Kaori Georges comments

Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

It's a very amazing to "certain kind" of people become so less low-abiding when it comes to dolphins/whales, while complaining about some muslims not abiding the local laws but their own one, sharia. It's like complaining about being stoned while intentionally flirting with a married woman in those Muslim countries. When in Rome.

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Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

He wasn't trying to immigrate. You wrote about people Immigrating to Canada.

I know that. Canada does the same, thank you very much for going back and re-reading my comment. Harass the local persistently, then you'll see.

Sigh. He was not 'out without his passport'. He was in his car. His passport was in his car. He was stopped and removed from his car. Now he was without his passport because he complied with police instructions.

That's what YOU say. What this article says is he tried to enter Japan while being denied to do so since he's got a criminal record for not having his passport with him in the past, thus, detained now. You must be so less law‐abiding.

What I'm saying here is no different than what Farmboy says above:

Farmboy JAN. 27, 2016 - 07:45AM JST He was probably singled out because of his political intentions, but really, why didn't he carry his passport? It is necessary to do so, and he could surely predict someone would ask.

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Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

What makes you think O'Barry was trying to immigrate? On a tourist visa?

His main purpose was to do his political activities against the local, not tourism. Once you harassed the local on a "tourist visa" to accomplish their personal agenda, it's natural that the immigration keeps an eye on you, like Canada.

He wasn't strolling anywhere, he was in his car and he was taken out of his car to the local jail.

Just in case you've never heard of this; In ANY country, you can't complain about being detained if you are out without your passport. period.

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Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

Stupid. This is what any country would do. Canada checks wether you have done any political activities before when you immigrate there. You could complain about the environment of the detention center, but you wouldn't complain about being detained when you were strolling without your passport.

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

More fundamentally, they should urge Japan to stop industrializing JK and idol businesses. In Japanese manga style, it's tough to draw a line which manga character is "child" or not especially when a lot of Japanese girls look like children to begin with. I'd like to see the actual images of what the UN envoy calls "“extreme” sexualised images of children".

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Posted in: Lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine en masse See in context

Based on the freedom of faith stipulated in the constitution, it should be allowed if it’s done in private, but not as a public servant. What makes this more complicated is the Japanese traditional religious outlook that any crime committed when they were alive should be sublimed with their bodies after death, which would be difficult to understand from outside, as the victims and their families might still have to live in agony.

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Posted in: Noodles spice up China-Japan tensions See in context

"'Diaoyu Islands belong to China' was a phrase engraved deeply on our minds when we were young kids. So this matter is quite important to me, and to Chinese people."

Isn't this a form of brainwashing? Every country does it to some extent, but I am surprised she can say it so clearly and not question it.

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Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas See in context

I only see the description of materialist & consumerist behaviour

I somewhat agree although I also read an article about a Western couple who started to stop buying gifts for their children as their kids don't show appreciation, as well as about Americans complaining about the gifts given by their bosses or colleagues. I can see materialism and consumerism with no religious aspect or "generosity" are spreading in Western countries over this event too. I was astonished to see an article that says Americans were planing to spend as much as $720 on average just for the Christmas gifts this year. I wonder why they have to spend that much money for something originally derives from a folk story that a father saved a girl from selling herself out by putting a gold into her stocking? I have no idea if the recent cease of giving out massive gifts is anything to do with the "generosity" you mentioned.

When in Rome. You moved there so adapt or get out.

Interesting. I often hear the exact same thing from Japanese ultra-right-wingers which is directed toward foreigners in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas See in context

Well, there are 2 things I have to point out about this article.

Not sure which era this writer is living in but we don't normally exchange 'Ochugen' or 'Oseibo' gifts between relatives anymore. They are usually done for business purposes only and have nothing to do with family interrelations like Christmas.

"Combine some fairly uniform clothing tastes"

I've been to the US and they are way more uniform with just a T-Shirt and shorts/jeans. For a brief second, I thought they all belonged to the same sports club. You'll see what fashion really means if you go to France.

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Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in See in context

@Raymond Chuang what happens with such a leash in highly-crowded environments--especially on Japan's many commuter trains and subway systems.

The purpose of it is for its safety, a sane parent wouldn't try to use it on a packed train. They would elude rush-hour to begin with but some moms have to drop off their kid at a distant daycare because they lost the competitive local daycare "lottery". In that case, they would rather use a baby carrier.

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Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in See in context

This topic has become notably controversial since a Fuji TV commentator called it "a reminiscence of slavery".

Japanese people are prone to be nostalgic and hate to see active moms having an "easy" life. Even some experienced moms slam those moms for being "lazy" or "slacking off" because "they didn't use it as they didn't have such thing in their days". They firmly believe the active moms should persevere through inconveniences just because they had to in the past. They use the same argument even for baby strollers. Something tells me these moms might have a loose screw.

@Benji7 Comes down to safety vs looks and image isnt it.

Agree. It’s interesting that you can easily guess who would or wouldn’t have (raised) a kid in this thread. Image over safety. After all, it’s your own child and none of these “smart critics” will protect your child should anything bad happen.

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Posted in: World court rules Japan's Antarctic whaling not scientific See in context

Well, hopefully from now on you are forbidden to do so, since you can admit it is obviously not for science.

Well, you wouldn't normally imagine a general house hold would be able to obtain such budget that enables a family to travel all the way to Antarctica just to harpoon whales for the minimal family consumption. While it's good their illegality was proven right, I think their right for hunting should be respected as long as it's legally done within their fishing grounds whether it's for sientific purposes or not.

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

Typical old walking nuisance in Japan. This guy still doesn't seem to realize why he got kicked out of his PM position.

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Posted in: Women threaten sex boycott for any man who votes for Masuzoe See in context

God forbid he wins... What the heck is the world going to think of Tokyo and Japan if he does?

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Posted in: Lawmaker breaks taboo by handing letter about nuclear fears to emperor See in context

Some conservative Japanese people are making a big fuss over it and urging him to resign, saying it's unconstitutional to drag the Emperor into political issues and is insolent, ignoring "rules". As I have no idea what's the point to supplicate political issues to someone who doesn't have political power (especially when this guy is already well-known as a radical anti-nuke activist), it's beyond conceivable that the people continue to be so naive and complacent after 2 years and 8 months since such a disaster. Even though the incidence ratio of thyroid cancer of children is supposedly 150-400 times that of normal as in this August, some conservatives are saying this lawmaker's action is more of a concern than the fact that the TEPCO is planning to withdraw 200 of the expended fuel rods from the crippled No.4 reactor which as continued to be a high risk situation since the accident.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

Joseph:

Well my friend said that everyone would like to control other countries or the world so this is not something unique to just the Japanese.

That would be more so if one is power-hungry. However, your friend might change his view once he gets drafted. Ultimately, war is a chess game for higher-ups who never have to go to the battlefield. I don't have any army experience but you wouldn't want your child to go to war especially when your country is losing.

Now I'm curious; supposing your country is in critical peril and you luckily have a way to escape to your wife's country in order to avoid your/your kid's military draft, would you fly out with your family or you stay to fight for your country?

Now this is an ex-UN worker told in the Fukushima crisis: "In any nation, 99% of the higher-ups don't care about their own citizens. When their country faces hideous peril, they all abandon the citizens and run away with gold & money. So those citizens don't trust the government, always thinking about how they can survive with their family whether it be inside or outside of the country. Those who haven't had to worry about such were just lucky. After all, nations could be just a mere illusional icon".

As you can see that the USA is trying to control the world in a sense but not as much as China would do if they were in that position.

I think one reason of that is because the US is a Christian based country whereas China is not so religious. Religion can contribute to a moral education. At the same time, I worry of the pervading idea of heroism in the US that "a hero must protect the weak! We must be the savior of the world!" could backfire and jeopardize the country.

Japan will never go back to the way it was and...

On a couple of conditions; preservation of Article 9 and the J citizens remain smart enough.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

Joseph: Thank you for the personal interviews. It's interesting.

"I asked well if Japan was stronger would you have wanted them to win the war and his answer was yes because it would have been nice for Japan to control all of Asia"

LOL. I think that's the thing those Asian countries are afraid of. In the Japanese sentiment, being called "bad Japan! bad bad!" numerous times, they've felt so oppressed and come to a sort of backlash. Again, "Why must three generations later shoulder the cumbersome burden of their forefathers?" I guess the answer to this question is 1. "because the J politicians didn't try to solve the issue which could have solved much earlier". 2. "Anti-Japan education is very convenient as a political tool for those neighboring countries politicians".

I then asked him about the bad things that Japan did during the war and he said what Japan did is not uncommon. He also said that during that time there were no rules about war like we now have. He also said that the UK has colonized countries throughout the world and still holds onto some.

Although he is a closeted imperialist, this is an example of reason why S Korea/China are crying out against Japan. I take it as a form of the backlash though. In extreme situations during war, it's difficult to anticipate how people might act so that's why I think we shouldn't go to war to begin with. Article 9 is crucial to Japan but the LDP leader Abe will want to change it once he gets back in power. The US might be glad because they can cut back on their military cost and sell weapons to Japan.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

They are glad because if they know the truth about how life was in Japan during the Imperial rule they may think that things are better now.

Some might. but not sure as they can not actually compare the current situation with the "what if" under Russian occupation. I think the more they are annoyed with their neighboring countries, the more they might wish they didn't lose the war.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

"Britain was encroaching into Asia and Japan was forced to take some action..."

Yeah, that could be true. However, they weren't forced to take such atrocious actions. As is the case with the A-bombs for the Japanese, it was such a traumatic event for the victims. Even though they were not there, people can feel the pain their descendants had to go through via films or stories, like a lot of people shared the Japanese agony due to the recent Fukushima NP incident. With that said, Korea probably doesn't need to educate thier citizens to the point that it inspires hate towards Japan.

I believe that most of the Japanese are glad that they lost the war.

Disagree. Who would be glad to lose a war? It would significantly depend on the generation and each education level but from my impression, a lot of them feel more or less guilty, "Why must three generations later shoulder the cumbersome burden of their forefathers?" To alleviate the pain, some might become indifferent, some might drift to the right.

I understand your efforts to look at the bright side but that doesn't solve the problem. The fatal drawback is the gov's poor foreign diplomacy skills.

we are all thankful that Japan did not win the war.

I might not say that in J forum...lol

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

what if Japan did not attack Korea what would have happened? Maybe China or Russia would have taken over Korea. That would have been much worse. The Japanese maybe blocked that event from happening.

That almost sounds like the same logic of some people who claim "if it were not for America's A-bombing, it would have been worse for Japan under Russia's  occupation".  I agree on that Korea should look to the future more but I don't think that "what if" makes up for what Japan did.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

新しい歴史教科書 textbooks - maybe they should have a look at what % of schools actually use them.

Agree. I saw a class where the use of the use of the textbook was mandatory and the teacher wasn't using it most of the time. Instead he was giving out a lot of handouts. He says "the students can't pass an exam with this book".  So I think when it's in the teachers hands, you can not really tell what's actually taught in a class untill you see it. We need a proper research throughout the country before making an assumption.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

新しい歴史教科書 textbooks - maybe they should have a look at what % of schools actually use them. Agree. I saw a class where the use of the use of the textbook was mandatory and the teacher wasn't using it most of the time. Instead he was giving out a lot of handouts. He says "the students can't pass an exam with this book".  So I think when it's in the teachers hands, you can not really tell what's actually taught in a class untill you see it. We need a proper research throughout the country before making an assumption.

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Posted in: Edano says Japan must quickly phase out nuke energy See in context

What a grand performance! I think Edano is preparing for the next election after witnessing Abe, who has successfully gained the sole tie from the booming Osaka city mayor Hashimoto, and got elected as the new leader of an opposing party.

In the book, he also says they have to be run by the gov. "because of the overwhelming money required to compensate victims of major accident". Sounds like he doesn't intend to shut them down anytime soon; it seems more like he is preparing for another possible accident. Hope the voters will support neither parties.

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Posted in: Japanese firms look at other countries as alternatives to China See in context

Considering the Currency rate, I don't think moving to the US is a good move. Plus, they also have got some political issues like Okinawan base with Japan. Japan is probably looking for some place that is close, has cheap labor and without political conflict.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

Smith:

Kaori: "I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings for being so lucky..." You didn't hurt my feelings at all, and I'm sorry you insinuate as such. You said so yourself, you are lucky. 

Yes, I said I was lucky being able to learn multiple views because I was.  "you brag about being more educated than most" is a misinterpretation because I didn't mean to suggest I was bragging. If someone says "Everyday I feel I'm lucky to be healthy" I wouldn't consider it "bragging" and would instead feel happy for the person.

My only wish is that the rest of Japan be given the facts, if not in such a manner as you have been given them I agree. But as someone mentioned somewhere, definition of the facts varies. Seeking genuine evidence which is close to 70 years old is tough. Many would end up with collecting fragments of "fact-ish" things.

(although you could not name a textbook or know the omissions in them),  I am not sure what you mean by this. Are you talking about the text books I learnt from ? I don't remember anyone asked me the name of a textbook but If you are talking about the textbook you mentioned earlier, I have it though.

I said nothing will ever be free of bias,  Totally agree.

I never said the facts should not be presented. ???? I didn't say you said that. Aren't you confusing me with someone else?

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

perhaps allowing foreign scholars to give input into the history textbooks would be a good solution, although I doubt the closet historians here would allow it.

See, you think that's not going to happen, either. Why are you lashing out at me over this?

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

Kaori: "That will never happen either. Like I said, education is part of nation's strategy, it is too crucial. Likewise, in many nations they don't allow you to be involved in a strategic national planning unless you are a citizen." So then while you brag about being more educated than most, you say it is impossible to educate the masses. Well done.

I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings for being so lucky but you seem to be talking to an imaginary opponent. I never said "it is impossible to educate the masses". I'm saying leaving taxtbook making to non-citizens, as you suggested above, won't happen as it is part of national strategy for them.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

Kaori: You have only yourself to blame for Japan repeating its history -- but wait! let me guess, you think it's not japan's fault.

Seriously, no idea what you are talking about here. Some sort of imagination game...? What is not Japan's fault? Of course they are responsible for what's teaching in a class. On the other hand, teachers can compencate for a lack of information in textbooks by suplimenting their own secondary materials.

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

smithinjapan:

Kaori: I'm glad you agree on the spoils of war thing... Japan should definitely give up its claims to Dokdo and the Kuriles in particular. Thanks for that.

That's not what I said. Speak for yourself. How comfort can the comfort woman issue be related to those territorial issues?

"As for the comfort woman issue, considering multiple countries have same or similar stories,...." For example? And even if multiple countries are guilty of the same thing, does that mean Japan shouldn't teach their kids about how they were involved in it? This constant deflection of blame is part of the problem, not a solution

You are misunderstood here. I meant similar stories from testimonies from those different victimized countries. It may be hard for you but please try not to draw your sword so easily with a certain supeculation.

"Digging up an issue that no one can prove will go nowhere." It has been proven, the Japanese government is just trying to bury it, Abe being a leader as such, and hoping all the women involved will just die and the issue keep quiet. Or do you deny it, as Abe did (before being proven wrong and resigning, I might add)?

What has been proven? No idea what's in your head here. BTW, you are not going to convince me by saying "it's been proven".

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Posted in: S Korea: Japan must educate its people about World War II See in context

I think the main reason why J won't try to bring senkaku issue to ICJ is that C is the No.1 trading partner but K isn't. Simple. BTW, isn't talking about Senkaku off topic too? What's the criteria here?

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