Monthly Archives: June 2013

Another stopped clock is (kind-of) right

I saw a story on Kotaku about an offensive ad for a bread maker highlighted by someone who appears to be an activist, so I have heard. This activist, it appears, had already taught Toshiba a lesson by, err, batting his eyelids. (BTW, is it just me, but since I always see that expression in the negative sense, it sounds to me like a synonym for "fluttering one’s eyelids")

Also, this activist used the G word four times in the article. Someone might like to have a word with him about that.

In other news, I did a search:

MrGoogles

Check the bottom-right. I think someone should have a word with Mr Googles’ employer about this! :lol:

Demos, hate speech and a large question mark

Stopped clocks are right twice a day, so forgive me for linking to a netouyo blog with a curious story. (Link nofollowed just in case) We have this screen shot from NHK (I’m sure I’ve heard others say that NHK ignores these demos, but that’s another matter):

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He was interviewed as a man-on-the-street in Korea Town, where all the right-wing loons go with their "Kill All Koreans!" placards, and saying how it really was quite a scary atmosphere. (Is there a full length clip somewhere of this?)

All very good, but someone remembered the face from a counter-demonstration to a pro-Takeshima Day rally in February:

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He seems to be wired up with a pin mike in these photos, and of course the suspicion of the right-wing loons is that he is a left-wing Korean nationalist loon, from The Shit-Back-That-Racist Crew

Talking of these matters, next month is a demo entitled Osaka Against Racism, but I saw a post on reddit saying:

The website doesn’t seem to say much of anything about who is organizing this event. So I don’t really know what to expect.

It could just be good-natured people who want to march against racism. But if it was some kind of Chosen Soren-affiliated group, I wouldn’t be shocked. They’ve tried to frame the issue of funding to North Korean schools as tied to racism. They are actually one of the biggest targets of Zaitokukai protesters, so it would make sense for them to organize counter-demonstrations.

And finally, Japan Crush covering the netouyo talking about other netouyo getting arrested at a demonstration.

Japan Times editorial on nuclear power

Japan Times recently published another anti-nuclear editorial that is really rather poor, as usual:

Whatever the exact number, the rally was another expression of deep-seated opposition to nuclear power in Japan. The central government should recognize rallies like this as an important expression of political opinion.

Is this going to be a new measure, how many people organisers can turn out? What if 30,000 people turn up for a "Let’s nuke North Korea!" rally? Will that be another important expression that you will call on the government to heed?

left others living in fear of exposure to radiation

…with newspapers like yourselves being one of the fear mongers.

Power companies and the central government do not seem to be listening to scientists, either.

To take one example, the Nuclear Regulation Authority judged the fault running under reactor 2 at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga nuclear plant to be active and therefore extremely dangerous.

First off the "therefore extremely dangerous" does not follow, but more importantly, this editorial does not demonstrate how the power companies and central government are not listening. Furthermore, it is my understanding that the central government cannot override NRA decisions, so they play no role here, and of course neither can the power companies.

Objective data and scientific facts from geologists and specialists outside the nuclear power industry clearly point out the danger of operating nuclear power plants in earthquake-prone areas, which pretty much make up all of Japan.

If that was true, then there is no role for the NRA. They would just say "shut them all down." The geologists in the NRA are saying that it is dangerous to operate a reactor on an active fault.

Even former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, giving his first speech abroad since the 3/11 disasters, stated in California last week that the only way to contain the risk of nuclear accidents is to create a nuclear-free society.

I don’t know why that needs to be qualified with an "even", as he has been anti-nuclear ever since 3/11.

it is a healthy change for Mr. Kan to admit being ashamed of his previous role as an apologist for exporting Japanese nuclear technology to developing nations

I just found it quite entertaining that he was called an ex-apologist!

despite the clear public and scientific opinion against nuclear power

There is not one scientific opinion, and as I point out above, the NRA is not anti-nuclear.

In the short run, safety procedures at power plants must be made more stringent and followed scrupulously.

That’s exactly why the NRA was set up, and it’s interesting that you seem to be accepting some reactors will be turned back on; this implies that you believe (or you want to lead your readers to believe) that the Nuclear Village will override the NRA.

Oh-oh, I have a funny feeling about this one…

Mr Arudou has published a trailer to this month’s Just Be Cause, and my initial thoughts were that I hope the Japan Times has had a lawyer read it over…

he claimed there is no evidence that the Japanese government sponsored the program

Wrong. He disputes the details of the system, specifically the coercion element.

suggested these exploited women were (and still are) a "necessary" outlet for a military’s primal urges

The "still are" is also wrong, unless you take the view that Japan’s adult entertainment business employees are the equivalent of sex slaves. Actually, there is definitely issues of human trafficking and the Entertainer Visa, but let’s wait to see what kind of equating goes on…

He has also presented us with a case study of how to keep people like him in check

I wonder if he’ll contradict last month’s opinion on censorship? :facepalm:

BTW, searching Google, I find an interesting article on the subject from the Telegraph, written by an ex-prostitute.

Another interesting thought: can we call soldiers conscripted during wartime "murder slaves"?