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Posted in: JAL raided over pilot's heavy drinking before flight from London See in context

Airlines have their own rules and take voluntary steps to detect alcohol problems, in contrast with the United States and Europe, where legal frameworks exist, according to the transport ministry.

This is bonkers. Yet somehow they managed to scrape together enough authority to raid theirs and a few other offices on this issue?

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Posted in: The Rolling Stones plan 13 U.S. live dates next year See in context

Listening to their back-catalogue, you realise how much a blues more than a rock band the Stones always have been.

I'd have to disagree. They are almost the definition of a rock band. That anglicized blues sound is one of the defining features of rock n roll. The covers from the first 10 years are bluesy but the real reveal is when they start writing their own material which is at first anyway, quite less bluesy (Tell Me, Out of Time etc.). I think Dylan was right when he said that rock n roll was the sound of the mixing of black and white musicians/music (which is why it was killed off via re-marketing along racial lines with "rock" being aligned with white culture and the term "soul" being invented for black culture).

Either way, it was nice to hear them get a bit gritty again with the B&L record.

I have to wonder though what a US tour has to do with Japan (in a JP newspaper)?

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

So if "it's just a tshirt", is wearing a tshirt with a swastika on it alright?

The ones with the circle around it and the line striking through it are sometimes crudely inspiring.

Context is key

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

This is an interesting one to consider. According to the description the angle of the tshirt in question (I have not seen a picture) is celebrating Korean liberation from Imperial Japan. Heady stuff for a pop group no doubt. The nuclear bomb image sounds like it was insensitive and heavy-handed but there are those who argue that without the bomb Japan would not have surrendered and therefore released control over Korea ultimately (I'm not making that argument myself keep in mind, just indicating it is a valid argument for many).

Yes, if the show was on the other foot of course the reaction would be the same or more dramatic. But that other foot was not the appendage of the oppressor was it? Surely that context is of some consequence here.

That being said, it does sound like the shirt was worn to elicit some kind of response from either or both sides. Perhaps that goal has been achieved then?

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Posted in: Citizens to file suit against use of public funds for new emperor's enthronement rites See in context

Isao Tokoro, professor emeritus at Kyoto Sangyo University specializing in the history of the formation of Japanese laws, said how to fund the ceremonies was decided after thorough debate held upon the previous occasion and they are constitutional.

So hold them again. Do we not reasonably expect that perhaps some attitudes or context may have changed in almost 3 decades since the last go-around?

Definitions of the throne, in relation to the divinity of the individual who sits on it (separation of church and throne???), certainly changed several decades back due to changes in context. It's a reasonable assumption to make that others may have changed in 28 years as well.

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Posted in: Kyoto aiming to disperse crowds to ease 'overtourism' See in context

Or you could try laying off the global marketing of the area as THE place to visit in Japan and start promoting other equally deserving areas in Japan with as rich history. Just an idea.

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Posted in: A full analysis and consideration as well as careful procedures are needed to build a national consensus. See in context

By "build a national consensus" do you mean manufacture consent?

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Posted in: Do you think Shibuya Ward in Tokyo should allow the scramble crossing to be used for Halloween and New Year's Eve reveling, considering the massive crowds these events have attracted in recent years? See in context

Difficult question to answer as-is. Is it asking should they not allow any people to enter central shibuya in the final week of october or final day of the year? Would this be accomplished by building a wall around tye city? Lining the demarcation lines with armed SDSF troops? Creating posters to explain crowd-sourced definitions of manners and how to follow them to be posted in trains stations? Head scratching indeed.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

That still doesn’t explain why he would pay a ransom and not take credit for it if it was in his favor as you variously say would and wouldn’t be the case.

sorry, I assumed calling him a coward and implying you would not disagree with him recieving capital punishment for it had it been in samurai times (sorry if i misunderstood) was anger manifesting.

Look, you seem like a reasonable guy and you seem to Be anti-Abe so i suspect we are on the same side in many respects. It’s entirely possible we are both being duped. I’m simply going on the evidence we have been afforded rather than projecting my assumptions and presenting them as facts.

I’d say your criticism is misdirected.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

If it’s not 100% accurate then maybe the is room for Mr. Yasuda after all. I knew you’d see the light ol pal. You are the one who said Japanese people get their news from thise sources not i.

if all Japanese people see him as a coward like you implied then how does paying the ransom help his election hopes?

That I doubt and am skeptical of news, which I absolutely am, is precisely why I would thank and not attach Yasuda.

either j-gov’t paid his ransom and then lied to you about it or they disn’t pay it. Either way it would seem that your anger is misdirected

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

What reason would they have to pay his ransom and then deny it? I’m trying to follow your idea of realism and logic here.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

Fritz, i dont know you’d have to ask him. Perhaps it’s not his speciality. Perhaps he is global minded? Perhaps he wants to inspire future or present Japanese joirnalists tontake risks domestically and actually take the government, right-wing cults, imperial system and wartime revisionists to task despite the clear danger they present?

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

Ok we have radically different definitions of “coward”. I can’t much argue with that. Webster’s might.

Again, what tax money are you referring to here?

So, if the “tax money” angle is removed, and as far as I’m concerned it is, what’s left peehaps is that people are angry that he didn’t listen to his gov’t’s warnings, didn’t fall in line like a good subject. Well I have news for you. Democracy not only allows for such individuals it damn near depends on them.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

People know going in that by reporting critical views of the right-wing or monarchy will possibly end in violence in Japan as well. Does that mean that they should not report such perspectives or news?

It's good that you know his type. I'll go ahead and be satisfied with that empirical evidence.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context


"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked Turkey and Qatar for their help in freeing Yasuda, the Japan Times reported."

"Some have accused the Japanese government of paying a ransom for Yasuda's release.

The Japanese government however, has denied the accusation."

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

Kenji. What makes you think Japan paid any money for his release? Even if they did (and they didn't from the literature I have read), the Japanese government pisses that money away in far lesser ways on a daily basis than to save a human being's life. And what about this whole ordeal makes him a coward?

I think we are ALL very lucky we don't live in "feudal samurai times"! I'll agree with you 100% there Kenji 'ol pal.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

He has absolutely nothing to be sorry for.

If only half of the journalists in Japan had his dedication to journalism and the truth in the face of risk to themselves we may not be looking at a country that has had the same bumbling narrow-minded government in power for multiple decades basically consecutively and making a complete joke of even feigned democracy.

Well done sir. We owe you a round of gratitude.

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Posted in: In major policy shift, gov't OKs draft bill to open door wider for foreign workers See in context

So let’s recap shall we?

Blue-collar (ie low-paid) workers only but must be at least educated enough to communicate in Japanese and have other unnamed skills to be enrolled in the exploitative and scandalous “technical trainee” system and cannot bring their family for up to five years

Those who are higher skilled (not blue-collar level??) COULD bring family and EVENTUALLY get residency

Did I miss anything. Are there plans perhaps to force them to volunteer for Olympic services as well?

So a racist (crime and welfare?? AND classist debacle already? Well done old men!

Why, pray tell, would people want to come to Japan to be treated no better than where they presently struggle?

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

You could start by lowering the heat on the a smidgen under roasting conditions. That'll get those sweaters on (and me not in need of a second shower when i get to work)

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Posted in: ¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel See in context

Carrying 14 million cash around in a bag he was given by "an acquaintance"? And some "random" mugger just happened to hit the lottery in a public toilet? Nothing shady here.

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Posted in: Tokyo struggles to recruit volunteer city guides for 2020 Olympics See in context

So pay them.

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Posted in: Robot station security guard unveiled to media ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

This couldn't possibly go wrong in any predictable way whatsoever.

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Posted in: New hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020 See in context

Nice. How about schools?

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Yes it is a cough medicine but if she'll give a speech, she should take it out of her mouth first. Who wants to listen to a speech with chomping sound magnified by a microphone.

We teach kids not to talk when their mouth is full, so...

Must be a massive cough drop for her mouth to be full!

Who wants to hear someone hacking and coughing through an entire speech. It;s not like she was chewing gum or finishing her lunch. It's bloody medicinal. This is so terribly obvious that it is simply an excuse by which the old boys can bully her.

"Oh, the foes will rise

With the sleep still in their eyes

And they'll jerk from their beds and think they're dreamin'

But they'll pinch themselves and squeal

And know that it's for real

The hour when the ship comes in"

The world is watching

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit and killed by train on railway crossing See in context

Because we can't baby proof everything

Yes, but maybe at least all pedestrian crossings where huge hulks of steel moving at deadly speeds constantly pass isn't asking for the world. It's downright standard almost everywhere else in this country that I have seen.

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists see the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World War II, while many other Japanese feel strongly attached to the document's pacifist ideals. What is your view of the issue? See in context

When the majority of Japanese people want the constitution changed - however they want it changed - then I think we who are immigrants here without local family or PR have no choice but to support it.

Tolerate, sure. What other choice is there for non-voting residents but "support"? Why do you think anyone would need to get behind any issue regardless of their opinion? Apologies if that's not what you meant.

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Posted in: Japan to give up on daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: report See in context

Not that I care about DST either way but where is the evidence that public opinion is against it? I see that the Asahi reported it but where did they gather such data?

"Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose the proposal" - Are the board of directors of corporations now considered to be valid providers of public opinion? I must be getting my sectors mixed up again.

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Posted in: Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees See in context

To a certain generation she will always be an icon of Sixties counterculture and the unique contralto voice who, along with late former husband Sonny Bono, gave the world "I Got You Babe."

"Sixties counterculture icon"? That's a bit of a stretch. She has done many amazing things in her career since and that cannot be argued but even then people saw that song for what it was; a cheap and tacky attempt by Bono to cash-in on Dylan and the actual youth/counterculture.

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Posted in: H&M accused of failing to ensure fair wages for global factory workers See in context

To the surprise of absolutely no one.

*Added to the growing list of boycotted vendors.

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Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

Maybe those easily offended by skin art need to cover their precious eyes instead.

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