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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.
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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).
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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?
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shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 04:46PM JST
Yeah, tis a bit fuzzy in that I'm signed in on both my ketai and laptop. So depending on whichever I type from (I won't tell you which) the IP is identified by JT as different. That apparently gives me a username from a different forum I'm also concurrently signed in on but keeps the gravatar the same.
Your boldface type in my post is presumptive and does not grammatically link your highlighted selections to prove your point. I could bold face several other items and make similar grammatical suppositions.
As for Sanskirt and Tibetan translation, I'm not trying to render them in English, I'm trying to put them into Japanese. So in a way you're right, the software has no problem with these ancient languages, but once again falls flat when it tries to render them in Japanese. And in my inaka na kinjo, the obasans refer to themselves as washi, not ore, not even atashi. Very self-defacing pronoun I've been told.
And just for future reference, one does not yet communicate with a machine. One uses a machine to communicate with other sentient beings. And I get the feeling R2D2 and the Terminator will probably have a rough time with Japanese.
Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 04:11PM JST
Morebizarrecountry - let me offer you a PROOF of my theory using the symbolic logic of ancient western mathematical language. This, by the way, is the language of contemporary computer code, and is entirely logical. This was the same proof I offered in my post above which you seem to have overlooked. First, lets render the written version of the spoken English into its mathematical symbolism - one plus one equals two: a. one --- 1 b. one plus --- 1& c. one plus one --- 1&1 d. one plus one equals --- 1&1= e. one plus one equals two --- 1&1=2 . Now this is not only easily understood by most human beings but is also easily understood by machines which only operate on symbolic logic. Now let's look at the symbolic representation of the Japanese rendered in Romaji (because as BillyB points out, logical software code based on binary data can NOT understand the lack of spaces between Japanese characters). Thus we have 'ichi tasu ichi wa ni desu'. If I am mistaken as to how to convey 1&1=2 in everyday spoken Japanese, please feel free to throw eggs at the Japanese language professor sitting next to me. In symbolic representation we get a. ichi --- 1 b. ichi tasu ---1& c. ichi tasu ichi --- 1&1 NOW PAY CLOSE ATTENTION because here is where logic goes right out the genkan d. ichi tash ichi wa --- (1&1) e. ichi tasu ichi wa ni --- (1&1)2 f. [and now let's add the cupola] ichi tasu ichi wa ni desu ---- (1&1)2= . So as you can see, using symbolic logic as only mathematics can adequately demonstrate, I offer you this proof that my theorem of Japanese being an illogical language is not a hypothesis after all. Please feel free to offer your contrary evidence. Had to use the ampersand character, JTs inferior script catalog won't recognize the addition character.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 01:34PM JST
Coming from a queen whose own hieroglyphic language fell by the wayside several millennia ago, your argument seems sorely lacking in justification. Did you know Sakamoto Ryouma advocated the 'chucking' of Kokugo before he was assassinated? His 'excuses' were as follows - 1: Inherently sexist nature of Japanese language, ie. females must use condescending and diminutive/honorific language whereas males do not 2: Caste system perpetuated by the national language, ie. those of lower societal rank must use diminutive/honorific language when addressing a superior and vice versa 3: Only the privileged (or religious orders) could afford an education in his day whereby one could learn to read and write their spoken language - this is how hiragana came about since women were not allowed an education and devised their own easier form of written Japanese. 4: Western students learn to read and write their alphabet in the first 3 years of schooling whereas even today, Japanese students take 9 years just to master the basics necessary to read a newspaper. 5: Some in his social circle even was as far as to advocate converting the national language of Japan to English as it was a language of democracy and equality, of opportunity for the non-samurai/royal class. English and the Roman alphabet have been featured on Japanese currency and stamps since the Meiji restoration as a result. But I digress as I do tend to blather. Glad you found employment in translation software, though it seems a bit down the carreer ladder from pharaohess.
Now please explain why my Bling app can't translate my email?
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Your nom-de-plume/guerre is a perfect example of the ambiguity in our overly homonymic Japanese. Are you taking me to the 5th floor of a go parlor? Or are you trying to lecture me about the 5 precepts of Buddhist sin? Or perhaps you are asking me to acquire a parasitic hediste worm? Or is it that you are cordially inviting someone to engage you in polite debate that might clear up a misunderstanding on your part? Without the kanji, we are left to wonder. And with only the kanji, we are at a loss for context. Your username points out but a few of the drawbacks inherent to the Japanese language.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
Thou dost possesseth a wealth of ignorance. The combinations and permutations of letters in the Roman alphabet allow it to be so much more versatile, if not entirely accurate in a phonetic sense. That said, there are only 26 of them (barring lower/upper case and font type). There are 51 gojuon hiragana characters alone, and that doesn't include dakuon/han-dakuon/youon/sokuon variants. And that also excludes the katakana alphabet. And do you have any idea how many kanji there are? I didn't, so I asked one of my fellows who is a professor of Japanese calligraphy and was told the jouyou currently number 1945. But ancillary and exotic kanji number well over 45000. I frequently approach him with questions about kanji specific to Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism that leave him dumbfounded. And honestly, I have yet to meet a native-born Nihonjin use 'poppycock' in everyday conversation. 'We Japanese'? I remain skeptical of your ethnicity as much as I do the long-term viability of the Japanese language.
shinhiyataAug. 11, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Except for the Chinese system, cultures that use hieroglyphic alphabets as a primary means of written communication have invariably failed throughout history. How much longer can kanji remain a viable and practical way to convey information to other people? The static inability to render new concepts in kanji and its abstract and pictographic approach to ancient ones show just how feeble it is for the present age. Couple that with the illogical grammar paradigm and overly vowel heavy - homonymic spoken form and you have why Japanese is considered by many linguists as the most inferior language used by more than 100 million in modern times. Not that my native tongue is 100% perfect, but the limitations of Japanese have kept its speakers isolated and eccentric for about 1300 years. The Japanese people have made no attempt to internationalize their language other than by force, and contemporary study of it is only out of business necessity or pop-culture curiosity. Still, they are fascinating and visually beautiful characters to look at.
shinhiyataAug. 10, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
Not bad, but I really like the one for ReGain energy drink with the levitating blue-haired girl in the tiger bikini.
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shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:52PM JST
The queen will still be the queen of Scotland, even if they go independent.
The queen will still be the queen of Scotland, even if they go independent.
Well, my ancestor was John Comyn the Red and the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland before he was assassinated by Robert the Bruce in 1306. If the NO vote wins, I am going to apply for the job.
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shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:35PM JST
Rubbish. Everyone knows that Jesus is buried here in Japan in nearby Shingo Aomori.
Posted in: British police raid pub in search for "Holy Grail"
shinhiyataAug. 08, 2014 - 02:23PM JST
I'm of the opinion that as long as the mail gets delivered on time, who cares if the Queen is on the stamp?
That said, the Americans and India kicked the English out of their countries, so why can't the Scots? And give Ulster back to the Gaels while your at it. Heck, might as well have a Euro coin with Manx and Cornish, too.
shinhiyataAug. 01, 2014 - 03:17PM JST
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shinhiyataJul. 31, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
Why don't we just store all the waste on the moon?
RIP - Gerry Anderson
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shinhiyataJul. 29, 2014 - 04:17PM JST
Go Bucs ! Hoist the Jolly Roger !!
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Sep. 22, 2014 - 11:10AM JST
Good! At last, cool-headed, rational approach, good for both countries.
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Sep. 22, 2014 - 11:06AM JST
Wolfpack, the subject is ISIL. Do you really think Iran is supporting them?
Probably not -…
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Sep. 22, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Who the hell says we can't debate civilly?!
How dare you make unsubstantiated claims like that.…
Posted in: Why are so many people unable to debate contentious issues such as whaling, gun control, politics and so on without getting acrimonious and being intolerant of opposing views? If high school debating students can do it in a civil manner, why can't adults?
Sep. 22, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
Horrible idea. Stay out. Let them work it out themselves. It's a religious war, and any…
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Sep. 22, 2014 - 11:01AM JST
Not to worry... Obama is sending in the military. They will shoot the virus... or so…
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