Thanks Canada for showing something so beautiful. I am not even Japanese, and I am moved. It means humanity is still there, in some people.
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@albaleo: sure, you can get mad at them, absolutely! XD I was only speaking about some typical Japan-bashing that you see from the usual crowd here. I stopped care about international sports competition, exactly because I lost any trust in those organizations. :/
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@albaleo: you can also see the inconsistency and incoherence of some people. The "usual users" indeed always accused Japan for not scheduling the Olympics in September/October, by considering the heat problem in Summer. Apparently they forgot about typhoons, and now they are accusing Japan for scheduling Rugby World Cup during the typhoons season. Some of them suggested plans for rescheduling, but during a natural disaster everything isn't always so predictable, not only about the timing but also about the areas that could be involved, so maybe the organizers thought about those rules, together with World Rugby. Both World Rugby and IOC know Japanese territory and climate, but they gave Japan the games anyway. Complaining against Japan is silly, because everyone knows the peculiarity of this territory. Plus, unpredictable events can happen everywhere anyway. If I am not wrong, Turkey was another strong candidate for 2020 Olympics. But now you have a geopolitical event that wasn't predictable at the time: Turkey is attacking Syria and the situation is a mess, between Turkey and the West. What if Turkey had got the games? Could we predict the current events?! Unpredictable natural disasters, geopolitical, humanitarian, economic crisis, can happen everywhere, we can't know the future. Organizations like IOC, FIFA, World Rugby are interested mainly in the profits, and they will give the games to any Country ready to spend tons of money to host them, simply this.
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@albaleo: I am glad Scottish press didn't blame Japan, but in this site there are some usual users that used also this tragedy for their agenda. :) They are clearly happy when something bad happens, that could "ruin" Japanese international reputation. I think it's also important to consider that the rules were established since the beginning, so it's a bit late to complain. And people from Countries that don't know the meaning of a true important natural disaster, should try to be a bit more sensitive. Also when an earthquake happens here in Italy, since we have a lot of foreign tourists, we are aware we must care about them too, and we do what we can for their safety, because they are also more confused being only on holidays in a foreign land. It's up to foreign tourists deciding if they want to visit a Country prone to earthquakes and hurricanes, we can't change our territory.
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@albaleo: what I read were some clear conspiracy theories, not all of them, but some of them. Anyway these people should be simply happy that they are alive and safe, unlike all the dead and the ones who are suffering for their lost ones. I don't understand humanity anymore. Italy match was erased, and I am sure many Italian rugby fans were upset, but fortunately I didn't se Italian press blaming Japan or something like that. Maybe because we know the word "natural disaster" very well, being the only Country prone to terrible earthquakes in Europe, together with Greece.
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By considering the devastation of this typhoon, and all their silly complaints for a rule that was clear since the beginning, it's Scotland team who would do a nice gesture offering some help to Japanese people, to save their reputation. And also some people in this site were arrived to some ridiculous conspiracy theories about using the typhoon as an excuse to erase the game. Reflect on yourself, but I doubt these people will do it.
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So, Japan caused the accident in a deliberate way. Okay. If this is true, why it saved the Korean crew? I admire Japanese patience with both the Koreas, seriously.
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And to all people who are saying Japan was a wrong choice to host the games, you should remember it isn't the only Country in the world with these problems. Are you suggesting all the Countries prone to earthquakes and hurricanes should be excluded from the list of possible hosts for sport event? That is ridiculous. In 2015 F1 Gp USA cancelled second session because of hurricane Patricia.
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This World Rugby's rule is stupid, I think almost everyone agrees with this opinion. But Scotland's attitude is even more stupid, they had to protest BEFORE signing and accepting the rule, not AFTER. Now Scotland looks only absurd.
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Sorry, but this news only shows that Japanese businesses need to focus less on a politically sensitive market like South Korea. They are doing the right thing trying to expand their business in more friendly or politically neutral places. If it isn't for one reason, the Koreans will find another one for boycotting Japan. Their sentiment is too volatile. This year Uniqlo opened its first store in Italy. I wonder if it will be successful, since here there are brands like Zara that are very strong and compete in the same segment of market. But many anime and manga fans are already happy to see merchandising related to their favourite series that you couldn't find here easily.
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I can't even believe what someone wrote here. Science ALWAYS advanced on innovation and improvements based on earlier discoveries. According to that guy logic, the only people who would deserve the Nobel prize would be the ones like the inventor of the wheel.
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This rule is a World Rugby's rule, and if you ask me, it's stupid. It has nothing to do with Japanese organisation. World Rugby, FIFA...etc. have already showed more times their poor way to handle sport events with weird rules and choices.
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Too many people afraid about shallow stuff like sports events. "Imagine if this happens during the Olympics" or "Why can't they reschedule and relocate the games in another place"...Is really this stuff relevant? Safety is the only thing that people should care when a natural phenomenon can bring some disaster. And it's not only in Japan. You can have this kind of problems almost everywhere, despite some Countries are more prone to natural disasters than others. Also here in Europe your typical raining isn't what used to be anymore. Flooding and raining that are closer to typhoons than to what we were used to have in the past decades, are always more common.
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@Wallace: who are the right wingers? Also the ones who simply feel uncomfortable about "the sick Japan" piece of art? It was part of the same exhibit. How can you be really sure about what media tell us? Was the statue really the main problem? Sorry, again, I don't know what to believe anymore. I keep my doubts, how I keep my doubts about so many other facts described in mass media. Despite the sad situation of freedom of speech in Western democracies in this age, I feel I can be relatively free at least if I can keep my doubts.
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@Chip Star: such a pity media often change reality all the time. You can never know the real reasons for something. The only thing I noticed is that these articles NEVER speak about the other controversial pieces of art, despite I saw TONS of Japanese on Twitter protesting about those, and saying that media were using the statue like an excuse to make the international audience think the main problem was that. So I don't know what to believe anymore, sorry.
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@Chip Star: but don't you think also the other people like Hachikou should be represented in mainstream media? I start to doubt about what they tell us.
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@Chip Star: all those "pieces of arts" are part of the same exhibit. I found annoying how mainstream media speak only about the comfort women statue, when I saw most Japanese people on Twitter being angry for the other pieces of arts. And I saw this stuff because there was an Italian artist who supported on Twitter this exhibition, and I was sorry for her attitude. Many Japanese were trying to explain their reasons to her in English, but she ignored every explaination related to those controversial piece of arts whose Hachikou spoke, by replying only with the hashtag "miserable Japanese men". She is a feminist activist but I found her attitude very wrong and closed to any exchange of opinions.
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@Scrote: the fact is that in our modern age, it's not clear what freedom of speech is anymore. If you apply some standards that you see in other situations, the names "Japan is sick" or " Grave of stupid Japanese" could sound like hate speech against Japanese people. You could change that perception with small details, for example including words like "Imperial Japan is sick" or "Grave of Japanese soldiers killed by stupid Japanese Imperial regime indoctrination". When something can be called hate speech and when it's freedom of speech? There are too many double standards today, that makes you ask if there is a part of people who are simply "more free" than others. Also in the West, I see this double standard all the time between people who support mass immigration and people who are against it, without being racist only for this opinion, based on facts that have nothing to do with "race".
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Syria, Iran, Iraq...It's America that messed up that region! And now Trump treats its Country like a victim of this mess. I am not even shocked anymore, I saw too much crap from America in the past two decades.
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Oh, look. The timing is perfect with new provocation from North Korea and military parade in China. So, Moon indirectly admits his enemy could be North Korea...or maybe Japan. And in another news, some people think Japan needs South Korea for its own safety. Wake up, you are dreaming. Guys, you don't go hysterical over a minor problem like some trade stricter controls. South Korea had already planned to erase the intelligence deal with Japan.
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"We will never again lose to Japan".
Do you remember who said these words recently?! Kim Jong Un?! No, the South Korean president Moon. Are these the words of an allied Country? Again, stop denying the evidence, because at this point it's blatantly stupid.
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I find people who try to portray South Korea like an ally for Japan so funny. In terms of their relationship with Japan, South Korea isn't different from North Korea. Japan isn't completely stupid at this point. The US forced this alliance between Japan and SK since the end of Korean war but it's failed, stop denying the evidence. It's obvious Japan can't trust South Korean government for its own safety, it's hilarious like some people can't see the facts. The Moon government in particular is also ambivalent towards the US, despite obviously it's still submitted to it. Something is happening in the Korean peninsula, and it's a strong conflict of influence between China and the US. It's not really clear which side the South Korea supports for real, since Moon wants the reunification so much, and it's okay also under Chinese influence.
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@Samit Basi: Korea also copied the creepy idol concept like you see in AKB and Johnny's, no matter if the training system is a little different from that, the whole "aidoru" obsession is kept. And there's plenty of Korean groups based on the schoolgirl thing. What Japanese people call "kawaii", Koreans call "aegyo" or something like that, and you see all these boys and girls with cat/dog/bunny ears acting like children and make cute (creepy) childish expressions. It's annoying and creepy as hell.
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@Heckleberry: the current South Korean government erased the 2015 deal but it didn't give the money back to Japan. Plus, who cares if the former Korean president is now in jail? These are Korean domestic problems!
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@Toasted Heretic: except I don't see how music snobbery is related to what I said. I am asking only for music being more based on music than on fanservice, looks, visuals, and pandering to sexual fantasies.
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The whole "idol thing" is sick (both in South Korea and Japan, after all South Korea copied basically the Johnny's system). The female idols are over sexualised or act like kids, but it's the same for the male idols, I HATE when see adult men wearing bunny ears and acting like idiots to look "cute". They don't look cute at all, only creepy. And they say "but we are Asiabs, we can because we look cute at any age". Really? NO. Any adult woman/man into this kind of stuff is seriously childish and silly, sorry if I sound harsh. It's also more pathetic like these male idols pretend to be manga characters making yaoi (gay) jokes to offer fanservice to their female fans. And people calls this "music"? Everything is studied to sell the same type of stereotyped sexual fantasies, both for males and females. Also the BTTS dudes or whatever their name is, are embarrassing, they brought the whole boyband concept, already very cheap, to a next level of stupidity. We are living an ugly music age also in the West. I would like that music came back to be more about melodies and instruments than on fanservice, looks, same stereotyped rap tunes and dancing. Enough is enough.
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I like Aimer, Yui, Kung Fu Asian Generation, Mai Kuraki, and so on.
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I love Japanese music, but not this idol stuff. Please, stop. And the ones suggesting that Kpop is different...Sorry, but it's the same crap, maybe also worse. I read about tons of sex scandals and rapes involving girls in kpop, that are over-sexualized. It's all about looks, sexy dancing or cute dolls acting, and nothing about music.
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The main problem with South Korea is this. They say they want only "sincere apologies", but the truth is that they always continue to ask for money. They don't understand they sound false and opportunistic, they only exploit the true victims to get easy $$$. Enough is enough. It's obvious that Japan isn't happy to apologize further, because the more they admit their past mistakes, the more they are forced to pay further "compensation" to people who have nothing to do with something happened almost a century ago anymore. South Koreans are very proud and nationalistic but it's impressive how apparently they don't care to look like opportunistic parasites.
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