Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fresh off the Boater goes all Fookooshimar-y

The Telegraph has a new Japan expat blogger, the improbably-named Alastair Wanklyn, who sees a sea of umbrellas and comes to the only logical conclusion:

Japan’s umbrella culture is reinforced these days by an ongoing fear of fall-out from Fukushima – in particular, radioactive rainwater. Locals tend to hedge and keep brollies both at home and at work.

Bless! Aren’t the newbies precious! I’m looking to next month’s article, when an increase in airborne radiation is the cause of all the masks being worn on the train. :roll:

A joke: Alastair covers an AKB48 story in Akihabara but gets lost, so his editor comes to rescue him. "Do you have a Wanklyn here?" he asks at the AKB theatre box office. "No, just do it in the toilets like everyone else."

Or: "That’s no way to refer to the Otaku queuing for a handshake!"

Or: "That’s not the kind of handshake they’re queuing for!"

More microaggressive airlines

Remember microaggression? I wish I didn’t, but once again it rears its ugly head in the airline world, and this time it is Air Canada who put the boot in. I get on the plane from Narita to Vancouver, and the air waitress says "Welcome home!"

To compound the issue, the Japanese person in the seat beside is watching a movie featuring a Japanese person with an afro!

The in-flight beer (Molson) is nice and cold, however, so I think I’ll forgive them this time.

A curious link between Obama and Ishihara

I just happened to come across this link in passing on how the Heritage Foundation initially proposed the idea that became ObamaCare, and perhaps we all remember that Ishihara’s plan to buy the Senkakus was first floated at a speech at the Heritage Foundation.

I don’t know what this all means, but I’m sure some tinfoil hatters can tell me!

The good news, it’s not as bad as I expected…

Yes, it’s that time of the month again. Let’s start off with the phrase that has appeared in almost all (well, that’s the way it feels, anyway) of his recent columns:

an irradiated food chain

Ampontan recently posted this quote:

Putting aside the emotions that arose immediately after (the Fukushima nuclear accident), the people who still make a ruckus because “radiation is frightening” are publicly declaring, “I am an idiot.”

Then there’s this quote:

Known as the "fragile superpower,"

When has Japan ever been a superpower? Googling that phrase tells me it is the title of a book about China! :facepalm:

Through glib texts to the general public, [Toru Hashimoto] stated in essence that the "comfort women" wartime sexual slavery issue had not been resolved by Japan’s official acknowledgment of the historical evidence in 1993 (something Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also asserted but later retracted).

I’m sure it will be news to the South Koreans that the Kono Statement "resolved" the comfort women issue. :roll:

The ensuing suspicion of "outsiders in our midst" helped stem the tide of Japan’s internationalization and diversification, as Japan’s foreign-resident population, after an unbroken 48-year rise, began falling.

It was the irradiated food chain previously, and the economic downturn before that. Please stick with one reason.

A mere three years later, people seem disappointed that the Democratic Party of Japan couldn’t undo a half-century of embedded LDP cronyism.

Nope, that’s not why "the people" are disappointed.

Hashimoto also launched his ominously named Japan Restoration Party, which has few policy aims except the proactive defense of Japanese sovereignty and territories.

Let’s see what his Ishin Hassaku says:

    1. 「決める政治」を礼賛
    2. 巧みなマスコミ操作術
    3. 「靖国史観」を大阪から
    4. 財界いいなり型は不変
    5. 米政府の顔色うかがう
    6. 「ベイビーズ」の品性
    7. 「嘘は政治家の始まり」
    8. 強権的な政治を許すな

Err, wait a minute… :lol: Actually, it’s pretty hard for me to find a list of his policies, so proper links welcome.

But now that even the Japanese media have started adopting the jingoistic tone of "restoring" Japan

Eh? Links please! I thought most of the Tokyo press is pretty negative towards Hashimoto. Or are you assuming that anyone who supports Japan’s claims on these islands is automatically a revisionist/restorer?

Now with boats clashing prows and loosing water cannon at each other because of ocean specks

He mentioned Takeshima at the head of the article, but there’s none of that going on there.

By then, history will have taught Japan’s governing elites the folly and waste of clashing over petty nationalistic goals. If there is any hope.

What is he saying here? He hopes that Japan goes to war and gets it arse kicked again? I cannot really parse anything else out of that statement.