timtak's past comments

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    timtak

    rubbish taxi drivers

    You mean the ones that get you to your destination really quickly and safely, wearing uniforms and white gloves, opening the door for you, and never expect a tip? I shall be sad for the excellent taxi drivers, but since most cars have only the driver uber sounds like a really good way of reducing the number of vehicles on the roads and consumption of oil.

    Posted in: Toyota to invest in ride-hailing app Uber

  • 2

    timtak

    I'm guessing the Japanese don't have a saying akin to " don't throw stones in glass houses".

    "Hito wo norowaba ana futatsu (人を呪わば穴二つ) If you curse others you did two holes (their grave and your own).

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

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    timtak

    Everyone is the victim of war, EVERYBODY! Japan needs to stop playing the "we did nothing to deserve this" card.

    Very strange.

    This is exactly reversed, what I think that the US (allies) say and NOT what Japanese say. Wild!

    Most Japanese I know say "it was all very regrettable" or something along the lines of "due to the circumstances of the time the Japanese did a lot of bad things, it was all very regrettable" and "Everyone is the victim of war, EVERYBODY! " is a sentiment I hear a lot here in Japan.

    Whereas the allies seem to think that they were attacked by the Japanese for no reason and their war effort was just just self-defence "Due to the actions of Japan we did a lot of good things." "We were the victim of war, the Japanese were the aggressors."

    "Everyone is the victim of war" so we need to stop doing it. Prayers.

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia

  • -5

    timtak

    I am not saying that the Japanese are all super self-aware but it seems that they are 100 times more self-aware than I was. As I say, I thought that Britain were good guys, and that the Japanese were a raging horde that just attacked the allies out of the blue, without any provocation.

    I can give links to books in Japanese which criticise Japan. This one http://tinyurl.com/j534ewm by Professor Yoshida Yutaka of Hitotsubashi University refutes the "self defence war" theory apparently. He puts the number of those massacred at Nanking to be around 100,000-200,000 which is similar to the figure promoted by international research here http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=25032.

    I think that the biggest reason why the Japanese are not remorseful is because the allies do not show any remorse at all. With few exceptions. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJyOBriLTI Thanks utorsa. It makes me so sad and sorry I can hardly watch. And then that American comes on and says we (allies) shouldn't be sorry.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -3

    timtak

    @Strangerland

    Japan invades Asia. Japan gets embargoes put on them. So Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. And it's Americas fault. Yeah, right. Seems legit.

    All I am really saying is that prior to Strangerland's line of causality is

    The West invades the world, including Asia.

    If you chop of that bit and then it makes it look like Japan just suddenly went on a rampage out of greed. This is seriously what I thought when I was young.

    I am not denying that millions died as a result of Japanese violence / in Japanese controlled lands but I am attempting to point out that this happened in a context that people seem to be forgetting. I am told that "this is not about Britain." As far as I am aware, the prime movers of the Meiji Restoration and militarisation of Japan (Yoshida Shouin and his pupils) did think, correctly or incorrectly, that Japanese militarisation was all about Britain. I am not as right wing as some who'd say that the Japanese war was all about self-defence. I think that to a significant extent the Japanese got into being one of the imperialists. This "well if the Westerners do it we can do it too" "join the imperialists club" attitude is in my humble opinion the most regrettable part that above all, I hope Japan relegates to the trash heap.

    Millions of Asians died at Japanese hands and the Japanese have written lots of books about it. Not being Japanese I don't think it is appropriate for me to go on about it. The Japanese can, and do hansei, reflect upon their own actions critically. We (http://www.japantoday.com/member/view/utorsa excepted) seem to do so a lot less.

    @James Burke

    Down vote this all you like, you only prove your ignorance and laziness by failing to learn about the events that led up to and occurred during WW2.

    My sentiments entirely. This next statement sums up Mr. Burke's knowledge of history.

    A-Bomb victims should get an apology when comfort women get one.

    Please search for "comfort women" in this page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -5

    timtak

    Short History? I think one would need to build a few bookshelves to house all those volumes!

    I think that one would need a few libraries to document the crimes committed by my nation (Britain) alone. And yet, the books are only just starting to be written, in a jocular fashion.

    Barack Obama should not apologize for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just as no modern Japanese Prime Minister needs to constantly apologize for what happened in WW2 either.

    I appreciate this sentiment. But it seems to me that empire building, the forced taxation of others, is on-going. Until living by killing ends, apologies are in order.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -3

    timtak

    I suppose not going on a genocidal rampage throughout Asia wasn't an option?

    It was an option, but not one my nation (Britain) chose to take.

    Do nations not have the right to decide who they trade with and do they not choose their terms of trade? They most certainly do.

    Yes, they do. Britain forced "free trade" upon China in the form of drugs causing millions of people to die, and the USA forced the opening of Japan to trade.

    The US made its decision as did Japan. Japan was not forced to rape and pillage, that is merely what Imperial Japan decided.

    I agree. Britain and the US were not forced to invade and tax the world, bombing, and wiping people out, that is merely what they decided. The Japanese decided to join in. The Japanese may have been almost as bad. I don't think raping and pillaging is good by anyone, not the Vikings, nor the Romans, the British, nor the Japanese.

    But, more to the point, it is high time we gave up on empires -- killing for money -- because we live in an age of weapons that can kill everyone.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -4

    timtak

    CH3CHO: Please enlighten everyone here as to the reasons Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

    Britain the US and Holland put a trade and oil embargo on Japan meaning that they would have to leave their colonies and/or return to an agrarian economy.

    Since the Western powers had at that stage invaded most of the globe (Britain alone 90% of countries), and killed 10s of millions of Asians while making jokes (even today), the supposition that an agrarian Japan would be likely to come under the Western boot was not rocket science. The Japanese navy at least knew war was pretty hopeless but it was that or be treated like China and India (millions dead, culture turned upside down) so they attacked. Partly thanks to that bravery, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwNh4LXkRjQ other Asian countries rose up and chucked the Westerners out too. Unfortunately the West still controls too many countries but it could be, and was, a lot worse. Views of Japanese are positive especially in Asia since some Asians are aware of this.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/27061458925

    One might argue that the Westerners were about to leave Asia even if Japan had not attacked but....does that seem likely to you? Reading this forum where most people seem to have convinced themselves that the West were the nice guys (how could we do this!!), it seems unlikely to me.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -1

    timtak

    Abe said " barring a major economic shock on the scale of the 2008 global financial crisis or a major earthquake."

    The Asahi quotes him as saying "We will raise the tax as scheduled unless the nation is inflicted by an event comparable to the collapse of (investment bank) Lehman Brothers and the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster,”

    In March he said pretty much the same thing "There is no change to the tax hike plan next year unless there are situations like the Lehman shock or a massive earthquake,"

    In March and again in Early May he also said he'd decide after the summit http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/03/19/business/economy-business/abe-decide-g-7-summit-whether-hike-consumption-tax-aide/#.Vz5LfuTUU7s http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Abe-to-decide-on-tax-hike-after-G-7-summit

    Posted in: Abe to decide on sales tax hike after upper house election

  • -7

    timtak

    not seeking for an apology. I agree, Masae Shimoda does correctly reflect the will of Hiroshimaites but at the same time, I think that if an apology were forthcoming, or if Mr. Obama felt sorry, expressed his sorrow and apologized, then I think that this might help further the aspiration for a world without nuclear weapons.

    I am not Japanese, but a member of the "allies," and I am sorry.

    Collective narcissism might be closer. Please find me a Japanese news site thread or even 2ch thread anything like as self-serving and other critical as those on this site.

    Introspection.. rumination.. contemplation.. That lacks the criticism. But then, I don't think that hansei is even "critical introspection." Hansei would need a fair few words to explain it, perhaps a thousand, because I think hansei is visual and as they say.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -11

    timtak

    In a continuation of the Romans and Mongols before them, the Western powers invaded most of the globe, taxed and drugged many 10s of millions to death. Japan fought back and joined in doing really bad things. The Japanese caused far less death than the Western powers, and helped to dismantle the Western empire to an extent、but due to strident self-justification and a lack of repentance most Westerners think, "the Japanese were the bad guys".

    Looking back at all the suffering with regret and sorrow we should realise that we were all bad, and look forward to a world where no one attempts to live by sword --- make their living by killing --- because killing is always bad. We need to stop killing, especially now that we have nuclear weapons. We need especially to stop saying "they started it," because if apply that logic to nuclear war, we and all our children will be dead.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • -12

    timtak

    "Who started the war?" is a good and complex and poorly answered question (hint: the conflict did not start with Pearl Harbour) but whatever the answer, it should be incidental to the decision whether or not to incinerate civilians.

    "They started it" is never a good reason to bomb civilians. This is even more true when "who started it" is so open to misinterpretation and subterfuge.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

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    timtak

    What is the difference?

    It is even more photogenic. http://www.asahi.com/special/gallery/2016iseshima/

    The big difference is that it is home to the 2000 year old sacred national symbol of Japan. Looking back at list the last time a summit was held at such a place was perhaps the 8th G7 summit in 1982 at the Palace of Versailles. Ise is a bit like the Japanese Palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower, or Statue of Liberty, except like Tōyako in Hokkaido, Iseshima in Mie is in a very remote location.

    Hundreds of thousands of Japanese, or about 5% of the population, would visit Ise each year in the Edo Period and in this century 14 million visited Ise shrine in 2013 the last year it was last rebuilt. That is not quite half as many as Tokyo Disney Land but more than Universal Studio's Japan, ordinarily the second most popular tourist attraction.

    The other place that vies for being the most iconic built structure in Japan are Miyajima shrine gate and genbaku dome in Hiroshima, which is the other place the world leaders will be visiting.

    Posted in: As a G-7 summit venue, Mie sucks, magazine says

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    timtak

    Abe is into Shinto and heads the league of politicians friendly to Shinto (Shinto Seiji Renmei ). According to Shinto mythology Mie is home to the national symbol of Japan -- the Sun Goddess and her mirror -- which is ostensibly the holy of holies of the Shinto Parthenon. it represents the goddess herself (she tells her descendent, the first emperor to take it to Japan and worship it as if it were herself) and the heart of the Japanese, which likewise, in the mythology is described as a mirror, presumably the same mirror as that of the Goddess, since they imbibe her in the form of mirror-rice-cakes at the most important festival, at New Year, in her honour. So Ise Shrine houses the supreme god and the heart and soul of the Japanese people.

    The notion that the Japanese have a mirror in or as their mind is not merely a religious belief, but was demonstrated experimentally by our paper ("Mirrors in the Head") which found that "Objective Self Awareness" effect of looking at oneself in a mirror (which makes people more moral, more "prosocial") is robust among Westerners but absent among the Japanese. We concluded that the Japanese are always in front of a mirror, because and hence, the title of the paper.

    It is strange to me that in-spite of the fact that the Japanese appear to have the ability to see themselves by this means, and are found to enhance themselves visually in their purikura, selfies, fashion, architecture, wigs, surgery, car after parts and extra long girls-love-tall-men shoes, Abe still insists that the Japanese have a low self-esteem since they don't brag like Westerners. Abe professes to love Shinto, but at the same time distance himself from it. I really hope Abe can see himself.

    Posted in: As a G-7 summit venue, Mie sucks, magazine says

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    timtak

    Because Tokyo is SO CLOSE to Mie... Tokyo is about 450 Km from Tokyo.

    The London underground "7/7" bombings coincided with the G8 summit held near Perth over 700 Km away.

    Posted in: Trash cans removed from Tokyo subway stations in preparation for G-7 summit

  • -3

    timtak

    If he's going there from his house in his free time, then yes.

    The British prime minister, his wife, and children get to be chauffeured. The Washington State Governor is chauffeured in a Suburban. http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/why-washingtons-green-governor-chauffeured-suburban. There is a campaign to cease chauffeur services for US state officials, but few are questioning that US state governors be chauffeured http://articles.courant.com/2011-02-25/news/hc-green-chauffeur-0225-20110225_1_comptroller-kevin-lembo-staff-member

    People travelling on business are often reimbursed for business and, depending upon the perceived cost of their time, first class because business (and government institutions) make cost performance decisions along the lines of "Is it better to send this manager/leader first class to save money or will more money be lost if they make executive decisions fatigued?"

    overseas trips

    Masuzoe's family members stayed at a hotel in Japan with him on two occasions for a total of three nights when he claims people came to their room so he charged the travel to political expenses. He will be returning these expenses and will rent separate meeting rooms in future. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJ5F5H17J5FUTIL03Q.html (In Japanese)

    Tooru Hashimoto makes a good point to say, why all the focus on Masuzoe and not on every other governor and lawmaker? http://president.jp/articles/-/18031 (In Japanese).

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  • -1

    timtak

    @ StewieMay I would very much like to see a photo or video of the phallus carrying school children.

    My wife says her mother is not home when salespeople call on the phone. If you have an answer phone then the same technique could be used when people call at your house.

    Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey

  • -3

    timtak

    When the president of the USA goes to Camp David or the British Prime Minister goes to Chequers do they use private or state transport? Should the leader of one of the most populous cities in the world have to drive himself to his country retreat, or would it be a good idea for him to be driven so that he can perform better on Monday's? Is is not strange to suggest that he should stay in a non-suite, single room in foreign hotels? If the head of Tokyo doesn't fly first class who does? If family come along too does that mean that a travelling expense is a private expense?

    Google informs me that both James Cameron and his wife, and children get chauffeured. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/7786414/Samantha-Cameron-drops-chauffeur-in-favour-of-woman-driver-for-school-run.html

    This controversy seems strange. After Tabogami getting outed for using political funds to go to bars (?!), I get the feeling that independent and outspoken politicians (not to mention commentators in the media) are getting outed for things that have until recently been fairly commonplace.

    And in general, I agree with bullfighter.

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  • -2

    timtak

    If YouTube allowed the posting of photos, then it could take out Flickr and to a large extent Facebook, but so long as it is limited to video I am going to have to leave the Youtube app anyway.

    Posted in: YouTube tests messaging feature to keep people in its app

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    timtak

    For most if the 15 years that I lived as a single man in Japan my door was rarely locked, even when I was out. A few peopke came into the genkan, but since they were Jap anese it did not bother me. If soneone came into my home without permussion in the UK I'd be scared shitless.

    Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey

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