u.s. & japan


Anime is anime. Does spaghetti stop being spaghetti because the Chinese chef at a New York restaurant wasn’t born and raised in Italy? Does Nujabes (RIP) stop being Hip Hop because he wasn’t born & raised in the South Bronx? These arbitrary, mutually agreed upon rules we create for ourselves to protect our identities, or our heroic image of ourselves, which I believe is what this is really about, are attached to these creative bodies of work that enables this defensive behavior. Depending on whom you talk to, “Anime” means one thing or another. “アニメ” (Anime) is just a Japanese short word for “アニメーション” (animation). It doesn’t stop being a Japanese word because a handful of passionate, keyboard gatekeepers refuse to acknowledge the Japanese language (due to decades of exposure to westernized descriptors from early journalists & licensors who marketed it as exotic) by “Othering” the Japanese word.”

Full Forbes Article Here

When A Liberal Bad Mouths America, It’s Because They Haven’t Been Anywhere....

What gets me about liberals, is they probably have NO idea about the world in general. Yet, they wouldn’t sit down with me for five minutes to hear about the REAL world. I’ve been places people! Europe (England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Germany), Africa (Nigeria, Morocco), Asia (China, Japan, South Korea), Southeast Asia (Malaysia), South America (Venezuela), Mexico, Trinidad, Gibraltar, and the Bahamas (Freeport). I’ve been to all those places. And I’m not talking about ‘vacation’ spots. I’m talking about where the people of these countries REALLY live. I’ve been in Nigeria where I had to have armed guards around me 24 hours a day. You know why? Because there were over 120 million Nigerians who lived hand to mouth every day. They lived in corrugated tin and rotted wood shacks with dirt floors and would cut my throat for a dime if they could get to me. I was rolled by security for one thousand Naira in the Lagos airport. I was rolled by security for a bag of candied popcorn at the Port Harcourt airport. You do not resist. You give them what they want or you will have a whole new ‘welcome to Nigeria’ experience. I saw a naked woman outside our compound, bathing in an algae infested mud hole because she didn’t have a home or running water. You want to talk about how sorry THIS country is? I’ve seen the oppressed. With my own eyes. I bought my Nigerian bodyguards a beer ONE time, and then was told they would kill for me. For a beer!!!! I’ve seen squalor, disease, pestilence, danger, suffering and misery in my travels, Mr. and Ms. Liberal. What have YOU seen? I’ve seen people taxed to death in Europe. I’ve seen where women are nothing more than third class citizens and used as furniture in Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. I’ve been in airports with pigs, goats and chickens running loose. I have had to go through military checkpoints, wondering if a trigger happy soldier might just mow us down with his automatic rifle. I have seen an AK put up against someone’s head and was praying the thing didn’t go off. I have seen people brutalized because they did not back their car up fast enough from an intersection to let us by. I was almost kidnapped in Malaysia. I had to fight my way out of two bars in China. I have been to places where twenty year old women would let me do anything I wanted to them for a chance to come to the U.S. I didn’t, but I could have. I have seen men work their asses off for pay that a hamburger flipper here would laugh at. And you know where I thank God I live? Do you know where I kiss the ground? It’s here, Mr. and Mrs. Liberal. For no matter how bad and ugly and repulsive you think the USA is, there is NO place in the world better to be. You need to thank whatever god you pray to that this is where you live, and then take your liberalistic crap and throw it away. Drop on your knees and be grateful for where you were born and live, people. Or else go out and see for yourself. Then come back and tell me how sorry this country is. Nuff said.

Kobe Steel Scam Hits Planes, Trains, Automobiles
Kobe Steel Ltd. has made a startling admission: It sold products that failed quality control tests to about 500 companies. Worse still, it did so not in error but by falsifying data to make it appear that items had made the grade. Aircraft, electronics, car and bullet train manufacturers were among the recipients, raising obvious safety concerns.

This is HUGE.

From Boeing Co. to Ford Motor Co., companies are scrambling to check any affected products. And Japan Inc. is facing up to another embarrassing scandal.

The admissions have dribbled out, and more may follow. Initially, the company confessed to falsifying data about the strength and durability of some copper and aluminum that was used in cars and trains and possibly planes and a space rocket, too. Then Kobe Steel said it also faked data about iron ore powder and materials used in DVDs and LCD screens. Chief Executive Officer Hiroya Kawasaki said on Oct. 12 more cases could emerge as the company continues its investigations. A day later it flagged misconduct related to more items including steel wire and copper piping, some of which were produced overseas.

The fabrication of data relating to aluminum was found at all four of Kobe Steel’s local plants in conduct the company described as “systematic.” For some items, the practice dated back some 10 years, according to Kobe Steel Executive Vice President Naoto Umehara. The dodgy materials used in bullet trains were supplied over the past five years, according to one customer. Details of how the deception unfolded have yet to fully emerge but the company has said it’ll release the findings of safety checks for the products in about two weeks, and the causes of the issue and planned countermeasures within a month.

There are carmakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.; they used the suspect materials in hoods and doors. There’s Boeing, which is examining parts it gets from Kobe Steel customer Subaru Corp. Hitachi Ltd. said trains it has exported to the U.K. contained compromised metal as well as bullet trains in Japan. Central Japan Railway Co., which runs the iconic trains between Tokyo and Osaka, said two types of aluminum parts used to connect cars to wheels fell short in quality tests. West Japan Railway Co. also found sub-standard parts. Ford said it used aluminum from the company in its Mondeo car hoods in China, although it hasn’t confirmed whether the parts were compromised. As yet, no company has flagged any serious safety concern as a result of the compromised products.

CEO Kawasaki is leading a committee to probe the quality issues. He has run Kobe Steel since 2013, overseeing moves to expand the No. 3 Japanese steelmaker’s presence in aluminum. “I deeply apologize for causing concern to many people, including all users and consumers,” Kawasaki said Oct. 12. Kobe Steel is likely to face lawsuits from investors, customers, consumers and regulators in Japan and U.S., experts say.

Time passages….

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 28, 2017) – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Ashigara (DDG 178), foreground, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) transit the Philippine Sea.

From once bitter enemies, bent on total destruction of the other 75 years ago….

                            ….to fast and respected friends and allies….

                                      The United States and Japan.


>>CLICK the photo for a much closer look….

>>Photo:  Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers, USN

Dear YOI fandom,

I love you so much and I know that some of you are still fairly new to the figure skating world. So let me clarify some facts, especially for who want to write fanfiction about it.

The Grand Prix Final is NOT the end of the competitive season, hardly so! The season usually goes something like this:

  • October to November: the Grand Prix series (Skate America, Skate Canada, Rostelecom Cup, Trophée de France, Cup of China, NHK Trophy);
  • Early December: the Grand Prix Final in which compete the best 6 skaters of every discipline (Men, Ladies, Pairs and Ice Dance).
  • Late December/Early January: the various national championships (Russia, U.S, Canada, Japan, etc) –> the placement of the skaters will decide who is going to represent their country in the following competitions.
  • Late January: the European Championship –> ONLY european skaters can take part in this competition (it includes the russian skaters).
  • February: the Four Continents Championships (4CC) –> it’s the answer to the European Championship, involving the skaters from the others continents (such as americans, canadians, the chinese, the japanese, etc).
  • Late March/Early April: the World Championship –> the MOST important event of the season, expect the Olympics. This is the competition a skater really really want to win or at least medal at it.

After the Worlds, the season has officially ended!

From spring to summer the skaters are going to rest, revaluate, take part in ice shows around the world (this is when they actually earn some money, you go bb) and then prepare the new programmes for the next season.

One last thing: every 4 years are held the Winter Olympics Games, the MOST important competition in a skater’s career. If you win this, be sure that you will be remembered as one of the best ever.

Salt Lake 2002 –> Torino 2006 –> Vancouver 2010 –> Sochi 2014 –> Pyeongchang 2018.

I hope I have been helpful, take care my lovelies!

The Okinawa-America conflict explained

When I first got to Okinawa, I was posed with the question by practically all of my friends, “What’s with the protests?”. After having spent 7 months here and getting both sides of the story, I feel I can safely answer this question.

First off, what’s the backstory? To put it simply, Americans have a really bad reputation on the island. Not only has the U.S. tried to expand military operations on the northern part of the island (to much dismay of the Okinawans who would rather be able to use their land for their own purposes), Americans are known for being highly impulsive and reckless. As joked by one of my Japanese taxi drivers, if you see someone cutting you off in traffic or tailgating, it’s most likely an American.

This is a recipe for disaster for any who study political crises. Political distress combined with demographic tension almost always leads to demonstrations once given a spark. And as many have seen in the news, we recently got that spark and it created fire. After the rape and murder of an Japanese woman taking a stroll through the forest by a U.S. marine, Okinawans took to the gates of the U.S. bases demanding the bases be closed. One protester sign read, “Military bases on Okinawa are hotbeds of serious crimes! We demand all bases get out of our land”.

How has the U.S. and Japan responded to this? In rather unique ways, actually. Japan detained a prominent anti-U.S. base activist by the name of “Hiroji Yamashiro” based purely on suspicions of misconduct, while the U.S. has given back land to Okinawa from parts of its bases in order to appease the upset local populace. In other words, both sides heard Okinawa’s voice and responded in the way they found appropriate.

For Japan to try and silence unrest is nothing new, since in 2004 three antiwar activists were detained by Tokyo police which warranted Amnesty International to declare them “prisoners of consciousness”- a designation appropriated typically to oppressive regimes like North Korea and China. But for the U.S. to concede land is really surprising and praised by many internationals and Okinawans. We may not see a complete U.S. withdrawal from Okinawa anytime soon, given its strategic importance (something constantly toted on U.S. military sites and on its bases), but the more land given away most certainly means less Americans to stay.

However, simultaneously, the U.S. is taking a peculiar approach to dissolving unrest on their bases. In orientations and on state-sponsored newspapers (i.e. “Stars and Stripes”), the U.S. is claiming that all the protesters are paid and from mainland Japan. This isn’t true at all and merely a propaganda spat to keep their troops happy, but interesting to take note of.

Overall, it’s hard to say what will come of the conflict, but what is clear is that Okinawa wants its land back and the U.S. wants to keep its strategic position in the Pacific, and the sooner that a compromise can be reached, the better.


It’s a bumper crop of Friday Reads today – I’m powering through Fran Wilde’s Bone Universe books because the final volume, Horizon is out this week.

Our critic Annalisa Quinn has a precious, precious advance copy of the upcoming Philip Pullman book, The Book of Dust – watch this space for her profile of Pullman!

Mama Susan Stamberg is reading the catalog of a new MoMA exhibit – ITEMS: Is Fashion Modern?

Arts Desk editor Nina Gregory has Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new We Were Eight Years in Power.

Code Switch’s Kat Chow is doing a doubleheader of Sing, Unburied, Sing and The Border of Paradise.

Big Boss Edith Chapin has some light weekend reading – Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, the U.S. and the Struggle for Global Power.

And Boss Lady Ellen is reading Jillian Medoff’s upcoming HR satire, This Could Hurt … should we be worried?

Happy weekend reading!

– Petra

JFK’s family reflects on his 100th birthday

Caroline Kennedy says a day hasn’t gone by without her thinking about her father, late President John F. Kennedy.

“I’ve thought about him and miss him every day of my life,” Kennedy, 59, said in a video released on the eve of what would of been his 100th birthday. “But growing up without him was made easier thanks to all the people who kept him in their hearts, who told me that he inspired them to work and fight and believe in a better world, to give something back to this country that has given so much to so many.”

Caroline Kennedy, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan during President Barack Obama’s second term, is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She was just 5 years old when her father was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

“I remember hiding under my father’s Oval Office desk when he was little and sitting on his lap on the Honey Fitz,” she said, referring to the presidential yacht. “He would point out the white shark and the purple shark that always followed the boat, although I never could quite see them. He said they especially like to eat socks and would have his friends throw their socks overboard, which I loved.”

“President Kennedy inspired a generation that inspired America,” she continued. “They marched for justice, they served in the Peace Corps, in the inner cities, in outer space. His brothers carried on that work, fighting against poverty, violence and war, championing human rights, health care and immigration. As my father said in his inaugural address, this work will not be finished in our lifetime. It’s up to us to continue to pass these values on to our children and grandchildren.”

Caroline Kennedy’s three children also appear in the video, which was produced by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

“One of the defining relationships in my life is with someone I’ve never met: my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy,” Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg said. “It’s a little odd to be connected to someone you don’t know, especially when everyone else has access to much of the same information about him that you do.”

“President Kennedy was elected on a platform of challenges, not promises,” Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson, said. “Not for what he would offer the American people as president, but what he would ask of them. My favorite speech is the one President Kennedy gave at Rice University, where he makes the case for sending a man to the moon. He said that challenge was worthwhile not because it would be easy, but because it would be so hard.”

“My generation will inherit a complicated world with countless unsolved problems,” he continued. “Climate change is just one of them, but it’s the type of challenge I think my grandfather would have been energized about and eager to solve.”

“I’m inspired by my grandfather’s sense of equality, his courage in naming the injustices in American society and his call for action,” Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s other granddaughter, said. “His words and his ideals mean so much to me and to the world we live in today. But we are still faced with tremendous inequality and injustice — from voting rights to our criminal justice system and mass incarceration. My grandfather would be proud home far we’ve come as a nation since 1963, but he would have been the first to tell us that we have a long way to go.”

A view I’m not endorsing (in fact, I largely disagree with it) but that is nonetheless very thought-provoking: Tyler Cowen makes the case that, as a 33-year-old with lifelong tenure, Kim Jong Un is playing a long game in which he’s positioning himself as a stubbornly determined- and, thus, useful- ally that can serve as a future thorn in China’s side for any global power(s):

“We Americans tend to think of Kim as an irritant to our plans, but his natural enemy in the long run is China. It is easier for North Korea to threaten Chinese cities with weapons, and its nuclear status stands in China’s way of becoming the dominant regional power in East Asia. Chinese public opinion has already turned against North Korea, and leaders wonder whether a more reliable, pro-Chinese option to Kim might be installed….

One way to interpret Kim’s spat with U.S. President Donald Trump is that he is signaling to the Chinese that they shouldn’t try to take him down because he is willing to countenance “crazy” retaliation. In this view, Beijing is a more likely target for one of his nukes than is Seattle.

More radically, think of Kim as auditioning to the U.S., Japan, South Korea and India as a potential buffer against Chinese expansion. If he played his hand more passively and calmly, hardly anyone would think that such a small country had this capacity. By picking a fight with the U.S., he is showing the ability to deter just about anyone.”

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2007) - Water vapor flows over the wings of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, as it performs a high-speed pass during an air power demonstration above USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk is three months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)

romanticdisasterzone  asked:

Why is everyone debating over if what Kubo did to Orihime in the end is misogynistic? (school and job-wise)

The issue of Orihime ending up as a house-wife is a culturally deep-set controversy. It’s not a piss-baby topic. It’s not ‘look at the IR fans being blatant misogynists.’

Women are often the mark of progress in society. The study of demography observes a linear trend with women, education, and ‘baby-making.’ 

(For those who don’t know demography is the statistical study of populations (especially on human-beings) as they change over time or space). 

It’s especially an issue because of the Japanese perspective to it (I am not Japanese.This is not a first person source, this is me speaking from the education I have received regarding this topic and from the research and studies of experts).

2011 study by Yang and Yen explains that a leading reason of the decline in Japanese marriages is because “Japanese men do not want to marry a woman who demands equal sharing of the housework. Women who work outside of the house are not seen as contributing to the household.”

(Note that like the U.S., Japan is also in a state of population decline, which as of now just means the rate of population growth is slowing down, not that the numbers have started to drop).

If you know anything at all about demography and population studies, you know that when women have the opportunity to a greater education, they take it. When those women become more educated they become more career-driven. 

(This is what I mean with ‘women being the mark of a progressive society.’ Historically and statistically, educated women are a sign of progress towards equal rights and that is one of the signs of a developed country).

So the higher the education goes, the more women are going to shoot for higher-ranking/more specialized career paths. And with the focus shifting from ‘home-maker’ to more on career and masterful education, the less children women are prompted to have.

It was common for a woman during the baby-boomer generation to have as many as 6 children, it is incredibly rare now. Do I need to explain that this generation has more women entrepreneurs, more women going to college, more women in positions of authority, etc.?

Let’s take all this and apply it to the outrage surrounding Orihime.

She’s quick as a whip, sharp as a tack, and to top it all off she has the required work ethic down to a science (remember Tatsuki said 'She doesn’t really seem smart does she? You wouldn’t expect this of Orihime, but since middle school this girl could really study.’).

Not only has Orihime been shown to be incredibly book-smart (number 3 in her class), but she’s among the most situationally perceptive characters of the series. People like to forget this because of all the goofiness and daydreams, but it’s true! She notices patterns in people pretty quickly.

So for Matsubara to just go 'fuck it, she had to drop out for 'financial reasons’’ is cheap and complacent. (There are a shit-ton of practical and superior options available to allow yourself to go to college. Money is often only a temporary halt for men and women as knowledgeable and determined as Ms. Inoue. By the by, never have I ever witnessed a payment, in full or in majority bill, paid outright).

Payment should have never been the excuse of Orihime’s promise. 

Fuck all other opinions, Orihime wanted a career and an education! I give no shits to an opinion on Orihime’s future that isn’t Orihime’s.

It’s not Orihime’s fault, it is not her character, it’s the fault in the minds drawing and portraying her not caring to show two shits of self-realization or worth in their literature prowess. 

It’s such a controversy because in the fucking manga Orihime wanted a career. Forthright, outright, verbatim.

And here’s the kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck appeal of it all: Orihime didn’t give just one loosely translated career, she gave three concrete careers. T-H-R-E-E! 

Teacher, astronaut, cake-shop owner…

Gave us three and said she wanted five. 

She is the only character that has been shown to have aspirations of the future.

You can pretend she was joking about the careers, but try and bitch to me that she didn’t dream of one.

Quite frankly,having a favorite does not mean you need to blindly support and defend the creators intentions for that character. To not be able to criticize is to be passive, is to misinformed, to be complacent.

Do you think Orihime was thrilled about needing to drop out? Do you think she was complacent about that? You think Ichigo is a fine enough substitute for all her dreams? He wasn’t the only fucking one. 

Now had there been any mention of Orihime saving up to get back to school , this post would’ve been completely different, probably irrelevant.

And,just an added point: Kazui plays into that old-fashioned mindset of ‘baby-maker.’

Orihime wanted to leave Karakura. She wanted to live in five different places and stuff her face from foods from all over the world.

Of course she loves her son and is thankful for him, but she was young and sacrificed the peace and goals of herself. Selflessness was used against her.

And that’s all the issue is. It’s a trend we all know, it’s a deep subconscious reaction whether you love Orihime like I do or whether you hate her like others.

It’s not wrong or less of her to be a house-wife…it’s just not what she wanted.

It was not one single fucking person’s goal to stay in mundane, drab,puny, little Karakura Town.

A Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Flying Boat of Patrol Squadron VP-61 in flight during a patrol in the Aleutians in March 1943.

VP-61 was based at Otter Point Naval Air Facility, Umnak Island, Alaska (USA), at that time.

In the Battle of the Aleutian Islands (June 1942-August 1943) during World War II (1939-45), U.S. troops fought to remove Japanese garrisons established on a pair of U.S.-owned islands west of Alaska. In June 1942, Japan had seized the remote, sparsely inhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. It was the only U.S. soil Japan would claim during the war in the Pacific. The maneuver was possibly designed to divert U.S. forces during Japan’s attack on Midway Island (June 4-7, 1942) in the central Pacific. It’s also possible the Japanese believed holding the two islands could prevent the U.S. from invading Japan via the Aleutians. Either way, the Japanese occupation was a blow to American morale. In May 1943, U.S. troops retook Attu and three months later reclaimed Kiska, and in the process gained experience that helped them prepare for the long “island-hopping” battles to come as World War II raged across the Pacific Ocean.

(Photo source - U.S. Navy 80-G-475409)

(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

TRANSLATION TAKE 2: One-sensei’s interview with Young Sunday (excerpts in detail)

Thanks to the lovely and talented @isasm, we’ve been blessed with a Japanese transcript recording excerpts from One’s interview with Young Sunday. Even though I already summarized the interview, I thought you all might be interested in reading some passages in greater detail (plus whoever put the excerpts together focused on different parts than I did, so it’s like looking at the interview from another angle). I hope you all enjoy it. Especially everyone over at @one-blog!

(P.S. I’m so exhausted I did this all at work today I’m gonna get fired someone help me aaaaahhh :P)

EDIT: Here’s a link to the summary, which I’ve tweaked to fix a couple mistakes I made before I had access to the transcript. :)

Submitting to Weekly Shonen Jump, the magazine everyone longs to be part of

YAMADA: Hey, you know the student council president from Mob Psycho 100? That page is really intense, where the whole page is that scene with the monologue about the pressure he gets from his parents? And it was like, suddenly it’s gone all Yoshiharu Tsuge (TN: A famous Japanese cartoonist and essayist).

OKKUN: Tsuge and Kazuo Umezu (TN: Horror manga author).

YAMADA: That guy’s style is totally Garo (TN: Avant-garde manga anthology magazine).

OKKUN: For real! It’s so Goya (TN: The painter I guess? Or the Spanish film awards? I’m not sure; the literal translation is “So it’s Goya,” which is so vague I give up aaaah).

YAMADA: (while pointing at Okkun) We better watch it! We’ll get drawn into the darkness of artistic criticism. We’ve gotta handle this like they do on Sawako no Asa (TN: A Japanese talk show).

OKKUN: (to ONE) So you were painstakingly drawing in secret, you created a homepage, did you ever submit your work?

ONE: I submitted something in my first year of college, it was a 19-page gag manga I drew and took over to Weekly Shonen Jump, which of course is the venue everyone aspires to.

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The Doolittle Raid, 4/18/1942

A B-25 bomber enroute to Tokyo as part of the Doolittle Raid, excerpted from “TASK FORCE AT SEA; ON WAY TO DOOLITTLE’S TOKYO RAID, 4/1942″

Series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980
Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004

Planned and commanded by Lt. Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle, the Doolittle Raid was the first U.S. airstrike against the Japanese Home Islands.  Sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb the Japanese city of Tokyo and other targets.  Although tactically insignificant, the raid provided a boost to American morale in the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

The Last Living Doolittle Raider: Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole 

Take off from the deck of the USS HORNET of an Army B-25 on its way to take part in first U.S. air raid on Japan. Doolittle Raid, April 1942.