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shinhiyataOct. 27, 2014 - 07:58AM JST
Money well spent. Tolkien would be proud. One of the greatest cinematic achievements in the history of art.
Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
shinhiyataOct. 25, 2014 - 10:14PM JST
I am not surprised because Ueno station is kinda creepy. That railway overpass on the way to the park is teeming with mentally ill homeless derelicts like the perpetrator in this story. It's always comforting to see the Buddhist monks handing out onigiri to the destitute but a much more concerted effort needs to be made by many more social and mental health agencies at this location ( I know, I know, this is Japan and the mental health stigma is a huge barrier for this culture). While the perpetrator in this story did commit a violent crime, it might not have become a police matter if the large population of mentally ill homeless around Ueno station were the focus of a serious program to get these people some help. But until then, I doubt the posters above will be able to provide any worthwhile answers to this tragic problem.
Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing passerby in front of Ueno Station in Tokyo
shinhiyataOct. 24, 2014 - 08:33AM JST
Posted in: Tokyo International Film Festival opens with superhero punch
shinhiyataOct. 16, 2014 - 08:52AM JST
This is not unusual among Peace laureates.The Mahatma was also reviled by fanatics within his faith and nation and tragically assassinated by one of his own. There are probably millions with minds twisted by religion who would see her share a similar fate.
Posted in: Despite Nobel win, Pakistan's Malala hated by many at home
shinhiyataOct. 15, 2014 - 08:06AM JST
A huge leap backward for Japan as a nation and for mankind's future as a viable species on our withering planet. The world does not need more horror and calamity. The world will always desperately need more compassion and understanding. Japan under Abe is apparently no longer able to provide us with the latter.
Posted in: Japan’s weapons-makers now open for business
shinhiyataOct. 01, 2014 - 08:30AM JST
Undoubtedly a staged media garnering & marketing ploy. There is no such thing as bad publicity. She will acquire a sympathetic audience for her solo career and GG will get renewed interest for their insipid J-pap. Brilliant tactical move by the management of both teams to arrange a stunt like this. And I'm sure her fashion line will be as successful as Mariko Shinoda's.
Posted in: And then there were eight ... Girls' Generation ousts star
shinhiyataOct. 01, 2014 - 08:12AM JST
I hope he took her out afterward to get her something to eat. Emaciated is unattractive and unhealthy.
I wish Japan could find better image standards for today's young women.
Posted in: Japan Motor Racing Hall of Fame
shinhiyataSep. 29, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Unless you are in the export industry like Abe, Hatoyama, Asou, and their cronies, Abenomics has been a financial disaster for you. And how can this export favorable devaluation continue when the population continues to decline and age? There are presently no workers who can fill the jobs needed in the export factories. And most of the factories have long been sent overseas. Immigration? Yeah, right. The typical Japanese demographic is not Mrs Watanabe, but a fixed income obachan living alone in a meager apartment somewhere in metro Nagoya. How has Abe's inflationary economic policy benefited her?
Posted in: Mrs Watanabe jumps on yen-selling bandwagon as tide turns
shinhiyataSep. 28, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
Go Bucs !
Hoist the Jolly Roger ya scurvy dogs !!
Tie dem landlubbers to da yardarm and lash 'em wit a cat o nine tails !!
Posted in: Still chasing: 3 MLB playoff races go to last day
shinhiyataSep. 26, 2014 - 03:39PM JST
As a former instructor of clinical laboratory for a major university nursing program, also having worked as a senior microbiologist for a government public health laboratory, and having been trained at both the CDC and Plum Island, I can assure you that minimizing exposed skin reduces hypo puncture accidents, contact transmission of pathogenic skin bacteria and viruses, chemical splash hazards, ambient radiation, blood borne pathogens, and lewd gawking from distracted male staff members.
Most western medical uniforms are puncture resistant, moisture repellant, and the fabric is not conducive to biotic growth. But that doesn't help if your boobs and butt are hanging out like this girl's. By the way, I never said I didn't like her costume. I just pointed out that the uniform she is wearing, just like the miniskirts, pink hosiery, and open-toe sling-backs my dentist makes his girls wear, is not safe. She's hot. But you would never find a female physician or nurse wearing something like that in the west.
Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura returns as Doctor X for third season
shinhiyataSep. 25, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
I was privileged to see them on the Flick of the Switch tour w/Fastway in '83. That was their final relevant recording. Everything after has been too cliched and commercial (except for Phil Rudd's new solo release = huge disappointment).
We can only hope that this new CD will offer either something completely different or a return to form last heard in the anger and bitterness of the first years after losing Bon.
Posted in: As AC/DC readies new album, Young not returning
shinhiyataSep. 25, 2014 - 08:17AM JST
Wearing so much exposed skin in a clinical setting is an infectious disease accident just begging to happen. She must be having a Doctor X-rated affair with the hospital's medical director because no health care facility outside of Japan would allow such on the job cosplay. Skimpy skirts, open toed sling back sandals, and pink hosiery for nurses are standard uniforms in Japan. Asking or requiring these fetish outfits in an American or European hospital would get you a sexual harassment and malpractice lawsuit faster than you can say stilettos and fishnets.
shinhiyataSep. 24, 2014 - 09:07PM JST
Go Bucs ! Hoist the Jolly Roger !!
Posted in: Pirates clinch postseason berth
shinhiyataSep. 17, 2014 - 04:00PM JST
Tina - You are the pot calling the kettle black. For a fascinating take on the Japanese religious attitude towards the whale, I suggest you watch the 1962 Daiei classic 'Kujiragami'. When it comes to the whale, Japanese have about the most fanatical religious affectation outside of the Inuit culture, however it is obviously not one of reverence.
Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting
shinhiyataSep. 17, 2014 - 01:19PM JST
fxgai - The ICJ accepted that lethal harvesting was probably necessary to determine if populations were viable enough to sustain renewed commercial whaling. So basically, the ICJ said that killing whales was probably necessary to determine if killing whales on a commercial level was sustainable. In other words, you need to kill something in order to understand how many of them you can get away with killing. The ICJ did not acknowledge any other reasons, not did Japan propose any other reasons, for lethal harvesting in the name of research. It is a commercial operation plain and simple. The other pseudoscience that Japanese biologists have published, almost exclusively in kanji character academic journals created specifically for this purpose by the Japanese whaling industry, have been dismissed by most nearly all mainstream zoologists as bordering on something from the Island of Dr Moreau.
shinhiyataSep. 17, 2014 - 11:24AM JST
Tina - According to the International Court in the Hague, Japan is not conducting scientific research, seriously or otherwise, and was subsequently ordered to stop. The IC is not affiliated with the IWC. Japan is a voluntary member of the IWC and can withdraw at its leisure. Japan is treaty bound to adhere to rulings handed down by the IC. As a former university instructor in biology, I would offer you my educated opinion that Japan's research is similar to that conducted by Frankenstein. Please show me some academic journal citations that demonstrate the scientific value of lethal whale harvesting. Japan was unable to present any to the IC because there is no value, except commercial.
shinhiyataSep. 17, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
I wish the Emperor would weigh in on this scientific/cultural/economic issue that has been nagging his nation for quite a long time now. He is by training a marine biologist and therefore somewhat qualified to express an educated opinion regarding the scientific validity of his nation's maritime 'research' endeavour. And as he also embodies the spiritual essence of the Japanese nation, he is the ultimate voice for expressing the cultural values of his subjects regarding this 'ancient seafaring tradition'. Does the Emperor feel that high powered cannons with explosive tipped projectiles fired from sonar equipped floating factories in the southern hemisphere mirror the ancient seafaring tradition that so many Japanese whaling apologists feel is in danger from the IWC? Does the Emperor feel that transplanting harvested whale embryos into mice is relevant scientific experimentation? If the Emperor were to give his voice, either in approval or disapproval, to the value of the Japanese whaling enterprise to his nation, then the people and the politicians (and the industry magnates) would know how his country truly feels about this provocative subject and which direction Japan should ultimately take. There are some duties that only a monarch can fulfill and this is one of them. I am at a loss as to why he has not taken a stance in this controversy. What is he waiting for? This is not a constitutional limitation of imperial powers issue. His people need him to speak out on this.
shinhiyataSep. 05, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
If you're trying to make and market genuinely 'pissed-off sounding music', wearing pink tee-shirts, leopard print sneakers, cheeky smiles, and flashing the ubiquitous school girl purikura vee-sign will not garner you much credibility.
Posted in: Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation: Japan’s awesome all-woman grindcore band
shinhiyataSep. 03, 2014 - 08:42PM JST
Complain, complain, complain. Winter Soldier was amazing. And the new Godzilla was fantastic too. So stay away from the theaters if you don't like movies. I don't care if you miss out. At least I won't have to put up with your ringing cellphones while you're watching the news on TV (and complaining).
Posted in: U.S. box office slumps to worst summer in years
shinhiyataAug. 22, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
Too bad British groups that continue to make important, sophisticated, and relevant music (Godflesh, Killing Joke, Napalm Death) are unable to garner half the notoriety that these hipster hacks do. As for cheeky garage punk origins, why not go see Madness, Martin Fry, or Shirley Manson instead?
Posted in: Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:55PM JST
And tonight's special at the local yakiniku joint is...
Posted in: 6 people bitten by wild boar in Tokyo
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:53PM JST
sangetsu stick you something you think you know instead of stuff you obviously do not know…
Posted in: BOJ expands asset purchases to Y80 tril to spur recovery
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:51PM JST
@smithinjapan: why are you so in denial?
Sony wasn't always Sony, Samsung wasn't always…
Posted in: Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
A coworker of mine had hello kitty everything in his office cubicle including a 6 foot…
Posted in: The power of cute: Hello Kitty Con debuts in LA
Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:49PM JST
cipantheistNOV. 01, 2014 - 10:22AM JST
Hmm... China and Russia again. What is the excuse for…
Posted in: Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again