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    sensei258

    Enough already about compensation and apology. It's been done, get over it. And what exactly is "full compensation" anyway?

    Posted in: Anti-Japan protest in Seoul

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    sensei258

    She's supa kawaiiii!

    Posted in: Aya Ueto is TV commercial queen for 2014

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    kcjapan

    "More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing"

    This is no joke. If cigarettes are dangerous, loss of hearing is unforgiveable.

    This is a purely controllable malady. If hurting you from turning up poison isn't my responsibility, then the GOP-Tea should have no trouble destroying the world from turning up their megalomania.

    The louder the poison the better they like it. Secondary benefit, if you can't hear the lies, they win. Turn up the volume, turn up the lies, after a certain point the lies are all you can hear. The GOP-Tea in a nutshell. Turning up the lies.

    Posted in: One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music: WHO

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    sensei258

    OMG say it isn't so. You will be sorely missed. "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." He was a heavy smoker, but died from it many years after he quit.

    Posted in: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83

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    gokai_wo_maneku

    Maybe Star Trek was from the 60s or 70s, but when I studied in the US in the mid 90s, it was a "cult show". When reruns were broadcast, everyone on the dorm floor was in the lounge watching. I guess the show was OK, but the event was more of a cultural experience for me.

    Posted in: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83

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    sensei258

    She probably told him it was time to get a job.

    Posted in: Son kills mother and bites own tongue after calling police

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    kcjapan

    "former icon of Britain’s entertainment world"

    who? some dirty pervert was sent to prison?

    Posted in: Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse

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    kcjapan

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeal is a sham.

    Mossad is, in their reports, calling him a liar.

    The people of Israel need the truth. If Mossad says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lying, then who should Israelis believe?

    There is no question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep the three billion in annual aid from the US, but he is saying falsehoods the Mossad has warned about.

    Keep it clear, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lying, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives wants him to lie to Congress and, somehow, this is unimportant?

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign for reelection next month is all Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in. American's had better get wise, Speaker Boehner is lying, Netanyahu is lying.

    Five Nations +Germany have brought a successful peace with Iran, verifiable nuclear cessation and reasonable trade cooperation.

    Only Boehner and Netanyahu want to see that destroyed. Call them criminals, call them ignorant, call them stupid, call them what you will, The P5+1 have made peace with Iran, only Boehner and Netanyahu want war. That is criminal and that is what these criminals want, war. Shame on Boehner, shame on Netanyahu.

    Posted in: 2 U.S. officials to address pro-Israel lobby meeting

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    JeffLee

    This makes me laugh. Google Drive works sporadically, and it's lost important data on me. The google drives on my desktop, laptop and phone contain different files from each other -- even though theyre on the same account! I mean, come on. It's a (bad) joke.

    My Android phone often refuses to open simple email attachments, like Word files. Only a fool would use such a thing for work.

    Phone calls and entertainment, sure. Work? Gotta be laptops and thumbdrives.

    Posted in: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

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    toshiko

    .Police said Sato had visited the girl’s mother on Monday and introduced himself as the father of one of the girl’s classmates who had had recently moved to Tokyo, and gave her his cell phone number.


    This guy fooled the girl.

    The young girl thought she was going to Tokyo. And she called home from Osaka thinking she was in Tokyo. Now, Japaneae schools and parents have to tell students never get in any cars that is not driven by their family members. .

    Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl

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    LostinNagoya

    Sorry, but "flawlessly" and "Samsung" don't mix well in the same sentence. LOL.

    Posted in: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

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    Heda_Madness

    Just remember that Mayor Toba, who asked Mont Blanc to do this, lost his wife in the disaster.

    For those of you who think this is profiteering from the disaster, it's the husband of one of the victims and the leader of a town that was virtually wiped out who is pushing for it. And as such, I think he's in a better position than most to comment on what is appropriate or not.

    Posted in: Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of 'miracle pine'

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    Yubaru

    Anyone who would show a murder, even a blurred out one to school students is a very sick person. There is no educational value in showing a person being killed... and none of you macho, cigar chomping types will ever convince me otherwise. You might not flinch, but those of us with normal attitudes towards murder and violent death have no desire to see such things. All it will do is cause damage - as some above have suffered.

    Then you had better put a stop to all Japanese anime like Naruto, One-Piece, etc etc etc, because they "kill" people all the time.

    These were HIGH SCHOOL aged females, not some 5 or 6 year old. They have seen TV programs, movies, etc, showing much much worse I will bet and thought nothing of it.

    It's more sickening that anyone thinks that young adults should be kept with their heads in the sand. Reality is a great wake up call, and it's NHK for cripes sake, if schools cant be showing NHK programs then hey maybe NHK shouldnt be showing the same things on the news......doh the video was an NHK documentary previously shown on NATIONAL TV.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    turbotsat

    However, these types of needles cost at least twice the three to four US cents the regular ones cost when ordered through a UN agency.

    If the UN bought enough for all the 16M injections in the world per year, it'd be $480M for the old syringes, $960M for the new. And they can't pony up for that, or pass the hat around?

    Posted in: WHO calls for 'smart' syringes to stem deadly diseases

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    Alex80

    Orbital ATK has nothing to do with NASA.

    I was ironic.

    Posted in: Automakers hire rocket science firm to probe air bag problems

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    Yubaru

    Women's rights run amok is the way I see this. Women won't have genuine equality as long as this kind of thing runs.

    Said like a true chauvinist.

    Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments

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    toshiko

    @brants: Tina' priginsl comments of her usua;; guess

    abeFEB. 23, 2015 - 09:35PM JST You guys are all wrong. He meant the opposite. Why do you think he takes side of foreigners?

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    @melonbarmonsterFEB. 28, 2015 - 03:47AM JST I don't understand how not 100% of Japanese don't have this guy's mindset when it comes to history. if Abe and his ilk had this mentality, all the rancor about revisionism in East Asia would be gone in a second.


    Source info of your 100 % please.

    Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'

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    turbotsat

    GalapagosnoGairaishu: Good that the guy apparently doesn't own a computer, or he'd be here in JT every day posting all kinds of weird stuff.

    Are you sure he's not? Any Asahi haters on here who failed to post around the February 5th trial date?

    Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials

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    turbotsat

    Raymond Chuang: That's why especially in North America, iPhones are extremely popular despite the premium pricing.

    I thought it was marketing to kids and trendy folks. Like Joe Camel.

    Posted in: Android dominant in two-horse smartphone race

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    Fadamor

    I did not know Google was now giving out free phones. Probably hit you with a large contract with a crappy phone.

    The contract is where the cost of the phone is absorbed. As far as "crappy", my Samsung Galaxy S4 has been working flawlessly for me since I bought it. "Crappy" must be what people who paid too much for an iPhone tell themselves to try and make themselves feel better.

    Posted in: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

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    turbotsat

    You can see why it was back and forth (rejected on appeal, then the appeal rejected).

    In the men's favor, according to them the women tolerated it for over a year, and apparently they didn't get warnings, just immediate penalty once it was found out or complained about.

    Against the men's favor, it was power harassment (the men were manager, and according to Google Translate of another article the women were temps), harassment was "repeatedly" over a year ("repeatedly" from other sources, not above).

    Didn't find it stated anywhere whether the women also indulged in the banter, it seems unlikely it would have gone on for a year with either no back-and-forth (in face of silence from the women), or earlier complaints to upper management or HR from the women. But it could be Japanese thing, or even globally as power politics and caste levels re temps vs management. Temps may just put up with it quietly.

    Even so, I find for the women. No great tragedy even if the managers lose their jobs. Somebody's got to walk the plank first, before people wise up.

    If the workers were same level, if banter was back-and-forth, if such talk is expected in Japan and also no department-wide warnings were made ('this will no longer be tolerated, last warning, next time it's penalties'), I could see the grounds for appeal. Still leaves the problem of new employees encountering such a workplace.

    Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments

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    Fadamor

    The lesson should be: Don't star in movies with your son.

    Hmmm... Martin and Charlie Sheen - first in Apocalypse Now (Charlie with an uncredited part), then later in "Wall Street" and "Hot Shots Part Deux". All three were generally considered successful.

    Posted in: Will Smith enters a new phase, learns to 'quiet the warrior'

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    Olegek

    Madverts Who cares what the Russians want, it isn't their country. Russia signed international agreements to respect Ukraine's borders, but they are instead acting like 21st century Nazi's, with dictator Putin playing the role of '

    Population of Donbass ( economical base of Ukraine ) is Russian ( not Ukrainian)

    Ukraine never exist in actual borders as independent state before 1991 . Never.

    Adolf was european , not Russian

    Posted in: Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons in the east

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    deadbeatles

    It's a MOVIE!!!... was Selma supposed to have had the same impact as the actual events?... This whining will get louder before it's vogue passes.

    Posted in: Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

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    Fadamor

    It's a sad state of affairs when a 13 year old girl is called an idiot for being too trusting.

    You're right. It IS a sad state of affairs. But that's the world we live in today. 13-year-olds in Japan have (hopefully) already received the instruction on how not everyone in the town/city has their best interests in mind and to not trust people simply because they are an adult. If not, then the Board of Education has failed their students yet again.

    Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl

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    wtfjapan

    That's why especially in North America, iPhones are extremely popular despite the premium pricing. no there popular in nth America because there an American tech company, battery life please!, I could name plenty of phone that match or are better than a Iphone battery. Just look at Apples market share outside the US, pathetic.

    Posted in: Android dominant in two-horse smartphone race

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    Gerald F. Shields Jr.

    I hate to break this to the Chinese, but they need to move on. Moreover, it would be nice to have one of those "bidet kits" for a toilet. Very sanitary.

    Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories

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    deadbeatles

    ...so like affirmative action which placed minorities in jobs they otherwise wouldn't qualify for based on their color...

    Posted in: Civil rights groups to protest Oscars over lack of diversity

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    Fadamor

    One year for some toilet graffiti?? A little extreme.

    Had it been one time, I might agree with you. But this guy went in and did it "at least ten times over a period of two months". That's not a guy who's angry. That's a guy who has become a habitual offender.

    Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials

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    wtfjapan

    I say this is a fine idea. The tree served as inspiration as long as it could, and now it'll continue to give something to the people in the form of additional donations and companies should profit from a disaster that killed thousands, especially since it has nothing to do with re-contruction just trying to cash in on people feelings. I should collect peoples belongings and or debris left over from the tsunami and mount them on wooden plates with a plaque. But Ill donate 50% of all the proceeds to the victims.

    Posted in: Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of 'miracle pine'

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    Tahoochi

    I remember in Canada they used to play his song "Rock'n Roll" (the "Hey!" song) at hockey games all of the time until the 90's when he got convicted of child porn possession. They stopped playing his songs across Canada. I think they still play it sometimes in the US though..... maybe not anymore.

    Posted in: Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse

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    Fadamor

    People need to know what groups such as ISIS are doing - not just to "infidels" but to people of their own religion as well. The Board of Education is way off base for censuring the teacher of high school students for showing an NHK program.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    Fadamor

    "It was a joke" now replaces "I was drunk" for covering up stupidity.

    There. Fixed.

    Posted in: Osaka shop owner in trouble for advertising '100-yen Molotov cocktails'

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    Fadamor

    So they were expecting a "warning"? Most people would consider the written sexual harassment policy at the place of employment the only "warning" necessary. And as for the female employees not complaining directly to them, whether they did or didn't doesn't change the guilt of the two managers.

    Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments

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    melonbarmonster

    I don't understand how not 100% of Japanese don't have this guy's mindset when it comes to history. if Abe and his ilk had this mentality, all the rancor about revisionism in East Asia would be gone in a second.

    Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'

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    A Realist

    Typical left-wing loon. Gets his information from the Asahi Shimbun and graffiti on toilet walls.

    Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials

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    Frungy

    "This should be an urgent priority for all countries,” he added

    The problem is lack of proper disinfection protocols, mostly bought about by the cheaper plastic syringes becoming standard.

    The problem with plastic syringes is that they cannot be disinfected because they melt or become brittle at high temperatures (the standard means of disinfection - cheap and effective - and these days a single battery can get you a day of sterilizing so no need for bulky generators).

    The problem is that once you're out of plastic syringes (as often happens in poorer countries) you're left with the impossible choice of closing up the clinic and letting people die because you can't inject them with painkillers, antibiotics, etc, or trying to chemically disinfect the plastic syringes (and most chemicals will damage the plastic). In short, they're almost impossible to safely disinfect because they're designed to be disposable.

    The solution here is to go back to metal and glass syringes that need to be routinely disinfected and that can take the high temperatures and most chemical disinfectants. Safety features like retracting needles can be engineered without the need to make the entire unit disposable. Once hospital staff got back into the routine of disinfecting everything between patients (like they do with scalpels and other non-disposable equipment) the problem would be solved.

    The solution is NOT to make things more disposable, because the only people that helps are the big medical suppliers to make sales... of course this the story of WHO, they were bought and paid for by the medical companies long ago. Their statistics are awful, their procedures backwards and the only people they're fooling are those who haven't studied medicine.

    Posted in: WHO calls for 'smart' syringes to stem deadly diseases

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    SwissToni

    Jeff Huffman, there is an ongoing investigation into historic kiddy fiddling by those in power. We will see how far it goes but some big name politicians have been mentioned.

    Posted in: Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse

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    Jeff Huffman

    MarkGFEB. 27, 2015 - 11:06AM JST Davestrousers is right. This guy has a long line of willing replacements and they even groom them young. An evil cancer needing to be squashed and the sooner the better! They are growing and spreading yet the world leaders can't seem to come together and devise an extermination plan for the verman. Wait another year and it will be worse than today.

    True. But you don't address why we have this issue to begin with. Do you want an end to the problem of radical Islam in the West? Then the West must extricate itself from the Islamic world and the U.S. in particular needs to stop supporting Israel as we have so wrong-headedly for the last forty years or so.

    ISIL is probably worse than the Taliban. But if the citizens of Afghanistan can't come together to defeat them, no amount of Western intervention will fix the problem. The same is true of what's going on in Syria, Libya and Iraq. The U.S. bears most of the responsibility for creating an environment in which ISIL can thrive (though Turkey is responsible too - you can kiss the EU membership goodbye Ankara). Destroying Iraq, a made-up country with no organic whatsoever, and Syria's civil war created the perfect vacuum for such a group, whose leaders have been around for nearly a decade, to solidify it's organization.

    I am all for the U.S. backed effort to push ISIL out of Mosul and, if possible, out of northern Iraq all together. But I do not want the U.S. further mired in what will probably be a decades long era of conflict. If we're going to lay it all on the line for a part of the world that matters, I'd rather see "boots on the ground" in Ukraine finally finishing off Russia and Putin rather than spilling any more American blood and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in a part of the world in which we have no cultural or political stake. But I digress.

    The only positive outcome I could think of ISIL continuing to run amok in the region is them attacking Saudi and the rest of the illegitimate "kingdoms" in the Gulf. Our dealings with those hideous regimes have never been anything but a devil's bargain.

    Posted in: IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named by media

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    JohnBecker

    The feature, launched by the startup on Thursday...

    Spotify—which has over 15 million paying subscribers after launching in Sweden in 2008...

    So they've been around for 7 years, and have more than 15 million paying customers. When are they no longer a "startup"?

    Posted in: Spotify woos karaoke users with new lyrics feature

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    Kuya 808

    Where is the legal system that has the murderer on tape planting the bomb killing three, and as an accomplice to gunning down a security officer, then running his own brother over with the get away car and still have the little maggot plea not guilty?

    Where? That would be in the United States.

    Posted in: Boston bombing suspect's lawyer: Not enough minorities in jury pool

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    JohnBecker

    Here we go with NASA again...

    Orbital ATK has nothing to do with NASA.

    Posted in: Automakers hire rocket science firm to probe air bag problems

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    Jeff Huffman

    Now if they'd just go after those Tory members of Parliament accused of the same thing.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/08/children-homes-supply-line-paedophiles-lord-warner

    Posted in: Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse

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    slumdog

    The blame lies with these thugs, not his mother.

    I cannot say this more strongly. I agree 100%. What still concerns me is how no one around this boy managed to call the police when they saw him bruised. I don't understand how this could happen. I don't understand friends not telling anyone.

    The criminal thugs should be put away for a very, very long time. It is my hope that more people learn to search out help, not only for themselves, but for their friends when they are in obvious trouble.

    Posted in: Police arrest 3 youths over murder of Kawasaki boy

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    Mike O'Brien

    I think this website...from the U.S. E.P.A. explains it better than I can.

    It might explain the theory but it doesn't refute anything I said.

    Of course, media pundits clearly know more about this topic than people who actually study it,

    No of course they don't. That is why I rely on papers written by people who are studying it. I just tend to prefer papers that rely on what is actually going on in the real world, rather than those that rely on what computer models are saying.

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    NathalieB

    But let this be a warning. Don't anyone if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend, and don't mention sex, or what kind of people you find attractive. No wonder lots of people just discuss the weather and obento at the water cooler.

    Yes. Let it be a warning. When is sex, or lack of, or who your type is (among customers FFS!) ever a good conversation in a workplace? Yes, it happens. Doesnt make is appropriate though.

    > This sounds like guy talk to me and only a weirdo would talk like this in front of female coworkers.

    exactly!

    Posted in: Top court backs punishment of 2 men for sexual harassment comments

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    Robyne Henderson

    so very very sad! i wish that boy had supervision. 13 is too young to be left to himself. RIP little one :-/

    Posted in: Police arrest 3 youths over murder of Kawasaki boy

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    NathalieB

    if poor in money and emotional quotient, please just look after yourself and don't propagate lives you cannot nurture and protect

    Despicable judgmental comment. Did it ever occur to you that 13 years ago she may have been in a better position? She was doing the best she could. No one voluntarily works nights leaving a 13 year old home alone. His mother did not cause this, and she obviously did a fairly good job, given that he refused to steal. The blame lies with these thugs, not his mother.

    Posted in: Police arrest 3 youths over murder of Kawasaki boy

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    slumdog

    Crown Prince can influence people, but not the govt.

    If you are trying to say that the prince cannot legally force the government do anything, you are correct. However, he certainly can and I would guess did influence Abe and his cabinet's emotions and sense of survival. You see, the Crown Prince is way more loved and respected by most if not all Japanese than any politician could ever be. That has emotional clout if not actual legal clout. That is often more than enough.

    I think it is enough already with trying to reword statements. Apologize clearly, accept no back talk from the fringe and move on toward friendlier and more peaceful relations with our neighbors. That is the best course of action and it is my strong impression that the Crown Prince feels much like I do on the matter.

    Posted in: Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement

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    Yoshitsune

    "Your side" suggests "your side in the debate". "You guys" suggests that you're attributing my position in the debate to my membership of a particular group

    I must admit this fine distinction is entirely lost on me

    You're arguing about bias so it's a distinction you need to get down

    The decks of the world do not tilt against a single country

    I must sadly disagree. As you may know, just a few days ago on this board I got into a scrape about a controversial article written by a Sono

    That proves nothing at all. All over the world there are nationalists who believe that the world is stacked against their country. So it's stacked against everyone? To claim it's stacked solely against Japan is absurdly paranoid and defensive

    you should be more careful when claiming you were not biased. People have a poor ability to judge whether they are flat

    Undeniably true and it goes for everyone. However I believe my original statement was that I was raised in Europe without any bias against Japan, and it isn't hard for me to judge that; as I have explained, annoyingly repetitively, I learned nothing about Japan before adulthood. Now, of course, I cannot accurately judge that I am not biased right now, as no-one can. But I can say that I am not a Japan-basher (a position of extreme bias), that I'm not biased in any conscious way, and that I am careful to question myself as you say you are. On the subject of which, your Big Turn moment is truly baffling. The Ask A Korean blog made you a sceptic? Ask A Korean? Seriously?

    Imagine you knowing absolutely nothing before entering the Yushukan. You will see the locomotive, maybe learn it was used in Burma. That's it

    That's the problem

    If your interest is whetted, you might Google terms like "Burma Japan Train" and maybe you will bump into a page describing all the sacrifices

    And then you would tell me I'm biased because those pages were biased

    If you aren't that curious, you are still a perfectly blank slate waiting for someone else to either point out what a feat of engineering or what immoral sacrifices were made

    And you would tell me I was biased by the bias of the person who wrote on my blank slate. Ignorance is not a state to aspire to, and your circular arguments here don't prove that I'm biased or that the Yushukan doesn't have an agenda.

    (btw 'sacrifice' is a wholly inappropriate word for murdered POWs and forced labourers, unless we are talking about sacrifices to a deity - which we are not!)

    Who has more agenda?

    A museum which presents only one side of a debate clearly has more agenda than one which presents both sides (even if flawed in the way it presents one side), so my answer is that the Yushukan has more agenda

    I said some, but "some (1-50%) " and "few (3-4)" are different words

    Honestly, some, few, whatever. Makes no difference; some or a few is not an important distinction in the sentences in question. And while there is no definition of "some" as 1-50%, as you claim there, it definitely isn't 50%. Also given the large number of people killed in Nanjing it is extremely improbable that more than a very few welcomed the Japanese.

    The possibility that they may genuinely feel that they have a valid argument does not even enter your consideration?

    It's impossible for you to know what enters my consideration!

    How do you conclude that I don't consider it possible they feel they have a valid argument? On the contrary, I don't doubt it for a second. They clearly do feel they have a valid argument. So either show me where I've said I think they don't feel that, or withdraw your charge of a gross lack of empathy. And here I'll charge you with not debating what I have said, but with debating what you assume I think because you "are unable to distinguish me from the swarm" that you have ascribed me to. I'm not here to be an imaginary figurehead of the group you want to argue against, or to be insulted because of false assumptions (and yes I am insulted by an accusation of lacking empathy, just as much as I would be by an accusation of lacking intelligence)

    As you agree, it is not logical

    No, you've misunderstood. I meant that your statement:

    That you are completely convinced that Nanking never happened, for example, has no relation with whether you think it'll be reprehensible IF it did happen

    Is logically sound. Also:

    if a switch could somehow be turned in their mind so they agree it happened, why do you think that will stop them from shouting for Koreans' heads?

    I don't think that and didn't say I did; it is also logically sound to say that the action described is not dependent on the belief described. But I'm not arguing that it is. I'm saying that those in Japan who call for the murder of Koreans are in fact largely the same people as those who deny Nanjing happened (in some cases, they don't deny Nanjing but actually suggest it as a good model to follow in Japan's Korean areas). These are the black van groups you say you've heard of, but who I have actually heard, and the more presentable interest groups and politicians who embolden them

    If there is any demi-logical connection b/w historical attitude and joining those rallies, it would be that those who agree that Japan committed those acts may have the same resentment as the Uyoku, but they repress it for the sole reason of guilt

    May have? This is a complete non-argument. The vast majority of Japanese do not attend those rallies, not because they feel guilty but because they think the people holding those rallies are racist, foaming at the mouth idiots.

    Denial or saying the number killed was a few thousand is a debate on facts, not morality

    Indeed, the morality question lies in dropping the bomb in the first place (or in massacring a city's population in other ways e.g. Nanjing, Dresden etc). But to then deny the fact of it or to play down the numbers is also immoral, highly offensive to the victims, and makes it all more likely to happen again as old wounds remain unhealed. And before you lump me in with the swarm and make any further arguments about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki based on your assumptions of what I think, let me clearly state now that I do not think that the bombings were justified

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