Guy Fawkes comments

Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary See in context

I find this spectacle disturbing and comical. It is disturbing because these morons have absolutely no clue what the Nazis stand for. It is comical because these "men" would be classified as untermenschen (subhuman) in Nazi Germany. However, after watching the video, any intelligent person can tell these "men" are a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

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Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s See in context

LFRAgain,

Spot on. And, might I add, one of the best rebuttals I have read on this site.

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Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s See in context

If she got permission and took nenkyuu, it was well within her right not to be at the ceremony. End of story.

Fukuppy: Sorry to say this, but you don't understand Japan at all!

And you do?

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Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness See in context

Sounds interesting. I wonder if there will be any reaction to it in Japan. On a side note, this documentary is very informative.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z09n9

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

Nonsense. When Soviet troops were heading to Germany, Stalin declared Martial Law to marauders and rapists. This order one could see in displays of military museums inside Russia. Stalin perfectly knew how to support and enforce a discipline in Soviet Army. A bunch or rapists and marauders would never storm and seize a Berlin. There were isolated incidents . Also, there were well-documented cases concerning to executed rapists.

Nonsense. Rape occurred regularly when the Germans invaded Russia, and vice versa. You're right about Stalin's statement. However, is this proof that rape was not wide-spread and not committed by the Soviets? Hardly. Stalin is also quoted as saying, "Understand it if a soldier who has crossed thousands of kilometres through blood and fire and death has fun with a woman or takes some trifle." and "We lecture our soldiers too much; let them have their initiative." The last quote was said after Stalin was told about the rapes committed by Soviet troops. The Soviets were not the only Allies to have committed rape. The Americans, British, Canadians, et al. all committed atrocities, including rape.

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

*multiple meanings.

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

"hidoi", generally more "cruel" than "harsh".

It has multitude meanings. Back to the books.

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

Mori say's "Who are you?" Mao say's "I'm the figure skater who won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics" Mori says, "me too".

Good one! Wiping coffee off my computer as I type this! Well played, Sir!

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Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada See in context

I've never wished ill will on anyone. However, in Mori's case, I'll make an exception. Japan sure does have an over abundance of know-it-all, out-of-touch old farts.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

Why don't you ask this questions to Korean Goverment? Facts are, complete issue from WWII was settled in 1965 treaty. Do you know what treaty is? It is the responsiblity of Korean goverment since they told Japan goverment that they would handle the individual compensation. Where is your proof? Whatever the case, the South Korean government needs to be forthright about the fact it spent the compensation money and take some responsibility itself, instead of blustering that Japan “hasn’t apologized nor compensated enough.” If the South Korean government had done it’s part back in the 60′s and disbursed compensation efficiently to those Koreans conscripted by the Japanese into corporations and the military during WWII, this problem wouldn’t exist today. And if by chance there were more legitimate claims than compensation money originally agreed to, at least there would have been a baseline amount to calculate any overage on. As it is now, I can see why Japan feels, why are you asking for more money when Korean goverment didn’t even use what Japan gave you for the intended purpose.

You are just as delusional as Momii. Why are you bring up compensation again? Stop changing the topic. There are more than enough women, from many different countries, still alive to testify that the "comfort women" system was forced prostitution. Once again a Japanese playing the victim card. How cute.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

Was there any apology by Merkel or the German goverment for German Chansellor Kohl visting visiting Bitberg in 1985? Reagan and Kohl lay a wreath there in remembance of 49 SS and over 2000 German soldiers. Jewish organization said Reagan and Kohl's decision to visit Bitburg was "deeply offensive." Jewish organizations could not believe that they "would visit a German military cemetery and refuse to visit Dachau or any other concentration camp." Reagan made matters worse by appearing to equate dead German soldiers with the victims of the Holocaust. "They were victims," he said of the soldiers buried at Bitburg, "just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps." How can you compare?

No you don't. Stay on topic as I'm not going to play your game. Be an adult. We are discussing the systematic brutalization of women by the Japanese Imperial Army and the constant denials made Japanese politicians and people in power.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

If you didn't know, Japan is a democratic country, and you have freedom of expression. Right or wrong, you have freedom of expression, and it also happens in the U.S. Maybe your country does not have freedom of expression.

Bingo! Thank you for reinforcing my opinions of Japanophiles. Changing topics that have no relevance to what is being discussed. Brilliant! Thanks for the laugh!

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

In 1965 treaty, South Korea agreed never to make further compensation demands against Japan, either at a government or individual level, after receiving U.S. $800 million. After you finalize the settlement, and receive all the monies as demanded, are you going back to the accuser 40 or 50 years later and say "it's not enough, give more money"? These comfort women should take up the issue with their own goverment.

Where did I make a reference to compensation? Stay on topic. Go back and reread my original post. I'm talking about asinine comments made by Momii and other commenters here who seem to think that women forcibly taken and enslaved into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army did so by their own volition. My God. Japanophiles are a strange bunch.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

Nonetheless, one must distinguish between rape used as a genocidal weapon of war and the comfort system with its official, intended purpose of regulating prostitution. Beyond this lies the problem of ascertaining operational details of the comfort system, such as the issue of forced recruitment, payment, and working conditions, which varied widely depending on the location and period. There is, moreover, the problem of how one defines being "forced," which is one of the major bones of contention in the compensation issue, even after the Japanese government's admission that some comfort women were forcibly recruited. Thus it is no accident that Japanese ex-comfort women are conspicuously absent in the redress movement.

Oh, please. Spare me from having to read this drivel. There was nothing comfortable about the "comfort stations". The one constant about the "comfort stations" was the abuse, rape and brutalization of women from many different ethnic backgrounds. I'm not only talking about Korean women forced to "serve" Japanese soldiers. What about the Filipino, Dutch, Chinese and Malayan women, among others, forcibly taken and enslaved into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army? I suggest you read the story Jan Ruff O'Herne and how she "enjoyed" serving the Emperor's soldiers. Why do I think that Japanese ex-comfort women are conspicuously absent in the redress movement? You tell me. What do you think would happen to them if they spoke up? Look what happened to former PM Yukio Hatoyama when he visited Nanjing and apologized. He was branded a traitor by Japanese politicians.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

In World War II on the allied side, hundreds of thousands of French, German and Itlaian women were made into sex slaves and serves the armies of the allies and not only that but the American troops were notoriious for countless rapes as many as 700 a day in occupied France, while under the Germans there were none.

Nonsense. Are you telling me that that above mentioned governments set up government sanctioned "comfort stations" like the Japanese did? Where's your proof? Who are these "reputable historians"? Let me guess, are they "reputable" Japanese historians? I'm half German. My Father left Germany during the 1930's. My Grandfather and Grandmother, along with their extended relatives, saw the persecution of their Jewish friends at the hands of the Nazis. In 1947-48, some of my extended relatives returned to Germany to help in the reconstruction. They were told of the rapes that occurred when the Soviets invaded Berlin. These were rapes of opportunity and revenge for the rapes and destruction wrought by the Nazis when they invaded Russia. There was no mention of the Soviets setting up "comfort stations" like the Japanese. Rapes are rapes. Rapes of opportunity by the Soviets, Germans et al. or rapes committed by Japanese soldiers at Japanese government sanctioned rape stations are the same. Men like Momii and his ilk, are pathetic, incompetent liars. He should be put out to pasture.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

I don't know why, but this picture is making me bunch up my fingers into a fist ...

You're not the only one.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

That picture is priceless.

He looks so cocky.

With no ill intent, I find that Japanese men his age ARE cocky and ignorant. What a joke.

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Posted in: What's your stance on euthanasia? See in context

I am for it. Like some of the above commenters, I have witnessed a loved one die a slow, painful death (cancer) and have witnessed a loved one die from MS. Terminally ill people should have the right to decide when and how they want to die.

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Posted in: Nanjing seeks UNESCO listing for massacre documents See in context

There is nothing "peaceful" about the Chiran Museum after I visited there with the wife. I felt disgusted thinking about the unnecessary sacrifice these teenagers made in order to prolong an unwinnable war. Reading the pilot's letters and looking at their personal items was powerful. However, I was extremely disgusted listening to presentations of the so-called "experts" at the museum. These oyaji blowhards like to play the victim card, making presentations about the war with no balance.

I hope to visit the Nanjing Museum someday. I hope that the Chinese don't follow the Japanese in not telling the whole true about the massacre.

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Posted in: WWII sex slavery indescribable wrong: ex-PM Murayama See in context

The views of a small number of silly people shouldn't invalidate the apologies made in the past. And that's exactly what's happening. Accept the apology and move on. And understand that there will always be silly folk who deny things. Worry about a small number of people with a messed up opinion shouldn't cause problems for the majority who want to truly move on.

Easier said than done. It's hard to "move on" for some people when these "silly people" are in the position of power (Abe, Hashimoto, Ishihara, Tamogami, Momii, et al.).

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Posted in: WWII sex slavery indescribable wrong: ex-PM Murayama See in context

slowguy2,

One of the best comments that I have read on this site. Cheers.

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Posted in: WWII sex slavery indescribable wrong: ex-PM Murayama See in context

Thing is they have apologized. Numerous times. Far more then the once or twice you say. Look it up. This is just petty. Japan can apologize over and over again and I get the feeling it will never be enough.

I agree with you to a point. Apologize and be over with it. However, constant denials by Japanese politicians (Abe in 2007) and others (Momii in 2014) make past apologies insincere.

Good on Murayama, though.

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Posted in: Unruly passenger forces ANA flight to land in Anchorage en route to New York See in context

It's as if Japanese aren't capable of being criminals. I can just picture so many people saying, but he's half American, he's not REALLY Japanese, blah blah blah.

You are right. I just read some "interesting" comments.

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Posted in: China angered by Japan's U.N. bid for kamikaze pilot letters See in context

Kamikaze entered into combat when it was obvious that Japan is losing the war , and that Japan itself is in danger ,they were intended to protect not Impery , nor Emperor , they name says it all, Kamikaze ( spirit wind, divine wind )is wind that protected Japan from Mongolian invasion , so , they hoped that naming suicide pilots with Kamikaze would protect Japan .Of course , we know now that Kamikaze didn prevented Allies, and we also know that two atomic bombs were dropped , and that over 200.000 civilians died from that . So, why not persevering letters of pilots that wanted to prevent something like that ?

What does that have to do with highlighting the importance of world peace?

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Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival See in context

After all these years it is very depressing to see such blind anger towards others based on race. Move on. Look to the future.

This applies to Japan as well. This whole tit-for-tat between China, Japan and South Korea is getting old. I have never seen this much disdain and anger before in my travels. When working as a translator in Fukuoka, I became close with a Korean coworker, the leader/manager of the translation department. At the company bonenkai, he was told by a Japanese coworker how much he hated Koreans and Chinese. Lovely, isn't it? I think that it's hard for Chinese and Koreans to "move on" as some Japanese leaders (Abe in 2007, for example) deny that certain atrocities took place, thus rendering past apologies as not sincere in the eyes of Koreans and Chinese.

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

Ugh...not again. Caucasians in Japan... realy annoying. They have No humor and always angry about Japan. They are crazy.

ANA didn't do anything wrong. They made ad toward Japanese peoples. Gigantic nose,blond hair,blue eye,broken Japanese... These things are typical "GAIJIN"foreigner image(irrespective of age or sex) in Japan. harmless,Just funny,peacefully,traditional Japanese way. sorry,This is not Racism... of course,"GAIJIN" is not discriminatory language. No problem. Japanese peoples does not understand at all,why they are so upset about this AD. gaijin mendokusai

Seriously,If they complain they should go back to their own country...GO HOME. Go ahead ANA, you should not apologize. ignore stupid foreign noisy minority. they want to twist Japanese society to suit themselves. it is same problem about 'whaling'.

Japan need resist stupid foreign pressure, We must defend the right to freedom of expression. Japan is Japanese people's country.

I'm glad that I went "home". I got tried of listening to Japanese like you.

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

ANA has pulled the commercial according to this article.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/2014/01/20/kiji/K20140120007427170.html

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Posted in: Cigarettes more dangerous than ever: U.S. health report See in context

I was just in Vietnam where smoking is banned inside restaurants. Same in Thailand, Singapore, and I think Cambodia, etc.

Great. Glad to see there are countries that are banning smoking inside buildings. Gives me another reason to book my trip to Vietnam.

So many people bitching about smokers. You all sound like little girls. "My clothes smell." " I have to walk through smoke to buy my latte at starbucks." I think Japan is doing quote a fair job in cafes and restaurant. Theres nothing wrong with having glasses off areas for smokers. Stop whining!

It's my choice not to smoke. Why should I, or anyone else, have to breath in secondhand smoke? I've seen first had what smoking does to the body. Japan is doing QUITE well in cafes and restaurants? I think not. Japan still has a long way to go.

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Posted in: Cigarettes more dangerous than ever: U.S. health report See in context

Why do you care if someone smokes inside their homes ? And how do you enforce such law ? You want the police to come into your house if they suspect you might be smoking ?

If you want to smoke in the privacy of your own home, puff way. However, Japan should ban smoking in restaurants, izakayas and coffee shops like other first world countries. Smoking in public is anti-social behavior.

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Posted in: Some ALTs have a background in education, while some never even studied a foreign language before. Some are doing it just to earn money, while other ALTs are working because they really want to teach See in context

Translating is much easier.

Cleo, I totally agree with you. I worked on JET as a CIR for five years. During that time, I met a lot of hardworking ALTs. Of course, there were a couple of people who shouldn't have been considered for the job. Thankfully, they were in the minority.

After JET, I worked for an IT firm as an in-house translator. My plan was to work for them until my wife received her Canadian PR. Unfortunately, my contract ended before that. Out of necessity, I had to find another job. The school I was placed at was fantastic. The students and my co-workers were great. I had no issues. I did have issues with the dispatch company. They treat their "employees" like garbage. I quit halfway through my contract. I was not going to work my butt off and get paid less than some guy who did the bare minimum. Also, I found them very dishonest when it came to contract negotiations. Promises made, promises not fulfilled. I felt bad for my students and co-workers, but my family's well-being takes priority.

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