smithinjapan's past comments

  • -2

    smithinjapan

    "has said the grounds are a good place to get a sense of the true Japanese spirit and culture"

    Except that most Japanese are NOT Shinto, and of the ones that are almost no one actually believes in it, so they're not really getting a sense of "the true Japanese spirit and culture" at all. It is am important part of culture, for sure, and in that I think it's just fine and dandy that they visit, but Abe has to be careful not to push what HE sees is this or that on them, or else the people will indeed walk away thinking all of Japan is a certain way (and not good if they make the association with nationalism and militarism). If they can keep religion out of it, it is a beautiful place to see, without a doubt, and an important asset.

    Posted in: Abe visits Shinto holy site before G-7 summit

  • 8

    smithinjapan

    SenseNotSoCommon: "Why don't we feel a sense of urgency or opportunity?"

    Because the leaders of the nation today want to rely on old models and want quick profit for themselves, regardless of the expense to the environment and future generations. New technology requires more research, patience, and might not involve the bid-rigging and established cronyism that the current construction companies and models espouse and require.

    Anyway, get ready for the "This is an attack on our culture!.... but please come and enjoy and give us your (positive) opinions of Japan, G7!"

    Posted in: NGOs slam Japan for investing abroad in carbon-polluting coal

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Suddenly I can see the choke hold on Uber in this nation being eased somewhat; so long as Japan Inc. is involved in the money-making and the spreading of it.

    Posted in: Toyota to invest in ride-hailing app Uber

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    The guy is a great man, plain and simple. He'll make some mistakes, for sure, but so far any little mistake he's made he's been sincere about fixing, like with the elbow. Sure beats Harper, who stole money for years and drove Canada into a hole in the ground but kept denying it, stoking fear instead of fostering a sense of patriotism and compassion -- taking on American-style politics -- and lied about huge scandals, not to mention the fact that whenever questioned about any of it he refused to talk and would walk away. The man was a criminal -- and it SURE does make some people angry that Trudeau is not only not failing, but becoming more and more popular with each decision he makes.

    Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau's popularity soars

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    DarkKnghtZ: "I think the playground children had it right, many years ago: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"

    And if it were indeed just children calling each other names then I might be inclined to agree, but when you have full-grown, fat old men SCREAMING through loudspeakers at CHILDREN to "Die cockroaches!" despite the fact that they were born and raised here and are just on their way to school (and are zainichi), that is just plain wrong, and should be punished. Worse yet still are when lawmakers base laws on discrimination and the laws are passed. You know how else is against this law, DarkKnghtZ? the leaders of the nazi party in Japan and people who support them (who also have praised how Hitler did things, by the way). One of the women who is an opponent of this law is ironically (not really) a huge advocate of punishing people who speak to freely if it is not in line with the government opinion:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/09/national/politics-diplomacy/minister-warns-that-government-can-shut-down-broadcasters-it-feels-are-biased/#.V0VEn1cz7zI

    So, you see... none of these people are really for freedom of speech at all, just call it as such when it agrees with them, and "dangerous" and "bias", and that it should be banned, when it does not. If this woman had her way she could literally make racist slurs, and say if you were against them you could be jailed.

    People who can't see the difference between hate speech and how detrimental it is to society and how harmful it can be vs. freedom of speech need to give their heads a serious shake.

    Posted in: Law against hate speech enacted, but critics doubt effectiveness

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Even if the boy did indeed climb up and out himself, why on earth would you put the bed under a window with so little height difference? or at least, why wouldn't you MOVE the bed after the baby was born? Did they also have water bottles open and sitting next to power bars with forks dangling out of them?

    Posted in: Baby boy falls to death from 6th floor in Kyoto

  • 4

    smithinjapan

    Let's just face it: he'll raise it... he just won't commit to doing so until after a snap election he is 'forced' to hold (before too much skepticism builds and the opposition has a chance).

    Posted in: Abe aide says raising sales tax would win global trust

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    What was that pesky foreign professional saying about Japan repeating the same mistakes and not having learned from the Tohoku disasters?

    Christopher Glen: "The best way is to go to Kumamoto I guess, and put money directly into the hands of the disaster victims."

    Yeah, but then they would just use the money donated for relief as 'found money', same as with Tohoku; contact lens factor in Nagoya, expressways in Okinawa, coast guard to accompany whalers, etc. The point is to get them to use the money they've already received effectively and disburse it where it is needed; something they also failed to do with Tohoku. It's the usual government, "We'll say this and give you this, but you decide how to deal with it," while the municipalites or what have you are awaiting instructions on exactly what to do. You see that in every facet of society here that involves taking responsibility for something.

    Posted in: Most relief money for quake-hit Kumamoto yet to reach victims

  • 8

    smithinjapan

    IOC: "There, there, Japan. We've all engaged in money scandals. Let's talk about something else. How's the stadium coming?

    Japan: ...

    IOC: Oh! right. Well... hmmm... nice logo you chose! But wasn't there another one ORIGINALLY? nudge nuge... get it?

    Japan: ...

    IOC: alright, bad form. But seriously... is there ANYTHING we can talk about that doesn't involve you guys in scandal?

    Japan: (pouting) ...

    Posted in: Scandal-hit Tokyo seeks crumbs of comfort from IOC

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    "As an exception, investigators will be allowed to stop recording if they decide a suspect is being uncooperative."

    Just when you think they might be doing something, they add the usual exceptions to make it yet MORE lip-service law, and nothing else. I'm guessing that they didn't bother to define what 'non-cooperative' means, so that it can LITERALLY mean you disagree with the idea of signing a confession for a crime you did not commit.

    In other words, absolutely pointless. Make a law about taxes and the parameters are clearly set, and it is immediately put into effect and enforced. Make it about human rights and they bend over backwards so that they can continue to take steps back instead of forward, while still purporting to make progress.

    Posted in: Diet enacts law for mandatory recording of suspect questioning

  • 11

    smithinjapan

    Another lip-service law. They'll pat themselves on the back and be sure to mention this to the international presence in Mie, then turn around and pretend they didn't hear the question when asked about punishments or what will be done when hate-speech occurs or what qualifies it in the first place.

    Posted in: Law against hate speech enacted, but critics doubt effectiveness

  • 5

    smithinjapan

    What happened to the young, busty, long-haired girls in skimpy suits bent over in erotic poses and embarrassed faces? That's what the mascot promised!

    I also thought they mostly just dove for pearls.

    Posted in: Ama divers

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    "Both the Himeji branch of the Kobe District Public Prosecutors Office and the Hyogo prefectural police have declined to comment on the damages suit."

    Ah, not even a denial... just 'no comment'. Kudos to the guy for trying to right what appears to be a grievous wrong, but he won't win. Not in Japan.

    bullfighter: Off-topic as usual.

    Posted in: Nigerian man sues over evidence cover-up in 2001 robbery case

  • -1

    smithinjapan

    So long as no crimes are being committed, by the celebs or the paparazzi, then I don't think there's a lot more that can be done. If they interfere with ANYTHING that ends up causing an accident or otherwise, then the paparazzi should be prosecuted and automatically given the maximum sentence in any case against them (unless the interference itself is accidental).

    Posted in: How much legal protection, if any, should celebrities have from paparazzi?

  • -2

    smithinjapan

    Tough loss for Cilic (excellent for the Argentinian, though)! Good on Nishikori, Murray, and Wawrinka. And everyone else who won (or lost), as well. It's a shame the weather has stopped some of the games mid-way. Hopefully the rest are uneventful, weather-wise.

    Posted in: Murray locked in French Open survival battle; Wawrinka, Nishikori advance

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    YuriOtani: "As for my family the Americans killed them without mercy."

    Japan's fault for attacking, and Okinawa's for participating. The Japanese did FAR worse to the people when they knew the Americans were going to win -- the forced on them a war of attrition, forced suicides, forced off cliffs, forced little girls onto the front lines, and lied about US forces, etc.

    "The PI is not inferior, they have no money for a large military. The US should help them."

    You have clearly stated that the US are dangerous -- but you don't seem to care as long as they are somewhere else; so again, please stop pretending that the issue is about the US being dangerous or what have you because you really only care if they are close to Japanese.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor requests meeting with Obama

  • 11

    smithinjapan

    Crazy Joe: "Has Japan ever apologized to China?"

    No. It didn't happen.

    "Has Japan ever apologized for Pearl Harbor?"

    No. Pearl Harbor was the US' fault. Japan had no choice. They were forced to attack.

    "Has Japan ever accepted full responsibility for the war in the Pacific and the countless lives lost or the torture they inflicted on western troops in their P.O.W. "camps?""

    No. They were liberating Asia from Western powers, and gave modern education and taught people in Asia how to bathe. Any atrocities were either committed by Koreans and Chinese, or are myths created by them. Japan did nothing wrong. The POW camps were places of fun and games. Nothing bad happened, and soldiers were well taken care of. Yes, some labourers from Asia died, but they were volunteers, eager to be Japanese, so they cannot be called POWs, nor was it forced. They were well paid. The rest of the stories about POW camps were lies created by Americans... and Koreans and Chinese.

    Oh, Joe, just in case, I was taking the Japanese revisionists side there. Just look at the comments above mine (and above Outrider's) and you'll see that some people very much think these things. They literally think Japan had no choice but to attack Pearl Harbor -- it was not their fault. The colonies were not their fault. etc.

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    clamenza: Exactly! And that's why I don't think celebrating 54 and then being mum on the issue is the right way to go. It's very clearly documents that Japan has a LONG way to go to make the situation better, but is choosing not to. I want this to change, even if that means a spike in reports of trafficking.

    Posted in: 54 rescued from human trafficking in Japan in 2015

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    This is something I have always wanted to do, but never on a one temple per trip kind of thing. I'd like to do the whole walk in a two - three month period some time, if I can.

    Posted in: Shikoku pilgrimage booming among foreign visitors

  • -2

    smithinjapan

    YuriOtani: "The PI needs the Americans! Relocate them to the PI from Okinawa!"

    You have stated, flat out, that one of the reasons you want the Americans out of Okinawa is because of what family members suffered during the war. First, they suffered because of Japan, not the US. The latter nation did not start it. Second, you often say how dangerous the men are, and point out how young women have been assaulted, and how unsafe it is to have them there, etc.

    So, you obviously care so much for human life, eh, by saying they should just "go away somewhere else"? Obviously the 'dangers' of the US military have nothing to do with it, and it you just want them away from YOU (even though you're in the US), and don't care what they might do or the dangers they might pose, suddenly, if in one of those "inferior" nations, clearly.

    Please don't pretend from now on that it is human rights and safety of human lives you are championing by asking the US to go to the Philippines.

    As for Onaga, hahaha! The arrogance of that guy. Obama would never meet him in the first place, but if he did it would be a disaster for Onaga, who would end up walking out red-faced and fingers in ears shouting, "LALALALA! GET OUT GET OUT!" after Obama pointed out the facts of the matter.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor requests meeting with Obama

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