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A blog about the never-ending frustrations of an American living in the nightmare known as modern Japan....the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Sorry folks....but I am just worn out. This crazy place is enough to drive anyone around the bend! So, with that in mind, I think it is time for someone else to carry the load. I have gone as far as I can go for the time being. I need a break! I therefore leave the field open for others with more time and energy. Remember: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Take care and don't let them get away with pretending that nothing has happened....both in the past and today. Get off your butts and shed some light on the disgraceful things the Japanese have tried to cover up for so long. Let people know that nothing here has changed....believe you me, nothing has changed.

Keep fighting the good fight.

Smeg Whipper

Friday, November 21, 2003

Well, let's see what Japan's much-maligned National Police Agency have been up to recently: NPA in Action.

Hmmmm....well I am sure this sort of behavior must be "rare" in a country that likes to boast of it's "fine" record of public safety.

Well, what can I say? There are always a few bad apples in every bunch, right? Hmmm....maybe it is not a simple case of having a few bad apples in the bunch.....maybe a better analogy might be something along the lines of bad apples never fall far from the rotten tree!

Somehow this does seem to be more appropriate.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

For those of you who think Japan has changed since WWII, I urge you to read this:Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Rises Again! Nothing has actually changed here in the hearts and minds of your average Japanese person. The vast majority are historically ignorant and those that that do have some idea of their governments actions 70 years ago prefer to pretend that nothing happened. Thus, politicians in Japan have free reign to reinterpret history, demean non-Japanese people, scapegoat foreign residents, and generally do everything possible to make it difficult for foreign professionals and foreign businesses to have any influence or impact on Japan.

On a different note, some of my regular readers may have noticed a decrease in the number of postings recently. I have to apologize for this and beg your forbearance. Life in this country is not always easy. Those of you who live here know what I mean.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Here is an interesting article that illustrates the attitude of far too many people here these days: Monkey see, monkey do! Interesting points to note are: a) Despite the train being packed with people, nobody helped the girl.
b) The other people involved were allowed to walk free ostensibly because the girl couldn't identify them.
c) Amazingly enough, no other passengers were asked to appear as witnesses when the group was apprehended.
d) The arrested individual shows no remorse or even recognition that what he did was wrong claiming instead "those guys started molesting her, while I just went along with the flow and joined them in touching her."
e) Groups of train molesters have their own website and even their own clubs: Join a club!


Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I have an interesting experiment for you today. Go to a search engine such as Yahoo or Google and enter the following as your search topic: "American Girls". What kind of sites did you find?

Now begin another search and use this as your search topic: "Japanese Girls". What kind of sites did you find?

Shocked? Disgusted? I wonder if this has anything to do with your results:Yakuza Kiddie Porn Ring Busted!

The NPA is, as usual, a day late and a dollar short.....

Monday, November 10, 2003

Well, troops it is Remembrance Day in the UK today so I thought I would take this opportunity to point out a few sites of interest to those of you may have trouble remembering. You know who you are, right?

The first site is a brief introduction to the Death Railway. Another interesting link, Hell Fire Pass provides lots of pictures and details that Japanese tourists to Thailand and Burma wont find in their guidebooks. Visit this site if you would like to read the stories of former soldiers who served in the Far East and experienced the "peace-loving" Japanese first-hand.

Another forgotten bit of Japanese handiwork may be found at this site: Sandakan Death March. More details can be found here:Sandakan. Sabah is still a popular place for Japanese tourist but I wonder how many know what happened there?

Another interesting site devoted to female prisoners of war of the Japanese can be found here: BETTY JEFFREY. For an interesting Japanese perspective of Japanese crimes against women I encourage you to visit this site: Mr. Yoshida's story. For a good synopsis of Japan's wartime activities I would suggest visiting this website:Japanese War Crimes.

There are so many other stories to tell of Japan's wartime atrocities but today I thought I would look at a few which don't seem to attract as much attention these days. The veterans are becoming fewer in number each year and their stories are so easily forgotten. Hope we all learned something.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Well, troops, the election madness is over at last. As soon as I finish this posting I will have a very large beer and celebrate the end of the mindless caterwauling until the next, never-ending election cycle begins again. Anyway, I thought you might find this article interesting: Cult influence on Japanese election. Don't expect to see stories like this on CNN since they only seem to report stories that reflect favorably on Japan. Can't have half the world discovering that a weird religious cult controls the government of Japan, can we?

Want to read more? Lot's of interesting stuff here at this Japanese site: The Victims of Soka Gakkai Association Read on!
8am and the election soundtrucks are blasting away! Wonder when the construction jackhammers in the apartment below will begin their song of destruction.....
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