J-Dake comments

Posted in: We shouldn’t treat plastic as an enemy, nor ostracize those who use it. What’s needed is appropriate management of trash and to search for solutions through innovation. See in context

This political message bought and paid for by...

We can massively reduce our use and waste of plastic AND seek appropriate management of its waste via technology concurrently. The two are not opposing actions.

We absolutely should strongly discourage the superfluous use of plastic at all levels. I mean, what exactly is his message here?

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Posted in: Int'l labor union wants Tokyo Olympic venue inspection, worker interviews See in context

Have there been any actual reports of Olympic construction related working deaths

Yes, there has. One died in August from heatstroke for example.

They'd turn Japan into a 3rd world country like the rest of them

The term "third world country" hasn't been relative since the previous century FYI.

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Posted in: Vinyl records, paper books and magazines are showing growth in some markets. For example, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in the first half of this year. What do you think is keeping these old formats going in the digital age? See in context

People want something tangible to hold on to (both literally and figuratively) in this fast-moving immediate impact/instant gratification over substance. In terms of music (and books to me), intangible formats disrespect and do a great disservice to the importance of the art form and relegate it to the status of something like wrapping paper design, implying it should be enjoyed in the context of the present only. Art like our emotions, ourselves and life in general should not be treated as disposable. Somehow I think this phenomenon speaks to a great revolt of the human soul against this kind of post-modern oppression.

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Posted in: Authorities say Nigerian died of starvation after immigration hunger strike See in context

Don't come to Japan and make crimes

Yes, that market is already extensively covered domestically. No labor shortage in that sector.

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Posted in: Why do some people mock others' taste in music and dismiss groups that they don't like as being crap and having no talent, etc, as if they were an authority or arbiter on musical excellence? See in context

A lot of snobbery I heard from folk lovers was against those who didn’t treat it as the art of the people and turned it commercial. Mumford and Sons were attacked as ‘Tory’ music and I remember a mate describing it as the kind of music you put on your iPod for the Boxing Day fox hunt.

Jazz snobbery in my experience is more a sense of Jazz as a higher art form with superior musicians.

Very interesting. I can see how that would work. The folk snobbery I encountered was not "sounding like" folk. As if there is some sort of defining sonic feature of the music. It doesn't have to be a boring old guy in a sweater with an acoustic belting our John Henry.

I could guess that was the type of jazz snobbery you would be referring to. I probably instinctively avoided those types. I mean jazz is many things but it was dance music and it certainly deserves its place as the classical music of the USA and the respect that goes along with that but no snobbery needed. There are simple jazz tunes as well as complex.

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Posted in: Why do some people mock others' taste in music and dismiss groups that they don't like as being crap and having no talent, etc, as if they were an authority or arbiter on musical excellence? See in context

I’m with commanteer on Jazz having the most insufferable snobs although people who use the term ‘real music/musicians’ of any genre are usually a pain in the arse.

I guess I've been lucky in the jazz world. I haven't found that much snobbery there personally. I've heard some tales of course. But I guess I've always been more into the small combos and mod jazz and what followed it rather than the big band chart reading kind of stuff.

Besides most sub-genres, the most uptightness/snobbery I have found personally was in the folk orbit. Which was always very weird and almost ironic to me given that folk is really the art of the people; telling the story of what it's like to live in any given time. Where is there any room for conservatism (not speaking of the political variety) there?

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Posted in: Why do some people mock others' taste in music and dismiss groups that they don't like as being crap and having no talent, etc, as if they were an authority or arbiter on musical excellence? See in context

I see this especially among jazz fans, who can be the worst music snobs. And almost inevitably, they don't have a clue but are ready to criticize anything that doesn't fit their personal definition of "real" jazz.

Yeah but Wynton has really gotten much better in this regard in recent years LOL.

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Posted in: Why do some people mock others' taste in music and dismiss groups that they don't like as being crap and having no talent, etc, as if they were an authority or arbiter on musical excellence? See in context

For some, because it's a fun thing to do and they don't take such things so seriously or as if it is a personal attack on someone.

For others, music often has an incredible effect on culture and society as a whole so when you see stuff that is having a negative effect (such as pop stars who make lusting after money and image and over-consumption acceptable and even desirable) they try to take it down a notch. Some people get tired of being inundated with a culture that celebrates and promotes mediocrity too I guess and are bitter about the lack of justice in a world that can make millionaires of morons while others who they deem more worthy of praise due to the care and effort they put into their craft have to struggle forever.

I can identify with most sides of this at different times. Including those who don't feel the need to justify what they like.

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Posted in: Samoa get tattoo tips as they bid to leave mark in Japan See in context

Me too, and I both hope for and look forward to a day when my tattoos are a non-issue in Japan.

I'm happy to hear that but now I'm a bit confused as to what your actual point was. That many people in this society hold an outdated view of tattoos as being thing that only people in the criminal world have? That is why it would be considered a negative part of the culture wouldn't it? Something that is blatantly untrue in the 21st century.

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Posted in: Samoa get tattoo tips as they bid to leave mark in Japan See in context

Well, that's because it's not a positive part of Japanese culture. Traditionally, they used to tattoo a criminals crime on their forehead. Eventually, the criminals grouped together, and started tattooing themselves. Taking it back for themselves as it were. Then for hundreds of years, only criminals and the underworld had tattoos. For that matter, that is still somewhat true, though there are a lot of people these days with so-called 'fashion tattoos', but as a percentage of the population, these people are still a very small portion.

Yes, you make some good points. I agree that not all parts of a culture are to be celebrated. But I disagree that it is not a positive part of Japanese culture. It is a negative part of Japanese history, sure. It is not still true. You are dreaming if you think the majority of people in this country with tattoos, even those born here, are criminals or members of the "underworld".

The ban simply continues and legitimizes the simplistic thinking that writing on your skin means you are dangerous or a criminal. That is all that it does. Celebrating how this unique approach to this art form here has contributed to the world in creative ways does not mean that you have to celebrate the bad actions of many people who took part it in when it was emerging. I mean, what cultural fruit could we ever celebrate if that was the attitude that we took generally? It simply isn't what it was and I think that is a good thing.

Expressing yourself without hurting others. I will always be a staunch supporter of that no matter where it occurs.

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Posted in: Samoa get tattoo tips as they bid to leave mark in Japan See in context

If the folks doing the Cool Japan initiative weren't so clueless they would realize how cool and relate-able Japan's history of tattoos real is globally. Of all of the culture and fine art from Japan that has had an influence globally you might have to actually put tattooing at the top of that list right now. In terms of the American style, it you would be hard pressed to find someone more important than Sailor Jerry on the culture. Jerry straight up admitted that his style, in terms of the bright colours he used, was very much based on Japan which he picked up during his service years.

Tattoos ARE Japanese culture. I find it quite sad that it is something that the keepers of the culture find a need to hide rather than celebrate.

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Posted in: Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left See in context

 let’s face it, the President comes from a different era where people would say or do things that although may be racially sensitive by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean the person is racist.

He was born in 1946 not 1926 or 1846. He was a young adult in a post civil rights movement world. This is willful ignorance at best and yes, downright racist in reality. Yes, indeed, It absolutely means he is racist. You might make a case with me for some sheltered and isolated good old boys born before the war (the case would fail) but this is a Wharton school educated, NYC born rich kid who also happens to be the bloody President of the United States! No, he does not get a pass for ignorance. Get real fanboy.

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Posted in: Over 3 mil freelancers in Japan amid rise of flexible working styles See in context

Comedy gold. Salaries are so bad that workers need two jobs just to make ends meet presented as the kindness of the government by Japan's Pravda. What's the betting State Broadcaster will soon be running a series of stories about happy Taro Suzuki cheerfully working 16 hours a day in two jobs to pay for extra vegetables?

Exactly! Well said Alfie. Beyond that, the same bordering-on-religious-cult-loyalty will still be the order of the day for the workforce and expected by senior management types despite moving as far away as possible from the lifetime employment security that ( assume/hope) birthed such fanatical fidelity in the first place.

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Antiperspirant, herbs and spices (such as Mexican chili powder, file and Hungarian Paprika), toothpaste, oil-based/old school pomade, bitters, Virgin Islands rum, and properly fitting pants and shirts and a few bottles of hot sauce.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

@J-Daka: It is people with your liberal and by the book attitude that very quietly let people like Hitler, Pol Pot and Milosevic come to power and wreak atrocity and genocide in the world. Over and over again.

I'll go ahead and assume I am J-Daka here. Is there another way you suggest societies handle law other than "by-the-book"? Perhaps I naively thought the point of laws were to have fair and reasoned guidelines to avoid unfair arbitrary application. I'm not sure what I said that was "liberal". I was simply taking the incidents in question and applying it to my rather slight knowledge of international law as per the question. I was not being political. There was no soapbox to stand on.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

The Geneva Convention is not the relevant treaty to determine whether or not it was a war crime. The 1907 Hague Convention and its specific clauses on aerial bombardment supercede the general prohibition on targeting civilians in the Geneva Conventions.

Interesting. How do you know it is superceded by the Hague?

I agree completely about it being a rather silly question and that the moral issue is the more interesting or at least debatable question to ask.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Absolutely NOT war crimes. Adding to that I doubt that there is a single person old enough on this forum to have an accurate answer, including myself.

Different times, Untenable ongoing situation. Japan had plenty of warning of what was going to happen if they didn't surrender before Honshu was invaded.

It is a war crime to deliberately target civilians TheResident. It's is absolutely cut and dry in terms of the Geneva Conventions. Are you saying that the bombs were not targeting civilians or are you simply unclear what a crime is? Or are you perhaps turning this into some sort of military strategy or moral issue? It isn't. The question is pertaining to international law. It is a legal issue.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

"The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence, the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population, are prohibited."

 Article 51(2) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions

Opinions are not really relevant here. They WERE war crimes as they deliberately targeted the civilian population.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

In that situation you lock the car and call the police. If there is escalation, you open the window a little and scream for help. Screaming for help in the middle of the night is far far less meiwaku than reckless driving.

Call the police? Scream for help? You don't live in Japan do you?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

Sounds to me like SHE is the violent one. Driving for 4 kilometers and having someone hanging on to your hood is not normal.

Perhaps as normal and flinging yourself onto the car of someone who is trying to get the hell away from you?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

I really don't get why people would cling onto an fleeing car. Are they expecting their weight would slow down the car or break through the door or window like a terminator?

I would suspect it is an act of control. He was likely expecting her not to respond as irrationally as he. He was using force to control her. Typical behavior of a domestic abuser. And now that force and right to control looks like it could be sanctioned by the state (depending of course of the judgement).

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

I'm not saying what she did was or wasn't right I would just like to know what the proper reaction is for someone in a car being assailed by some violent maniac on their hood? Dignified face to face conversation? It isn't like he was invited by her to jump on her car. Does he not also get charged or is jumping on the hood of someone's car all fair game in terms of the law? Stalkers take note...

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist denied passport by gov't See in context

The Foreign Ministry notified him on July 10 that it based its decision on a passport law stipulating the government may not issue a passport to a person if a destination country denies that person entry. 

If the destination country (which was not Turkey) will deny entry then what's the point of denying a passport? And isn't this a situation for the destination country to handle?

Censorship veiled as thin as democracy itself is in Japan. An attack on journalism; what this government is infamous for is obviously what is happening here. Report what, where and how we allow you to or have your freedom of movement taken away.

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Posted in: What makes conspiracy theorists tick and what is the best way to combat their beliefs? See in context

Lack of transparency of official institutions, known cover-ups, covert operations and general secrecy of governing bodies around the world I would say is what most fuels the fire. An obvious example would be how the US gov't handled the killing of JFK. That one seed in particular probably grew thousands of conspiracy flowers. Whistleblowers like wikileaks tends to validate a great deal of that mindset as well, for better or worse.

Best way to combat? Make transparency a priority.

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Posted in: If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure. But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television. See in context

Since when did the USA ever rush in to protect any country simply because it was being attacked and they were being altruistic "friends"? The USA would likely put up some kind of defense but that is to protect their strategic military (self) interests and nothing more. The trade-off for the help in military defense is Japan allowing the USA to take up huge swathes of land to build bases here for their own strategic military interests and not Japan sending their youths overseas to defend America from the fallout of it's religious crusades and greed-based aggression.

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Posted in: Madonna edges out Springsteen to top U.S. charts See in context

How do you even count sales accurately these days? People under 30 all pay subscription services, they don't buy anything, they rent, 1 month at a time.

The charts have always been rigged. Especially during the clear channel and soundscan era. It's a joke. Nowadays they are completely irrelevant.

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us again with prequels, sequels, remakes and plans to make spinoffs from past films? Do these sorts of films interest you? See in context

Almost nothing from Hollywood has interested me in 20 years or more but particularly vapid, brain dead remakes. Also, get off my lawn!!

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Posted in: Japan revises law to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Though there are no penalties for offenders, the revised abuse prevention mild suggestion...

There, fixed it

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Posted in: There are some customers who feel uncomfortable seeing tattoos, and they can have an impact on the class of an inn. Because administrative agencies are not responsible for taking care of customer complaints and other problems, accommodations have no choice but to become cautious about lifting the ban. See in context

It should also be noted that not all Yaks have tats (actually many these days do not) and not all tatted folk are yaks. If you check the calendar year it is actually 2019.

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