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smithinjapanMar. 05, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
Happy birthday! Sounds like she's lived a pretty interesting life, and that she is still in relatively good health and eating well is a good sign she still has longer with us.
Posted in: World's oldest person turns 117
smithinjapanMar. 04, 2015 - 06:27PM JST
DaDude: "Most of us are on Japan's side living here but I wonder what ex-pats living in Korea think about Japan...."
You're wrong. Most expats in Japan will admit that Japan has some serious atoning to do, and will point to Germany as an example of a nation who has atoned for its past and enjoyos friendly and prosperous relationships with its neighbors, who were former enemies. I've met VERY few who side with Japan, in Japan or otherwise, and they are usually for some reason people who just wish they were 100% Japanese and share the right-wing sentiment here.
As for expats in Korea, I can say that everyone I know sides with South Korea 100% on this issue, and rightly so. Why would they not, when South Korea is correct? Of those people, it should be noted, many also admit that the protests can be over the top, and that the textbooks there are also white-washed as they are here.
Posted in: Anti-Japan rally
smithinjapanMar. 04, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
DaDude: "People need to stop acting like you don't pay NHK because you don't like the content. Just admit you don't pay because you would rather use that money for booze or Wi-Fi service to download free movies or TV shows to discuss with other gaijin at your office"
Wrong side of the bed this morning, DaDude? Perhaps you ought to just stop and think that maybe a whole lot of the people who don't want to pay because they don't like or use the service don't want to pay for exactly that reason, and not, in YOUR words, because they'd rather go buy booze or download illegally so they can talk with other gaijin. What's your problem, dude? You seem to take extreme offense whenever people point out things that are factually problematic with this nation, and worse yet even when people are just offering their opinions you call them drunks or gaijin who do stupid things. This article is clearly about a Japanese person who sides with those (Japanese or otherwise) who don't want to pay if they don't want the service. Are those Japanese people also drunks who just want to booze it up and talk with gaijin about pirated shows?
Get off your high horse, my friend.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
smithinjapanMar. 04, 2015 - 10:09AM JST
Once gain the dumbest logic on the planet! "you may be afraid of the dangers, but try it to prove yourself wrong!" this is obviously just another self-pity party in a push to sell local goods where the conomy is down. Forget about the potential threat! Eat it or you'll hurt their feelings! And so uch forthe compact Olympics promised!
Posted in: Fukushima makes pitch for 2020 Olympic baseball and local food
smithinjapanMar. 04, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
All those who claim the system here as superior to others, please take note. In any civilized nation this would have been stopped LONG ago and after Ben one case, if there was doubt, there would have been suspension, investigation, and lawsuits and imprisonment depending on the level of neglect, which is beyond criminal. In Japan? 18 dead and they are only THINKING of lowering the hospital's status (no doubt for a month or so), and no word on Dr. Death. Amazing! Don't go to hospitals or anything serious here.
Posted in: Gunma hospital report admits negligence in deaths of 8 liver operation patients
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 06:59PM JST
Alphaape: "Does Japanese law allow for the charging of minors as adults in cases of serious crime?"
Technically, as of not too long ago, yes, but they have rarely if at all carried it out. There was talk of it recently in another case, but cases like this and the psycho girl who killed a woman with a hatchet and poisoned people at schools, as well as the other one who cut off another person's head, and the countless other young murderers who 'wanted to see what it was like' get away with it.
Posted in: Kawasaki murder victim's mother releases statement to media
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 06:49PM JST
Good old racism and profiling, plain and simple. Two steps back and already far behind.
Posted in: Credit union turns down application for account with 'Islam' in name
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 03:50PM JST
Hint to guy who supposedly wants to commit suicide: you live on a VERY high floor in a VERY high building! Instead the guy sets fire to it in what was obviously just a cry for attention and now has injured others, destroyed a lot of property, and caused the city thousands upon thousands in mobilizing the fire fighters -- who did an excellent job, etc. I wonder if he'll like prison better than his high-rise and life of freedom.
Posted in: Resident in high-rise condo admits starting fire
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
Heartbreaking. There are always things you wish you had done differently in tragedies like this. The only thing that can be done is to see that the youths who slaughtered this little boy be put behind bars for a very long time, and not treated as youths who will merely get a slap on the wrist, sending the message to others that you can literally get away with murder in this society. Put them away. It won't bring young Uemura back, nor will it help the woman's suffering, but it might just serve as a warning to people nearing 'adulthood' that they cannot do as they please and flaunt the law.
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
“I really didn’t know what I didn’t know and I can’t say more than that,”
Then you were not, and are not, doing your job and should resign. You know it NOW, don't you? And you know that you accepted funds illegally? So, you broke the law.
Posted in: Abe faces questions over improper political donations
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 03:34PM JST
"The changes are usually made to give people a more implicit understanding of what the film is about, even if it means potentially spoiling plot points along the way."
uummm... no, not at all. In the past, when movie companies or the Japan Film Board used their heads and the Japanese language THEN it was the case, like Hitchcock movie titles or the old, big black and white hits like Gone with the Wind or what have you. Now, if they change the name, it has NOTHING to do with giving the audience a sense of what the movie is about, it is to try and associate it with other big name hits. "Pretty Woman" was "Pretty Woman", and a huge success, so everything after it was "Pretty" this and "Pretty" that. A League of Their Own? "Pretty League". "Princess Diaries"? "Pretty Princess". "Runaway Bride" (which is very much what the movie is about)? "Pretty Bride", etc. Even in the article the author admits that Anna and the Snow Queen gives it a more "Disney feel" while not telling what the movie is about. When Saw became hugely famous despite being a low-budget flick, every single horror movie after for about a month had a cover changed to look the same, and you STILL see Sci-Fi movie posters/covers copying Armageddon and Deep Impact's posters! Again, it's all about association with previously successful movies. When it's a title that absolutely won't translate in terms of innuendo or multiple meanings (as with 'Frozen'), they usually choose some other Katakana title (with Frozen they did not), like when "Cradle 2 the Grave" was changed to "Black Diamond". Doesn't say a thing about the movie, is not in Japanese, and is just an odd choice.
As for the poster. It's overkill. The movie itself though is great. A real piece of art in and of itself.
Posted in: Japan’s poster for Academy Award-winning movie 'Birdman' raises eyebrows online
smithinjapanMar. 03, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
Well, I hope they find crapping their guts out, vomiting, and breathing difficulties as 'sophisticated' as the idiocy of eating fish parts that are banned because THEY CAN KILL YOU! Knowing idiots like these, though, they'll be bragging about it and wanting more served to their hospitals.
Posted in: 5 men sickened after eating poisonous puffer fish
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 05:16PM JST
tinawatanabe: "No. Japan established Asian Women's Fund because Koreans did not stop demanding apology and compensation."
I thought you said you don't speak for all Japanese, tina? Need me to quote your contradictions yet again? In any case, all you needed to say is "I don't feel sorry for the sex slaves at all".
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
hokkaidoguy: "Why is it that despite clearly knowing that Abe refuses to change the official Japanese Apology, you have spent the last year accusing him of continuously planning to change it?"
'REFUSES' to change it, eh? No, he was met with the majority being against him RESCINDING the apology, so he stopped (not 'refused', as you call it). And now he is making his own little REVISED apology, or what is it you think he is doing, exactly, hokkaidoguy? This is kind of akin to you saying Abe is "refusing to change history" or "leaving history alone" when cutting things out of the history books (ie. references to sex slaves).
Reformedbasher: "I could answer on his behalf but my reply might get removed due to it's offensive, yet honest, nature."
"honest"! haha... I like that you have to try and qualify your own comments. They clearly must be honest, then.
CGB Spender: "In South Korea playing the victim card is part of the education it seems."
So, you think Korea were the aggressors in... ummm... their colonization and the rape and murder of many citizens? Interesting.
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 04:58PM JST
Mom and Dad are of COURSE not to blame for the murder, although I think it's contemptible that the mother or school did nothing about the beating of the boy despite the mother at least clearly knowing about it. Had something been done then, the murder may not have happened.
As for the 18 year old and his two cronies, lock them up -- for life! If this gets treated as a case for minors I'll be sick, and I guarantee we'll be reading about this again a few days after it's mentioned they'll be tried in family courts. The government needs to stand up, once and for all, and start demanding these people be charged as adults. Clearly the 18 year old boy was attempting to force Uemura to do things he did not want to, and kudos to the young boy for not doing them (shoplifting, swimming naked, etc.), and he clearly took the boy out there to kill him. The 17-year-olds, threatened or not, watched it happen and did nothing, and then helped try and hide the crime. Abe said he was shocked by this crime, so let him weigh in and say that he thinks this kind of thing has gone on long enough and these kids need to be tried as adults, and he'll get my respect for sure.
And for those blaming LINE, please stop! If anything thank LINE and the stupidity of these boys, because they have any exchanges, including one of the 17-year-olds all but admitting what happened, on file now and can use them in the case against the boys.
I'm serious -- give the 18-year-old 25 years for murder, and the 17-year-olds at least ten each as accomplices. The boy will never be brought back, for sure, but giving these murderers a brief stay at a reformatory and then letting them walk free among us all so that they can do it again is not any kind of justice in any world. And please, as with the teenage murderer the other week, feel free to print the murderers' names, media!
Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
Won't happen, in terms of actual challenge. A few die-hard Samsung fans (not sure why, but oh well) will buy the new products, but many have already switched to and love their Apple products. What's more, with the smart watch coming out and now talk of iPhone 7, these Asian companies are just playing, and losing, at a game of catch-up where they simply copy the leader's "movements". Far too little, far too late.
Posted in: Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
Yes, but as symbols and people who do what the Royal Family here do and other Royals overseas -- fund raising, helping others, balancing the powers that be by talking reason, etc. Isn't always that way, of course, but in my opinion the good their presence does by far outweighs the bad.
Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 01:16PM JST
I really don't notice the signs being all that obtrusive or annoying. True, some are pretty self-evident, and when translated into Engrish often become hilarious, like a train sign I saw for a female only car saying, "Female exclusive use! A man doesn't put it in from here!", but on the whole I see nothing wrong with the signs. Now, if you want to talk sound pollution and overkill in terms of announcements or trucks riding around with loudspeakers blaring anything from a push for local politicians to right-wingers to the yaki-imo trucks to supermarket shouting, etc., then I'm with you.
Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
tinawatanabe: "What do they want?"
People like you to stop denying the actual facts (not "Abe facts"), for starters. For seconds they want people like Abe to stop trying to rescind or change former apologies, which we all know will include Japanese lies about the past and try to paint Japan as a victim and not the aggressor. You say that people in the past have apologized and that is enough, but if the apologies are sincere and should not be contested by South Koreans, why the need to change them by right-wingers who admit they are nationalists and have denied atrocities in the past?
Tina, why do you think the past apologies are enough but agree with Abe changing them and then ask why Koreans are dissatisfied?
smithinjapanMar. 02, 2015 - 12:56PM JST
Ossan: ""When are the surviving old South Korean men who served in the Imperial Japanese milirary diring WWII and made use of the Comfort Stations and their decendants going to apologize to the former Comfort Women?"
Maybe around the same time as the government apologies to them for forcing them into service at the barrel of a gun. You know, the 'join us or die' option that is very much like what IS does these days, if even given THAT option (by the Imperial Army). You guys will NEVER learn that joining the Imperial Army or becoming a sex slave were not options that people jumped at and jobs where they were treated humanely and made lots of money. They were FORCED into it, at least on most occasions, and the fact that you guys can never admit those things, despite former Imperial troops admitting it, and the women who were there giving testimony that it did -- not you guys or the politicians who deny it ever happened and who claim those people have 'foggy memories' -- you'll constantly be on here deflecting and denying and asking why Koreans can't forget. And it will be because of YOU. And as such, despite you having nothing to do with what happened at the time, you also need to apologize, Ossan, because you help propagate the myth that Japan was some sort of benevolent governor who did nothing wrong, and that the women jumped at the chance to be gang-raped various times daily and bayonetted if they became pregnant, etc.
What's truly sad is that you deny the atrocities by Japanese soldiers, but ask why the Korean soldiers forced into taking up a gun and killing others or possibly engaging in what the Imperial troops did with sex-slaves in your attempts to deflect and deny. Simply astounding.
The current Japanese are of course not at all guilty of any of the crimes committed by Japanese Imperial Troops before and during the war, but many ARE guilty of denying it and white-washing history, and worst of all trying to rescind and/or change apologies, and thus the demand for sincere apologies and reparations. And so even people alive now who had nothing to do withe past but propagate the hatred in denying the past and blaming Koreans for their own victims -- and having the gall to proclaim Japan is painted in a bad light! -- also need to apologize. I don't think the government should be giving any money to SK or its people as they have received money in the past, and it's the government's fault if it was not enough compensation, unless they can find abuses aside from the compensation provided and agreed upon by both governments. BUT, Japan DOES need to issue another further, official, and ratified by the cabinet, apology and a promise that no apology now or in the past will ever be rescinded or attempted to be altered ever again. That won't happen, so don't cry about how Koreans are rightfully upset by the current activities of the deniers in power in Japan.
Mar. 05, 2015 - 11:29AM JST
Taxi permits in San Francisco were $150K for first 200 off the waiting list, $300K for…
Posted in: Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service
Yes, though speaking from experience, if you are discrete enough you can get quite a few…
Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?
Mar. 05, 2015 - 11:27AM JST
I'm sure, if he's entirely innocent, Mohammed can stroll into Paddington Green police station and make…
Posted in: Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'
Didn't the Australian police pass on information to Indonesia authorities that led to their arrests?
Posted in: Australian PM attends vigil for Indonesia death row inmates
Mar. 05, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
Its a real shame Liverpool had that disastrous start to the season. If had started better…
Posted in: Young rescues Man United; Chelsea preserve lead