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smithinjapanMar. 09, 2014 - 01:10PM JST
globalwatcher: "Japan says no room for compromise with China on history, territory. That's right. I am not kidding here."
So you admit Japan is every bit as hypocritical as China is (or at least you are). Good on you for that. Is this like when China called Japan Voldemort, and Japan turned around and said, "un-uh! YOU are Voldemort (sniff sniff)"?
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
smithinjapanMar. 09, 2014 - 12:31PM JST
Galapagos/SamuraiBlue: "Anyway, if Kuala Lumpur airport was deficient in some aspect of security that could have been exploited by terrorists."
While I think you guys are jumping to conclusions, I will admit it's odd that the plane 'suddenly' disappeared without any mayday signals or what have you. An explosion could cause that, but then... if that were the case what caused the explosion is a mystery. Could also have been a bizarre power outage. Who knows? All I know is that it does not sound like the plane or the people survived, and I feel very sorry about it.
Posted in: Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet
smithinjapanMar. 09, 2014 - 12:23PM JST
DudeDeuce: "Well if you compare Tennoji to Umeda or Shinsaibashi than it looks poor. I consider that area the heart and soul of Osaka and people you encounter are much more real."
Agreed. Umeda, while I love it, is really not much more than a facade, and while Shinsaibashi has some real heart, the old heart of the city is where you say -- Tennoji (Kyobashi as well).
Posted in: Japan's tallest building opens in Osaka
smithinjapanMar. 09, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
globalwatcher: "Let the world know as many world audience do not know what the Russian did after the WW2."
First off, WWII was not finished when Russia took (back) the islands. It was still going, so you can drop the 'after the war was done' garbage. Second, Japan is clearly in no position to tell Russia to do anything, let alone to demand the Kuriles be given to them. As usual, Japan is trying to entertain both parties from the background, while hiding behind the US, and simply hoping the issue dies quickly so that Japan does not have to take any clear actions against one party or the other. I laugh at everyone who thought Abe was a 'strong' leader.
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis
smithinjapanMar. 09, 2014 - 12:13PM JST
Ossan: "Why not use Germany DURING WWII as an example of what China is today, a neo-fascist totalitarian dictatorship bent on secret military buildup with the goal of regional domination."
Actually, you could use that as an example of both what Japan is becoming today and what it was at the same time as the wars that politicians like Aso praise Germany for and say Japan should emulate. Not dismissing China's hypocrisy by any means, but you seem to think it's a one way street, as usual. Japan wants China to 'discuss' history, it says, but what it really wants is, "we hope for your cooperation" in simply accepting Japan's extremely distorted view. Neither side will reach any 'compromise', and since when you do compromise on FACTS to begin with? Just because Japan wants to forget history (save when they are victims) does not mean you can forget about the atrocities Japan committed for politics' sake.
So long as Japan fails to truly atone for its atrocities and acknowledge history, they will forever be hounded by it... and honestly, a lot of these right-wing nutters in politics are seriously harming Japan's reputation on the international stage.
smithinjapanMar. 08, 2014 - 07:05PM JST
Notice how Abe/Suga did not at all say, "We support the Ukraine!", but only that they 'support' Obama's efforts (ie. lip-service)? Everyone of course noticed Suga refused to answer the question on whether Japan will put impose sanctions against Russia. In other words, what we're seeing is more of the 'support both sides but neither with any resolve or anything more than empty promises' thing that landed Hatoyama in such hot water over the base issue.
Playing both sides will only get your burned by both.
smithinjapanMar. 08, 2014 - 06:46PM JST
I'll go in about 2 years when the novelty wears off and the crowds thin. Pretty amazing though you can even see it from the town I live in, which is quite a ways away.
smithinjapanMar. 08, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Boeing's fault for outsourcing to get all the different parts before slapping them together at a record pace. Also MHI's fault for doing a shoddy manufacturing job. Japan seems to be going for the record in terms of poor manufacturing in regards to these planes, be it batteries of cracks in the wings. In any case, it's proof that if Boeing ever wants to instill a sense of confidence and safety in its products, it needs to slow down, spend a little more of their massive profit, and do a better job.
Posted in: Boeing reports cracks in Dreamliner wings
smithinjapanMar. 07, 2014 - 04:39PM JST
Michael: "No lawsuits or jail time?"
Not in this nation. It'll just make him more money.
Posted in: Composer Samuragochi apologizes for fake work
smithinjapanMar. 07, 2014 - 03:46PM JST
"...in what could be seen as a sign of remorse."
Ah, well then! Forget about any lawsuits! the man shaved and took off his sunglasses! Forget about compensation and/or jail time for defrauding people and probably getting benefits while claiming he was deaf (and I don't believe for a second he lost his hearing, which he claimed shortly after he was found out as a fake, miraculously started to come back a couple of years back!)! the man has bowed and claims he'll no longer appear as a TV celebrity! Oh, the suffering of this poor, poor man!!
smithinjapanMar. 07, 2014 - 03:39PM JST
Posted in: Soccer star Honda films new ad for sugarless gum in Milan
smithinjapanMar. 07, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
You can't really call a heart attack or a stroke 'illness', unless the person has already been diagnosed with heart disease or something.
Disillusioned: I believe they already implemented laws about strictly enforcing driving hours after the LAST bus accident, but obviously it's the usual, "We'll make the laws to look good but leave enforcement up to you!".
Posted in: Number of bus accidents involving drivers with illnesses triples in past decade
smithinjapanMar. 07, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Mrkobayashi: " his true position".
His "true position" is what he's told to play, bottom line. If he can't adapt, that's his problem. You're right, though; he did score twice in the friendly against NEW ZEALAND!
Posted in: Honda looks to overcome Milan struggles
smithinjapanMar. 06, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
Well, let's hope he's right. But like I've always said, the guy can't score to save his life and is just now getting the recognition for that after whining to be in the 'big leagues. We're getting a good look at how wrong te media here has been about this guy.
smithinjapanMar. 06, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
hongoTAFEinmate: "Couple of things to say. Firstly, medical accidents do happen."
And usually in most civilized countries the hospital is sued and has to pay tooth and nail, and the person responsible loses his her medical license if the cost of the suit is high enough. No one will truly swing for it. In Japan, what you usually get is a person higher up on the chain resigning (to some amakudari job, likely), and a bow and a 'moushiwakegozaimasen', though I have no doubt there is a paltry pay-out to (surviving) victims.
"It is unfortunate but it does occur. Secondly, it is good to see the hospital taking the lead in reporting this death to the authorities. "
Yes, on a Wednesday almost two weeks after the fact.
Poor parents, and poor, poor baby. This careless mistake has cost all three more than anyone should ever have to pay.
Posted in: 2-year-old baby dies in Tokyo hospital
smithinjapanMar. 06, 2014 - 03:32PM JST
Maybe they'll finally tighten sanitation controls at cafeteria or food making sites. Hope these guys get better soon, but I have to say I'm glad we're not reading about another 90 or so kids getting sick from school lunch.
Posted in: Diet members contract food poisoning from cafeteria bento lunch
smithinjapanMar. 05, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
Sad... So sad, but at least the parents got to hear from her again, in a way.
Posted in: 10-year-old letter arrives from daughter lost to tsunami
smithinjapanMar. 05, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
"“The Japanese prime minister’s rhetoric on these issues is increasingly concerning to many,”
Exactly. Abe and Co. have almost single-handedly caused the current tensions in Asia today, but they still try to play victim.
Posted in: U.S. urges restraint between Japan, S Korea
smithinjapanMar. 05, 2014 - 01:12AM JST
Frungy: "Epilepsy, which I include because in many countries epileptics have been banned from driving, has shown no increased risk of driving accidents (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1073944/)."
Yeah... how many people did that guy kill in an epileptic attack while driving a crane last year? seven? nine? I forget. But hey, no increase at all, right?
"HOWEVER (note, this is a BIG however) in Japan most people are chronically sleep-deprived and so it is both arbitrary and unfair to single out those suffering medical conditions for persecution. The simple fact is that most Japanese drivers are driving fatigued, and this is undoubtedly a major contributor to the accident rate in Japan, regardless of whether or not there are underlying medical conditions. Probing into people's private medical backgrounds is unnecessary and prejudicial, a simple fatigue test is all that is required."
So, we should treat those who are even more likely to cause accidents based on sleep deprivation beyond the norm by not bothering to consider the safety of our clients? Should we allow narcoleptics, sleep apnea sufferers, and epileptics (etc.) to fly planes because JAL might deprive their pilots of sleep anyway? (as an example) Your 'argument' makes no sense. When it comes to a job where the lives of others are in your hands, any illness deserves thorough checking and concern. It's not 'persecution', it's common sense. But hey, I'd like to see you get on a bus/plane knowing the company hires people with sleep disorders for long range trips.
Posted in: Bus driver in fatal crash suffered from sleep apnea
smithinjapanMar. 04, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
Best of luck. Big age difference, but hope it works this time.
Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki marries UCLA med student
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:46PM JST
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Posted in: Dove’s 'Real Beauty' commercial a big hit in Japan
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
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Posted in: Mt Gox faced 150,000 attacks per second, media report
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
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Posted in: There are many pharmaceutical and new energy companies, research institutes and universities in Osaka. Osaka is an area that will be able to produce the best results of Abenomics.
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Posted in: In spirit
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
Kinki Daigaku has a fish farm where they can produce tuna from eggs. They sell to…
Posted in: Japan to halve tuna catch in northern Pacific