Ishiwara's past comments

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Well, plenty of the Japanese folk on Japanese television make me cringe as well.

    On the other hand, there are also several good news and debate programs with serious foreigners, experts, businessmen, academics and so appearing and speaking in Japanese.

    Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job?

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Don't have kimchi and orange juice together. It is bad for you.

    Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    I abhor racists who complain that she or Ariana cannot represent Japan because they are not "Japanese."

    On the other hand, I am going to throw this out: I do see the argument that Miss contests are dominated by a kind of Western beauty standard, and that Japanese (and other people) have a problem with that. Black women are not well represented for example. In Japan, the Miss contests are not very popular and are largely ignored, partly because of the slightly different beauty standards.

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

  • 3

    Ishiwara

    Well, China's artificial naval- and airbases in the South China Sea, and its fleet of mercenar....sorry, fishermen in the East China Sea, not to mention their jingoistic press, "signal" a quite different message.

    Posted in: China signals growth, not political disputes, should dominate G20

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    @yubaru

    He became persona non grata because he quit the group. His name, after a bit of googling is Katsuyuki Mori and evidently has made quite a bit of cash on his own, while not in the same league as he would have made with SMAP, at least he has his freedom!.

    https://jnewseng.com/2013/06/06/mori-katsuyuki-proves-that-he-can-still-earn-millions-even-without-smap/

    Thanks for the link. Excellent that he is successful in a different career.

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  • 7

    Ishiwara

    @DenTok2009

    Anyone know what happened to the one who left in 1996? Did he continue on to be an entertainer or go on to some other field of work?

    I heard that he became persona non grata for Mr. Johnny himself, meaning no-one in the entertainment world could take him on, and even his very name was not to be mentioned anywhere on TV. (Kimutaku once defied the taboo in a special on SMAP, I think their 25 anniversary).

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  • 1

    Ishiwara

    What does it take? Well, first you need to find a location where the local oldies won't object to a daycare due to the noise. Then, you have to get local council approval with a few brown paper bags of cash and heaps of legitimate payments. Then, you have to pay overpriced and undereskilled builders to build your establishment. Then, after you have all that y have to charge the bear minimum for childcare and employ little old ladies who will work for under minimum wage just so you can afford to keep the lights on. After you have achieved all that you have to determine whether you are running a kindergarten or a preschool and deal with all the mothers that want their children educated for elementary school entrance exams. I left out all the fire and safety inspections and certificates, which also cost a small fortune. And, don't expect any tax breaks or benefits from the Abe government. They only support large corporations. Are you still keen?

    Reality.

    Posted in: No. of children on waiting list for nurseries in Tokyo tops 8,000

  • 0

    Ishiwara

    "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others humankind has tried out."

    Winston Churchill

    Posted in: Do you think democracy is the best form of government?

  • -2

    Ishiwara

    Every year the same story. For older people in the countryside, there is sometimes little that can be done about it I guess, but for Christ's sake, cancel sporting events!

    BTW, coffee is not a diuretic. That is an old myth.

    Posted in: 820 treated with heatstroke symptoms, one dead

  • 3

    Ishiwara

    Japanese cinema has become rather self-referential: many movies are movie adaptations of manga, and there are lots of movies that don't make sense if you have not seen the TV-drama, or you don't know the actors and their characters.

    Posted in: 3 reasons Japanese movies today suck, according to distributor and producer Adam Torel

  • 2

    Ishiwara

    My McDonald's is also a McCafe, and that's the attraction for me. I am a coffee addict. McCafe has yummy coffee more reasonably priced than Starbucks. It's my coffee hangout.

    Mac coffee is cheap, but "yummy"? You should check out the amazing coffee scene this country has to offer! And I am not talking about smoky kissaten with bad coffee.

    Here, for starters:http://lifeandthyme.com/coffee/art-coffee-culture-tokyo/

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    There we go again. Last time she got married it was all over TV for weeks, showing off her diamond ring the size of a small apple, and an obscenely lavish wedding party for a pricetag equalling the the national budget.

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  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Technically, Miss Moneypenny is not a "Bond girl." Miss Moneypenny is Miss Moneypenny, and the dangerous girls that Bond conquers on his missions are "bond girls." Miss Moneypenny is jealous of all the Bond girls.

    Posted in: Bond girl

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    Yes (although this is probably not going to happen).

    It is true that Japan "got of lightly" (if we put aside the death toll for 2 nuclear bombs and a year of conventional bombing), But, for reminders: Japan did not invade the Soviet Union in WW2, it had a non-aggression pact until 1945, when the SU declared war on Japan and invaded Japanese territory.

    The U.S. occupied Okinawa, returning it only in 1972 (mainland Japanese had to show a passport when they went there). Russia should also return the Kuriles.

    Posted in: Should Russia return the four disputed islands off Hokkaido to Japan?

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Murakami Haruki:

    I got home from work and cooked spaghetti for myself. Outside the window I saw the roof of the neighbour's house. A light was burning. In the background, the TV blurred some news about this year's nobel prize winners. I did the dishes.

    Posted in: Nobel Literature prize again eludes Japan's hope, Haruki Murakami

  • -1

    Ishiwara

    I never quite understood how McDonalds became so popular in Japan, considering this country's outstanding food culture. Or in any other country with good food for that matter. It is surprisingly popular in France.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan hit by another food scandal

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Newsflash: the Japanese Emperor has already apologized. As did the government. Many times.

    As others are saying: Japan should ignore the trolls.

    Posted in: Japan protests China news agency's call for emperor apology

  • 4

    Ishiwara

    I can't believe they are seriously debating whether or not to install AC.

    Let me rephrase this: I still can't believe they actually decided to host the Olympics at the end of July. In Tokyo.

    Posted in: Japan to cut cost for Olympic stadium by third, say lawmakers

  • 1

    Ishiwara

    I thought the problem with just 'removing' the war criminals from the shrine was that they said it was like adding 14 cups of water to a tank of water. You cannot just say "I want to take those 14 cups back out" because as soon as they are added they are mixed irreversibly into the rest of the water.

    Correct. That is one thing that the shrine priests say. Although, given that this religious stuff is pretty much made up recently, I think if they'd really wanted to remove the 14 war criminals, they could come up with some kind of creative solution.

    Posted in: Japan WWII leaders’ descendants reach out for reconciliation

  • 5

    Ishiwara

    Removing the 14 Class-A war criminals from Yasukuni would be great. But there are problems with this:

    Unfortunately, the priests of the shrine refuse to do this. And the state cannot force them, since officially Yasukuni is an independent religious institution, and the state cannot violate the separation of religion and state. (Yes, the PM visiting the shrine can also count as a violation of the same law, and there have been court cases about this). I don't think it will go down well with the majority of the Japanese people. Even those who believe Japan did all the wrong, many people believe that the executed and the dead have paid their dues and should be "appeased." (In Japan, souls who died a violent death wreak havoc in this world if they are not taken care of). Non-Japanese might find this ridiculous, but there it is. Even if they would remove them, would China and Korea be OK with the Japanese PM visiting Yasukuni? What about the other 1,000 or so Class-B war criminals?

    Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this problem.

    Posted in: Japan WWII leaders’ descendants reach out for reconciliation

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