smartacus's past comments

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Yes, I went there once (someone else paid, fortunately). The steak was fantastic but with all the side dishes, we couldn't finish it. The cheesecake was the best I have ever tasted. I just wish the prices weren't in the stratosphere.

    Posted in: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse packs in the essence of New York

  • 6

    Brainiac

    It's a form of lynching and I am against it. Too many people show poor judgement when circulating things on Twitter, Facebook or whatever. There is always the danger that some idiot will vandalize the homes of the suspects' families or make obscene phone calls to them, or even worse, attack them physically or online out of some warped idea of justice.

    And sillygirl, being arrested doesn't equate to being guilty, especially in Japan. Sooner or later, somebody innocent will be arrested and their families will be subjected to vitriol online. No thank you.

    Posted in: Although Japan's Juvenile Law prohibits media from publishing the names and photos of minors arrested for crimes, people have been using social media to circulate the names, photos, addresses and telephone numbers of the three suspects in the murder of a 13-year-old Kawasaki boy. What are your views on this?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I like some of the Japanese versions of movie posters. This reminds me of the "Man of Steel" one two years ago that showed Superman flying over Mt Fuji.

    Posted in: Japan’s poster for Academy Award-winning movie 'Birdman' raises eyebrows online

  • -6

    Brainiac

    I must be the only reader on Japan Today who pays the license fee. I think some of their programs are excellent, especially late at night. Their documentaries are good, too. I always watch their "News Watch 9" when I am home and Hiroko Kuniya's "Close-up Gendai" at 7:30 p.m.

    In the aftermath of March 11, 2011, it was my main source of English news, as I am sure it was for many JT readers.

    Personally, I think any reader who watches NHK and who doesn't pay is a deadbeat and bragging about how rude you act toward the collector just shows how uncouth some of you are.

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

  • 3

    Brainiac

    It's an interesting question. I think it will be music that influenced the times, so I would say the Beatles, and possibly Elvis. Christmas carols will probably be still with us.

    I've always wondered why classical music has been passed on down, but no other music from centuries ago. I suppose orchestras kept classical music alive, whereas other singers had no means of recording or handing their song styles onto the next generation.

    Posted in: Which music from the past 60 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Shouldn't two bodyguards be running in front of t he crown prince to stop someone from coming at him from the front?

    Posted in: Royal runner

  • 4

    Brainiac

    I wish the 2022 World Cup had been awarded to Australia. Though it is not a soccer power, it is a great sporting nation, the stadiums are first rate, the climate just right and the fans would have turned out in force. And they know how to host a big event. The 2000 Sydney Olympics was exemplary.

    Posted in: FIFA recommends Nov-Dec for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I think Billy Crystal was the best host, followed by Johnny Carson and Bob Hope (the good old days). Crystal was really at his peak in the early and mid-1990s when he inserted himself into a montage of clips from the nominated films and when he was wheeled onstage in his Hannibal Lector restraints.

    Posted in: Harris wins praise as Oscars host

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I was in Ginza when they ran past. A lot of people cheered them on and I think runners appreciated the extra security.

    It appears the only people who mocked them are some JT readers posting above, who think they know more about security issues than the police.

    Posted in: Running police keep the peace at Tokyo Marathon

  • -6

    Brainiac

    Yubaru

    I disagree. Your hatred of Abe is well known on the discussion board and clouds your view. Abe's attitude was not a problem, nor is there anything to reproach him for. What did the opposition expect? That he sit in the crisis room all day, every day? He still has a government to run, he has to meet ministers, visiting foreign guests and so on.

    It's petty on the part of the opposition. If he left the room to go to the toilet, someone would complain.

    Posted in: Abe defends playing golf during hostage crisis

  • 17

    Brainiac

    He sounds like a nasty piece of work.

    Posted in: American arrested for assaulting two people on train in Yokosuka

  • 4

    Brainiac

    I hope the killers get polio.

    Posted in: Abducted polio immunisation team found murdered in Pakistan

  • 0

    Brainiac

    kibousha

    Those are examples of different pronunciation, not incorrect usage. I constantly see people misusing "lose" and "loose" and they honestly don't know the difference. My theory is that using abbreviations when sending email messages via smartphones is adversely affecting people's spelling and grammar (me included).

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

  • -9

    Brainiac

    I think Abe handled the hostage crisis as well as any leader could have done. Generally, I support most of his policies and I think he is doing a good job for Japan.

    But these poll results really must stick in the craw of the Abe-haters and Japan-bashers on Japan Today, who perhaps don't know as much about Japanese politics (and Japanese society) as they think they do.

    Posted in: Abe's approval ratings rise in Japan after hostage crisis

  • 3

    Brainiac

    I agree with the government on this one. Sure, it's not illegal, but if Sugimoto goes and gets caught, the whole hostage crisis starts again. His family make appeals to the government, and Abe gets blamed again...and all for no reason.

    Goto made a video of himself saying he accepted full responsibility and look at the fallout. No thank you, Mr Sugimoto, you may be a freelance photographer but you don't need to go to Syria to make a living. The government may just have saved your life.

    Posted in: Man's passport confiscated after he refuses to give up Syria travel plan

  • 5

    Brainiac

    I don't see the point. I've always gone through immigration at Narita quickly. Why add extra VIP lanes? With several jets arriving each hour, you'll have thousands of passengers approaching the immigration counters and they won't feel like lining up and listening to someone asking them why they are in Japan and which lane they should go to. There will be a logjam before passengers get to the immigration area.

    Posted in: Narita to establish 'fast lane' for passengers needing to be out of airport quickly

  • 2

    Brainiac

    Mothers suffer so much agony in their lives one way or another over their children. My prayers are with her and also Yukawa's family.

    Posted in: Goto's mother expresses sorrow over his murder

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I've been there only once and the food was great. I wish I could afford to go more often.

    Posted in: Hinokizaka at Ritz-Carlton Tokyo takes Japanese cuisine to great heights

  • 4

    Brainiac

    JWithers

    I don't agree with you. Abe is not responsible for this crisis. His decision to offer non-humanitarian aid to the Middle East was correct. And as for his handling of the situation, he is doing exactly what I would have done in an extremely difficult situation.

    As for your assertion that his foreign policy has put Japanese lives at risk, that is incorrect. Both Yukawa and Goto were kidnapped long ago and were kept as pawns for the right moment. Since more than a year ago, the government has issued a travel alert, strongly urging its citizens not to go anywhere near Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Furthermore, Goto made a video in December in which he said he takes full responsibility for whatever may befall him.

    Besides, every government's foreign policy is going to put some of its citizens at risk in some form or another.

    Abe almost certainly will offer his condolences to the victims' families when the time is right, probably in private. But remember, if you know anything about Japanese society, you'll know that the families do not expect an apology from the PM. Quite the opposite, they are apologizing to society for all the trouble their sons caused.

    Posted in: Islamic State issues new threat via Goto to kill Jordanian pilot

  • 3

    Brainiac

    GalapagosnoGairaishu

    No, they won't be in the limelight if they are released. Sagawa's case was completely different and he certainly would not garner that sort of media attention today. The key here is Goto's mother tearfully apologizing for all the trouble her son caused. These two hostages will not be treated as celebrities but suffer tremendous shame, as will their parents.

    Posted in: Japan awaits news of hostages as deadline passes

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