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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

Really? Tell me what friends Korea has?

South Korea has very strong links to the Philippines. Links to Taiwan are also pretty good.

China is less bothered about maintaining close links because it is the superpower. However, whatever people make of it, it won't be a never ending resentment about a refusal to atone.

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Posted in: Would you be in favor of Japan switching to daylight saving time in summer? See in context

No. It is confusing for everyone, and not good for farmers as it disrupts animals and so on. Having too much sun is also not good as it leads to skin cancers. Japan should not copy Western Nations. Maybe only for 3 weeks in the Olympics, that is enough.

I will never understand the passion on the Japanese right wing for sticking religiously to the Western clock rather than than trying to get with nature and rise close to dawn as the ancestors used to do. Since the introduction of the clock, it now dictates when the day should start and end. Usually resistant to western imports but in love with this one that pushes the Japanese away from nature.

If you are really so concerned about skim cancer, perhaps you should put the clocks back a few hours and live a majority of the day in the dark - that would sort it out. When it gets dark at 3pm you can be thankful for all the cancers you are not getting.

I does not disrupt farmers or animals at all. They tend to live their day according to the sun not the clock. Farmers never complain about it in countries with daylight saving which includes the world's two largest economies - the EU and USA.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

It is not well known, but just to add another angle, the sex slaves who were brought to Japan to service troops here were also made to service US Occupation troups after the war. That is perhaps why the US never says anything about this.

I covered this in my previous summary of the arguments above:

There were sex slaves but other countries did bad stuff too.

One of the apologists' tricks is to search the history books to find some obscure crime that someone else committed to divert attention from the issue in question.

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

Ken Watanabe would be a perfect James Bond. I am shocked he is not being mentioned. Can play a Suave, handsome and risk taker character. If there can be a Black one there can be a Japanese Bond too!

He's not British, and more importantly cannot do a British accent. Also he is about 20 years too old.

Hecould play a character though. Bond needs to be set in Japan again.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

I think I have summarised the debate quite well here. Did I miss anything?

As I'm attracting down votes for my post, I must have missed something, but they won't say what it was.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

Another Nation bullying Japan. I am angry even 1 person in Taiwan could hate Japan. Enough is enough! As I always say, Japans only real friend and closest ally to rely on is the USA.

You need to ask yourself why Japan doesn't have any friends.

Japan is not really an ally of the USA, just a vaguely useful counter balance to China. A harmless sycophant. A recent survey put Japan as 21st in American eyes on the ally list - below Greece and one above Iceland.

If Japan wants allies it can rely on it should look closer to home.

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Posted in: ANA announces contributions to effort to teach practical English See in context

Another ultimately fruitless exercise to get Japanese to speak English

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Posted in: Still no trial date set for suspect in 2015 abduction, murder of two children See in context

it's function can be found in the acclaimed book "The Enigma of Japanese Power" 

30 years on but still the best book written about Japan

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

Great actor and all that, but Bond is white!

Bond is also 102 years old, but they keep getting his she wrong! He was 37 in 1953. If they can change his age they can change his skin colour.

Of course he was white at the time - there were no other races in Britain at the time. But a 37-year old today would have been born in 1981 and Bond moves with the times. There is no reason why an MI6 officer today would not be black - many are.

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Posted in: Today marks the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. Are there any circumstances that justify war? See in context

Britain declared war on Germany to start WW2. I think that was probably justified.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball finds itself at a crossroads See in context

Given how much they practice you would think that Japanesewould dominate the world's baseball scene. Instead it is still a minor talent wroth only a handful of players making it to the US leagues.

The sacrificial bunt is still popular here despite analysis showing it is counter productive to getting runs. I saw it yesterday at koshien - the bunt resulted in both batters getting out. It is clearly something that appeals to the Japanese psyche and is more important than actual success.

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Posted in: Few blind people evacuated during deadly rain in western Japan See in context

People can also stay at home and move to safer locations inside their homes if going outside is too dangerous, experts say.

Where would we be without experts? If I hadn't read this I would probably stay in the less safe location.

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Posted in: Police shine light on dark web after huge child porn breakthrough See in context

Good work. Sounds like the police worked out who the lead criminal was through deduction rather than tracing his IP address. Not sure how they managed it - he must have left too many clues as to his identity.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

I think I have worked out the 2 side's arguments in this debate:

Side 1: Japan institutionalised sexual slavery during the war and had never atoned for it, despite some half-heated utterances.

Side 2:

There were no sex slaves but many well-paid willing prostitutes

There were sex slaves but Japan said sorry in 1995 so stop complaining.

There were sex slaves but other countries did bad stuff too.

There may have been sex slaves but it was a long time ago so stop complaining.

This is all about money.

This is all about politics and trying to make Japan look bad.

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I think I have summarised the debate quite well here. Did I miss anything?

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

It's the same in US with the Democratic party trying to erase the history they have of slavery. 

Yes, we should never forget that the Democrats used to be the right wing party in the USA and the Republicans the left wing party. The kind of people who voted Republican today voted Democratic in the previous century.

However I'm not sure it is really relevant to this debate other than as a device to detract attention from the real issue.

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Posted in: Still no trial date set for suspect in 2015 abduction, murder of two children See in context

There seems to be more than enough circumstantial evidence to convict him. Do they really need a confession?

WTH were 2 12 year olds out at that time of the morning?

The sun was up and it was dawn - why shouldn't they be out? Better than being stuck indoors while it is cool and light outside (obviously not better in this particular case).

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Posted in: How to find and delete where Google knows you've been See in context

They will use it to profile you, your whereabouts, your habits. These all go into an advertising profile they use to target ads you might be near/interested in

Sounds useful. If they are going to advertise I would rather it was something I was interested in and near.

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Posted in: Despite progress, East Asian actors in UK complain of stereotyping See in context

What about the idea that Asian men and women use the English skills that have gained living in the West to star in Asian films produced for an Asian audience? 

They get their English skills from being born British rather than just "living" in the West.

But why would an Asian audience want to see someone talking in English rather than Manderin or Cantonese? Don't follow your argument at all.

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Posted in: Nationwide probe launched after Tokyo Medical University scandal See in context

And nobody seems to even know what percentage of applicants are female. Is it 50%, 20%, 70%?

And I haven't read anyone proposing how to solve the shortage of doctors.

If women had heard that it is hard to get into medicine, it should be less than 50%. But if sexual discrimination is removed it should be 50% or so.

In the UK, nationally 60% of medical students are female.

A solution to a shortage of doctors is to train more. Fairly obvious I would have thought.

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Posted in: Nationwide probe launched after Tokyo Medical University scandal See in context

And if you won't even in such a circumstance, then there is also a negative consequence involved here in that you are knowingly putting money into people who won't stay. To knowingly ignore such statistics also has a certain cost.

I can definitely understand your argument or at least partly understand your argument. It is both consistent logic and highly flawed.

Youra rgument is that of the school's: women drop out of the profession sooner than men so it is logical to treason fewer of them.

An alternative view is that because if the deeply ingrained sexism of Japan which forces women out of the workforce prematurely, we need even more sexism to stop them being in the workforce in the first place That is not really going to help acieve sexual equality is it?

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

I think it's a certainty. But an east Asian James Bond is still many years away.

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Posted in: Medical school exam scandal exposes bias against female doctors in Japan See in context

Something tells me a male physician would not have gone to such great lengths. 

@Laguna - you're being a bit sexist yourself there.

Butthe one thing I have learned from all this is that in Japan you are probably better off having a female doctor because the chances are they are going to be better than the male doctors.

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Posted in: Japanese regional banks to counter moneylaundering by sharing info See in context

and they will counter currency manipulation by..... oh wait, that's ok here I forgot....

Seems like an irrelevant comment whatever you are getting at. Currency trading is not a crime and governments are allowed to target exchange rates.

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Posted in: Drunk driver, going wrong way on expressway, crashes into truck See in context

Why? Driving the wrong way on the highway does not mean he was drunk. It could just be he is a flipping idiot. He managed to drive for 30k on the wrong side of the road before crashing. Without accurate assessment of his blood alcohol level any conclusions of his ability to drive are hearsay.

Oh come on. If his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving he was drunk. Even if he actually deliberately decided to drive on the wrong side, it is likely that alcohol played a role in his decision.

Alcohol does not mix with driving.

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Posted in: Drunk driver, going wrong way on expressway, crashes into truck See in context

If  you drive after having a drink, or after taking drugs that mentally impair you, you should be charged with manslaughter.

I think this should only be in cases where someone actually dies.

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Posted in: Nationwide probe launched after Tokyo Medical University scandal See in context

This begs the question of 'what is their definition of 'fair discrimination' (正当な差別)?

@nitpickyned - 'fair discrimination' is when you use the fairly marked entrance test results to discriminate between the stronger and weaker candidates.

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Posted in: Travelers flood train stations, clog roads in holiday exodus See in context

As someone trying to catch a shinkansen this morning, I concur. Mad panic. Omiyagi shops were being mobbed.

Traffic backed up for 57 kilometers at one point on the Tohoku Expressway stretching from the north of Tokyo to northeastern regions. 

Not exactly a surprise.

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Posted in: The cashless payment rate in Japan is only 20%, according to Bloomberg. Why do you think Japan remains a highly cash-dependent society? See in context

Because Japan is highly resistant to change and modernity. It is at its heart an old fashioned country that clings to the current way of doing things.

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Posted in: Children should be barred from heading footballs: brain specialist See in context

In the children's game you hardly ever see anyone heading the ball anyway.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

The Hague convention that was applicable at the time states:

Article 25: The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.

@Bubblegum:

More people died from the air raids in Tokyo and Dresden than the A bombs.

These would also constitute war crimes in that they deliberately targeted civilians.

While dropping one bomb may be the worst thing ever to have been created, this probably saved way more lives, military and civilian, Japanese and American than if Russia and the US invaded the mainland

I believe that you are correct and whilst they may have achieved a better outcome (although some debate this), it does not change the fact that targeting civilians was a war crime.

This was necessary to PREVENT further war crimes by the imperial army. It was the right thing to do in order to end the suffering the imperial Japanese army was inflicting on the world.

It was still in contravention of the Hague Convention.

If the question was worded, “Do you consider the saturation bombing of civilian populations a war crime I would have answered Yes. We cannot pretend that the A-bombs were a singular war crime while ignoring the millions of people killed by conventional saturation bombings.

We don't have to pretend that other issues were excluded - you are reading more into the question than is there. The question only concerns the A-bombs, which do qualify (as do the others in their own right).

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