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praackMar. 30, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
it is clearly stupid when you do not understand that the enemy is one of religion and not of country boundaries that were set during colonial rules.
when reporters are out they here from the troops how they will smash the opposing Sunni's or the opposing Shia's - none of this garbage about fighting Iraq, Syria or any other country.
to them it is a religious war, so when IS rolled into an area that was controlled by people of the same religion- well the main troops melted away leaving the material- or joining forces (do you really think someone picks up driving an Abrams using a a YouTube video?)
the US is acting just like a colonial power, while the countries surrounding IS are clearly staying out of the conflict- as it depends on the religion if they contribute to the cause or not - Islam is made up of more than one branch to us infidels you know.....
Posted in: Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy
praackMar. 30, 2015 - 12:34PM JST
tinawatanabe has some valid points, since the war Japan has remained a scapegoat to the US for many trade reasons- i remember the infamous Steel embargo to try to keep out "Cheap:" Japanese steel. it was actually made much better than ours and came wrapped.
now the push is to have japan remove safety]'s for rice - so that the US can trash the Japanese rice farmers with cheap US rice
the F2 fighter is another sore point- the US wanted to ensure the Japanese would help with funding and buying the first ones (the most expensive ones that pay off research costs) so the F2 (Japan's ) could not go forward- enough pressure was put on Japan that they stopped development in the 1980's.
the demonization of Japan by the US during the pacific war was so vast that it is easy to use it for political means - so i expect when Abe goes there will be a list of politicians bowing to veterans groups and not showing - the same veteran's groups who would meet their enemy now in peace if they had the chance.
Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 09:03PM JST
vin diesel is only 47, michelle rodriguez is only 36, Jason Statham is only 47
nope not that old at all pal,.....
Posted in: After actor's death, 'Furious 7' director drives film to finish
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
i fear the future: where dinosuars like us will have to turn on flashing lights, and sensors warning others if we are driving - staying in certain lanes where we are controlled at safe speeds below 30mph.
while numbnuts who cannot be bothered and want to watch the latest youtube highlights zip by unable to stop when the software hiccups
Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars
praackMar. 29, 2015 - 01:17AM JST
oh freaking god, what am i ? i work all day in a research plant making things that make people better, i take photo's, can make and fix computers but yeah i love anime and people look at me strange because in their eyes Ghost in the Shell or Knights of Sidonia is the same as Micky Mouse
No you won't see me at a conference like this - but that is something for the younger set- leave them be - they are having fun and have an escape outlet that is not hanging out on a street-corner mugging people
Posted in: World's first 'otaku' summit opens in Japan
praackMar. 25, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
scipantheist - no not five, but the actions that reflect a country that does not go to war, and a country that is -even today- light years from becoming a partner in war.
The Pacific war ended up with the death of almost a full generation, the dismantling of an Empire, the redefinition of a people by a foreign government.
If there is one thing the Japanese learned was Peace, anything dealing with war is problematic- if these companies were US based they would have less than 10% in items not war based much like Northrup Grumman maintaining MedDRA for the Pharmaceuticals Industry.
this is a country that pursues peace and if it was not for the expansionism of it's neighbors and remaining obligation to the US would have declared itself neutral a long time ago.
Posted in: Japanese firms to be a surprise no-show at Australian submarine event
praackMar. 21, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
to some the wars of the fathers are never over and the debt should be paid over and over again by the sons and daughters to the bitter end.
such a shame- so sad to stay so bitter when the people became so peaceful
what would go far would be a meeting with the veteran's group, perhaps pave the way of veterans from both sides to meet in the states. perhaps that would allow some of the memories to fade.
As for the comfort women issue- Abe is trying to stand on history- but it was the beginning of the war - when the Prostitutes volunteered to move out with the troops- some of this continued as time went by - but most faded to people being forced into it.
would they have been better off? in a war environment- probably not- but it should have been their choice. - so put out a clear statement - no speech but a statement, if reparations have truly been paid fine- but think - if someone was forced in to this job- was the amount of reparation enough to remove those memories and allow them a peaceful rest when they die?
Posted in: Former U.S. POWs, Koreans seek conditions for Abe's address to Congress
praackMar. 18, 2015 - 08:26PM JST
well that should satisfy anyone from the UK because that type of sentence is called Life in that country
and there won't be any howls of derision about a death sentence from Amnesty International now because hey -being encased in concrete and tossed in the sea is not really much of a murder now is it.....
Posted in: Man linked to several deaths in extended family jailed for 17 years
praackMar. 15, 2015 - 09:34PM JST
yup gotta agree with smithinjapan on this one- you guys are off base- read the article.
what good are a line of standups when you have 60 % females and children? what good are racks of cots in one open air spot for guys and girls when they are all of child bearing age in a crisis.
you don;t put people in place like that and tell them to strip normally - don;t think of doing that during a crisis
oh and as for your comments...- i am unsure you would be going to a destroyed crisis center in the middle of town to honor all the dead if there were enough women on the group- i think they would have said- You know this is not too smart building this here.......
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praackMar. 15, 2015 - 09:24PM JST
ohh a test, i guess the proper way to answer the test is give up the islands and Okinawa to Chinese authority, write a treaty giving up all authority to the East China Sea and Sea of Japan to China and start paying a yearly tribute and remove the Defense Force in return to having the Peoples Army stationed on the main islands (for "Protection")
i like tests- they are sooo reasonable....
Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
praackMar. 11, 2015 - 09:20PM JST
this has actually gone too far, in fact the only thing that should have occurred here was a apology and money payment. instead you have had continued public humiliation, careers lost, prison sentences and now what will probably be a massive money payout.
Posted in: Nut rage flight attendant sues Korean Air, former exec
praackFeb. 28, 2015 - 12:40PM JST
star trek was a big event as till then you had outer limits and the twilight zone - both showing individual short stories with varying casts.
but even then Nimoy already had a name - having appeared in many TV shows since the mid 50's and he had supporting parts in movies. i remember seeing him in reruns of Zombies of the Stratosphere at the movies (when they still had saturday matinees - 2 movies and a filler)
great actor, will be missed, but i am glad they found someone he was happy to pass the torch to
Posted in: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83
praackFeb. 27, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
interesting response here, a country where the norms are set decades in the past- i guess that is why so many western writers are pining for those "good old days"....
however- there is no place for those comments in today's society, as for the comments from Peacetrain- well he must be TV material- since i never had the same attention given to me that he apparently had to him.
but I have seen the constant harassment in the workplace given to the ladies
Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments
praackFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
i am still amazed by people making comments about Iraq who did not go, would not go and would never defend the country anyway.
i am equally amazed by people who label soldiers murderers when they just do their job; for their job entails taking life.
as for this poor soul- i am hopeful that upon appeal that a better sentence with treatment is found- however as someone pointed out- he will not face death and he will not be on the streets roaming free.
Posted in: Killer of 'American Sniper' Kyle jailed for life
praackFeb. 22, 2015 - 09:37PM JST
the TPP would bring an end to Comiket and Doujinshi as western puritan values and sense of copyright show up in the market place.
it would not show up overnight- as first they would need to navigate the law framework of Japan- but once done and once the first notices went out- well the whole convention circuits would shut down overnight.
from the US perspective it would be wonderful - not that it did anything for a US property mind you- just that it allows for support of US ailing patent and royalty laws.
Posted in: If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?
praackFeb. 22, 2015 - 12:54PM JST
I find it interesting to read the amount of hatred people have for the film and for the individual it was about. I have not seen the film- i find watching a film of the one person on the battlefield who will always remember everyone's face he ever killed- and will always regret each one he missed - a very tough one to watch.
PTSD is a very real thing- it is tough enough to come to grips with being responsible for a death after the shooting it over- but in the case of a sniper- you are there to ensure the safety of the team- so the kill happens- you see the individual and you remember- i cannot imagine what amount of stress that puts them through.
to make comments that America views non americans as subhumans- is also wrong- because in war- most people need to separate feelings from the day to day reality.
It appears as if there is a sudden urge to treat war vets like it was done post vietnam- we cannot fall into that trap of blaming individuals for us sending them to war
Posted in: 'American Sniper': The war U.S. wished for just might win the Oscar
praackFeb. 22, 2015 - 12:43PM JST
interesting- in the USA the NRC is a supposedly independent agency of the US - but all commissioners are appointed by the president and the NRC has been found to cozy up nicely with business
and of course the French are appointed by their government as well
so the only thing that is being given up is foreign oversight of the nuclear power agencies in Japan- this will mean that contracts will go to Japanese companies instead of foreign ones - which is what would happen if the oversight stays outside.
Posted in: Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its independence
praackFeb. 20, 2015 - 09:56PM JST
someone here made the right comment: You Men have such high opinion of yourselves
yup- this is classic men (mars) women( venus or whatever wonderful planet they came from)
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praackFeb. 19, 2015 - 09:46PM JST
the European theater brought into play the idea of total war- that civilians were just as culpable and just as much as a target as the military in modern warfare.
they would look at a map and say- well that factory/training ground/rail yard makes it strategic- the people should not be living there anyway- all their fault
Japan was already beaten by the time the nukes were dropped, the country was starving, the two cities were spared firebombing so they would be pristine for the Nuclear blast. Afterwards - US Medical Docs watched and took notes- no care given- they took notes- as it was all an experiment.
I cannot talk for the people who were bombed as to why no one officially asked for an apology- but i believe individually they cried out why?
Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?
praackFeb. 19, 2015 - 09:27PM JST
like many here i wonder with amazement if there will EVER exist technology that will prove the Paternity of the child
sigh - I guess that does not exist- so the only way is by the Throwing of the Bones - the old traditional root doctor technique.......
perhaps that will satisfy some of the backwards thinking going on here
Posted in: Top court to hear suit on Civil Code articles on remarriage, surnames
Apr. 01, 2015 - 02:49PM JST
There seems to be more security for "show" than elsewhere, though as other posters noted it's…
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Apr. 01, 2015 - 02:47PM JST
Sounds cool but the Asus word looks to close to anus.
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Apr. 01, 2015 - 02:44PM JST
I hope she's ok. What an immense talent. So good.
Makes me proud to be a…
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Apr. 01, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
She's also a defiant, lifetime smoker, so that may have something to do with it...
What is amazing is that a person born 117 years ago could live for 117 years.…
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