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samwattersAug. 28, 2015 - 01:15PM JST
Trump was a billionaire long before Murdoch own FOX. Trump is his own man and will continue to do so.
Posted in: Trump dumps insults on questioners; insists on control
samwattersAug. 28, 2015 - 12:55PM JST
I think a Trump presidency might be a good idea. He reminds me of a Winston Churchill. Churchill was also called racist, a bigot and sexist and repugnant. And yet when the Nazis came calling and Britons began weary and fearful of Neviolle Chamberlin's passiveness and appeasement of Hitler, England turned to Churchill and Europe was saved. Trump has similiarites; he has no use for Political Correctness (like the majority of the US), he is a self-made billlionaire who has lost fortunes and made them back. He will actively deal with the border issue and other problems while other politicians fiddle. Yes, Trump is crass and mean but he is a problem solver and that's what the US needs. Go Trump!"
samwattersAug. 28, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
The most biased "report" I have read this year.
samwattersAug. 27, 2015 - 10:09PM JST
"A few years into the future, in the last chapter of the history of that then nonexistent country, formerly known as the United States, will be called "Trump Elected President". That is the end. Not too far off. And with his junior high school boy temper tantrums, human existence will end when he sets off all the atom bombs because someone made a remark about his hair."
Posted in: Trump starts new media feud with Spanish-language anchor
samwattersAug. 27, 2015 - 01:31PM JST
"Note the innuendo in "go back to . . ." As if Univision were an unwanted foreign presence. Univision is based in America, just not in Trump's America. Trump's candidacy is based on chauvinism."
Complete baloney. Univision is a second rate or third rate TV station/provider. What Ramos did---interrupt another reporter---was second rate. It's fine if you don't like the man or his policies but try to call it straight.
samwattersAug. 26, 2015 - 11:13AM JST
!Doesn't every American right-wingnut quote the "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" bs? I does explain a lot about the American right-wingnuts though, if you read between the words.."
If you're going to use that quote then use the method of legal immigration; standing in line, filling out forms, etc. Check the photos at Ellis Island; you see people stading in line and following the law, not making a mad dash across the border. There is a difference.
Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship
samwattersAug. 26, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
What's the problem? The stadium is already built. It's called Tokyo Dome. Use that and tell the IOC and all of their royalty that in these economically depressed times we can't/won't kill the economy for a go****m sports festival.
Posted in: IOC wants Olympic stadium ready by January 2020
samwattersAug. 24, 2015 - 02:14PM JST
Having taken more than 30 hits in less than a minute from the little buggers, which caused no end of swelling and temporary pain, I have to agree, THIS ISN'T NEWS!!!
Complete baloney. 30 stings by any bee would put you in the hospital. 30 stings from スズメバチ would kill an adult.
Posted in: 11 children stung by wasps in Fukuoka Pref
samwattersAug. 20, 2015 - 08:35AM JST
"The US has been apologizing for slavery for hundreds of years now and it never helps... So I think Japan had better get used to apologizing,,, at least for the next few hundred years or so."
Excellent, excellent point. I have come to accept that it is a part of the greater Asian society to play the victim. Korea, Japan and China all seem to vie for the title of "Queen for a Day." Each country has a long list of grievences against a host of other countries and use those feelings to either gloss over their own deficiencies or command some form of compensation or favors. It never stops and it never will; it's just part of their culture. You can see an excellent example of this in a Japan Times (August 19) article by Kevin Rafferty titled "Shinzo Abe's sorry apology." Rafferty says many things but the most telling for me is "...it is for the victim to decide whether the apology is acceptable or sincere, not for the victimizer to decide to decide enough is enough." This attitude is one of the reasons why victimhood is now a preferred status rather than something to overcome.
The reference to the US is especially telling on where this mentallity can lead. A certain segment of African-American society still laments the "stigma" of slavery and segregation (both truly putrid institutions that were once legal in America) and uses it to explain/defend/justify the high rate of out-of-wedlock birthrate or drug abuse or other factors that lead to disenfranchisement. If someone dares to point out to the people born after 1975 that slavery (gone for over a 100 years) and segregation (gone for about 50 years) is something you have never personally experienced then you will be labeled a racist or bigot.
China and Korea have a gaggle of other problems that are not related to WWII. I have written before that I have asked my Chinese and Korean students what a "sincere apology" would like and have never received an answer. I have also asked the same students how this perceived lack of an apology is hindering their lives and how one would improve them. Again no response. Japan does this too; last week I watched the annual showing of "Graveyard of the Fireflies" (Hotaro no Haka), the animated movie by Ghibli that shows the horrors of the firebombing of Kyoto through the lives of two chldren. It is a fantastic movie that casts Japan as the victim. When I tell people that Japan was working like mad to create their own atomic bomb they are shocked. Again, it just seems to be part of Asian culture. The issues of compensation are complicated. Obviously the victim wants more (and often deserves it) but the treaties negotiated at that time were behind closed doors with the information tightly controlled without the benefit of the media we enjoy today. Trying to discuss---and rectify--what a different kind of people did 70 years ago is an excercise in futility.
Prime Minister Abe has been criticised for calling for an end to the apologies, saying that future generations should not have to apologize for things they did not do. Abe is thin-skinned and a blue-blooded flower who has never experienced hardship but he is right on this one. There is no need to for people to apologize for things that happened before they were born. The world was a vastly different place in 1945 than it is today and it is better to focus on that.
Posted in: 63% say Japan should stop apologizing over war: poll
samwattersAug. 14, 2015 - 11:28AM JST
Ocean goers would be wise to be more concerned about the blure-ringed octopus which is also showing up in Japanese beachers. They are small, greenish in color with small blue rings that appear to glow brighter when the animal is agitated. They are highly venomous and should be avoided.
Posted in: Shark sightings continue at beaches
samwattersAug. 13, 2015 - 03:07PM JST
No sympathy here Chad. The only thing that would make me happier would be if they executed you. You are going to cost the tax payers about US$35,000 to keep in confinement which means that over a million dollars will likely be spent on the piece of garbage that is you.
Posted in: Guam man appeals life sentence for stabbing rampage
samwattersAug. 07, 2015 - 10:32AM JST
“I worked on this with great passion… "
Then you obviously don't have much passion.
"...and I’m convinced this is a piece that has no parallel in the world,” he said.
Are you kiddiing me!? It's the same design as the Liege Theatre with a big red circle and a different color scheme.
“I think the colour of red, silver and gold are of Japanese rather than Spanish origin.”
Then you probably also believe that only Japan has four seasons, the birth control pill is dangerous because the Japanese female body is unique and that Japan is the center of a world that orbits around the emperor.
Posted in: Tokyo Olympics logo designer says plagiarism claims 'baseless'
samwattersAug. 06, 2015 - 04:20PM JST
I believe in the near future that assisted suicide is going to become a big business. Japan is going to experience massive poverty in the next 20 years and the social structure won't be able to handle it. Once the government runs the numbers and finds out it can get taxes from people but won't have to pay out (in Social Security/Nenkin) if they are dead, look for euthanasia to become a legitimate part of the medical community and an opportunity for economic growth, as ghoulish as it may seem.
Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for killing brother who asked for help in committing suicide
samwattersAug. 04, 2015 - 10:48AM JST
My 8 year old son and I just came back from a day at Shikotsuko, a lake that is held in notoriety for the number of people who have drowned in it. In water up to 8 feet deep I taught my son how to roll on his back and kick if he is having trouble getting to shallow water (called the "dead man's flop" in my native Michigan), how to sit on the bottom on the lake and tread water with his arms and legs. We had a blast while people lined the beach, pointed and even took pictures. Like most other kids in Tomakomai, my son goes to swimming school (and his is good ) but there is just no comparison between swimming in an enclosed space with heated water with no waves and swimming in a natural body of cooler water.
Posted in: 10 water-related deaths reported across Japan on Sunday
samwattersAug. 03, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
Make this man president of Korea today. China, take note of how a person uses their eyes to focus on the bigger picture.
Posted in: The U.S. and Japan are moving forward as allies, and we are being held back because we cannot get out of the past. Historical aspects are overwhelming the security dimension, and people are wondering whether this is right.
samwattersJul. 24, 2015 - 10:10PM JST
Dear Mr. Abe, this is an open letter to you on how you can save the 2020 Olympics and maybe even your tattered reputation. Call a news conference and announce that the name of the 2020 Olympics will be changed from "Tokyo" to "Kanto." Then announce that all of the events for the 2020 Olympics will be held in existing facilities in the Kanto area. Rennovate the stadiums such as Yokohama that hosted the 2002 World Cup with Korea but do not build anything new. Announce that the time has come to stop spending billions and billions of dollars for a two week sports festival when the world economy is still in the dumps and especially when Tohoku is still a disaster and their is a looming social security disaster. Tell all construction companies that all contracts are now null-and-void; sure, they'll scream but it will blow over. Tell the IOC if they don't like it then they can leave---here's a secret; they can't. No legitimate country can or wants to pay the nonsensical fees for hosting the Games. The people of Japan will love you and may even turn out in numbers greater than 30% to vote for the LDP in the next election. The rest of world will also applaud your courage and vision---two qualities you are not known for----and you may even win a Nobel Peace Prize. Sincerely, Sam Watters.
Posted in: Abe chairs task force on Olympics with 5 years to go
samwattersJul. 24, 2015 - 12:29PM JST
After listening to a particular venomous discussion in which my students from China complained about Japan's actions during WWII I asked the following questions and received the following answers:
1.) What are China's biggest problems right now?
Answers: Pollution, government oppression (no open internet, etc.) white collar crime and cronyism.
2.) Have you personally experienced any of the brutality?
3.) How does Japan's WWII crimes contribute to problems mentioned in the first question?
Answer: Dead silence.
4.) Do you think Japan has apologized enough?
5.) How many times should it apologize?
Answer: It's not how many times that matters. It's the sincerity that matters.
6.) Describe a sincere apology for me.
Answer: Dead silence.
The class ran out of time before I could explain the concept of the whipping boy.
Posted in: China envoy warns Japan not to backtrack on WW2 remorse
samwattersJul. 24, 2015 - 08:04AM JST
Depends if the bow comes after a contracted promise to pay restitution.
Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is, as an apology?
samwattersJul. 19, 2015 - 12:55PM JST
Good on the Japanese for standing up! These protests suggest that Japan is not the collective herd of sheep they are sometimes made out to be.
Now an observation. With the exception of Kim Jon Un in North Korea, Abe is the most thin-skinned leader I have seen in my lifetime. He simply cannot emotionally nor intellectually handle disagreement or failure; notice how "Abenomics" is a term that has disappeared in the last couple of months now that the economy again appears headed south. There was also a priceless article in the Japan Times reporting on how infuriated Abe was Kensuke Kuwata of the Southern All-Stars made a parody of Abe during the annual Kohaku Music/Singing Contest held on New Year's Eve. Kuwata was reportedly coerced to apologize. Young children have more emotional maturity than Abe.
Regardless, Abe will the re-election in September as now one will stand against him (I personally believe that the "scandal" engulfing Yuko Obuchi was a set-up to remove a rising star who was perceived as a threat). I think his re-election will further erode his popularity (remember, Abe has been receiving less and less votes since 2009) and the unrest will continue and grow.
I see this playing out in two ways. 1.) Abe has health problems and steps down late this year or early 2016 and the Article 9 revision gets shelved. That is the best case scenario. 2.) Abe plays the "national security" and "state secrets" cards and has a China-like crackdown on the populace. Needless to say this is bad for all of Asia.
Posted in: Abe's support rate plummets after defense bills pass lower house
samwattersJul. 17, 2015 - 01:56PM JST
"Funny how these almost daily mass shootings in the US only qualify as terrorism when it is a Muslim pulling the trigger. Don`t remember anyone bringing up the T word when that white guy shot up a church full of black people a few weeks ago."
Nope, you're right. Then it was called "racism" which is what it was. Guy who did it is in jail now where he belongs.
Posted in: Four Marines killed in Tennessee shooting rampage
Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
A weak law that requires companies to set a target, whatever target they want, and provides…
Posted in: New law requires companies to set goals in hiring female execs
Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:00PM JST
Because he is Obama! He's right and the American public is wrong, just ask him. And,…
Posted in: Obama expects better U.S.-Israel ties after Iran deal in place
Aug. 29, 2015 - 11:57AM JST
Can you say all talk but no action? Given past experience, this statute will go on…
Aug. 29, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
Sorry. I did not know this is sexy contest until I read the article above, Thought…
Posted in: NTV pulls online videos depicting sexy rugby players after complaints
"Yamato is Japan. It uses two kanjis."
Not necessarily. How about 倭?
Posted in: High school students form union to fight 'black baito' companies