timtak's past comments

  • -2

    timtak

    Strange. He seems to be telling the Japanese that American image of Japan is not being tarnished by the comfort woman issue when the truth is plain to see on these boards.But then again, three years ago at least, Americans liked Japan more than America. https://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/the-u-s-ranks-3rd-in-liking-the-united-states/ He has some great editors and translators on his side and appears to be using a teleprompter. Maybe I am just jealous!

    Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

  • 1

    timtak

    @JeffLee

    Helicopter money is what the economy needs.

    "Helicopter money", litterally, was used in Edo period Japan to promote visits to Ise shrine. The valued Ise shrine tablets were blown into the air by proto-travel agents (onshi or oshi) using blowdart guns, together with the rumour that "they were falling from the heavens" ("fudaori") to effectively encourage mass pilgrimage in what was called "eejanaika" (what the hell!?) movements . Could history be repeating itself?

    Posted in: Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics

  • 1

    timtak

    I read a novel about her when I was at school, probably this one which came out when I was 12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes. I used an excerpt in a reading competition. As seen from the links given by, I presume the film-makers, there is no recrimination here. I hope that this trend continues.

    Posted in: Japanese director makes film inspired by Hiroshima 'paper crane' girl

  • 1

    timtak

    I guess there is a big disdain and hatred for women among the aged ruling elite if not a large part of the populace.

    Joking surely!? This is the land of the Sun Goddess. The Japanese know the sun shines out of mummy's face.

    Posted in: Where are Japan's women leaders?

  • 0

    timtak

    I am with Yuri Otani. I think that Japan is going to be used by America to fight proxy wars. American credibility is so low these days that they need the honourable Japanese to be seen to be fighting along side them. And Abe is of the "best partner for Asia" (erstwhile 脱亜入欧 Leave Asia join Europe) clan.

    Posted in: Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

  • -3

    timtak

    In their homes, in their kitchens making whatever they like and in their living rooms and culture centres doing ikebana, yoga, tea ceremony, and poetry, and travelling all over the world, at the schools and kindergartens, in their gardens, having affairs sometimes and preferring to become a bride than the most lauded television personality of their generation. On the contrary where are the non-Japanese women who are half as powerful?

    Posted in: Where are Japan's women leaders?

  • 3

    timtak

    How does the statement mentioned in the above article contradict the apology? The wording in "Abe's" apology is as follows

    “The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, and the Government of Japan is painfully aware of responsibilities from this perspective. As Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister Abe expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.”

    Sarah Soh's book (The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan) argues that the women were in the main indentured. This means that people in their home-towns received an up front payment, and after that the girls belonged to the comfort station and in that sense, they were sex slaves (as defined by the UN, for instance). These women therefore "suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds", and so the system constituted "a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women". No government, in the OECD at least, would become involved in indentured sex which is very illegal in Japan and all democratic nations of the world. That is why the Japanese are apologizing for it.

    It is also known that in some cases, such as the Dutch, women were ‘forcefully taken away,’ but not (at least in the books that I have read) as a matter of documented policy. Indentured sex slaves and rounding up women in trucks are both unacceptable but, as Hashimoto argued, the former is something that one might hope to apologize for and lay to rest, but the latter is so abhorrent that apologies should never end. Making this distinction is not splitting hairs.

    Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

  • 5

    timtak

    Since elephants are endangered, and many elephants being killed, this is an area in which I think there should be more regulation. There are currently 34 auctions of 'elephant ivory for making seals' on Yahoo, http://goo.gl/R3YMBH with almost all of the ivory looking very un-aged. How can this be?

    Posted in: Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows

  • 1

    timtak

    A Japanese man was arrested in a Western nation recently when his daughter wrote that she was looking forward to bathing with her father at the weekend. http://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/jikenbo/jikenbo50.html And a younger gitl said that she didn't like bathing with daddy to her kindergarten teacher http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/ryojijoho/americaseikatsutyuijikou.htm same results

    Posted in: Surprising number of Japanese kids still bathe with their parents up until high school

  • 1

    timtak

    I have seen quite a few eye catching scarecrows here in Yamaguchi too https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/23656350 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/17968749279

    Posted in: Japanese farmers make scarecrows that scare us too

  • 0

    timtak

    What? #1 for girls is a confectioner? You mean like a pastry chef? Why are the girls selling themselves short? I hope they ditch those self-esteem issues.

    Why does wanting to make confectionery suggest that they are selling themselves short or have self esteem issues?

    Posted in: What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? Businesspeople

  • 1

    timtak

    I think you will find that it is indeed a FACT that the mother's whereabouts are not mentioned in the article. An intelligent person would ask WHY?

    Hear hear. Bearing in mind that the Japanese press mention the whereabouts of the mother, explaining that the child was run over in the "brief period of time" (suki, 隙) that the mother's attention was directed towards locking her front door, an intelligent person would, or at least might, ask WHY it was that this fact was not mentioned in this article!

    Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by father

  • 1

    timtak

    According to Japanese news reports, the mum (;-;) was just at the point of locking the front door when the "frontover" occurred. http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye2682315

    Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by father

  • -5

    timtak

    Presumably some of them were both slaves and prostitutes. According to e.g. Soh's book http://www.amazon.com/The-Comfort-Women-Postcolonial-Sexuality/dp/0226767779 the vast majority were indentured prostitutes who, like all indentured labourers, are slaves. But, since it was not the women themselves but their families who received the up-front payment, depending upon their awareness, many may simply have been sold into slavery.

    then ANOTHER statue is added. The embassy will end up surrounded by statues.

    Posted in: LDP lawmaker says 'comfort women' were prostitutes

  • -2

    timtak

    The Japanese are good at all things visual and even their programmers look like models.

    Posted in: Presentation Whiteboard app released for Android and iOS

  • 0

    timtak

    I need a PC sealing Daijiro.

    Posted in: YouTube video introduces Smartphone Sealing Taro

  • 1

    timtak

    There are quite a lot of these with or with out a motor and I thought that they might be quite nice for cold and rainy days https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velomobile. Recumbents, covered recumbents and velomobiles often, or potentially go faster that upright bicycles which continue to dominate in large part due to the rules of cycle racing. But then, I enjoy my diamond frame bike. There is something zen (or yoga?) about bending oneself into road bike frame racing position.

    Posted in: Pedal, solar power aims to be the new hybrid

  • 3

    timtak

    I agree with Disillusioned, for a change. Yesterday only 1% of the moon was illuminated here in Yamaguchi, and Hokuhocho way out on the North coast away from the city, so it if at little after 6pm it may have been pitch black, other than the car headlights, but even so, all as Disillusioned said.

    Posted in: Man in wheelchair, helper die after being hit by car in Yamaguchi

  • 3

    timtak

    There was this experiment on young kids at a bus stop (posted here I think) a while back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ16XqAc2Ck And this test on 12 "lost" wallets where all 12 were handed in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmFkqoSTXzM

    Posted in: If you found a bag with a large sum of money in it, say 10 million yen, in some isolated spot, and there was nothing to indicate who the owner was, what would you do with it?

  • 1

    timtak

    I think perhaps kimono are a sort of mild bondage wear, designed to constrain the mobility of the wearer, wrapped up, bound, so as force them to walk in little steps, so that they look weak or Edo-proto-cute, as heels, tight skirts and platform shoes do in later ages, so there may an extent to which sneakers go against kimono grain. But there are shades of everything and kimono are beautiful also for their colours, so kimono *coloured *hakama (J-culottes) might also be a good idea.

    Posted in: Kimono with sneakers? Why not, says Osaka fashion retailer

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