BertieWooster comments

Posted in: Historical documents show Japanese gov't role in providing sex slaves See in context

The uncomfortable truth:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/01/national/media-national/uncomfortable-truth-comfort-women/#.XezaSy2B3UI

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Posted in: Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit See in context

Looks like Abenomics is really beginning to kick in!

Well done, Abe!

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Posted in: 2 more Tokyo 2020 Olympic events rescheduled to beat the heat See in context

It's not turning out to be the "Tokyo" olympics, is it?

What a mess!

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Stout denial!

Works in Japan.

This is corruption of the highest order!

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

I'm convinced that the entire purpose of this kind of economic farce is to bankrupt Japan so that the IMF can bale us out and effectively buy Japan.

Or is it just stupidity?

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Posted in: The number of people arrested by police for abusing children in Japan in 2018 grew for the fifth consecutive year to a record high of 1,419, a white paper by the Justice Ministry shows. What can be done to deal with this problem? See in context

First I would establish whether the increase is due to an actual increase in abuse or whether it's due to people being more up front about it. I have done some counselling in Japan and have come across many, many cases of abuse in childhood.

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Posted in: New breakfast designed by Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire at Club InterContinental Lounge See in context

FROM ¥16,000!

I'll make do with bacon and eggs, thanks.

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

Abe has frittered away our public funds buying US arms and our children face a future with no health services and no pensions in their old age. And now this creep with bad hair comes bleating for more money. Japan is already armed to the teeth. It's time to tell the US "defense" mob to look elsewhere.

This is too much. Without the US military, the world would be a much safer place.

We don't need US defense (aka protection racket.

I wonder if Abe has the cohones to tell them.

I doubt it.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Surely the Pentagon should buy the island if they want to practice landing...

You would think so, wouldn't you. But Trump has to come bleating to Japan to ask for more money. Probably wants it in unmarked used bills!

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Becuase an entire military base needs all the support structures and logistics of a large town. Electricity generation, sewage, clean water, roads, a major port to supply daily necessities. 

You forgot golf courses, and tennis courts.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Why is it a waste of money? Because to start with so called "defence" is a scheme a) to make money for the arms manufacturers and peripheral organisations that benefit from the "war machine," and b) because it's a complicated mind control system to keep people in fear. People are generally easier to control when they are in fear and control is the name of the game. With real diplomacy and well organised exchange programmes, peace could be assured for far less that the incredible amounts this planet is spending on "defending us over here from them over there!"

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Total waste of money! A country the size of the U.S.A. doesn't have enough land to use for troop training?

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Posted in: Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners See in context

To begin with, we DO NOT need casinos! It wouldn't be a bad idea to get rid of other semi legal forms of gambling too, such as pachinko parlours.

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Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

How come it's OK to watch TV then? Many cars have TVs and the drivers watch while driving. I'm not kidding! Check it out.

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Posted in: N Korean media call Abe 'imbecile and political dwarf' See in context

Imbecile and political dwarf! Pretty apt description. Although the description fits Kim just as well. The Pot Calleth the Kettle Black!

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Posted in: U.S. meat producers want a slice of vegan market See in context

Here's an idea.

Why don't some of the big meat producers create something that looks EXACTLY like a lettuce, but that is made up of 100% animal parts, with perfect colour and texture?

And then they could go around smugly talking about cruelty to legumes, etc.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050

Yes. Good idea. For them!

Bankrupt Japan then they can give us a big fat loan - at interest, of course!

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Posted in: Should Japan pay more to Washington for hosting U.S. bases? See in context

runner3, Totally Agree!

If they absolutely HAVE TO have bases here, they should pay rent at the same rate as we would have to if we rented the land. Kadena alone would bankrupt them. But, this is the money that Okinawa is losing.

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Posted in: China calls U.S. world's biggest source of instability See in context

Can't disagree with China there!

The US has caused more unrest than any country and killed far more than any single country in history.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/is-trump-yet-another-us-president-provoking-a-war

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Posted in: Renewables could cut power generation health impact by 80% See in context

It has to come.

The sooner the better.

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Posted in: Toyota employee's suicide caused by workplace harassment See in context

How on Earth can they say what triggered this guy to commit suicide? Only he knows. And he isn't currently available for comment.

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Posted in: He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun See in context

Some people have too much time on their hands.

Get a life!

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Posted in: Pope Francis to bring anti-nuclear message to Hiroshima and Nagasaki See in context

I think the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are pretty well convinced of the horrors of atomic warfare. Why doesn't he take his message to Washington, North Korea, Iran?

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Unless my maths is faulty, 8 billion USD comes to about 900,000 yen per Japanese citizen PER YEAR. If we gave that much money to NK and China not to attack, they would be happy to comply! Not that they would attack Japan anyway.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

8 billion? China or Russia would do it for far less!

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context

What impact!!!????

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Posted in: 'Frozen 2' cafe coming to Japanese cities with awesome character-inspired menu See in context

I think I prefer MacDonalds, or KFC.

This looks 'orrible!

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

I really wish we could choose how our tax money was spent.

I don't object to these people going through with an insanity like believing they are creating a "demi-god" if that's what turns them on, but they should do it on their own dime.

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Posted in: Abe's mission unaccomplished: Pushing to revise Japan's pacifist charter See in context

War is a great money making scheme for arms manufacturers and military peripheral suppliers. This applies just as well to "defense." It's all about money and corporate greed. Peace is a natural condition. It doesn't come about by backing someone into a corner or having more or bigger arms than a would be aggressor.

If the amount of money that's being spent on "defense" were used for peacemaking activities and politicians and diplomats actually did their jobs and represented their people and actively worked towards peace, we would have it.

War, defense and the threat of war is also a control mechanism. "Keep people in fear and they are easier to control." All the media gives us is bad news. It's not accidental.

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Posted in: What changes would you like to see in Japan's English education system? See in context

If Japan is going to use foreign teachers, have them teach the Japanese teachers of English, not the students. Having a pet gaijin perform in front of a class of 40 or 50 students usually descends to the level of a zoo, and is mostly useless.

Scrap the curriculum and design a curriculum that teaches and practices to some level of mastery in EACH student the following:

Aural comprehension

Speaking

Dialogue

Reading/writing

English is not something to be memorised and regurgitated on exam papers. It is for use. It is a method of communication. Rather than academic qualifications, teachers foreign or Japanese, should be selected on the basis of their communication skills, and curriculums should be designed to reflect these principles.

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