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smithinjapanMay. 02, 2016 - 12:09PM JST
Posted in: Little big man
smithinjapanMay. 02, 2016 - 12:03PM JST
The public is opposed to nuclear power, the public is opposed to the Secrets Law, and of COURSE the public is opposed to Constitutional revision; it doesn't matter! Japan is the new China, and they are acting like China but still pretending this is a democracy and saying, despite a CLEAR majority against these things, that they have been given a mandate by the people to do what they want.
Posted in: Majority oppose constitutional revision under Abe: poll
smithinjapanMay. 02, 2016 - 11:12AM JST
tinawatanabe: "This was a token of Japan's gratitude for Taiwan's large donation to Tohoku earthquake victims."
Ah, so it was Japan's benevolence that allowed them to fish there in the first place, as a handout for helping a desperate nation. In other words, it was because of Japan's kindness, you're saying?
So, then, what is going on here, tina? because correct me if I'm wrong but Japan just had another major disaster, and other nations are helping out again... so even if you're 'gift of kindness' from Japan stuff is right, then what is this? Japan retracting its kindness after needing more help? Just plain stupidity?
That was a rhetorical question, in case you are taking it seriously. It is not only stupidity by Abe and Japan, but insanity -- Taiwan is the ONLY friend Japan has in East Asia, and they are ruining that just like they have ruined relations with China and South Korea. Japan is not the victim here, they are once again the aggressor. Taiwan has every right now to do what it is doing, and the world knows who's to blame.
Posted in: Taiwan sends patrol ships after fishing boat seized by Japan
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 11:17PM JST
bullfighter: "Incidentally, European newspapers commonly reported this in terms of "how France defeated Germany," a reminder that there is more than one take on this issue."
Well, there's only ONE take on the fact that you said Japan did not drop the ball on this one, not only on this thread but on the one in which the news that they lost the bid first broke. You have said time and again it is not Japan's fault they lost the bid, when it IS Japan's fault JAPAN lost the bid. They blew it, BIG TIME, and that has been proven nearly a dozen times in this thread alone! You can try and backtrack all you like, it doesn't change that fact that you were dead wrong.
"As a Japanese taxpayer, I'm quite happy the French got this one."
And that's called sour grapes, my friend.
Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 07:16PM JST
If you feel the need to do yourself in, which I hope you don't, PLEASE leave others out of it!
Posted in: Husband, wife die in apparent shotgun murder-suicide
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 06:43PM JST
Wouldn't know because the yaks and other companies have a stranglehold on the taxi service here and won't allow it in yet (save, I think, for a few trials). But I'm guessing it's way more convenient, faster, and cheaper than Japanese taxis by a long shot, but perhaps minus a few of the courtesies in some cases.
Posted in: What do you think of ride-booking service Uber?
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 06:40PM JST
Thrashing is right. Now let's see them do the same against some real teams.
Posted in: Japan thrashes S Korea 85-0 in Asian Rugby Championship
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 06:39PM JST
Somebody's got some pent up hatred towards women! Lock him up, if it was indeed him (and if not, find whomever is responsible), and perhaps he can be made into the wee girl and receive similar acts upon him. Perhaps he'll have a slightly different outlook on life after.
As for the young woman, kudos for reporting it, and here's hoping you recover completely, both mentally and physically, and this kind of thing never befalls you again.
Peter Qinghai: "Forensic Science can match bruising on the girl's face to a fist."
Not three months after the fact, they can't.
Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting 13-year-old girl on street
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 06:32PM JST
Yeah, so long as the 'accurate facts' toe the party line. I guess they are not lying if they don't transmit accurate information that is vital but does not toe the party line. Besides, the 'fact' it that they have their hands in the nuclear industry, so if they report based on that fact then the official is not lying.
Posted in: With regard to our reporting about nuclear plants, we are transmitting accurate information based on facts, as has been the practice from the past, in order to avoid unnecessarily arousing concerns among residents.
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 12:06PM JST
They're busy white-washing history, and that's why wiki can be used as a good source for factual inform ration like population, area, some bio stuff, but not for history or entries with any controversy.
Posted in: Wikipedia entries in Japanese top 1 million
smithinjapanMay. 01, 2016 - 11:39AM JST
bullfighter: You said the other day as well that Japan did not lose to incompetence, but CLEARLY they did.
"Japan’s belated attempt to engage with potential local suppliers at a follow-up event in August 2015 went badly."
"The Japanese group, which included Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), also failed to clearly commit to providing skilled shipbuilding jobs in Australia."
'“Even though we were in the competition we acted as though nothing had changed,” said one Japanese government source involved in the bid. “We thought we had already won, so why do anything to rock the boat?”'
"Yet, convinced the deal was still in the bag, Japan’s bidding group dithered."
"Had the Japanese called first, Costello would have likely have accepted an offer to head their bid, according to a source who knows Costello. “They didn’t pick up the phone,” he said. Costello declined to speak publicly about the bid."
"The Japanese did not attend a conference for the Future Submarines project in March, failing to understand the importance of the crucial lobbying event and leaving the field to their German and French rivals, sources within the Japanese bid said."
The question is how Japan did NOT screw this up based on incompetence, because they screwed up every step of the way from the moment they felt they were entitled to the contract to the last ditch efforts, when the deal was done, to finally act. Sorry, bud, but Japan dropped the ball BIGTIME, and as for Germany you don't see them demanding to know why they lost; they know they were outbid. In Japan you have people like tinawatanabe playing victim instead and saying it's some big conspiracy and declaration of war against Japan in a bid for MILITARY HARDWARE.
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 03:48PM JST
It's a two-way street. You can't have one country saying they are not being provocative and are just reacting to the other, when both are engaged in confrontational activities from going around disputed islands, building artificial islands to house military, to trying to isolate each other by engaging in activities with neighbours for that ends, to saying they are not disputed, to visiting shrines with war criminals. China and Japan need each other.
Posted in: China says Japan relationship should be based on cooperation, not confrontation
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 03:45PM JST
But the sympathy crew will no doubt be shouting 'ganbare' to them and hoping, despite their criminal activities, they will not be punished 'severely' and they should be an exception to the laws, etc. etc. Ban them PERMANENTLY! and if they have been conducting criminal activity, as it suggests, lock them up to boot; or at least impose massive fans and again ban them permanently.
Posted in: Former Giants pitcher Kasahara, restaurant operator arrested in gambling probe
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 03:02PM JST
Speed: "Do they have to remake every good movie ever made?"
While I agree that remakes and reboots are become ridiculous, there ARE some that work and make the movies/shows better. I don't think this will be one of them, but I also don't think it can be disregarded as just "another remake" or lacking in creativity because it is an interesting spin using all women.
Again, I don't think it'll be worth watching if you're going to compare it to the original, which everyone will, but it might be interesting in and of itself. I'm going to pass, I think.
Posted in: Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 02:58PM JST
No "big 5", no "big 6", just "big 4". It'll be fun to watch them play altogether in this upcoming tournament.
Posted in: Murray insists Djokovic can be beaten as big four reunite in Madrid
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 02:56PM JST
wontons: No kidding!
But hey, nuclear power is cheap and safe, right? haha.
Posted in: Fukushima plant's new ice wall not watertight, TEPCO says
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 12:55PM JST
Who cares if the sign is outdated, or some people think the idea is an outdated trend -- hugs NEVER get tired, and if more people hugged each other, there would be less problems. Doesn't matter if it's a stranger or a loved one or good friend. It is a good form of stress relief and pleasure. There are, of course, people who would take advantage and either give or receive for selfish reasons rather than for what I believe is the purpose of the exercise, but on the whole what is the problem with it? If no one takes the man up on it, so be it. If even one does, I hope it makes them both happier for it.
SimondB: It would definitely be more successful, but then it would be about sex and would likely be a bunch of old men just wanting to hug a hot woman. Leave that for the special fan fund-raiser events for Johnny's groups and porn companies. If there is such a woman, or man, then fine, but it shouldn't be sexed up or that person chosen for that reason.
Posted in: Want a hug?
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 12:49PM JST
Good old TEPCO -- "We were aware we should have done such and such months ago, but I defend my company's actions!" They could have reduced the water reaching the reactors significantly, and saved BILLIONS, but this way another company in cahoots with them gets billions more to try an experiment that is not only not a success, but that will require enough energy to power many of the houses right now in Kumamoto that have none. And no doubt TEPCO will even argue nuclear power is needed to provide power for the ice wall that is necessary because of the meltdown (that never happened).
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 12:43PM JST
bullfighter: It is about these nations manipulating currencies in order to increase exports, not simply that they are 'selling too much'. Not surprised by your knee-jerk reaction, though. You're probably just angry Japan was included no a list with China and Korea and not made an exception. Probably think it's regrettable.
Posted in: U.S. places Japan, 4 other countries on trade monitoring list
smithinjapanApr. 30, 2016 - 12:58AM JST
"Charges include sexual assault, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography."
Wish Japan would follow suit instead of supporting possession of kiddie porn as a 'right to free speech and art'. It's cracked down a tiny bit on people who upload it, if the bother looking, but still leaves a LOT to be desired. So, good on all those involved in this, and hope that if the victims who were identified had been kidnapped, they are treated and returned home.
Posted in: 80 arrested in Ontario in child porn probe
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