistan (heavily Pashtun like Afghanistan) need all the help they can get.
Posted in: Pakistan flood survivors protest slow aid
ospreyjpAug. 16, 2010 - 11:02AM JST
As mentioned, the Soviets were influenced to invade Japan sooner rather than later precisely because the USA used the bomb on Japan. The Soviet Union wanted to make sure they got what was promised to them at Potsdam and hoped they could get more like the rest of the Korean peninsula and Hokkaido. For this reason, the use of the Atomic bomb most certainly did speed the end of the war by showing Stalin that he needed to enter the war and crushing any deluded hopes the Japanese military powers still had of being able to hold onto mainland possessions.
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ospreyjpAug. 16, 2010 - 10:50AM JST
Where are the Muslim countries with this? Why are we not seeing wealthy Gulf states like the UAE and Saudi Arabia stepping up to the plate to help. The United States is flying missions around the clock now using the Marines to deliver much needed aid. The rich Gulf states are quick to fund building a new Madrasa but not so fast to help save the poor from this catastrophe. Shame on those countries...
ospreyjpNov. 06, 2009 - 01:33PM JST
I think you are right Joe Biggs and that would eliminate many if not most Christians from the military as well.
Yet another tragedy that we can attribute to the whole failure of the previous adminstation to properly execute the war in Afganistan because they diverted resources to a fake and failed war in Iraq. More collateral damage as you military types loved to say about Shock and Awe.
Jeez, can't some of you take a day off from figuring out ways to link anything that happens, no matter how disconnected, to bashing the USA. It's like some of you are trying to channel Oliver Stone. 12 of my fellow service members lost their lives this afternoon because a nut case killed them.
Posted in: Army psychiatrist kills 12, wounds 31 in shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas
ospreyjpNov. 06, 2009 - 01:03PM JST
This guy got a free ride from the military through undergrad and medical school to the tune of just under $500,000 and shows his appreciation by killing 12 of his fellow soldiers.
My heart goes out to the families who were already worried as their loved ones prepared to go downrange to serve their country in a war zone, only to be killed by this crackpot.
ospreyjpNov. 06, 2009 - 12:47PM JST
Fox news is also now reporting it. It still is a rapidly developing story though, so you never know. I hope he is alive so they can get to the bottom of this. They'll know what to do with him at Leavenworth. They'll bring out Mcveigh's old gurney for him to get strapped into.
ospreyjpNov. 06, 2009 - 12:34PM JST
Tune in to the news. He is alive and in stable condition.
ospreyjpNov. 06, 2009 - 12:06PM JST
Some of the posts on this topic have been terribly insensitive. I am at a military installation right now just down the road from Ft. Hood and will be deploying to Afghanistan in just less than two weeks. I have friends at Ft. Hood and I hardly think that such a tragic event should invite a bunch of callous grandstanding. Politics aside many families are suffering by the actions of one individual who, incidentally, did not die according to the latest reports.
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