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smithinjapanJul. 12, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
This gave me a chance to teach my friend the meaning of 'go viral', but I still can't watch but a few seconds of the video out of sheer embarrassment. Good riddance to this guy, and I hope he gets charged for the waste -- a waste which went 100% against what got him elected in the first place, given his platform was to eliminate unnecessary spending.
Posted in: Sobbing politician resigns; faces charges for misuse of funds
smithinjapanJul. 12, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
Take care, peeps. But I'm telling you, this is another warning why the NPPs should not be restarted in this nation, and why TEPCO and the other companies should be flat-out denied when they cry about the need to restart and restore profits. So far in two days we've had what was once a super-typhoon (now tropical depression) heading for the prefecture and the plant and now this quite strong quake and minor tsunami. It's a warning of how fragile the situation is, how fickle nature can be, and why we should not toy with the risks.
Posted in: M6.8 quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami
smithinjapanJul. 12, 2014 - 07:11AM JST
This from the guy who revises a constitution that represents peace, who denies massacres occurred, says all comfort women were well-paid prostitutes (after having to admit imperial troops used the camps), wants to revise apologies, and travels around Asia trying to isolate certain neighbours.
Posted in: Abe says horrors of war must never be repeated
smithinjapanJul. 11, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
The saddest part about this is that no one could possibly be surprised. Another day in the good-ole USA.
Posted in: Texas gunman kills 6, including 4 children
smithinjapanJul. 11, 2014 - 03:31PM JST
I doubt it was much about concern for safety, but whatever.
Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF
smithinjapanJul. 10, 2014 - 11:43PM JST
kwatt: "On the other hand, Japan has no war for almost 70 years and no military service."
And so you're in favor of nutters like the ousted Tamogami, who clearly wants war, changing article 9 so he can get what he wishes? This guy is a nutter who should have shut up a long, long time ago, but sadly some people still support him and uphold his wishes for war 'for peace'.
Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan
smithinjapanJul. 10, 2014 - 07:54PM JST
CSB Spender: "Corrected! (Because: who is 'we'?)"
"We" is a whole slew of people, you yourself among them, I bet, given that you have not stated you believe Suga is correct, and given Suga's (and this government's) tendency to 'alter' facts to suit their needs. I highly doubt the media would just say, "NK gave us a list" to fan the public flames or give hope. If they were going to be sensationalist for the sake of being so they would say, "Megumi Yokota's name on list of abductees given by NK" or something like that. It's fare more likely that indeed the government was given a list and that was leaked to the media, but the government is for now denying it because it needs to move very slowly and very cautiously on this one if they want any kind of success.
Posted in: Japan denies getting N Korean list of Japanese abductees
smithinjapanJul. 10, 2014 - 03:34PM JST
Yeah, we believe you, Suga! Sure, the media here can be pretty quick to misreport (ex. rocket launches), but I'm guessing this falls more on government secrecy.
smithinjapanJul. 08, 2014 - 02:33PM JST
Yeah, nothing quite says 'peace' like revising the constitution so you can make war, denying past atrocities, revising textbooks, 'reviewing' apologies, setting up to sell weapons and building or buying new ones at home, and visiting shrines with the sole purpose of antagonizing neighbours in the region. But then, Abe's always had his own special way of interpreting things.
Posted in: Abe says he is determined to pursue peace in Asia
smithinjapanJul. 08, 2014 - 07:43AM JST
Sick. I understand the frustration of dealing with stray cats and other pests, but you don't kill them, and you especially don't kill them cruelly, or tape it!
Posted in: Man posts live video of him drowning cat in Nagano river
smithinjapanJul. 08, 2014 - 07:41AM JST
kimuzukashii: You're mostly right, but last year there were a couple that caused flooding in areas of Osaka after torrential rainfall and strong winds.
Anyway, it's been downgraded from super-typhoon, but hope everyone still exercises common sense and stays safe.
Posted in: Japan braces for typhoon Neoguri
smithinjapanJul. 07, 2014 - 07:41PM JST
Hang in there, peeps, and stay safe. No climbing on rooftops or going out to check river levels. If this is as big as they say, it might be pretty rough.
Posted in: Japan issues highest alert as typhoon approaches Okinawa
smithinjapanJul. 07, 2014 - 07:36PM JST
Japan and its loop holes. Shrooms were legal in Japan up until 9 years ago or so, despite the extreme penalties against something as harmless as marijuana. And Saitama AGAIN??
Posted in: Another accident blamed on driver who inhaled loophole drug
smithinjapanJul. 06, 2014 - 09:27PM JST
oldman: Why do you even need to bring up this, "See! Japanese people do stand up!" if you really don't need to prove it?
"And, of course, there will be the naysayers mocking that 'only' 500 people showed up."
Not only that it was only 500 people in a nation of 125 million or more, but more importantly pointing out the fact that this protest means absolutely nothing and will accomplish even less. Which is to say, the government is not listening and does not care. Someone could set his/herself on fire in protest and it wouldn't see the headlines or make the government blink.
Posted in: Protesters march against Tokyo Olympic stadium
smithinjapanJul. 06, 2014 - 07:56PM JST
Elbuda: "VIVA COSTA RICA!!!"
They definitely deserve a 'viva' and a good pat on the back, but clearly they are not the winners, and they did not at all control this game. Holland dominated, although they had a hard time putting it in the net. In the end, though, all those teams you say Costa Rica beat (ie. Argentina, Germany, Holland, Brazil), they did not.
Posted in: Netherlands beat Costa Rica in penalty shootout
smithinjapanJul. 06, 2014 - 07:52PM JST
"...that may help seal a deal to build Australia a fleet of stealth submarines."
And there you have it -- money. Anyone who doubted that this was about arms selling or buying and that it won't create another arms race is foolish. I find it amusing to watch people jump to Japan's defense on going to Australia by talking about how terrible China is in their opening sentences, when that is only a side-note.
Posted in: Abe heads to Australia after step back from postwar pacifism
smithinjapanJul. 06, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Sorry, but they are only 'top notch' because the growers sold them at such an expensive rate. What else makes them top notch? I bet you could tell the bride and groom they are eating 1 million yen grapes, that are actually just 500 yen, and they'd say it is the best thing in the world. You see time and again with taste tests that people actually can't tell the difference most of the time between this 100,000 yen grapes and 500 yen grapes from the local supermarket. When you're TOLD it's expensive, you believe it must therefore be more delicious, which is moronic. For that much money the couple could have been flown anywhere in the world, first class even, and been given the same grapes for free or bought just as good a quality of grapes for about $10.
Posted in: Grapes fetch record Y550,000 a bunch
smithinjapanJul. 06, 2014 - 03:25PM JST
Good. This kind of thing is ridiculously overpriced and outdated. When I go, just burn me in a cardboard box and put the ashes wherever you please (hopefully somewhere nice... at least I would like that). If anyone remembers me it doesn't have to be at any particular place.
Posted in: A dying business: family graves in Japan
smithinjapanJul. 05, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
oldman: "The Chinese and SK governments remind me of grade school kids and their petty little dramas."
You left out one government: Japan. You know, the one with the guy who is the grandkid of a war criminal and single-handedly deleted references of sex-slaves from textbooks, bragged about it, and still to this day says they were all prostitutes. The guy who visits Yasukuni SOLELY to antagonize China (and he said he would visit if China did not come to the table for talks!). The guy who wants to 'review' an apology to basically make it moot. The guy who has succeeded in getting permission to revise Article 9 of the constitution DESPITE the majority of Japanese being against it. Yeah, that guy, and that government. You're right about the sandbox thing, but to pretend Japan is the parent standing outside the box and supervising would be absurd. They are right there with the others, flinging mudpies. It's just that in this case it's just words, while what China and SK are doing is very real and will have very serious consequences.
Posted in: Japan slams Korea-China proposal to jointly mark end of war next year
smithinjapanJul. 05, 2014 - 07:51AM JST
It's good that they are seemingly making a little progress on this issue, but they need to tread very carefully and not push it. It's taken NK this long to come forth about more abductees being alive (yet to be substantiated), and any sudden push by either government or the media and NK will back out pretty quickly, crushing the hopes of those people in the picture above. I have one other concern, and that's whether Abe will live up to his promise to ease sanctions if it is confirmed abductees are indeed still alive in NK. Do people honestly think the media here and the families of the abductees will be fine with easing sanctions if it's confirmed abducted Japanese are still being held in NK? Last time this happened Koizumi -- and he's not near the nationalist Abe is -- did a 180 in a split second.
Posted in: Hope for abductees' families
Jul. 12, 2014 - 06:04PM JST
That's good for both Japan and the United States. It's not all sake and roses between…
Posted in: Japan able to aid U.S. ships under attack, says defense minister
Jul. 12, 2014 - 06:03PM JST
I think boats are the most romantic form, no? Not the big gaudy cruise ships,…
Posted in: Beautiful new luxury train dazzles with gold leaf and lacquer interior
Japan is way too expensive and these idiots think they are going to be able to…
Posted in: Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens
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Jul. 12, 2014 - 05:56PM JST
Ok, final post in this thread. All I'm trying to get across is that the system…
Jul. 12, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
We have to see if this Italian ref is as good as they say, because so…
Posted in: Italy's Rizzoli to ref World Cup final