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smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 08:56PM JST
Wow... so she found no evidence of HER OWN illegal use of campaign funds? What genius allowed her to investigate herself and the results to determine her actual innocence or guilt?
Posted in: Prosecutors question Obuchi over political fund use
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
Is this a crime in Japan? I had a friend sell a JR ticket to a discount ticket shop for a tiny fraction of what she paid and then they turned around and sold it for a mere 500 yen or so off the original ticket price. People buy up as many tickets as they can here all the time and resell them on Yahoo Auction.
Posted in: Scalper arrested after selling McCartney concert ticket for Y80,000
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 02:53PM JST
Actually a nice moment caught on film. Had they stuck to just the handshake, it would have been a regular photo op and a terse, political greeting. As it is the hug obviously caught them off guard and everyone is smiling, off-script and natural. THIS is diplomacy.
Posted in: Give us a hug
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 01:34PM JST
yamashi: "So, who is real coward and bully?"
Putin. You know, the guy who arms people and supports them in shooting down commercial airliners. That's the guy you're supporting here.
Posted in: Putin accuses U.S. of supporting separatists in Russia
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 09:57AM JST
Scrote: Agreed. And what's worse is that while advertising the drop in fuel charges, which they did not lower as they promised, they jacked up ticket costs to compensate -- hence the massive profits. Such a corrupt industry.
Posted in: Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
Alex80: "Are you saying that the US government is against a stronger military role of Japan, even though it has been said over and over again that Washington is pushing for it?"
NO! I said that Abe will APPEAL to them by playing that up and as such not need to touch on Japanese atrocities and his lack of mention of them, and his changing of the history books. Get it? If he plays up the things that will benefit the US, he'll win them over and lessen the risk of having to discuss issues which will show him and his policies in a negative light.
Posted in: Abe arrives in Boston to kick off weeklong U.S. visit
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 09:28AM JST
JWithers: "He's going to make ta speech in English? Oh I can't wait. Bring on the LIVE coverage. These kinds of situations make or break Prime Ministers."
Agreed. I KIND OF give him credit for trying -- after all, he doesn't need to per se -- but the problem is that if asked about his foreign policy and take on history, when his answers are rightfully lambasted in the media and cause anger, he's going to be able to say "My comments were misunderstood" or "mistranslated", etc.
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 08:56AM JST
Congrats! A well-deserved win.
Posted in: Nishikori wins Barcelona Open
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 08:17AM JST
YuriOtani: "Smith you are so wrong about the people of Okinawa. We had zero responsibility for the war since it was not our war."
Here we go again. In one breath you are not Japanese, in the next you are and your nation does not need to apologize.
"You forget the Japanese disarmed Okinawa following their annexation in 1872. After this happened they killed so many of the Okinawa people who were resisting them."
And yet you demand the US apologize and Japan (suddenly your nation again) owes no one anything.
"Again and again I have had bad experiences with US troops. You must understand they killed most of my family. They were not a picture of virtue. So I disagree with the American version of history."
All you're saying is that your entire basis for saying Japan doesn't need to apologize but the US does, and that versions of history, are based on your personal history. And yet you claim others are critical of Japan and not objective?
"So while Americans disagree with the new Japanese version, theirs is faulty as well."
Hang on a sec... you AGREE that the Japanese version of history is 'new', but you don't see any problems with CHANGING history? You honestly don't see the paradox and wrongness of it, both immorally and otherwise?
And sorry, Yuri, but Okinawans were clearly involved in the war, and are also to blame for Japan's actions in it. Stop playing the victim card and saying "Japan does not need to apologize, it's the US' fault, it was not our war", etc. all in the same sentence.
Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 07:22AM JST
Ah, the death throws of a Johnny's-assembled girl band: start picking them out of elementary school. They did the same thing with Morning Musume when it started dying out. Get ready for next year's pick to be a senior so the gimmick can be "not just little girls, but older ladies too!" and so they can have the largest age dynamic.
Posted in: One finalist for AKB48 draft this year is just 11 years old
smithinjapanApr. 27, 2015 - 07:19AM JST
Again with the police groping people and pulling the "I was drunk and don't remember anything (so it's okay)" crap?
Posted in: Police inspector questioned over groping incident on Osaka train
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 08:22PM JST
YuriOtani: "scipantheist Japan pays for the costs of the American bases."
They pay some of the costs, not all, and in return Japan is protected -- and you can bow down and thank them for it.
"No I say close all of the US bases in Japan. Jpan will have to sink or swim alone. "
And whenever a Chinese sub nears Okinawa you are suddenly a 'part of Japan under the US defense' and demand their protection. You literally have before, citing the defense pact with the US and saying they have no choice, then turn around again and scream for them to go home. Typical.
tinawatanabe: "scipanthesit, when did Japan sponge off of the US?"
Constantly. Why do you think Abe's going a-begging? You think he's going to talk out of benevolence?
Posted in: Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan ready for bigger security role
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 08:17PM JST
jpn_guy: "Maybe Japanese people have some justification and wondering why they are singled out among all the brutality in history."
They aren't singled out -- they just like to think they are and cry foul. But they ARE pretty much the only advanced nation that denies what they've done and claim to be the victims.
"They often try to change the subject and talk about other things."
You mean like bringing up an unrelated invasion of the Philippines to deflect the fact that Japanese don't own up to history?
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 08:07PM JST
BertieWooster: "I wonder if Abe is going to demand that the US apologise for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?"
If he's going to 'demand' anyone apologize for those things, he should be doing it to the spirits at Yasukuni. No one demanded Japan start the Pacific War except some misguided Japanese leaders. They didn't deserve the atomic bombings, but to deny the bombings would not have occurred if they did not start the war themselves is folly.
Posted in: Past and future hang heavy as Abe heads to U.S.
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 04:51PM JST
gogogo: "Total waste of money"
So don't buy it, and let those who want to buy it in peace. You spend more time ranting on Apple-related threads than any 'fanboy' you constantly decry. And I see after this thread proving that investors and even rivals see opportunities and a huge new venue for apps instead of the "flop" you predicted that you've stopped talking about it being a failure.
Posted in: Software developers try on Apple watch; see more apps coming
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 04:46PM JST
If it's just a question of curiosity, then fine. If it's a "why" as in something one culture cannot understand about another, it should not even be asked since there is no harm involved. What's more, it's a generalization. I know many who hug, and not just me but others, and in public.
Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 04:43PM JST
Good on them. Japan has a lot of expertise in the area and knows what to look for, so they are in a prime situation to offer help and aid. It's good to see other nations jumping to help as well. RIP to those lost, and here's hoping the relief work and aid offered by others, and those from home, help save as many people as possible.
Posted in: Japan joins international aid operations for quake-hit Nepal
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 04:32PM JST
Abe's praying as we speak that the entire second world war is forgotten. He's IMMEDIATELY going to lead with his generous offer of Japanese soldiers' lives and the potential profits off of arms sales, and if he mentions WWII it'll ONLY be after he's shown dollar signs to the audience.
I hope, though, that Congress isn't duped by this fool. Hopefully, too, they allow former sex slaves, former WWII vets unhappy about Abe's stance on history and the path Japan is taking, and all concerned about the shift to the right to voice their concerns and let it be heard through Congress. Better yet would be if he's heckled and booed out during his speech, but you can't hope for everything.
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 02:21PM JST
Mamablongyumi: "I am Japanese and I apologize for Japan to started the War, and what Japan and Japanese people had done to those suffering during the war. Nothing we can do to change the past, but we must learn our own history."
Thank you for the gesture, though you do not need to apologize nor do I have any right to accept it. Sadly, the people who SHOULD apologize, and not for actions during war since they were not alive and could not have committed any wrongdoing, but for their denials and defense of the indefensible, will not. In fact, they would take what you have said, strip it of the apology except to say your opinion does not reflect the opinion of the nation, but still borrow the part about wanting peace while they literally set out to put troops overseas and increase arms production and exports!
I truly hope that we never repeat the past, and that Japan can continue to live as a peaceful nation, but I don't believe Japan is headed down that path with the current crop of politicians. They have already made it a target of terrorism and pledged to change the constitution so that they may engage in war, and clearly cannot remember history and refuse to teach it. The only bright light in the whole thing is people like yourself, and the masses that do not want Abe to head down the path he is selfishly taking Japan down. You guys just need to vote the same way as your hearts on this issue.
smithinjapanApr. 26, 2015 - 01:37PM JST
YuriOtani: "At least Japan has apologized and tried to make things right with their victims."
Utter BS! Especially when you have said, quite literally, you hope Abe does not apologize to the 'Old American', when the former companies that enslaved such people will not apologize, and when so many in your country deny what happened.
"Smith I nor any of my ancestors are at fault."
Yes, they are, if they engaged in war, and you are at fault for perpetuating the lie that Japan did nothing wrong.
" We were made part of Japan by force and are not considered Japanese."
I agree that the government was not fair to Okinawans, and you can blame that on Japan and not on the US, like you are doing, but stop suggesting one minute you're Japanese and Japan has apologized, then the next say you are not Japanese and your ancestors didn't start the war.
"The very same troops that invaded Okinawa and refused to take prisoners."
Yes, instead they treated their wounds and treated them like human beings, having taken them away from the war. Good on you to admit that, Yuri. Unlike the IJA dogs they were a part of -- rounding up civilians in other nations and bayonetting them, or locking them up in houses and burning them down to save bullets. Your ancestors, Yuri.
Apr. 28, 2015 - 06:58AM JST
Popeye: Oil be blowed.
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Apr. 28, 2015 - 06:55AM JST
Poltical tool. If I were this woman I'd want an apology from Park Gye Hyun for…
Posted in: In U.S., 'comfort woman' demands apology from Japan
Apr. 28, 2015 - 06:52AM JST
he got irritated after an ambulance got in front of him while he was driving one…
Posted in: Man arrested for making over 5,000 silent calls to fire department
Apr. 28, 2015 - 06:38AM JST
Mr. Lester Tenney, Mr. Harold Bergbower and Mr. Darrell Stark, should have a meet up with…
Apr. 28, 2015 - 06:14AM JST
we are in the top 2% of earners
While you may have money, you have no…
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