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smithinjapanJan. 22, 2017 - 10:41PM JST
The guy's been let go for committing crimes for some times, including assaults. If this is the "hero" of some people, then they need to ask themselves about their own wishes and motivations. If he committed crimes, try him and lock him up or let him go.
Posted in: Detention of Okinawa activist sparks cries of political oppression
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 12:59PM JST
Regardless of what might seem like either trigger happy shooting or just really bad shooting by the cops, I still think one thing the J-cops are quite respectable for is their ability to only use their guns as a last resort, and even then only attempt to render the suspect a non-threat -- not shoot to kill.
Posted in: Police shoot knife-wielding man after he attacks his father
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 12:56PM JST
Phew! Kuroda's never ever offered an upbeat predcition for his own radical policies before, and we know he's always right, so that's a relief! So far he's only 4 years off his inflation prediction again. Not his fault, though.
Posted in: BOJ's Kuroda offers upbeat view on Japan, global economies
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 12:54PM JST
He "powered into" the top sixteen by beating the 121st ranked player?
BurakuminDes: " Having just put down $5 on him"
Well, you won't be losing much, so no big deal, I guess. You pay a lot more (and have slightly better chances) when you play the lottery, after all.
Posted in: Kei Nishikori powers into Australian Open last 16
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 12:51PM JST
ANOther: "Trump is going to be a great president. These protesters are just protesting democracy itself."
Not sure how that works, but whatever you need to tell yourself to sleep at night.
The people are peacefully protesting, and that IS democracy. The 'democracy' Trump fans want -- a place where anything but praise is shot down or decried as "false news", and people jump on each others' throats to please the man at the top -- is much closer to a dictatorship than a small and harmless protest.
Posted in: Anti-Trump rally in Tokyo
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 12:48PM JST
M3M3M3: "For the 2020 games, will Japan stop printing maps that show the Northern Territories or Senkaku Islands as part of Japan?"
Exactly! In fact, the way things are going you can bet someone will suggest holding an event around the Senkakus, and not to symbolize international cooperation.
Japan needs to clean up its own backyard before telling people what it can do in theirs -- and Dokdo IS Korea's own backyard.
Posted in: Japan says mention of disputed islands on Korean Olympics site 'unacceptable'
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 11:00AM JST
KnowBetter: "just think how people of certain religions or lack thereof must feel when they find those religious books in their room."
Not at all the same thing. The Bible (and I'm not Christian) or whatever is not there to deny history or promote hate, but for people of those faiths to find comfort if they wish to. Do you think APA put these books in their rooms for anything other than to push their views on others? They are not books about faith, they are personal opinion that denies facts. Tell us, if in your mind they are the same, who are the books meant for -- because simply by reading a lot of right-wing reaction to this news it seems pretty clear the books were designed solely to incite anger and drive away, in the words of one poster, "Korean and Chinese vermin".
" You might not see the connection but maybe it's because you are not aware of it or have never given it much thought."
You don't need to give it thought -- it is a red herring.
Posted in: Winter Games bosses look to remove APA books, porn from TV in its hotel rooms
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 10:55AM JST
Schopenhauer: "It happens in America also"
Not to the same extent, not as transparently, and generally the people have qualifications in the field. It's musical chairs in Japan -- disaster agency lawmaker rotates to Finance Minister for some reason, then head of education. Shimizu, who was the CEO ot TEPCO at the time of the meltdown, was quietly given the job of "nuclear expert" at another company soon after retiring from TEPCO with a tummy ache. Politicians, who never shoudl have been in their position in the first place but for more connections or family members, retire to completely unrelated fields and collect money, and that's all.
Posted in: Abe orders gov't-wide probe into cushy jobs for retiring public servants
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 09:11AM JST
How much do you want to bet that the "inquiry" is being carried out by people that should otherwise have retired long ago? THe amakudari practice here is not going away until all the old people do -- the old boy's club is alive and well, and Abe a part of it; unless he fired Mori from the Olympics committee right away to prove it's not just more lip-service.
smithinjapanJan. 21, 2017 - 09:08AM JST
Enough of this asking APA to do it; tell them either the books go, or ALL the athletes stay elsewhere. To do otherwise means the organizers here are merely trying to limit backlash while they still may support the material and the attitude of Motoya likeminded fools -- a man, I might add, who is so 'confident' in his views he had to hide behind a pen name!
I've already written on Travel Advisor about the hotels, and hope people will stay away until the war-related material is removed. A lot of the people who saw and shared my links on Facebook were shocked and appaled.
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 04:40PM JST
Great... now I'm going to have to listen all week to how the "Japanese metabolism is different" after spending much of last year hearing how "Japanese have lower body temperatures" (and that's why I like cold weather). Such ignorance!
Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 04:36PM JST
Does the moron realise that in all likelihood his dog will now be permanently separated from him and he might be put in jail? I hope he is.
Posted in: Man punches Don Quijote employee after being asked not to bring his dog into store
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 03:06PM JST
wtfjapan: "Just look at Toyota"
Ummm... they just announced they are afraid they may have to become competitive if Britain won't make them an exception to their expected tariffs and other import/export laws, not to mention how scared they are of Trump. If Samsung improves their product after this... once they head is arrested and things calm down a little, that is... then all the better for competition.
Posted in: Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan 23
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 01:00PM JST
Hahaha! And Trump, the worst rating going in as president-elect in US history, says he's going to unite the nation!
So long as they protest peacefully, all the power to them. Might be the last possible protest in the US after Trump takes power.
Posted in: Thousands of demonstrators plan to disrupt Trump inauguration
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 12:59PM JST
"Cutting corners" on an already inferior product doesn't need much time or fanfare to announce, guys.
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 12:50PM JST
Well, Japan is definitely a world leader in human trafficking for sex and labor. That hasn't changed.
Posted in: 3 arrested for forcing 7 Cambodian women to work at hostess bars
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 12:48PM JST
Lowest popularity of any president-elect in history, hated by more than half the nation, hated around the world, and a complete and utter moron who has spent years degrading others... he's not bringing a thing together except people with stock in Twitter.
Posted in: Trump pledges to unify U.S. on inauguration eve
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 12:46PM JST
Going to be funny to see how Japan goes crawling back to China to be let in after the TPP collapses and Abe and Co have spent the last couple of years trying to isolate China (while it cleverly undermined Japan's efforts).
Posted in: China-backed trade pact gains momentum as Trump threatens to ditch TPP
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 12:42PM JST
Disillusioned: "But, is the central government directly responsible for these hikers putting themselves in harm's way?"
They are directly responsible for not shutting down the hiking paths for the time being. Had they done so, or even issued more serious warnings, and people snuck up the mountain anyway -- it would be wholly their fault. I said ages ago they should sue, and I'm glad they are finally doing so.
Posted in: Kin of Mt Ontake eruption victims to sue for damages
smithinjapanJan. 20, 2017 - 09:16AM JST
I'll tell you what's not right for the world's unique human bodies that are Japanese in its unique for seasons: suddenly changing your diet overnight to foods you've never heard of, or even foods you HAVE heard of but don't eat that often. I can't tell you how many fad diets I've seen the nation go through in my time here -- averages about two a year that the whole populace goes nuts over -- and all because of these stupid TV specials or tabloids. So far this year it's been "leek diet" and now this. Rapid changes help nothing, unless it's quitting a terrible habit to begin with.
And Japanese bodies are not unique, and don't have lower body temperatures, or anything else so ridiculous.
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Jan. 23, 2017 - 01:15AM JST
BOJ's Kuroda offers upbeat view on Japan, global economies
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Jan. 23, 2017 - 01:12AM JST
Slam all you like ... this is only the beginning! Down with fascism!
Posted in: Trump, spokesman slam U.S. media over inauguration crowd coverage
Jan. 23, 2017 - 01:09AM JST
nothing will change, same old window dressing.
Posted in: Coordinator in post-retirement jobs denies taking any reward
Jan. 23, 2017 - 01:06AM JST
"Global growth??" For a handful of millionaires and billionaires, maybe. Not for anyone else.
Posted in: Protectionist policies such as the withdrawal from TPP and renegotiation of NAFTA will have a negative impact on the global economy including Japan's. These policies only enhance protectionist and populist movement spreading around the world, and could largely shake the free trade system that has supported global growth.
Jan. 23, 2017 - 01:04AM JST
Gutfeld: A message to the Trump protesters:
Posted in: Hundreds of thousands of women stage anti-Trump protests across U.S.
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