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smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 11:01PM JST
Serrano: "That's what she's good at - sitting on the fence."
And who's the front runner for your party again, Serrano? You forgot, also, to quote the part where most of the Republican candidates back... wait for it... OBAMA!
Posted in: Pacific trade talks fail to clinch TPP deal
smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
They probably should have suggested Tokyo change the design. From now on whenever you see the thing it's just going to remind you of Japan's lack of originality and creativity in the face of a Games they promised would instead showcase how innovative and advanced they are (if they can get the second plans decided and the stadium built).
Posted in: IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute
smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 11:38AM JST
I hope they realize that even ONE delay in ANYTHING, from building materials, workers, or even CHOOSING THE DESIGN, and it'll be late for the games, because it seems to me they don't. This means paying a lot more if there is even a hint of a problem, and so in the end it'll still cost us huge.
Posted in: New stadium to open three months before Olympics
smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
What a moron. Glad it didn't happen in Japan though, as he WILL face serious consequences. I can understand 'sexting', but if you do it, or even if you're just sending regular texts, of course, you need to confirm whom you are sending to. I've sent an email to the wrong person a few times over the past few years when iPhones were introduced because the order of the 'conversation' changes instead of just being individual texts kept in the order received. So when I thought I was sending a text to my wife I accidentally sent it to a co-worker, but fortunately only something like, "See you soon. I'll grab some milk on my way home", or, at worst once, "I love you (heart emoji)" to a little old lady I work with. She was thrilled, though assumed correctly I had made a mistake. Nearly sent one to my wife in which I was complaining about her (to a friend), and that would have probably been karma, but unlike the guy in this story I glanced at whom it was being sent to, first.
Posted in: Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand
smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 12:25AM JST
Novenchama: "Simply put longevity has no value unless it is accompanied by a great love for and a great enjoyment of living."
For once we are in complete agreement. I just hope some if not most of the elderly who have put the average lifespan up there are indeed enjoying life at that age, and are both healthy in mind and body.
KyushuKris: "My solution would be to have a national 'draft' where young people are forced to spend 6 months of their lives looking after the old- like it or lump it. Of course not everybody could be a great caretaker, but people would be assigned jobs respective to their personality"
Ridiculous suggestion. No one should be forced to do anything of the sort. We're already being forced to pay a lot more, and it'll get worse, in terms of monetary support through taxes. I'm all for helping others, but it can't be forced unless the government is willing to give all these young people the six months off from work or school -- and then there would be no taxes going into the system to keep the elderly propped up and the system running, or if students it would mean they have to be taken care of during that time as well, which would require support. A perfectly viable option, though, would be to allow in people from poor nations who want a chance to live and work for a better life to come in and do the things you suggest. But the government is scared of this option, as are many of the people who depend, or will depend, on the system to support them. And that system will collapse.
Posted in: Life expectancy for men and women in Japan at highest ever
smithinjapanAug. 02, 2015 - 12:12AM JST
At least they don't need to copy their logo!
Olegek: "Every man, gun, piece of bread gallon of gas or machine-tool. USA not. Simple fact."
Why would they if they didn't have to? None of the nations would have if they did not have to. If the US or other nations that were not under direct attack (arguably) HAD been attacked, they would have. THAT is the simple fact, my friend.
Posted in: China shows off victory over Japan logo
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:19PM JST
Star-Viking: You're preaching to the choir, my friend. I'm saying any claims the damage is mostly mental and not physical does absolutely nothing to absolve the guilty parties of any guilt -- as mental IS physical, and needless to say even if one DOES believe them to be truly separate, that person cannot deny in the least the effect stress and damage on one has on the other. BUT, the powers that be could easily take such a report, conclude that they are not responsible for doing anything wrong but the people themselves are the problem because it's all in their heads, and then do more damage by stopping compensation and what not.
Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:08PM JST
It won't affect it one iota, but they'll say it does, and slap 'space whiskey' on the bottles to charge an arm and a leg to those who wouldn't be able to tell the difference between whiskey and turpentine. Put a blindfold on them and tell them they are tasting the regular stuff, then give them the exact same thing but tell them it was 'aged in space' and they'll tell you it tastes different. And then give them water with whiskey flavoring and tell them it's the premium stuff and they'll say they feel drunk. I doubt either way they'll be getting anything different.
Posted in: Japanese firm to mature whisky in space
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:04PM JST
Kobe White Bar Owner: "Read it again mate."
Articles/descriptions are sometimes edited throughout the day. It did not necessarily have the ending before that it does now, although there is an article in the sports section that clearly spells out who won and got silver, in the headline as well. Still, wtf japan has a point, as does Jimizo, when it comes to media bias here. It exists everywhere, of course, but not at the expense of giving critical information like who actually won or scores. Watching sports on Japanese news stations is unbearable, although I will admit that over the years they have gotten better at showing events Japan does not have an athlete in, necessarily.
In any case, it's a nice picture of smiling ladies who have done their country proud, and despite being thumbed down for it earlier, I still wish them a heartfelt congrats and the best for the future. The Japan team has come quite a long way thanks to the return of the team's former coach.
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smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 08:58PM JST
Once again, the guy flat out copied it -- even the font is the same, and THAT is not coincidence. One thing for sure is that the Theatre Liege and the designer of the logo are getting a HECK of a lot of attention from it. "Tokyo, Tomorrow and Team" is also a stupid motto because it is exclusive -- singles out Tokyo, and if I'm not mistaken now not all of the venues will be there, so it can't possibly be followed by "team" and seriously mean it, and lacks an Oxford comma to boot!
Yes, get design ideas from everyone, kids included. Plagiarists like Sano could learn a few things from them. The logo of the rings is pretty good, I think, though.
Posted in: Belgian designer to insist Tokyo changes Olympic logo
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 08:51PM JST
MarkG: "I find it odd the outrage on the killing of this lion when minimal attention goes to the aborted baby body parts."
Quick question: is this a thread about aborted baby parts? So, why deflect?
I was going to say that he should lose his practice -- either being shut down or just flat-out shunned -- but beyond that I couldn't really see what punishment he could receive for being downright morally reprehensible, but it seems he has indeed lied in the past about a similar thing with a black bear. So, let him be extradited, if the coward ever comes out of hiding (I wonder if he likes being hunted?), and tried, and if they find guilty let him suffer the consequences. Those who led him on the expedition most certainly need to be punished to the full extent of the law as well.
Posted in: Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 08:47PM JST
"...but I will acknowledge that perhaps the sequel Attack on Titan: End of the World (to be released September 19) could fix everything with an unexpected twist. Maybe the titans are actually allies of justice, working together to eliminate the worst of humanity that is left in their world. Now that would be satisfying.”
Is that in the story? because if not that means the reviewer is leading with specifically what he wants to see. Ie. if he gets what he wants he'll write a good review. If not, he'll just be unhappy with it.
Not that the movie sounds any good in the least; it sounds horrible, and I will pass.
Posted in: Critic review 'Attack on Titan' movie: 'I wished the titans would eat the kids so it would end'
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 04:03PM JST
Since when did the mind stop being a part of the physical body? You can't have one without the other -- at least not yet. Anything mental IS physical, when it comes to problems and suffering.
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
Strangerland: "I'm starting to learn that overchan isn't big on proof. He/she just likes to throw out comments about how great Japan is, without actually showing it to be true."
Just starting? :) Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that people should be praising the captain, not the nation. It's nothing they did, nor anything Japan as a nation did. It's not comparable to an ENTIRE ferry listing and losing hundreds of passengers, and no more related to nationality than a car accident is proof that Japan is good or bad or in contrast to other nations. People who feel the need to take an incident of heroism and claim it as though it's inherent in some mystery Japanese gene (or other nation, but since we're talking about Japan here) or that everyone here is like that in contrast to everywhere else, and worse yet feel proud as though they were a part of it, are generally insecure individuals and NEED to do that kind of thing... without proof or stats. Likewise these people often feel embarrassed or ashamed of things they have absolutely no need to feel either emotion about if a company or politician, etc., does something stupid or copies an emblem or something.
Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated'
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 02:52PM JST
overchan: "Japan is the country with most ferries going everywhere. But its the safest by far"
If you're going to make these kind of remarks as though they are fact, you need to back it up with proof.
" Inbthe last 60 years Japan has had less ferry related deaths than Korea or China in the last 5 years"
Again, stats. And while you guys talk about things like being torpedoes not counting, keep in mind that being shot down by Russian missiles (or what have you) still counts towards aviation disasters for that nation or the airline, as with Malaysian air a couple of years back, and Korean Air long ago.
ANOther: " Having your cargo catch fire is no laughing matter, and is not peculiar to Japanese ferries, either."
Never said either was the case. I did say it's certainly not as serious as other ferry disasters mentioned in the least, since Japan is being held in such higher regards by some here. I also never said having a heroic captain is peculiar to Japan, as some seem to be suggesting, and as you might want to keep in mind since we're pointing out qualities that might or might not be specific to certain nations. I say neither are.
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
This is what happens when the Jewish state sits by and does nothing but encourage expansion and not crack down on such extremism.
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smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
overchan: "Japanese ferry. 99% people alive"
As Westerner pointed out, Japan has a large history of maritime disasters involving ferries, so I wouldn't go patting yourself on the back. This is not a 'disaster' by any means, and at best a minor accident, probably caused by the truck driver's cigarette falling out of the ashtray or something. It's good that the captain stayed and helped look for the missing, of course, but there's nothing "Japanese" about that in such a minor event in particular.
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
Is this really a surprise?
Posted in: WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
Kazuaki Shimazaki: "...and however much you may sympathize with Fukushima residences sets a HORRIBLE precedent."
What? that they can't get away with it no matter how much time passes or how high on the Japan Inc. ladder they are? Yeah... pretty horrible precedent. Imagine if people were charged for their crimes after YEARS had passed and when they only way they are going to face any charges in a nation where the government not only lets them get away with it but literally invests in them further is to have such civil suits and keep the issues, and the fault, at the forefront instead of under the carpet.
Posted in: 3 former TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis
smithinjapanAug. 01, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
Aug. 02, 2015 - 11:19PM JST
I'm starting to think maybe I'm the abnormal one... don't own any porn and definitely do…
Aug. 02, 2015 - 11:15PM JST
Is he using Japanese hardwood charcoal? Why bother doing all that on a grill using foil,…
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Vast Right-Wing Conspirator
Aug. 02, 2015 - 11:08PM JST
Agreed. The western media are a bunch of feckless cowards. Completely unwilling to face the reality…
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Aug. 02, 2015 - 11:06PM JST
Japangal You have keyboard problem. Bring to repair shop.
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Aug. 02, 2015 - 11:03PM JST
This family has the same bad luck as the Kennedy family. RIP
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