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samwattersMar. 20, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
"The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for the attack that killed 21 people at a museum."
Thanks for the heads up, IS, but most of us already suspected that....
Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack
samwattersMar. 13, 2015 - 09:54AM JST
Falling asleep while reading a good book is one of Life's great pleasures. I love autobiographies by successful people.
Posted in: In this digital media age, do you still like to read books (the printed kind)? And who are your favorite authors?
samwattersMar. 09, 2015 - 04:22PM JST
I have a radical proposal; Japan should give the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima Island to China and Korea, respectively. I know it sounds crazy but stay with me.
China and Korea are never going to give up "their claim" to these islands. Even if Japan wins an armed conflict and retakes them, Japan will be subjected to endless terrorism and sabotage, especially from China. Japan, with its sense of social justice and cohesion, will not be able to handle endless news reports of its citizens being killed and maimed and would most likely abandon the islands anyway.
Rather, I suggest going through the United Nations with a particular focus on Germany as a mediator and offer the Senkakus and Takeshima as reparations for WWII on the condition that the transaction serves as an end to all claims of further compensation, including apologies. The Chinese and Koreans, with their exquisite sense of victimhood, would either have to accept closure or show their true pettiness and/or aggressiveness to the rest of the world.
I know this proposal has no chance as long as Abe is the Prime Minister and even propsoing such a thing could set the drivers of the black trucks into a frenzy but I think it's an idea that should be considered.
Posted in: China defends actions in South China Sea; says it is not seeking new world order
samwattersMar. 05, 2015 - 02:03PM JST
"What kind of country allows some lunatic to roam around room with VIPS?"
A country that wants payback for a perceived slight. Either Monday or Tuesday of this week NHK ran video footage showing a high ranking US official (I can't remember her name but she looks a bit like Kathleen Sebilus) criticizing Korea for ratcheting up nationalism (against Japan) to cover over some of Korea's own short comings. This attack was most likely a response.
I don't believe in Jesus, Big Foot or the Lochness Monster but I would believe a photo of Big Foot and Jesus riding Nessie before I believe it is just a coincidence that 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong who has already attacked one ambassador somehow slipped through security, got a flippin' table and then slashed the US ambassador.
Posted in: U.S. ambassador to S Korea slashed while giving lecture
samwattersMar. 02, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
"The nation’s first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of one of the civil rights movement’s most stirring moments, and will refocus on last year’s fatal shooting by a white police officer of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri."
The shooting of Michael Brown, aka the unarmed "gentle giant" who bull-rushed a cop after physically assaulting a tiny small-store owner, was not a civil rights event and to suggest it is would be an insult to the legions of African-American who gave their hearts, souls and sometimes lives to the eradication of systemic racism is the United States.
Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present
samwattersFeb. 24, 2015 - 12:40AM JST
Prince Naruhito has recently made new is the US be gently but firmly reminding Priime Minister Abe and Co. not whitewash Japan's involvement in WWII. This man has a lot of courage and I feel a whole lot better knowing that when his great father inevitably passes that he will take the reigns.
Posted in: Happy birthday
samwattersFeb. 19, 2015 - 12:33PM JST
The young woman has unintentionally given us one large reason why Japan is growing down the drain: Japan is now a society that has turned having a family into a liability. If you are single you can manage on a part-time salary and if you are single and have a full-time job ---those are now few and far between----you are in heaven. But if you are married with children you live in constant fear of losing your job, you never seem to have enough money to live in this over-priced nation and you battle exhaustion from having to jungle multiple responsibilities as Sensato noted. No wonder more and more people are looking at marriage and saying "no thanks." This is not an attack on the Family rather it is a sigh of disbelief at the short-sightedness of our political and business leaders; I mean, what can you talk about at a bar at 11:00pm that you cannot discuss in the office at 3:00pm?
Posted in: All the senior female workers still in sales after having children look like they’re in a rush all the time, struggling to finish up by the time they have to pick up their kids from day care. I might not be able to handle that.
samwattersFeb. 16, 2015 - 04:14PM JST
Excellent idea. Perhaps it's time for the rest of the world to leave the Middle East and not come back until they can get their religious houses in order and are ready to join the 21st century. Islam is out of control.
Posted in: Japan closes embassy in Yemen amid violence
samwattersFeb. 15, 2015 - 09:23PM JST
NHK did a really nice piece on her and her involvement in Samba last week. It's worth a look if you can access NHK's archives.
Posted in: Japanese dancers find samba salvation in quake tragedy
samwattersFeb. 13, 2015 - 12:39PM JST
"What is all this with blaming the father."
@Steve Crichton. It's all coming from just one person so take it with a grain of salt.
Posted in: 17-year-old gives birth in toilet; dumps infant by river
samwattersFeb. 03, 2015 - 02:07PM JST
@Kikai. You got it half right. I cited the phrase the most often used by those who claim to be Muslims to justify their violence. I didn't write the phrase and I certainly am not violent (despite your claim that I am a radical). I just think this phrase needs to be considered because when other posters are saying becoming literate will solve a lot of the violence I think an examination of what passes for Islamic scripture needs to be examined is fair. That a post as mild as mine can bring you to refer to me as a radical is the point I was trying to make; people like me are supposed to be silent and not question anything about Islam. If we do we are called names, etc. This is why we cannot have an intelligent discussion about Islam.
Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology?
samwattersFeb. 03, 2015 - 12:48PM JST
"That you'd single out one phrase to make the claim that there is something sinister in Islam... clearly you are a good example of what TheFu says. An extremist of the non-muslim kind."
There you have it ladies and gentlemen; the reason why we can't have any intelligent discussion regarding Islam.
@kikai. What am I? A racist? A bigot? An Islamophobe? A combination of all three? Why is any criticism---and can my post really be called "criticsim"?---met with name calling?
samwattersFeb. 03, 2015 - 12:37PM JST
@slumdog. Yes, the article you are referring to made Yukawa look like the fool he is and portrayed the government as concerned but not willing to help. The was also in the lectronic equivalent of "page 6" and hardly given the attention it merited. It wasn't until January of this year that the government even expressed an interest in either men. Why the change? Could it be a good chance to deploy the SDF in future rescue missions which would naturally lead to the creation of a military and changing of article 9 which Abe has referred to as his "life's work"? I don't think Abe is responsible for either man's death nor do I think these are necessarily bad goals in and of themselves but information seems to have been hid from the public just before a snap election whose timining made no sense surrounding topics that are very controversial. Just a coinciden?
Posted in: Abe defends handling of hostage crisis
samwattersFeb. 03, 2015 - 08:34AM JST
I want to know why Abe and his government waited until after the surprise December election to announce the Yukawa and Goto kidnappings. I'd bet dollars to donuts that if the public knew about these abductions the few people that did show up would not have voted for Abe's wish list of constitutional revision and the state secrets law. You scammed the few people who believed you and the ones who always knew you were a shyster are going to use these kidnappings to help get you thrown out of office.
samwattersFeb. 02, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
"I agree with you up to the point where you might be implying that something in Islam will necessarily prevent muslims from living in peace with non-muslims."
Fair point. I am not an expert in the Quran (nor the Bible as I am an atheist) but there does appear to be a direct call for violence against non-believers that goes beyond simply not living together peacefully. I would also like to see a more proactive approach by so called "true muslims" to reign in the "not real Muslims" that comprise Islamic State, etc. I think doing so would improve the image of Islam while refusing to do so would reveal Islam's true intentions.
"But I think the actual change in radical Islam can only come from people within the faith."
I couldn't agree with you more. We (non-Muslims) cannot impose our beliefs on them. On the other hand, countries that are beginning to rethink their immigration policies due to Muslims wanting to impose their beliefs on us have a legitimate reason to consider doing so.
samwattersFeb. 02, 2015 - 11:04AM JST
"The more educated someone is, the more likely they will actually READ THE KORAN and not simply trust what someone else claims it says. Illiteracy is one of the ways extremist Muslims are controlled.
@The Fu. People who read the Quran will come across this phrase in Quran (8:12), "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike of their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
I agree that education is a good step along with the empowering of girls and women but there is something sinister in Islam that must be confronted.
samwattersFeb. 02, 2015 - 10:52AM JST
"As expected, Abe is using a tragedy, in part provoked by his belligerence, to push his own agenda."
I think--and fear---you may be more right than you even realize. Yukawa was captured near the of end of last summer with Goto's capture coming after he attempted to rescue Yukawa, per newsreports from the USA. The Abe government knew this back in the fall and I never saw anything in the news about it until this year---after the election was held and "the mandate" was sealed. Is it possible that this is just a coincidence?
Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger
samwattersFeb. 01, 2015 - 12:04PM JST
"Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out."
This plays right into the hands of the terrorists. The message--- ISIS and to a lesser extent the whole religion of Islam is dangerous---will soon be forgotten thus setting the stage for another attack, probably on Japanese soil.
"The restraint by broadcasters and other media has spilled over into politics as opposition lawmakers, mindful of the crisis, toned down their criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his team."
Prime Minister Abe was right not to pay the money but lost in this entire episode was that Yukawa was kidnapped in early August of last year and Goto not to long after. Abe and team fiddled for months, hid this information from the general public (I wonder if Abe would have won his "mandate" that he now says justifies his state's secrets law and the revision of the Japanese constitution had the public been aware of what was happening in Syria) until an election was safely won. Censoring is bad; it robs us of information we need to have to keep ourselves safe.
While being respectful has a place in a peaceful society, we must have all the information for society to remain peaceful.
Posted in: Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
samwattersJan. 30, 2015 - 11:48PM JST
"The best advice I ever read for keeping a woman happy was from a random book I read a long time ago. The guy said he always gives her something to look forward to. Trips, dinners out, etc. A woman who has nothing to look forward to will stray or leave."
Then I suggest the man let her leave; women need to understand that men don't exist to simply take care of them.
Posted in: Phone-hooked husbands neglect wives at their peril
samwattersJan. 26, 2015 - 01:12PM JST
How ironic that under the heading MOST POPULAR this story about Muslims complaining about "violent threats" due ot a Hollywood movie comes in at number 3 while number 2 is a story of a hostage being killed in the name of Islam and number 1 is about the efforts of Japan to have another hostage released before he is also butchered.
Posted in: Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims
Apr. 01, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
Yep, the Emperor would be the correct person to make an address. Abe and Hashimoto would…
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
yeah, this will bode well for their proposed six-nation talks to start up again. I'm not…
Posted in: Japan to extend N Korea sanctions for 2 more years
Apr. 01, 2015 - 06:21PM JST
MGigante: "Well, considering the law came into existence because a court actually heard a case and…
Posted in: Gov't to make workplace maternity harassment illegal
"The U.S. and its negotiating partners demand curbs on Iranian nuclear activities that could be used…
Posted in: Iran talks push past deadline
Apr. 01, 2015 - 06:20PM JST
Scary ! Who else is going to be silenced because they don't agree with Abe-chan ?
Posted in: I faced extreme bashing from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and other members of the prime minister’s office.