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    slumdog

    I call on China to stop provoking Japan.

    Posted in: China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles

  • 3

    slumdog

    Society here needs to learn that it is not correct to hit anyone as punishment or for any other reason--otherwise these types of issues will continue.

    Whatever makes you think that Japanese society thinks this behavior is correct? Whatever makes you think this behavior is uniquely Japanese?

    I see many TV programs showing people hitting each other.

    I hardly think there is a correlation between bad slapstick and dangerous violence in society.

    Call this for what it is, an isolated crime.

    Posted in: Tokyo beauty salon manager found dead

  • 0

    slumdog

    lucabrasi,

    I expect better of you. Sorry to disagree, but yabits actually said a lot of not much in all that he wrote. If you will note, I have never ever suggested there were not any extremists on the Israeli side. In fact, I firmly and clearly criticized Mayor Barkat's actions on the Temple Mount. However, to extend this and suggest that this represents the Israeli government or Israelis in general is inaccurate to the highest degree. When questioned specifically, yabits cannot answer specifically. This says a lot to me.

    I have no interest in debating someone who misrepresents a whole nation and its people. Your final coment above is one such misrepresentation as there is no Israeli 'Mein Kampf' that you erroneously suggest showing 'where Israel is headed. .So, yabits, you may go on with your talk of conspiracies that actually never take place, never have taken place and never will take place. This mayor is not anymore representative of Israel or Israelis as Shintaro Ishihara is of Japan or Japanese people. I will see the reality that both sides have good and bad in them and that it is the good on the Israeli side and the good on the Palestinian side that most prevail.

    Posted in: Jerusalem mayor's Al-Aqsa visit sparks anger

  • 0

    slumdog

    yabits,

    Are you familiar with the term "weasel words"? When you make a claim such as:

    many fully expect these lands to eventually be claimed

    You actually say very little. Many actually do not expect any such thing. Unless you can accurately describe the amount of people that expect such a thing to happen and under what conditions they expect it to happen, you fall under the definition of "weasel words".

    The fuel and sparks have been there for thousands of years

    Yes, but your as of yet completely unsubstanciated claim that 'many' want to take over more of the Middle East than Israel currently controls adds more fuel and sparks and at the same time adds little in the way of actual factual evidence.

    If you understood anything you'd know that such a step is increasingly necessary.

    ? Necessary for whom? Why? What exactly are you talking about? Again, hinting at things does not equal with dealing in actual facts. By the way, when you are someone who claimed that their knowledge of the Middle East situation came solely from reading (three?) books, I would hardly throw around language such as "If you understood anything...".

    Posted in: Jerusalem mayor's Al-Aqsa visit sparks anger

  • 0

    slumdog

    many fully expect these lands to eventually be claimed

    'Many'? How many is 'many' exactly? 'Claimed'? 'Claimed' by whom exactly? Speaking of straw horses. The outlying borders of the land Israel controls have not increased for many, many years. Please do not add needless fuel to an already needlessly burning fire.

    This issue is the Temple Mount and Mayor Barkat's doing an impression of Sharon. It is needless. If the Palestinians react as they did in 2000, that would be needless as well. The Palestinians can condemn the action if they choose to, but they should call for calm and avoid the violence that such events in the past have led to.

    Posted in: Jerusalem mayor's Al-Aqsa visit sparks anger

  • 0

    slumdog

    Not as far as the muslim authorities are concerned. Any time Jews go anywhere near there, you get riots.

    Well, as you can probably guess, I was just giving my personal opinion above. However, you should be aware that it is not only Muslim authorities that do not want Jews to go up to the Temple Mount. It is also Jewish authorities as well and has been that way since at least 1921.

    For your information:

    Chief rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef have signed a declaration reiterating the Chief Rabbinate’s opposition to Jews visiting the Temple Mount.

    The Chief Rabbinate has – since its inception under Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook in 1921 – banned Jews from visiting the site out of a concern they may inadvertently step into an area which, in Jewish law, it is forbidden to enter unless one is ritually pure. It is not possible to perform the purification ceremony today for various halachic reasons.

    http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Chief-Rabbis-reimpose-ban-on-Jews-visiting-Temple-Mount-333741

    Posted in: Jerusalem mayor's Al-Aqsa visit sparks anger

  • 0

    slumdog

    The site is important to both religions and should be able to be visited by both religions. However, it is pretty obvious that Nir Barkat is trying to stir a hornets' nest just as Sharon did. I hope the Palestinians do not give Barkat the satisfaction and react as they did in 2000.

    Posted in: Jerusalem mayor's Al-Aqsa visit sparks anger

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  • 5

    slumdog

    Here is some more information:

    Nomura is 32 years old. Although he claims he was too sick to bring the car back, police charge that he lent the car to other people during the six weeks that he had the car.

    http://webnews.asahi.co.jp/anns000037570.html

    Posted in: Man with 3-hour car rental agreement keeps car for 6 weeks

  • 0

    slumdog

    They've never done it and never will, for the simple reason that the American public would never tolerate US soldiers dying in defense of some other country... unless US citizens died first.

    You are again historically incorrect.

    I call your attention to:

    The first Iraq War and the Korean War as two of many examples. So, if you are trying to convince people that the US does not defend its allies, you are barking up the wrong tree.

    Again, when China attempted to set up a line in the sea around the Senkakus, the US sent B-52s to show they would not be influenced by such an attempt.

    Posted in: What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy. How can Japan maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.

  • 0

    slumdog

    Words are cheap.

    Frungy,

    These words reflect reality:

    United States responds to Chinese 'air identification zone' over Japanese-claimed islands by sending B-52 bombers

    Late yesterday Australian time, two US B-52 bombers flew over the Senkaku/Diaoyou island chain in the East China Sea –a deliberately provocative act in response to a freshly declared “air identification zone”.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/united-states-responds-to-chinese-air-identification-zone-over-japanese-claimed-islands-by-sending-b-52-bombers/story-fndir2ev-1226769154950

    Posted in: What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy. How can Japan maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.

  • 2

    slumdog

    To be fair, that might have been a clever pun.

    I don't think so. Except for the mistake, the content pretty well matches the Japanese above it and there is no mention of Halloween or the like in the Japanese.

    I've also seen other signs inside Narita Airport near the departure gates with the words 'Enjoy your fright' on them and it was nowhere near Halloween.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 3

    slumdog

    They don't even know that English is a difficult language and they need native-check.

    tina,

    You know very well that one of the most used phrases in Japan regarding English is 'English is so difficult.'. Japanese people say this very often. They certainly know English is difficult because they learn at least 6 years of it.

    They spend huge amonut of time, money and energy to improve even a little bit of their English skills.

    tina,

    You just got through saying Japanese don't know that English is a difficult language and that they need a native speaker to check their English. Now, you admit that Japanese do know it is difficult and even spend a huge amount of time, money and energy to improve even a little bit. Perhaps you should make up your mind what your argument is because you are starting to seem to be arguing with yourself.

    Sign in Narita Airport Halloween 2011:

    Connecting Fright to Osaka

    http://www.engrish.com/2011/10/happy-halloween/

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 0

    slumdog

    Sups are of full if not half Canadian.

    One of the creators was American born, the second was a Canadian American. The two were US high school students and citizens of the US. They created the character in the US. There is no doubt that the character Superman is a US character.

    I would add that MIckey Mouse is probably one of the most well known characters ever.

    Posted in: Who do you think are the most recognizable fictional British and American characters in the world?

  • 2

    slumdog

    The US has been very specific in their desire to work with and support Japan and the Japanese people. This includes the US response regarding the Senkakus. When China made the areas around the islands 'off limits' to outside crafts, the US immediately sent planes to fly through the area to show both support for Japan and to show the Chinese that the US supports Japan.

    Posted in: What’s difficult for Japan is that the alliance with the U.S. is the centerpiece of its security policy. How can Japan maintain this alongside relations with Russia? This is an extremely important problem for Prime Minister Abe now.

  • 14

    slumdog

    Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

    I think a lot of times, it is a bit of laziness that is the culprit. For public places, such as Nijo Castle, it should be a simple task to walk over to the prefectural office and seek one of the non-Japanese, who are paid with tax money, and have them check the English. Failing that, do a net search of the phrase you are thinking of using and see how many hits you get and see if alternatives exist.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 0

    slumdog

    Canadian Muslims are protesting right now. Google 'not in my name'.

    Thank you, that is a great thing. However, those numbers are still clearly dwarfed by the numbers seen at protests about insulting cartoons and the like.

    In addition, if it is okay for those people to protest, why is it not okay for others such as Honest Dictator to comment about the present situation in Islam? Isn't healthy criticism vital for any society? I think this healthy criticism actually helps those very people are you point out are protesting by saying that questioning Sharia, etc is healthy and you be supported.

    According to the survey findings, most Muslims believe sharia is the revealed word of God rather than a body of law developed by men based on the word of God. Muslims also tend to believe sharia has only one, true understanding, but this opinion is far from universal; in some countries, substantial minorities of Muslims believe sharia should be open to multiple interpretations.

    Egyptian Muslims (74%) are the most likely to say (Sharia) should apply to Muslims and non-Muslims alike

    http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/

    Posted in: Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

  • 0

    slumdog

    Therefore trying to judge Islam based on the actions of governments is a failure in logic.

    Yes, I agree to an extent. However, until I see the kinds of huge protests against this miscarriage that was supposed to represent Islam that I have seen when insulting cartoons are published, etc, I will not be completely convinced.

    Posted in: Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

  • 0

    slumdog

    Japan to issue disaster response guidelines for foreign tourists

    Kind of frightening if this has not been thought of and done before already.

    Posted in: Japan to issue disaster response guidelines for foreign tourists

  • 0

    slumdog

    So you are trying to say that Islam is only governments, and is not made up of the people?

    Honest Dictator was clearly referring to Islamic governed countries and said as much.

    Posted in: Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

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