Andreas - well spotted. The "venerable culture" gambit is specious nonsense, swallowed whole by people who have been trained not to question authority.
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They won't go on record for fear of the loons targeting their houses and families
Wasn't that the way the right-wing trucks targeted the homes of cinema owners naive enough to try to show the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" in Japan? Yes it was.
You can't defend something on the grounds of its being cultural and then do everything you possibly can to hide it from your own people. The media assault on The Cove was worthy of Pyongyang. "Don't look at this, it is anti-Japanese propaganda".
I'm all for Kennedy going to have a look. Let's all have a look. Don't hide it under tarpaulins - show off this majestic tradition to the world. Then maybe, just maybe, enough Japanese people will see this abomination with their own eyes and demand it stop. Teacher X has it right. Call something "cultural" and people will cling to it like a toddler's comfort blanket. It serves no purpose, it's threadbare and disgusting, but try and take it away and there will be tantrums.
But let Japanese people see this atrocity, and change will come.
And who, may I ask, is Shiori Ueno? She wants mooning.
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I confidently expect this person to be elected.
The demographic of voters has demonstrated time and again that they will simply do as they are told by this bizarre, embezzling, loony. Even when he told them the disaster of 3/11 was their own fault, they re-elected him by a landslide.
Ishihara has spoken. Do as you are bidden. And don't ask again where all the billions went for his shambolic bid for Olympics 2016.
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No I do not think the legal age should be lowered to 18. I had a much better time when I was 20, so I would like to be legally 20.
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TheResident: Nice bit of amateur psychoanalysis there. Doubtless you are a hyper-successful tycoon and have been able to shed the grim shroud of compassion for others.
Subyyaki - I couldn't agree with you more, old boy. I fear Mr Dunkerley may be the only CEO up there who dared to speak the truth: the age of affordable air travel for the majority is over. If you're minted (as our dear pundit TheResident doubtless is) you're well away and things will only get better.
For working families, however, we'll be paying more, getting less until it just isn't worth it any more.
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Smith - very well put.
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I'm with Takuma7. Face masks. If they worked, we wouldn't keep catching colds. Or the good old, all-purpose standby, a fever.
We catch colds and 'flu because sick people who should be at home in bed keep getting on trains and transmitting their germs to everyone they meet for the rest of the day.
Instead, they put on a bit of fancy dress and pretend they're indispensable.
And if the train stations don't have soap and hot water, that transforms public transport into a gigantic petri dish.
MASKS ARE POINTLESS.
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Well now, that didn't take long at all, did it?
Anyone in any doubt as to the Abe regime's commitment to acting in your best interests should find those doubts resolved.
Do as you are told. Believe what you are told. We are your masters and you will obey us. Dissent is terrorism.
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Ozymandias: that's not what you were saying yesterday!
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I want to know how many hours of overtime the government officials spent burning electricity in meeting rooms before they came up with the strategy of advising Japanese people to eat Japanese food.
Basing it on the assumption that anyone will leave their overheated office in time to get home early enough to eat at the same time as their family. I bet they all got taxis home after coming up with this brilliant stratagem. Which we paid for.
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I don't believe this is a mistake. Someone has got to be having a giggle.
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The only bag worth 2.6 million yen is one with 2.595 million in it.
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The tank was already nearly full, but workers pumped in more contaminated water into it to maximize capacity
What? It's nearly full, but if you fill it up more, there will be more space?
Do these goons understand anything?
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Ian Duncan: "Why would anyone want to watch American TV?" You wouldn't be able to ask such a question if the demand were not so high
I was being sarcastic, old boy. I'd rather go to the dentist than watch the crap they pump out on the telly here.
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Abe is a Richard. Can we skip the all get poorer bit?
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When the writer refers to "sex shops", does he mean "illegal brothels"?
I suspect the 16 year old girls in the article weren't selected for their skills at selling mucky magazines. Or are we expected to pretend there is no prostitution in Japan?
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Pointless rule on a piece of paper trumps critical thought every time.
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I'm still waiting for Ishihara to explain where the 7 BILLION yen went for his failed bid to get the 2016 games. He did promise to explain where every single yen was spent, but we heard nothing since.
We've either got money to wee away on this nonsense, or we're broke and have to raise traces. Not both.
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Prompt! Two and a half years late?
There is no higher priority than this. I'm appalled by the ritualistic incantations those charged with fixing this keep trotting out in place of action.
"We must make sincere efforts", "we must implement all policies", blah blah blah.
Arrest those responsible for the shambles, call in international help and do something to fix this catastrophe.
Plutonium Disparatum isn't going to work.
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I do leave the bog in the same state as I found it. I'm a grown-up. It's the whining about my using the Kharzi for its intended purpose, after she's chosen a time immediately before she knows I always use it to perform a futile cleansing ceremony, which I find a challenge to understand. Particularly as I leave it clean after my outpourings. I was not brought up by wolves.
If she'd wait ten minutes, my bum would be on its daily 14-hour leave of absence from my bog. She opts to pre-empt my exemplary regularity, when she has the rest of the day free, and then moans when I do what I have done at 07:15 every morning without exception since a long time before we met. Point 1) After many years of marriage, one should be aware of one's partner's toiletry requirements; Point 2) one should learn after a couple of occurrences to wait awhile until potential foulage begins its commute; and point 3) 07:45 is no time at all to be cleaning the bog. She should be preparing food.
Any other advice?
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