Angus McGillicuddy comments

Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Woohoo! Watch them bridges burn!

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Posted in: Japan to propose resuming commercial whaling at IWC meeting in Sept See in context

So, you buy the line that whale is this ancient, traditional Japanese cuisine. While whaling has existed in Japan since prehistoric times, it did not become widespread until the 20th century, and eating whale did not become common until the late 1940s, when whale meat was introduced into school lunches to make up for nutritional shortages in the post-WWII period. By the 1970s the population had already moved on from whale meat---today, most Japanese who didn't grow up in the post-war period have never even tried whale meat. Those who have, typically consider it inferior to other meats, such as beef. It cave 5th this state of affairs a generation before the moratorium cane into effect.

Don't be fooled. Pushing for whaling is strictly political.

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Posted in: What do you think of the planned revision of the Civil Code to lower the age of adulthood in Japan from 20 to 18? See in context

What is the obsession JT commenters have with tying age of majority to age of drinking/smoking? How common is that, even? In the States it's 21, in many Canadian provinces it's 19, and in many parts of Europe it's 16.

The rest of the world doesn't care. Get over yourselves.

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Posted in: Do you believe marijuana, which was legalized in California on Jan 1, is a harmless drug? See in context

Loaded question—no drug is "harmless", including all the prefectly legal over-the-counter drugs that aren't criminalized.

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Posted in: Emperor greets cheering crowd at palace for new year See in context

Emperors have rarely abdicated in Japan, the last time being 200 years ago.

Just because it's been 200 years since the last one doesn't make it rare. It used to be common practice.

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Posted in: No. of death row inmates in Japan stands at 123 See in context

Like girl_in_tokyo says, there's is virtually no dialogue amongst the Japanese on the issue. By far the most common pro-death penalty excuse I hear from Japanese people is that it "deters crime"---usually followed by "and crime is on the rise"---statements which are both empirically false. It's trivially easy in the internet age to verify both statements, but because there is no dialogue on the subject, it would never cross most people's minds to.

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Posted in: Japan tells S Korea no other option but to stick to 'comfort women' deal See in context

A deal's a deal, and there are two sides to the deal. On the Japanese side, the deal is recognition—permanent recognition—of the atrocities committed. Japan is reneging on this aspect of the deal. Denialism and revisionism must be dealt with or the deal is void.

If the Japanese government is working in good faith, then why demand, for example, the removal of statues?

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Posted in: Japan tells S Korea no other option but to stick to 'comfort women' deal See in context

Whatever you think of Korea, Japan's "apologies" don't mean anything when they keep retracting them, as well as teaching revisionist versions in which the women supposedly "volunteered".

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Posted in: International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling See in context

I'd have a lot more respect for them if they just said " we eat whales so go buzz off".

Except they don't eat whales. I was once at a seminar with about 45 people in the room, and the subject of whaling came up. The speaker asked the room who had ever tried whale in their life. I was the only one to raise a hand (I've tried a bite).

Every once in a while, my local supermarket sticks some whale or dophin on the shelf. It sits there unsold for days, gets marked down, and then tossed out. Nobody eats this stuff, outside of areas where they do whaling and have had the stuff forced into kids kyūshoku. Most people I know who've even tried it say they don't like it.

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Posted in: Japan's Constitutional Democrats: A little party with big ambition See in context

But he was a top LPD acolyte until not so long ago ...

Can you elaborate on this? His Wikipedia article at least doesn't say anything about the LDP.

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Posted in: Diet panel resumes debate on amending Constitution See in context

@Kobe White Bar Owner: I don't know if that PDF was in response to what I wrote, but the PDF I'm talking about was put out by the LDP itself, highlighting their proposed rewordings.

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Posted in: Diet panel resumes debate on amending Constitution See in context

The LDP wants to change more than Article 9, though. I remember reading (in Japanese) a pdf with the LDP's proposed changes to the constitution, by I can't find it now ... does anybody know where to find it?

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Posted in: Man arrested for dumping body of mother-in-law in Shizuoka forest See in context

Gotta double-check those kanji: 大谷 in this case is "Ōya", not "Ōtani"—that's a forest in Ōya, in the vicinity of Shizuoka University.

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Posted in: Ex-Abe cabinet member makes discriminatory remark about Africans See in context

Mr Yamamoto cannot be a racist as there aren't any laws that pertain to this issue in Japan....

I came across a racist freak online who claimed Japanese aren't racist, because "racism" was an invention of white people that had nothing to do with the Japanese ...

Yamamoto's "clarification" was that 「アフリカが『黒い大陸』『暗黒大陸』と表現されたことが念頭にあっての発言で、黒人を指して言ったわけではない」—basically, that "black" meant the continent, not the people, so the SJWs can all, like, shut the heck up already.

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Posted in: Japanese status choice among dual nationality holders surges in FY2016 See in context

Well ... the internet has its particular way of letting you know you're wrong. Better to be embarrassed in public than stay ignorant, though ....

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Posted in: Japanese status choice among dual nationality holders surges in FY2016 See in context

Im still permanent

You're not "permanent", papagiulio—there's no such thing as "permanent residence" in Japan, only "long-term residence", which has to be renewed every seven years.

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Posted in: Newlywed Rei Kikukawa’s husband in hot water over multiple affairs, out-of-wedlock children See in context

You've got your facts garbled, @Jonathon Prin. The national government sets 13 as the minimum age any prefecture is allowed to set the age of consent, but every prefecture has set that age of consent at 18. Hope you haven't been "taking advantage" of your misunderstanding ...

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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

The more countries with nukes, the more likely someone, somewhere, sometime will end up pushing the button.

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Posted in: Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores See in context

I would assume a story with a headline like "Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores" at a website called "Japan Today" would give at least some information about the phone's availability in Japan.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I come here to read the news, but the new design forces me to scroll down an entire page to get to the first stories. Serious accessibility & usability flaw.

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Posted in: S Korean politicians call for nullifying sex slave deal with Japan See in context

@sensei258 — once would have sufficed, if the J-government didn't insist it never happened and try to erase this stuff from the history books and public memory.

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Posted in: Koreans on the march See in context

@sensei258 — You mean, rather than recognition from the Japanese government that denies it ever happened and tries to erase it from the history books?

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Posted in: Is Japanese language becoming less discriminatory toward women? See in context

I think the Japanese language really does need a male version of the nasty word busu.

"Busu" is used for males, too.

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Posted in: Panel meets to study emperor's possible abdication See in context

@Michael Martin: You mean Commonwealth nations would never let their monarch abdicate? "Herpaderp" to you, too, Mr Martin.

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Posted in: TEPCO shares slump after anti-nuclear candidate wins Niigata election See in context

@Harry_Gatto: Has Niigata (or Japan) been going without power fo the last five years?

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Posted in: 10 foods not to serve at a Japanese dinner party See in context

To be honest, after I'd been in Japan only a couple of years, I came to despise how sweet American chocolate was—absolutely can't eat it any more.

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Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese See in context

earning when to use “wa vs. ga” or “ni vs. de” is more difficult than learning kanji? What kind of joke is this? Anyone who tells you "all you have to do is memorize" kanji has no idea what they're talking about.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin singer tells jury he composed 'Stairway to Heaven' See in context

Can't copyright a chord sequence, and it's only the opening chord sequence that's similar. This is very different from the case of "Dazed and Confused", which was straight-up plagiarism.

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Posted in: Cars vs Autobots: Disney sues Chinese firms in copyright dispute See in context

"popular Chinese animations"? Can we grammar?

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