timtak's past comments

  • -17

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    At least eating dolphin is better than eating creatures that have spent all their lives in hell. The dolphin lived wild and free except for the last day. Go go Taji.

    Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on

  • 0

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    The only thing about the article that is interesting is that it seems -- does it really? - to need to be said. Generally Japanese women already know the advice herein given, a glimpse of the obvious. Japanese women generally speaking, control their men as they should using the these techniques and many others. That there are now magazine articles giving advice on how to do the ( that which was) obvious is the only news worthy part of this experience.

    Posted in: How women can manipulate clueless men

  • -4

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    I love Hashimoto with a pasion, as one of the few politicians that can and does "slash waste, cut out administrative duplication" under which Japan is sinking so I will be very sad to see him (and Japan) go. I hope he reconsiders.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says he'll resign at end of term after referendum setback

  • -3

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    this is getting ridiculous, maybe America should ask if the runway used for the "Enola Gay" be included also! after all it was an important piece of ending WW2

    Is that an example of ridiculous? As far as I know there was an exhibit of the actual plane, and even some commemorative postage stamps http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/trial/enola/ http://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/04/world/japan-protests-us-stamp-on-a-bombs.html to the distress of some Japanese whose relatives were incinerated. Is "ridiculous" the right word?

    Posted in: WWII kamikaze base to seek UNESCO recognition for pilots' documents

  • -1

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    There is another -- "Japanese revisionist" or "Japanese right wing" -- WW2 narrative, in which these pilots were heroes fighting a war against a terrible aggressor. This video presents that narrative by combining the soundtrack of the trailer of the movie "300" with images from the trailer of "Pearl Harbor" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwNh4LXkRjQ Is this as absurd as suggesting that "Pearl Harbor somehow attacked itself"?

    Posted in: WWII kamikaze base to seek UNESCO recognition for pilots' documents

  • -2

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    A Shinto priest asked me what I thought. He seemed to be in agreement with Schopenhauer above who writes

    When a baby is born to the Japanese imperial family and if any foreign country gives the same name to a newly born monkey in their zoo, many Japanese would feel uncomfortable. This is an inconsiderate and thoughtless thing. If the baby monkey dies in Oita, How do they handle the matter?

    Westerners above place emphasis on the intent -- that is to say thoughts inside the head that are believed to be the cause of actions despite research to the contrary (Nisbett and Wilson, 1977; Libet‎,1999 ). Japanese are more aware of the way in which words and event outside the head effect behaviour. If the real monkey called Charlotte should die, and Princess Charlotte should become aware of this, it might have a negative effect upon her, at least if she were Japanese.

    Posted in: Oita mayor says no name change for Charlotte the monkey

  • 2

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    They are impressive pieces of kit, and not cheap https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/4849186430

    Posted in: Yamaha drones to start spraying crops in U.S.

  • -1

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    Looking well http://guernseypress.com/lifestyle/showbiz-news/2015/04/28/mccartney-reprises-1965-track/

    Posted in: Paul McCartney returns to Budokan

  • -7

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    Japan didn't surrender after the first bomb, so a second one was dropped. There was not time. There was only three days between the two bombings and only just enough time to be sure that the first one was atomic before another city full of women and children were vaporized. But then, Obama wanted to apologize but for reasons unknown, his apology was discouraged from the Japanese side http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-238759-Obama-wanted-to-say-sorry-for-Hiroshima-but-Tokyo-stopped-him

    Posted in: Why it's hard for Abe to apologize for WWII

  • 1

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    In any event, I think that Japan needs to realise that Westerners as Simone de Beauvoir argued, see humans as base upon a model of mankind, and that on a more balanced view, it is not a given that taking part in the workforce is a good thing for everyone, nor that "empowering women" in the OECD (Western) viewpoint means women being CEO's and politicians rather than controlling their homes, their finances, and the people around them as many "entitled" Japanese women do. The OECD empowerment index is again a male-style-empowerment index and does not include for example "Is your husband on a 'pocket money' system, or does he give you 'housekeeping'?". The commercialisation of sex In Japan, though in many ways deplorable, may be related to the lack of sex work or anticipated-sexual-recompense-for-economic-activity in Japanese homes.

    Posted in: Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan

  • 0

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    The obverse questionnaire by the same web portal asking which professions women want to marry were http://woman.mynavi.jp/article/150310-22/ 4) Salaryman (gaijininfo was right) 3) Member of the self defense forces (that surprised me. Even Japanese women are right wing? The reason given was because soldiers (by any other name) look good and are not often at home!) 2) Public employee (secure income, saturdays off) 1) Doctor (high income, will look after me, won't be at home!)

    I thought that these days the sentiment that "hubby's well and best out of the house" (亭主元気で留守が良い) from a commercial in 1986 and chosen as a catch phrases for that year but it seems opinion is divided. The reason why doctors figure on both lists is perhaps partly for this reason.

    The original survey is here http://woman.mynavi.jp/article/150420-14/

    Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date

  • 0

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    While I find the noise annoying myself, since unlike Asians (Kim, 200) I think in language and so loud speech interferes with my thoughts, I am with borscht. The politicians know their electorate. More importantly the electorate know politicians.

    The Japanese do not believe nearly so much in the power and verity of language. Political speeches are in large part just spiel to them. Politicians all say and do basically the same thing, like politicians all over the world do, and the Japanese electorate knows this. It could be said that they lack idealism, or that they are more aware of the nature of political systems and human nature. They are also aware that going around shouting "please vote for XYZ , I will do my best" is a drag and thus it demonstrates the biggest thing that might distinguish the politicians: the extent to which they will go the extra mile, spend an hour longer at the negotiating table, search a hour longer for other alternatives. The noise is proof of effort and if Japanese continue to put the name of the politician that has been drummed into their head the most on the ballot sheet they will continue to have the politicians that make this country so pleasant to live in.

    Kim, H. S. (2002). We talk, therefore we think? A cultural analysis of the effect of talking on thinking. Journal of personality and social psychology, 83(4), 828.

    Posted in: What do you think about the way many politicians campaign in Japan, driving along streets, with their name being repeated over and over again by loudpseaker?

  • -1

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    I am happy with all the things on the list.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

  • 1

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    Printing that much money?

    Posted in: Japan planning moon mission

  • 0

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    Europe is swamped with Chinese tourists now. They are the ones with the money now. Doug Casey's prediction that "Europe will become a petting zoo for the Chinese," may be come true. https://youtu.be/hSyJjC_jBWQ?t=36m37s

    Posted in: Why more Japanese are staying home

  • 1

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    Who says that there is no scientific evidence? The late Osaka University professor of Earth Sciences, Motoji Ikeya spent the last years of his life devoted to researching the ways in which animals detect earthquakes. It seems that earthquakes create a great big piezoelectric effect that creates electric fields that animals with sensitive non visual sensory apparatus (particularly dark water / whiskered fish, such as cat-fish and oarfish and apparently dolphins) find nasty - hence the beachings. Land mammals, such as cats and dogs, may be able to smell or otherwise sense the ionization of the air, and even humans can observe some pretty weird per-earthquake clouds. A Californian company aims to detect Ionization directly using electronic sensors.

    Professor Ikeya's web site http://www.eqsigns.net/

    A blog post by me on oarfish sightings (skip to the end for the science) http://www.burogu.com/2013/02/deep-sea-fish-and-next-japanese.html?m=0

    What are the clouds in Ibaraki now? A Google image search for earthquake clouds (地震 雲) in Japanese reveals stripey formations.

    Posted in: Mass beaching fuels fears of imminent quake

  • 2

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    He seems to be living in a fairy tale.

    Posted in: University student arrested for making false calls about subway attacks

  • 0

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    The MRJ is made in cooperation with quite a few partners. http://www.mrj-japan.com/partners.html

    I can imagine that coordination between Mitsubishi and its partners (5 American and 4 Japanese including Mitsubishi) might be quite a feat.

    It appears that the engine is being used in the main competitor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_CSeries

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Aircraft again postpones 1st test flight of regional jet

  • 2

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYrzjH7kzr0 Ouch. Is this how they got to J1?!

    Posted in: Sagan Tosu defender gets 4-game ban for stamping on opponent

  • 1

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    "Blue sheet" is a "waseigo" would-be-English word coined in Japan meaning a a sheet of blue polythene such as used in building construction, not something that might be used on a bed. I have never seen polythene sheets in any other colour in Japan, but I think that sheets of polythene may exist in other colours.

    "Industrial use blue polythene sheet" "Sheet of blue polythene such as used in building construction".

    RIP Mr. Mizukami.

    It seems to me that there may be an underclass of indebted Japanese people who may be serfs to organised criminals who ensure, by political means, that there are jobs for flag wavers etc.

    Posted in: Body of man found inside car in Ishikawa

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