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Posted in: Internet service company to show 'The Cove' in Japan See in context

By no stretch of the imagination is 'Japanese' a race, despite what many people (predominantly themselves Japanese) may wish to believe.

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Posted in: Internet service company to show 'The Cove' in Japan See in context

wfw - Have you SEEN them protest? There's no bringing them in line through reasoned discussion because they don't know HOW to think critically. To them, if it's Japanese it's good, just and right, if it's not Japanese (and far-right), it's racist/Japan-bashing and needs to be removed from the country or the planet.

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Posted in: Internet service company to show 'The Cove' in Japan See in context

Criticizing a Japanese person, a government policy or even a cultural practice is not criticism of all Japanese people, it is not racism, it is not Japan-bashing or bigotry. The problem with the nationalists is that they can't tell the difference.

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Posted in: Internet service company to show 'The Cove' in Japan See in context

Gee womanforwomen, that wasn't racist at all.

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Posted in: Japan may quit whaling commission if ban stays put See in context

Japan threatening to overturn the chess board after their opponent makes a few choice moves.

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Posted in: Japan bribed small nations with cash, call girls to get whaling vote: Sunday Times See in context

On the contrary Zenny. If Australia or New Zealand had been found to be bribing countries with prostitutes it WOULD make the news in either country, and I sure bet that YOU wouldn't then be arguing that it was no big deal.

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Posted in: Japan bribed small nations with cash, call girls to get whaling vote: Sunday Times See in context

Some of the justifications here are just great. "Everyone does it", "The anti-whalers would've done it if they'd thought of it sooner", "It's the small nations fault for accepting the bribes". I'm sure you'd be this understanding if the shoe was on the other foot.

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Posted in: Japan bribed small nations with cash, call girls to get whaling vote: Sunday Times See in context

Sounds like an biased account of Japanese political tradition.

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Posted in: If "The Cove" is ever shown in cinemas in Japan, will you go to see it, or see it on DVD? If you've already seen it, what did you think of it? See in context

Nationalism is so ugly, easily the most depressing and unpleasant aspect of Japan. No, I won't see the film, but only because I don't have the stomach for it.

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Posted in: Should freedom of expression include the right to offend others? See in context

I can't understand the mind of anyone who would vote 'No'.

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Posted in: Kangaroos in the firing line in Australia See in context

I wonder, was such a fair, rational article published in Japanese? Much of the anti-Australian propaganda that I see coming out of Japan (often in retaliation to anti-whaling messages) includes very inflammatory and far from the mark statements about kangaroo(/dingo) culls, as if there was a real comparison to be made. I've wondered whether dispassionate, objective information about the necessity of kangaroo culls isn't published in Japan, or just intentionally ignored by propagandists.

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Posted in: Japan routs Australia in WBC warm-up game See in context

I keep forgetting that Australia has a baseball team. The only time I can ever remember seeing baseball on television was one match during the Beijing Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia draw 0-0 in World Cup qualifier See in context

Does anyone know how the match was reported in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan, Australia draw 0-0 in World Cup qualifier See in context

Japan definitely played a stronger game than Australia. Tsuzuki didn't break a sweat. But as usual Japan passed well but didn't know what the do with the ball at the Australian goal, and let too many chances slip by them. Still, you had to feel for Okada towards the end of the match. A tie was still a relief, we're still comfortably on top.

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