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tmtmsnbFeb. 24, 2014 - 02:15PM JST
"- - because he couldn’t say anything at all, during ‘that bout,’ as team manager, he couldn’t protest to the referees by saying, ‘Something’s wrong here.’ That’s because he doesn’t know English."
If there was something wrong in the judgment, a critical one, and if through proper protestations (in English) the wrong could very possibly have been righted, then the leader’s language capability to carry out such protestation is an important issue worth raising, either by Aso, or anybody else. In this case Aso’s own English ability is absolutely irrelevant.
That said, English speaking as qualification for being a leader is a joke. Give him an interpreter: the leader for winning the game, interpreter for protesting.
Posted in: Aso in no position to criticize judo champ's English
tmtmsnbFeb. 22, 2014 - 01:15PM JST
"Guy FawkesFEB. 22, 2014 - 02:03AM JST
"hidoi", generally more "cruel" than "harsh".
It has multitude meanings. Back to the books"
"Hidoi" could be about cruel languages or cruel characters--something fundamental, than about harsh words or harsh attitudes--more incidental, as one could also produce mild talks, sweet talks, etc depending on situations. So "That's cruel" could be your wife's intended meaning (ask her). Nowadays "hidoi" is used in situations ranging from jesting (from a female feigned madness) to criticism, as above.
Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada
tmtmsnbFeb. 21, 2014 - 11:53PM JST
"hidoi", generally more "cruel" than "harsh".
tmtmsnbFeb. 21, 2014 - 10:12PM JST
A sermon: "If you do not win, it's because you do not love your country. You betrayed the people and the media who supported you and cheered you with "Gambare! Gambare!!" till their vocal cords broke and their typewriter worn out, yet you heartlessly let them down, so you are ostracized with a Mura Hachibu---as good as dead in a Japan society."
In nature programs you watch the defenceless, fearful, constantly nervous small animals suddenly drop dead when face to face with the fierce-looking bloody big mouth of a predator. Some commentators say the animal pretends dead. It is not. It simply "can't think, can't feel, can't move, it's as good as dead". It's a state of suspended animation, of apparent death---temporarily, yet really dead.
What saved Mao the second day around is: "I'm already "dead" in my own country. Can I be more dead? To **** with it!!"
tmtmsnbJan. 29, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
"choiwaruoyajiJAN. 29, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
Yes, it's true...
Many Japanese wives think it is fine to unilaterally shut down sex after having kids.
Not only sex, but they will also rebuff any attempts at affection such as hugging and kissing.
Try to talk to them about it and you'll be dismissed with comments such as "It's normal" or "We've had kids so we don't need to have sex any more"...
I think this "cold marriage syndrome" initiated by the wife is the number one reason for divorces between Japanese women and foreign guys."
Generally speaking, Western world is built base on Love between Man and Woman--Ren-Ai, while Japanese, nay, the Asians, are not. Westerner’s chiseled features, the body shape, the voice, colors of eyes and hairs, the sweet talk, the thought, all results of millions of years of natural (sexual) selections through the process of that “Love”, while in Asia (originated from China), those are the results of thousands of years of “Authoritative Selection”---by the parents, the society, the authority. In most Western world Love precede other things, while in many Asian regions Ren-Ai was, or still is, a capital offence. In that light, Sex plays a major role in enhancing and maintaining Love between Western couples, while to an Asian wife, it’s not only unnecessary after child-birth, but even harmful, as her (supposedly) socially superior husband needs to spread his excellent genes far and wide (like the great Walrus), that clinging to her old sexual habit could destroy such system, which her body clock does not allow.
If you are married to a Japanese wife, congratulations, her country’s “system of “Jiyuu Ren-Ai”---freedom to fall in love and to date, and marry, has been going on since after the war, meaning, she is constantly moving closer to you.
Posted in: Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing Japanese wives
tmtmsnbJan. 27, 2014 - 11:43PM JST
Stewart GaleJAN. 27, 2014 - 03:48PM JST
Don’t you think he is merely stating facts which he believes are true.
Those are initials of my aborigine name, should not try to read as a word lest you bite your tongue.
Posted in: New NHK head's 'comfort women' remark stirs controversy
tmtmsnbJan. 27, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
"Why is the head of NHK even discussing this matter? What does it have to do with him?"
If Stewart Gale is discussing this matter, perhaps the head of NHK can do it too.
tmtmsnbJan. 27, 2014 - 10:51AM JST
chucky3176JAN. 27, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
"All the latest polls show, it's the young in their twenties and thirties who are supporting these old politician's thinking."
You need to thank China and Koreans for that. These young people has a long life ahead of them but with China and N. S. Koreas threatening their security by rattling nuclear missiles threatening to turn whole Japan into sea of flame they have nowhere to go except to turn to Abe for protection.
tmtmsnbJan. 21, 2014 - 10:22AM JST
Taiwan under Japan was heaven, till WWII (1937~45). When China came, they kill and they are dirty and they corrupt. Okinawans fancy good life under China? then drive US out. If not, help defend Senkaku. It's the platform for China invasion of Okinawa.
Posted in: Gov't says it will go ahead with U.S. base plan despite Nago election result
tmtmsnbJan. 21, 2014 - 02:18AM JST
Some hikyou Japanese want America to protect them from China invasion, also want to curse America. After free lunch, say thank you, that's etiquette.
tmtmsnbJan. 20, 2014 - 09:55PM JST
Defending Senkaku islands from China invasion needs V-22, which needs to station in Okinawa prefecture for prompt response. Government and US make sure that the new base will be as far away from residence areas as possible. Every citizen or foreigner who loves Japan more than China should support the plan.
tmtmsnbJan. 20, 2014 - 02:08PM JST
Only shinzo Abe is Japan, other's are descendants of Toraijin, pure Chinese. Talk to them? Better talk to yourself.
Posted in: Abe calls for frank talks with China, South Korea
tmtmsnbJan. 20, 2014 - 03:31AM JST
Need some “frank” summit talks with USA too?
Special Aid to Prime Minister Koichi Hagiuda, re US administration expressing "disappointed" over Abe's visiting of Yasukuni shrine, said during a private gathering “- - things such as tripping up others had never occurred during Republican Administrations. It happens only under Democratic government, under Obama Administration. To that ??, Ambassador Kennedy paid a courtesy call on Banri Kaieda, Representative of Democratic Party and LDP’s political foe, in his office at Nagata-cho.
tmtmsnbJan. 20, 2014 - 12:32AM JST
Whales and dolphins are seen as fishermen’s natural enemies, as both compete with the fishermen in their catch. As the capture and slaughter is considered a “cultural tradition”, the whole thing has the trace of a tribal dance of triumph where captured human enemies are killed and the bodies consumed. There is hatred in it.
Instead of help defending the “tradition”, the government should tell the fishermen that from the standpoint of ecosystem as a whole, fishermen should treat whales and dolphins as friends, but not enemies. A dead whale will feed millions of fish (and planktons) for months, giving every bit it had got back to the owner, thus complete the recycle of resources. The huge body of a sick or dead whale will drift along the current into vast expanse of ocean territories, help re-distribute food resources, from surplus to scanty. Ironically it is the fishermen--the whale and dolphin catcher—who are harming themselves. Year after year they haul thousand and thousand tons of whale and dolphin meat-- marine resource otherwise public property of all ocean animals--from the sea on to the land, depriving the ocean of the resource it entitles, causing it to become barren year by year.
Posted in: Japanese fishermen capture dolphins ahead of slaughter
tmtmsnbJan. 17, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
China calls all freedom seeking Chinese people--its own subjects-- “Troublemakers”. China once saw Japan a subject nation, obviously these modern communists have inherited their dynastic ancestor’s genes, and consider Abe China’s citizen.
Posted in: China slams 'troublemaker' Abe after Africa visit
tmtmsnbJan. 16, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
"- - - they are usually more rigid, too conservative, and less open to new ideas."
Very forgettable too. In an interview with writer-journalist Ikegami Akira, Mr Kosokawa said: “Had Mr. Abe declared that due to our nuclear power-plant crisis we intend to decline the offer, then the world’s esteem of Japan as a country would have been markedly higher. Even after the selection, had he declined, everybody in the world would have said: “Oh, what a great country Japan is!” Now how will he handle Tokyo Olympic in case he is elected?
Posted in: Koizumi backs Hosokawa for Tokyo governor, targeting Abe's nuclear policy
tmtmsnbJan. 16, 2014 - 12:12AM JST
Tokyo To has no nuclear power plant. 2/3 of its population has expressed opposition to it. So what else can an anti-nuclear-power mayor do beyond all that? The Olympic project with its multi-billion yen budget is like a piece of rotten meat attracting all sorts of flies, such that the primary qualification for a candidate should be a clean, untainted image: --if Inose was no good because of that, why another carbon copy? There is no way you can avoid being looked upon with a question mark, when you know 2/3 of Tokyoites are against something, you will jump out and say me, me I am against it.
tmtmsnbJan. 15, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
Sorry, should be "or a 100 stepster".
tmtmsnbJan. 15, 2014 - 12:02PM JST
“Hosokawa was forced to resign in April 1994 after it came to light that he had accepted a 100 million yen loan from a trucking company previously accused of bribery and links to organized crime. Amid allegations of bribery, Hosokawa argued that the money was a loan and produced a receipt to show that he had paid it back” –Wikipedia
One oriental saying (2,000 years ago) goes like: -- “The 50 stepster laughs at the 100 stepster”. Both are defeated by the enemy and both escape from the battlefield in the most disgraceful manners, but the guy who runs for 50 steps and stops feels he has the moral supremacy over the guy who runs for 100 steps, thereby proudly displays it, triumphantly.
Time has changed. 2,000 years later it is the one who “borrowed” 100 million yen feels he has more moral ground than the one who “borrowed” 50 million yen, and thus to replace him. Both waving receipts to prove innocence.
In many cases the term “Socialists” means guys using society (a community, a nation, a political stage) as playing ground for realizing personal desires and ambitions. They promise 3 months free vacations and 100% pay hike to gather volts; they allow immigrants to please certain races; China uses Japan to firm up its iron grip on its own people; Koizumi and Hosokawa use nuclear issue as step stone for returning to power? - - .
What is needed is a “Balanced nuclear policy” –(Abe). Nuclear is a worry and a threat, solar and wind is still a vision, air pollution is immediate, dangerous, expensive, and very real, so which one?? What about equally serious nationwide power deficiency? What about power rate hike - - you can discuss, but you must not use the issue as campaign slogan for getting elected, you do so, you cannot protest if others call you “hikyou” (cowardly), or a 50 stepster.
tmtmsnbJan. 11, 2014 - 03:13AM JST
Unless you are a Chinese, a North Korean, or a Fidel Castro, you should know that her husband (with one integrated her) is the very first non-predator Japanese ruler since daiohs (great kings, 4th century) followed by emperors (before WWII), lords, shoguns, daimyos---every bit a carbon copy of great China---all sufferers of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
(Predator---using people as tools for achieving personal desires, ambitions; Non-predator---people’s welfare is the only purpose, with a prefrontal cortex so good it’s brimming with love, gentleness, sympathy, empathy, insight, foresight - - and other goodies.)
Posted in: Akie Abe not afraid to speak her mind
Mar. 09, 2014 - 05:01AM JST
Fox and AP are saying the flight was lost on radar was less than a hour…
Posted in: Malaysia, Vietnam search for airliner carrying 239
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:45AM JST
If you live in a country in or near turmoil due to dictatorships or whatever the…
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:44AM JST
Save for this English language new site, Bloomburg and The Japanese language Wall Street Journal not…
Posted in: Boeing reports cracks in Dreamliner wings
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:28AM JST
Noda was a bad prime minister who lied a lot.
Posted in: Do you think Yoshihiko Noda is doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:11AM JST
Double whammy for Boeing