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Posted in: Axelsen, Okuhara win badminton gold at World Championships See in context

Congratulations to Nozomi Okuhara. I was lucky enough to see her match streamed live. It reminded me of a Rocky movie. The back and fourth struggle between the two athletes became a contest of wills as much as a contest of skills. Okuhara and Sindhu were exhausted but neither gave in. You can watch it on You Tube. It's worth your time.

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Posted in: Filming underway for movie on Japanese-American units in WWII See in context

Good. This is a story that needs to be told and retold. In addition to those Japanese-Americans who served in the 100th and 442nd , thousands served in Military Intelligence as interpreters and interrogators. Many served while their families were being interned in camps in the western U.S.

George Takei stared in the Broadway play called “Allegiance” which is about a family that were interned. The film of the play will be shown in theaters on February 19th the anniversary of Executive order 9066 that President Roosevelt signed that resulted in Japanese living in the U.S. and their citizen children being interned.

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Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board See in context

I would have thought that he was apologizing to the regular commuters because there were a large number of travelers, with luggage, on the train. But that's just me.

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Posted in: Review: George Takei's musical 'Allegiance' is heavy-handed missed chance See in context

My girlfriend and I saw Allegiance on November 3rd. Her family was interred during the war and she feels that the history of the internment is an important event that doesn't receive enough attention when events of World War II are discussed.

Someone once said “They're only a few stories in the world, the rest is episode.” The way this episode of the story of the Kimura family was told entertained us. We cared about the characters and how their lives were effected by the war.

Critics may look for ground breaking theater but we were looking to be entertained, Allegiance entertained us.

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Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable? See in context

For me, the key to answering that question is the past tense phrase, “were morally justifiable”

After four years of world war America spent billions of dollars and tens of thousands of her young men's lives. At home, every industry was involved in war production. Almost everybody had a personal connection to someone serving in the military and knew someone who had lost a loved one in the fighting.

Every week, newsreels showed the carnage in graphic detail. Magazines and Hollywood movies told the stories of Japanese atrocities committed against the civilians of the occupied countries and America's men held as prisoners of war.

With all that in mind, many Americans hated the Japanese, not just militarist Japan but, the Japanese race. If the physicists who developed the bombs had instead invented a device with a button that by pushing it would kill every Japanese on earth I believe many Americans would have pushed it without hesitation.

With tens of millions of people dead and Americans anticipating the invasion of Japan and all the carnage that that would bring, Truman was given a weapon that could end the war right away. He had to use it. His duty was to the American people not the Japanese.

Japan's government was responsible for the Japanese people. They knew they were beaten yet they kept fighting. Had Japan surrendered after the Potsdam declaration the bombs would never have been dropped.

Yes dropping the atomic bombs WAS morally justifiable.

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Posted in: Gov't to launch campaign against hate speech See in context

A new scheme in the works is the elimination of hate speech. Just agree to give up some of your freedom, which you weren't using anyway, and all those nasty people who say things you don't want to hear will be silenced under threat of arrest and prosecution. Those who create the scheme will benefit from it because they get to control debate. But sooner or later something you consider important may be ruled hate speech. Then what? You gave up a freedom you weren't using thinking you ware creating a better society but now you're left with no freedom to express ideas that you think are important. How are you going to get that freedom back when you can't even talk about it?

Read the article again and substitute the phrase free speech for the phrase hate speech and consider if restricting speech is such a good idea.

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Posted in: Sex is going public, but decorum is fighting a losing battle See in context

I wouldn't want to have sex in a public bathroom and I think I wouldn't want to use a bathroom after a couple had been using it for sex. Just sayin.

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Posted in: Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary See in context

The Imperial Japanese Army disgraced itself all over East Asia. It behaved like a monster and some in Japan don't want to admit it so they play games with numbers. What's the tipping point for an atrocity? Is it a mishap if your army kills one hundred thousand but if it kills three times as many it means you really intended to be bad? It seams to some minds there is a difference.

The War ended 70 years ago. War Crimes Trials were held and many of those responsible were punished. Let that be the end of it.

There is an unattractive human trait which is that many of us want their pound of flesh. Eighty years ago the Chinese were victims in that war. Now this generation of Chinese wants to cash in on it by playing up their victim status. Why? I'm afraid it may be to justify some future actions they are planing. Or it could be they just want to keep rubbing Japan's face in it. In China's thinking, in order to put things right, Japan must forever walk with head bowed. The Japanese must never again think of themselves as proud and noble people. All because a generation of Japan's leaders took the easy way to global prominence by taking what they wanted.

Punishing the sons for the sins of the fathers is the philosophy of an eye for an eye. Embrace that philosophy and in the end everyone gets blinded.

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Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores See in context

That young woman is a university student. She has spent more than 12 years in schools learning what? To be offended by all manor of objects and behaviors. To embrace hatred toward a nation for its historical past. To adopt the attitude of a victim in order to claim special treatment.

How will children ever become adults when we encourage them to be petty.

Someone should say to that student: Young lady the world is bigger than South Korea. And your likes and dislikes are yours alone. Learn that simple lesson and you can live your life without being upset by posters and bento box covers, or the existence of people you don't agree with.

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Posted in: Last 'dojunkai' apartments to be demolished in June See in context

Buildings that old are massive energy wasters. Electrical, plumbing, telecommunications, heating and a/c are all patched together and piecemeal. No Miso makes an excellent point about earthquake safety too. In an in an earthquake they could become death traps.

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Posted in: Mother, employer of epileptic crane driver ordered to pay compensation over fatal accident See in context

It appears the court viewed the mother as an adult who knew about a dangerous condition and kept silent.

It doesn't feel right to me but I can see a line of reasoning that holds her responsible too.

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Posted in: Woman, ex-boyfriend arrested for burying her daughter's body See in context

Laws don't protect anybody. They only indicate those behaviors which can be punished.

The neighbors may have been able to protect Airi chan but they chose to keep silent. Something they have to live with.

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Posted in: Hiroshima A-bomb re-enactment dropped from U.S. air show See in context

Every generation is indoctrinated into the beliefs held true by its predecessors. Yet as to the truth of those beliefs there is never total agreement.

I am amazed that anyone in a position to make such decisions would think it a good idea to reenact the Hiroshima bombing. More than likely it was cooked up by a committee of adults, many with university degrees. Where did they get their understanding of what took place in 1945? Even if they believed that the bombing was a “good thing” what were they thinking? Then again, imagine the air show playing out like this: Announcer: Ladies and Gentleman please direct your attention to the east. That large silver airplane coming your way is a Boeing B-29 Stratofortress. Oh look something's falling out of the plane. Listen as the engines of the big bomber rev higher as she makes a sharp turn away. Now turn your attention to the falling object coming your way. BANG! Oh! Aha! If you had witnessed this scene on August 6th 1945 from Hiroshima Japan, you, your kids, and all the people around you would have burned to ash by now. The buildings over there would have been smashed into flaming rubble and the people inside of them would be smashed and burned. The entire city surrounding you would be ripped apart and in flames and those still alive would be suffering a torturous agony. Welcome to Hiroshima and the dawn of nuclear war. Maybe I'm being too hard on the people who thought that up. Maybe a reenactment wasn't such a bad idea after all.

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Posted in: High school student arrested for stabbing father in Chiba See in context

The mother consulted the police; however the police can only act if she swears out a formal complaint. Until she does the police are prevented BY LAW from acting.

There are so many conflicting emotions which people in her situation have to contend with that when faced with the heart wrenching decision to have ones spouse arrested, many simply can not bring themselves to do it.

In many areas of the U.S. the laws have been changed to regard domestic abuse as a crime against the state. In other words the victim does not have the option of pressing charges against her abuser. It is my understanding that in certain jurisdictions of the U.S. if she speaks to the police about her abuse, that alone is enough for the police to begin an investigation. If she has marks on her body, that constitutes physical evidence. The police would then arrest the husband and the States Attorney would take it from there.

The Japanese police can only do what the law tells them to do. Change the law so that the police can act without a sworn complaint and situations like this may become fewer.

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Posted in: Man caught taking up-skirt photos with camera in his shoe See in context

So what happens when a girl is dressed in a skirt that is not a school uniform? The “problem” is human nature. Males will always be attracted to females. And when that male is a sneaky little twerp. He puts a camera in his shoe and sneaks pictures up skirts.

Clothing girls in pervert proof rappers, or gouging out the eyes of all males when they reach puberty are both possible solutions but I don’t want to live in a place where ether is mandated. Life in a free society is messy. Let’s just deal with creeps on a creep by creep basis.

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