Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
- Sauron's minions have won again.
- The good folk of Chiba don't like the opposition's latest corruption scandal.
- The winner's got a nice smile and I saw him on telly once and he doesn't half seem like a lovely chap.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Asked what kind of future government they would want to see, 11 percent said a government formed around the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, while 15 percent said an administration formed around Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan), the main opposition party. Forty-six percent said they hoped to see a "new form of government created through a major reshuffle," and 19 percent said a "grand coalition bringing together LDP and Minshuto" would be desirable.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
It's Friday night/Saturday morning here in downtown Abiko and Our Man don't have no patience to come up with nothing very political, not just this minute, no. He's actually getting snowed under with work, so what posts there will be for the coming week will probably be skimpier (but just as colourful as ever). Anyway, here's a popular Okinawan shinga-song-rita, Kaori Futenma, whom Our Man has it on good authority is all set for the mega-big-time if this song is adopted by a SUPER BIG CORPORATION for its forthcoming May advertizing blitz. She can sing, looks good, writes her own songs and has all her own teeth (this last point rules her out of contention for high political office). If Our Man told you any more than that, he'd be forced to silence you with the utmost prejudice. Mainly because that's all Our Man knows. For someone who actually knows something about J-pop and its seedier side, click here.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Sorry, this may be old hat, but just found it while procrastinating instead of doing some work and thought it was an appropriate theme following on from the gay Russian propoganda yesterday. Look, Our Man doesn't have a gay thing, OK...
Lifted from here.
- Invite more foreigners in and shag 'em. Not figuratively, literally. (Aging Japan? Not a problem anymore).
- Stop unnecessary public works projects by taxing concrete.
- Encourage global trade: Free bottle of Ozzie plonk for every Our Man voter.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Just when Our Man had got to thinking he really ought to quit subscribing to the Japan Times after another couple of advertorials almost as turgid as this one documented right here (how could you consider quitting, what with it being Bulgarian National Day and all?), they go and print an interesting tale about officious UK immigration rules putting off even a most charming Japanese Anglophile from wanting to marry her British Beau in Blighty. If Our Man had his way, he'd eliminate passports entirely, but that's a post for another day. Perish the thought that Our Man would ever become one of those tedious "More British than the British" ex-pats berating his homeland yet forever criticising his adopted home, BUT... what has happened to the land of the Magna Carta and friend to the shunned radicals of Europe? In between CCTV blanket coverage of ordinary folk going about their own business and Daily Mail anti-foreigner rants, will there ever be room for another Tom Paine? Apparently not, he's blogging from Russia. Check out a recent post right here.
Raised glass to agent provocateur extraordinaire Dr Datsun Kildare for the link. Pic lifted from here.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
- Can't remember: One of them is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or the People's Republic of Democratic Korea and the other is ...? One was once an autocratic police state, and the other is still an autocratic police state. Whatever. Anyway, Our Man henceforth will adopt Asia Exile's excellent Norks to refer to the leaders of the odd fiefdom of the North.
- Our Man should be better at the name of the place because the Extremely Pressing Issue of the 12 abductees from 1978 is on the telly here more often than you can say Christ on a bike, not another cooking show.
- Say what you will about the Norks, but they sure know how to teach Japanese. Thinking of enrolling in their forced isolation immersion programme.
- They are so useless they can't feed their own folk, but the Norks are so capable they're poised to strike at any moment with their weapons of mass destruction. Wait a mo, heard that line somewhere before...
- The Norks are actually talking some sense recently too: For once, North Korea has a point - what IS Tamogami doing teaming up with the abductee families?
- Let's leave the last word to the Norks: Kim Jong Il Announces Plan To Bring Moon To North Korea
- Oh, pic from here.
Friday, 13 March 2009
Go team gaijin!
Not that history is bunk or anything, but Our Man did enjoy the one of Admiral Perry as Bozo the Clown. By the way, Land of Hope and Glory is used as an anthem at high school graduations here (and in the US too, though methinks the words are probably different).
Lifted from Japan Probe here.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
- It's well-written.
- It's about Japanese politics and culture.
- It's got pictures as well as words.
- It doesn't drone on and on and on about the same old subjects in the unshakeable belief that it is the most spot-on piece of prose that you will ever be lucky enough to encounter.
- It appears to be written by someone who knows what they are talking about (though Our Man wouldn't like to go down that route, for at the end of that journey would be uncomfortable questions about just how unqualified Our Man is to offer anything more than throwaway comments on yesterday's weather).
- Oh, yes, Our Man might be wrong, but it appears to be written by A WOMAN!
Monday, 9 March 2009
1. GM says give us $21 billion in public cash, because no-one wants our crap cars
3. Japan blows trillions of yen so voters can blow it on a last supper at the sushi shop
4. Construction firm stuffs couple of million yen into Japanese politicians' back pockets
5. Michael Jackson plans comeback tour with 10 dates in London
It's a no-brainer, isn't it?
Pic from here, by the way.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
*Our Man's missus.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
- There's a very earnest chap in New Delhi who found Our Man by typing articles on present global recession and how to solve the global recession. If Our Man knew the answer to that, dya think he'd be offering it for free?
- A, hopefully less earnest chapette in Malaysia popped by on Valentine's Day to find out how to spot a yakuza man. May Our Man refer to the former bullet point for his answer. Yakuza man is not really his type.
- There's no accounting for taste (or search engines) when it comes to immigrant shag animals bringing in a hit from some poor sheepshagger in Dewent, Lancashire.
- But Our Man's recent favourite (from today, no less) was someone in Lubbock, Texas, wanting the lowdown on Japanese Truth Serum. Wouldn't know, fraid Our Man's just getting stuck in to a bottle of the Australian variety right now.
Happy searching, web wanderers.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Write off the LDP's chances in haste and repent at leisure -yep, words Our Man should get used to hearing. Seems Ichiro Ozawa - you remember him, he's the head of the DPJ - the great hope for Japanese Democracy (you sadly may have read those words here first, ahem) MAY have been caught with his fingers in the till. Seems the cops reckon his bagman has been stuffing large numbers of unmarked bills into Ozawa's jacket pockets. A corrupt politician in our midst? Our Man is shocked and stunned. But it's what happens next that is the 21 million yen question.
These guys here, and here and here may have some answers, but Our Man saw nothing, knows nothin and you didn't hear nothin from him neither. Capice?
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
- Our Man knows next to nothing about contagious diseases, but surely waiting until half the population has caught the thing, is erring just a little on the side of TOO BLOODY LATE, isn't it?
- What kind of hoodoo voodoo science decrees that diseases only spread an hour before hometime?
- There's a geo-political element too. Why is it that flu strains all emanate from formerly Communist countries - in this case Russia (A strain) and China (B strain)? Is North Korea so inept that it can't even manage a C strain?
- The prevention of choice? Keep your masks on. Picture from here.