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smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 05:43PM JST
Big win for NZ, not sure it's such a big win for the movie business. There are times when you just have to let a movie lie and not try to cash in on the success of it with sequels. Hope Cameron does it well.
Posted in: Cameron to film three 'Avatar' sequels in New Zealand
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 05:39PM JST
Amuro is what separates 'tarento' with actual talent. She writes her own stuff in some cases, is a sexy danger, can sing, and has amazing presence. Look forward to seeing a performance.
Posted in: Namie Amuro back on top of charts after four years
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 05:35PM JST
The greed of the NPB is astounding. What a disgrace. This man wants to achieve his dream, and he's not allowed because his club can't get enough money.
Posted in: Tanaka says he wants to pursue career in MLB
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 05:25PM JST
Too many people missing the obvious -- get under the blankets with a partner, both in your undies. Body heat, baby... and hey, if you happen to MAKE a baby while you're at it that's something Japan needs as well.
Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep warm in winter?
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 03:51PM JST
Let's see... taxes are up (and consumption tax soon will be!), utility costs are up, corporations have gotten cuts, a secrecy law that puts Japan back to pre-war days was rushed through despite the majority of Japanese citizens against it, tensions are at an all-time high, defense spending is going to cost us even MORE tax money, there's been no progress in Fukushima -- worse yet, he's given more and more handouts to TEPCO while people still sleep in shelters, he's pushing to restart NPPs despite public opposition, etc.
Nah, I wouldn't say he's doing a good job at all.
Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has done a good job since his election a year ago?
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 03:44PM JST
And so what's being done about it? My guess is, not much if anything. And until something IS done, the 'black companies' will continue to thrive.
Posted in: 80% of 'black companies' guilty of illegal business practices, survey finds
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 10:54AM JST
fxgai: "As for the Southern Ocean specifically, tradition is not the point, is it?"
I thought 'science' was the point, but I guess we all know it's a pretty thinly veiled guise, eh?
Posted in: Sea Shepherd says it's ready for aggression from Japan whalers
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
Ossan: "It seems that many anti-Japan posters here..."
Ah, and there comes the expected undermining of your own comments. You know, someone who is anti-whaling is not necessarily "anti-Japanese". Are you suggesting cleo is some kind of J-basher?
"The "tradition" is the practice of taking whales and having whale meat as part of the diet albeit limited."
The 'tradition' was never in the Southern Ocean until recently, and hence it is not at all tradition. And lest we forget, Ossan, it's supposedly for science. "Tradition" is the fall-back excuse when you point out that it's obviously NOT for science... unless the science is 'mayonnaise vs. soy-sauce'.
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 09:06AM JST
With 'fresh urgency', eh? As opposed to 'stale urgency'?
Posted in: Abe to push security agenda next year with fresh urgency
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 12:51AM JST
I'm there at some point. But seriously... the whole 'little' erect-like thing on their money pouch is a bit gratuitous.
Posted in: Another Hooters for Osaka
smithinjapanDec. 18, 2013 - 12:33AM JST
And at the same time demands everyone respects its ADIZ, no?
Posted in: Japan calls on China to accept world's concerns over air defense zone
smithinjapanDec. 17, 2013 - 10:46PM JST
Antiquated and stupid system. Even the changes are not enough. No club deserves to get money to see a player achieve his/her dream of going overseas. It's basically extortion.
Posted in: MLB, Japanese baseball officials agree on posting system protocol
smithinjapanDec. 17, 2013 - 12:22AM JST
Ossan: "There is no hypocrisy at all in my statements."
There is 100%, thank you. South Korea should go to the ICJ on Dokdo, but Japan doesn't need to with the Senkakus because they were not asked. To state that is a valid basis of ownership is nothing short of hypocrisy, like it or not.
"Japan can not "DEMAND" that China go to the ICJ. Do you honestly believe that China will take "orders" from Japan?"
That's the point; do you believe China will take orders from Japan? It's not a one way street, buddy. The sooner Japan stops playing victim and starts trying to work with other nations instead of isolating them, the better. As for SK and Dokdo, you don't have to like it, but you do have to admit the islands belong to SK. I gave you the links you asked for last night as to the US government, under your pal GWB, admitting SK control of the islands. Can give them again if it will make you happy.
Posted in: S Korea slams Japan's video claim on disputed isles
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 11:13PM JST
Ossan: Once again, the hypocrisy is astounding... except it's not, really. Call it expected instead.
"Because Japan is a signatory to an agreement that makes compliance compulsory. "
So why doesn't Japan demand China go to the ICJ over the Senkakus? Granted, China could refuse, but you don't see Japan willing to go to the ICJ over the islands at all, do you? Yet you demand other nations do so at the behest of a nation that doesn't have the gall to go to the same body of their own will. Tsk tsk. If Japan has nothing to lose, why not demand China go to the ICJ over the Senkakus? I think we all know the answer is because of the hypocritical stand-point that there is 'no issue' with one dispute, but plenty with another when Japan is 'the victim'.
"Japan can not bring an action against itself."
They seem pretty intent on bringing things up when it's in their own interest, and if they have nothing to lose, why not do so here? I mean, you say SK should always go to the ICJ, so why not Japan suggest China do so and just end it?
Sorry, bud... you cannot deny the hypocrisy.
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
Ossan: "But you still have no answered my question. When has Japan ever shot down a commercial airliner as China has done in 1954?"
Nearly 70 years ago? really? This from a guy who demands South Koreans forget about the past and 'move on'? Anyway, CraigHicks gave you more than what you asked, as I did yesterday, and you continue to deflect. Please stop being so inflammatory.
"The "entire world" refers to the number of sovereign counties. Not the population."
Last I checked the 'entire world' referred to the entire world, not what an ossan suggests it is. Please define "entire world" for us, Ossan.
Posted in: China denounces 'slanderous' air zone remarks by Abe
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 11:01PM JST
Ossan: "That all sounds very nice except that Australia does not have any jurisdiction over the international waters where the research whaling is taking place. "
But Japan does, right? They can funnel Tohoku disaster money to put COAST GUARDS in the Southern Ocean, and all the while claim it is for ancient tradition??
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 09:45PM JST
A truly great person. Would that there were a whole lot more like him.
Posted in: Mystery man puts smiles on kids’ faces with gift of 3,000 books
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 09:33PM JST
Go get 'em, SS! Prove that they're science -- err.... eons-long tradition of killing whales in the South Sea with diesel ships (once you point out the faulty logic in terms of science) -- is wrong. The government can never seem to decide if it's for science or tradition, so don't let it be either excuse for making money while the carcasses rot in freezers.
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 09:27PM JST
I've learned that recently tests are changing somewhat to ask students to think more and express their opinions on issues rather than just recite what they've learned via rote. While I welcome this change, they are still being marked on spelling and grammar instead of the ability to get the message across, which defeats the point of the change. The system is the problem, and the fobbing off of responsibility from one party to the next is completely irresponsible. The kids may not be up to grade in studying, but I'm sorry to say that is the fault of the system, for the most part. You give a boring speech that no one can understand, don't expect them to be enthused and remember it.
Posted in: There are students who can't even understand when the class is run in Japanese, so can classes conducted in English truly be possible?
smithinjapanDec. 16, 2013 - 03:30PM JST
cleo: "You cannot simply walk into a class of people with close to zero English ability and insist they hold a meaningful conversation in English."
That was part of my point, hence the 'impossible when the students lack the fundamentals'. But there ARE times when the fundamentals can be naturally acquired as opposed to constant translation and explanation. I mean, do you need to show a picture of a pig and follow the word 'pig' with a translation?
Anyway, what the whole thing boils down to is apathy, be it on the part of the teachers, the students, or the system as a whole. The bilingual rate for people in Canada from my age group (who had to start learning French from about 11 years of age, roughly the same as JHS here), is sadly not much higher than 10%. At some point in time the government made it mandatory, and made an actual system, that children start learning French/English from the age of Kindergarteners. The rate of people who are fluent in both languages has increased. Proof that starting at an earlier age, with a decent system, helps.
What the government needs to do, and needs to do NOW, is stop making laws that English be mandatory here and there, and then leave it up to the local boards to decide on how they do it (and those boards have to stop leaving it up to the schools!). Make a nationwide curriculum, same as with all other subjects (something I respect about the education system here). Right now it's basically chaos; one school LITERALLY teaches one hour of English a year so they have 'taught the students English', and the next school has foreign language teachers coming in nearly every day. It's uneven. Then you have the problem of Japanese teachers who wrote on their resumes that they studied English at some point and so are demanded by the board to take on the English classes when in reality all they did was get a relatively high TOEIC score.
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